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 »

Hispanic Unemployment Disproportionately High, as Americans Lose Jobs for Seventh Straight Month

Washington, DC—Senate Democrats responded today to a Department of Labor report which indicates that the nation shed another 51,000 jobs in July – the seventh straight month of losses – as unemployment rose to a four-year high of 5.7 percent and Chevron announced a second-quarter profits of nearly $6 billion. Democrats also called attention to the disproportionately higher unemployment rate among Hispanic American workers. According to the Department of Labor report, the unemployment rate among Hispanics was 7.4 % last month. The disproportionately higher jobless rate among Latinos underscores the urgent need to strengthen the economy. “This week has made it crystal clear that the only ones doing well in the Bush-McCain economy are oil company executives,” Senate Majority Leader… Read more »

Reid: Americans Lose Jobs for Seventh Straight Month as Big Oil Rakes in Record Profits

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the Labor Department’s report that the nation shed another 51,000 jobs in July – the seventh straight month of losses – as unemployment rose to a four-year high of 5.7 percent and Chevron announced a second-quarter profits of nearly $6 billion: “This week has made it crystal clear that the only ones doing well in the Bush-McCain economy are oil company executives.  As we pay more than ever to fill our tanks and to heat and cool our homes, Exxon, BP, Shell and Chevron all announced billions in new profits – including the highest single-quarter take in history.  Meanwhile, American jobs continue to disappear, millions have seen… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Lead Passage of Most Sweeping Housing Legislation in Decades

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate passed the housing reform bill: “After months of Republican stalling, we have finally passed the most sweeping housing legislation in decades. It addresses the root of the broader economic crisis – record-high foreclosures – by helping Americans keep their homes and keep their home equity. “This is not a perfect bill, but we can be proud of our achievement here. I want to thank Senators Dodd and Shelby and Senators Baucus and Grassley for working in a bipartisan fashion to help craft it. I also would like to thank Secretary Paulson for helping the President see the light. “I urge the President to sign this bill as… Read more »

Reid: Senate Moves One Step Closer to Addressing Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to advance the housing reform bill for a final-passage vote tomorrow: “After months of Republican stalling, we are finally moving forward on the bipartisan housing bill, and are looking forward to passing it tomorrow.  This bill is the most sweeping housing legislation the Congress will have passed in decades.  It addresses the root of the broader economic crisis – record-high foreclosures – by helping Americans keep their homes and keep their home equity.  Even President Bush has finally dropped his stubborn opposition to this important bill and finally realizes, as Democrats long have, that we must act immediately to address the housing crisis.” ###

Reid Introduces Victims of Polygamy Assistance Act

Washington, D.C. –Aiding women and children affected by polygamy and cracking down on crimes committed by polygamist organizations are the goals of new legislation introduced today by Nevada Senator Harry Reid.   The Victims of Polygamy Assistance Act of 2008 targets the organized criminal behavior that is a hallmark of many polygamist organizations, including welfare fraud, tax evasion, extortion, kidnapping and transporting victims across state lines. The task force, which will include representatives of numerous federal agencies and the U.S. attorneys from affected states, will be charged with stepping up enforcement against criminal activities, tracking interstate activity, and assisting state and local law enforcement. The Act provides $2 million in federal grant funding to help states investigate and prosecute these… Read more »

Reid Announces Major Solar Grant for UNLV

Washington, D.C. – UNLV will receive $738,000 in grant funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) for important solar energy research, Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced.   The federal money will allow UNLV to perform solar nanotechnology research to identify methods for developing high-efficiency and low-cost solar cells. The benefits of this type of solar cell are well recognized, but the challenge is producing large arrays of them at low cost. The technology being developed at UNLV will help meet this challenge.   “I believe Nevada will lead a global clean energy revolution, and the great work being done at our universities will be a major part of this effort,” Reid said. “Our state is blessed with a tremendous… Read more »

Reid Statement on Senate Passage of Global AIDS Bill

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008: “I am pleased that we were able to pass the global HIV/AIDS bill with a strong bipartisan vote.  I commend Senators Biden and Lugar for their hard work on this legislation and their commitment to moving this bill forward.  Despite the fact that this legislation is President Bush’s own initiative, we saw once again that Senate Republicans will slow down the Senate even on legislation which they ultimately support.  We were able to overcome the objections of a very small group of Republican… Read more »

Reid Statement on Bill to Curb Excessive Oil Speculation

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in introducing the Stop Excessive Energy Speculation Act: “Right now, Wall Street traders are raising gas prices with nothing more than the click of a mouse.  Without regard for anything but their own profits, traders are bidding up prices by buying huge quantities of oil just to sell them at an even higher price. “For nearly eight years, the Bush-Cheney Administration has turned a blind eye to this increasingly excessive speculation, which has driven oil future prices to record levels and directly contributed to soaring prices of gasoline at the pump.  In fact, the former head of the CFTC’s trade division said speculation has increased the price of oil by… Read more »