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 »

Reid Remarks At Congressional Ceremony Honoring Troops And Their Families Ahead Of Fifth Anniversary Of Iraq War

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today at the U.S. Capitol remembrance ceremony honoring our troops, veterans and their families for five years of service and sacrifice in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:   “One hundred forty-two years ago, in this hall where we now sit and stand, laid in state the martyred body of President Abraham Lincoln. Americans came from every corner of our country that day to grieve the President and honor the ideals expressed in his second inaugural address: ‘With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right – as God gives us to see the right – let us strive on to finish the work we are in to… Read more »

Reid Spokesman On Demint Earmark Claim: How Can You Vote On Something That Hasn't Been Offered?

Washington, D.C.- Rodell Mollineau, Communications Director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, made the following statement today in response to disingenuous claims made by Senator Jim DeMint on earmark provisions and the budget. Senator DeMint has falsely claimed Democrats are holding up his legislation, but he has yet to even offer it.  “We are voting on amendments in the order in which they were offered. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, Senators DeMint and McCain have still not offered any amendment dealing with earmarks.   “Senator DeMint has been talking about this amendment for three days.  If it’s so important to him, why didn’t he offer his amendment earlier in the week, as more than 20 Senators did?  He could be voting… Read more »

On 75th Anniversary of Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat, Reid Holds Podcast On Economy

Washington D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held a  podcast today to honor the 75th anniversary of the first of President  Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s groundbreaking and historic fireside chats.  Like  President Roosevelt’s initial radio address, Senator Reid discussed the banking  and housing crises that threaten the nation’s economy.  Senator Reid asked  Republicans in Congress to work with the Democrats to pass legislation that will  get our economy moving again by lowering taxes for middle-class families and  creating almost half a million good-paying jobs here at home.  Please click on the links below to view the podcast  and the Question and Answer session.  Podcast with Q & A:

Reid: Admiral Fallon's Resignation More Evidence That Bush Administration Silences Opposing Voices

   Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news of U.S. CENTCOM Commander Adm. William J. Fallon’s resignation:   “I am concerned that the resignation of Admiral William J. Fallon, commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East and a military leader with more than three decades of command experience, is yet another example that independence and the frank, open airing of experts’ views are not welcomed in this Administration.   “It is also a sign that the Administration is blind to the growing costs and consequences of the Iraq war, which has so damaged America’s security interests in the Middle East and beyond.  Democrats will continue to examine these matters very closely… Read more »

Reid Statement On Record Gas Prices In Nevada

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released a statement in response to Nevada’s record-breaking gas prices: “Today, Americans are feeling pain at the pumps more than they ever have before as oil hit a record price at $107 a barrel.  Gas prices in Las Vegas have broken yet another record at $3.23 a gallon.  In Reno, Nevadans are feeling the squeeze even more, with prices only a penny away from breaking the record of $3.39.    “This is yet another reminder that the Bush Administration’s misplaced budget and energy priorities have made America less secure and more unprepared.  This Administration’s energy policy is hitting consumers hard and weakening our national security as we rely heavily on oil from unstable… Read more »

Reid: Democrats' Budget Lowers Taxes For Middle-Class, Creates Good-Paying Jobs In America

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding Democrats’ budget, which strengthens the economy and reverses years of fiscal policies pursued by Bush Republicans that have put the burden of a looming recession on the back of middle-class families: “This week marks the 75th anniversary of the first of Franklin Roosevelt’s legendary fireside chats.  In his radio address on March 12, 1933, President Roosevelt reassured the nation that despite the fear and uncertainty of a banking crisis and a deeply troubled economy, working people – or in his words, ‘average citizens,’ would be just fine.  He said:   ‘You…must have faith; you must not be stampeded by rumors or… Read more »

Reid Statement On Newly Released Unemployment Numbers

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement in response to the unemployment numbers released today by the United States Department of Labor:  “The unemployment numbers released today by the Labor Department show that the number of unemployed Nevadans increased by more than 20 percent in the last year. This is another reminder that the Bush administration’s ‘wait and see’ approach isn’t working in Nevada or anywhere else.  Bush continues to turn a blind eye to Nevadans suffering in this economic slump. In fact, just last month, he refused to extend unemployment insurance benefits to those most in need.  It’s time for a change.   “Our economy is suffering and, while economists are examining all the contributing… Read more »

Reid: Product Safety Bill A Victory for American Consumers

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Consumer Product Safety Commission bill, 79-13: “This is a victory for the American consumer and a strong statement that the Administration’s lax regulation standards on children’s safety are unacceptable. It is also a strong statement that the Administration’s hands-off, wait-and-see approach to governing doesn’t work.  “This bill gives the Consumer Product Safety Commission the resources, authority, and oversight it needs to protect our children from lead, dangerous toys and other unsafe products. For years now, the CPSC’s budget and staff had been slashed. It employed only one full-time tester in an under-equipped lab to test toy safety for the entire country. We simply cannot… Read more »

Reid Meets With Nevada County Commissioners

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with the executive committee of the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) to discuss Payment In Lieu of Taxes, water, land, and mining issues. “The Nevada Association of Counties was here to discuss how we can work together to met the needs of Nevada’s seventeen counties,” said Reid.  “One of the best ways to do this is by fully funding the Payment In Lieu of Taxes program.  I’ll continue working to ensure Nevada gets the PILT funding it needs so our rural communities can grow even stronger.” The federal government owns 87 percent of Nevada’s land, including 48 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and 6 million acres of… Read more »