Reid: Bush Must Throughly Review Iran Policy In Light Of Newly Released Intelligence

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today ahead of President Bush’s remarks this morning, calling on the President to conduct a thorough review of his Iran policy in light of the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program that concluded Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003: “President Bush’s heated rhetoric on Iran – including comments about a potential World War III – is even more outrageous now that we know the intelligence community had informed him that it believes Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program four years ago.  This is the latest in a long line of inaccurate and misleading comments that got us into the Iraq war to begin with. They… Read more »

Reid Statement on Hearing about Environmental Impacts of Yucca Project

Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada expressed his concerns in a written statement about the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump as the Department of Energy (DOE) prepares to hold a hearing today about the environmental impacts of building a rail line to Yucca Mountain and constructing the proposed repository. Calling the Department’s Environmental Impact Statements “premature, wholly inadequate, and based on flawed assumptions,” Reid urged DOE to fully review the public comments it receives regarding these reports, which are intended to consider alternatives to the project and why the project could harm the environment and public health. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. STATEMENT OF SENATOR HARRY REID on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements… Read more »

Senate Democrats Announce 2008 Legislative Calendar

Washington, DC—The Senate Democratic Leadership today released the legislative calendar for 2008. Below is a list of the important dates: Legislative Calendar: · Tentative start of legislative session: Tuesday, January 15 · State of the Union: Tuesday, January 22 · Presidents Day Work Period: Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24 · Easter Work Period: Saturday, March 15 to Sunday, March 30 · Memorial Day Work Period: Saturday, May 24 to Sunday, June 1 · Independence Day Work Period: Saturday, June 28 to Sunday, July 6 · Summer Work Period: Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, September 7 o Democratic National Convention: Monday, August 25 to Thursday, August 28 o Republican National Convention: Monday, September 1 to Thursday, September 4           … Read more »

Reid Announces $500,000 in Grants to Help Nevada Students Prepare for College

Washington D.C.– Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced two grants, totaling over $500,000, to fund the Upward Bound program at Nevada State College.     “Working with my colleagues in the Senate, I helped pass higher education legislation in September to make a college education more affordable for Nevada students. This legislation also included additional funding to expand the Upward Bound program,” said Reid. “I was pleased that Nevada State College was awarded funding for two Upward Bound programs in southern Nevada .  Now, with this grant, Nevada State will be able to identify promising Nevada high school students and provide them the skills they need to succeed in college.”  The Upward Bound program awards grants to institutions of higher… Read more »

Reid Statement on Coal Plant Delay

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement regarding Sierra Pacific Resources’ decision to build a natural gas power plant before moving forward on building a coal plant near Ely, NV. “I am very pleased that Sierra Pacific has decided to speed up their plans to expand the Harry Allen natural gas power plant before attempting to build a dirty coal plant in Nevada. “When the company’s representatives came to me this summer saying they needed a ‘bridge’ to meet Nevada’s power needs while they look into renewable power, I suggested they use natural gas. I am glad they are choosing to go in that direction. I hope Sierra Pacific’s executives will take the additional… Read more »

Reid Statement on Meeting with Mexican President Calderon

Mexico City, Mexico—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today following his visit to Mexico during which he meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.  “The bipartisan Senate delegation had a frank and productive conversation with President Calderon. We look forward to working with the government of Mexico as partners and good neighbors in our fight against problems of mutual concern. “President Calderon has already demonstrated his strong commitment to fighting drug trafficking and organized crime. He understands that economic development in Mexico will help reduce illegal immigration to the United States, and he is fighting for reforms to achieve that goal.” 

Reid Statement On Retirement Of U.S. Senator Trent Lott

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today following the announcement by U.S. Senator Trent Lott of his retirement from the U.S. Senate: “Senator Lott has been a true friend, consistently reaching across the aisle to serve the interests of the people of Mississippi and to help me serve the interests of the people of Nevada.  He and I have also served proudly together as Leaders, ensuring that the Senate serves the nation’s interests. “Senator Lott is one of the strongest defenders of the institution of the Senate and one of the most pleasant Senators I have ever worked with.  I am proud to have worked side-by-side with such a distinguished public servant as Trent Lott and… Read more »

Reid to Lead Bipartisan Delegation to Latin America

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced today that he will lead a bipartisan Congressional delegation of U.S. senators to Latin America . The delegation will visit: Guatemala, Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia , and the Brazil/Paraguay/Argentina “Tri Border” area from November 25 th through December 2 nd . The purpose of the trip is to show the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with our neighbors in Latin America . The senators will meet with the presidents of Guatemala, Colombia, Paraguay, and Mexico, as well as labor, counter-narcotics, civic, trade, and other officials to discuss issues vital for the security and economy of the United States .  All media inquiries during the bipartisan congressional delegation should be directed to the U.S. embassies… Read more »

Reid Statement on Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension

November 16, 2007 Reid Statement on Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: “The unfortunate reality since the events of September 11 is that the risk of a terrorist attack remains.  As we work to make America more secure and Americans safer, extending the terrorism risk insurance program will ensure the private insurance market has a federal backstop in the event of an attack. “This program was created in 2002 because after 9/11, the private insurance market vanished for property owners and developers who wanted to insure against the risk of terrorist attacks.  The consequence was that lenders… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Will Not Allow President to Evade Accountability for his Disastrous War Policy

November 16, 2007 Reid: Democrats Will Not Allow President to Evade Accountability for his Disastrous War Policy Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after Republicans blocked Democrats’ efforts to give our troops the resources they need while holding the Administration accountable for its failed Iraq policy: “Last week, Congress gave the Department of Defense $459 billion, but President Bush says he needs billions more.  So Democrats offered the President a plan to provide an additional $50 billion, provided he works with us to redeploy our troops out of a civil war, ensure our troops receive the training, equipment and rest they need.  President Bush and Senate Republicans have said no. “The President and… Read more »