Reid Hails Passage Of Water Resources Development Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced the Senate’s passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA) today.  The bill authorizes more than $200 million in funding for Nevada projects that will improve and maintain important flood control projects, and address critical water supply and quality needs, as well as restore ecosystems. “I am pleased that the Senate passed this important bill that authorizes vital funding for Nevada,” said Reid.  “Nevada’s enormous growth and many water quality issues have created several challenges for our infrastructure, and the projects that this bill authorizes will go a long way toward addressing those needs.” Details of Nevada projects that have been authorized are explained below. In Southern Nevada: $50,000,000… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Announce $3.6 Million Grant To Prepare Nevada Hospitals For Any Emergency

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada announced a grant of $3,663,636 from the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare Nevada’s hospitals for any public health crisis. “This grant is good news for all Nevadans,” said Reid. “We all know that cities like Las Vegas and Reno could be potential targets of bioterrorism, so it is extremely important that we have plans in place for any health crisis.  I applaud the Department of Health and Human Services for working to make the people of Nevada safer.”  “It is vital that our healthcare facilities are equipped and prepared to treat victims in crisis situations,” said Ensign.  “There must be plans in place to protect… Read more »

Reid: If We Adopt Levin/Reed, Today Can Be First Day Of The End Of The War

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in favor of the Levin/Reed Amendment to the Defense Authorization Act. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “It is morning here in Washington, but dusk in Baghdad.  As we debate this war yet again here at home, another day draws to a close for our troops in Iraq.  Tonight they will sleep on foreign sand.  Tomorrow they will draw yet again from an endless well of courage to face another day of war.  Some will likely die.  Many will surely be wounded.  They will face hatred they did not create and violence they cannot resolve. “One soldier described… Read more »

Reid Introduces Bill To Spur Nevada's Renewable Energy Industry

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada introduced a bill today that will provide additional financing options for building new power transmission lines and interconnections to carry power from renewable energy zones to areas with growing electricity demand.             “I recently came out in opposition to the proposed coal power plants,” said Reid. “But I want to do more than just voice my opinion.  I want to be part of the solution.  The Clean Renewable Energy and Economic Development Act will help Nevada become the leader in renewable energy and energy independence.  This legislation puts to rest the false assumption that the only way to finance transmission lines is through building dirty coal power plants.  In fact, this… Read more »

Reid: Bush Must Drop Threat To Block Health Coverage For America's Children

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s comments this morning repeating his threat to veto renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program:   “Democrats and Republicans came together to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program 10 years ago, and we are coming together again to reauthorize and improve it before it expires in 10 days.  But President Bush – who ran on the promise to enroll millions of more children in CHIP – is going back on his word and irresponsibly threatening to deny kids in working families the care they need.   “Congress is working to send the President a strong, bipartisan reauthorization.  I call on President Bush… Read more »

Reid: By Blocking Bill Requiring Adequate Time At Home Between Deployments, Republicans Again Fail To Support Our Troops

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada issued the following statement today after Republicans blocked the Webb-Hagel Amendment to enhance military readiness: “In blocking this bipartisan bill, Republicans have once again demonstrated that they are more committed to protecting the President than protecting our troops.  They have shown they will allow President Bush’s flawed war strategy to continue to strain our military rather than allow the availability of troops to dictate our operations.  And they believe it is in our national security interest to push our brave troops and their families beyond their breaking point. “Democrats disagree.  We care deeply about rebuilding our badly overextended military and ensuring our troops have the time to properly train, prepare for… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Announce Grant Money To Assist Nevada Police In Crime Fighting And Prevention

Washington DC – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada announced more than $2.2 million in grants from the Justice Department to prevent domestic violence, fight juvenile crime, and make criminal investigations more efficient. “This money will go a long way to fight crime throughout Nevada,” said Reid. “I applaud the Justice Department for recognizing the need for these programs and working to make the people of Nevada safer.” “These funds will target crucial areas to prevent violence against women and fight crime across Nevada,” said Ensign.  “I commend the partnerships that have worked to better our communities.  Our state will be safer because of these programs.” The U.S. Department of Justice will award grants to the following… Read more »

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 »