There are people here who are assigned to do everything they can to keep this magnificent Capitol safe. In 1998, two of those dedicated police officers gave their lives while protecting the Capitol. They were Special Agent John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut. I know nothing can make up for the loss of a cherished loved one, but I hope their families and friends take some comfort knowing that those of us who were here that day hold them in our memories and in our hearts.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today that McCarran International Airport has been chosen to participate in a Department of Homeland Security public-private partnership that will expand services of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel.
Now 113 years later, the Walgreen family no longer heads the company. But there are over 8,200 drugstores nationwide that still bear the Walgreen name. The company that Charles Walgreen started is reportedly considering a renunciation of its American citizenship and a move to Switzerland, just to avoid paying its fair share of taxes. Re-established as a foreign corporation, Walgreen’s would be required to pay a smaller share of taxes. This practice, what some call “inversion,” is a tax trick – a loophole.
Over the past several months Americans have heard Senate Democrats speak at length about giving working families a fair shot. What do we mean when we say that? A fair shot is about making sure Americans have good jobs. It’s about ensuring that workers receive fair, livable wages, so they can put a roof over their children’s heads and food on the table. A fair shot is the idea that each hard-working American deserves an opportunity to achieve a measure of prosperity. But it all begins with jobs.
We are facing a humanitarian crisis at our southern border. Thousands of migrants, mainly children, have fled to our border and to other countries in the region to escape the growing violence in Central America. Most of these children come from three countries – Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala – where crime and lawlessness have overrun the people.
“President Obama’s action is a strong first step to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination in the federal workplace. This Executive Order will protect 11 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. It puts in place critical protections that most Fortune 500 companies already have for their employees and it ensures that federal contractors attract, hire, and retain a diverse and talented workforce.
“It is good news to see our state’s unemployment situation continue to improve. Employment growth in Nevada has been positive for the past 42 months and I am encouraged by our progress. However, to continue this growth we must keep bringing jobs to Nevada. In the Senate, I will continue to push for legislation benefiting Nevada’s economy, like the 2012 transportation bill. With this bill we successfully brought thousands of jobs back to Nevada with the creation of Interstate 11. I also will not give up on comprehensive immigration reform.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid and members of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) met on Thursday in Reid’s Washington, D.C. office. They discussed how to promote economic development and create jobs in Nevada.
The United States has a long history of putting exceptional statesmen in Ambassador posts around the world. The Republican Leader and I recently attended the funeral of Howard Baker, a former Senate Majority Leader and Senator from Tennessee. He was the American Ambassador to Japan. What about Thomas Jefferson? We all know that he was a brilliant writer and incredibly smart. Thomas Jefferson served as Ambassador to France. John Adams was our Ambassador to England. These men have set the standard for how important Ambassadors are to this nation. Our national security depends on the qualified men and women who serve as Ambassadors throughout the world. These Ambassadors are America’s front lines, fighting to defend our interests abroad – our security interests, our national interests, and our economic interests.
Over the past two weeks, poker players have flocked to Las Vegas for the annual World Series of Poker’s, the most prestigious high-stakes tournament in the world. 2,400 miles away from Las Vegas, here in Washington, D.C., some Senate Republicans are playing a high-stakes game of their own with a humanitarian crisis. But instead of poker chips, they’re using children.