Reid: Democrats Continue Working To Make Americans Safer And Our Economy Stronger

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: IRAQ “This weekend, Americans spent another $800 million in Iraq. $400 million Saturday. $400 million Sunday. Another $400 million today. The month of February came to a close – another $12 billion spent in Iraq, another $12 billion, all borrowed. Yet for the hundreds of billions we’ve borrowed and spent on Iraq already, violence continues.  This morning brought news of two car bombs in Baghdad killing at least two dozen Iraqis. *** HOUSING CRISIS “Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz said this weekend that these billions upon billions spent in Iraq are largely responsible for our economic troubles… Read more »

Reid: Record-Breaking Oil Prices Underscore Need For Investment In Alternative Energy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news that oil prices reached $103.95 a barrel Monday – breaking a record set in 1980, when adjusted for inflation:   “As oil prices reach record highs in a weakening economy, Democrats remain committed to repealing Big Oil’s tax breaks and instead use that money to expand incentives for investing in energy-efficient vehicles and renewable energy.  Bush Republicans blocked our efforts to do so last year, but we will soon give them another chance to help lower prices at the pump and reduce our reliance on oil.     “A New York Times editorial noted today that three years ago President Bush said $55 oil was reason enough for… Read more »

Reid: Bush Republicans Again Reject Extension of Surveillance Law

 Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before asking unanimous consent for a 30-day extension of the Protect America Act. Bush Republicans objected, once again demonstrating that they are more interested in playing politics than keeping Americans safe:  “I want to say a few words about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance issue. Both the House and the Senate have passed bills to strengthen the 1978 FISA law. The House passed its bill in November, and we passed our bill two weeks ago.  “Since Senate passage, the Chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees have been working hard to resolve differences between the two bills. Democratic staff have… Read more »

Reid, In Letter, Urges The White House To Work With Democrats On Nominations

  Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid sent the following letter to White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, giving his view of the Administration’s stonewalling and refusal to negotiate on non-judicial nominations.  The text of the letter, and a list of pending Democratic nominations, is below:   February 28, 2008 Mr. Joshua Bolten Chief of Staff to the President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.  20500 Dear Mr. Bolten:   I am writing to provide you with my view of the current impasse on non-judicial nominations, my view of its origins and my view concerning how that impasse could be resolved.   As you know, I have the statutory authority to make recommendations to the President… Read more »

Reid, In Letter, Urges Bush To Work With Democrats To Address Housing Crisis, Keep Americans In Their Homes

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today sent the following letter to President Bush, calling on him to work with Democrats to pass legislation that addresses the mortgage crisis, helps families threatened with foreclosure stay in their homes and strengthens the middle class. The text of the letter is below:   February 27, 2008   The President The White House Washington, DC 20500   Dear Mr. President:              On behalf of Senate Democrats, I write to express my disappointment upon learning that your senior advisors recommend that you veto the 2008 Foreclosure Prevention Act and strongly urge you to reject their advice and work with us to enact legislation that will address the housing crisis facing millions of… Read more »

Breast Cancer Research Funding Bill Is One Step Closer To Passage

Washington, DC— A bill sponsored by Nevada Senator Harry Reid to study the possible links between breast cancer and the environment passed an important milestone. Despite the threat of fifteen amendments that were filed to the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), the bill passed out of the Senate Health, Environment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in tact.   “I’m pleased this bill passed another hurdle,” said Reid. “I will continue to do all I can to pass this important legislation because it will help to provide answers to the 1,100 plus Nevada women who were diagnosed with breast cancer last year and to all of the individuals who are touched by this disease.”  … Read more »

Reid Comments On Tragic Death Of Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper

Washington, D.C. – Today,Nevada Senator Harry Reid honored Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper, Kara M. Kelly-Borgognone on the Senate floor.    Kelly-Borgognone was involved in a tragic accident in Washoe County while serving the people of Nevada this past Monday.  The Fallon native is survived by her husband Dirk, their two daughters, Blair and Ashlyn, and her brothers and sisters on the Nevada Highway Patrol.   A copy of his speech as prepared for delivery is below:   “Mr. President, I rise with a heavy heart to honor Nevada State Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone.   “Monday night, Trooper Kelly-Borgognone responded to a dangerous assignment: a suspicious package had been reported at a gas station in Spanish Springs, Nevada.   “While on route… Read more »

Reid And LVMPD Sheriff Gillespie Meet To Discuss Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Needs

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Sheriff Gillespie to discuss the resources and programs needed to continue protecting the residents and tourists of Southern Nevada. “As always, Sheriff Gillespie and I had a very productive meeting.  Today we talked about ways we can work together to make Nevada more secure,” Reid said.  “We discussed Metro’s funding needs as well as educational programs to ensure state and local law enforcement receives the latest anti-terrorism training.  I have always maintained a strong partnership with Nevada law enforcement to ensure they receive the resources they need to continue their valiant efforts to protect our communities.” “We are fortunate in Nevada to have someone… Read more »

Reid: Housing Crisis Threatens More Than Just Those Facing Foreclosure

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008:   “The sites and signs of America’s housing crisis are all around us:  On neighborhood streets dotted with one ‘for-sale’ sign after another.  In the struggles of construction workers who can’t find jobs.  In the desperation of hard working people talked into bad mortgages and now seeing their homes slip away.   “Every day, new statistics illuminate the depth of this growing crisis.  Just yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the number of homes facing foreclosure across our country jumped 57 percent in January, compared to a year ago.  We also now know that sales… Read more »

Reid, Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Impact Of Housing Crisis On African-American Community

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid held a press conference with Senate Democrats and civil rights leaders today to discuss the devastating and disproportionate impact the housing crisis has had on the African-American community. High-cost subprime loans account for 55 percent of loans to African-Americans.   The Foreclosure Prevention Act—which Reid co-sponsored will help struggling families keep their homes, help others avoid foreclosure in the future, and help communities recover from foreclosures and plummeting property values—will provide badly needed relief to the African-American community.   “Our current economic downturn is hurting all Americans, but it is hurting African-Americans particularly hard,” Reid said.  “Democrats are committed to addressing the housing crisis and to helping families threatened with foreclosure stay in their… Read more »