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Lyon County


Residents of Lyon County have always been able to count on Harry Reid to deliver for them. He’s brought home millions for water, law enforcement, infrastructure and education projects around the county. Because of Reid, Lyon County will now adequately compensated for lost property taxes on federally owned lands thanks for his work to fully-fund Payments In Lieu of Taxes, and the Recovery Act, which Reid passed, is bringing millions in job-creating funding to Lyon County. Reid is also a consistent champion of Nevadans’ Second Amendment rights and has stood with Nevada’s ranchers and private landowners and rural communities. The people of Lyon County can always count on Harry Reid to stand with them, and deliver.


Reid Delivered $300,000 To Study Groundwater In Fernley. In FY 1997, Reid secured $300,000 for an EPA study of the groundwater in the Wadsworth Sub-basin for Fernley. [FY 1997 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill]

Reid Delivered $55,000 To Monitor Water Quality In Mason Valley. In FY 1999, Reid secured $55,000 for the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area to monitor water quality for the valley. [FY 1999 Interior Appropriations Bill]

Reid Delivered $300,000 For A Water Treatment Plant For Fernley. In FY 2010, Reid secured $300,000 for a water treatment plant for the City of Fernley. [FY 2010 Interior Appropriations Bill]

Both Lyon County And Silver Springs Benefited From $58 Million Reid Delivered For Rural Water Projects. In FY 2002, Reid secured $8 million for rural water projects around Nevada. Silver Springs was one of the localities to receive the funding. Lyon County benefited from $10 million in similar funding in FY 2003. And in both FY 2005 and FY 2006 both Lyon County and Silver Springs benefited from $20 million in similar funds. [FY 2002 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill; FY 2003 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill; FY 2005 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill; FY 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill]


Reid Delivered Close To $1 Million For The I-80 Interchange At Fernley. In FY 2005, Reid secured $500,000 for improvements at the I-80 interchange at Fernley. He secured an additional $450,000 in FY 2006. [FY 2005 Transportation-Treasury Appropriations Bill; FY 2006 Transportation-Treasury-HUD Appropriations Bill]

Reid Delivered $300,000 For Fernley Law Enforcement. In FY 2009 Reid secured $300,000 for law enforcement equipment for Fernley. [FY 2009 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill]

Reid Delivered $350,000 For Educational Equipment For Lyon County Schools. In FY 2010, Reid secured $350,000 for the Lyon County School District For career and technical education equipment. [FY 2010 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill]

Reid Delivered More Than $500,000 For The Nevada Pacific Parkway. In FY 2010, Reid secured $535,700 for the City of Fernley for improvements on the Nevada Pacific Parkway. [FY 2010 Transportation and HUD Appropriations Bill]

Reid Delivered Close To $200,000 For A Youth Community Center In Stagecoach. In FY 2010, Reid secured $194,800 in funding for the Silver State Youth Community Center in Stagecoach. [FY 2010 Transportation and HUD Appropriations Bill]


SNPLMA Has Brought More Than $160,000 To Lyon County. According to the Bureau of Land Management, proceeds from land sales under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act have brought $21,149 to purchase environmentally sensitive land and water rights around the Rolling A Ranch and $145,498 240 acres of critical habitat for the Williams Combleaf and the Mono Sage Grouse near the Churchill-Wellington Back Country Byway. [Bureau Of Land Management, Projects Funded By SNPLMA]

Reid Worked Alongside The Entire Nevada Delegation To Pass The Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. In October 1998, States News Service reported, “It took four years for it to become law, but Nevada will finally reap the full economic benefits from the sale of 20,000 acres of federal land in the southern part of the state. President Clinton signed the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act into law this week … The new law requires that federal lands within Nevada be sold at an open auction instead of the traditional … land exchange process. The profits derived from the federal land's sale will be used in a three-pronged approach designed to benefit Nevada. The federal government will use 85 percent of the profits to purchase environmentally fragile lands within the state and help to pay for some improvements on the lands.” Senator Bryan said the bill “enjoyed bipartisan support from the entire delegation," and Governor Gibbons, then in the House, said, “Everyone of us all worked to get this piece of legislation passed.” [States News Service, 10/20/98]

