Reid: DOD Bill Eases Unfair Financial Penalties on Disabled Military Retirees

 Washington D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed passage of the Department of Defense Authorization bill.  The bill being sent to the President includes the Concurrent Receipt for Unemployable Veterans and the Combat-Related Special Compensation, two important pieces of legislation that ensure veterans receive the retirement benefits and health care they deserve.“I’m extremely pleased that Congress is able to send this Defense Bill to the President that includes Concurrent Receipt and Combat-Related Special Compensation,” said Reid. “Our veterans deserve the best care and compensation that we can provide. With the passage of the Defense Authorization bill, wounded veterans will finally be given the full and fair benefits they deserve.”Reid has advocated for Concurrent Receipt legislation for over… Read more »

Reid Statement on FISA Bill

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the FISA Improvement Act of 2007: “I will shortly move to proceed to S. 2248, the FISA Improvement Act of 2007. I spoke briefly on this subject earlier, but I want to provide a more complete explanation of the process by which the Senate will consider this important bill. Earlier this year, the Director of National Intelligence came to Congress and alerted us to what he described as a significant gap that had emerged in our nation’s foreign intelligence gathering capacity.  “Members on both sides of the aisle – and from all sides of this important debate – became… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Help Hundreds Of Thousands Of Families Weather Housing Crisis

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before voting for the FHA Modernization Act that will help as many as 200,000 Americans at risk of losing their homes: “I rise to express my optimism for the bill we are about to pass, and my appreciation that we have reached a point where we can get it done for the American people. Every day, the mortgage crisis grows worse. We’ve reached a point where hundreds of thousands of families have now either lost their homes or may lose them soon. Yet as bad as the crisis is now, there is reason to believe that we’re only in the early stages…. Read more »

Reid Welcomes Confirmation of New Nevada U.S. Attorney

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the Senate confirmation of Greg Brower to be the United States Attorney for Nevada: “I welcome Greg Brower to be the new United States Attorney for Nevada. Greg has strong roots in our state and has wide-ranging experience in the military, in elected office and as a prosecutor. The appointment of Greg Brower is a good first step in restoring the confidence of Nevadans in the Department of Justice.”

Reid: Energy Bill First Step Toward Energy Independence

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before voting for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to strengthen America’s energy independence, national security and economy. It was amended after Senate Republicans blocked an earlier version of the legislation from passing by one vote:  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “The work that has taken place here in the Senate today brings to mind the words of Edmund Burke, the 18th Century Irish statesman and philosopher. Burke said, ‘All government…every virtue and every prudent act – is founded on compromise.’ “Compromise can be frustrating, it can be exasperating, and it can be maddening. But at the… Read more »

Reid Meets with Lincoln County Students Honoring Our Troops

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada met with 33 elementary school students from three different Lincoln County schools.  The Nevada students were in Washington to honor our troops by placing wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery as members of Wreaths Across America, an organization dedicated to “remembering, honoring, and teaching the value of freedom.”“It was such a privilege to meet with these Nevada students,” said Reid. “Their work to honor our military gives me great faith in the future of our country.  I am so proud of all of these students.” The 33 Nevada students were from Caliente, Panaca, and Pioche Elementary Schools . This was the first trip to Washington, D.C. , for all 33 students.

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 »