Reid Meets With American Institute Of Architects

Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with the Nevada chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). During the meeting, Randy Lavigne, executive director of the Nevada AIA, presented Reid with the chapter’s Livable Communities Award in recognition of his work to make Nevada a leader in the development of renewable energy. The Nevada AIA adopted a platform last fall to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. In addition, the AIA strongly supports green-building standards and building efficiency codes.   “It is a great honor to receive the Nevada AIA’s Livable Communities Award,” said Reid. “This organization shares my vision for making the Silver State a leader in the renewable energy revolution. I commend them for their hard work and dedication… Read more »

Reid Statement On The 5th Anniversary Of The Iraq War

Las Vegas, NV- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the 4,000th military death in the war in Iraq: “Today, as a grateful and grieving nation, we mourn the 4,000 servicemembers who have died in this war and honor their families who have sacrificed so much in service to this nation. The 4,000th death is no less regrettable than the 3,999 before it or any that may yet come; it is but the latest reminder that we still owe our nation’s bravest men and women a strategy to redeploy them from an endless civil war and make America more secure. “Last week we began the sixth year of this costly war and last month we began the… Read more »

Reid Delivers Address on Foreclosure Crisis

 Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid delivered the keynote address to members of the Nevada chapter of National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.   Reid’s remarks focused on the foreclosure crisis and its effects on our economy and Nevada’s working families. “Nevada has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation.  In Las Vegas alone it has jumped an astonishing 200 percent,” said Reid.  “I am doing everything I can here in Nevada and back in Washington to bring an end to the crisis so we can stabilize our economy and keep working families in their homes.  We’ve made some good progress but there is still more to be done.”   Reid helped secure $180 million… Read more »

Reid: Going Into War's Sixth Year, Iraq's Leaders Have Yet To Deliver

Las Vegas, NV— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today ahead of the fifth anniversary of start of the war in Iraq: “As we mark this week the start of the sixth year of the Iraq war, we are proud of the warriors who have fought hard to reduce violence in Iraq in recent months.  But America is not secure and the costs and consequences of the war continue to mount. Al Qaeda is stronger than it has ever been since 9/11, Osama bin Laden remains at large, the readiness of our Army and Marine Corps is at its lowest levels since Vietnam, and trends in Afghanistan are deeply troubling. And at the end of the surge this… Read more »

Reid: Cheney's Current View Of Iraq War Echoes His Previous Mistaken Assessments

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to comments made by Vice President Cheney that the Iraq war has been a “successful endeavor” that is “well worth the effort”:  “The Vice President’s remarks today minimizing the costs and consequences of the Administration’s Iraq strategy are reminiscent of his comments five years ago that we would be greeted as liberators and his comments three years ago that the insurgency was in its last throes. It would be far better if the Vice President would explain how his Administration intends to use its final months to find Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda’s senior leadership – neither of whom are in Iraq – as well as… Read more »

Reid Statement On Confirmation Of Executive Appointments

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on executive appointments after he, the Administration and Senate Republicans came to an agreement early this morning on confirming several dozen nominations. Below is a list of executive nominations by party affiliation, and attached is the complete list of confirmed nominees, including military nominations:  “I am pleased we were able to reach an agreement to confirm nominees early this morning. Democrats were confirmed to important posts such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, and AMTRAK, among others.  “I also offered to confirm over 40 Republican nominees. While Republicans blocked some of the President’s own nominees, a large number were confirmed, including the… Read more »

Reid Statement on Budget Amendment to Help Nevada Veterans

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid released a statement hailing the passage of his amendment ending a previous five-year roadblock that prevented veterans from receiving full concurrent receipt benefits.  The amendment was included in the budget which passed the Senate early this morning. “Last night was a huge victory for Nevada’s veterans.  By passing my concurrent receipt budget amendment, the Senate took a huge step in caring for our nation’s heroes.  Starting this fall, this legislation ends the final five years of the ten year phase-in period for those awaiting concurrent receipt and allows all eligible disabled veterans to receive disability and retirement pay simultaneously.  The phase-in limbo for concurrent receipt was an impractical policy that robbed our military men… Read more »

Reid Statement On Passage Of Federal Budget

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Democratic budget:  “This is a good budget that focuses on issues important to Nevadans. First and foremost it points our economy in the right direction once again. It lowers taxes for Nevada’s middle class and helps make health care, college tuition, and energy more affordable. It is a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that adheres to the pay-as-you-go budget rules that created the surpluses of the late 1990′s and created millions of jobs.   “To create more good-paying jobs in America and protect the ones we already have, the budget invests in education, math, science, engineering, and technology. It makes smart investments in renewable energy,… Read more »

Reid Ensign Announce Nursing Grant For Truckee Meadows Community College

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign announced that the Truckee Meadows Community College was awarded a $1,544, 233 grant for education and training in the nursing field by the Department of Labor (DOL). The funds will be used to implement a nurse mentor program and create student forums and other venues for learning. The Washoe County School District, Renown Medical Hospital, Northern Nevada Medical Hospital, Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN), Nevada Job Connect, and the Redfield Foundation contributed $1,385,954 in addition to the funds awarded by the DOL. The Northern Nevada Nursing Project will use the grant to address a nursing shortage by recruiting, training, and placing 264 new nurses within Northern Nevada. “I commend these businesses… Read more »

Reid Discusses Commitment To Funding Rural Communities With Oregon Speaker Merkley And Senate Democrats

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Senators Jeff Bingaman, Ron Wyden, Max Baucus and Charles Schumer met with Oregon Speaker of the House Jeff Merkley today to discuss legislation that would restore funding for rural schools and counties across the country. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000 provided funding for more than 700 counties in 42 states, but the Republican-led Congress allowed it to expire in September 2006.  Senator Reid and other western Democrats have been fighting to put in place a multi-year reauthorization of this program to help communities across the nation.  Nearly every Nevada county will see increased benefits from Secure Rural Schools under the revised program that Senator Reid helped broker.  Additionally,… Read more »