Bryan: Reid Worked With Him On SNPLMA For Years Prior To Its Passage. In a March 1997 statement before the House Resources Committee, Senator Bryan said of the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, “I have sponsored similar legislation in the Senate, along with Senator Reid, since the 104th Congress.” [House Resources Committee, National Parks and Public Lands Subcommittee, Bryan Statement, 3/13/97]

SNPLMA Has Brought More Than $3 Billion Back To Nevada. In October 2008, the Review-Journal reported, “Ten years after passage of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, the senators who laid the foundation for it marked the occasion Thursday, saying it will still provide funding for parks, trails, habitat and education despite the state's economic downturn. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the legislation that has generated more than $3 billion for projects in Nevada from the sale of public lands around the valley hasn't run its course despite a lag in sales.” [Review-Journal, 10/24/08]

Reid Helped Protect Funding For Nevada Under The SNPLMA. In February 2005, the Review-Journal reported, “President Bush will propose in his budget next week to divert millions of dollars from Clark County federal land sales to offset mounting deficits, according to budget documents and congressional officials. The 2006 budget the president will unveil Monday asks Congress to change federal law to direct into the treasury 70 percent of profits from land sales, which are set aside for land acquisitions, environmental restoration, parks and recreation projects in Nevada … Based on the White House projections, at least $700 million a year could be deposited in the treasury rather than spent in Nevada as required by the 1998 law, the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.” In July 2005, Senators Reid and Ensign announced that in the final Interior Appropriations Bill, “Reid and Ensign were also successful in stopping an attempt to take money from Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA) funding.” [Review-Journal, 2/2/05; Reid Press Release, 7/29/05]


Associated Press: “A Record $23 Million-Plus In Federal Payments Is Heading To Nevada Counties This Year To Help Offset Losses In Property Taxes For Nontaxable Federal Lands Within Their Boundaries.” In June 2009, the Associated Press reported, “A record $23 million-plus in federal payments is heading to Nevada counties this year to help offset losses in property taxes for nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said his legislation ensures that the payment in lieu of taxes program will be fully funded every year through 2012 … ‘I am committed to making sure Nevada gets its fair share,’ Reid said in a statement. ‘For too long, PILT did not receive the funding it should have, and many rural counties suffered because of that.’” [Associated Press, 6/15/09]

Thanks To Reid’s Legislation, Lyon County Received More Than $2 Million In PILT Payments In FY 2009. According to the Department of the Interior, Lyon County received $2,023,135 in PILT payments in FY 2009, up from $1,244,495 in FY 2007 and $645,344 in FY 1999. [Department of the Interior, National Business Center, Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) County Payments and Acres; 1999 – 2009]

Nevada Association of Counties Thanked Reid For His Leadership Fully Funding PILT Payments. In June 2009, the Ely Times reported, “Groups like the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) lobbied their representatives for higher payments to fund essential services in cash-strapped counties like White Pine. ‘The vast expanses of public lands in Nevada sharply limit county property tax revenues and create demands for public safety, public health and natural disaster response,’ NACO Executive Director Jeff Fontaine said in a statement … Fontaine thanked Reid for tackling one of NACO's top legislative priorities. ‘Through Senator Reid's leadership and commitment, Nevada's counties, after more than 30 years, will receive the fully authorized amount of payment in lieu of taxes,’ he said.” [Ely News, 6/17/09]

NACO Executive Director Jeff Fontaine: "The vast expanses of public lands in Nevada sharply limit county property tax revenues and create demands for public safety, public health and natural-disaster response … Obtaining full funding for PILT, which is crucial for providing essential services, has been a top priority of the Nevada Association of Counties for many years. Through Senator Reid's leadership and commitment, Nevada's counties, after more than 30 years, will receive the fully authorized amount of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes through 2012." [Reid Press Release, 6/11/09]

Reid Delivered A More Than 1,100% Increase In Nevada’s Share Of Secure Rural Schools Funding. In December 2009, the Associated Press reported that Nevada had received a 1,132 percent increase under the Secure Rural Schools program – calling the state “the biggest winner under the renewal” of the program. According to the report, “Reid called the timber program a personal priority that supports ‘the lifeblood of communities all across America, and particularly in the West’ … Reid was among four powerful Western Democrats who shepherded the new timber law, which he and others have touted as an accomplishment of the Democratic-led Congress … In Nevada, Clark County saw an 841 percent increase in timber money to $226,000 this year. That nearly equals timber receipts from the county's tiny portion of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest over two decades.” [Associated Press, 12/7/09]

