Reid: Republicans Choose Airlines Over Passengers in Ground Bill to Make Air Travel Safer, More Efficient

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans blocked the FAA Reauthorization Act from coming to the floor: “Bush Republicans have once again put big business first and American consumers last, choosing to look out for airlines instead of their passengers. Our bill would have made air travel safer in the skies and on the runways, help air travelers take off sooner and land safer, help commerce flow with fewer interruptions, and help carriers lower their fuel costs. It also included a passengers’ bill of rights to ensure travelers are treated with respect during long delays. “Frequent and infrequent flyers alike already face enough obstacles as they try to go from city to city and state… Read more »

Reid Meets With Nevada State Champion Of "Poetry Out Loud" Contest

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met Rachel “Lainey” Henderson from Carson City. Henderson is the 2008 Nevada State Champion for “Poetry Out Loud,” a national recitation contest. Henderson recited poetry for Reid during the meeting. “She delivered it with such passion and enthusiasm – it was truly a wonderful performance,” Reid said. “The arts are an important part of every education, and I always enjoy meeting young Nevadans who are participating in such valuable programs.” Henderson is a student at Carson High School. Students choose three poems to recite from the Poetry Out Loud anthologies. For the competition, Rachel will be reciting “Mrs. Krikorian,” “It Was Not Death for I Stood Up,” and “Since There is No Escape.”… Read more »

Reid: Fourth Straight Month Of Job Loss Underscores The Urgent Need To Strengthen The Economy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to a Department of Labor report that U.S. employers cut 20,000 jobs in April – the fourth month in a row of job losses for American workers and businesses: “With the President and Bush Republicans offering the same failed economic strategy that got us to this point, it’s no wonder that today’s jobs report looks just like every other one this year: Americans continue to lose their jobs. For the fourth straight month, the dangers of Republicans’ ‘wait-and-see’ approach to our economy are crystal clear – the numbers that should be down are up, and those that should be up are down. Gas prices and foreclosures keep growing… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Refuse To Work Toward Making Air Travel Safer, More Efficient

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding Republican obstruction of the FAA Modernization Act. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “On occasion, the United States Senate must turn to legislation that we know will cause controversy. Abortion. Social security. The war in Iraq – just to name a few. Sometimes we find common ground on these issues. Other times, after thoughtful, earnest debate, the two sides of the aisle cannot converge in the middle. And that is okay. That is just how this body was designed to work. “So I offer the words that will follow with an understanding that as the majority party, we cannot expect… Read more »

Reid Meets with High School Students from Sparks

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with 20 Advanced Placement U.S. Government students from Reed High School in Sparks, the largest public high school in the Washoe County School District. These students are the Nevada state champions of the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” program. “We the People” is an instructional program meant to promote civic competence and responsibility among elementary and secondary students. Beginning Saturday, they will represent Nevada in a three day competition on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in Washington, D.C.

Reid: Five Years After President Bush's Shortsighted Speech, Our Mission Is Far From Accomplished In Iraq

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate today, the fifth anniversary of President Bush’s speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln beneath the “Mission Accomplished” banner. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Five years ago today, on the deck of an aircraft carrier, returning from the Middle East, America and the world bore witness to perhaps the greatest act of hubris that our nation has ever seen in wartime. Resplendent in a flight suit, landing theatrically in a fighter jet, President Bush declared that, ‘In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.’ Above him, a banner – printed by the White House – that proclaimed… Read more »

Reid: When It Comes To Ideas For Relieving Pain At The Pump, Bush Republicans Are Running On Empty

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to Republicans’ energy plan: “When it comes to ideas for helping Americans paying more and more every day at the gas pump, Bush Republicans are running on empty. Their only answer is to drill for more fossil fuels and drill deeper into Americans’ pockets to line those of Big Oil. “After seven years of disastrous policies and distorted priorities, it’s time for Republicans to care more about their constituents than their cronies. It’s time they stand up to OPEC and countries that collude to set high oil prices. It’s time they stand up to Big Oil instead of giving tax breaks and subsidies to companies that rake in… Read more »

Reid Announces Renewable Energy Grant For Sparks And Reno

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today that a $984,000 grant is being awarded to install equipment that will use methane gas from wastewater to generate electricity for both Sparks and Reno. Senator Reid secured funding for this project in the FY 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the Department of Energy awarded the grant. “This is an important investment in renewable energy,” Reid said. “Using clean, alternative energy sources will save money and keep Nevada’s air pure and our state beautiful. This grant allows Sparks and Reno to set a standard for creative ways to reduce energy use, and it also helps us continue toward our goal of making Nevada the world leader in renewable energy.” The 1… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Sends NRC Letter Asking To Extend Deadline To Submit Licensing Challenges

Washington, DC – Nevada’s Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking it to extend the deadline for submitting challenges to the Department of Energy’s license application to construct the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. The text of the letter is below: April 30, 2008 Annette L. Vietti-Cook Secretary of the Commission U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Mail Stop O-16G4 Washington, DC 20555-0001 Dear Ms. Vietti-Cook: As you know, the Department of Energy plans to submit a license application (LA) for construction of a nuclear waste repository to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) this June. We write today to request that the Commission extend the deadline for submitting petitions and contentions to the NRC related to licensing… Read more »

Reid Receives Award from National Breast Cancer Coalition

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid was presented with an award for his work on the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act by the National Breast Cancer Coalition.    “It is an honor to receive this award,” Reid said.  “Studying links between breast cancer and the environment is could be critical to improving our knowledge of this complex illness, which could lead to better prevention, treatment and perhaps one day, a cure.  I first introduced the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act in 2001 with Senator Chafee, and today, this bipartisan bill has 68 cosponsors.  It is unconscionable that one Republican is blocking our effort to debate legislation that has the support of more than two-thirds of the Senate…. Read more »