Reid Statement on White House Hiring of Martin Paone

Las Vegas, NV –  Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the White House announced the hiring of Martin Paone as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. Martin Paone worked in the United States Senate for three decades, serving as floor staff under the leadership of Senators Robert Byrd, George Mitchell, Tom Daschle and Harry Reid. “Hiring Marty Paone is a very wise move and a credit to the strong leadership of Katie Fallon. No one knows the Senate better than Marty, who started his career parking cars here and rose to be one of the most senior and widely-respected aides in the Senate. I have known Marty for decades and he knows this chamber… Read more »

Reid Celebrates Nevada’s UAS Test Site For Their Special Airworthiness Certification

Las Vegas, NV –  Nevada’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site, out of all six sites throughout the country, received the first Special Airworthiness Certification from the FAA. There was a certification ceremony in Boulder City, NV today. Senator Reid released the following statement celebrating this achievement for the UAS industry in Nevada.   “I congratulate the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems for this award. This award signifies our state’s contributions to the UAS industry,” said Reid. “This award would not be possible if not for Nevada being selected as one of only six UAS Test sites across the country. I worked long and hard with the FAA and the White House to ensure Nevada was selected as one of the… Read more »

Reid Statement On Nevada’s November Employment Report

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today on Nevada’s November employment report. According to the Nevada State Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, the Nevada unemployment rate fell to 6.9% in November, down from 7.1% in October.

NRC Report Acknowledges That DOE Lacks Water And Land For Yucca Mountain

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released their latest report on Yucca Mountain. “The latest study released by the NRC acknowledges one of the major weaknesses of the effort to resurrect Yucca Mountain: the federal government does not have the water it needs nor control of the land necessary to build a nuclear waste dump in Nevada. “The State of Nevada long ago refused to grant the federal government water rights necessary for the Yucca Mountain project.  Additionally, a federal Court blocked the Bush Administration’s Energy Department’s efforts to do an “end-run” to force Nevada to turn the state’s water over to the federal government over its strong objections…. Read more »

Reid Announces New Electricity Allocations From Hoover Dam

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today Nevada will receive new electricity allocations from Hoover Dam as a result of the Hoover Power Allocation Act. Senator Reid first introduced this legislation in 2009 and reintroduced it in 2011, the year it was passed and signed into law.  This law ensures that clean, renewable electricity from Hoover Dam will continue to power Nevada through 2067. “This news means that Nevada’s oldest renewable energy project will deliver a new round of benefits to the Silver State,” Reid said. “The benefits from this announcement are the result of years of work to pass the Hoover Power Allocation Act, and I was proud to join President Obama in 2011 when my… Read more »

Reid Announces Appointment Of Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley For The Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor Review Board

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today the appointment of Sheriff Mike Haley to the Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor Review Board. The Public Safety Officer Medal Act was created by Congress to honor acts of heroism and bravery for first responders including police officers, fire officers, and EMS personnel. A federal review board recommends candidates to the Attorney General for this prestigious award.  Since 2003, the Department of Justice has awarded more than 78 medals to deserving candidates.  Sheriff Haley will help select candidates for this award. “Each day our first responders put their lives on the line to protect the public, and no one that understands this better than a leader like Sheriff Mike… Read more »

Reid Statement on PUC Decision on Moapa Solar Project

Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement after the Public Utilities Commission again rejected a new proposal to build a solar project on the Moapa Paiute Indian Reservation

Reid Statement On Importance Of Passing Terrorism Risk Insurance Act In 114th Congress

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the critical importance of passing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) after Senator Coburn and other Senate Republicans blocked the Senate from passing this crucial legislation in the 113th Congress

Reid Statement On President Obama’s Announcement On Cuba Policy

I support President Obama’s decision for the United States to start a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba. It begins with the return of Alan Gross, held captive for five years by the Cuban government. I am so pleased Alan is home. I remain concerned about human rights and political freedom inside Cuba, but I support moving forward toward a new path with Cuba.