Reid Unveils Consumer First Energy Act

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid joined other Democratic senators at a press conference today to unveil the Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008, a bill that addresses the root causes of high gas prices.  Seven years of the Bush Administration’s disastrous energy policies have enriched Big Oil and market speculators at the expense of American consumers.  Democrats are committed to providing relief to consumers and strengthening our economic, energy and national security.  “Nevadans are paying more and more every day to fill up their gas tanks, yet Bush Republicans only offer more of the same failed energy policies that brought us to this point,” Reid said.  “With this bill, Democrats are protecting consumers.  Instead of helping Big Oil make more money… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Choose Airlines Over Passengers in Ground Bill to Make Air Travel Safer, More Efficient

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans blocked the FAA Reauthorization Act from coming to the floor: “Bush Republicans have once again put big business first and American consumers last, choosing to look out for airlines instead of their passengers. Our bill would have made air travel safer in the skies and on the runways, help air travelers take off sooner and land safer, help commerce flow with fewer interruptions, and help carriers lower their fuel costs. It also included a passengers’ bill of rights to ensure travelers are treated with respect during long delays. “Frequent and infrequent flyers alike already face enough obstacles as they try to go from city to city and state… Read more »

Reid Meets With Nevada State Champion Of "Poetry Out Loud" Contest

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met Rachel “Lainey” Henderson from Carson City. Henderson is the 2008 Nevada State Champion for “Poetry Out Loud,” a national recitation contest. Henderson recited poetry for Reid during the meeting. “She delivered it with such passion and enthusiasm – it was truly a wonderful performance,” Reid said. “The arts are an important part of every education, and I always enjoy meeting young Nevadans who are participating in such valuable programs.” Henderson is a student at Carson High School. Students choose three poems to recite from the Poetry Out Loud anthologies. For the competition, Rachel will be reciting “Mrs. Krikorian,” “It Was Not Death for I Stood Up,” and “Since There is No Escape.”… Read more »

Reid: Fourth Straight Month Of Job Loss Underscores The Urgent Need To Strengthen The Economy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to a Department of Labor report that U.S. employers cut 20,000 jobs in April – the fourth month in a row of job losses for American workers and businesses: “With the President and Bush Republicans offering the same failed economic strategy that got us to this point, it’s no wonder that today’s jobs report looks just like every other one this year: Americans continue to lose their jobs. For the fourth straight month, the dangers of Republicans’ ‘wait-and-see’ approach to our economy are crystal clear – the numbers that should be down are up, and those that should be up are down. Gas prices and foreclosures keep growing… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Refuse To Work Toward Making Air Travel Safer, More Efficient

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding Republican obstruction of the FAA Modernization Act. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “On occasion, the United States Senate must turn to legislation that we know will cause controversy. Abortion. Social security. The war in Iraq – just to name a few. Sometimes we find common ground on these issues. Other times, after thoughtful, earnest debate, the two sides of the aisle cannot converge in the middle. And that is okay. That is just how this body was designed to work. “So I offer the words that will follow with an understanding that as the majority party, we cannot expect… Read more »

Reid Meets with High School Students from Sparks

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today met with 20 Advanced Placement U.S. Government students from Reed High School in Sparks, the largest public high school in the Washoe County School District. These students are the Nevada state champions of the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” program. “We the People” is an instructional program meant to promote civic competence and responsibility among elementary and secondary students. Beginning Saturday, they will represent Nevada in a three day competition on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in Washington, D.C.

Reid: Five Years After President Bush's Shortsighted Speech, Our Mission Is Far From Accomplished In Iraq

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate today, the fifth anniversary of President Bush’s speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln beneath the “Mission Accomplished” banner. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Five years ago today, on the deck of an aircraft carrier, returning from the Middle East, America and the world bore witness to perhaps the greatest act of hubris that our nation has ever seen in wartime. Resplendent in a flight suit, landing theatrically in a fighter jet, President Bush declared that, ‘In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.’ Above him, a banner – printed by the White House – that proclaimed… Read more »

Reid: When It Comes To Ideas For Relieving Pain At The Pump, Bush Republicans Are Running On Empty

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to Republicans’ energy plan: “When it comes to ideas for helping Americans paying more and more every day at the gas pump, Bush Republicans are running on empty. Their only answer is to drill for more fossil fuels and drill deeper into Americans’ pockets to line those of Big Oil. “After seven years of disastrous policies and distorted priorities, it’s time for Republicans to care more about their constituents than their cronies. It’s time they stand up to OPEC and countries that collude to set high oil prices. It’s time they stand up to Big Oil instead of giving tax breaks and subsidies to companies that rake in… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Heller Announce Grant Funding For Clean Fuel Bus Replacements

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Congressman Dean Heller today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant of $500,000 from the Clean Fuels Grant Program for clean fuel bus replacements for Lake Tahoe. “I am very pleased that the Transportation Department is providing these funds for new clean fuel busses at Lake Tahoe,” Reid said. “I am deeply committed to protecting clean air and water in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and this money will go a long way toward that goal.” “We need to be good stewards of our environment,” said Ensign. “This funding will go a long way toward protecting the air and ecosystem at Lake Tahoe for future generations… Read more »

Reid Meets With Las Vegas and Reno Divisions Of American Heart Association

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with members from the Las Vegas and Reno divisions of the American Heart Association (AHA.) “I appreciated the opportunity to meet with this diverse group of Nevadans who shared their personal stories of heart disease and stroke,” Reid said. “I will continue working to ensure Nevadans receive help when it comes to healthcare issues and supporting increased funding for crucial heart and stroke programs at the Center for Disease Control and National Institute of Health.” During the meeting, members from the AHA chapter from Nevada applauded Reid for his help passing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.