Ensign, Reid, Heller Announce Funds to Improve Infrastructure in Nye, Pershing

Washington, DC- Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid and Congressman Dean Heller today announced three grants totaling nearly $2.5 million for water and waste disposal improvement.  These grants were awarded to Nye and Pershing Counties through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development.  “I am pleased that the USDA has awarded these grants to further the development of infrastructure in Nevada,” said Ensign.  “This money will help in the effort to modernize water and waste treatment in Nye and Pershing Counties.” “Water is such an important issue throughout the state of Nevada,” said Reid.  “This amount of money will go a long way toward improving water infrastructure in these counties.” “Providing rural Nevada with the necessary resources to build… Read more »

Reid And McConnell Statement On Senate Agreement On Housing Bill

Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today, announcing an agreement in principle to address the housing crisis:  “Senior Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle to strengthen the economy by addressing the nationwide foreclosure crisis. Getting to this point has required compromise by all sides. This is a solid, bipartisan start to keeping families facing foreclosure in their homes, helping other families avoid foreclosures in the future, and helping communities already harmed by foreclosure to recover.  “This package addresses the core issues of this crisis, including foreclosure mitigation, mortgage counseling, FHA modernization and homeowner tax credits, among other provisions. We hope to quickly come to a… Read more »

Reid Receives Award From American Legion

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid was presented with the Nevada American Legion Award to recognize his leadership and tireless efforts to ensure that veterans receive the care they need and deserve.   “I am honored to receive this award from the Nevada American Legion,” said Reid. “For years, I have made it my mission to fight for the benefits our veterans, servicemen and women, and their families deserve. I am glad that Senate Democrats were able to provide the Veterans Administration with the largest budget in its history. I will continue to leverage my position as Majority Leader to ensure our veterans receive the retirement and health care benefits they were promised when they enlisted. It’s the right… Read more »

Senate to Begin Debate on Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Senate will begin debate on a bill intended to address Nevada’s housing crisis and help Nevadans avoid foreclosure. The Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 will keep families facing foreclosure in their homes, help other families avoid foreclosures in the future, and help communities already harmed by foreclosure to recover. “America is facing a housing crisis, and nowhere are the effects seen more than in Nevada” said Reid.  “After spending the past two weeks with fellow Nevadans throughout the state, it is clear that we are all feeling the effects of a weakened economy, and more needs to be done to keep people in their homes.  That is why the Senate will begin debate this week on… Read more »

In Letter To McConnell, Reid Seeks Cooperation From GOP In Dealing With Housing Crisis

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid sent a letter to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell today to ask for his cooperation in addressing the housing crisis.   Late last month, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Foreclosure Prevention Act which would keep families facing foreclosure in their homes, help other families avoid foreclosures in the future, and help communities already harmed by foreclosure to recover.   As the recent economic indicators continue to depict a struggling economy rocked by a wave of foreclosures, Democrats believe it is more important than ever for the Senate to take steps to prevent the crisis from spreading. Recent events have made it clear that the Federal Reserve and the Bush Administration are ready to… Read more »

Reid: Bush Leaving US Without Plan for Success in Iraq

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s speech on Iraq: “In today’s speech President Bush once again failed to give the American people a clear indication that we are any closer to an overall plan for success in Iraq than we were in any of the previous five years of this war.” “The President asserts that real progress has been made in Iraq, but if that were truly the case, then our troops would be coming home soon.” “In fact it appears there will be as many if not more U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the year than there were before the surge began in 2007; and in… Read more »

Reid, Goodman Tour Downtown Redevelopment Projects

Las Vegas, NV- Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman toured downtown Las Vegas today to survey redevelopment projects currently underway, and discuss those planned for the future. “The process of revitalizing downtown Las Vegas is something I’m happy to be a part of,” said Reid.  “For those of us who have been here for a long time, like Mayor Goodman and I, the prospect of a vibrant, entertaining, and culturally-driven downtown area is very exciting.  A healthy and strong downtown will strengthen our economy, create more jobs and make the number one tourist destination in the world an even more exciting place for tourists to visit.” “Downtown is undergoing a transformation and I was glad to… Read more »

Reid Statement On 4,000th Military Death In Iraq

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the 4,000th military death in the war in Iraq: “Today, as a grateful and grieving nation, we mourn the 4,000 servicemembers who have died in this war and honor their families who have sacrificed so much in service to this nation. The 4,000th death is no less regrettable than the 3,999 before it or any that may yet come; it is but the latest reminder that we still owe our nation’s bravest men and women a strategy to redeploy them from an endless civil war and make America more secure. “Last week we began the sixth year of this costly war and last month we began the second… Read more »

Reid Meets With American Institute Of Architects

Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with the Nevada chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). During the meeting, Randy Lavigne, executive director of the Nevada AIA, presented Reid with the chapter’s Livable Communities Award in recognition of his work to make Nevada a leader in the development of renewable energy. The Nevada AIA adopted a platform last fall to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. In addition, the AIA strongly supports green-building standards and building efficiency codes.   “It is a great honor to receive the Nevada AIA’s Livable Communities Award,” said Reid. “This organization shares my vision for making the Silver State a leader in the renewable energy revolution. I commend them for their hard work and dedication… Read more »

Reid Statement On The 5th Anniversary Of The Iraq War

Las Vegas, NV- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the 4,000th military death in the war in Iraq: “Today, as a grateful and grieving nation, we mourn the 4,000 servicemembers who have died in this war and honor their families who have sacrificed so much in service to this nation. The 4,000th death is no less regrettable than the 3,999 before it or any that may yet come; it is but the latest reminder that we still owe our nation’s bravest men and women a strategy to redeploy them from an endless civil war and make America more secure. “Last week we began the sixth year of this costly war and last month we began the… Read more »