“Today, Senator Harry Reid and Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) announced that newly confirmed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald has signed off on relevant paperwork to begin the permitting process for the construction of a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Pahrump, Nevada.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced a series of grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling more than $6.5 million to expand housing opportunities in Las Vegas. The Community Development Block Grant for $4,624,463 will help develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. The Emergency Solutions Grant for $363,397 will provide funding to engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, improve the number and quality of emergency shelters, provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless. The HOME Grant for $1,594,532 will expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low and very low-income families by funding housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.
I am glad that we have been able to respond to Secretary Hagel’s request for $225 million in emergency funding so that Israel can replenish the Iron Dome system. I regret that Republican Senators rebuffed our consent requests on Iron Dome 3 times last night. But we fought for what’s right and passed the bill.
Today’s report shows that our economy continues to strengthen. However, there are still far too many middle class Nevadans and Americans struggling to find a job and make ends meet. Congress must act to ensure a fair shot for all Americans by creating jobs and strengthening the middle class. But rather than focus on job creation, House Republicans have voted to sue the President. Senate Republicans have blocked votes to raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, and make college more affordable for middle class families.
Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the Senate passed the bipartisan VA reform bill by a vote of 91 to 3: “This week the Senate has taken strong action to get the Veterans Affairs Administration back on track. The Senate confirmed Secretary McDonald earlier this week. And today Congress has given him the necessary tools to get the job done. Veterans will soon be able to see a doctor more quickly, and Secretary McDonald will be able to hold senior officials responsible for poor job performance. “More still needs to be done to keep our veterans from falling through the cracks. I will continue to work to ensure that veterans in Nevada, and… Read more »
I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked the Emergency Supplemental Funding legislation introduced by Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski. Once again, Republicans have demonstrated that they are more interested in playing partisan politics and holding innocent children ransom than doing what is right for our country. This legislation would have provided necessary resources to address the urgent humanitarian crisis created by the thousands of children fleeing the terrible violence in Central America.
The CIA Inspector General’s report describes actions by the CIA that are appalling and deeply threatening to our system of checks and balances. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight and the CIA’s actions were an attempt to undermine that responsibility.
efore we finish our business and Senators return home, I want to let everyone know about our September work schedule. Following the August recess, the Senate will convene on September 8th, and our target date to adjourn will be September 23rd, the day before Rosh Hashanah begins. If we need to be here the week of September 29th, we will be. But September 23rd is our target date to adjourn until after the election. That leaves us with just a little more than two weeks to get a lot of things done. That’s not a lot of time.
“Today’s House vote is nothing more than a political stunt designed to distract from Republicans’ bankrupt agenda, which does nothing to create jobs or strengthen America’s middle class. Rather than acting to fix our broken immigration system, working to raise the minimum wage, or fighting to ensure a fair shot for all Americans, House Republicans are pursuing a meritless lawsuit at a cost of millions of dollars to American tax payers. Speaker Boehner should put aside this ill-fated venture, end stunts like Republicans’ calls for impeachment, and leave the chest-bumping and dirt kicking charade to baseball managers.”
Today, Senate Republicans have voted yet again to keep American workers from having a fair shot at a good, secure job. This bill would have ended the ridiculous practice of American taxpayers picking up the tab for companies moving abroad and sending American jobs overseas. In Nevada alone, this bill would have protected 150,000 jobs.