Reid: One Year Into Surge, Political Reconciliation In Iraq Remains Out Of Reach

Reid: One Year Into Surge, Political Reconciliation In Iraq Remains Out Of Reach Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the one-year anniversary of the beginning of President Bush’s escalation in Iraq: “The ‘surge’ strategy our military implemented a year ago today had an explicit goal: reduce violence so that Iraqis would have the room to begin securing their own country. Unfortunately, while our brave troops have held up their end, the Iraqis have not. “One year on, we remain proud of how our troops have achieved everything we have asked of them with courage and skill. But the stated goal of political reconciliation remains unfulfilled and Iraq still lacks a sustainable security framework. And while violence… Read more »

Reid Lauds Legislation That Brings Air America Employees One Step Closer To Full Retirement Benefits

Washington D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid led the Senate passage of the 2008 Intelligence Authorization Act conference report, which includes a provision to provide federal retirement benefits to former Air America employees for their service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before 1977.“Those who honorably served Air America played a key role in the Vietnam War and were vital to numerous missions” said Reid.  “I’m pleased that we worked in a bipartisan fashion to help these individuals get one step closer to receiving the retirement benefits they deserve.”Air America, a passenger and cargo airline, acquired by the CIA in 1950, flew missions for the CIA into the 1970′s.  Since then, former employees of Air America and related companies have… Read more »

Reid: Stimulus Will Help Millions Of Americans Struggling In Uncertain Economy

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after President Bush signed the economic stimulus package into law:  “The bipartisan plan the President signed today will help millions of Americans who are struggling in an uncertain economy. Congress promised to act quickly and effectively to help those who need it most, and this law represents a promise kept to the American people.  “I am proud that it was Senate Democrats who insisted that this plan to strengthen the economy include 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled. But we have much more to do in the long term because many more Americans still need our help. We will continue fighting for those who have lost their jobs in the… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Should Join Us To Establish Single Interrogation Standard

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today, calling on Republicans to support the Intelligence Authorization conference report and establish a single standard of interrogation that does not permit torture:   “When the Intelligence Authorization conference report comes to the floor tomorrow, Republicans should join us to support one standard of interrogation – as outlined in the Army Field Manual – for the entire government.   “We want to abide by the manual because it works.  Gen. Petraeus has said it works effectively.  Thirty-six retired Admirals and Generals have said it is effective on high-level detainees.  And a bipartisan group of foreign policy experts – including the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and Republicans who… Read more »

Reid: President's Economic Report Fails To Acknowledge Challenges Facing Middle Class

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s economic report released today: “I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans have worked together to reach agreement on a short-term economic stimulus bill. Economists believe that this legislation will make a real difference in mitigating our current downturn. However, it is far from a panacea, and much more should be done to address our economy’s longer-term problems. “The President’s report today argues that the economy retains a solid foundation, but it fails to adequately reflect pressures on middle-class families that have been mounting for many years. The middle class is facing declining incomes, coupled with rising prices for everything from health care to gasoline to… Read more »

Reid: President's Economic Report Fails To Acknowledge Challenges Facing Middle Class

—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s economic report released today: “I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans have worked together to reach agreement on a short-term economic stimulus bill. Economists believe that this legislation will make a real difference in mitigating our current downturn. However, it is far from a panacea, and much more should be done to address our economy’s longer-term problems. “The President’s report today argues that the economy retains a solid foundation, but it fails to adequately reflect pressures on middle-class families that have been mounting for many years. The middle class is facing declining incomes, coupled with rising prices for everything from health care to gasoline to college… Read more »

Reid Encourages Nevadans to Participate in Public Hearings on Yucca

Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter to fellow Nevadans this week, encouraging them to tell the Department of Energy how they feel about the proposal to use Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste dump during the Department’s hearings in Nevada this November and December. To read more on how Senator Reid is fighting against the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump click here. Here is the text of the letter: Dear ***,          For more than two decades, I have worked to keep high-level nuclear waste away from Yucca Mountain and out of Nevada. With the support of Nevadans like you, I am confident that together we will continue our successful track record and… Read more »

Reid: Senate Democrats Improve House Stimulus Plan To Help Seniors, Veterans

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today announcing a bipartisan agreement on the economic stimulus plan:   “Two weeks ago most Senate Republicans were quick to endorse the House stimulus bill without any revisions, even though they knew it was inadequate.  I said back then that the Senate had two obligations: to improve the bill and to deliver a timely, temporary and targeted bill by Presidents’ Day Weekend.  Senate Democrats have kept those promises.   “It is our responsibility to pass the strongest bill that we can.  So I make no apologies for fighting to provide economic relief to as many deserving Americans as possible.  If we would have listened to the advice of the White… Read more »

Reid Unveils New Public Service Announcement Regarding Nevada's Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, D.C. –Nevada Senator Harry Reid today unveiled his latest public service announcement (PSA) to help Nevadans facing foreclosure.  In the PSA Reid announces the date for his next “Mobile Resource Center,” set for Monday, February 18th, at Cashman Center in Las Vegas. “The Silver State is facing a foreclosure crisis that is hurting Nevadans and weakening our economy,” said Reid.  “In Las Vegas alone the foreclosure rate has jumped an astonishing 200 percent.  But these aren’t just statistics.  There are people behind these numbers.  These people need to know that there are reliable and credible resources out there to help them.  I hope those in Southern Nevada will take advantage of the February 18 Mobile Resource Center.” Reid’s Mobile Resource Centers… Read more »

Reid: Bush Budget Raises Taxes, Harms Nevada's Middle Class

Washington, D.C. – On a conference call with Nevada reporters, Nevada Senator Harry Reid discussed how President Bush’s 2009 budget raises taxes for Nevada’s middle class. “President Bush’s priorities continue to be dramatically out of sync with Nevada’s working families,” said Reid. “His most recent budget blueprint is no different. It raises taxes on hundreds of thousands of Nevada families by excluding the sales tax deduction, as well as the deduction for college tuition. These are important deductions that Nevada families rely on. At a time when Nevada families are feeling the effects of a weakened economy, the president should not be trying to raise their taxes.” Sales Tax This deduction provided tax fairness to residents in states like Nevada that have no state… Read more »