Reid: In New Year, Democrats Will Continue to Work in Bipartisan Fashion to Make America Stronger, Safer

Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, outlining Democrats’ legislative priorities for the first session of 2008. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “It is good to see all of our colleagues once again. Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.’ I hope we will live up to those words in the year ahead.   “Our time back home over the holidays gave us all an opportunity to reflect upon 2007 – the first year of the 110th Congress. The past year made one thing clear: We in the Senate… Read more »

Reid Statement in Response to Bush Speech on the Economy

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the President’s remarks on the economy:  “I am encouraged and share the President’s view that we need prompt bipartisan action to strengthen our economy. I also agree that our focus must be on finding temporary measures that will do the job effectively. I look forward to working with the President to implement responsible solutions that revive our economy for the benefit of all Americans.”

Reid Statement On Conference Call With President Bush Regarding Economic Package

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today following a discussion with President Bush and the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional leadership about the development of an economic stimulus package:  “It is encouraging that the President has acknowledged the economic problems challenging our nation. At the same time, I am disappointed that he is rejecting a request from leaders of both parties and both chambers to work with us directly to develop a bipartisan package rather than unilaterally detailing his own approach without Congressional input. The President’s strategy threatens to unnecessarily politicize the inevitable bipartisan negotiations we will need to quickly enact legislation. “We hope that the President will agree in the near future to work with… Read more »

Reid Statement On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Washington, DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry of Nevada Reid today released the following statement in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to mark the federal holiday that bears his name: “Across our country next week, Americans will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who would have turned 79 years old today. Nearly four decades after his death, Dr. King’s voice of peace still resonates throughout the world, and his vision of equality still guides us daily. “As we remember Dr. King’s legacy, we also recall our solemn responsibility to advance an agenda that moves our nation forward and pursues justice for all Americans. Since last Martin Luther King Day, we have called ourselves… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Applaud FEMA Aid to Fernley

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign issued the following statements after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Fernley will receive $1 million in aid.  “This money will go a long way to help the people of Fernley whose lives have been turned upside down by this terrible event,” said Reid. “I really appreciate the swift response by all the agencies, including FEMA, who have done so much to help these Nevadans in need.”  “Fernley has endured a terrible disaster; many have lost their homes,” said Ensign. “I appreciate the swift action by the federal government to help get people back on their feet. The money allocated by FEMA will provide the financial support… Read more »

Reid Statement on Energy Department Announcement on Yucca Mountain

Las Vegas , NV — Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after news that the Energy Department expects to miss its deadline to file a license application for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain . For months the DOE has said the dump would be dead if it didn’t file its license application by this summer. Today the agency announced it probably won’t meet its own deadline because of budget cuts Reid engineered in the Senate. “This is excellent news for Nevada and the nation. Nevada should not be the nation’s nuclear dumping ground nor should millions of Americans be put at risk to ship tons of nuclear waste here. While I know the DOE will… Read more »

Reid And Pelosi To Bush: We Want To Work With You To Immediately Develop A Fiscal Stimulus Package

Washington, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter today to President Bush requesting a bipartisan meeting of the Congressional Leadership as soon as the President returns from the Middle East to discuss a possible economic stimulus package.  In their letter, Reid and Pelosi state: “Prominent economists associated with Republican and Democratic Administrations have called on us to supplement monetary policy with an immediate fiscal stimulus. These same economists have stated that the most effective and responsible stimulus policies adhere to three simple principles: they must be timely, targeted and temporary.   “We want to work with you and the Republican leadership of the Congress to immediately develop a legislative plan based upon these… Read more »

Reid Testifies at Hearing for Nevada Test Site Workers

Las Vegas, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada addressed the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health today to express his support for the approval of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).  “I sit together with these petitioners because they have worked so hard on behalf of their families, friends and colleagues,” said Reid. “They have faced injustice. I am hopeful that you will agree and grant the Nevada Test Site Special Exposure Cohort designation.”  Reid has been fighting along side former Nevada Test Site workers to help them receive compensation for the illnesses they contracted while working at the test site.  Approval of the Petition will allow workers employed at the site during the… Read more »

Reid: One Year After President's Announcement Of Surge Strategy, Iraqis Remain No Closer To Political Solution

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today ahead of the one-year anniversary of President Bush’s announcement of his escalation in Iraq: “It is unfortunate and undeniable that one year after President Bush announced his ‘surge’ strategy, Iraq has failed to meet the benchmarks he outlined – and his Administration has refused to hold Iraqis accountable for these unacceptable results. No amount of White House spin can hide the fact that the escalation’s chief objective of political reconciliation remains unmet, Iraqis have not demonstrated any readiness to stand up and take responsibility for their own country, and 2007 was the most lethal year yet for American troops. Democrats know Americans cannot afford to continue to pay the… Read more »

Secretary Chertoff Promises Fernley Aid to Reid

Reno, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada issued the following statement after receiving a personal phone call from the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, promising that the people of Fernley will get everything they need.  “I greatly appreciate Secretary Chertoff taking the time to personally call me and promise that the people of Fernley will get everything they need in the wake of the levee break,” said Reid. “I will continue to work with the Nevada Congressional Delegation, Governor Gibbons, federal and state officials to ensure that we can get these people back into their homes as quickly as possible.”