Democrats Send President Bill To Fully Implement 9/11 Commission Recommendations

Washington, DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today as he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi enrolled the Improving America’s Security Act of 2007, which will finally implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations: “Just as Democrats have made it a priority to fund critical homeland security needs and fought to establish both the Department of Homeland Security and the 9/11 Commission, we are again making America safer by sending the President a bill to finally and fully implement the Commission’s recommendations. “After years of Congressional and Administration inaction, this long-overdue legislation will fund our most vulnerable cities and states, enhance communication capabilities for first responders, strengthen transit security, and improve oversight of our intelligence and homeland… Read more »

Reid, Murray, Pryor Introduce Legislation To Help Innovate Our Middle And High Schools

Washington, DC — U.S. Senators Harry Reid of Nevada, Patty Murray of Washington, Mark Pryor of Arkansas today introduced the Getting Retention and Diplomas Up Among Today’s Enrolled Students (GRADUATES) Act to strengthen secondary schools nationwide.  “Many students in Nevada and throughout the United States currently lack the skills needed to thrive in a growing global economy,” said Reid.  “The number of students who do not graduate is far too high, and many of the students who do earn their degree still lack the knowledge to succeed in college and the workforce.  The GRADUATES Act will help tackle this problem head on by providing resources for innovative school reform to help students graduate and participate in the 21st Century economy.”… Read more »

Reid Honors Lake Mead Rangers On World Rangers Day

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement in honor of park rangers, on World Ranger Day, celebrated on July 31st: “In honor of World Ranger Day I want to thank all park rangers, especially those working in Nevada at the State Parks, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Great Basin National Park. These hardworking men and woman have a tremendous responsibility as they care for all our parks. As rangers, their duties are endless. They are educators, conservationists, and protectors among other things. We should honor and thank rangers on this special day and every day for the invaluable service they provide to our parks.”

Reid, Feinstein, Lieberman Announce Most Sweeping Ethics, Lobbying Reform In Generations

 Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Joe Lieberman today announced final agreement with the House on the text of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.  This bicameral agreement contains the most sweeping ethics and lobbying reforms in generations.  The House plans to take up the bill Tuesday, and the Senate will do so later this week. Among its many provisions, the bill will slow the revolving door between Congress and the lobbying world, end subsidized travel on corporate jets, require disclosure of lobbyists who bundle campaign contributions, and increase transparency in the legislative process by requiring earmark transparency for the first time ever and preventing new earmarks from being added in the… Read more »

Reid: Democrats, Republicans Must Work Together To Modernize FISA, Make America Safer

 Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today in response to the Administration’s call for Congress to modernize FISA: “Although it is unfortunate that the Bush Administration’s refusal to treat Congress as a partner on critical national security issues has led to the urgent situation we face today, I am committed to giving our intelligence community the tools they need to fight terrorism and am working very hard with the most senior members of the Administration to do that as soon as possible.  “This is a huge and complex undertaking that will require working in a bipartisan manner if we are to get it done right.  We hope our Republican counterparts will work together with us to fix… Read more »

Reid Announces Funding For Bark Beetle Research

 Washington, DC – U. S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced a $400,000 grant that will go to develop new and effective tactics to control bark beetles.  The bark beetle has caused much devastation in western forests, including those in the Lake Tahoe basin. “Western states are currently dealing with the problem of wildfires,” said Reid.  “These bark beetles really contribute to the problem, bug-killed trees add to the fuel load, exacerbating the fire cycle.  What these pests are essentially doing is turning trees into giant matches.  We need to find a way to deal with this infestation so that the beetles don’t detract from the work we’re doing to fight the current work to prevent future wildfires. This is… Read more »

Reid Helps Senate Pass Important Security Funding For Nevada

 Washington, D.C. – U. S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada led the passage of two important pieces of legislation:  the Homeland Security Appropriations bill and the 9/11 Commission recommendations conference report.  Both pieces of legislation will have significant positive impacts on Nevada. The Homeland Security Appropriations bill includes funding to strengthen the border and ensure first responders have the tools they need to do their jobs.  This includes $40 million in funding to improve Customs and Border Protections procedures at various airports.  McCarran International Airport, one of the world’s busiest passenger airports, will benefit from additional Customs and Border Patrol agents.  This legislation was designed to improve security, while promoting business and leisure travel to the United States. “This additional funding… Read more »

Reid: Senate Democrats Lead Passage Of 9/11 Commission Recommendations

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the 9/11 Commission recommendations conference report, 85-8:   “By sending the President a bill to finally fully implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations, Senate Democrats are continuing to make America safer after years of Congressional and Administration inaction. We are funding our most vulnerable cities and states, enhancing communication capabilities for first responders, strengthening transit security, and improving oversight of our intelligence and homeland security systems. “This bill is long overdue.  With our intelligence experts saying Al Qaeda is at its strongest since 9/11, there is no time to waste.  We look forward to President Bush enacting this bill as soon as it reaches his desk.”  ###… Read more »

Reid: Republicans Must Work With Us To Promptly Complete Defense Spending Bill

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks on the Defense Authorization bill: “While the Democratically controlled Congress has already demonstrated we will give our troops the critical resources they need, the facts are clear: Throughout this war, Democrats have had to force the President and Congressional Republicans to provide our troops adequate body armor, well-earned pay raises, and the health care they deserve when they return home.  Just as importantly, we have repeatedly put forward a strategy for success in Iraq that will enhance our security. “The President’s call today to pressure Congress to quickly complete a defense spending bill that does not take effect until October is simply the latest… Read more »

Senate Secures $3 Billion For Border Security

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to add $3 billion in emergency spending for border security in the FY2008 Homeland Security Appropriations bill currently on the floor: “Democrats believe stronger border security is an important first step toward fixing our broken immigration system, and we will continue to work toward the enactment of comprehensive immigration reform.  Tightening our borders is also one our nation’s highest-priority security projects.  By adding $3 billion to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill for border security, the Senate is giving the President a chance to match his words with action and make America safer.  “The Senate demonstrated today this it overwhelmingly supports tough border security, and we… Read more »