Thousands of Nevadans Sign Petition to Stop Yucca Mountain

 Las Vegas, NV – More than 4,000 Nevadans and concerned citizens signed a petition assembled by the entire Nevada Congressional delegation asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to put a stop to reckless plans to dump the nation’s radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain.  The members of the delegation believe the DOE’s application is fatally flawed and incomplete, and insufficient to proceed any farther. Nevada Senator Harry Reid also today sent a letter to the NRC outlining the objections of those who signed the petition, and asking the commission not to docket for review the Department of Energy’s (DOE) license application to build the dump at Yucca Mountain.  “It’s time for the NRC to listen to the collective voice of Nevada:… Read more »

A Message from Harry Reid and John Podesta

  A message from Nevada Senator Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and John Podesta, Center for American Progress Action Fund August 27, 2008 Dear Friends: Last week, leaders from all over America convened in Las Vegas for the National Clean Energy Summit to chart a course for our nation’s clean energy future. President Bill Clinton, Governors and Senators, Democrats and Republicans, titans of big business and labor leaders, scientists and innovators of cutting edge technology came together to accelerate the development and deployment of renewable energy, energy-efficiency technologies, and robust clean energy markets in the West, the nation, and the world. We convened to secure a better world. Where others have failed, we must succeed – to grow our… Read more »

Reid Statement on Sen. Obama's Selection of Sen. Biden as his Vice Presidential Nominee

 Las Vegas, NV —Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to Senator Obama’s naming of Senator Joe Biden as his running mate on the 2008 Democratic Presidential ticket: “Joe Biden has been fighting his entire career for the change that Senator Obama champions.  He is a dedicated family man who has been an effective Chairman of both the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees, has been a sage voice on many of the toughest foreign policy issues of our time, and has long been a strong advocate for protecting American families and making our communities safer. “Senator Obama has once again demonstrated sound judgment in selecting Senator Biden as his running mate.  After eight years of an… Read more »

Reid, Berkely Take Aerial Tour of Lake Mead

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley took an aerial tour of Lake Mead today. Joined by Lake Mead Superintendant Bill Dickinson, Reid and Berkley viewed the impact of the lake’s declining water levels and discussed steps that need to be taken to protect the lake. “Today’s tour of Lake Mead confirmed much of what was discussed at yesterday’s clean energy summit,” Reid said. “While we know a long drought is the primary reason lake levels are low, I’m confident that global warming plays a significant role which is why we need to start taking steps now to address it.”  “Lake Mead is more than just a source for the Valley’s water; it’s also a… Read more »

Reid Hosts National Clean Energy Summit

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement as he joined the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in hosting The National Clean Energy Summit. Industry leaders, scientists and policy experts united at the summit to define an agenda that accelerates the development of renewable energy, energy-efficiency technologies and robust clean energy markets throughout the nation and world. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Thirty-six years ago, as Lt. Governor of Nevada, I was asked by the Governor to represent our state on a trip to Washington. There I met with Vice-President Ford and the first Energy Secretary, Bill Simon, to discuss the growing energy… Read more »

Reid Attends 11th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Historic Valhalla Estate

Reno, NV– Nevada Senator Harry Reid today attended the 11th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit at the Tallac Historic Site at Valhalla Estate. This year’s summit marked significant gains made in preserving Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Tahoe Basin. In addition, important new federal legislation was announced that is intended to protect the lake and basin in coming years. “I am proud to have helped found the Tahoe Summit, and the health of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding areas is hugely important to me,” Reid said. “We have accomplished a lot in the past 11 years, but we need to continue work on lake clarity and restoration, and implementing the environmental improvement program so we can all enjoy Lake Tahoe for… Read more »

Reid: Troops Should Not Have to Foot the Bill for War

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking for assistance for military servicemembers being forced by airlines to pay baggage fees of up to $100 per piece to carry their gear while traveling on orders.   While the troops are eligible for reimbursement, Reid believes it is an unnecessary hardship on men and women going into battle to front the costs and worry about filing claims for their transportation.   The text of the letter follows:   August 14, 2008   Honorable Robert M. Gates Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, D.C.  20301-1000   Dear Mr. Secretary:   I am writing to express my concern regarding recent reports that military servicemembers traveling… Read more »

Reid Meets with Afghan President, U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Afghanistan – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and some of the nearly 34,000 U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The meeting comes as part of a week-long, multi-national congressional delegation trip Reid is leading focused on making progress on terrorism, global climate change, development and democracy. “We must continue to work toward political reconciliation to help stabilize this entire region, and I discussed with President Karzai a number of issues affecting Afghanistan and what we must do to solve them,” Reid said. “I hope we will be able to work constructively and productively with President Karzai in the future.”    While in Afghanistan, Reid met with several officials to discuss the progress being made in the… Read more »

Reid Leads Delegation Trip to Central Asia and Europe

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan- Nevada Senator Harry Reid is leading a delegation of United States senators on a multi-national trip focused on progress on terrorism, global climate change, development, and democracy.  Other senators joining Reid include Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).  Scheduled stops on the weeklong trip include countries in central Asia and Europe. During the first stop in Kyrgyzstan, Reid and the delegation met with President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.  At the meeting Reid stressed the need for Bakiyev to do more to help the nation build on recent political progress so that it can become a full and free democracy.  He also thanked the president for Kyrgyzstan’s role supporting coalition forces in Afghanistan. “Kyrgyzstan… Read more »

Reid Meets with Nevada Troops in Kyrgyzstan

Nevada Senator Harry Reid meets with Nevada airmen at Manas Coalition Air Force Base near Bishek, Kyrgyzstan. Reid is leading a bipartisan delegation of senators on a week-long, multi-national trip to promote security, global climate change, democracy, and development. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with five Nevada airmen at the Manas Coalition Air Base, located just outside of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital city. Reid also toured the base, which supports logistics in Afghanistan and serves as a transitioning facility for troops preparing to serve in Afghanistan. The tour comes as part of a week-long, multi-national Congressional delegation trip Reid is leading, focused on making progress on terrorism, global climate change, development, and democracy. Kyrgyzstan has an important… Read more »