The legislation crafted by Senator Sanders and Representative Miller will help prevent more American veterans from falling through the cracks of a broken VA system. The compromise will allow veterans facing long delays in health care to seek care outside of the VA, at private doctors’ offices, community health centers, or military bases.
Right now our friends, the people of Israel, are under attack. Hamas continues to indiscriminately fire thousands of rockets into Israel, with the sole objective of inflicting casualties on somebody, anybody. I was watching the News Hour, and they had commentary section from David Brooks and Mark Shields. David Brooks aptly noted that what Hamas is doing represents “a rare moment in military history where a party rejects a cease-fire in order to get more of their own people killed.” And that is what is happening; Hamas is saying ‘kill some more of our people.’
“I am committed to fixing the problems at the VA. This bipartisan legislation ensures that veterans in Nevada, and throughout the country, receive the care they deserve. Chairmen Sanders and Miller produced a good bill. We will need cooperation from Republicans to move this legislation quickly but I am optimistic that we will be able to pass it this week.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced that Las Vegas will receive $1 million from the Department of Homeland Security because of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant. This grant comes as part of a larger grant for Nevada including $3.7 million for the State Homeland Security Program.
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.