Reid Applauds Legislation That Brings Air America Employees One Step Closer To Full Retirement Benefits

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed the passage of the 2008 Intelligence Authorization Bill that has a provision that brings Air America employees one step closer to receiving federal civil service benefits for their service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. “By including this measure in the Intelligence Authorization bill, we are making sure that those who served this country with honor get the retirement benefits they deserve,” said Reid. Air America was a company that had been acquired by the CIA in 1950 and which flew missions for the CIA into the 1970′s.  For some years, former employees of Air America and related companies have sought to obtain federal… Read more »

Reid: President Bush Turns His Back On America's Children In Vetoing Health Care Program

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after President Bush vetoed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007:   “Never has it been clearer how detached President Bush is from the priorities of the American people.  By vetoing a bipartisan bill to renew the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), President Bush is denying health care to millions of low-income kids in America.    “Congress will fight hard to override President Bush’s heartless veto.  Not only is this a critical program – one that will improve the lives of 6.6 million low-income children currently in CHIP and provide health insurance to 4 million more – but the vast majority of the American… Read more »

Reid: Passage Of DOD Bill Keeps Our Promise To Veterans, Support The Troops

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada hailed passage of the Defense Department Authorization bill.  The bill includes the Concurrent Receipt for Unemployable Veterans Act and the Combat-Related Special Compensation Act, two important pieces of legislation that ensure veterans receive the retirement benefits and health care they were promised when they enlisted.   “For years, I have been fighting for benefits for disabled veterans,” said Reid.  “Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line for our country and they, along with other veterans, deserve to be taken care of.  This bill keeps our promise to veterans and supports our troops.  I applaud the Senate for passing this important measure.” Reid’s Concurrent Receipt legislation will… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Announce More Than $21 Million For Disaster And Emergency Management Training And Response

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada announced five grants, totaling more than $21 million, to help train and equip emergency responders in Nevada.    “This is good news for Nevada,” said Reid. “We all know that Las Vegas and Reno are potential targets for terrorists, so it is critical that our first responders have the training and equipment they need to deal with any scenario.”   “These resources will help ensure the safety of Nevadans in a time of crisis,” said Ensign. “We must make certain that all levels of government, especially first responders, are trained to protect residents during an emergency.” St. Rose de Lima Hospital, St. Rose San Martin Hospital and St…. Read more »

Reid Announces Grant For New Masters Degree Program At UNLV

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to fund an all new Masters Degree program at the Greenspun School of Public Affairs on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  $442,776 will be awarded to the UNLV Department of Public Administration to create a new Masters of Science Degree in Crisis and Emergency Management. The money will come from the Department of Homeland Security’s “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Career Development Grant program,” a program expressly designed to advance careers in the Homeland Security field.  “I’m really glad to see that the Homeland Security Department has awarded UNLV this grant,” said Reid. “This is something I’ve worked… Read more »

Reid Announces Funding For New Buses To Service Lake Tahoe

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced that Nevada will be receiving $500,000 for the purchase of two 35-foot transit vehicles and one shuttle van to service the Eldorado and Douglas County portions of the Lake Tahoe Basin.  “Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful, pristine areas in the world,” said Reid. “We need to do everything we can to make sure that it stays that way. These new buses run cleaner, safer, and will help protect our air.  It will help to preserve one of Nevada’s greatest treasures while providing a much needed public transit system servicing those in the Lake Tahoe area.” The new vehicles run on clean fuel and will be delivered by… Read more »

Reid: Congress Does Right Thing In Passing Chip; It Is Now President Bush's Turn

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the CHIP reauthorization bill: “Democrats and Republicans, healthcare providers and patient advocates, rural and urban Americans, and citizens of all ages have all come together today in support of our nation’s children.  The bill we are sending to the President improves the lives of low-income, uninsured children by ensuring they get the doctor visits and medicines they need when they’re sick, and the checkups they need to stay well. “We are covering all 6.6 million low-income children currently in CHIP and providing health insurance to 4 million more.  This is the result of a bipartisan effort, and it is essential that… Read more »

Reid Statement On Enactment Of Bill To Make College More Affordable For Students And Their Families

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today after President Bush signed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 into law:   “As skyrocketing tuition costs shut out more and more students from the promise and opportunity of higher education, I am proud that the Democratic bill to make college more affordable and accessible for more Americans is now law.  We are making student loans work for students – not the banks – and funding the largest increase in college aid since the G.I. bill half a century ago.   “For millions of students, we are opening the doors to success ever wider. We are giving them an opportunity to succeed, and they… Read more »

Reid Hails Passage Of Water Resources Development Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada announced the Senate’s passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA) today.  The bill authorizes more than $200 million in funding for Nevada projects that will improve and maintain important flood control projects, and address critical water supply and quality needs, as well as restore ecosystems. “I am pleased that the Senate passed this important bill that authorizes vital funding for Nevada,” said Reid.  “Nevada’s enormous growth and many water quality issues have created several challenges for our infrastructure, and the projects that this bill authorizes will go a long way toward addressing those needs.” Details of Nevada projects that have been authorized are explained below. In Southern Nevada: $50,000,000… Read more »

Reid: If We Adopt Levin/Reed, Today Can Be First Day Of The End Of The War

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in favor of the Levin/Reed Amendment to the Defense Authorization Act. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “It is morning here in Washington, but dusk in Baghdad.  As we debate this war yet again here at home, another day draws to a close for our troops in Iraq.  Tonight they will sleep on foreign sand.  Tomorrow they will draw yet again from an endless well of courage to face another day of war.  Some will likely die.  Many will surely be wounded.  They will face hatred they did not create and violence they cannot resolve. “One soldier described… Read more »