Reid, Ensign Announce Grants for Nevada Sex Offender Tracking, Child Protection

Washington, DC – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign announced today that the city of Henderson and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California were awarded federal grants totaling more than $210,000 to be used for sex offender tracking and child safety measures.  The grants will allow Henderson police to implement a Sex Offender Tracking Unit Enforcement Project and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California to create and maintain its own Sex Offender Registry.  The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed into law in 1996, creating the national sex offender registry.  The Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program allows the Department of Justice to award grants to assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in implementing… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Calls on DOE to Recuse Conflicted Law Firm

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, along with Reps. Shelley Berkley, Jon Porter, and Dean Heller, today called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to recuse the law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius from any additional work on Yucca Mountain because of conflicts of interest recently investigated by the DOE’s Inspector General. A copy of the letter signed by the entire Nevada Delegation and sent to Samuel W. Bodman, Secretary of the DOE, follows: Dear Secretary Bodman: As you may know, the Department of Energy’s Inspector General recently completed a review of alleged conflicts of interest involving the Department’s legal services contractor for the Yucca Mountain Project. We write today to request that you recuse this… Read more »

Reid Tribute to Army Sergeant Timothy M. Smith

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in memory of U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy M. Smith, who was killed in Iraq last Monday: “Amidst a great war that threatened to tear apart the fabric of our nation, Abraham Lincoln gazed upon a battlefield and was moved to say: ‘My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.’ “On Monday, April 7th, U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy M. Smith gave his life in pursuit of that dream. Sergeant Smith was 25 years old. While serving in Iraq with the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort… Read more »

Reid Meets With Boulder City Officials

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler, Councilman Travis Chandler, and City Manager Vicki Mayes to discuss issues facing Boulder City, such as water treatment, transportation projects and the development of renewable energy. “Boulder City has major project proposals in the works, including an expansion of US 95, the construction of an alternate water intake for its residents, the building of a regional training facility for law enforcement, and the exploration of solar energy projects,” Reid said. “I appreciate Roger taking the time to speak with me about the city’s needs. Helping Nevadans is my main priority, one that the mayor and I share. Hopefully what we discussed today will positively impact the state… Read more »

Reid Introduces Canal and Levee Safety Bill

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today introduced the Aging Water Infrastructure and Maintenance Act, a bill designed to protect Nevadans from future disasters like January’s floods in Fernley.  The bill would provide $11 million over the next five years, including $5 million in FY 2009, for required inspections of aging federal water infrastructure like the Truckee Canal. It also directs the Department of the Interior to perform maintenance and urgent repairs to ensure the safety of homes and businesses in nearby communities.   “The residents of Fernley suffered terribly when the Truckee Canal failed.  We must protect Nevadans by doing everything we can to prevent this type of serious problem from happening again,” Reid said. “I will work… Read more »

Reid: Housing Bill Marks Beginning of Process to Help Families Facing Foreclosure

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today before voting for a housing bill that helps homeowners keep their homes, helps others buy new ones, and helps businesses and communities hurt by this crisis not only recover, but also create new jobs: “The United States Senate will soon have the opportunity to vote for legislation that will help lift struggling homeowners, neighborhoods and our economy.  This bipartisan housing bill – forged through compromise and cooperation on the part of Senator Dodd, Senator Shelby and others, is not perfect.  It is not a magic bullet that will solve the problem. Either co-author would be the first to say that.  But it is an important step.  “Experts now predict 3… Read more »

Ensign, Reid Announce Senate Passage of Southern Nevada Readiness Center Act

Washington, DC – Legislation sponsored by Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid that would convey land from Clark County to be used by the Nevada National Guard for important national defense and security purposes passed the Senate today. “The Las Vegas Readiness Center and the surrounding area will help prepare our soldiers, both physically and technically, to respond to the missions of the Governor of Nevada and the President of the United States,” Ensign said.  “The men and women of the Nevada National Guard are an extraordinary group, and we need to do all we can to support them and enable them to do their jobs.” The Southern Nevada Readiness Center Act would allow Clark County, Nevada, to convey land… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Heller Announce Funds for Safety Improvements at Nevada Airports

Washington, DC- Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller today announced three grants for the state of Nevada totaling more than $11.7 million to aid improvements to Nevada airports.  The funding is administered through the US Department of Transportation, and will go toward runway improvements at Carson, Reno/Tahoe International, and Beatty Airports. “These grants will help ensure safe air travel throughout Nevada,” said Reid.  “I commend the Department of Transportation for joining us in this endeavor that will positively impact anyone flying into or out of the Silver State.” “This grant is important not only to ensure safe travel for so many people but also because our state relies on air travel as an economic engine,”… Read more »

Reid: President Remains Committed To Indefinitely Keeping 142,000 Troops In An Endless Iraqi Civil War

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks this morning on the Iraq war: “This week’s hearings gave the Bush Administration a chance to answer two fundamental questions that would indicate whether we are succeeding in Iraq: Has this war made us any safer? and Are our troops any closer to being able to redeploy out of Iraq? On both counts, the answer is no. “In the sixth year of this conflict, our troops remain in an endless civil war, our military is badly strained, and we are unable to respond to threats around the world. Further, American taxpayers are spending $12 billion each month in Iraq at the expense of priorities… Read more »

Reid Comments on Yucca Hearing

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid commented today after the head of the Yucca Mountain Project, Ward Sproat, testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water.  Sproat said the Department of Energy (DOE) needs more than $1 billion next year to stay on schedule, but the agency is only requesting half that amount to keep the Yucca Mountain project limping along.  As the project was wounded by budget cuts engineered by Senator Reid of more than $100 million last year, it is clear the DOE will not receive anywhere near what the department is requesting.  “I’m not surprised that the Energy Department said today it wants more money,” said Reid.  “American taxpayers have already spent too much… Read more »