Reid: FISA Bill Deserves Ample Debate

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today regarding the FISA bill: “The Senate is committed to improving our nation’s intelligence laws to fight terrorism while protecting Americans’ civil liberties. We need to take the time necessary to debate a bill that does just that, rather than rushing one through the legislative process. While we had hoped to complete the FISA bill this week, it is clear that is not possible.  With more than a dozen amendments to this complex and controversial bill, this legislation deserves time for thorough discussion on the floor. “We will consider this bill when we return in January. In the meantime, I again encourage the Director of National Intelligence and… Read more »

Reid Cuts $104.5 Million From Yucca Budget

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced today that in the negotiations over this year’s final appropriations bill, he was successful in cutting an additional $54.5 million from the budget for the Yucca Mountain Project. This cut, combined with the previous $50 million Reid was able to cut earlier this year, brings this year’s total Yucca Mountain budget cut to $104.5 million below the President’s request and last year’s level. “While the Department of Energy continues to move forward with a flawed license application on a scientifically and environmentally unsound project, I am proud that I was successful in cutting $104.5 million from Yucca’s Budget,” said Reid. “It is clear that the Yucca Mountain Project is a… Read more »

Reid: DOD Bill Eases Unfair Financial Penalties on Disabled Military Retirees

 Washington D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed passage of the Department of Defense Authorization bill.  The bill being sent to the President includes the Concurrent Receipt for Unemployable Veterans and the Combat-Related Special Compensation, two important pieces of legislation that ensure veterans receive the retirement benefits and health care they deserve.“I’m extremely pleased that Congress is able to send this Defense Bill to the President that includes Concurrent Receipt and Combat-Related Special Compensation,” said Reid. “Our veterans deserve the best care and compensation that we can provide. With the passage of the Defense Authorization bill, wounded veterans will finally be given the full and fair benefits they deserve.”Reid has advocated for Concurrent Receipt legislation for over… Read more »

Reid Statement on FISA Bill

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the FISA Improvement Act of 2007: “I will shortly move to proceed to S. 2248, the FISA Improvement Act of 2007. I spoke briefly on this subject earlier, but I want to provide a more complete explanation of the process by which the Senate will consider this important bill. Earlier this year, the Director of National Intelligence came to Congress and alerted us to what he described as a significant gap that had emerged in our nation’s foreign intelligence gathering capacity.  “Members on both sides of the aisle – and from all sides of this important debate – became… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Help Hundreds Of Thousands Of Families Weather Housing Crisis

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before voting for the FHA Modernization Act that will help as many as 200,000 Americans at risk of losing their homes: “I rise to express my optimism for the bill we are about to pass, and my appreciation that we have reached a point where we can get it done for the American people. Every day, the mortgage crisis grows worse. We’ve reached a point where hundreds of thousands of families have now either lost their homes or may lose them soon. Yet as bad as the crisis is now, there is reason to believe that we’re only in the early stages…. Read more »

Reid Welcomes Confirmation of New Nevada U.S. Attorney

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the Senate confirmation of Greg Brower to be the United States Attorney for Nevada: “I welcome Greg Brower to be the new United States Attorney for Nevada. Greg has strong roots in our state and has wide-ranging experience in the military, in elected office and as a prosecutor. The appointment of Greg Brower is a good first step in restoring the confidence of Nevadans in the Department of Justice.”

Reid: Energy Bill First Step Toward Energy Independence

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before voting for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to strengthen America’s energy independence, national security and economy. It was amended after Senate Republicans blocked an earlier version of the legislation from passing by one vote:  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “The work that has taken place here in the Senate today brings to mind the words of Edmund Burke, the 18th Century Irish statesman and philosopher. Burke said, ‘All government…every virtue and every prudent act – is founded on compromise.’ “Compromise can be frustrating, it can be exasperating, and it can be maddening. But at the… Read more »

Reid Meets with Lincoln County Students Honoring Our Troops

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada met with 33 elementary school students from three different Lincoln County schools.  The Nevada students were in Washington to honor our troops by placing wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery as members of Wreaths Across America, an organization dedicated to “remembering, honoring, and teaching the value of freedom.”“It was such a privilege to meet with these Nevada students,” said Reid. “Their work to honor our military gives me great faith in the future of our country.  I am so proud of all of these students.” The 33 Nevada students were from Caliente, Panaca, and Pioche Elementary Schools . This was the first trip to Washington, D.C. , for all 33 students.

Reid Applauds Signing of Water Agreement

WashingtonD.C.– Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement after the signing of the agreement between the seven Colorado River Basin States by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. “I want to applaud the negotiators from the seven Colorado River Basin Sates and the Secretary of the Interior for successfully completing this important agreement which will govern how the states share water shortages. Unfortunately, it appears that this 9 year drought may be the new “norm” and this agreement will ensure future cooperation among the States that rely upon the River to meet all our water needs.”

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 »