By Ramsey Cox
Reid said that undertaking immigration reforms, addressing gun violence, strengthening schools and helping jobless veterans would be among the issues that will be Democrats' "North Star as we work to end wasteful tax loopholes and balance thoughtful spending reductions with revenue from the wealthiest among us."
He also said he would reintroduce the bipartisan-passed Violence Against Women Act, the farm bill, postal service reform and Hurricane Sandy recovery, which the House did not take up during the last Congress.
Reid said the first bill the Senate will take up is the House-passed Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill, H.R. 152, which would provide more than $50 billion in mitigation to Northeastern states hit by Hurricane Sandy last October.
Reid said after the Hurricane Sandy bill, the Senate would consider rule changes that are being negotiated by himself and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The leaders are expected to talk with their caucuses during lunches this afternoon.