Reid Remarks On The Safe Return Of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

The integrity of American soldiers safeguards our democracy. Their devotion to duty, even in the face of difficult, trying circumstances, is what protects this nation. I’m thankful that the members of the U.S. Armed Forces do not compromise their honor. This past weekend, our military refused to abandon its duty, instead fulfilling its obligation to never leave a soldier behind. The release of American prisoner-of-war, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, was the culmination of heroic efforts by our military, our government, and our President. President Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, acted honorably in helping an American soldier return home to his family. Sergeant Bergdahl’s release is an answer to many Americans’ prayers. I can’t imagine how relieved his parents and family must feel.

Testimony By Senator Reid In Favor Of A Constitutional Amendment To Get Dark Money Out Of Politics

At Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Reid says “we sit here today faced with a simple choice: we can keep the status quo… or we can work together to change the system” Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in favor of a Constitutional amendment to get dark money out of our nation’s political system. Below is his testimony as prepared for delivery Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, and members of the committee, thank you for allowing me to be here today. I am here because the flood of dark money into our nation’s political system poses the greatest threat to our democracy that I have witnessed during my time in public service. The… Read more »

Reid Remarks On Improving Veterans’ Health Care

Our esteemed colleague, the Chairman of the Budget Committee, Senator Patty Murray has said that, “Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation.” I have no doubt that every member of this body agrees with that sentiment. But there is a big difference between nodding one’s head in approval, and actually doing something to take care of our veterans. Chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders, is doing something to help our veterans. Senator Sanders is introducing a bill to ensure that American veterans are getting the care they need. This legislation allows veterans facing long delays in health care to seek care outside of the VA, at private doctors’ offices, community health centers, or military bases.

Reid Statement On LGBT Pride Month

“During LGBT Pride Month, we reflect upon the hard won victories for equality nationwide and rededicate ourselves to the principle that discrimination has no place in America. During my time as Majority Leader, I have worked on legislation with the LGBT community, such as repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and securing passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Reid Statement On Administration Announcement Of EPA Clean Power Plan

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the ‘Clean Power Plan’ to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants: “The EPA’s proposed plan is a crucial step towards improving the efficiency of our nations power grid, investing in clean energy and reducing pollution. The proposal grants states flexibility while making important progress on avoiding the terrible costs of carbon pollution on our nation’s economy, the health of our citizens, and the sustainability of our planet. “Since 2010, Nevada has seen investments of over $5.5 billion in clean energy generation and infrastructure. These investments have created thousands of jobs and provided a much needed boost to our state’s economy…. Read more »

Reid Statement On The Taliban’s Release Of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

Today is a great day for the United States of America. The safe return of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is an answer to the prayers of the Bergdahl family and a powerful reinforcement of our nation’s commitment to leave no service member behind.

Reid Statement On Eric Shinseki

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after President Obama announced the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki: “Eric Shinseki has served our country for decades, on the battlefield, as Chief of Staff for the United States Army and as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He is a good man and should be commended for his admirable service. The VA has fired senior officials at the Phoenix facility and has pledged to personally contact every veteran in Phoenix waiting for appointments. This is a good first step. It is now time to restore veterans’ trust in the reliability of the care they are receiving from the VA. I will do everything I can to… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Veterans’ Affairs Administration Inspector General’s Report

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in response to the Inspector General’s report at the Veterans’ Administration: “There is no question that what the Inspector General’s report found is reprehensible and unacceptable. But the problems with the VA are systemic and deep-seated, and must not be tolerated. To restore veterans’ trust in the reliability of VA health care, we must take action to address the root causes of these problems. Millions of American service members are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and entering the VA system, and that system needs more resources to provide them the best care. When the Senate returns, the Veterans Affairs Committee will immediately work on the appropriate… Read more »

Reid Statement On The Passing Of Maya Angelou

“Today, the world has lost one of its most powerful voices. I am terribly saddened by the loss of such an advocate for humanity. Through the power of her words, legendary poet, author, and civil rights leader, Maya Angelou has transformed millions of lives and challenged each of us to approach life with great courage. The wisdom and love Maya shared with this nation and our world will never be forgotten. She will certainly be missed, as no one can ever replace her style, eloquence, and dedication to people of all walks of life. Her words and deeds will undeniably reverberate for generations.