Reid Swears In Ferc Commissioner Wellinghoff for a Second Term

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today swore in Jon Wellinghoff, who will serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), during a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. “I’m pleased Jon will serve a second term as a FERC Commissioner,” Reid said.  “He will continue addressing the energy problems facing Nevada and the rest of our nation.  I’m a strong supporter of Jon because of his work to enhance energy efficiency and promote renewable energy.”   The FERC Commission oversees electric transactions and interstate electric transmission and gas transportation in the United States.   Wellinghoff received his JD from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., M.A.T. from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and BS at University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada… Read more »

Reid Meets with Delegation from Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with representatives from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.  Among the topics discussed were: the need for long-term renewable tax credits; strengthening small business; investing in highways; and protecting the Highway Trust Fund. “The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest in the country and represents thousands of Nevadans and Nevada businesses,” said Reid.  “I appreciate the work the Chamber does on behalf of Nevada’s business community.  I thank them for taking the time to meet with me during their time in Washington and look forward to working with them to strengthen Nevada’s economic future.”

Latino Museum Letter to Appropriators

Washington, D.C. – Below is a letter sent by a bipartisan group of Senators, includingNevada Senator Harry Reid, asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fundthe Commission to study the potential creation of the National Museum of the AmericanLatino. The bill to authorize this commission was signed into law last week. May 15, 2008The Honorable Robert C. ByrdChairman Senate Committee on AppropriationsS-131, U.S. CapitolWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Dianne FeinsteinChairman Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related AgenciesSenate Committee on Appropriations131 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Thad CochranRanking MemberSenate Committee on AppropriationsS-146A, U.S. CapitolWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Wayne AllardRanking MemberSubcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related AgenciesSenate Committee on Appropriations125 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairmen… Read more »

Reid Statement on Administration’s Plan to Pollute Great Basin National Park

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement regarding a report by the National Parks Conservation Association detailing the Bush Administration’s plans would make it easier to thwart laws intended to keep the air in the Great Basin National Park clean.  Great Basin National Park is listed as number three of the top ten national parks most threatened by proposed new coal power plants. “Every year, nearly 90,000 people travel to Great Basin National Park to experience its stunning landscape.  As a lover of the outdoors and author of a law that created the Great Basin National Park, the first and only national park in Nevada, I am very concerned by the Administration attempts to circumvent laws… Read more »

Reid Meets with Representatives from the Nevada Fraternal Order of Police

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with representatives from the Nevada State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) who are in Washington as part of National Police Week.  During the meeting, the representatives presented Reid with the official flag of the Nevada State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in recognition of his support for the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.   “Police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians are on the front line every day to ensure the safety of all Nevadans,” Reid said. “This week, while the nation commemorates Police Week and honors the service and sacrifice of our first responders, it is only right that we in the Senate offer more than mere words of… Read more »

Reid Praises Passage of Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid lauded Senate passage of the Farm Bill today. The legislation, which now goes to President Bush, provides important benefits to people throughout Nevada. More than $1 billion over the next decade is included to help low-income families put food on the table, and $110 million will be directed to help our most vulnerable through food banks and soup kitchens struggling with rising food costs. Food stamps receive a boost as well, with new rules tying them to inflation to increase purchasing power. Farmers can benefit from $1 billion in funding for farm-based renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. For ranchers, an important new provision allows private landowners to apply to receive cost share… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Taking Strong First Step to Ease Americans' Pain at the Pump by Halting Shipments to Oil Reserve

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a provision by a 97-1 vote to suspend filling the 97-percent-full Strategic Petroleum Reserve: “Democrats today led the charge against one of the root causes of skyrocketing oil and gas prices.  Instead of hiding barrels of oil in the nearly full Strategic Petroleum Reserve, we want to put them on the market to increase supply and lower prices.  It is a good first step, but with oil and gas prices continuing to break record highs every day, much more needs to be done.  Republicans must abandon their shortsighted strategy of ‘drill, drill, drill’ and join us to pass the rest of the Democratic energy bill… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Working to Curb Our Addiction to Oil, Invest in Renewable Energy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding Democrats’ energy package that repeals billions of dollars in tax breaks for Big Oil, forces them to invest in renewable energy or pay a price for refusing to do so, protects consumers from OPEC and others who manipulate the market, and increases our oil supply to lower prices. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “On Friday, oil hit yet another record high above $126 a barrel.  The average price for a gallon of gasoline in America is now well above $3.60 a gallon – and that’s the average.  In Nevada, it is $3.80.  Diesel – the fuel that moves the… Read more »

Reid Honors 50th Anniversary of UNLV

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) President David Ashley to present him with a copy of a Congressional Record statement honoring the 50th anniversary of the school. The statement, as submitted to the record, is below: 50th Anniversary of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas  MR. REID. M President, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In 1957, UNLV was born as an extension of the University of Nevada, Reno to accommodate the rapidly growing population of Las Vegas. The first classes were held in the dressing rooms of Las Vegas High School’s auditorium. There were only 28 students. When the Nevada Board… Read more »

Reid Unveils Consumer First Energy Act

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid joined other Democratic senators at a press conference today to unveil the Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008, a bill that addresses the root causes of high gas prices.  Seven years of the Bush Administration’s disastrous energy policies have enriched Big Oil and market speculators at the expense of American consumers.  Democrats are committed to providing relief to consumers and strengthening our economic, energy and national security.  “Nevadans are paying more and more every day to fill up their gas tanks, yet Bush Republicans only offer more of the same failed energy policies that brought us to this point,” Reid said.  “With this bill, Democrats are protecting consumers.  Instead of helping Big Oil make more money… Read more »