Reid: Dalai Lama A Voice For Reason In Crisis And Wisdom In Chaos

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following remarks today upon awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama:   “In the history of our Republic, the Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded just 145 times. Less than one per year. Each and every recipient, from George Washington to Mother Teresa to Elie Wiesel – whom some call an author, but I call a poet – each one has made a staggering and indelible contribution to the cultural fabric of our country and world.   “Today we gather – a president and a poet, Members of Congress and members of the clergy – to award the 146th Gold Medal. And I can think of no one living on… Read more »

Reid Statement On Upcoming Yucca Mountain Hearing

Washington, DC— U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement on the announcement by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that it has scheduled an oversight hearing on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.    “This is the most important issue facing the state of Nevada.  That’s why I’ve been working with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to schedule this hearing for the last few months.  I am confident that the information that comes out of the hearing will shine a bright spotlight on the problems associated with this dangerous plan to transport 77,000 tons of nuclear waste across the country and turn Nevada into the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.”   The hearing… Read more »

Reid Helps Dedicate New Habitat For Humanity Home

Las Vegas, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada was joined by the Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas Advisory Board, and other community leaders today to dedicate the newest Habitat for Humanity home for Maria Martinez and her family. “This home is a symbol of how successful partnerships can be in Nevada,” said Reid.  “Ms. Martinez and her family are able to enjoy this new home because people from different walks of life were kind enough to donate their time, energy, and resources to help Habitat for Humanity make it possible.” In addition to dedicating the new home, Todd Nigro, the 2007 Chairman of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas introduced the 2007 Advisory Board, of which… Read more »

Reid Appears At Senate Subcommittee On Public Lands And Forests Field Hearing

Las Vegas, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada participated in a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, chaired by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon.  The hearing focused on major environmental threats to the Great Basin, including the effects of global warming, drought, and wildfires.    “Wildfire, invasive species, and drought are wreaking havoc on the Great Basin’s environment,” said Reid. “But the underlying problem is global warming; it is making all of these things much worse in Nevada and all across the West.  I applaud Senator Wyden’s use of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests to focus attention on these crucial matters, and look forward to working with him toward solutions that will better protect our communities and… Read more »

Reid, Housing Industry Leaders And Agencies Meet To Discuss Nevada Housing Crisis

Reno, NV – Today U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada met with state, federal, and agency leaders to help discuss ways they can work together to help Nevadans with foreclosure problems. “For one week of spending on the Iraq war, roughly $2.3 billion, the federal government could provide housing counseling agencies the resources they need to help 1.7 million families, or about the number ARM resets we expect in the next 14 months,” said Reid. “Less than one day’s spending in Iraq could help save 130,000 families from losing their homes.  I will continue working with state, federal, and agency partnerships to identify ways to help Nevadans.” At the federal level Reid will increase funding for foreclosure prevention.  Currently there… Read more »

Reid Speaks At C.A.V.E. Dedication

Reno, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada spoke about a new technology that can help military and environmental research at the dedication of the Computational Research and Visualization Building, or C.A.V.E., at the Desert Research Institute.  “The C.A.V.E. at the Desert Research Institute will provide scientists and researchers with the perspective needed to work on some of the most advanced experiments ever conceived, and it will all take place in Nevada,” said Reid. “I am happy that I was able to secure funding for this magnificent piece of technology.” The C.A.V.E. is an advanced piece of visualization equipment that will give scientists the capability to create 3-D projections of anything, large or small, simple or complex.  3-D… Read more »

Reid Statement Congratulating Army's Top Soldier, Specialist Heyz T. Seeker Of Las Vegas

 Provo, UT – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following remarks congratulating Specialist Heyt T. Seeker of Las Vegas for being recognized with the Army’s Top Soldier award.   “I congratulate, Specialist Seeker, for being named the Army’s Top Soldier,” said Reid. “While I am proud of all of our men and women in uniform, Specialist Seeker’s exemplary service honors the country and honors Nevada.”   Specialist Seeker was selected as the best of 26 competitors after a fierce battery of physical and mental tests.  The results were based on Specialist Seeker’s performance in simulated urban combat drills, battle drills, physical fitness tests, and written examinations.

Reid Statement On Retirement Of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement following the announcement by U.S. Senator Pete Domenici of his retirement from the U.S. Senate next year: “Senator Domenici is a friend with whom I have been proud to work in the Senate for a long time.  He has served the people of New Mexico and the U.S. Senate honorably, and his mark on both his state and this body will endure long after he retires.”

Reid Hails Passage Of Defense Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada applauded the passage of the Defense Appropriations bill.  The Senate Majority Leader was able to help direct more than $93 million to Nevada for a variety of high-tech programs being developed by the military, UNR, Desert Research Institute, UNLV, and the state’s private sector.   “This bill, which is so good for Nevada, is the product of Democrats and Republicans working together, said Reid.  “I’m pleased that Senator Ensign and I were able to work together to include funding for some of these vital Nevada projects.”   In addition to funding the high-tech programs being developed, the bill supports a provision to allocate $150 million for the Department of Defense Breast… Read more »

Reid Applauds Legislation That Brings Air America Employees One Step Closer To Full Retirement Benefits

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed the passage of the 2008 Intelligence Authorization Bill that has a provision that brings Air America employees one step closer to receiving federal civil service benefits for their service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. “By including this measure in the Intelligence Authorization bill, we are making sure that those who served this country with honor get the retirement benefits they deserve,” said Reid. Air America was a company that had been acquired by the CIA in 1950 and which flew missions for the CIA into the 1970′s.  For some years, former employees of Air America and related companies have sought to obtain federal… Read more »