Reid: President Once Again Puts Politics Of Fear Ahead Of Truth

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush and Congressional Republicans’ remarks this morning on FISA: “For the President, this debate isn’t about protecting America; it’s about protecting the telecommunications industry and his own Administration. “Let us be clear: Democrats stood ready to extend this law, but the President and Congressional Republicans flat-out refused. President Bush could have spent his morning signing an extension of this law instead of misrepresenting facts at a press conference. “The President refused to extend this law because he is trying to use it for political gain and is afraid that legal scrutiny of his Administration’s actions will uncover wrongdoing. “Fortunately, this law’s expiration does not threaten… Read more »

Reid Announces Appointments To National Commission On Children And Disasters

Washington, DC- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced his appointments to the National Commission on Children and Disasters. Nevada Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie and Mark Shriver, Vice President of Save the Children, have been asked by Reid to serve on the newly created commission. The commission is designed to create a comprehensive study assessing the needs of children as it relates to preparation for and response to any disaster or emergency. “I am so pleased both Sheila and Mark will serve on this important commission,” said Reid. “Both have extensive backgrounds in caring for children in times of need. I know that their combined experience will provide invaluable insight into ways our nation can improve the care of children during unforeseen disasters.”  The 10-member commission… Read more »

Reid: One Year Into Surge, Political Reconciliation In Iraq Remains Out Of Reach

Reid: One Year Into Surge, Political Reconciliation In Iraq Remains Out Of Reach Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the one-year anniversary of the beginning of President Bush’s escalation in Iraq: “The ‘surge’ strategy our military implemented a year ago today had an explicit goal: reduce violence so that Iraqis would have the room to begin securing their own country. Unfortunately, while our brave troops have held up their end, the Iraqis have not. “One year on, we remain proud of how our troops have achieved everything we have asked of them with courage and skill. But the stated goal of political reconciliation remains unfulfilled and Iraq still lacks a sustainable security framework. And while violence… Read more »

Reid Announces Legislation To Address Housing Crisis

Washington , DC — Nevada Senator Harry Reid today joined Senate Democrats in announcing a package of legislation intended to address the national housing crisis and help Americans avoid foreclosure. The Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 will keep families facing foreclosure in their homes, help other families avoid foreclosures in the future, and help communities already harmed by foreclosure to recover. “Since last year Senate Democrats have been moving quickly to ensure more Americans will be able to stay in their homes and we have made some progress,” Reid said. “But in the face of an uncertain economy and with so many Americans struggling, we know that more needs to be done to address the housing crisis. The provisions we… Read more »

Reid Lauds Legislation That Brings Air America Employees One Step Closer To Full Retirement Benefits

Washington D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid led the Senate passage of the 2008 Intelligence Authorization Act conference report, which includes a provision to provide federal retirement benefits to former Air America employees for their service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before 1977.“Those who honorably served Air America played a key role in the Vietnam War and were vital to numerous missions” said Reid.  “I’m pleased that we worked in a bipartisan fashion to help these individuals get one step closer to receiving the retirement benefits they deserve.”Air America, a passenger and cargo airline, acquired by the CIA in 1950, flew missions for the CIA into the 1970’s.  Since then, former employees of Air America and related companies have… Read more »

Reid: Stimulus Will Help Millions Of Americans Struggling In Uncertain Economy

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today after President Bush signed the economic stimulus package into law:  “The bipartisan plan the President signed today will help millions of Americans who are struggling in an uncertain economy. Congress promised to act quickly and effectively to help those who need it most, and this law represents a promise kept to the American people.  “I am proud that it was Senate Democrats who insisted that this plan to strengthen the economy include 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled. But we have much more to do in the long term because many more Americans still need our help. We will continue fighting for those who have lost their jobs in the… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Should Join Us To Establish Single Interrogation Standard

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today, calling on Republicans to support the Intelligence Authorization conference report and establish a single standard of interrogation that does not permit torture:   “When the Intelligence Authorization conference report comes to the floor tomorrow, Republicans should join us to support one standard of interrogation – as outlined in the Army Field Manual – for the entire government.   “We want to abide by the manual because it works.  Gen. Petraeus has said it works effectively.  Thirty-six retired Admirals and Generals have said it is effective on high-level detainees.  And a bipartisan group of foreign policy experts – including the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and Republicans who… Read more »

Reid: President's Economic Report Fails To Acknowledge Challenges Facing Middle Class

—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s economic report released today: “I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans have worked together to reach agreement on a short-term economic stimulus bill. Economists believe that this legislation will make a real difference in mitigating our current downturn. However, it is far from a panacea, and much more should be done to address our economy’s longer-term problems. “The President’s report today argues that the economy retains a solid foundation, but it fails to adequately reflect pressures on middle-class families that have been mounting for many years. The middle class is facing declining incomes, coupled with rising prices for everything from health care to gasoline to college… Read more »

Reid: President's Economic Report Fails To Acknowledge Challenges Facing Middle Class

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s economic report released today: “I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans have worked together to reach agreement on a short-term economic stimulus bill. Economists believe that this legislation will make a real difference in mitigating our current downturn. However, it is far from a panacea, and much more should be done to address our economy’s longer-term problems. “The President’s report today argues that the economy retains a solid foundation, but it fails to adequately reflect pressures on middle-class families that have been mounting for many years. The middle class is facing declining incomes, coupled with rising prices for everything from health care to gasoline to… Read more »

Reid Encourages Nevadans to Participate in Public Hearings on Yucca

Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter to fellow Nevadans this week, encouraging them to tell the Department of Energy how they feel about the proposal to use Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste dump during the Department’s hearings in Nevada this November and December. To read more on how Senator Reid is fighting against the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump click here. Here is the text of the letter: Dear ***,          For more than two decades, I have worked to keep high-level nuclear waste away from Yucca Mountain and out of Nevada. With the support of Nevadans like you, I am confident that together we will continue our successful track record and… Read more »