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 »

Reid Statement Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today at a congressional ceremony in the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King: “During my time at George Washington law school, I worked as a Capitol police officer and in the House post office.  On that hot August day in 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King led the March on Washington, I was there.  I may have been just one in a crowd of a quarter million that day, but when Dr. King stood in the shadow of the Great Emancipator and said ‘I have a dream,’ every one of us dreamed along with… Read more »

Reid Meets With Southern Nevada Military Officers Association Of America

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with Michael Cameron, President of the Southern Nevada chapter of Military Officers Association of America, to discuss issues affecting service members and their families, such as protecting veterans from unfair medical fee increases and benefit penalties. “I appreciate Michael taking the time to meet with me about the needs of service members and their families,” said Reid.  “Military benefits and health care are key issues, which is why I worked to pass legislation in the budget resolution to end the remaining five year phase-in period of concurrent receipt and allow all eligible disabled veterans to receive disability and retirement pay simultaneously.  Our veterans, those who are currently serving, and their families… Read more »

Ensign, Reid, Heller Announce Funds to Improve Infrastructure in Nye, Pershing

Washington, DC- Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid and Congressman Dean Heller today announced three grants totaling nearly $2.5 million for water and waste disposal improvement.  These grants were awarded to Nye and Pershing Counties through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development.  “I am pleased that the USDA has awarded these grants to further the development of infrastructure in Nevada,” said Ensign.  “This money will help in the effort to modernize water and waste treatment in Nye and Pershing Counties.” “Water is such an important issue throughout the state of Nevada,” said Reid.  “This amount of money will go a long way toward improving water infrastructure in these counties.” “Providing rural Nevada with the necessary resources to build… Read more »

Reid And McConnell Statement On Senate Agreement On Housing Bill

Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today, announcing an agreement in principle to address the housing crisis:  “Senior Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle to strengthen the economy by addressing the nationwide foreclosure crisis. Getting to this point has required compromise by all sides. This is a solid, bipartisan start to keeping families facing foreclosure in their homes, helping other families avoid foreclosures in the future, and helping communities already harmed by foreclosure to recover.  “This package addresses the core issues of this crisis, including foreclosure mitigation, mortgage counseling, FHA modernization and homeowner tax credits, among other provisions. We hope to quickly come to a… Read more »

Reid Receives Award From American Legion

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid was presented with the Nevada American Legion Award to recognize his leadership and tireless efforts to ensure that veterans receive the care they need and deserve.   “I am honored to receive this award from the Nevada American Legion,” said Reid. “For years, I have made it my mission to fight for the benefits our veterans, servicemen and women, and their families deserve. I am glad that Senate Democrats were able to provide the Veterans Administration with the largest budget in its history. I will continue to leverage my position as Majority Leader to ensure our veterans receive the retirement and health care benefits they were promised when they enlisted. It’s the right… Read more »

Senate to Begin Debate on Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Senate will begin debate on a bill intended to address Nevada’s housing crisis and help Nevadans avoid foreclosure. The Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 will keep families facing foreclosure in their homes, help other families avoid foreclosures in the future, and help communities already harmed by foreclosure to recover. “America is facing a housing crisis, and nowhere are the effects seen more than in Nevada” said Reid.  “After spending the past two weeks with fellow Nevadans throughout the state, it is clear that we are all feeling the effects of a weakened economy, and more needs to be done to keep people in their homes.  That is why the Senate will begin debate this week on… Read more »

In Letter To McConnell, Reid Seeks Cooperation From GOP In Dealing With Housing Crisis

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid sent a letter to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell today to ask for his cooperation in addressing the housing crisis.   Late last month, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Foreclosure Prevention Act which would keep families facing foreclosure in their homes, help other families avoid foreclosures in the future, and help communities already harmed by foreclosure to recover.   As the recent economic indicators continue to depict a struggling economy rocked by a wave of foreclosures, Democrats believe it is more important than ever for the Senate to take steps to prevent the crisis from spreading. Recent events have made it clear that the Federal Reserve and the Bush Administration are ready to… Read more »

Reid: Bush Leaving US Without Plan for Success in Iraq

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s speech on Iraq: “In today’s speech President Bush once again failed to give the American people a clear indication that we are any closer to an overall plan for success in Iraq than we were in any of the previous five years of this war.” “The President asserts that real progress has been made in Iraq, but if that were truly the case, then our troops would be coming home soon.” “In fact it appears there will be as many if not more U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the year than there were before the surge began in 2007; and in… Read more »

Reid, Goodman Tour Downtown Redevelopment Projects

Las Vegas, NV- Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman toured downtown Las Vegas today to survey redevelopment projects currently underway, and discuss those planned for the future. “The process of revitalizing downtown Las Vegas is something I’m happy to be a part of,” said Reid.  “For those of us who have been here for a long time, like Mayor Goodman and I, the prospect of a vibrant, entertaining, and culturally-driven downtown area is very exciting.  A healthy and strong downtown will strengthen our economy, create more jobs and make the number one tourist destination in the world an even more exciting place for tourists to visit.” “Downtown is undergoing a transformation and I was glad to… Read more »