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 »

Reid: Going Into War's Sixth Year, Iraq's Leaders Have Yet To Deliver

Las Vegas, NV— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today ahead of the fifth anniversary of start of the war in Iraq: “As we mark this week the start of the sixth year of the Iraq war, we are proud of the warriors who have fought hard to reduce violence in Iraq in recent months.  But America is not secure and the costs and consequences of the war continue to mount. Al Qaeda is stronger than it has ever been since 9/11, Osama bin Laden remains at large, the readiness of our Army and Marine Corps is at its lowest levels since Vietnam, and trends in Afghanistan are deeply troubling. And at the end of the surge this… Read more »

Reid: Cheney's Current View Of Iraq War Echoes His Previous Mistaken Assessments

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to comments made by Vice President Cheney that the Iraq war has been a “successful endeavor” that is “well worth the effort”:  “The Vice President’s remarks today minimizing the costs and consequences of the Administration’s Iraq strategy are reminiscent of his comments five years ago that we would be greeted as liberators and his comments three years ago that the insurgency was in its last throes. It would be far better if the Vice President would explain how his Administration intends to use its final months to find Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda’s senior leadership – neither of whom are in Iraq – as well as… Read more »

Reid Statement On Passage Of Federal Budget

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Democratic budget:  “This is a good budget that focuses on issues important to Nevadans. First and foremost it points our economy in the right direction once again. It lowers taxes for Nevada’s middle class and helps make health care, college tuition, and energy more affordable. It is a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that adheres to the pay-as-you-go budget rules that created the surpluses of the late 1990′s and created millions of jobs.   “To create more good-paying jobs in America and protect the ones we already have, the budget invests in education, math, science, engineering, and technology. It makes smart investments in renewable energy,… Read more »

Reid Ensign Announce Nursing Grant For Truckee Meadows Community College

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign announced that the Truckee Meadows Community College was awarded a $1,544, 233 grant for education and training in the nursing field by the Department of Labor (DOL). The funds will be used to implement a nurse mentor program and create student forums and other venues for learning. The Washoe County School District, Renown Medical Hospital, Northern Nevada Medical Hospital, Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN), Nevada Job Connect, and the Redfield Foundation contributed $1,385,954 in addition to the funds awarded by the DOL. The Northern Nevada Nursing Project will use the grant to address a nursing shortage by recruiting, training, and placing 264 new nurses within Northern Nevada. “I commend these businesses… Read more »

Reid Statement On Confirmation Of Executive Appointments

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on executive appointments after he, the Administration and Senate Republicans came to an agreement early this morning on confirming several dozen nominations. Below is a list of executive nominations by party affiliation, and attached is the complete list of confirmed nominees, including military nominations:  “I am pleased we were able to reach an agreement to confirm nominees early this morning. Democrats were confirmed to important posts such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, and AMTRAK, among others.  “I also offered to confirm over 40 Republican nominees. While Republicans blocked some of the President’s own nominees, a large number were confirmed, including the… Read more »

Reid Statement on Budget Amendment to Help Nevada Veterans

Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid released a statement hailing the passage of his amendment ending a previous five-year roadblock that prevented veterans from receiving full concurrent receipt benefits.  The amendment was included in the budget which passed the Senate early this morning. “Last night was a huge victory for Nevada’s veterans.  By passing my concurrent receipt budget amendment, the Senate took a huge step in caring for our nation’s heroes.  Starting this fall, this legislation ends the final five years of the ten year phase-in period for those awaiting concurrent receipt and allows all eligible disabled veterans to receive disability and retirement pay simultaneously.  The phase-in limbo for concurrent receipt was an impractical policy that robbed our military men… Read more »

Reid Remarks At Congressional Ceremony Honoring Troops And Their Families Ahead Of Fifth Anniversary Of Iraq War

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today at the U.S. Capitol remembrance ceremony honoring our troops, veterans and their families for five years of service and sacrifice in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:   “One hundred forty-two years ago, in this hall where we now sit and stand, laid in state the martyred body of President Abraham Lincoln. Americans came from every corner of our country that day to grieve the President and honor the ideals expressed in his second inaugural address: ‘With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right – as God gives us to see the right – let us strive on to finish the work we are in to… Read more »

Reid Spokesman On Demint Earmark Claim: How Can You Vote On Something That Hasn't Been Offered?

Washington, D.C.- Rodell Mollineau, Communications Director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, made the following statement today in response to disingenuous claims made by Senator Jim DeMint on earmark provisions and the budget. Senator DeMint has falsely claimed Democrats are holding up his legislation, but he has yet to even offer it.  “We are voting on amendments in the order in which they were offered. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, Senators DeMint and McCain have still not offered any amendment dealing with earmarks.   “Senator DeMint has been talking about this amendment for three days.  If it’s so important to him, why didn’t he offer his amendment earlier in the week, as more than 20 Senators did?  He could be voting… Read more »