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.
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.
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
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.
Week in Review
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY SEPT. 23 - FRIDAY SEPT. 27
MONDAY, 2:30 p.m. –
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.
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
– 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.|
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
Following the debate, Roll Call Vote on the Byrd first
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
Interior. As a result of the cloture motion
being rejected on Homeland Security, there is no
Will impasses continue on Appropriations bills????