Reid Statement On Nomination Of Gen. Petraeus To Centcom Commander

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news that Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated as head of U.S. Central Command and Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno will be nominated to be top commander on the ground in Iraq: “The next CENTCOM commander and field commander in Iraq will have to help the next President with a number of critically important challenges: making America more secure, restoring America’s power and influence in the world, fixing our costly strategy in Iraq, and articulating a more effective strategy for winning in Afghanistan and defeating Al Qaeda in Pakistan. “Our ground forces’ readiness and the battles in Afghanistan and against al Qaeda in Pakistan have suffered… Read more »

Reid Works To Fight Nevada Drug Trade

Washington, DC –Nevada Senator Harry Reid joined 32 Senate colleagues today in sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee urging increased funding of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program, which faces $30 million in cuts from the Bush administration. The HIDTA Program, administered through the Office of National Drug Control Policy, provides major assistance in Nevada by disrupting criminal street gangs involved in the transportation and sale of drugs, seizing drug shipments, and confiscating drug money. Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, successfully fought in 2001 to have his home state added to the list of HIDTA recipients and these ill-advised cuts could harm law enforcement’s ability to fight drug trafficking – especially Nevada’s growing problem with methamphetamine –… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Introduce Orchard Detention Basin Flood Control Act

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced the introduction of the Orchard Detention Basin Flood Control Act. This legislation will release approximately 65 acres of land from the Sunrise Mountain Instant Study Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Release of this small acreage will allow the construction of a critical flood control project on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley. “I am pleased to join with Senator Ensign in sponsoring this necessary piece of legislation,” Reid said. “This bill clears the way for the construction of the Orchard Detention Basin project which will protect homes and schools from flash floods off of Sunrise Mountain. This project will go a long way… Read more »

Reid Statement On Earth Day

“On Earth Day, as every day, Democrats are working to ensure the United States is a leader in environmental protection. Americans have a right to expect their government is working to make the air clean, the water drinkable, and the environment healthier and more sustainable. “Its benefits go beyond just our environment – it will improve this weakening economy, one that sees new oil and gas price records shattered every day, including yesterday. Investing in a better environment means investing in jobs in places like my home state of Nevada – the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy. “That is why, between last Earth Day and today, the Democratic Congress has acted to make U.S. more energy efficient and independent, raise… Read more »

Reid Statement On Republican Blocking Of Breast Cancer Research

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans blocked efforts to debate, amend or pass the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act: “It is nothing short of unconscionable that Republicans are refusing to even debate legislation that would allow us to better understand the connection between the development of breast cancer and the environment. But for one Senator, we could pass legislation that would allow us to invest in research that might help us understand why a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes. But for one Senator, we could invest in research that could lead to better prevention, treatment and perhaps one day a cure for breast cancer. “Republicans have not only… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Passing Of Charlie Waterman

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement upon learning of the passing of Charlie Waterman.   “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Charlie Waterman. In addition to a long, distinguished career as an attorney, Charlie dedicated his life to building the foundation of the Clark County Democratic Party. As a long-time friend, my thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.”

Reid Leads Passage Of Transportation Bill

Washington, DC –Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced the passage of the highway corrections bill, bringing home nearly $55 million in transportation funding to Nevada this year. This bill will now be sent to President Bush. Technical corrections to the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), signed into law in 2005, will free up approximately $1 billion in projects which, in turn, produce more than 40,000 jobs at no additional cost. Projects throughout Nevada that will receive funding include: $45 million for Maglev. The money will help fund an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for this rail system that will safely and efficiently move people between southern California and Las Vegas. $4-6 million for the… Read more »

Reid Testifies At Aging Water Infrastructure Hearing

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid testified today before the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power to address the nation’s aging water infrastructure and its effect on Nevada. In January, the Truckee Canal, one of the oldest Reclamation water facilities in the country, failed. This resulted in a devastating flood that damaged 590 homes in Fernley, Nevada.   Reid cited the Fernley flood as an example of the many aging water infrastructure projects that would benefit from the passage of the Aging Water Infrastructure and Maintenance Act – a bill introduced by Reid and three other western senators earlier this month to provide the Bureau of Reclamation with the resources it needs to inspect and maintain… Read more »

Reid Statement On Retirement Of Bob Stoldal

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement upon learning of the upcoming retirement of Bob Stoldal, Vice President of News at KLAS-TV, Channel 8. “For more than four decades, Bob Stoldal has been a true pioneer of broadcast journalism in Las Vegas. He is a tireless leader in our community and maintains a firm commitment to preserving Nevada’s rich history. Bob’s impact will be felt for years to come and I wish him nothing but the best in retirement.”

Reid Statement on Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to America

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement on the Senate floor today after attending a special ceremony at the White House to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the United States: “Earlier today, I was honored to help welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the United States for his first Papal visit to America. In his brief remarks on the South Lawn of the White House, His Holiness spoke of his admiration for America. His lifetime of righteousness in faith and deeds are an inspiration, not just to the more than one billion Catholics world-wide, but to those of every faith.  “As Pope Benedict XVI said shortly after his election three years ago – ‘I place my ministry in the… Read more »