Reid Statement on Veto-Proof Passage of Medicare Fix That Prevents Cuts for Doctors, Improves Care for Patients

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act by a 69-30 vote.  This bill will benefit the more than 320,000 Medicare patients in Nevada: “With this vote, the Senate has passed a responsible and necessary bill to prevent payment cuts for doctors and to improve care for patients.  We are reversing a 10.6-percent cut in payments to physicians who care for millions of American seniors and military families.   “The House strongly passed this bill in bipartisan, veto-proof fashion by nearly 300 votes, and the Senate has now passed it by a veto-proof margin as well.  It is now up to the President… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Sends Second Letter to Energy Department Asking it to Recuse Law Firm.

Washington, DC—Nevada’s congressional delegation today sent a second letter to the Secretary of Energy requesting the Energy Department recuse the law firm Morgan Lewis from performing legal services related to the Yucca Mountain project.  This second letter highlights objections by the Department of Justice pertaining to conflicts of interest in the hiring of Morgan Lewis.  The Nevada delegation is hopeful this second letter will be given truly serious consideration despite the Energy Department’s failure to respond to a previous letter sent this past April. The full text of the letter is copied below and a signed copy is attached. ###        July 8, 2008 The Honorable Samuel Bodman Secretary of Energy U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C.  20585… Read more »

Reid Statement on Yucca Mountain Budget Cuts 

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today released the following statement regarding funding cuts to the Yucca Mountain project this year. The announcement was made today during the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development appropriations mark-up that Yucca Mountain would be funded at last year’s level of $386 million: “It was no simple task to cut $109 million – 22 percent – of the $495 million budget requested by the President, but it will surely cripple the progress the Energy Department wants to make on turning our state into the nation’s nuclear waste dump. At this level of funding, it’s impossible for Yucca Mountain to ever become a reality. ###

Reid, In Letter to McConnell, Encourages GOP to Drop Opposition to Renewable-Energy Tax Incenties

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid sent the following letter today to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to work toward a bipartisan solution to extend expiring tax provisions and energy tax incentives.   “Despite your apparent decision to protect hedge fund operators over critical national priorities, I remain committed to taking up and passing bipartisan legislation to extend important tax incentives before the August recess,” Reid writes. “The fate of this legislation rests in your hands.”   The full text of the letter is below: July 8, 2008 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C.  20510 Dear Leader McConnell: Thanks for your recent response to the letter I sent you June 13 regarding extension of the… Read more »

Reid Meets with Coalition to Discuss Wildfire Prevention and Response

Reno, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with a coalition of agencies and individuals working to prevent and battle wildfires in northern Nevada. Reid received a briefing about the current fire season, as well as information about how federal resources are being used to avoid disaster during the dangerous summer season. Senator Reid has led efforts in Congress to secure money for both wildfire prevention and recovery efforts throughout northern Nevada, including assistance for affected ranchers and farmers in recently enacted legislation. “The devastation caused by wildfire throughout northern Nevada in the past few years is enormous, and we’re going to do everything within our means to make sure this is a better year,” Reid said. “We talked… Read more »

Reid Statement on Release of Hostages in Colombia

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today in reaction to the release of more than a dozen hostages held in Colombia by the FARC guerrilla group, including former Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancourt, 3 American contractors – Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Keith Stansell, among others:  “It is great news that the three U.S. hostages- who are the longest held U.S. hostages in the world – Ingrid Betancourt, and the other hostages were freed, and will finally be reunited with their families. When I was in Colombia last year, we raised the issue of these hostages. This is an issue I and my staff have followed closely and we hope that the FARC will release all remaining… Read more »

Reid Tours Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Fusion Center

Las Vegas, NV– Nevada Senator Harry Reid toured the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center’s state-of-the-art Fusion Center located just off the Las Vegas Strip.  The center is dedicated to protecting Nevadans by allowing first responders to coordinate a faster, more seamless reaction during a crisis or natural disaster.  The tour gave insight into the 24,000-square foot center’s capabilities, which includes a process of information sharing that strikes preemptively against crime.  When the number of robberies rose over the spring, Metro utilized data sharing to put more officers on the street in high-risk areas.  “As a world-class tourist destination, Nevada’s homeland security needs are enormous,” Reid said.  “With that sober reality always in mind, I worked to secure $9 million in homeland… Read more »

Reid Presents Hearts & Hands Award to Veterans Affairs Nurse

Reno, NV– Nevada Senator Harry Reid today presented the Hearts & Hands Award to Veterans Affairs nurse Jesse Danen.  Danen not only works as a primary care nurse, but is also the Registered Nurse Coordinator for Internal Medicine, Team Leader for the Healthy Vet class, and Internal Medicine Coordinator for the residents.  In addition to these assignments, Danen created the Employee Health Fair, all while serving on the faculty of the University of Phoenix. “I would like to thank you for your service to our Nevada veterans,” Reid said.  “Nevada has the fastest growing veteran population in the nation, as one in six Nevadans is a veteran.  Your hard work and attentive care to our military heroes makes you a… Read more »

Reid Statement on BLM Decision to Lift Solar Application Moratorium

Reno, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement about the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to lift a previously imposed moratorium on new applications for future projects to develop solar power in Nevada. Senator Reid had expressed concern the moratorium would have a severe negative impact on the continued progress of renewable energy development in the state: “I am glad the Bureau of Land Management has arrived at this good decision. Nevada is the Saudi Arabia of solar energy and is poised to lead a global clean energy revolution, and we need to do all we can to encourage public and private investment in projects to develop this amazing potential. Nevada and the BLM are good… Read more »

Reid Tours GE Energy Facility

Reno, NV– Nevada Senator Harry Reid today toured the GE Energy facility in Minden, Nevada.  Executives from the company were on hand to explain renewable energy technologies currently being used and expanded upon at each facility. “Nevada has a wealth of renewable energy resources,” Reid said.  “I was pleased to see the innovation of Nevadans at use in turning these renewable resources into clean energy right here in Northern Nevada.  With continued efforts like I saw today, Nevada can and will be a leader in the clean energy revolution.” GE Energy’s facility in Minden specializes in a broad array of energy efficiency technologies and products for traditional energy sources, as well as for solar and wind applications.  GE is a… Read more »