Reid, Boehner headline public policy event

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Some of the most powerful political leaders of the last 20 years will be at the Bellagio Tuesday. They are hoping to find common ground on big issues facing the United States right now.

Former Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner will headline the event at the Bellagio. It is the inaugural symposium of the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, will moderate discussions.

Reid said he wants to show that Republicans and Democrats can work together to solve big problems.

“John Boehner and I… worked very well together,” said Reid. “We knew how important it was to get things done for the country. We did that. A lot of times it wasn’t for a lot of show, but we got it done.”

Reid said he hopes politicians today will learn from their bipartisan effort.

The title of Tuesday’s event is “Investing in America: The Future of Work.” Reid said the focus is how the private sector, government, and higher education can work together to build a more flexible workforce for changing industries.

“How are we going to train American people to be aware of the fact that jobs are different?” Asked Reid. “How are we going to prepare young men and women to understand that they’ve got to look for jobs they can get, not jobs they want?”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s symposium, which is not open to the public.

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