Reid, Ensign, Heller Statements on Official Declaration of Federal Disaster

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller of Nevada released the following statements today following the President’s official declaration of a federal disaster in Fernley, Nevada. “I am very pleased that the President acted quickly in officially declaring Fernley a federal disaster,” said Reid. “This declaration, along with Secretary Chertoff’s promise to give the people of Fernley everything they need, will ensure that the people affected by the levee break are able to begin the process of returning to their homes as soon as possible.” “This emergency declaration will be critically helpful to the residents of Fernley and local governments to repair flood damage and allow a return to normalcy,” said Senator John… Read more »

Reid Delivers Remarks at Truckee River Flood Project

Washington, D.C. – After years of struggling with cost-share issues and Army Corps of Engineers delays, Washoe County, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Wal-Mart have agreed to construct a levee on the Truckee River, which will be a component of the Truckee River Flood Project. Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada delivered warm remarks at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Levee Project agreement signing.  “On a day like today, when Fernley is filled with flood waters, we are reminded of the need to complete the Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project,” said Reid. “That’s why I was so happy to attend the signing of this agreement between Washoe County, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Wal-Mart for the construction of the levee. This levee… Read more »

Reid: No Child Left Behind Must Be Overhauled To Help Every Student Succeed

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the President’s remarks on No Child Left Behind: “Six years after the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act, it is clear that the law needs to be overhauled. When Congress joined President Bush in 2002 to usher in a dramatic reform of our nation’s schools, we were hopeful that increased accountability and performance standards, together with a significant increase in the federal investment in education, would raise student achievement levels. “Accountability measures have proven far too punitive, with no recognition for schools that have made incremental progress. States have been given little flexibility in implementing the law’s requirements. And NCLB has been vastly under… Read more »

Reid Takes Aerial Tour of Fernley

Reno, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada received an aerial tour and briefing in Fernley, Nevada today. Reid was joined on the tour by representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies.  “I am very grateful for the overwhelming amount of support that is being shown in Fernley right now,” said Reid. “Nevada’s first responders are working side by side with federal and state agencies to provide relief to those in need. I hope that this partnership will be successful in helping those affected by the levee break return to their homes in a safe and reasonable amount of time.”

Reid, Ensign, Heller Send Bush Letter Requesting Swift Declaration Of Disaster Area in Fernley

Reno, NV – Responding to the levee breach that flooded Fernley,U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller of Nevada sent the following letter to President Bush urging swift action to declare the flood a major disaster area.  The President must declare the area a federal emergency before it can become eligible for public assistance to cover the repairs or replacement of infrastructure. The text of the letter is included below. January 7, 2008 The Honorable George W. BushPresidentThe White HouseWashington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President:           As you may be aware, the City of Fernley, Nevada experienced a significant damaging flood on Saturday, January 5, due to the catastrophic failure of a Bureau of Reclamation irrigation canal… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Statement On Call With FEMA

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign issued the following statement following a conference call involving multiple federal, state and local agencies regarding the levee break in Fernley, Nevada. “Our conversation with these federal and state organizations was extremely helpful. During the call, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) committed to conducting a damage assessment report on Monday. This report will be used by FEMA to determine the level of assistance the agency will be able to provide to the community, businesses and individual property owners. This is encouraging news during what has been a very difficult day in Nevada’s history. We will continue working together to ensure the community gets all the resources it needs.” ###

Reid, Ensign, Heller's Statements On Broken Levee

Washington, D.C. — U.S Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller of Nevada issued the following statements regarding the broken levee in Fernley, NV. “I spoke with Mayor Cutler today and promised him we would do everything possible to ensure the people of Fernley get the federal resources they need to help the community recover as quickly as possible,” said Reid. “We recognize that long after the flood waters recede there will still be a lot of work to do and my office will work with federal, state and local agencies to ensure that the community returns to pre-flood conditions and that this never happens again. I also extend my deepest gratitude toward all the first responders… Read more »

Reid: As Unemployment Reaches Two-year High, American Jobs Are The Latest Casualty Of Bush's Failed Economic Policies

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada released following statement today in response to the Labor Department’s report that the nation’s unemployment rate has reached a two-year high of 5 percent: “On the heels of record oil prices and a devastating housing crisis, today’s news that unemployment has hit a two-year high of 5 percent is just the latest casualty of the Bush Administration’s failed economic policies. The same President who lectures about fiscal responsibility has a shameful history of losing American jobs, turning record surpluses into record deficits and increasing the national debt by $3 trillion. “While President Bush’s corporate friends continue to rake in record profits, the middle class faces declining wages and rising prices for everything… Read more »

Reid Sends Follow-up Letter To Secretary Wynne Regarding Nevada Wind Projects

Las Vegas, NV – Continuing his work to make Nevada the leader in renewable energy, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne today as a follow-up on the Secretary’s recent meeting with Nevada’s congressional delegation regarding wind power development in Nevada. In the letter, Reid highlights his key priorities and urges Secretary Wynne to develop a centralized process for considering proposed wind projects. “As a follow-up to our meeting and to highlight key priorities, I would like to address three important issues – first, the publication of several airspace maps (“stoplight map”) of Nevada and surrounding states and how the Air Force intends to utilize these maps in its process for reviewing… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Assassination Of Benazir Bhutto

Las Vegas, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She was an important leader in Pakistan and this is a serious loss for the Pakistani people. “I hope those who committed these acts of terrorism will be brought to justice. “It is important, when faced with the violence and loss of innocent life over the last few days, that political leaders show a commitment to resolve but also restraint. Extremists must be brought to justice, but extremism must not undermine commitment to the rule of law, to human… Read more »