Reid: Rather Than Picking Fights, President Should Work with Congress To Complete Spending Bills

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks this morning: “Among other issues, this year the Senate has worked hard to change course in Iraq, strengthen homeland security, provide health care for our children and balance the budget.  The President has stood in the way every time. His comments today once again made clear that he is more interested in picking fights than problem-solving. Our differences amount to less than one percent of the budget, less than half of what the President wants to spend on tax breaks for those with incomes over $1 million, and less than what we spend in two months on the war in Iraq. “Democrats are… Read more »

Reid Statement On Judiciary Committee Sending Southwick Nomination To Full Senate

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate Judiciary Committee favorably reported the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the full Senate: “Today the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its review of the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and by a narrow margin favorably reported the nomination to the full Senate.  I will schedule a debate and vote on the Senate floor.  However, I remain strongly opposed to this nomination.     “My primary concern is that Judge Southwick’s record as a Mississippi state judge demonstrates insensitivity to racial minorities and others.  Most notably, in the Richmond case he voted to uphold the reinstatement with back pay of… Read more »

Reid Leads Passage Of Bill To Fund Nevada Check-Up

Washington, DC — Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a bill to renew and improve coverage for the 6.6 million children currently in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covered nearly 40,000 children in Nevada though Nevada Check-Up last year: “More than 100,000 of the 400,000 uninsured Nevadans are children.  That’s just unacceptable,” said Reid.  “The Senate did the right thing by passing this important legislation and I am proud we did it in a bipartisan way.  Thanks to the efforts of both Democrats and Republicans, our state will be allotted nearly $63 million in FY08 in addition to carry-over and other bonus funds to provide health care for Nevada… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Announce Funding For Washoe County Bus Project

Washington, DC — U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada secured a grant for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which will improve the flow of traffic in Reno. “There is a great need to develop the public transportation system in a city that serves over 3,000 riders per day,” said Reid. “I am pleased that the Bus Rapid Transit project will continue to encourage the residents of Reno to utilize the public transportation resources that the city has to offer.” “The rapid growth of Washoe County has created a need for increased public transportation,” said Ensign. “These funds will add essential infrastructure improvements, reduce traffic congestion, make public transportation more accessible and enhance the quality of life… Read more »

Reid: Senate Strengthening American Competitiveness In Global Economy

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate passed the conference report on the America COMPETES Act, which will help the United States maintain its leading edge in science and technology by investing in research and education: “One of the best ways we can ensure America remains competitive in this increasingly global economy is by investing in our future. The America COMPETES Act – which strengthens our math and science education programs and increases our commitment to the National Science Foundation, NASA and other science-related federal agencies – will help maintain that advantage. It is encouraging to see the Senate unite in a bipartisan fashion to ensure America keeps its edge in the science,… Read more »

Senate Democrats, Faith Leaders Highlight Importance Of Renewing Children's Health Insurance Program

Washington, DC — Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Ken Salazar and Bob Casey joined religious leaders today to discuss the moral obligation Congress and the Administration have to provide children with health care. Senate Democrats are moving this week to provide – over the President’s objections – health care to millions of children who would otherwise go uninsured. By combining the best of public and private health coverage, the bipartisan plan to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program will ensure all 6.6 million CHIP-covered kids keep their health insurance, and will reach 3.2 million more uninsured children in America’s working families. “Children in this country have finally been put front and center on the nation’s agenda,” Kennedy said. “All children deserve… Read more »

Reid Introduces Legislation To Combat Invasive Species

Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada introduced a bill to establish a 100th Meridian Invasive Species State Revolving Loan Fund to protect the West from non-native invasive species. The uncontrolled spread of invasive species throughout the West is depleting water and out-competing beneficial native vegetation that, if unchecked, provide significant fuel for wildfires. “The quagga mussels, in addition to other non-native species, pose a threat to Southern Nevada,” said Reid. “As the mussels cling to the walls and water intake pipes in Lake Mead, they clog the flow of fresh water and degrade the ability of the Lake to support wildlife. Meanwhile, other invasive species exacerbate wildfires, displace native species, and degrade Nevada’s diverse ecosystems. This legislation… Read more »

Reid: Senate Leadership Will Work To Secure Emergency Funds for Minneapolis Bridge Tragedy

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today, pledging to help secure emergency funds for Minneapolis following Wednesday’s tragic bridge collapse. Under the Emergency Relief highway program, states can receive assistance for the repair or reconstruction of highways and roads that have suffered serious damage as a result of disasters of this nature. States are eligible to receive up to $100 million in emergency relief funds per year, but Congress can expand funding beyond $100 million with special legislation. All relief construction within the first 180 days of the disaster is covered by the Federal government, and covered 90 percent by federal payments thereafter. “The Senate Leadership stands together with Senator Amy Klobuchar and the entire Minnesota… Read more »

Reid: Senate Passes Bill To Provide Health Insurance To Millions of Low-Income Children

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a bill to renew coverage for the 6.6 million children currently in the Children’s Health Insurance Program and enroll 3.2 million more: “The Senate did the right thing today in fulfilling our promise to improve the lives of millions of American children, and we did it the right way – in a bipartisan fashion.  By renewing and enhancing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), we are combining the best of public and private health coverage to keep low-income kids covered and enroll millions more. “Ten years after Congress created the program, we have reduced the number of low-income, uninsured children by one-third, covering more… Read more »

Reid: Doe Hiring PR Firm To Do Yucca's Dirty Work

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement after learning the Department of Energy is searching for a public relations firm: “Nevadans know that the Energy Department has a long history of playing fast and loose with the facts when it comes to Yucca Mountain, but the fact that the Department is hiring a P.R. firm to do its dirty work is yet another example that this project is on its last legs. The D.O.E. and the nuclear industry are desperate to turn Nevada into a nuclear dumping ground, despite the risks it poses to Nevada and the communities through which the waste would travel. The Energy Department should stop wasting taxpayers’ dollars and work… Read more »