Reid Applauds Signing of Water Agreement

WashingtonD.C.– Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement after the signing of the agreement between the seven Colorado River Basin States by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. “I want to applaud the negotiators from the seven Colorado River Basin Sates and the Secretary of the Interior for successfully completing this important agreement which will govern how the states share water shortages. Unfortunately, it appears that this 9 year drought may be the new “norm” and this agreement will ensure future cooperation among the States that rely upon the River to meet all our water needs.”

Reid Statement on Ruling of DOE Document Certification for Yucca Mountain

Washington , DC — U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement today after the presiding judges approved the Department of Energy’s (DOE) certification of the Licensing Support Network (LSN) for the Yucca Mountain.  This ruling is the result of a hearing held in Las Vegas last week. “I’m disappointed the judges for the National Regulatory Commission have decided in favor of the Department of Energy and allowed the LSN to be certified.  It is clear that the LSN is not complete and that DOE is playing hide the ball with key documents in order to prevent the State of Nevada from having all the information it needs to oversee and challenge the license application process.   DOE knows… Read more »

Energy Department Inspector General Agrees to Investigate Yucca Contract

Washington, DC – One week ago today, Nevada’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Gregory Friedman, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Energy, requesting an investigation into the $109 million contract awarded to the law firm Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius to represent the Energy Department. Today, the congressional delegation was notified that the Inspector General will officially investigate the contract.   “This is great news for Nevada and a huge blow to the dump,” said Reid. “Morgan, Lewis has a long history of working for the nuclear industry to force the dump on Nevadans, and it is laughable to think that this law firm can now provide DOE with objective advice required to serve the public interest.  The Energy… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Continue Unprecedented Obstruction, Block Help For Americans Suffering Form A.L.S.

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, asking Republicans to drop their strategy of obstruction and seeking consent to pass a number of non-controversial measures that Bush Republicans are holding hostage because they are more interested in standing in the way than leading the way. Specifically, Reid sought consent to pass the widely supported ALS Registry Act. Republicans then objected and blocked this bill:  “As the year comes to a close – and the first year of the 110th Congress winds down – there is no doubt that if we continue in the current direction, this will be known as the Congress of Republican obstruction. Already, in just one… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Introduce Bill to Advance Economic Development in Reno

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada introduced legislation today that would remove a restriction on a portion of the City of Reno’s land that hinders planned economic development. In 1866, the title of the land was granted to the Central Pacific Railroad, now Union Pacific, for construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. “By reducing downtown congestion and making downtown Reno safer for pedestrians and motorists, ReTRAC has been a tremendous success for the community. Now it’s time to take the next step,” said Reid. “The legislation that Senator Ensign and I introduced today clears the title on downtown land so that businesses can return to downtown Reno and economic redevelopment can march forward.”  “The purpose of… Read more »

Reid Sends Bush a Letter Urging Bipartisan Work to Address Subprime Mortgage, Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, D.C . –U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada today sent President Bush a letter urging bipartisan support to address Federal Housing Administration (FHA) reform and funding for housing counseling in order to keep Nevada families in their homes. Bush has called on Congress to pass FHA legislation, but he must do more to convince Republicans to work with Democrats on getting it done.  Reid’s letter urges Bush to personally intervene and persuade Senate Republicans to end their obstructionism on this important legislation. As Nevada and the rest of the country’s subprime mortgage and foreclosure crisis grows, Republicans continue to block a bill to help as many as 200,000 Americans at risk of losing their homes.  They blocked the FHA… Read more »

Reid: Destroyed CIA Tapes Threaten America's Integrity, Moral Authority

 Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, calling for a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the destroyed tapes of CIA interrogations. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “As the end of 2007 continues to draw near, we have a busy week ahead of us. We hope to complete action on the appropriations process, which will require the White House, along with House and Senate Republicans, to be reasonable in the pursuit of common ground. “We will work to complete the energy bill with a bipartisan compromise that will take our country toward lower energy prices for consumers and a cleaner environment. And we will work to… Read more »

Reid Celebrates The Season With Nevada Youth

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada welcomed 16 members of the Helen Joy Young Entertainers group to the Capitol and congratulated them for being selected to perform for the President at the 2007 Holiday Season at the White House ceremony. “I am so proud of these young students,” said Reid. “Everywhere they go, they make Nevada proud, spreading joy and celebrating the holiday season. Their performance was excellent, and I am sure that they will perform marvelously for the President.” The Helen Joy Entertainers are a singing group of Las Vegas youth ranging in ages from seven to 16. Led by Helen Joy and her daughter Suzy Au, the group focuses on community service and spreading… Read more »

Reid Statement on AMT

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted for the Alternative Minimum Tax Act without a measure to pay for it: “I am relieved that the Senate has acted this evening to extend AMT relief for 19 million taxpayers – including nearly 100,000 Nevadans. But I want to make it perfectly clear that I am very disappointed Republicans prevented the Senate from passing AMT relief in a fiscally responsible manner. Instead, Republicans insisted that the $50 billion cost of this proposal be added to the national debt – a debt that is already growing at a rate of $1 million a minute. “Although I think it is a shame that it… Read more »

Reid Meets With Nevada Education Leaders to Discuss No Child Left Behind

WashingtonD.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada met with Nevada education leaders to discuss the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. “Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act with all the right intentions, but over the last five years, it has been poorly implemented and drastically under funded,” said Reid. “We’ve heard from teachers, parents, and administrators across the state that No Child Left Behind needs to be reformed so that Nevada students receive the high quality education they deserve. I am committed to improving this legislation, and I will be working with members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to develop a strong, bipartisan reauthorization bill.” Reid met with members of the… Read more »