Reid: Senate Democrats' Stimulus Plan Will Strengthen Economy, Improve On House Package

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate: “Each day now, newspapers around the country tell new stories of America’s economic troubles. Housing foreclosures are up dramatically in cities and towns throughout the country – including an astonishing rise of: More than 600 percent in Reno, Nevada; 200 percent in Las Vegas; 275 percent in Florida; and 300 percent in California. “Gas prices are well above $3 per gallon throughout the country. Heating costs are skyrocketing. And Friday, the Department of Labor’s jobs report showed that 17,000 non-farm jobs were cut in January. Seventeen thousand husbands, wives, sons and daughters no longer have a job. “After eight years of economic growth… Read more »

Reid: Jobs Report Underscores Urgency Of Strengthening Economy, Creating Jobs

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to a Department of Labor report that U.S. employers cut 17,000 non-farm jobs in January – the first time in nearly four-and-a-half years that payrolls shrank – with continuing losses in the construction and manufacturing sectors:  “Today’s report that 17,000 jobs disappeared last month is yet more evidence that President Bush’s assessment of the state of our economy is greatly misguided. While employers slow hiring and the economy stalls, Democrats are continuing to lead the way for change by both strengthening our economy in the short-term and addressing the long-term economic problems facing America’s middle class.  “In addition to sending Americans families checks to boost the economy in the… Read more »

Reid: Big Oil Rakes In Record Profits As Americans Pay Record Prices At The Pump

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the release of annual profits from ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, ChevronTexaco and ConocoPhillips:  “While middle-class Americans’ wages decrease and their costs increase on everything from filling up their cars to heating their homes, today we learn that Big Oil raked in record profits of nearly $119 billion last year.  Americans are paying more than $3 a gallon at the pump – over a third more than we were paying at this time last year, and more than double what we paid before President Bush and his oil-friendly policies came to office. “Since the beginning of this Administration, Big Oil has earned more than half a trillion dollars in… Read more »

Reid Statement To Commemorate Black History Month

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement marking the beginning of Black History Month.  “Today, as Nevada and the rest of the nation celebrate the first day of Black History Month, we pause to honor the contributions and successes of African Americans. These moments and individuals demand and deserve their rightful place in our nation’s history.  “While we recognize great national figures that fought against segregation and demanded that everyone be treated with equality and respect, let us also recognize great Nevadans who have made countless contributions toward achieving equality in the Silver State.  “Nevada leaders like Dr. James McMillan, former President of the Las Vegas NAACP, who was principal in the effort to integrate casinos… Read more »

Reid Sends Bipartisan Letter To DOE Urging Funding For Geothermal Research

Washington, DC– Nevada Senator Harry Reid today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending the Department of Energy a letter urging adequate funding for research into geothermal energy.  “Geothermal energy has enormous potential to provide clean energy throughout Nevada and across the West,” said Reid. “We are urging the Energy Department to adequately fund this vital research and to follow the guidance in last year’s energy bill to accelerate the development of technologies to tap into this vast renewable energy resource.”   A copy of the text of the letter is included below                                                           February 1, 2008 Secretary Samuel Bodman U.S. Department of Energy Forrestal Building 1000 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20585 FAX 202/586-4403 Dear Mr. Secretary,  An important part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, HR… Read more »

Reid: Troubling Afghanistan Report Reiterates Urgent Need To Refocus Counterterrorism Resources

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to a report sponsored by the nonpartisan Center for the Study of the Presidency, concluding that Afghanistan could fail as a state as violence there grows while international support declines: “Today’s warning that Afghanistan may fall into a failed state as Al Qaeda grows stronger is unsettling, but unsurprising. The conclusions by Marine Corps Gen. James Jones and former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering reiterate how urgently we must refocus our resources on the real home of Al Qaeda. The President has taken his eye off the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 while spending over $300 billion more on an Iraqi civil war. “Democrats have consistently reminded… Read more »

Reid: Tet Offensive Forever Altered The Course Of The Vietnam War

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate to commemorate the victories of the U.S. forces during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam: Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:  “Mr. President, I rise today, the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Tet Offensive, to commemorate the valor and courageousness with which our Armed Forces fought to repel this massive attack. “Over the holiday recess, I was fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time in my home state of Nevada. While at home, I met with several Veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1753 in Las Vegas. After talking with them for quite a… Read more »

Reid: Senate Will Help Former NFL Players Receive Disability Benefits They Deserve

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor this morning about the need for the NFL to consider increasing benefits for former players that sustained life-altering injuries. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:   This Sunday, families will gather in living rooms across our country to watch Super Bowl 42 in Glendale, Arizona.  Whether the game is a nail-biter or a blowout, we will long remember the heroics: a goal-line stand, a fourth-down Hail Mary, or the player who suffered a first quarter injury yet played through the pain to lead his team to victory.  These Sunday heroes will soak up the cheers of an adoring nation.  But there are hundreds of former NFL players who… Read more »

Reid Continues Working To Make Nevada The Leader In Renewable Energy

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid today unveiled his vision for 2008 to preserve Nevada’s outdoors, while creating jobs by making the Silver State the world leader in renewable energy.  “I have long championed environmental causes in Nevada and will continue to do so,” said Reid. “I want to preserve Nevada’s outdoor heritage and the areas where families go to hunt and fish, as well as ensure Nevada children have clean air to breathe for decades to come. And by developing Nevada’s renewable energy industry, we can create thousands of jobs while we’re at it.” Below are some of Reid’s plans regarding energy and the environment. Renewable Electricity Transmission financing Passing legislation that would increase financing options for building transmission… Read more »

Nevada Congressional Delegation Sends Letter To Labor Secretary Regarding Layoffs at Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with Senator John Ensign, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, and Congressmen Jon Porter and Dean Heller to discuss a letter they sent to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, about layoffs at the Yucca Mountain Project.  Under Reid’s leadership, the delegation has been able to greatly reduce funding to Yucca Mountain. With funding cuts, however, come layoffs. The letter that the delegation sent to the Secretary of Labor brings attention to the 63 employees that have already lost their jobs and the hundreds more that stand to lose their jobs as more funding cuts are made. The delegation asks that the Labor Department make necessary resources available to help transition former… Read more »