Reid Passed Legislation To Restore Geothermal Payments To Nevada Counties. In July 2010, the Lahontan Valley News reported, “The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, part of which will restore geothermal royalties and rent money to 32 counties in six states … ‘This bill is important because it gives our troops and veterans the support they need, but it also includes provisions that are important to Nevada,’ Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said. ‘Nevada counties that develop geothermal energy will see their revenues restored, rural Nevadans will continue to have access to affordable home financing and funding for an important conservation program will be provided’ … Sens. Reid and John Ensign included a provision in this bill that ensures Nevada counties receive their fair share of the money generated from geothermal energy development on public lands. This provision is retroactive and ensures 50 percent of the royalties go to the State, 25 percent to the counties and 25 percent to the federal government. This is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2009.” [Lahontan Valley News, 7/29/10]


The Central Lyon County Fire Protection District Will Use A $2 Million Recovery Act Grant To Help Fund A New Fire Station. In October 2009, the Gazette-Journal reported, “The Central Lyon County Fire Protection District received $2 million in federal funding for a new fire station in Stagecoach … The funding came through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) via a Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants and was in the total amount of $2,091,524.” [Reno Gazette Journal, 10/13/09]

Lyon County Benefited From More Than $2 Million In Recovery Act Wildfire Prevention Funding. In May 2009, the Gazette-Journal reported that of $4 million in Recovery Act funding headed to the California-Nevada line for wildfire prevention, “$2.2 million would reduce cheatgrass in Washoe and Lyon counties.” [Gazette-Journal, 5/19/09]

The Recovery Act Is Bringing More Than $530,000 In Road Construction Funding To Lyon County. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, Lyon County is receiving $537,350 in Recovery Act Funding for preservation work on Six Mile Canyon Road. [Nevada Department of Transportation, Recovery Act Projects]


NRA CEO: Reid “Is A True Champion Of The Second Amendment.” In August 2009, the Review-Journal reported that at the opening ceremony for the Clark County Shooting Park, “It was the elder Reid who came loaded with the biggest political weapon, a flattering speech from Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, a gun rights organization with 3.5 million members and a $120 million annual budget. ‘He is a true champion of the Second Amendment,’ LaPierre said of Reid.” [Review-Journal, 8/26/09]

NRA CEO: “No One Has Been A Stronger Advocate For Responsible Gun Ownership Than” Reid. According to an August 2009 press release, “Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association and other NRA members also attended today’s opening ceremony. ‘I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Reid in our fight to protect the Second Amendment,’ LaPierre said. ‘I can tell you no one has been a stronger advocate for responsible gun ownership than him.’” [Reid Press Release, 8/25/09]

Reid Passed Legislation To Protect Nevada’s Right To Give Preference To In-State Hunters. According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, “On August 20, 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco decided an Arizona case entitled Conservation Force, Inc. v. Manning. The court held that state authority over big game hunting is limited by the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. This means that discrimination against nonresidents is strictly limited. In fact, Arizona could not justify its nonresident quota caps to the federal trial court after remand by the Circuit, and Arizona lost its case in a ruling on July 13, 2004 … Nevada Senator Harry Reid introduced Senate Bill 339 to the U.S. Senate on February 9, 2005. This bill sought to reaffirm the right of states to manage their own fish and wildlife programs … When the Senate passed HR1268 they added several amendment, one which was Senator Reid's bill S339 ‘reaffirmation of State Regulation of Resident and Nonresident Hunting and Fishing Act of 2005’ … Both house's voted to confirm the agreed on changes and the bill went to President for his signature.” [Nevada Department of Wildlife, Policy Issues]


