Reid Receives Service Award from Filipino President Arroyo

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid received the Order of the Golden Heart award from Filipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  The award was established in 1954 to officially recognize distinguished service by foreign citizens on behalf of the Filipino people. “I’d like to thank President Arroyo and the Embassy of the Philippines for this award,” Reid said.  “I’m honored and humbled.  I worked to pass legislation that restores benefits for Filipino veterans who fought under for the United States during World War II, and I will continue to help the Filipino community in any way I can.”

Reid, Ensign Announce Nearly $3 Million in Grant Funds for Real ID

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.8 million to Nevada under the 2008 REAL ID Demonstration Grant Program.  Nevada is one of four states receiving funds for partnering with the lead hub state, Missouri, for pilot implementation and verification testing. This program is designed to standardize drivers’ licenses and protect against fraud and identity theft.  These funds will be used to help the Department of Motor Vehicles enhance the integrity of driver’s licenses and ID cards, their issuance and security. “I am pleased DHS took Nevada’s need for this program into consideration when awarding these funds,” Reid said. … Read more »

Reid Statement on Rise in Nevada Unemployment

 Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today released the following statement regarding the increase of more than half a percent in unemployment in Nevada from April to May 2008. Nevada’s jobless rate of 6.2 percent is its highest mark in more than 20 years: “This is terrible news for the people of Nevada and our state’s economy. There was once a time when people thought Nevada was immune to national economic downturns, but this time, it’s different. Our nationwide struggle appears even more acute in Nevada because of the struggling housing market and rising costs of fuel and energy. Unfortunately, this leads to job loss in many important industries. “People in Nevada and across the nation need help. Even… Read more »

Reid Meets with Deans from Nevada State College School of Education

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with Dean Francine Mayfield and Associate Dean Lori Navarette from Nevada State College’s School of Education, who were in Washington for the annual American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education conference.  “I’m grateful to Francine and Lori for taking the time to speak with me about education, particularly teacher preparation in Nevada,” Reid said.  “We need well-trained, qualified teachers in our state, and we discussed ways to bring more people into teaching.” Mayfield and Navarette also discussed the impact of the $310,000 federal appropriation that Senator Reid secured for Nevada State College in the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill to help recruit and train more and math and science teachers for… Read more »

Homeland Security Funding to Benefit Nevada

Washington, D.C. – Important research for the safety of Nevada and the country at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) could receive a major funding boost with help from Nevada Senator Harry Reid. Reid moved through committee Thursday more than $101 million for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, of which $22 million will be devoted to NTS for important security research and operations. At least $3 million will be directed to the Cyber Conflict Research Consortium, a five-member group of academic institutions including UNR. This project’s purpose is to research ways to defend the country against potentially crippling cyber attacks. “Keeping Nevada safe requires our full attention both at home and abroad,” Reid said. “While… Read more »

Reid Advances Millions for Nevada to Reduce Crime, Strengthen Our Communities

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid hopes to soon deliver millions of dollars to Nevada law enforcement officials to purchase equipment for local police departments, fund DNA collection efforts, and provide resources for at-risk youth. “Nevada’s law enforcement officers face enormous challenges every day, and I will always make sure they have the tools they need,” Reid said. “This bill funds equipment for officers on the beat, but it also invests in prevention programs and training for at-risk juvenile offenders.  If we address these problems at an early age, we can prevent crime in the future.” Senator Reid and Senator John Ensign also included $800,000 for the Washoe County Sheriff’s office to outfit a DNA laboratory and pay for… Read more »

Reid Statement on Federal Solar Power Development Moratorium

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) moratorium on new applications to develop solar power plants, which could delay development by close to two years: “This notice of intent is the wrong signal to send to solar power developers, and to Nevadans and Westerners who need and want clean, affordable sun-powered electricity soon.  While the BLM’s proposed delay won’t affect developers with existing applications, it could discourage or slow new development to a crawl.    “This administration should be reprogramming funds urgently so BLM can complete its regulations and work through its application backlog.  Right now, the administration’s misplaced higher priority seems to be aimed at fossil fuels…. Read more »

Reid: Bush and McCain Still Don't Get It – We Cannot Drill Our Way Out of This Energy Crisis

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s proposal to drill offshore for oil: “This week’s flip-flop on offshore oil drilling by President Bush and Senator John McCain is nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making billions in profits. “The facts are clear: Oil companies have already had ample opportunity to increase supply, but they have sat on their hands.  They aren’t even using more than half of the public lands they already have leased for drilling.  And despite the huge tax breaks President Bush and Republican Congresses have given oil and gas companies to invest in refineries, domestic production has actually… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Calls on Nevadans to Sign Petition Against Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC—Nevada’s congressional delegation today called on all Nevadans to sign the petition against Yucca Mountain.  Tomorrow, the Department of Energy will walk the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) through the application it submitted to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. The NRC will then have until September 1, 2008 to determine whether to accept the Energy Department’s application for further review.  The petition calls on the NRC to reject the application, which contains designs for the dump that are only 35 percent complete and lacks a public safety plan in the event of an emergency. “I urge all Nevadans to go to my website, reid.senate.gov, and sign the petition against Yucca Mountain,” Reid said.  “Just as the Nevada delegation is… Read more »

Reid Statement on Bill to Build Renewable Energy Transmission Lines in Nevada

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today at a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to look at solutions for installing renewable energy transmission lines in Nevada and across the West.  A strong renewable energy industry will create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase rural economic development opportunities, and help our environment. “If 20% of the nation’s power came from renewable energy by 2020, which happens to be the same standard in Nevada but for 2015, we would create at least 185,000 new jobs and actually save consumers $10.5 billion in lower electricity and natural gas bills,” Reid said.  “The West will need 7,500 miles of new transmission lines over the next decade to significantly expand renewable energy… Read more »