Reid: Democrats Committed To Giving Native Americans The Health Care They Deserve

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Indian Health Care Improvement Act:   “In the month since this year’s session was gaveled open, we have focused on many of the domestic priorities our country faces.  Today, we turn to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.  Although we often have legitimate disagreements on matters of policy, Senator McConnell and members of the Republican caucus worked with us in a bipartisan manner on this critical bill for the Native American community, and I appreciate their efforts. “Chairman Dorgan and Senator Murkowski also deserve our thanks for their exceptional leadership and hard work managing this legislation.  Chairman Baucus and Senator Grassley… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Statements On The Earthquake Near Wells

Reno, NV – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign released the following statements today in response to the large earthquake near Wells, Nevada this morning.   “Throughout the day, it has become clear that there is significant damage caused by this large earthquake near Wells,” said Reid.  “I am sending staff to the area today to meet with community leaders and first responders to assess the damage and determine what options are available to help those who have been affected.  We are also looking into any recovery assistance that may be available through FEMA.”   “My thoughts today are with the people of Wells and Elko County,” said Ensign.  “We have been briefed on the conditions on the ground… Read more »

Reid, Ensign, Berkley and Porter Speak At Red Rock Visitor Center Groundbreaking

Las Vegas, NV – Southern Nevada’s congressional delegation spoke today at the groundbreaking for the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s new visitor center. The new visitor center is designed to encourage stewardship of public land by providing an outdoor experience that instills a sense of personal responsibility.   In 1990, Reid authored the legislation that created Red Rock. Under the leadership of Senators Reid and Ensign, along with Congresswoman Berkley and Congressman Porter, $23.1 million dollars from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Special Fund have been provided for this new visitor center that will be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green building.   At the groundbreaking today, Secretary Dirk Kempthorne of the U.S. Department… Read more »

Reid: Castro's Resignation Will Only Mean Real Change For Cuba If It Leads To Democracy

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro’s resignation: “Today’s news from Cuba should not focus on one man who is merely formalizing the transfer of power he initiated a year and a half ago. It should focus on the more than 11 million Cubans who still seek the freedom they deserve. After nearly 50 years of an oppressive regime, it is long past time for democracy to displace dictatorship, and we must continue to support those who long for liberty in Cuba.”

Reid Hosts Foreclosure Mobile Resource Center

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid hosted a Mobile Resource Center at Cashman Center today to provide a one stop shop for those facing the threat of home foreclosure. More than 400 people showed up for one-on-one assistance with housing counselors and mortgage servicers. Reid created the Mobile Resource Centers last year to address the foreclosure crisis facing Nevada and the nation. Reid organized today’s stop in Las Vegas due to the large attendance last November. “The purpose of these Resource Centers is to let those facing foreclosure know that there is help available,” said Reid. “By bringing all these resources together in one location, Nevadans are able to take a proactive step, have face to face meetings, and find out what… Read more »

Reid Calls On Senior DOE Official To Level With The American People About Yucca Mountain

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid called on Ward Sproat, the Director of the proposed dump at Yucca Mountain, to level with the American people about the future of the dump.  Sproat is scheduled to deliver an update of the dump’s progress and priorities for 2008 on Monday in Washington, DC. “I hope the Energy Department can find it within itself to actually shoot straight with the American people about the future of Yucca Mountain,” said Reid.  “The dump will never be built, especially after the devastating blow Congress dealt it last year when we cut its funding by $108 million.  As support for the dump deteriorates among the nuclear industry and among its few cheerleaders in Congress,… Read more »

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 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: 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 »