Reid, Pelosi Urge Bush To Ensure That Taxpayers Receive AMT Relief In Timely Fashion

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi today sent the following letter to the President, urging him to ensure that taxpayers impacted by changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax receive their refunds in a timely fashion. The text of the letter is below:  December 20, 2007 President George W. BushThe White HouseWashington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: As you know, the Democratic Congress acted this week to protect 23 million middle class taxpayers from being affected by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which was originally intended to prevent the wealthiest Americans from dodging all tax liability. This legislation was a critical part of our efforts to cut taxes for the middle class and make the… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Have Led The Way For Change In 2007

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, closing the last session of the 110th Congress for 2007: “We have reached the end of a long, hectic, at times contentious and frustrating, but unquestionably productive first year of the 110th Congress. We welcomed back our friend and colleague, Senator Tim Johnson, who has made an extraordinary recovery and we are now thrilled to see on his feet again. We lost a friend in Senator Craig Thomas, said hello to his successor, Senator John Barrasso, and said goodbye to Senator Trent Lott, who will be retiring. “We held an unusual three Congressional Gold Medal ceremonies: Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen… Read more »

Reid Statement on Confirmation of Wellinghoff to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Washington, DC—Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Las Vegas resident Jon Wellinghoff to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):  “I recommended Commissioner Wellinghoff for this position because I firmly believed that the energy problems facing our nation called for a nominee of Jon’s caliber and experience. Commissioner Wellinghoff has worked to develop new innovations at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has made great process and I thank him for all that he has done to enhance energy efficiency and promote renewable energy. As expected, there is much more work to be done at FERC. I am deeply pleased that Commissioner Wellinghoff is dedicated to continuing his tenure… Read more »

Reid Hails Passage of Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada commended the passage of the omnibus appropriations bill, which included millions of dollars in funding for Nevada priorities.  In addition to funding key projects, the omnibus cuts funding to the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain by more than $108 million, a 22 percent reduction.“This bill contains funding for important Nevada projects.  Transportation, military, education, affordable housing, and health care are just some of the Nevada priorities that received funding from this legislation,” said Reid.  “Unlike spending bills passed during the previous Republican Congress that increase the nation’s debt, this legislation is fiscally responsible and ensures the government does what every Nevada family has to: live within a budget.”Below is a… Read more »

In Letter To President, Reid Expresses Concern About Cuts To Homeland Security Grant Program

Washington , DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada today sent the following letter to President Bush, expressing concern about reported cuts to important homeland security grant programs and requesting adequate support for the project. “Rather than cutting valuable funding for transit security and emergency management President Bush should be investing in this important Nevada program,” Reid said.  “I’m concerned about what these reported cuts could mean for high risk states like the Nevada.  I hope the president looks into this matter.  In the mean time I will continue doing what I can to protect the people of Nevada and the millions of tourists who visit the state each year.” Below is the text of the letter: President… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Work to Help Southern Nevada Veterans

Washington, DC— U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Gordon Mansfield to express their support to build a veterans health care clinic in Laughlin.“Nevada has one of the largest veterans’ populations in the country,” said Reid.  “Right now, some veterans living in Southern Nevada have to travel great distances to get the health care services they need.  Building a health care clinic in Laughlin would relieve a great deal of stress for our veterans and will help ensure they receive the proper health care they deserve.  I am committed to ensuring our soldiers, veterans, and their families receive the retirement and health care benefits that they were promised… Read more »

Reid Praises Senate Passage of Bill to Improve Courthouse Security in Nevada

Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada praised Senate passage of a bill that will enhance courthouse security and protect judges and their families.“The Court Security Improvement Act authorizes funding to improve judicial security and helps protect court officials, witnesses and their family members,” said Reid.  “I first offered this bill on the Senate floor following the shooting of Judge Chuck Weller in Reno, and I’m pleased that my colleagues have now come together to pass this important legislation.”  Some of the highlights of the bill include: Requires U.S. Marshals to consult with the Judicial Conference about security needs Authorizes an additional $20 million for U.S. Marshals to enhance court security Enhances protections for judges’ personal information Provides penalties for publicizing… Read more »

Reid: Energy Bill The First Step Toward A Global Energy Revolution

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today as Congress sent President Bush an energy bill that raises fuel-efficiency standards for the first time in more than 30 years and strengthens our national security, economy and environment: “Democrats are committed to creating a long-term energy strategy, and this bill is an essential step in that direction.  Every time we fill up our cars or pay our heating bills, we are reminded just how drastically our energy policy needs reform.  Since President Bush took office, the costs of both gas at the pump and crude oil have more than doubled. “We are committed to an energy policy that invests in renewable energy, lowers gas prices, makes… Read more »

Reid Works to Improve Health Care for Nevada Children, Seniors, People with Disabilities

Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada today commented on the passage of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 that will strengthen health care for Nevadans.“This legislation will help ensure that our health care system can keep working for Nevadans who need it most — including children, seniors, and people with disabilities,” said Reid.  “While I would have liked to do more on Medicare, this bill temporarily stops the scheduled 10 percent Medicare payment cut to Nevada doctors for treating Medicare patients. Instead, they will be provided a modest increase until Congress can revisit the issue next year. For seniors who depend on Medicare to get their rehabilitative care, the bill extends a special rule that… Read more »

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 »