Reid And Pelosi To Bush: We Want To Work With You To Immediately Develop A Fiscal Stimulus Package

Washington, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter today to President Bush requesting a bipartisan meeting of the Congressional Leadership as soon as the President returns from the Middle East to discuss a possible economic stimulus package.  In their letter, Reid and Pelosi state: “Prominent economists associated with Republican and Democratic Administrations have called on us to supplement monetary policy with an immediate fiscal stimulus. These same economists have stated that the most effective and responsible stimulus policies adhere to three simple principles: they must be timely, targeted and temporary.   “We want to work with you and the Republican leadership of the Congress to immediately develop a legislative plan based upon these… Read more »

Reid Testifies at Hearing for Nevada Test Site Workers

Las Vegas, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada addressed the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health today to express his support for the approval of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).  “I sit together with these petitioners because they have worked so hard on behalf of their families, friends and colleagues,” said Reid. “They have faced injustice. I am hopeful that you will agree and grant the Nevada Test Site Special Exposure Cohort designation.”  Reid has been fighting along side former Nevada Test Site workers to help them receive compensation for the illnesses they contracted while working at the test site.  Approval of the Petition will allow workers employed at the site during the… Read more »

Reid: One Year After President's Announcement Of Surge Strategy, Iraqis Remain No Closer To Political Solution

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today ahead of the one-year anniversary of President Bush’s announcement of his escalation in Iraq: “It is unfortunate and undeniable that one year after President Bush announced his ‘surge’ strategy, Iraq has failed to meet the benchmarks he outlined – and his Administration has refused to hold Iraqis accountable for these unacceptable results. No amount of White House spin can hide the fact that the escalation’s chief objective of political reconciliation remains unmet, Iraqis have not demonstrated any readiness to stand up and take responsibility for their own country, and 2007 was the most lethal year yet for American troops. Democrats know Americans cannot afford to continue to pay the… Read more »

Secretary Chertoff Promises Fernley Aid to Reid

Reno, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada issued the following statement after receiving a personal phone call from the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, promising that the people of Fernley will get everything they need.  “I greatly appreciate Secretary Chertoff taking the time to personally call me and promise that the people of Fernley will get everything they need in the wake of the levee break,” said Reid. “I will continue to work with the Nevada Congressional Delegation, Governor Gibbons, federal and state officials to ensure that we can get these people back into their homes as quickly as possible.”

Reid, Ensign, Heller Statements on Official Declaration of Federal Disaster

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller of Nevada released the following statements today following the President’s official declaration of a federal disaster in Fernley, Nevada. “I am very pleased that the President acted quickly in officially declaring Fernley a federal disaster,” said Reid. “This declaration, along with Secretary Chertoff’s promise to give the people of Fernley everything they need, will ensure that the people affected by the levee break are able to begin the process of returning to their homes as soon as possible.” “This emergency declaration will be critically helpful to the residents of Fernley and local governments to repair flood damage and allow a return to normalcy,” said Senator John… Read more »

Reid Delivers Remarks at Truckee River Flood Project

Washington, D.C. – After years of struggling with cost-share issues and Army Corps of Engineers delays, Washoe County, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Wal-Mart have agreed to construct a levee on the Truckee River, which will be a component of the Truckee River Flood Project. Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada delivered warm remarks at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Levee Project agreement signing.  “On a day like today, when Fernley is filled with flood waters, we are reminded of the need to complete the Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project,” said Reid. “That’s why I was so happy to attend the signing of this agreement between Washoe County, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Wal-Mart for the construction of the levee. This levee… Read more »

Reid: No Child Left Behind Must Be Overhauled To Help Every Student Succeed

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the President’s remarks on No Child Left Behind: “Six years after the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act, it is clear that the law needs to be overhauled. When Congress joined President Bush in 2002 to usher in a dramatic reform of our nation’s schools, we were hopeful that increased accountability and performance standards, together with a significant increase in the federal investment in education, would raise student achievement levels. “Accountability measures have proven far too punitive, with no recognition for schools that have made incremental progress. States have been given little flexibility in implementing the law’s requirements. And NCLB has been vastly under… Read more »

Reid Takes Aerial Tour of Fernley

Reno, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada received an aerial tour and briefing in Fernley, Nevada today. Reid was joined on the tour by representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies.  “I am very grateful for the overwhelming amount of support that is being shown in Fernley right now,” said Reid. “Nevada’s first responders are working side by side with federal and state agencies to provide relief to those in need. I hope that this partnership will be successful in helping those affected by the levee break return to their homes in a safe and reasonable amount of time.”

Reid, Ensign, Heller Send Bush Letter Requesting Swift Declaration Of Disaster Area in Fernley

Reno, NV – Responding to the levee breach that flooded Fernley,U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller of Nevada sent the following letter to President Bush urging swift action to declare the flood a major disaster area.  The President must declare the area a federal emergency before it can become eligible for public assistance to cover the repairs or replacement of infrastructure. The text of the letter is included below. January 7, 2008 The Honorable George W. BushPresidentThe White HouseWashington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President:           As you may be aware, the City of Fernley, Nevada experienced a significant damaging flood on Saturday, January 5, due to the catastrophic failure of a Bureau of Reclamation irrigation canal… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Statement On Call With FEMA

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign issued the following statement following a conference call involving multiple federal, state and local agencies regarding the levee break in Fernley, Nevada. “Our conversation with these federal and state organizations was extremely helpful. During the call, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) committed to conducting a damage assessment report on Monday. This report will be used by FEMA to determine the level of assistance the agency will be able to provide to the community, businesses and individual property owners. This is encouraging news during what has been a very difficult day in Nevada’s history. We will continue working together to ensure the community gets all the resources it needs.” ###