Reid Statement on the House Passage of Hardrock Mining Reform Legislation

Washington D.C. – For the third time since enactment of the Mining Law of 1872, the House of Representatives today approved legislation to reform the law that governs hardrock mining on public lands. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada testified earlier this year at a Congressional field hearing in Elko about the importance of developing a modern National Minerals Policy that protects and strengthens Nevada ‘s mining communities. “Today the House of Representatives, led by Chairman Rahall and Chairman Costa, laid down a marker on mining policy,” said Reid, a native of the hardrock mining camp of Searchlight, Nevada. “I am pleased to be working with Chairman Bingaman and Senator Domenici on legislation that will provide a constructive counterpoint… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Heller, Announce Nearly $500,000 in Funds for Reno Firefighters

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada and Representative Dean Heller today announced that a $490,768 federal grant has been awarded to the Reno Fire Department. The funding will be provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  “Last year, there were more than 1250 wildfires in Nevada, burning over 1.3 million acres of precious rangeland and forests,” said Reid. “Nevada’s firefighters not only battled fires in our state but they also traveled to other states like California to help fight against the recent devastating fires. It is critically important that we support these model citizens and provide them with the funding that will enable them to continue protecting Nevada.” “Over the last several… Read more »

Reid: Congress Gives President Second Change to Do Right Thing, Ensure Children Get the Health Care They Need

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a new version of the CHIP reauthorization bill that Democrats and Republicans wrote together to address the concerns of those who oppose it: “Democrats and Republicans have again come together in good faith to pass a responsible, fully funded bill that improves the lives of low-income, uninsured children by ensuring they get the doctor visits and medicines they need when they’re sick and the checkups they need to stay well. “The President has manufactured phony excuse after phony excuse to mislead Americans into opposing children’s health care and Republican leaders have repeatedly used procedural maneuvers to prevent enactment of this bill. Regardless,… Read more »

Reid Testifies At Senate Committee On Yucca Mountain Licensing Process

 Washington D.C.- U.S. Senator Harry Reid testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ oversight hearing on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.  “This was a great day for Nevada to get our concerns about the licensing process on record,” said Reid.  “This is a step in the right direction that gets us that much closer to putting the final nail in the coffin that is Yucca Mountain.” Reid called into question the integrity of the licensing process and raised questions about the security of the proposed dump. Reid also discussed the importance of the Federal Accountability for Nuclear Waste Storage Act.  The legislation, introduced by Reid and John Ensign earlier this year, calls for nuclear… Read more »

Reid Celebrates Nevada Day

 Washington, DC –U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada issued the following statement in recognition of Nevada Day:   “With Nevada Day upon us, we should reflect on our great heritage, and note the tremendous accomplishments and successes of our state. Nevada became a state 143 years ago in 1864, at a time when the country was divided by bitter conflict.  Born into the chaos of the Civil War, Nevada proved herself a patriot.  Since then, the people of Nevada have time and time again shown patriotism in their actions, their sacrifices and their celebrations. “Many outsiders once viewed Nevada as just a stop along the road on the way to California; today, Nevada has become the destination.  Where once there… Read more »

Senate Democratic Leaders Call On President To End Delay, Nominate New Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

Washington, DC—As Veterans’ Day approaches, Senate Democratic leaders today issued the following letter to President Bush, urging him to quickly nominate a new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. With the military and VA stretched thin by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in light of mismanagement of veterans’ health care at facilities like Walter Reed, our veterans deserve able, permanent leadership.  Below is the text of the letter: The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States The White House Washington, DC 20515 Dear Mr. President: We are writing to express our serious concerns about the extended delay in nominating a qualified individual to serve as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Secretary Nicholson tendered his resignation… Read more »

Reid Hails Passage Of Labor, Health & Human Services Funding Bill

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada applauded today’s passage of  a strong, bipartisan Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill.  Leveraging his leadership position, Reid helped secure more than $9 million for Nevada   “I’m pleased that this bill invests in Nevada’s future by funding education, health care initiatives and job training programs to help prepare Nevadans for the global economy,” said Reid.  “It reflects Nevada and America’s priorities by providing the funding we need to educate our children, to provide hope for medical breakthroughs, to give our workers the competitive edge they need, and to care for our elderly.” During consideration of this bill, Reid lead efforts to restore funding for: biomedical research; career and… Read more »

Reid Testifies At Committee Hearing Regarding Nevada Test Site Workers

Washington, D.C. – Working to secure compensation for Cold War veterans at the Nevada Test Site, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada testified at the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s oversight hearing on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA). “There are serious problems with the implementation of EEOICPA, which became law in 2000, that have prevented thousands of former workers at the Nevada Test Site and other nuclear facilities from receiving compensation for work related illnesses, including cancer,” said Reid.  “This is an important issue to Nevadans. We must do more to help our Cold War veterans.  I am committed to doing all I can to provide them the compensation they deserve and the medical benefits… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Will Continue Fight To Cover Millions Of America's Poorest Children

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the House failed to override President Bush’s veto of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007: “Each Republican who voted to uphold President Bush’s heartless veto should be embarrassed that he chose to stand in the way of improving the lives of millions of America’s poorest children.  While we appreciate those who voted to override his veto, there unfortunately remain too many who are all too willing to rubberstamp President Bush’s shameful policies and succumb to his misinformation campaign. “CHIP is a critical program that the vast majority of the American people rightly support.  As long as this President denies American children the health… Read more »

Reid: We Must Create Jobs By Tapping Into Nevada's Renewable Energy

 Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released a report about the possible economic impact of developing Nevada’s renewable energy industry, including the thousands of jobs that could be created primarily in rural areas.    “Renewable resources can provide the affordable and reliable energy we need, while creating an industry which can make Nevadans proud and prosperous. So many states, including Arizona and California, are creating jobs by actively developing this industry.  If those other states can do it, then Nevada certainly can do it and be the leader and catalyst in our country’s energy revolution. We have endless renewable energy sources that are being wasted everyday that we do not tap into them.  The sooner we… Read more »