Reid, Nevada Leaders Kick Off Petition Drive Against Yucca Mountain Project

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid joined a coalition of Nevada leaders and environmental groups to launch a petition effort against the license application by the Department of Energy (DOE) for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. The petition tells the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the people of Nevada stand staunchly against the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. Reid was the first to sign the petition at today’s event, along with Congressman Jon Porter; Senator Richard Bryan; Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid; Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager; and representatives from the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects, Citizen Alert, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Sierra Club and Nevada Nuclear Waste Taskforce. “We will not let… Read more »

Reid Attends Boulder City Memorial Day Service

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid addressed a crowd of hundreds of Nevadans and war veterans at the annual Memorial Day Service at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City.  During the ceremony, Reid paid homage to the eleven Nevadans killed in combat in the past year.  Reid also awarded a Purple Heart to Sharon Dixon, a Nevada Army National Guard Sergeant whose military vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq in April, 2003.  “I’ve attended the Boulder City Memorial Day Service for many years now, and it’s always very moving,” Reid said.  “It is a somber truth that a nation dedicated to peace must prepare for and at times engage in war.  Today and every… Read more »

Senate Passes Native American Housing Assistance & Self-Determination Act to Improve Housing in Indian Country

Washington, DC- Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) by unanimous consent. Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) issued the following statement about NAHASDA, S. 2062 . Senator Reid said, “Yesterday, the U.S. Senate took another major step toward improving the lives of thousands of Native Americans. By passing the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, we have reauthorized a program that has a proven track record of helping tribes provide adequate housing for thousands of families. In 2006 alone, tribes added 1,600 rental housing units and over 6,000 homeownership units; each one of which became home to an American Indian or Alaska Native family. This is a program… Read more »

Reid Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26:  “Our nation pauses today to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, revere those troops and their families who continue to sacrifice, and recommit ourselves to fulfilling our obligation to those who serve.  “As we recall with somber gratitude the generations of airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines who have paid so heavy a price in service to their fellow countrymen – including the more than 700 who have fallen since last Memorial Day – we also look forward hopefully to the safe return of loved ones who will celebrate this solemn holiday in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the… Read more »

Reid: Senate Overrides Bush's Veto of Farm Bill to Help Americans Fight Rising Food Costs

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate overrode the President’s veto of the Farm Bill: “Rapidly rising food and fuel prices have put a strain on all Americans, but especially on low-income working Americans who are struggling to put food on the table.  By overturning the President’s veto, we are making substantial investments in nutrition programs to help millions of families afford healthy food; in help for farmers hit by disaster and to protect our nation’s natural resources; and in renewable energy sources like cellulosic biofuels to help reduce our dependence on oil.  Improving our food and nutrition programs is an important step toward helping rural communities in Nevada and across the country… Read more »

Reid Hails Passage of 21st Century GI and Emergency Funding Bills

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid today commended his colleagues for passing two bills that will support Nevadans serving in our military, as well as those affected by the recent Hepatitis C exposure and the upcoming wildfire season. The Senate passed the historic 21st Century GI Bill that keeps our promise to Nevada’s veterans to support them at home by providing greatly enhanced education benefits for active-duty armed forces members. Senator Reid also praised the passage of the Emergency Supplemental Funding bill that provides protection for Nevadans throughout the state.  Reid ensured the bill contains $26 million in funding for the prevention of and response to medical errors, of which at least $5 million would be dedicated to the Hepatitis C… Read more »

Reid Hosts Congressional Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander Town Hall

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid hosted the third annual Congressional Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) town hall. “It was a pleasure meeting with community leaders and discussing issues important to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” said Reid. “I share their concerns and am working to address the issues impacting their community. I will continue to champion legislation that benefits the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and all Nevadans.” Reid worked to ensure strong bipartisan support and Senate passage of legislation that restores benefits for Filipino veterans who fought under U.S. command during World War II. Last year, to combat the cost of education, Senate Democrats worked to pass the College Cost Reduction and… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Announce Funds for Improvements at Reno/Stead Airport

Washington, DC- Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of more than $900,000 for the reconstruction of the airplane taxilanes at the Reno/Stead Airport. The money will extend the service life of the taxilanes and provide safe access to the aircraft parking area. “This grant will improve Reno/Stead Airport’s current condition and ultimately improve air travel throughout Nevada,” Reid said. “I commend the FAA for joining us in making air travel safer for Nevadans.” “I am pleased the FAA has secured the funding necessary to update portions of the Reno/Stead Airport,” Ensign said. “As an important traffic reliever for Reno/Tahoe International Airport, this grant will allow the Reno/Stead Airport to make improvements… Read more »

Reid Meets with Spring Valley High School Students

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with 30 graduating seniors from Spring Valley High School of Las Vegas.  The students are part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, a support effort geared in part toward students who would be the first in their family to obtain a college degree.  The students are in Washington to learn about government and to tour colleges.   “We must make college an affordable option for every Nevada student and AVID gives these young people the tools they need to succeed in education beyond high school,” Reid said.  “I commend them for taking an interest in their government and in higher education.” Nationwide, 98 percent of AVID participants go on to… Read more »

Reid Statement on Senator Kennedy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news that Senator Edward Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor:         “The Senate is a family.  We are all concerned about the health of Senator Kennedy.  He is a friend, the model of public service and an American icon.  “And anyone who knows Ted Kennedy also knows that he is a fighter.  He has a work ethic like no other and has risen to every challenge he’s faced – and we are confident he will rise to this one as well.  It’s no surprise to me that when I talked with his wife today, she told me he is in good spirits and full of… Read more »