Reid Helps Secure Money for Expanded HIV Testing

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced a significant grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase testing for HIV in minority communities in Clark County. The CDC will send $300,000 to Nevada for the expansion of HIV testing in these populations in southern Nevada. The grant will be administered by the Goshen Community Development Coalition, with the Nevada Office of Minority Health acting as advisors. Senator Reid sent a letter in support of the application. “We know many Nevadans struggle to afford the soaring costs of health care, especially in this difficult economic period,” Reid said. “Testing is so important when it comes to the prevention and treatment of HIV. This money will… Read more »

Nevada to Receive Millions for Urgent Road Needs

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced more than $6 million in grant funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to ease traffic congestion and problems in southern, northern and rural parts of the state at a time when Nevada is facing a transportation budget shortfall. Notable among the projects is the widening of Blue Diamond Highway (State Route 160) to four lanes from Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas to Pahrump, as well as vital upgrades to the Spaghetti Bowl freeway interchange and Interstate 215 Airport Connector. In northern Nevada, the interchanges at Vista and McCarran Boulevards on Interstate 80 in Reno will be improved, and Phase 2 of the Carson City Freeway (U.S. 395)… Read more »

Reid: Workers Lose Jobs for Fifth Straight Month, but Bush-McCain Republicans Still Block Efforts to Strengthen Economy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to a Department of Labor report that U.S. employers cut 49,000 jobs in May – the fifth month in a row of job losses for American workers and businesses: “With energy prices breaking new records every week, food prices continuing to climb and more than a million American families in foreclosure, today’s news that employers cut 49,000 jobs last month – and 324,000 since this beginning of the year – is troubling.  Even worse, the unemployment rate jumped from 5 percent to 5.5 percent – the highest monthly increase in more than two decades. “Democrats are fighting to make the American Dream affordable again for middle-class families struggling… Read more »

Local Bus Travel Gets Major Federal Funding

Washington, D.C. – As demand for mass transit increases while gas prices continue to climb, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada will receive $5 million in bus funding from the Department of Transportation, Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign announced today. The RTC will use the money to finance new buses and bus facilities. Citizens Area Transit (CAT) and other RTC services provide a viable economic alternative to driving and help the environment by taking cars off busy southern Nevada roads. “The need for practical mass transit in southern Nevada is clear, and this funding will help the RTC provide a good option,” Reid said. “Riding the bus saves money and protects our environment by reducing pollution… Read more »

Reid Commends President's Signature of Transportation Bill

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today commended the President for signing the highway corrections bill, which under Reid’s leadership brings nearly $55 million in transportation funding to Nevada.   Technical corrections to the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), signed into law in 2005, will now free up approximately $1 billion in projects which, in turn, produce more than 40,000 jobs at no additional cost. Projects throughout Nevada receiving 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 annually for the Lake Tahoe Metro Planning Organization… Read more »

Reid, Nevada Delegation Send Letter Urging NRC to Reject Yucca Application

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today led the Nevada congressional delegation in sending the following letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), two days after the Department of Energy submitted an application for licensing to begin construction of the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. The delegation responded swiftly, asking the NRC to reject the application because it is incomplete and contains so many glaring flaws that threaten the safety of millions of Nevadans.  The text of the letter below:      June 5, 2008 Honorable Dale Klein, Chairman Honorable Gregory Jaczko Honorable Peter Lyons Honorable Kristine Svinicki U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, D.C. 20555-0001 Dear Chairman Klein and Commissioners:         We write you today to express… Read more »

Reid: 'America Will Never Permit Israel's Existence to be Threatened'

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following speech today at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) Annual Policy Conference, reiterating Democrats’ strong commitment to Israel’s security and prosperity and criticizing those who politicize for political gain the issue of that support. “Every Democratic President from Truman to Clinton has strengthened that bond by providing for Israel’s security and brokering peace,” Reid said.  “And with the Democratic nominee, that bond – that ironclad commitment – will remain as strong as ever.  Don’t let anyone looking to politicize the issue of Israel tell you otherwise.”   Below is the text of his remarks, as prepared for delivery: “This, the 54th annual Washington AIPAC conference, provides a forum for those concerned… Read more »

Reid: Fiscally Responsible Democratic Budget Puts Middle Class First

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate approved the conference report on the fiscal year 2009 budget resolution: “The Democratic budget sets a new direction for our country: it restores fiscal discipline, strengthens the middle class, and invests in our future.  The budget creates surpluses without a penny of new taxes.  It makes college tuition and energy more affordable; it cuts middle-class taxes; and it invests in education, infrastructure, and our environment.  “Bush Republican policies have squeezed working families and saddled us with record debt.  It’s long past time to change course.  This budget puts the middle class first in a fiscally responsible way.” ###

Reid Statement on Average Price of Gas Moving Over $4 Per Gallon in Nevada

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today issued the following statement regarding a AAA report showing the average price of gas moved above $4 per gallon in Nevada for the first time ever: “Seeing that sign at the gas station at more than $4 per gallon is something we never imagined, and it is deeply disturbing to all of us. I know these soaring gas prices are draining our wallets, and I want to assure my fellow Nevadans we are taking action right now in Congress to provide both short-term and long-term relief to this awful situation. Together, the Climate Security Act and the Consumer-First Energy Act are intended to reduce the burden of rising energy prices on consumers,… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Responds to Energy Department's Application for Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC – Nevada’s congressional delegation responded today to the Department of Energy’s submittal of an application for the licensing to begin construction of the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) now has 90 days to review the application preliminarily to determine if it is complete.  If the application is accepted, the NRC will take at least three years to determine whether to grant the license to begin building the dump. “While the DOE is trying to spin this as though it has submitted the application early, the truth is that it was supposed to be filed years ago.  Yet, even with the extra time, this application is shoddy at best,” Reid said.  “The… Read more »