Reid, Ensign Announce Funds for Improvements at Reno/Stead Airport

Washington, DC- Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of more than $900,000 for the reconstruction of the airplane taxilanes at the Reno/Stead Airport. The money will extend the service life of the taxilanes and provide safe access to the aircraft parking area. “This grant will improve Reno/Stead Airport’s current condition and ultimately improve air travel throughout Nevada,” Reid said. “I commend the FAA for joining us in making air travel safer for Nevadans.” “I am pleased the FAA has secured the funding necessary to update portions of the Reno/Stead Airport,” Ensign said. “As an important traffic reliever for Reno/Tahoe International Airport, this grant will allow the Reno/Stead Airport to make improvements… Read more »

Reid Meets with Spring Valley High School Students

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with 30 graduating seniors from Spring Valley High School of Las Vegas.  The students are part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, a support effort geared in part toward students who would be the first in their family to obtain a college degree.  The students are in Washington to learn about government and to tour colleges.   “We must make college an affordable option for every Nevada student and AVID gives these young people the tools they need to succeed in education beyond high school,” Reid said.  “I commend them for taking an interest in their government and in higher education.” Nationwide, 98 percent of AVID participants go on to… Read more »

Reid Statement on Senator Kennedy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news that Senator Edward Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor:         “The Senate is a family.  We are all concerned about the health of Senator Kennedy.  He is a friend, the model of public service and an American icon.  “And anyone who knows Ted Kennedy also knows that he is a fighter.  He has a work ethic like no other and has risen to every challenge he’s faced – and we are confident he will rise to this one as well.  It’s no surprise to me that when I talked with his wife today, she told me he is in good spirits and full of… Read more »

Reid Meets with Delegation from Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with representatives from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.  Among the topics discussed were: the need for long-term renewable tax credits; strengthening small business; investing in highways; and protecting the Highway Trust Fund. “The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest in the country and represents thousands of Nevadans and Nevada businesses,” said Reid.  “I appreciate the work the Chamber does on behalf of Nevada’s business community.  I thank them for taking the time to meet with me during their time in Washington and look forward to working with them to strengthen Nevada’s economic future.”

Reid Swears In Ferc Commissioner Wellinghoff for a Second Term

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today swore in Jon Wellinghoff, who will serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), during a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. “I’m pleased Jon will serve a second term as a FERC Commissioner,” Reid said.  “He will continue addressing the energy problems facing Nevada and the rest of our nation.  I’m a strong supporter of Jon because of his work to enhance energy efficiency and promote renewable energy.”   The FERC Commission oversees electric transactions and interstate electric transmission and gas transportation in the United States.   Wellinghoff received his JD from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., M.A.T. from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and BS at University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada… Read more »

Latino Museum Letter to Appropriators

Washington, D.C. – Below is a letter sent by a bipartisan group of Senators, includingNevada Senator Harry Reid, asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fundthe Commission to study the potential creation of the National Museum of the AmericanLatino. The bill to authorize this commission was signed into law last week. May 15, 2008The Honorable Robert C. ByrdChairman Senate Committee on AppropriationsS-131, U.S. CapitolWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Dianne FeinsteinChairman Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related AgenciesSenate Committee on Appropriations131 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Thad CochranRanking MemberSenate Committee on AppropriationsS-146A, U.S. CapitolWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Wayne AllardRanking MemberSubcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related AgenciesSenate Committee on Appropriations125 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairmen… Read more »

Reid Statement on Administration’s Plan to Pollute Great Basin National Park

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement regarding a report by the National Parks Conservation Association detailing the Bush Administration’s plans would make it easier to thwart laws intended to keep the air in the Great Basin National Park clean.  Great Basin National Park is listed as number three of the top ten national parks most threatened by proposed new coal power plants. “Every year, nearly 90,000 people travel to Great Basin National Park to experience its stunning landscape.  As a lover of the outdoors and author of a law that created the Great Basin National Park, the first and only national park in Nevada, I am very concerned by the Administration attempts to circumvent laws… Read more »

Reid Meets with Representatives from the Nevada Fraternal Order of Police

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with representatives from the Nevada State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) who are in Washington as part of National Police Week.  During the meeting, the representatives presented Reid with the official flag of the Nevada State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in recognition of his support for the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.   “Police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians are on the front line every day to ensure the safety of all Nevadans,” Reid said. “This week, while the nation commemorates Police Week and honors the service and sacrifice of our first responders, it is only right that we in the Senate offer more than mere words of… Read more »

Reid Praises Passage of Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid lauded Senate passage of the Farm Bill today. The legislation, which now goes to President Bush, provides important benefits to people throughout Nevada. More than $1 billion over the next decade is included to help low-income families put food on the table, and $110 million will be directed to help our most vulnerable through food banks and soup kitchens struggling with rising food costs. Food stamps receive a boost as well, with new rules tying them to inflation to increase purchasing power. Farmers can benefit from $1 billion in funding for farm-based renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. For ranchers, an important new provision allows private landowners to apply to receive cost share… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Taking Strong First Step to Ease Americans' Pain at the Pump by Halting Shipments to Oil Reserve

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a provision by a 97-1 vote to suspend filling the 97-percent-full Strategic Petroleum Reserve: “Democrats today led the charge against one of the root causes of skyrocketing oil and gas prices.  Instead of hiding barrels of oil in the nearly full Strategic Petroleum Reserve, we want to put them on the market to increase supply and lower prices.  It is a good first step, but with oil and gas prices continuing to break record highs every day, much more needs to be done.  Republicans must abandon their shortsighted strategy of ‘drill, drill, drill’ and join us to pass the rest of the Democratic energy bill… Read more »