Reid: No Child Left Behind Must Be Overhauled To Help Every Student Succeed

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the President’s remarks on No Child Left Behind: “Six years after the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act, it is clear that the law needs to be overhauled. When Congress joined President Bush in 2002 to usher in a dramatic reform of our nation’s schools, we were hopeful that increased accountability and performance standards, together with a significant increase in the federal investment in education, would raise student achievement levels. “Accountability measures have proven far too punitive, with no recognition for schools that have made incremental progress. States have been given little flexibility in implementing the law’s requirements. And NCLB has been vastly under… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Statement On Call With FEMA

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign issued the following statement following a conference call involving multiple federal, state and local agencies regarding the levee break in Fernley, Nevada. “Our conversation with these federal and state organizations was extremely helpful. During the call, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) committed to conducting a damage assessment report on Monday. This report will be used by FEMA to determine the level of assistance the agency will be able to provide to the community, businesses and individual property owners. This is encouraging news during what has been a very difficult day in Nevada’s history. We will continue working together to ensure the community gets all the resources it needs.” ###

Reid, Ensign, Heller's Statements On Broken Levee

Washington, D.C. — U.S Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, and Representative Dean Heller of Nevada issued the following statements regarding the broken levee in Fernley, NV. “I spoke with Mayor Cutler today and promised him we would do everything possible to ensure the people of Fernley get the federal resources they need to help the community recover as quickly as possible,” said Reid. “We recognize that long after the flood waters recede there will still be a lot of work to do and my office will work with federal, state and local agencies to ensure that the community returns to pre-flood conditions and that this never happens again. I also extend my deepest gratitude toward all the first responders… Read more »

Reid: As Unemployment Reaches Two-year High, American Jobs Are The Latest Casualty Of Bush's Failed Economic Policies

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada released following statement today in response to the Labor Department’s report that the nation’s unemployment rate has reached a two-year high of 5 percent: “On the heels of record oil prices and a devastating housing crisis, today’s news that unemployment has hit a two-year high of 5 percent is just the latest casualty of the Bush Administration’s failed economic policies. The same President who lectures about fiscal responsibility has a shameful history of losing American jobs, turning record surpluses into record deficits and increasing the national debt by $3 trillion. “While President Bush’s corporate friends continue to rake in record profits, the middle class faces declining wages and rising prices for everything… Read more »

Reid Sends Follow-up Letter To Secretary Wynne Regarding Nevada Wind Projects

Las Vegas, NV – Continuing his work to make Nevada the leader in renewable energy, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne today as a follow-up on the Secretary’s recent meeting with Nevada’s congressional delegation regarding wind power development in Nevada. In the letter, Reid highlights his key priorities and urges Secretary Wynne to develop a centralized process for considering proposed wind projects. “As a follow-up to our meeting and to highlight key priorities, I would like to address three important issues – first, the publication of several airspace maps (“stoplight map”) of Nevada and surrounding states and how the Air Force intends to utilize these maps in its process for reviewing… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Assassination Of Benazir Bhutto

Las Vegas, NV – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She was an important leader in Pakistan and this is a serious loss for the Pakistani people. “I hope those who committed these acts of terrorism will be brought to justice. “It is important, when faced with the violence and loss of innocent life over the last few days, that political leaders show a commitment to resolve but also restraint. Extremists must be brought to justice, but extremism must not undermine commitment to the rule of law, to human… Read more »

Reid, Pelosi Urge Bush To Ensure That Taxpayers Receive AMT Relief In Timely Fashion

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi today sent the following letter to the President, urging him to ensure that taxpayers impacted by changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax receive their refunds in a timely fashion. The text of the letter is below:  December 20, 2007 President George W. BushThe White HouseWashington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: As you know, the Democratic Congress acted this week to protect 23 million middle class taxpayers from being affected by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), which was originally intended to prevent the wealthiest Americans from dodging all tax liability. This legislation was a critical part of our efforts to cut taxes for the middle class and make the… Read more »

In Letter To President, Reid Expresses Concern About Cuts To Homeland Security Grant Program

Washington , DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada today sent the following letter to President Bush, expressing concern about reported cuts to important homeland security grant programs and requesting adequate support for the project. “Rather than cutting valuable funding for transit security and emergency management President Bush should be investing in this important Nevada program,” Reid said.  “I’m concerned about what these reported cuts could mean for high risk states like the Nevada.  I hope the president looks into this matter.  In the mean time I will continue doing what I can to protect the people of Nevada and the millions of tourists who visit the state each year.” Below is the text of the letter: President… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Work to Help Southern Nevada Veterans

Washington, DC— U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Gordon Mansfield to express their support to build a veterans health care clinic in Laughlin.“Nevada has one of the largest veterans’ populations in the country,” said Reid.  “Right now, some veterans living in Southern Nevada have to travel great distances to get the health care services they need.  Building a health care clinic in Laughlin would relieve a great deal of stress for our veterans and will help ensure they receive the proper health care they deserve.  I am committed to ensuring our soldiers, veterans, and their families receive the retirement and health care benefits that they were promised… Read more »

Reid: Democrats Have Led The Way For Change In 2007

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, closing the last session of the 110th Congress for 2007: “We have reached the end of a long, hectic, at times contentious and frustrating, but unquestionably productive first year of the 110th Congress. We welcomed back our friend and colleague, Senator Tim Johnson, who has made an extraordinary recovery and we are now thrilled to see on his feet again. We lost a friend in Senator Craig Thomas, said hello to his successor, Senator John Barrasso, and said goodbye to Senator Trent Lott, who will be retiring. “We held an unusual three Congressional Gold Medal ceremonies: Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen… Read more »