Hamas perpetrated this conflict. They wantonly fire rockets into Israel, and they don’t care who they hit. Hamas has fired over 2,500 rockets into Israel during this 3-week conflict. In fact, on the very day the UN Human Rights Council exonerated Hamas, Hamas fired dozens of rockets into Israel. And these aren’t firecrackers. These rockets are very violent, powerful weapons.
The Senate has taken a strong step toward getting the VA on the right track. As a respected graduate of West Point, and through his tenure as CEO of Proctor and Gamble, Robert McDonald has proven himself as a soldier and a respected business leader.
The legislation crafted by Senator Sanders and Representative Miller will help prevent more American veterans from falling through the cracks of a broken VA system. The compromise will allow veterans facing long delays in health care to seek care outside of the VA, at private doctors’ offices, community health centers, or military bases.
Right now our friends, the people of Israel, are under attack. Hamas continues to indiscriminately fire thousands of rockets into Israel, with the sole objective of inflicting casualties on somebody, anybody. I was watching the News Hour, and they had commentary section from David Brooks and Mark Shields. David Brooks aptly noted that what Hamas is doing represents “a rare moment in military history where a party rejects a cease-fire in order to get more of their own people killed.” And that is what is happening; Hamas is saying ‘kill some more of our people.’
“I am committed to fixing the problems at the VA. This bipartisan legislation ensures that veterans in Nevada, and throughout the country, receive the care they deserve. Chairmen Sanders and Miller produced a good bill. We will need cooperation from Republicans to move this legislation quickly but I am optimistic that we will be able to pass it this week.”
Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced that Las Vegas will receive $1 million from the Department of Homeland Security because of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant. This grant comes as part of a larger grant for Nevada including $3.7 million for the State Homeland Security Program.
There are people here who are assigned to do everything they can to keep this magnificent Capitol safe. In 1998, two of those dedicated police officers gave their lives while protecting the Capitol. They were Special Agent John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut. I know nothing can make up for the loss of a cherished loved one, but I hope their families and friends take some comfort knowing that those of us who were here that day hold them in our memories and in our hearts.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today that McCarran International Airport has been chosen to participate in a Department of Homeland Security public-private partnership that will expand services of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel.
Now 113 years later, the Walgreen family no longer heads the company. But there are over 8,200 drugstores nationwide that still bear the Walgreen name. The company that Charles Walgreen started is reportedly considering a renunciation of its American citizenship and a move to Switzerland, just to avoid paying its fair share of taxes. Re-established as a foreign corporation, Walgreen’s would be required to pay a smaller share of taxes. This practice, what some call “inversion,” is a tax trick – a loophole.
Over the past several months Americans have heard Senate Democrats speak at length about giving working families a fair shot. What do we mean when we say that? A fair shot is about making sure Americans have good jobs. It’s about ensuring that workers receive fair, livable wages, so they can put a roof over their children’s heads and food on the table. A fair shot is the idea that each hard-working American deserves an opportunity to achieve a measure of prosperity. But it all begins with jobs.