Reid: While President Clings To Status Quo In Iraq, Democrats Will Work To Change Mission Through Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate: “On this day in 1787 – 220 years ago – our Founding Fathers gathered in Philadelphia to sign a document that remains today our country’s moral compass.  The preamble of the U.S. Constitution says: ‘We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.’ “The 220 years since then have been an imperfect journey toward that more perfect… Read more »

Defense Bill Includes More Than $93 Million For Nevada Defense Projects

Washington, DC – Continuing his efforts to champion Nevada causes, strengthen our military, and make our country safer, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced today that Nevada is set to receive $93,350,000 in the Defense Appropriations bill.   “This bill goes a long way toward strengthening Nevada’s military,” said Reid. “I am working hard to ensure the passage of this bill because it invests in Nevada’s military and research programs that aim to improve the tools our men and women in uniform need to do their jobs and keep us safe.” The bill includes funding for a variety of high-tech programs being developed by the military, UNR, Desert Research Institute, and UNLV, and Nevada’s private sector. Reid also supported… Read more »

Reid: Senate Passes Landmark Ethics, Lobbying Bill To Change How Washington Does Business

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the Senate passed the House Message on S. 1, the Ethics and Lobbying Reform bill: “Democrats today delivered on yet another promise we made to the American people who have for a new direction. In sending the most sweeping ethics and lobbying reform in history to the President, we are giving the American people a government as good and honest as the people it represents. “This bill will significantly reform the way business gets done in Washington. It prohibits gifts and travel from lobbyists and companies that hire lobbyists, puts an end to pay-to-play schemes like the Republican K Street Project, dramatically increases public disclosure of… Read more »

Reid: Rather Than Picking Fights, President Should Work with Congress To Complete Spending Bills

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks this morning: “Among other issues, this year the Senate has worked hard to change course in Iraq, strengthen homeland security, provide health care for our children and balance the budget.  The President has stood in the way every time. His comments today once again made clear that he is more interested in picking fights than problem-solving. Our differences amount to less than one percent of the budget, less than half of what the President wants to spend on tax breaks for those with incomes over $1 million, and less than what we spend in two months on the war in Iraq. “Democrats are… Read more »

Reid Statement On Judiciary Committee Sending Southwick Nomination To Full Senate

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate Judiciary Committee favorably reported the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the full Senate: “Today the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its review of the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and by a narrow margin favorably reported the nomination to the full Senate.  I will schedule a debate and vote on the Senate floor.  However, I remain strongly opposed to this nomination.     “My primary concern is that Judge Southwick’s record as a Mississippi state judge demonstrates insensitivity to racial minorities and others.  Most notably, in the Richmond case he voted to uphold the reinstatement with back pay of… Read more »

Reid Leads Passage Of Bill To Fund Nevada Check-Up

Washington, DC — Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a bill to renew and improve coverage for the 6.6 million children currently in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covered nearly 40,000 children in Nevada though Nevada Check-Up last year: “More than 100,000 of the 400,000 uninsured Nevadans are children.  That’s just unacceptable,” said Reid.  “The Senate did the right thing by passing this important legislation and I am proud we did it in a bipartisan way.  Thanks to the efforts of both Democrats and Republicans, our state will be allotted nearly $63 million in FY08 in addition to carry-over and other bonus funds to provide health care for Nevada… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Announce Funding For Washoe County Bus Project

Washington, DC — U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada secured a grant for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which will improve the flow of traffic in Reno. “There is a great need to develop the public transportation system in a city that serves over 3,000 riders per day,” said Reid. “I am pleased that the Bus Rapid Transit project will continue to encourage the residents of Reno to utilize the public transportation resources that the city has to offer.” “The rapid growth of Washoe County has created a need for increased public transportation,” said Ensign. “These funds will add essential infrastructure improvements, reduce traffic congestion, make public transportation more accessible and enhance the quality of life… Read more »

Reid: Senate Strengthening American Competitiveness In Global Economy

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate passed the conference report on the America COMPETES Act, which will help the United States maintain its leading edge in science and technology by investing in research and education: “One of the best ways we can ensure America remains competitive in this increasingly global economy is by investing in our future. The America COMPETES Act – which strengthens our math and science education programs and increases our commitment to the National Science Foundation, NASA and other science-related federal agencies – will help maintain that advantage. It is encouraging to see the Senate unite in a bipartisan fashion to ensure America keeps its edge in the science,… Read more »

Senate Democrats, Faith Leaders Highlight Importance Of Renewing Children's Health Insurance Program

Washington, DC — Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Ken Salazar and Bob Casey joined religious leaders today to discuss the moral obligation Congress and the Administration have to provide children with health care. Senate Democrats are moving this week to provide – over the President’s objections – health care to millions of children who would otherwise go uninsured. By combining the best of public and private health coverage, the bipartisan plan to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program will ensure all 6.6 million CHIP-covered kids keep their health insurance, and will reach 3.2 million more uninsured children in America’s working families. “Children in this country have finally been put front and center on the nation’s agenda,” Kennedy said. “All children deserve… Read more »

Reid Introduces Legislation To Combat Invasive Species

Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada introduced a bill to establish a 100th Meridian Invasive Species State Revolving Loan Fund to protect the West from non-native invasive species. The uncontrolled spread of invasive species throughout the West is depleting water and out-competing beneficial native vegetation that, if unchecked, provide significant fuel for wildfires. “The quagga mussels, in addition to other non-native species, pose a threat to Southern Nevada,” said Reid. “As the mussels cling to the walls and water intake pipes in Lake Mead, they clog the flow of fresh water and degrade the ability of the Lake to support wildlife. Meanwhile, other invasive species exacerbate wildfires, displace native species, and degrade Nevada’s diverse ecosystems. This legislation… Read more »