Energy Department Inspector General Agrees to Investigate Yucca Contract

Washington, DC – One week ago today, Nevada’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Gregory Friedman, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Energy, requesting an investigation into the $109 million contract awarded to the law firm Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius to represent the Energy Department. Today, the congressional delegation was notified that the Inspector General will officially investigate the contract.   “This is great news for Nevada and a huge blow to the dump,” said Reid. “Morgan, Lewis has a long history of working for the nuclear industry to force the dump on Nevadans, and it is laughable to think that this law firm can now provide DOE with objective advice required to serve the public interest.  The Energy… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Introduce Bill to Advance Economic Development in Reno

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada introduced legislation today that would remove a restriction on a portion of the City of Reno’s land that hinders planned economic development. In 1866, the title of the land was granted to the Central Pacific Railroad, now Union Pacific, for construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. “By reducing downtown congestion and making downtown Reno safer for pedestrians and motorists, ReTRAC has been a tremendous success for the community. Now it’s time to take the next step,” said Reid. “The legislation that Senator Ensign and I introduced today clears the title on downtown land so that businesses can return to downtown Reno and economic redevelopment can march forward.”  “The purpose of… Read more »

Reid Sends Bush a Letter Urging Bipartisan Work to Address Subprime Mortgage, Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, D.C . –U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada today sent President Bush a letter urging bipartisan support to address Federal Housing Administration (FHA) reform and funding for housing counseling in order to keep Nevada families in their homes. Bush has called on Congress to pass FHA legislation, but he must do more to convince Republicans to work with Democrats on getting it done.  Reid’s letter urges Bush to personally intervene and persuade Senate Republicans to end their obstructionism on this important legislation. As Nevada and the rest of the country’s subprime mortgage and foreclosure crisis grows, Republicans continue to block a bill to help as many as 200,000 Americans at risk of losing their homes.  They blocked the FHA… Read more »

Reid: Destroyed CIA Tapes Threaten America's Integrity, Moral Authority

 Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, calling for a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the destroyed tapes of CIA interrogations. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “As the end of 2007 continues to draw near, we have a busy week ahead of us. We hope to complete action on the appropriations process, which will require the White House, along with House and Senate Republicans, to be reasonable in the pursuit of common ground. “We will work to complete the energy bill with a bipartisan compromise that will take our country toward lower energy prices for consumers and a cleaner environment. And we will work to… Read more »

Reid Celebrates The Season With Nevada Youth

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada welcomed 16 members of the Helen Joy Young Entertainers group to the Capitol and congratulated them for being selected to perform for the President at the 2007 Holiday Season at the White House ceremony. “I am so proud of these young students,” said Reid. “Everywhere they go, they make Nevada proud, spreading joy and celebrating the holiday season. Their performance was excellent, and I am sure that they will perform marvelously for the President.” The Helen Joy Entertainers are a singing group of Las Vegas youth ranging in ages from seven to 16. Led by Helen Joy and her daughter Suzy Au, the group focuses on community service and spreading… Read more »

Reid: Bush Should Show Leadership, Convince Senate Republicans To Stop Blocking FHA Bill

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks this afternoon on the nation’s subprime mortgage crisis: “The President is right to address the nation’s housing crisis, but wrong in his assessment of why it is stalling in Congress. Democrats support this bill and have tried twice in the past three weeks to bring up the FHA Modernization Act – a bill that helps as many as 200,000 Americans at risk of losing their homes – but Republicans have stood in the way both times.  Of course, this is just the latest example of obstruction in Senate Republicans’ record-shattering pace. “If the President is serious about addressing this emergency in a meaningful… Read more »

Reid Commends Bush on Action Related to Subprime Lending, North Korea

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada delivered the following statement today praising President Bush on the floor of the U.S. Senate: “M. President, it is more than fair to say that President Bush and I often do not see eye to eye. But when the President takes a step that is good for America , I have never hesitated to offer my support. Today, there are not one but two positive signs coming from the White House. “First, there are reports this morning that President Bush has sent a personal letter to North Korea ’s leader, Kim Jong-Il. I have not read the letter. But I hope and believe that it is meant as a positive step to… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Blocking Help For Homeowners In Mortgage Crisis

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, calling on Republicans to heed the call of the Administration and millions of homeowners, and work with Democrats to pass the FHA Modernization Act that addresses the nation’s subprime mortgage crisis. Republicans subsequently objected to passing the bill: “Secretary Paulson, this afternoon with the President, will unveil the Administration’s strategy to address the crisis of subprime lending.  We know the efforts are not one that will cover everything, but it’s a step in the right direction.  We don’t know all the details of this plan yet.  I’m glad to see the White House beginning to address this awful situation now which threatens… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Standing In Way Of Tax Relief By Blocking AMT Patch

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, calling on Republicans to join the President and Democrats in supporting the AMT patch that helps nearly 20 million Americans: “There has been much talk about the need to pass the Alternative Minimum Tax ‘patch.’ This week, President Bush called upon Congress to pass the patch before the year is up. I couldn’t agree more with the President on this issue. “Extending the AMT patch will provide tax relief to nearly 20 million Americans, including nearly 100,000 Nevadans. Yet the Republican minority continues to block us from passing this bill and providing this critical tax relief. The House passed an AMT bill… Read more »

Reid Statement on AMT

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted for the Alternative Minimum Tax Act without a measure to pay for it: “I am relieved that the Senate has acted this evening to extend AMT relief for 19 million taxpayers – including nearly 100,000 Nevadans. But I want to make it perfectly clear that I am very disappointed Republicans prevented the Senate from passing AMT relief in a fiscally responsible manner. Instead, Republicans insisted that the $50 billion cost of this proposal be added to the national debt – a debt that is already growing at a rate of $1 million a minute. “Although I think it is a shame that it… Read more »