Reid Statement on Native American Heritage Month

“Nevada was originally home to the Washoe, Western Shoshone, and the Paiute peoples long before Spanish settlers chose to inhabit our now Silver State. It was these First Nevadans, today represented by more than 27 federally recognized Indian tribes, who protected Nevada’s wilderness and lived off of the bounty of the land, sunshine, and glistening lakes.

Reid Statement on Savings for Seniors in the “Donut Hole”

“Seniors are continuing to save money on the prescription drugs they need to stay healthy as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act. Since the law passed in 2010, savings on prescription drugs in the ‘donut hole’ has topped $50 million for Nevada’s seniors, with an average discount of $761 per beneficiary generated by the Affordable Care Act this year alone,” said Senator Harry Reid, after new data was released today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “And seniors throughout the nation are seeing the benefits, too: more than 7.3 million seniors have saved $8.9 billion. We have the Affordable Care Act to thank for this.”

Reid Remarks on Changing The Senate Rules

“In the history of the Republic, there have been 168 filibusters of executive and judicial nominations. Half of them have occurred during the Obama Administration – during the last four and a half years. These nominees deserve at least an up-or-down vote.” “This gridlock has consequences. Terrible consequences. It is not only bad for President Obama and bad for the United States Senate; it’s bad for our country. It is bad for our national security and for our economic security.” “Today the important distinction is not between Democrats and Republicans. It is between those who are willing to help break the gridlock in Washington and those who defend the status quo… This change to the rules regarding presidential nominees will… Read more »

Reid Remarks on Iran Sanctions

“I believe we must do everything possible to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability, which would threaten Israel  and the national security of the United States.” Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid delivered the following statement on the Senate Floor regarding Iran sanctions: Mr. President, I am a strong supporter of our Iran sanctions regime and believe that the current sanctions have brought Iran to the negotiating table. I believe we must do everything possible to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability, which would threaten Israel  and the national security of the United States. The Obama Administration is in the midst of a negotiation  with the Iranians / that is designed to end their nuclear weapons program…. Read more »

Reid Statement on Neal Smatresk

“It saddens me to see Neal leave the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,” said Reid. “Since Dr. Smatresk has been at UNLV, he has been a terrific partner with the community in Las Vegas, and he has always been a willing partner in co-hosting the National Clean Energy Summit. I thank Neal for his work and friendship; his accomplishments have certainly made UNLV a better institution, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Reid Remarks On Honoring Native American Code Talkers

These brave soldiers, these Code Talkers, had a special gift – their sacred languages – and they selflessly shared that gift with their country. Their gift saved countless lives and helped win the war. And their willingness to share it made them American heroes.

Reid Remarks on Defense Authorization Legislation

“The National Defense Authorization Act… safeguards this nation, ensures our troops have the resources and training they need, and provides for the military families who support our fighting men and women.”  “We cannot complete this bill until we debate and vote on the sexual assault and Guantanamo provisions. Unfortunately, last night Republicans objected to my request to schedule votes on these amendments.” “This is a serious bill and it deserves a serious debate – not to be bogged down by unrelated political issues… I will not allow this important legislation to be sidetracked by debates and amendments unrelated to our nation’s defense.” Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding consideration of the National… Read more »

Reid Remarks on Republican Obstruction of Judicial Nominees

Today the United States Senate will consider yet another qualified nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, considered by many the second highest court in the land. It is troubling that Senate Republicans, for the fourth time this year, appear poised to reject an exceedingly capable nominee to this court for blatantly political reasons.

Republicans have blocked three highly qualified female D.C. Circuit nominees in a row – Caitlin Halligan, Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard. Today they are expected to block confirmation of District Judge Robert Wilkins, a competent and experienced nominee with bipartisan support.

Reid Statement on Nevada’s September Employment Report

“The falling unemployment rate in Nevada shows that we are on the right track to economic recovery, but we still have a long way to go. We must remain committed to creating opportunities for businesses to grow and thrive. The disastrous Republican government shutdown did not help. But I hope that Republicans now will come to the negotiating table in good faith, and help us develop a bipartisan budget plan that creates jobs and strengthens our economy.”