Reid: Senate Passes Homeland Security Appropriations Bill To Strengthen Borders, Make America More Secure

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada led the U.S. Senate to the passage of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill today. The bill includes funding secured by Senator Reid for additional Customs and Border Patrol agents at McCarran Airport. These additional agents will have an immediate impact on airport security, airport efficiency, tourism, and the economy. Following the 89-4 vote, Senator Reid released the following statement: “Democrats have delivered on yet another promise to make America more secure following years of this Administration’s failed policies that have led to a stronger Al Qaeda and an increase in worldwide terror attacks. This strong Homeland Security Appropriations bill invests more than $40 billion in the nation’s highest-priority security projects – $5 billion… Read more »

Reid Highlights Importance of Harnessing Nevada's Alternative Energy

 Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement announcing his opposition to a proposed dirty coal-burning power plant near Ely, Nevada, and his commitment to clean alternative energy as a means of sustainable economic development for Nevada. “Nevada should be a national leader in renewable energy and energy independence. Building another inefficient and polluting coal plant in the heart of our state would be a gigantic step away from that goal.” “I will oppose the construction of such plants so we can direct our full attention and resources to developing a strong renewable energy industry in Nevada. That would create thousands more jobs than these proposed coal plants and deliver clean, affordable and reliable electricity… Read more »

Reid: Senate Passes Long-Overdue Health Care Overhaul, Pay Raise For Troops

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the “Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act,” which lays out a comprehensive path to address shortfalls in the care of injured troops and veterans, and gives members of the military a 3.5 percent pay raise: “I remain deeply disappointed in some of the conditions I saw earlier this year at Walter Reed Medical Center – just one deficiency among many across our veterans’ health care system – and I am proud that the Senate today has passed the Wounded Warriors Act to address those problems.  It is our duty to ensure our courageous service-members do not fall through the cracks when they need… Read more »

Reid, Ensign Organize Bipartisan Group of Senators To Discuss Wildfires Burning In Their States

Washington D.C. — U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada organized a bipartisan briefing with ten other western senators, Jim Hughes, Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior, and Stephen Allred, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals, to discuss what they can do at the federal level to battle the current blazes and brainstorm possible future methods of prevention.  “Fires are spreading out of control across the West,” said Reid.  “I’m grateful to the BLM for its continued support. This was an important meeting that allowed us all to be on the same page to address this critical issue.  Despite our partisan differences, I felt it was important… Read more »

Democrats Discuss Efforts To Make America Safer Through Homeland Security, 9/11 Commission Bills

Washington, DC—Democratic Senators Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Debbie Stabenow and Frank Lautenberg joined International Association of Fire Fighters President Harold A. Schaitberger at a press conference today to discuss the importance of passing the Homeland Security Appropriations bill and sending the President legislation to implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations. Both measures will make America safer by strengthening our nation’s highest-priority security projects, fighting terrorism and funding our first responders.   Democrats also strongly urged Congressional Republicans to allow both of these measures to go through unobstructed, and called on the President to sign the Homeland Security legislation rather than threatening to veto our efforts to make America more secure. “Just as Democrats are fighting to give our soldiers the resources and… Read more »

Freshman Senators Discuss Democrats' Efforts To Enact Sweeping Ethics And Lobbying Reform

Washington, DC— The freshmen Democratic Senators, elected to send the country in a new direction, today discussed the importance of having the most sweeping ethics and lobbying reform signed into law by the August recess.  They also urged Republicans to stop supporting the status quo on corruption by blocking our reform efforts at every turn. “We all share a simple American idea of fairness: the ideas that all people should be on equal footing in the halls of Congress,” Senator Amy Klobuchar said. “But, business-as-usual has meant a playing field tilted toward special interests and against the middle class. The people can’t be on equal footing unless this new Congress delivers real, meaningful ethics reform.” Said Senator Ben Cardin: “We… Read more »

Reid Pays Tribute To Fallen Capitol Police Officers On Ninth Anniversary Of Shooting

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in honor of the two Capitol Police Officers killed on duty nine years ago today: “Some of my colleagues know that when I attended George Washington Law School many years ago, I worked full time on the swing – or night shift – as a Capitol Police Officer.  My service as a Capitol Policeman was not one where I did anything courageous or notable.  Nine years ago today, two officers did just that. “Nine years ago today, two Capitol Police Officers – Special Agent John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut – were stationed by the East entrance on the House side.  At… Read more »

Reid Vows To Pass Bill In Coming Days To Ensure Wounded Warriors Receive The Care They Deserve

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, announcing that Democrats will seek unanimous consent to pull the Wounded Warriors amendment from the Defense Authorization bill and pass it as a standalone bill: “Earlier this year, Americans were shocked by reports of a crisis at Walter Reed and other armed services medical facilities.  We learned that many courageous men and women who had been wounded in service to our nation were receiving unacceptably poor treatment and care upon their return to our shores.  We learned that not only was the veterans’ care system rife with bureaucratic failures, but even the physical facilities failed to meet even a minimal level of… Read more »

Reid: President's Flawed Iraq Strategy Distracts Us From Effectively Fighting An Emboldened Al Qaeda

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks about Al Qaeda and the war in Iraq:  “The President’s claim that the war in Iraq is protecting us from Al Qaeda is as misguided and dangerous as the conclusions that drove us to Iraq in the first place.  The fact is that our continued flawed strategy in Iraq is emboldening and unifying Al Qaeda, both in that country and elsewhere. “Despite what the President would like us to believe, it has been established that Al Qaeda had no active cells in Iraq when we invaded, and we have long known that we were not attacked from Iraq on 9/11.  Saying otherwise does… Read more »

Reid: Today's Minimum-Wage Increase A Down Payment On Greater Economic Security For Working Americans

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today as the first raise for working Americans in 10 years goes into effect:  “Seventy years after President Roosevelt made a commitment to our parents and grandparents through the New Deal, too many Americans are now getting a raw deal.  Democrats, however, are delivering on our promises to work hard for working families, and the first minimum-wage increase in 10 years goes into effect today. “Hourly wages and household incomes are down while the number of uninsured Americans and executive salaries are up.  But today, hundreds of thousands of Americans will have a little more in their next paychecks to help them better afford basic necessities like food, clothing, day… Read more »