Reid Secures Study Into Air Quality at Great Basin National Park

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada today announced a victory in securing a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study into the adequacy of the current classification of Great Basin National Park as a Class II area under the Clean Air Act. Reid is confident the study will find that the Park should be reclassified as Class I according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air standards, thus securing greater protection of air quality and visibility.“I am pleased that the GAO will look into the air quality at the Great Basin National Park. This is an important step toward ensuring that the Park remains pristine for future generations.   When the investigation is finished and the Park’s classification has been… Read more »

Reid Works to Promote Renewable Energy, Create Jobs

Washington, DC— Continuing his efforts to make Nevada the leader in renewable energy, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada today sent a letter to the president of the Southern California Edison to encourage converting the Mohave Generating Station (MGS) from a coal plant into a solar power plant.The plant, located in Laughlin, was shut down in December 2005, because the plant’s owners, Southern California Edison (SCE) and other utilities including Nevada Power, refused to install required pollution controls.  There are no plans to restart the plant, which was a key source of jobs for the Hopi and Navajo tribes.   “When the plant closed down, the local communities and Native American tribes lost valuable jobs,” said Reid. “I am urging Southern… Read more »

Reid Lauds Completion of U.S. 95 Widening Project

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada celebrated the completion and subsequent opening of the widened U.S. 95 in Las Vegas. “The U.S. 95 Widening Project is the result of tremendous efforts to improve the quality of life for Nevadans and tourists that visit our state,” said Reid.  “Projects like this help reduce growing congestion and improve air quality. I’m thankful for the cooperation between the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, along with the Regional Transportation Commission of Clark County and the cities here in Clark County. Together, we have all worked to develop a project that is reflective of Nevadans’ needs. I will continue working to make the Silver State a better… Read more »

Reid Celebrates Opening of Nellis Solar Plant

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada celebrated the opening of the Nellis Air Force Base 14 megawatt solar plant.“I’m thrilled the Nellis Air Force Base solar plant is now open,” said Reid.  “Nevada is blessed with wind, solar, and geothermal abundance.  This project is another step toward harnessing the Silver State’s vast clean, renewable energy potential.  I will continue to do everything I can to help Nevada become the national leader in renewable energy and energy independence.”The 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) solar energy system, the biggest solar plant in the U.S., will generate clean electricity to support over 12,000 military and civilians at Nellis.

Reid: FISA Bill Deserves Ample Debate

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today regarding the FISA bill: “The Senate is committed to improving our nation’s intelligence laws to fight terrorism while protecting Americans’ civil liberties. We need to take the time necessary to debate a bill that does just that, rather than rushing one through the legislative process. While we had hoped to complete the FISA bill this week, it is clear that is not possible.  With more than a dozen amendments to this complex and controversial bill, this legislation deserves time for thorough discussion on the floor. “We will consider this bill when we return in January. In the meantime, I again encourage the Director of National Intelligence and… Read more »

Reid: DOD Bill Eases Unfair Financial Penalties on Disabled Military Retirees

 Washington D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed passage of the Department of Defense Authorization bill.  The bill being sent to the President includes the Concurrent Receipt for Unemployable Veterans and the Combat-Related Special Compensation, two important pieces of legislation that ensure veterans receive the retirement benefits and health care they deserve.“I’m extremely pleased that Congress is able to send this Defense Bill to the President that includes Concurrent Receipt and Combat-Related Special Compensation,” said Reid. “Our veterans deserve the best care and compensation that we can provide. With the passage of the Defense Authorization bill, wounded veterans will finally be given the full and fair benefits they deserve.”Reid has advocated for Concurrent Receipt legislation for over… Read more »

Reid Statement on FISA Bill

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the FISA Improvement Act of 2007: “I will shortly move to proceed to S. 2248, the FISA Improvement Act of 2007. I spoke briefly on this subject earlier, but I want to provide a more complete explanation of the process by which the Senate will consider this important bill. Earlier this year, the Director of National Intelligence came to Congress and alerted us to what he described as a significant gap that had emerged in our nation’s foreign intelligence gathering capacity.  “Members on both sides of the aisle – and from all sides of this important debate – became… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Help Hundreds Of Thousands Of Families Weather Housing Crisis

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before voting for the FHA Modernization Act that will help as many as 200,000 Americans at risk of losing their homes: “I rise to express my optimism for the bill we are about to pass, and my appreciation that we have reached a point where we can get it done for the American people. Every day, the mortgage crisis grows worse. We’ve reached a point where hundreds of thousands of families have now either lost their homes or may lose them soon. Yet as bad as the crisis is now, there is reason to believe that we’re only in the early stages…. Read more »

Reid Welcomes Confirmation of New Nevada U.S. Attorney

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the Senate confirmation of Greg Brower to be the United States Attorney for Nevada: “I welcome Greg Brower to be the new United States Attorney for Nevada. Greg has strong roots in our state and has wide-ranging experience in the military, in elected office and as a prosecutor. The appointment of Greg Brower is a good first step in restoring the confidence of Nevadans in the Department of Justice.”

Reid: Energy Bill First Step Toward Energy Independence

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before voting for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to strengthen America’s energy independence, national security and economy. It was amended after Senate Republicans blocked an earlier version of the legislation from passing by one vote:  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “The work that has taken place here in the Senate today brings to mind the words of Edmund Burke, the 18th Century Irish statesman and philosopher. Burke said, ‘All government…every virtue and every prudent act – is founded on compromise.’ “Compromise can be frustrating, it can be exasperating, and it can be maddening. But at the… Read more »