Reid Delivers Floor Statement on Las Vegas Tourism
February 11, 2009
Washington, D.C. – Nevada
Senator Harry Reid today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about his
conversation with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel regarding President
Obama's remarks concerning trips to Las Vegas by financial services companies
and their employees. Below are his
remarks as prepared for delivery.
President, at his prime-time press conference Monday night, President Obama
made a compelling case for passing his economic recovery plan.
the question and answer period, the President made remarks concerning trips to
Las Vegas by financial services companies and their employees.
have spoken with President Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, about the
President's remarks. He made it clear to
me that the President's criticism was aimed at the potential use of taxpayer
funds for junkets, and in no way reflects his thoughts about any one particular
Obama has been to Nevada twenty times.
In fact, he just accepted my invitation to visit again this spring, for
the first time as our president.
President knows that Las Vegas is America's premiere destination to do
business. The city has more than 140,000
hotel rooms and tens of thousands of feet of meeting space.
all Americans spend less as a result of our economic crisis, it is important to
know that Las Vegas, with an average hotel daily rate of $119, is one of
America's most affordable cities to visit.
That is one reason why nearly 6 million people came to Las Vegas to
attend more than 20,000 meetings and conventions last year.
Obama and I agree that every penny of taxpayer funds must be protected. We also agree that Las Vegas is one of
America's great destinations for tourists, families and businesses."