Reid Statement on Yucca Mountain Hearing

Washington, DC—Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement today after a panel of administrative  judges considered the Department of Energy’s (DOE) certification of the Licensing Support Network (LSN) for Yucca Mountain: “There were many important concerns that were discussed at today’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing. Of chief concern is that the Department of Energy provide the State of Nevada with all the information it needs to consider and challenge the license application process in a meaningful way. This is a mandatory first step before DOE can file its license application by the arbitrary self-imposed June 30, 2008 deadline. I hope the NRC panel carefully considers the serious implications of the DOE’s premature LSN certification because of the major… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Urges Inspector General to Investigate Conflicts of Interest Regarding Yucca

Washington, DC –Nevada’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Gregory Friedman, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Energy, urging him to review possible conflicts of interest related to the law firm Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius’s contract with the Department of Energy to perform legal services related to licensing Yucca Mountain as the nation’s nuclear waste dump.  The letter outlines, in detail, the fact that in the past the firm has represented clients against the Department of Energy and the fact that recently the firm was registered to lobby on behalf of the Nuclear Energy Institute.  Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, and Congressmen Jon Porter and Dean Heller are united in their efforts to stop Yucca… Read more »

Reid: Bush Must Throughly Review Iran Policy In Light Of Newly Released Intelligence

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today ahead of President Bush’s remarks this morning, calling on the President to conduct a thorough review of his Iran policy in light of the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program that concluded Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003: “President Bush’s heated rhetoric on Iran – including comments about a potential World War III – is even more outrageous now that we know the intelligence community had informed him that it believes Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program four years ago.  This is the latest in a long line of inaccurate and misleading comments that got us into the Iraq war to begin with. They… Read more »

Reid Statement On The U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today regarding the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement that the U.S. Senate approved this afternoon:  “It is very unfortunate that the Bush Administration’s only policy towards Latin America has been to negotiate free trade agreements. I just returned from leading a bipartisan delegation to Latin America and last year I headed a similar delegation to different Latin American countries, including Peru. What we heard repeatedly there in almost every country we visited was that the Bush Administration had neglected the region. And, in fact, they are right. We have cut development assistance, eliminated programs, and repeatedly overlooked our neighbors to the South. In the place of a robust and… Read more »

Reid: Bush Republicans Stall AMT, then Complain It's Not Moving Fast Enough

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after Senate Republicans objected to a unanimous consent request to move to the Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007, which would extend Alternative Minimum Tax relief:“Despite the President’s warning to Republicans that we must move quickly on the AMT, they have again chosen to block this necessary reform at the expense of 19 million American families, including 150,000 Nevadans, who will be forced to pay this tax next spring if we don’t take action by the end of the year.   “After blocking our efforts to hold three votes on AMT last month, they again stood in the way today.  Bush Republicans are slow-walking this important bill even… Read more »

Reid, Buckley Release PSA to Help Nevadans Facing Foreclosure

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada joined with Barbara Buckley, the Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly to produce a public service announcement (PSA) to reach out to Nevadans worried about losing their homes to foreclosure. “Far too many honest, hardworking Nevadans are threatened with the loss of their home,” said Reid. “Speaker Buckley and I thought it necessary to reach out to them to let them know that there are places they can go and people they can talk to for reliable, credible assistance.” “It is critical that we provide homeowners facing foreclosure a place they can turn for reliable counseling that provides them real options for refinancing, especially in light of the number of so-called… Read more »

Reid Statement on Hearing about Environmental Impacts of Yucca Project

Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada expressed his concerns in a written statement about the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump as the Department of Energy (DOE) prepares to hold a hearing today about the environmental impacts of building a rail line to Yucca Mountain and constructing the proposed repository. Calling the Department’s Environmental Impact Statements “premature, wholly inadequate, and based on flawed assumptions,” Reid urged DOE to fully review the public comments it receives regarding these reports, which are intended to consider alternatives to the project and why the project could harm the environment and public health. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. STATEMENT OF SENATOR HARRY REID on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements… Read more »

Senate Democrats Announce 2008 Legislative Calendar

Washington, DC—The Senate Democratic Leadership today released the legislative calendar for 2008. Below is a list of the important dates: Legislative Calendar: · Tentative start of legislative session: Tuesday, January 15 · State of the Union: Tuesday, January 22 · Presidents Day Work Period: Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24 · Easter Work Period: Saturday, March 15 to Sunday, March 30 · Memorial Day Work Period: Saturday, May 24 to Sunday, June 1 · Independence Day Work Period: Saturday, June 28 to Sunday, July 6 · Summer Work Period: Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, September 7 o Democratic National Convention: Monday, August 25 to Thursday, August 28 o Republican National Convention: Monday, September 1 to Thursday, September 4           … Read more »

Reid Announces $500,000 in Grants to Help Nevada Students Prepare for College

Washington D.C.– Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced two grants, totaling over $500,000, to fund the Upward Bound program at Nevada State College.     “Working with my colleagues in the Senate, I helped pass higher education legislation in September to make a college education more affordable for Nevada students. This legislation also included additional funding to expand the Upward Bound program,” said Reid. “I was pleased that Nevada State College was awarded funding for two Upward Bound programs in southern Nevada .  Now, with this grant, Nevada State will be able to identify promising Nevada high school students and provide them the skills they need to succeed in college.”  The Upward Bound program awards grants to institutions of higher… Read more »

Reid Statement on Coal Plant Delay

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement regarding Sierra Pacific Resources’ decision to build a natural gas power plant before moving forward on building a coal plant near Ely, NV. “I am very pleased that Sierra Pacific has decided to speed up their plans to expand the Harry Allen natural gas power plant before attempting to build a dirty coal plant in Nevada. “When the company’s representatives came to me this summer saying they needed a ‘bridge’ to meet Nevada’s power needs while they look into renewable power, I suggested they use natural gas. I am glad they are choosing to go in that direction. I hope Sierra Pacific’s executives will take the additional… Read more »