Reid, Ensign Oppose Most Desperate Attempt Yet to Revive the Dump at Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC — Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign released the following statements about a bill being introduced in the Senate to speed up the licensing process to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. This irresponsible bill calls for nuclear waste to be shipped to Nevada and stored in Yucca Mountain for 300 years before any radiation standard whatsoever is applied to the dump. “The Energy Department closed the doors to the tunnel at Yucca Mountain, sending a clear signal that the proposed dump is history.  This is the most desperate attempt we’ve seen so far to try to bring Yucca back to life,” said Reid.  “The Inhofe-DeMint pro-Yucca bill is not just dangerous, it’s ridiculous.  The cosponsors practically… Read more »

Reid Statement On Economic Stimulus Deal Struck By House, President

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the agreement reached by Congress and the President on a bipartisan stimulus package to revive our faltering economy:  “I am pleased the Speaker and the House Minority Leader, working with Secretary Paulson, have reached an agreement to send stimulus checks for individuals and provide tax relief to businesses. And I am proud that Democratic negotiators were able to secure tax relief for millions of Americans who would have been completely left out of the President’s proposal. “In an effort to get the bipartisan process moving in the Senate, Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley will conduct a markup of stimulus proposals next week. I… Read more »

Reid Discusses His Efforts to Improve Education in Nevada

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid today unveiled his priorities for improving education in Nevada during a conference call with students and education reporters from the Silver State.  This is his second issue Reid has highlighted this week in a week-long rollout of top priorities for Nevada.”We all need to work hard to make sure our students are prepared for the global economy,” said Reid.  “It starts by overhauling No Child Left Behind so we focus on good teaching, instead of just teaching to the test. We need to address Nevada’s disproportionate high school dropout rate.  And, we need to build off the work we did last year to make a college education more affordable and accessible for every Nevadan.”Below are… Read more »

Reid Urges President To Give Congress The Time It Needs To Debate Surveillance Law

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada today sent President Bush a letter urging him to support a one-month extension of the nation’s foreign surveillance program. A day after Senate Republicans objected to giving Congress the time it needs to modernize the legislation before it expires on Feb. 1, Reid asked the President to work with Congress to give our intelligence professionals the tools they need to make America more secure. Democrats remain committed to improving our nation’s ability to fight terrorism while protecting Americans’ civil liberties.  The text of the letter is below: January 23, 2008 President George W. BushThe White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush: I write to request that you work cooperatively with Congress… Read more »

Reid Highlights Nevada Priorities For 2008

Washington, DC— This week, Nevada Senator Harry Reid will be talking about his legislative priorities to help address the challenges facing Nevada, starting with the economy.”The economy is facing some serious challenges and Nevadans are feeling the pinch. I will continue to leverage my position as the Senate Majority Leader to strengthen our state’s economy and make Nevada an even better place to live and raise a family,” said Reid. “During the new session I will work to help strengthen our economy, ensure that the budget addresses Nevada’s needs, ensure tax fairness for those living in the Silver State, spur Nevada’s renewable energy industry, create jobs, and provide tax relief for college tuition. I look forward to working with the… Read more »

Reid Statement On Meeting With President Bush About Economics Stimulus Package

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today following a meeting with President Bush and bipartisan, bicameral Congressional leaders about developing a bipartisan economic stimulus plan:  “This week’s downturn in the global markets demonstrates how urgently we need to act to revive our nation’s faltering economy. The American public expects Congress and the Administration to work together to quickly pass an economic stimulus package that is timely, temporary and targeted to those who need it most. “I am hopeful that we will be able to reach agreement on a bipartisan stimulus package soon.”

Reid: In New Year, Democrats Will Continue to Work in Bipartisan Fashion to Make America Stronger, Safer

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, outlining Democrats’ legislative priorities for the first session of 2008. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “It is good to see all of our colleagues once again. Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.’ I hope we will live up to those words in the year ahead.   “Our time back home over the holidays gave us all an opportunity to reflect upon 2007 – the first year of the 110th Congress. The past year made one thing clear: We in the Senate… Read more »

Reid Statement in Response to Bush Speech on the Economy

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the President’s remarks on the economy:  “I am encouraged and share the President’s view that we need prompt bipartisan action to strengthen our economy. I also agree that our focus must be on finding temporary measures that will do the job effectively. I look forward to working with the President to implement responsible solutions that revive our economy for the benefit of all Americans.”

Reid Statement On Conference Call With President Bush Regarding Economic Package

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today following a discussion with President Bush and the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional leadership about the development of an economic stimulus package:  “It is encouraging that the President has acknowledged the economic problems challenging our nation. At the same time, I am disappointed that he is rejecting a request from leaders of both parties and both chambers to work with us directly to develop a bipartisan package rather than unilaterally detailing his own approach without Congressional input. The President’s strategy threatens to unnecessarily politicize the inevitable bipartisan negotiations we will need to quickly enact legislation. “We hope that the President will agree in the near future to work with… Read more »

Reid Statement On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Washington, DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry of Nevada Reid today released the following statement in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to mark the federal holiday that bears his name: “Across our country next week, Americans will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who would have turned 79 years old today. Nearly four decades after his death, Dr. King’s voice of peace still resonates throughout the world, and his vision of equality still guides us daily. “As we remember Dr. King’s legacy, we also recall our solemn responsibility to advance an agenda that moves our nation forward and pursues justice for all Americans. Since last Martin Luther King Day, we have called ourselves… Read more »