Reid, Ensign, Heller Announce Funds for Safety Improvements at Nevada Airports

Washington, DC- Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller today announced three grants for the state of Nevada totaling more than $11.7 million to aid improvements to Nevada airports.  The funding is administered through the US Department of Transportation, and will go toward runway improvements at Carson, Reno/Tahoe International, and Beatty Airports. “These grants will help ensure safe air travel throughout Nevada,” said Reid.  “I commend the Department of Transportation for joining us in this endeavor that will positively impact anyone flying into or out of the Silver State.” “This grant is important not only to ensure safe travel for so many people but also because our state relies on air travel as an economic engine,”… Read more »

Reid Comments on Yucca Hearing

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid commented today after the head of the Yucca Mountain Project, Ward Sproat, testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water.  Sproat said the Department of Energy (DOE) needs more than $1 billion next year to stay on schedule, but the agency is only requesting half that amount to keep the Yucca Mountain project limping along.  As the project was wounded by budget cuts engineered by Senator Reid of more than $100 million last year, it is clear the DOE will not receive anywhere near what the department is requesting.  “I’m not surprised that the Energy Department said today it wants more money,” said Reid.  “American taxpayers have already spent too much… Read more »

Reid Addresses the Needs of Nevada's Growing Veteran Population

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid sent a letter to the Department of Veteran Affairs addressing Nevada’s need for a remote benefits delivery pilot program in Nevada, which would ensure that veterans in rural or remote parts of Nevada receive benefits as quickly, conveniently, and efficiently as those near the department’s regional office in Reno. The full text of the letter is below:  April 8, 2008 The Honorable James B. Peake, MD Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue, NW 10th Floor Suite Washington, DC  20420 Dear Secretary Peake:  I noted with interest a recent Veterans Administration press release describing the remote benefits delivery pilot program established in Montana.  I believe that the program is well suited to address… Read more »

Ahead of Meeting with President, Reid and Pelosi Urge Bush to Work with Democrats to Strengthen Economy

 Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Bush this evening, urging him to work with Democrats to strengthen the economy for struggling families on Main Street. Reid and Pelosi will meet Wednesday with the President and other bipartisan congressional leaders. The full text of the letter is below:  April 8, 2008 The Honorable George W. Bush The President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: We are writing in anticipation of tomorrow’s meeting of the bicameral, bipartisan congressional leadership with you and other Administration leaders.  There can be little doubt that the current economic slowdown combined with the rising costs of everything… Read more »

Reid Launches New Web Site

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today launched his completely redesigned Web site, reid.senate.gov.  This new site will help Nevadans keep up-to-date on the work Reid is doing on their behalf as their senior senator, as well as in his position as majority leader of the United States Senate.   “This site uses the very latest in online technology to keep Nevadans informed about the work we’re doing in the Senate to make our state an even better place to live and raise a family,” said Reid.  “In addition to staying updated, they can learn more about the state and other members of Nevada’s congressional delegation, and sign up for regular emails with late-breaking information.”   Redesigned with enhanced… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Oppose Plan to Relocate Tonopah Test Range Out of State

Washington, D.C.– Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today sent a letter to Thomas P. D’Agostino, Undersecretary for Nuclear Security, expressing opposition to a recent report indicating the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is considering relocating the Tonopah Test Range out of Nevada. “The Tonopah Test Range is an extremely important project that is critical to our national security efforts and to the well-being of the highly skilled Nevadans who are employed there,” said Reid. “Senator Ensign and I are working diligently to ensure the Tonopah Test Range stays in Nevada. We are calling on the Undersecretary for Nuclear Security, Thomas D’Agostino, to work with us to keep these highly skilled jobs here in the Silver State and find… Read more »

Reid Teams Up With CDC Director In PSA Addressing Nevada's Hepatitis C Situation

Washington, D.C.– Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will release a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on Monday to encourage people to play an active role in their own healthcare as a way to further assure their safety.  The PSA is one of a number of steps officials are taking to address public concern following recent incidents where improper medical procedures resulted in thousands of Nevadans potentially being exposed to Hepatitis.  In the 30 second PSA, Reid and Gerberding urge Nevadans to not only continue following their doctors advice and seek treatment when they need it, but to also ask a few simple questions before receiving care. “I’m thankful that… Read more »

Reid: Third Straight Month Of Job Loss Underscores The Urgent Need To Strengthen The Economy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to a Department of Labor report that U.S. employers cut 80,000 jobs in March – the third month in a row that the number of lost jobs went up.  “If anyone still doubts the need to act swiftly and decisively to reverse the impact of Bush Republicans’ economic policies, look no further than today’s unemployment numbers that show the third straight month of job losses for American workers and businesses.   “This distressing trend tells us everything we need to know about the dangers of Republicans’ ‘wait-and-see’ approach to the economy.  And it underscores that now more than ever, America needs the investments Democrats want to make in infrastructure,… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Passing of UNLV's First President, Donald Moyer

 Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement upon learning of the passing of Donald Moyer, the first official president of UNLV.   Moyer presided over the university from 1964-1969. “UNLV is the respected institution it is today because of the vision of Donald Moyer.  In 1964, Don became the first official president of Nevada Southern University, now known as UNLV. He started the hotel administration program, which is recognized as one of the best in the world.  He created the first on-campus housing facility, Tonopah Hall.  And Don worked tirelessly to raise money for projects including the original student union, which now bears his name.  I am grateful to President Moyer for all of his contributions to… Read more »

Energy Department Sets Aside Public Interest To Deliver $100 Million Sweetheart Deal To Nuclear Industry Law Firm

Washington, D.C. – A scathing report released today by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) own Inspector General shows that the Energy Department did not act in the public’s best interest when it knowingly hired a law firm with clear conflicts of interest to represent the Yucca Mountain Project. The DOE awarded a $100 million no-bid contract to Morgan Lewis & Bockius to assist in drafting a license application for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain despite the fact it also represents major utilities in lawsuits against the DOE. After being briefed by the Inspector General, Nevada’s entire congressional delegation called on the Energy Department to recuse the law firm, particularly after learning that one firm seeking to do… Read more »