September 20, 2002
Volume Four
Issue 21
Reid Delivers for Nevada
  • U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign announced that the University of Nevada, Las Vegas would receive $4,472,872 in federal funding under GEAR-UP (Getting Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program).  UNLV, as part of the GEAR-UP partnership, will extend its services to three Las Vegas area low-income schools promoting the program’s philosophy -- to implement change in low-income schools that lead students to better college awareness and preparation.

  •  Senators Reid and Ensign announced $12 million dollars in funding will be distributed to the  Reno/Tahoe and Reno/Stead Airports.  The Airport Authority of Washoe County will use the money for runway improvements and land acquisitions and noise mitigation measures.

  • This week, Senator Reid focused on Nevada improvement.  He and the Nevada Legislature Committee on Public Lands and the Lake Tahoe Transportation & Water Quality Coalition met separately on ways to preserve Nevada’s environment while continually providing for the growing population.

  • Senator Reid also met with Howard Phanstiel of PacifiCare Health Systems, the National Mining Association, Amtrak officials about obtaining Las Vegas rail service, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association to discuss medical malpractice, and Linda Rivera, President of the Nevada Hispanic Employment Program.

  • Senator Reid received the 'Award of Merit for 2002' from the Military Coalition - their highest award.  Reid received this honor for his work to win fair retirement pay for disabled veterans.
    Week in Review
  • After standing in recess on Monday in observance of Yom Kippur, the Senate continued to work diligently this past week on the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Interior Appropriations Act of 2003, and judicial nominations.
  • After a one-hour debate on Tuesday, the Senate voted 50-49 to reject the cloture motion on the Byrd amendment to the Interior  bill.  Byrd’s amendment would use Federal monies to replenish accounts from which funds were borrowed for emergency wildfire suppression.

    Insider's Calendar
  • MONDAY, 2:30 p.m. – Senate convenes.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 60 minutes of debate on the Dodd amendment (to prohibit the expenditures of funds to recognize Indian tribes and tribal nations until the date of implementation of certain administrative procedures) to the Interior bill, with the time equally divided between Dodd, Inouye, and Campbell.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 60 minutes of debate on the motion to invoke cloture vote on the Byrd amendment (to provide critical emergency supplemental appropriations) to the Interior bill.

  • 5:30 p.m. – Roll Call Vote on the Dodd amendment followed by a second Roll Call Vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Byrd amendment.
  • On Thursday, a cloture motion was also rejected on the Lieberman substitute amendment to the Homeland Security bill.  The Senate voted 50-49 not to close debate on the bill.
  • Lastly, Reena Raggi’s nomination to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit was unanimously confirmed.

    Insider's Calendar (cont'd.)
  • TUESDAY, 9:30 a.m. – Senate convenes and resumes the Homeland Security bill.  There will be 60 minutes of debate on the Byrd amendment (to provide for the establishment of the Dept. of Homeland Security an orderly transfer of functions to the directorates of the dept).  There will be 45 minutes under the control of Senator Byrd and 15 minutes under the control of Senators Lieberman and Thompson.

  • Following the debate, Roll Call Vote on the Byrd first degree amendment.

  • 2:00 p.m. – Senate resumes consideration of the Lieberman-McCain amendment regarding establishment of a special September 11th Commission to investigate last year’s terrorists’ attacks. After 15 minutes of debate, Roll Call Vote on the amendment.

  • All week – the Senate will continue to dual track Homeland Security and  Interior.  As a result of the cloture motion being rejected on  Homeland Security, there is no time agreement.
    Will impasses continue on Appropriations bills?

  • Reid's Words...Interior Approps Hold Up
    “Following one of the worst fire seasons in history, the administration’s plan is just a smokescreen for another corporate handout.  Rather, Congress needs to pass legislation that protects the environment and provides help and security for the communities placed in high-risk fire areas.”
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