Reid: Housing Crisis Threatens More Than Just Those Facing Foreclosure

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008:   “The sites and signs of America’s housing crisis are all around us:  On neighborhood streets dotted with one ‘for-sale’ sign after another.  In the struggles of construction workers who can’t find jobs.  In the desperation of hard working people talked into bad mortgages and now seeing their homes slip away.   “Every day, new statistics illuminate the depth of this growing crisis.  Just yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the number of homes facing foreclosure across our country jumped 57 percent in January, compared to a year ago.  We also now know that sales… Read more »

Reid, Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Impact Of Housing Crisis On African-American Community

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid held a press conference with Senate Democrats and civil rights leaders today to discuss the devastating and disproportionate impact the housing crisis has had on the African-American community. High-cost subprime loans account for 55 percent of loans to African-Americans.   The Foreclosure Prevention Act—which Reid co-sponsored will help struggling families keep their homes, help others avoid foreclosure in the future, and help communities recover from foreclosures and plummeting property values—will provide badly needed relief to the African-American community.   “Our current economic downturn is hurting all Americans, but it is hurting African-Americans particularly hard,” Reid said.  “Democrats are committed to addressing the housing crisis and to helping families threatened with foreclosure stay in their… Read more »

Reid Meets With Nevada Department Of Transportation Officials

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with Nevada Department of Transportation Director Susan Martinovich to discuss transportation infrastructure needs. In light of the challenges facing the State’s budget cuts, Reid remains committed to doing what he can at the federal level to ensure the state has the resources it needs. “Nevada faces a projected budget shortfall of nearly $25 million,” said Reid.  “That’s a big concern.  I remain committed to working with NDOT on strategies to keep projects on schedule despite this shortfall.  We need to do everything we can to keep Nevada’s roads moving quickly and safely.” “I want to thank Senator Reid for all his work and efforts in addressing our Transportation needs in Nevada,”… Read more »

Reid Secures $130 Million For Foreclosure Counseling

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today that $130 million will be awarded to agencies in Nevada and around the nation to help individuals and families facing the threat of foreclosure.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 provided funds to NeighborWorks America and, through language included by Sen. Reid, instructed the organization to direct funds to areas with the highest rates of foreclosure, leading to increased funding for Nevada.   “The Silver State suffers from the highest rate of foreclosure in the country, and we’re all feeling the effects,” said Reid.  “The funds that we were able to direct towards Nevada will have far reaching effects by allowing agencies to hire counselors to help with foreclosure prevention.  By… Read more »

Ensign, Reid, Heller Encourage Nevadans to Take Advantage of Grant Workshops

Washington, D.C. – Senator John Ensign, Senator Harry Reid and Congressman Dean Heller today encouraged Nevadans interested in federal grant opportunities to attend one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Grant Writing Workshops. In March, USDA will be in Dayton, Winnemucca and Ely to provide assistance and information about applying for grants through the federal government.   “Public entities and non-profits should attend these free workshops to learn about the process and explore grant opportunities that may be available to them,” said Ensign, who owned a small business before running for Congress. “These workshops are specifically designed to educate people in small communities about grant opportunities that can be used for assistance ranging from purchasing machinery to training… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Remain Committed To Ending The War In Iraq, Fighting Terrorism, Making America More Secure

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate:   “During the long recess last week in Nevada, people all across the state told me that they are as committed as ever to ending the war in Iraq.  They are long past ready to end the worst foreign policy blunder in our nation’s history.   “What has five years of war brought to America, the Middle East and the world?  Thousands of deaths.  A trillion in debt.  A catastrophic failure of diplomacy.  My Republican colleagues: Think what this war has done to our nation’s fiscal soundness.  It has destroyed it.    “Soon $1 trillion borrowed, with the likely Republican nominee for President… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Committed To Giving Native Americans The Health Care They Deserve

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Indian Health Care Improvement Act:   “In the month since this year’s session was gaveled open, we have focused on many of the domestic priorities our country faces.  Today, we turn to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.  Although we often have legitimate disagreements on matters of policy, Senator McConnell and members of the Republican caucus worked with us in a bipartisan manner on this critical bill for the Native American community, and I appreciate their efforts. “Chairman Dorgan and Senator Murkowski also deserve our thanks for their exceptional leadership and hard work managing this legislation.  Chairman Baucus and Senator Grassley… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Statements On The Earthquake Near Wells

Reno, NV – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign released the following statements today in response to the large earthquake near Wells, Nevada this morning.   “Throughout the day, it has become clear that there is significant damage caused by this large earthquake near Wells,” said Reid.  “I am sending staff to the area today to meet with community leaders and first responders to assess the damage and determine what options are available to help those who have been affected.  We are also looking into any recovery assistance that may be available through FEMA.”   “My thoughts today are with the people of Wells and Elko County,” said Ensign.  “We have been briefed on the conditions on the ground… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Berkley and Porter Speak At Red Rock Visitor Center Groundbreaking

Las Vegas, NV – Southern Nevada’s congressional delegation spoke today at the groundbreaking for the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s new visitor center. The new visitor center is designed to encourage stewardship of public land by providing an outdoor experience that instills a sense of personal responsibility.   In 1990, Reid authored the legislation that created Red Rock. Under the leadership of Senators Reid and Ensign, along with Congresswoman Berkley and Congressman Porter, $23.1 million dollars from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Special Fund have been provided for this new visitor center that will be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green building.   At the groundbreaking today, Secretary Dirk Kempthorne of the U.S. Department… Read more »

Reid: Castro's Resignation Will Only Mean Real Change For Cuba If It Leads To Democracy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro’s resignation: “Today’s news from Cuba should not focus on one man who is merely formalizing the transfer of power he initiated a year and a half ago. It should focus on the more than 11 million Cubans who still seek the freedom they deserve. After nearly 50 years of an oppressive regime, it is long past time for democracy to displace dictatorship, and we must continue to support those who long for liberty in Cuba.”