Reid: Congress Overrides Water Resources Veto, Refuses to Allow President to Block America's Priorities

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to override President Bush’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act “This veto override sends an unmistakable message that Democrats both will continue to strengthen our environment and economy, and will refuse to allow President Bush to block America ’s real priorities for partisan reasons. The Water Resources Development Act provides authority for essential new navigation projects and funds programs to combat flood and coastal-storm damage, restore ecosystems, and projects guided by the Army Corps of Engineers essential to protecting the people of the Gulf Coast region. “President Bush vetoed these critical priorities, just as he has repeatedly threatened to block other… Read more »

Reid Announces Organizations Participating in Foreclosure Mobile Resource Centers

Washington D.C. – Following his recent announcement of five Mobile Resource Centers throughout Nevada to address the state’s foreclosure crisis, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced today the numerous organizations that will participate. “With representatives from several key agencies, nonprofits, and lending institutions, the Mobile Resource Centers will provide Nevadans in danger of losing their homes with the information they need to prevent foreclosure,” said Reid. “The lenders and mortgage servicers play a unique role in the process of providing information and assistance to Nevada borrowers in trouble, and I want to extend my thanks to all the agencies and lenders for their continued support and assistance in helping me launch these Mobile Resource Centers.”  Below is a list… Read more »

Reid: President Bush, Senate Republicans Holding Veterans Funding Hostage

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate voted to strip the Mil-Con/VA bill from the Labor-HHS-Education conference report: “Democrats are working to pass the largest-ever increase in resources for veterans care that would improve conditions at veterans’ military facilities like Walter Reed, safeguard veterans’ personal data, and fund research for illnesses like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.  But Senate Republicans – who voted overwhelming for both the Mil-Con/VA bill and the Labor-HHS bills a few weeks ago – have now apparently had a change of heart and are actively working to prevent the veterans care funding from being signed into law.  This simply defies common sense. “Even as the wars in… Read more »

Reid Statement On Intent To Vote Against Mukasey Nomination For Attorney General

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today: “I was profoundly disturbed by statements Judge Michael Mukasey made during his confirmation hearings concerning executive power, and about the legality of the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.  As a result, I cannot in good conscience vote to approve his nomination to be Attorney General of the United States. “I do not believe this is a difficult or complex legal question; waterboarding is illegal under current law. After World War II, the U.S. prosecuted and convicted Japanese soldiers for engaging in this practice. Senators McCain, Graham and Warner – who have served as leaders in the U.S. Senate on this issue, recently issued a detailed legal analysis unambiguously… Read more »

Reid: President's Latest Irresponsible Veto Threat On Farm Bill Would Deny Important Investments, Reforms

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Yesterday I came to the floor to express my optimism for the Farm Bill that comes before us this week.  I said that this bill is an example of the good that can come when both sides of the aisle work as one.  Chairmen Harkin and Baucus, and Ranking Members Chambliss and Grassley have done just that. I also said that this bill would receive floor time for serious debate and amendments. “Apparently the good work and good faith put toward this bill by Democrats and Republicans does not count for much with President Bush…. Read more »

Reid: As 2007 Becomes Deadliest Year Of War For U.S. Troops, We Must Refocus Our Efforts On Al Qaeda

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “Yesterday we reached another tragic milestone in Iraq. With the death of five young Americans, 2007 has now been the deadliest year for our troops of the entire war. Our thoughts are with the families of these five latest American victims of the Iraqi civil war. Our hearts go out to the families of all 3,854 young men and women who have lost their lives and to the tens of thousands more who have been gravely wounded. “This war has caused so much suffering here in America where our losses continue to rise, where our… Read more »

Bush Vetoes Water Resources Bill with Important Nevada Funding

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after President Bush vetoed the Water Resources Development Act of 2007: “I’m disappointed President Bush vetoed this important legislation that would help ensure Nevada ’s water systems and flood control projects are appropriately funded. Although 81 Senators voted to strengthen our environment and economy and protect our natural resources through the Water Resources Development Act, President Bush has again said no to these critical priorities. Through his veto the president has again made clear that he is out of touch with the needs of Nevadans and the West. He has said no to providing authority for essential rural water conservation and quality improvement projects, no to programs to… Read more »

Reid: Congress Gives President Second Change to Do Right Thing, Ensure Children Get the Health Care They Need

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a new version of the CHIP reauthorization bill that Democrats and Republicans wrote together to address the concerns of those who oppose it: “Democrats and Republicans have again come together in good faith to pass a responsible, fully funded bill that improves the lives of low-income, uninsured children by ensuring they get the doctor visits and medicines they need when they’re sick and the checkups they need to stay well. “The President has manufactured phony excuse after phony excuse to mislead Americans into opposing children’s health care and Republican leaders have repeatedly used procedural maneuvers to prevent enactment of this bill. Regardless,… Read more »

Reid: Water is Too Precious A Resource to Spend on Future Polluting Coal Plants

  “Water is a precious resource and our state doesn’t have enough of it to spend on future polluting coal plants,” said Reid. “Not only would coal power plants further deplete our water supply, they could also directly pollute our water resources and contribute to global warming. We have a moral obligation to our future generations, to be good stewards of Nevada’s water resources today. We must refocus our efforts on renewable energy.” You can find a copy of the report by clicking here.

Reid: Statement for National American Indian Heritage Month

“Throughout the years and despite difficult odds, Native American Indians have helped to make America a greater and stronger nation.  This month, we pause to recognize their important contributions.  “American Indians continue to influence and enrich our culture. I am proud of the contributions that Nevada ’s tribes have made and continue to make in all parts of the state. Because of government-to-government revenue-sharing agreements, tribal businesses in Fallon, Yerington, Reno, Ely, Las Vegas and other areas support their tribal and surrounding communities by providing services and jobs. Under the leadership of Chairman Arlan Melendez, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony will soon complete a new 65,000 square foot health clinic to serve the Colony and many American Indians living in Reno and… Read more »