Reid, Ensign, Heller Announce Grant Funding For Clean Fuel Bus Replacements

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Congressman Dean Heller today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant of $500,000 from the Clean Fuels Grant Program for clean fuel bus replacements for Lake Tahoe. “I am very pleased that the Transportation Department is providing these funds for new clean fuel busses at Lake Tahoe,” Reid said. “I am deeply committed to protecting clean air and water in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and this money will go a long way toward that goal.” “We need to be good stewards of our environment,” said Ensign. “This funding will go a long way toward protecting the air and ecosystem at Lake Tahoe for future generations… Read more »

Reid Meets With Las Vegas and Reno Divisions Of American Heart Association

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with members from the Las Vegas and Reno divisions of the American Heart Association (AHA.) “I appreciated the opportunity to meet with this diverse group of Nevadans who shared their personal stories of heart disease and stroke,” Reid said. “I will continue working to ensure Nevadans receive help when it comes to healthcare issues and supporting increased funding for crucial heart and stroke programs at the Center for Disease Control and National Institute of Health.” During the meeting, members from the AHA chapter from Nevada applauded Reid for his help passing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Reid Statement on Passage of Nevada National Guard Land Act

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today commended House passage of the Southern Nevada Readiness Center Act that the Senate passed three weeks ago. The provision was included in a larger lands package that now goes to President Bush for his signature: “Nothing I do is more important than protecting Nevada’s families from the threats of our times. Our proud Nevada National Guard stands on the front line of this mission, and I will always work to ensure they have everything they need to do their job well. This legislation allows for the conveyance of the land on which the Guard’s new Southern Nevada Readiness Center stands. This new facility will help the Guard to be better prepared to respond… Read more »

Reid: President Bush Offers Only Words to Lower Gas Prices, Help Americans Facing Foreclosure

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s press conference this morning on the economy: “Only President Bush could allow Big Oil to write our nation’s energy policy, guarantee billions in oil tax breaks and refuse to stand up to OPEC or crack down on price gouging, and then shirk responsibility for gas prices that have more than doubled and oil prices that have quadrupled since he took office.  Only President Bush could be surprised to learn that gas was approaching $4 a gallon and then claim the White House is concerned about high gas prices.  President Bush’s Rose Garden rhetoric will not lower gas prices for Americans struggling in a weakening economy;… Read more »

Reid: G.I. Bill Helps Veterans Readjust To The Civilian Life We Enjoy Because Of Their Sacrifices

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today regarding the G.I. Bill: “More than 140 years ago, as he took the oath of office for the second time, Abraham Lincoln told the citizens gathered that day that Congress has a responsibility to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.’ Today we share that same responsibility to look out for those brave men and women who look out for us. “While we may not all agree on the same foreign policy and war strategy, we can agree that each and every veteran deserves our admiration, respect and support. That is exactly what this G.I. Bill does, and that is why… Read more »

Reid Swears In NRC Commissioner Jaczko For Second Term

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today swore in Gregory B. Jaczko for a second term as a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. “I’m very happy Dr. Jaczko will serve a second term as an NRC Commissioner,” Reid said. “Having worked directly with him, I know he will continue to ensure the safety and security of nuclear power plants.” Jaczko will serve as an NRC member for an additional five years (until June 30, 2013). Jaczko is one of five commissioners who will vote on plans for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. Jaczko received his doctorate degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reid: Democrats Lead Support Of America's Veterans, Young and Old

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Veterans Benefit Enhancement Act, 96-1: “At a time when 150,000 men and women are serving our country bravely in Iraq, providing for our veterans is one of our most important responsibilities. This long-overdue bill provides for, supports and honors America’s veterans, both young and old. “Democrats have led the way to expand eligibility for traumatic-injury insurance and specially adapted housing benefits to veterans with severe burns. We are also increasing benefits for veterans pursuing apprenticeships or on-job training programs, and restoring veteran status to Filipino veterans who served under U.S. command during World War II. “While we are pleased with the important support… Read more »

Reid Meets with Students, Actress to Discuss Affordable Prescription Drugs

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with actress Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) and a group of college students from Nevada, Michigan, North Dakota and Pennsylvania to discuss how they are being affected by the rising costs of prescription contraceptives on college campuses nationwide. “We must ensure all women have access to safe prescription contraception at prices they can afford,” Reid said.  “I support the Prevention Through Affordable Access Act.  This legislation would restore the longstanding ability of university-based and safety-net clinics to purchase prescription contraception at deeply discounted rates and pass the savings on to students and low-income clients.  “There is no question that the rate of unintended pregnancy is too… Read more »

Reid Statement on Take Your Child to Work Day

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans blocked legislation that would have ended income inequalities that exist between men and women:  “Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. What should be a great day for Nevada families has unfortunately been overshadowed by the poor decision Republicans made last night when they blocked important legislation that would have provided men and women equal pay for equal work.  “Wage discrimination is not only a gender issue, but a family issue as well. There are a record 70.2 million women in the workforce today. Nationwide, working families lose $200 billion in income annually due to the wage gap between men and women.     “The Lilly Ledbetter… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Heller Announce $7 Million In Grant Funding For Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Congressman Dean Heller today announced the awarding of two Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration grants totaling $7 million for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. “Reducing noise levels around the Reno-Tahoe Airport is an important quality of life issue for people residing in nearby neighborhoods,” Reid said. “I’m happy we’re able to bring the money we need back home to Nevada for this important work.” “Nevada is a state that prides itself on offering its residents a tremendous quality of life,” said Ensign. “Reno’s snowcapped mountains and warm summer climate entice visitors from all over. Unfortunately, this amount of air traffic increases the noise levels around the airport and under… Read more »