Reid Statement On Republican Blocking Of Breast Cancer Research

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans blocked efforts to debate, amend or pass the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act: “It is nothing short of unconscionable that Republicans are refusing to even debate legislation that would allow us to better understand the connection between the development of breast cancer and the environment. But for one Senator, we could pass legislation that would allow us to invest in research that might help us understand why a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes. But for one Senator, we could invest in research that could lead to better prevention, treatment and perhaps one day a cure for breast cancer. “Republicans have not only… Read more »

Reid Leads Passage Of Transportation Bill

Washington, DC –Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced the passage of the highway corrections bill, bringing home nearly $55 million in transportation funding to Nevada this year. This bill will now be sent to President Bush. Technical corrections to the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), signed into law in 2005, will free up approximately $1 billion in projects which, in turn, produce more than 40,000 jobs at no additional cost. Projects throughout Nevada that will receive 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 for the… Read more »

Reid Testifies At Aging Water Infrastructure Hearing

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid testified today before the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power to address the nation’s aging water infrastructure and its effect on Nevada. In January, the Truckee Canal, one of the oldest Reclamation water facilities in the country, failed. This resulted in a devastating flood that damaged 590 homes in Fernley, Nevada.   Reid cited the Fernley flood as an example of the many aging water infrastructure projects that would benefit from the passage of the Aging Water Infrastructure and Maintenance Act – a bill introduced by Reid and three other western senators earlier this month to provide the Bureau of Reclamation with the resources it needs to inspect and maintain… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Passing Of Charlie Waterman

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement upon learning of the passing of Charlie Waterman.   “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Charlie Waterman. In addition to a long, distinguished career as an attorney, Charlie dedicated his life to building the foundation of the Clark County Democratic Party. As a long-time friend, my thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.”

Reid Statement On Retirement Of Bob Stoldal

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement upon learning of the upcoming retirement of Bob Stoldal, Vice President of News at KLAS-TV, Channel 8. “For more than four decades, Bob Stoldal has been a true pioneer of broadcast journalism in Las Vegas. He is a tireless leader in our community and maintains a firm commitment to preserving Nevada’s rich history. Bob’s impact will be felt for years to come and I wish him nothing but the best in retirement.”

Reid Statement on Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to America

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement on the Senate floor today after attending a special ceremony at the White House to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the United States: “Earlier today, I was honored to help welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the United States for his first Papal visit to America. In his brief remarks on the South Lawn of the White House, His Holiness spoke of his admiration for America. His lifetime of righteousness in faith and deeds are an inspiration, not just to the more than one billion Catholics world-wide, but to those of every faith.  “As Pope Benedict XVI said shortly after his election three years ago – ‘I place my ministry in the… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Calls on DOE to Recuse Conflicted Law Firm

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, along with Reps. Shelley Berkley, Jon Porter, and Dean Heller, today called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to recuse the law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius from any additional work on Yucca Mountain because of conflicts of interest recently investigated by the DOE’s Inspector General. A copy of the letter signed by the entire Nevada Delegation and sent to Samuel W. Bodman, Secretary of the DOE, follows: Dear Secretary Bodman: As you may know, the Department of Energy’s Inspector General recently completed a review of alleged conflicts of interest involving the Department’s legal services contractor for the Yucca Mountain Project. We write today to request that you recuse this… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Announce Grants for Nevada Sex Offender Tracking, Child Protection

Washington, DC – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign announced today that the city of Henderson and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California were awarded federal grants totaling more than $210,000 to be used for sex offender tracking and child safety measures.  The grants will allow Henderson police to implement a Sex Offender Tracking Unit Enforcement Project and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California to create and maintain its own Sex Offender Registry.  The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed into law in 1996, creating the national sex offender registry.  The Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program allows the Department of Justice to award grants to assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions in implementing… Read more »

Reid Tribute to Army Sergeant Timothy M. Smith

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in memory of U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy M. Smith, who was killed in Iraq last Monday: “Amidst a great war that threatened to tear apart the fabric of our nation, Abraham Lincoln gazed upon a battlefield and was moved to say: ‘My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.’ “On Monday, April 7th, U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy M. Smith gave his life in pursuit of that dream. Sergeant Smith was 25 years old. While serving in Iraq with the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort… Read more »

Reid Meets With Boulder City Officials

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler, Councilman Travis Chandler, and City Manager Vicki Mayes to discuss issues facing Boulder City, such as water treatment, transportation projects and the development of renewable energy. “Boulder City has major project proposals in the works, including an expansion of US 95, the construction of an alternate water intake for its residents, the building of a regional training facility for law enforcement, and the exploration of solar energy projects,” Reid said. “I appreciate Roger taking the time to speak with me about the city’s needs. Helping Nevadans is my main priority, one that the mayor and I share. Hopefully what we discussed today will positively impact the state… Read more »