Reid: Total Costs of War Could Climb to $3.5 Trillion

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released a Joint Economic Committee report on the Iraq War.  The report details the hidden costs of the Iraq War, and reveals that the total cost of the war could reach up to $3.5 trillion. “This report confirms what Nevadans already know: the effects of the Iraq war will reverberate for generations,” said Reid. “The Joint Economic Report shows that the President’s Iraq strategy will cost American taxpayers trillions.  The President’s war is paid for with borrowed money from foreign countries, and our children and grandchildren will have to foot the bill.  The President’s war has upset world oil markets, and because of it, Nevadans are paying more at the… Read more »

Reid Hails Passage of Defense Funding Bill

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed the passage of the Defense Appropriations bill.  Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, helped direct $87,020,000 to Nevada for a variety of high-tech programs being developed by the military, Nevada ’s higher education institutions, and the state’s private sector. “I’m so pleased that this money is coming to the Silver State ,” said Reid.  These funds go to our military, our universities, and the state’s private sector, all for the purpose of keeping Nevadans and all Americans safe.” The Defense Appropriations bill includes $28,040,000 for Southern Nevada and $58,980,000 for Northern Nevada .  Below is a list of projects receiving funding. SOUTHERN NEVADA $400,000 for 98 th Range Wing to increase efficiency of… Read more »

Reid Commemorates the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Air Force

Washington, D.C. – As Nevada prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the United States Air Force at “Aviation Nation” scheduled to take place at the Nellis Air Force Base on Saturday, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada marked the anniversary with a speech in the U.S. Senate.   Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force and Nellis Air Force Base “I rise today to commemorate the 60 th anniversary of the United States Air Force. As you are well aware, the Air Force was created by the National Security Act of 1947, the very same law that established the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Central Intelligence Agency.    … Read more »

Reid: Congress Must Help Veterans

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today in response to a new study that found one in four of our nation’s homeless is a veteran: “The war has stretched the VA dangerously thin, and veterans are paying the price.  A new study out today finds that one in four of our nation’s homeless is a veteran, and Nevada has the fifth-highest rate of homeless veterans in the country. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is on the rise, and with it rising social costs like substance-abuse, homelessness and divorce rates.  The number of uninsured veterans is skyrocketing and veterans struggle to find jobs when they come back.  Our nation owes these men and women the best health… Read more »

Reid: Congress Overrides Water Resources Veto, Refuses to Allow President to Block America's Priorities

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to override President Bush’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act “This veto override sends an unmistakable message that Democrats both will continue to strengthen our environment and economy, and will refuse to allow President Bush to block America ’s real priorities for partisan reasons. The Water Resources Development Act provides authority for essential new navigation projects and funds programs to combat flood and coastal-storm damage, restore ecosystems, and projects guided by the Army Corps of Engineers essential to protecting the people of the Gulf Coast region. “President Bush vetoed these critical priorities, just as he has repeatedly threatened to block other… Read more »

Reid Announces Organizations Participating in Foreclosure Mobile Resource Centers

Washington D.C. – Following his recent announcement of five Mobile Resource Centers throughout Nevada to address the state’s foreclosure crisis, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced today the numerous organizations that will participate. “With representatives from several key agencies, nonprofits, and lending institutions, the Mobile Resource Centers will provide Nevadans in danger of losing their homes with the information they need to prevent foreclosure,” said Reid. “The lenders and mortgage servicers play a unique role in the process of providing information and assistance to Nevada borrowers in trouble, and I want to extend my thanks to all the agencies and lenders for their continued support and assistance in helping me launch these Mobile Resource Centers.”  Below is a list… Read more »

Reid: President Bush, Senate Republicans Holding Veterans Funding Hostage

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate voted to strip the Mil-Con/VA bill from the Labor-HHS-Education conference report: “Democrats are working to pass the largest-ever increase in resources for veterans care that would improve conditions at veterans’ military facilities like Walter Reed, safeguard veterans’ personal data, and fund research for illnesses like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.  But Senate Republicans – who voted overwhelming for both the Mil-Con/VA bill and the Labor-HHS bills a few weeks ago – have now apparently had a change of heart and are actively working to prevent the veterans care funding from being signed into law.  This simply defies common sense. “Even as the wars in… Read more »

Reid Statement On Intent To Vote Against Mukasey Nomination For Attorney General

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today: “I was profoundly disturbed by statements Judge Michael Mukasey made during his confirmation hearings concerning executive power, and about the legality of the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.  As a result, I cannot in good conscience vote to approve his nomination to be Attorney General of the United States. “I do not believe this is a difficult or complex legal question; waterboarding is illegal under current law. After World War II, the U.S. prosecuted and convicted Japanese soldiers for engaging in this practice. Senators McCain, Graham and Warner – who have served as leaders in the U.S. Senate on this issue, recently issued a detailed legal analysis unambiguously… Read more »

Reid: President's Latest Irresponsible Veto Threat On Farm Bill Would Deny Important Investments, Reforms

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Yesterday I came to the floor to express my optimism for the Farm Bill that comes before us this week.  I said that this bill is an example of the good that can come when both sides of the aisle work as one.  Chairmen Harkin and Baucus, and Ranking Members Chambliss and Grassley have done just that. I also said that this bill would receive floor time for serious debate and amendments. “Apparently the good work and good faith put toward this bill by Democrats and Republicans does not count for much with President Bush…. Read more »

Reid: As 2007 Becomes Deadliest Year Of War For U.S. Troops, We Must Refocus Our Efforts On Al Qaeda

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Yesterday we reached another tragic milestone in Iraq. With the death of five young Americans, 2007 has now been the deadliest year for our troops of the entire war. Our thoughts are with the families of these five latest American victims of the Iraqi civil war. Our hearts go out to the families of all 3,854 young men and women who have lost their lives and to the tens of thousands more who have been gravely wounded. “This war has caused so much suffering here in America where our losses continue to rise, where our… Read more »