Reid Sends Bipartisan Letter To DOE Urging Funding For Geothermal Research

Washington, DC– Nevada Senator Harry Reid today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending the Department of Energy a letter urging adequate funding for research into geothermal energy.  “Geothermal energy has enormous potential to provide clean energy throughout Nevada and across the West,” said Reid. “We are urging the Energy Department to adequately fund this vital research and to follow the guidance in last year’s energy bill to accelerate the development of technologies to tap into this vast renewable energy resource.”   A copy of the text of the letter is included below                                                           February 1, 2008 Secretary Samuel Bodman U.S. Department of Energy Forrestal Building 1000 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20585 FAX 202/586-4403 Dear Mr. Secretary,  An important part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, HR… Read more »

Reid: Troubling Afghanistan Report Reiterates Urgent Need To Refocus Counterterrorism Resources

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to a report sponsored by the nonpartisan Center for the Study of the Presidency, concluding that Afghanistan could fail as a state as violence there grows while international support declines: “Today’s warning that Afghanistan may fall into a failed state as Al Qaeda grows stronger is unsettling, but unsurprising. The conclusions by Marine Corps Gen. James Jones and former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering reiterate how urgently we must refocus our resources on the real home of Al Qaeda. The President has taken his eye off the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 while spending over $300 billion more on an Iraqi civil war. “Democrats have consistently reminded… Read more »

Reid: Tet Offensive Forever Altered The Course Of The Vietnam War

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate to commemorate the victories of the U.S. forces during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam: Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:  “Mr. President, I rise today, the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Tet Offensive, to commemorate the valor and courageousness with which our Armed Forces fought to repel this massive attack. “Over the holiday recess, I was fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time in my home state of Nevada. While at home, I met with several Veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1753 in Las Vegas. After talking with them for quite a… Read more »

Reid: Senate Will Help Former NFL Players Receive Disability Benefits They Deserve

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor this morning about the need for the NFL to consider increasing benefits for former players that sustained life-altering injuries. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:   This Sunday, families will gather in living rooms across our country to watch Super Bowl 42 in Glendale, Arizona.  Whether the game is a nail-biter or a blowout, we will long remember the heroics: a goal-line stand, a fourth-down Hail Mary, or the player who suffered a first quarter injury yet played through the pain to lead his team to victory.  These Sunday heroes will soak up the cheers of an adoring nation.  But there are hundreds of former NFL players who… Read more »

Reid Continues Working To Make Nevada The Leader In Renewable Energy

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid today unveiled his vision for 2008 to preserve Nevada’s outdoors, while creating jobs by making the Silver State the world leader in renewable energy.  “I have long championed environmental causes in Nevada and will continue to do so,” said Reid. “I want to preserve Nevada’s outdoor heritage and the areas where families go to hunt and fish, as well as ensure Nevada children have clean air to breathe for decades to come. And by developing Nevada’s renewable energy industry, we can create thousands of jobs while we’re at it.” Below are some of Reid’s plans regarding energy and the environment. Renewable Electricity Transmission financing Passing legislation that would increase financing options for building transmission… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Sends Letter To Labor Secretary Regarding Layoffs at Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with Senator John Ensign, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, and Congressmen Jon Porter and Dean Heller to discuss a letter they sent to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, about layoffs at the Yucca Mountain Project.  Under Reid’s leadership, the delegation has been able to greatly reduce funding to Yucca Mountain. With funding cuts, however, come layoffs. The letter that the delegation sent to the Secretary of Labor brings attention to the 63 employees that have already lost their jobs and the hundreds more that stand to lose their jobs as more funding cuts are made. The delegation asks that the Labor Department make necessary resources available to help transition former… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Heller Announce $2.3 Million In Funds For Fernley

Washington, DC—Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John  Ensign and Congressman Dean Heller welcomed the approval of $2.3 million in funds to help with disaster relief efforts in Fernley, Nevada.  Reid, Ensign and Heller announced $1,735,120 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In addition, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $622,800 in federal low-interest disaster loan assistance.  Together, this provides more than $2 million to help all those living in Lyon County affected by the severing flooding there earlier this month.“This is very good news for the Fernley residents whose lives have been turned upside-down by this terrible flood,” said Reid.  “I appreciate how quickly the federal government has responded and… Read more »

Reid, Berkley Introduce Bill To Honor Nevada's Cold War Veterans

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley introduced bills in their respective chambers to identify sites and resources to commemorate heroes of the Cold War.  This includes a site at Mount Charleston where 10 workers from the Nevada Test Site and four aircrew died when their plane crashed into the mountain in 1955.  “Nevada played a significant role in winning the Cold War,” said Reid.  “In addition to the Nevada Test Site, Fallon’s Naval Air Station, Nellis Air Force Base, and Hawthorne Army Depot greatly contributed to the fight. It’s a terrible shame that the people who perished when their plane crashed near the Mount Charleston summit were never truly honored.  The people who sacrificed their lives serving our… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Death Of Mormon Church President Hinckley

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement about the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  “President Hinckley led a remarkable life. His faith and leadership have inspired countless lives throughout the world. He leaves a deeply rooted legacy on our religion through his teachings and his lifetime of service to the Church. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Reid Provides Update On Efforts To Address Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid sent a letter to the Nevada Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Study Mortgage Lending and Housing Issues today to provide an update on Congress’ efforts to respond to the nation’s foreclosure crisis.  In the letter, Reid highlights the steps that Congress has taken in recent months to provide assistance on this front, and talks about the need for short, medium, and long term solutions to help curb the crippling effect of foreclosures in Nevada and across the country.  The text of Reid’s letter is included below. January 28, 2008  Assemblyman Marcus L. Conklin Chairman, Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Study Mortgage Lending and Housing Issues Nevada State Legislature Grant Sawyer State Office Building 555 East… Read more »