Reid, In Letter, Urges Bush To Work With Democrats To Address Housing Crisis, Keep Americans In Their Homes

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today sent the following letter to President Bush, calling on him to work with Democrats to pass legislation that addresses the mortgage crisis, helps families threatened with foreclosure stay in their homes and strengthens the middle class. The text of the letter is below:   February 27, 2008   The President The White House Washington, DC 20500   Dear Mr. President:              On behalf of Senate Democrats, I write to express my disappointment upon learning that your senior advisors recommend that you veto the 2008 Foreclosure Prevention Act and strongly urge you to reject their advice and work with us to enact legislation that will address the housing crisis facing millions of… Read more »

Breast Cancer Research Funding Bill Is One Step Closer To Passage

Washington, DC— A bill sponsored by Nevada Senator Harry Reid to study the possible links between breast cancer and the environment passed an important milestone. Despite the threat of fifteen amendments that were filed to the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), the bill passed out of the Senate Health, Environment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in tact.   “I’m pleased this bill passed another hurdle,” said Reid. “I will continue to do all I can to pass this important legislation because it will help to provide answers to the 1,100 plus Nevada women who were diagnosed with breast cancer last year and to all of the individuals who are touched by this disease.”  … Read more »

Reid Comments On Tragic Death Of Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper

Washington, D.C. – Today,Nevada Senator Harry Reid honored Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper, Kara M. Kelly-Borgognone on the Senate floor.    Kelly-Borgognone was involved in a tragic accident in Washoe County while serving the people of Nevada this past Monday.  The Fallon native is survived by her husband Dirk, their two daughters, Blair and Ashlyn, and her brothers and sisters on the Nevada Highway Patrol.   A copy of his speech as prepared for delivery is below:   “Mr. President, I rise with a heavy heart to honor Nevada State Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone.   “Monday night, Trooper Kelly-Borgognone responded to a dangerous assignment: a suspicious package had been reported at a gas station in Spanish Springs, Nevada.   “While on route… Read more »

Reid And LVMPD Sheriff Gillespie Meet To Discuss Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Needs

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Sheriff Gillespie to discuss the resources and programs needed to continue protecting the residents and tourists of Southern Nevada. “As always, Sheriff Gillespie and I had a very productive meeting.  Today we talked about ways we can work together to make Nevada more secure,” Reid said.  “We discussed Metro’s funding needs as well as educational programs to ensure state and local law enforcement receives the latest anti-terrorism training.  I have always maintained a strong partnership with Nevada law enforcement to ensure they receive the resources they need to continue their valiant efforts to protect our communities.” “We are fortunate in Nevada to have someone… Read more »

Reid: Housing Crisis Threatens More Than Just Those Facing Foreclosure

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008:   “The sites and signs of America’s housing crisis are all around us:  On neighborhood streets dotted with one ‘for-sale’ sign after another.  In the struggles of construction workers who can’t find jobs.  In the desperation of hard working people talked into bad mortgages and now seeing their homes slip away.   “Every day, new statistics illuminate the depth of this growing crisis.  Just yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the number of homes facing foreclosure across our country jumped 57 percent in January, compared to a year ago.  We also now know that sales… Read more »

Reid, Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Impact Of Housing Crisis On African-American Community

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid held a press conference with Senate Democrats and civil rights leaders today to discuss the devastating and disproportionate impact the housing crisis has had on the African-American community. High-cost subprime loans account for 55 percent of loans to African-Americans.   The Foreclosure Prevention Act—which Reid co-sponsored will help struggling families keep their homes, help others avoid foreclosure in the future, and help communities recover from foreclosures and plummeting property values—will provide badly needed relief to the African-American community.   “Our current economic downturn is hurting all Americans, but it is hurting African-Americans particularly hard,” Reid said.  “Democrats are committed to addressing the housing crisis and to helping families threatened with foreclosure stay in their… Read more »

Reid Meets With Nevada Department Of Transportation Officials

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with Nevada Department of Transportation Director Susan Martinovich to discuss transportation infrastructure needs. In light of the challenges facing the State’s budget cuts, Reid remains committed to doing what he can at the federal level to ensure the state has the resources it needs. “Nevada faces a projected budget shortfall of nearly $25 million,” said Reid.  “That’s a big concern.  I remain committed to working with NDOT on strategies to keep projects on schedule despite this shortfall.  We need to do everything we can to keep Nevada’s roads moving quickly and safely.” “I want to thank Senator Reid for all his work and efforts in addressing our Transportation needs in Nevada,”… Read more »

Reid Secures $130 Million For Foreclosure Counseling

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today that $130 million will be awarded to agencies in Nevada and around the nation to help individuals and families facing the threat of foreclosure.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 provided funds to NeighborWorks America and, through language included by Sen. Reid, instructed the organization to direct funds to areas with the highest rates of foreclosure, leading to increased funding for Nevada.   “The Silver State suffers from the highest rate of foreclosure in the country, and we’re all feeling the effects,” said Reid.  “The funds that we were able to direct towards Nevada will have far reaching effects by allowing agencies to hire counselors to help with foreclosure prevention.  By… Read more »

Ensign, Reid, Heller Encourage Nevadans to Take Advantage of Grant Workshops

Washington, D.C. – Senator John Ensign, Senator Harry Reid and Congressman Dean Heller today encouraged Nevadans interested in federal grant opportunities to attend one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Grant Writing Workshops. In March, USDA will be in Dayton, Winnemucca and Ely to provide assistance and information about applying for grants through the federal government.   “Public entities and non-profits should attend these free workshops to learn about the process and explore grant opportunities that may be available to them,” said Ensign, who owned a small business before running for Congress. “These workshops are specifically designed to educate people in small communities about grant opportunities that can be used for assistance ranging from purchasing machinery to training… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Remain Committed To Ending The War In Iraq, Fighting Terrorism, Making America More Secure

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate:   “During the long recess last week in Nevada, people all across the state told me that they are as committed as ever to ending the war in Iraq.  They are long past ready to end the worst foreign policy blunder in our nation’s history.   “What has five years of war brought to America, the Middle East and the world?  Thousands of deaths.  A trillion in debt.  A catastrophic failure of diplomacy.  My Republican colleagues: Think what this war has done to our nation’s fiscal soundness.  It has destroyed it.    “Soon $1 trillion borrowed, with the likely Republican nominee for President… Read more »