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 »

Reid: As Scientists Urge Urgent Action on Global Warming, Republicans Slow, Stop and Stall

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding Republican leadership’s stalling on the bipartisan Climate Security Act of 2008, which addresses the root causes of global warming while strengthening our economy and national security: “Yesterday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to proceed to debate legislation that will stem the tide of global warming.  This strong bipartisan vote came only after Republicans forced us to file cloture and use up two days of Senate time.  Republicans forced us to waste two days before a vote that they overwhelmingly supported.   “Now, our Republican friends are forcing us to burn another 30 hours of procedural time before we can begin debate.  That’s two… Read more »

Reid, Nevada Leaders Kick Off Petition Drive Against Yucca Mountain Project

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid joined a coalition of Nevada leaders and environmental groups to launch a petition effort against the license application by the Department of Energy (DOE) for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. The petition tells the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the people of Nevada stand staunchly against the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. Reid was the first to sign the petition at today’s event, along with Congressman Jon Porter; Senator Richard Bryan; Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid; Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager; and representatives from the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects, Citizen Alert, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Sierra Club and Nevada Nuclear Waste Taskforce. “We will not let… Read more »

Reid Attends Boulder City Memorial Day Service

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid addressed a crowd of hundreds of Nevadans and war veterans at the annual Memorial Day Service at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City.  During the ceremony, Reid paid homage to the eleven Nevadans killed in combat in the past year.  Reid also awarded a Purple Heart to Sharon Dixon, a Nevada Army National Guard Sergeant whose military vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq in April, 2003.  “I’ve attended the Boulder City Memorial Day Service for many years now, and it’s always very moving,” Reid said.  “It is a somber truth that a nation dedicated to peace must prepare for and at times engage in war.  Today and every… Read more »

Senate Passes Native American Housing Assistance & Self-Determination Act to Improve Housing in Indian Country

Washington, DC- Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) by unanimous consent. Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) issued the following statement about NAHASDA, S. 2062 . Senator Reid said, “Yesterday, the U.S. Senate took another major step toward improving the lives of thousands of Native Americans. By passing the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, we have reauthorized a program that has a proven track record of helping tribes provide adequate housing for thousands of families. In 2006 alone, tribes added 1,600 rental housing units and over 6,000 homeownership units; each one of which became home to an American Indian or Alaska Native family. This is a program… Read more »