Reid Lauds Passage of New Legislation to Combat Identity Theft

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is praising the Senate’s passage of the Identity Theft and Restitution Act of 2007. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), passed by unanimous consent in Congress, and enjoyed a wide range of support from government, industry, and consumer groups such as: the Department of Justice, the Secret Service, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, and the AARP to name a few. “This is really important legislation. It helps people who have been victimized and works to prevent future crimes,” said Reid. “I am so glad the Senate passed this legislation to combat an issue that has affected so many Nevadans.”… Read more »

Reid Statement on National American Indian Heritage Month

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement today in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Recognizing National American Indian Heritage Month MR. REID. Mr. President, on October 31st, President Bush proclaimed November 2007 as National American Indian Heritage Month. American Indians influence and enrich our culture. I am proud of the contributions that Nevada ’s tribes have made and continue to make in my home state. The 26 tribes, bands, and colony support their tribal and surrounding communities with their diverse tribal enterprises. Working on a government-to-government basis, they join federal and state agencies to protect many of Nevada ’s natural resources and the environment –… Read more »

Reid Statement on Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension

November 16, 2007 Reid Statement on Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: “The unfortunate reality since the events of September 11 is that the risk of a terrorist attack remains.  As we work to make America more secure and Americans safer, extending the terrorism risk insurance program will ensure the private insurance market has a federal backstop in the event of an attack. “This program was created in 2002 because after 9/11, the private insurance market vanished for property owners and developers who wanted to insure against the risk of terrorist attacks.  The consequence was that lenders… Read more »

Reid Welcomes Nomination for New Nevada U.S. Attorney

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after President Bush nominated Greg Brower to be the United States Attorney for Nevada : “I welcome Greg Brower’s nomination 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.  He has big shoes to fill — our previous U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden did an outstanding job and was treated very unfairly by the current Administration. Greg Brower will play an important role in restoring the confidence of Nevadans in the Department of Justice.”

Reid: Republicans Threaten To Block Funding For Our Troops Because Democrats Seek Accountability

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the Administration’s inaccurate claim that the Department of Defense will run out of funding for the Iraq War by February, despite the fact that the Department just received $459 billion in annual funding:  “Let’s be clear: The only ones threatening to cut off funding for our troops are President Bush and Congressional Republicans. Congress just gave the Department of Defense $459 billion, and Democrats have now offered the President an additional $50 billion provided he works with us to change course in Iraq. The President, refusing to be held accountable for his disastrous war policy, is threatening to reject both our reasonable approach and that money,… Read more »

Reid: With Proven, Lasting Results, Head Start Is A Wise Investment In Our Future

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate passed the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007: “As we continue to invest in America’s priorities, Democrats today passed important improvements to the Head Start program – one of the hallmarks of our country’s efforts to provide low-income young Americans with a quality education and the opportunity to succeed. We are investing in teacher training, increasing accountability and expanding income-eligibility limits to allow thousands more children to take advantage of this vital program. Since its inception, Head Start has benefited more than 20 million children and families; this legislation will expand access and eligibility for tens of thousands of children in Nevada and… Read more »

Reid: Even As War-Cost Estimates Climb, President Bush Again Vetoes America's Priorities At Home

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after President Bush vetoed the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill: “It is unfathomable that on the very day the Joint Economic Committee released a report finding the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could reach $3.5 trillion at the expense of America’s priorities at home, President Bush has vetoed a Labor-HHS-Education bill that addresses many of those critical needs. The bipartisan, fiscally responsible bill he vetoed increases funding for programs to improve K-12 student performance, makes college more affordable, supports life-saving medical research and provides relief for families struggling with rising home heating costs. And it provides money for veterans’ employment programs, homeless veterans, and research to help those suffering from traumatic brain injuries…. Read more »

Reid: Total Costs of War Could Climb to $3.5 Trillion

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released a Joint Economic Committee report on the Iraq War.  The report details the hidden costs of the Iraq War, and reveals that the total cost of the war could reach up to $3.5 trillion. “This report confirms what Nevadans already know: the effects of the Iraq war will reverberate for generations,” said Reid. “The Joint Economic Report shows that the President’s Iraq strategy will cost American taxpayers trillions.  The President’s war is paid for with borrowed money from foreign countries, and our children and grandchildren will have to foot the bill.  The President’s war has upset world oil markets, and because of it, Nevadans are paying more at the… Read more »

Reid Hails Passage of Defense Funding Bill

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed the passage of the Defense Appropriations bill.  Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, helped direct $87,020,000 to Nevada for a variety of high-tech programs being developed by the military, Nevada ’s higher education institutions, and the state’s private sector. “I’m so pleased that this money is coming to the Silver State ,” said Reid.  These funds go to our military, our universities, and the state’s private sector, all for the purpose of keeping Nevadans and all Americans safe.” The Defense Appropriations bill includes $28,040,000 for Southern Nevada and $58,980,000 for Northern Nevada .  Below is a list of projects receiving funding. SOUTHERN NEVADA $400,000 for 98 th Range Wing to increase efficiency of… Read more »

Reid Commemorates the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Air Force

Washington, D.C. – As Nevada prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the United States Air Force at “Aviation Nation” scheduled to take place at the Nellis Air Force Base on Saturday, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada marked the anniversary with a speech in the U.S. Senate.   Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force and Nellis Air Force Base “I rise today to commemorate the 60 th anniversary of the United States Air Force. As you are well aware, the Air Force was created by the National Security Act of 1947, the very same law that established the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Central Intelligence Agency.    … Read more »