Our esteemed colleague, the Chairman of the Budget Committee, Senator Patty Murray has said that, “Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation.” I have no doubt that every member of this body agrees with that sentiment. But there is a big difference between nodding one’s head in approval, and actually doing something to take care of our veterans. Chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders, is doing something to help our veterans. Senator Sanders is introducing a bill to ensure that American veterans are getting the care they need. This legislation allows veterans facing long delays in health care to seek care outside of the VA, at private doctors’ offices, community health centers, or military bases.
“During LGBT Pride Month, we reflect upon the hard won victories for equality nationwide and rededicate ourselves to the principle that discrimination has no place in America. During my time as Majority Leader, I have worked on legislation with the LGBT community, such as repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and securing passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the ‘Clean Power Plan’ to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants: “The EPA’s proposed plan is a crucial step towards improving the efficiency of our nations power grid, investing in clean energy and reducing pollution. The proposal grants states flexibility while making important progress on avoiding the terrible costs of carbon pollution on our nation’s economy, the health of our citizens, and the sustainability of our planet. “Since 2010, Nevada has seen investments of over $5.5 billion in clean energy generation and infrastructure. These investments have created thousands of jobs and provided a much needed boost to our state’s economy…. Read more »
Today is a great day for the United States of America. The safe return of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is an answer to the prayers of the Bergdahl family and a powerful reinforcement of our nation’s commitment to leave no service member behind.
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after President Obama announced the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki: “Eric Shinseki has served our country for decades, on the battlefield, as Chief of Staff for the United States Army and as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He is a good man and should be commended for his admirable service. The VA has fired senior officials at the Phoenix facility and has pledged to personally contact every veteran in Phoenix waiting for appointments. This is a good first step. It is now time to restore veterans’ trust in the reliability of the care they are receiving from the VA. I will do everything I can to… Read more »
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in response to the Inspector General’s report at the Veterans’ Administration: “There is no question that what the Inspector General’s report found is reprehensible and unacceptable. But the problems with the VA are systemic and deep-seated, and must not be tolerated. To restore veterans’ trust in the reliability of VA health care, we must take action to address the root causes of these problems. Millions of American service members are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and entering the VA system, and that system needs more resources to provide them the best care. When the Senate returns, the Veterans Affairs Committee will immediately work on the appropriate… Read more »
“Today, the world has lost one of its most powerful voices. I am terribly saddened by the loss of such an advocate for humanity. Through the power of her words, legendary poet, author, and civil rights leader, Maya Angelou has transformed millions of lives and challenged each of us to approach life with great courage. The wisdom and love Maya shared with this nation and our world will never be forgotten. She will certainly be missed, as no one can ever replace her style, eloquence, and dedication to people of all walks of life. Her words and deeds will undeniably reverberate for generations.
Today’s announcement unquestionably advances our national security interests in Afghanistan. It rightly places the responsibility for Afghanistan’s security with the Afghan government and security forces, while maintaining our ability to aggressively defend against terrorism. Our troops have fought courageously to secure Afghanistan and root out the al Qaeda terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks, who continue to plot deadly attacks against our nation. Though our direct involvement in combat operations is ending, make no mistake: our Armed Forces and intelligence agencies will continue to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven to plot attacks against America and her allies.
“On Memorial Day, we reflect and pay tribute to the sacrifices of the brave men and women of America’s armed services and the thousands of Gold Star families throughout the country…”
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) welcomed Senate passage of S. 2198, the Emergency Drought Relief Act. The Feinstein-Heller bill, which passed the United States Senate unanimously today, requires federal agencies to maximize water supplies, reduce project review times and ensure water is directed to users whose need is greatest. Included in the bill is an important provision aimed at increasing water levels in reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin, including Lake Mead. Increasing water levels at Lake Mead is important for the Las Vegas Valley’ water supply and the efficient generation of hydropower at the Hoover Dam. “I was proud to team up with Senator Feinstein to advance this… Read more »