Reid: G.I. Bill Helps Veterans Readjust To The Civilian Life We Enjoy Because Of Their Sacrifices

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today regarding the G.I. Bill: “More than 140 years ago, as he took the oath of office for the second time, Abraham Lincoln told the citizens gathered that day that Congress has a responsibility to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.’ Today we share that same responsibility to look out for those brave men and women who look out for us. “While we may not all agree on the same foreign policy and war strategy, we can agree that each and every veteran deserves our admiration, respect and support. That is exactly what this G.I. Bill does, and that is why… Read more »

Reid Swears In NRC Commissioner Jaczko For Second Term

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today swore in Gregory B. Jaczko for a second term as a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. “I’m very happy Dr. Jaczko will serve a second term as an NRC Commissioner,” Reid said. “Having worked directly with him, I know he will continue to ensure the safety and security of nuclear power plants.” Jaczko will serve as an NRC member for an additional five years (until June 30, 2013). Jaczko is one of five commissioners who will vote on plans for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. Jaczko received his doctorate degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reid Statement on Take Your Child to Work Day

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans blocked legislation that would have ended income inequalities that exist between men and women:  “Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. What should be a great day for Nevada families has unfortunately been overshadowed by the poor decision Republicans made last night when they blocked important legislation that would have provided men and women equal pay for equal work.  “Wage discrimination is not only a gender issue, but a family issue as well. There are a record 70.2 million women in the workforce today. Nationwide, working families lose $200 billion in income annually due to the wage gap between men and women.     “The Lilly Ledbetter… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Lead Support Of America's Veterans, Young and Old

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Veterans Benefit Enhancement Act, 96-1: “At a time when 150,000 men and women are serving our country bravely in Iraq, providing for our veterans is one of our most important responsibilities. This long-overdue bill provides for, supports and honors America’s veterans, both young and old. “Democrats have led the way to expand eligibility for traumatic-injury insurance and specially adapted housing benefits to veterans with severe burns. We are also increasing benefits for veterans pursuing apprenticeships or on-job training programs, and restoring veteran status to Filipino veterans who served under U.S. command during World War II. “While we are pleased with the important support… Read more »

Reid Meets with Students, Actress to Discuss Affordable Prescription Drugs

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with actress Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) and a group of college students from Nevada, Michigan, North Dakota and Pennsylvania to discuss how they are being affected by the rising costs of prescription contraceptives on college campuses nationwide. “We must ensure all women have access to safe prescription contraception at prices they can afford,” Reid said.  “I support the Prevention Through Affordable Access Act.  This legislation would restore the longstanding ability of university-based and safety-net clinics to purchase prescription contraception at deeply discounted rates and pass the savings on to students and low-income clients.  “There is no question that the rate of unintended pregnancy is too… Read more »

Reid Statement On Nomination Of Gen. Petraeus To Centcom Commander

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news that Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated as head of U.S. Central Command and Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno will be nominated to be top commander on the ground in Iraq: “The next CENTCOM commander and field commander in Iraq will have to help the next President with a number of critically important challenges: making America more secure, restoring America’s power and influence in the world, fixing our costly strategy in Iraq, and articulating a more effective strategy for winning in Afghanistan and defeating Al Qaeda in Pakistan. “Our ground forces’ readiness and the battles in Afghanistan and against al Qaeda in Pakistan have suffered… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Heller Announce $7 Million In Grant Funding For Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Congressman Dean Heller today announced the awarding of two Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration grants totaling $7 million for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. “Reducing noise levels around the Reno-Tahoe Airport is an important quality of life issue for people residing in nearby neighborhoods,” Reid said. “I’m happy we’re able to bring the money we need back home to Nevada for this important work.” “Nevada is a state that prides itself on offering its residents a tremendous quality of life,” said Ensign. “Reno’s snowcapped mountains and warm summer climate entice visitors from all over. Unfortunately, this amount of air traffic increases the noise levels around the airport and under… Read more »

Reid Works To Fight Nevada Drug Trade

Washington, DC –Nevada Senator Harry Reid joined 32 Senate colleagues today in sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee urging increased funding of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program, which faces $30 million in cuts from the Bush administration. The HIDTA Program, administered through the Office of National Drug Control Policy, provides major assistance in Nevada by disrupting criminal street gangs involved in the transportation and sale of drugs, seizing drug shipments, and confiscating drug money. Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, successfully fought in 2001 to have his home state added to the list of HIDTA recipients and these ill-advised cuts could harm law enforcement’s ability to fight drug trafficking – especially Nevada’s growing problem with methamphetamine –… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Introduce Orchard Detention Basin Flood Control Act

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced the introduction of the Orchard Detention Basin Flood Control Act. This legislation will release approximately 65 acres of land from the Sunrise Mountain Instant Study Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Release of this small acreage will allow the construction of a critical flood control project on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley. “I am pleased to join with Senator Ensign in sponsoring this necessary piece of legislation,” Reid said. “This bill clears the way for the construction of the Orchard Detention Basin project which will protect homes and schools from flash floods off of Sunrise Mountain. This project will go a long way… Read more »

Reid Statement On Earth Day

“On Earth Day, as every day, Democrats are working to ensure the United States is a leader in environmental protection. Americans have a right to expect their government is working to make the air clean, the water drinkable, and the environment healthier and more sustainable. “Its benefits go beyond just our environment – it will improve this weakening economy, one that sees new oil and gas price records shattered every day, including yesterday. Investing in a better environment means investing in jobs in places like my home state of Nevada – the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy. “That is why, between last Earth Day and today, the Democratic Congress has acted to make U.S. more energy efficient and independent, raise… Read more »