Reid Delivered $16 Million To Help Keep The Sage Grouse Off The Endangered Species List. In May 2010, the Sun reported, “Ranchers across the west are being offered millions of dollars in aid from the federal government to make their operations more environmentally sustainable and reduce their impact on the sage grouse the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today … The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will soon begin accepting applications for two federal programs aimed at reducing threats to the birds such as disease and invasive species and improving sage-grouse habitat. The agency will have up to $16 million at its disposal for the programs.” According to the Elko Daily Free Press, “The majority leader had requested the funds in light of a U.S. Department of Interior ruling that puts sage grouse on a list for later designation under the Endangered Species Act in hopes that work now could prevent a listing later … ‘This funding will go a long way towards voluntary programs that can help us keep the sage grouse off the endangered species list,’ Reid said.” [Las Vegas Sun, 3/12/10; Elko Daily Free Press, 3/12/10]

Reid Is Fighting To Pass Legislation That Will Bring Badly-Needed Disaster Relief To Nevada Ranchers. In March 2010, the Lahontan Valley News reported, “Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., conducted a press conference Thursday to discuss issues relevant to rural Nevada and what has been done recently in Washington, D.C. … Assistance for Nevada's farmers and ranchers will also be made available as part of a $1.5 billion nationwide agriculture disaster assistance program that was included in the Tax Extenders bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday. This assistance will help keep farm businesses operating while the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fully implements the disaster programs included in the 2008 Farm Bill. Reid said the assistance for ranchers is provided by making all Nevada counties eligible for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, which compensates ranchers with grazing losses due to drought or fire and farmers who have lost land for crops. The three livestock related programs in the Farm Bill permanent disaster program are not expected to be fully implemented until 2011, and this bill will offer near-term relief for those who have recently suffered losses. Reid said ranchers in Nevada's 17 counties are eligible to apply for the emergency disaster program.” [Lahontan Valley News, 3/11/10]

Reid Has Delivered More Than $300,000 To Fight Noxious Weeds. Since FY 2006, Reid has secured at least $322,000 for the Cooperative Weed Management Program, which supports the work of the Nevada Department of Agriculture in combating noxious weeds around the state. [FY 2006 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; FY 2008 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; FY 2009 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill]

Reid Had Delivered Almost $3.5 Million For UNR’s Arid Rangelands Initiative. Since FY 2000, Reid has secured at least $3.492,000 for the Nevada Arid Rangelands Initiative at the University of Nevada, Reno, to help ranchers in Nevada’s rural areas. In FY 2000, Reid secured $300,000 for the initiative. He delivered another $300,00 in FY 2001, $400,000 in FY 2002, $525,000 in FY 2003, $470,000 in FY 2005, $629,000 in FY 2006, $368,000 in FY 2008 and $500,000 in FY 2010. [FY 2000 -2010 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bills]


Reid Has Delivered More Than $8 Million To Combat Mormon Crickets In Nevada. In September 203, the San Jose Mercury News reported, “Congress has approved $20 million to help combat an infestation of Mormon crickets in Nevada, Utah and Idaho, and for the first time the money can be spent on private as well as public land. The money will be divided equally among the three states to help control and eradicate the pests, said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. The cricket infestation this summer damaged crops and disrupted businesses and residents across the region, said Reid, who said the money is needed not only to control the existing problem but also to begin suppressing breeding next year.” Additionally, since FY 2004, Reid has secured at least $1.675 million for Mormon Cricket and Grasshopper control around Nevada, including $150,000 in FY 2004, $150,000 in FY 2005, $150,000 in FY 2006 and $1,125,000 in FY 2008. [FY 2004 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; FY 2005 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; FY 2006 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; FY 2008 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; San Jose Mercury News, 9/27/03]

Humboldt County Commissioner On Money To Fight Mormon Crickets: “Some May Call It An Earmark, But When You’re Up To Your Ankles In Those Bugs … It’s Certainly Not An Earmark For Us.” In May 2010, the Las Vegas Sun reported, “Tom Fransway, a Republican Humboldt County commissioner whose daughter, Reagan, is named for the 40th president, says ‘I can tell you I don’t agree with everything the senator does but, nobody can deny what he has done for the state of Nevada.’ When Northern Nevadans fought changes in mining law or sought to ensure cattle ranchers had public grazing lands, they turned to Reid, he said. The senator’s work securing $20 million for Western states to fight the Mormon cricket infestation was no small favor, Fransway said. ‘Some may call it an earmark, but when you’re up to your ankles in those bugs that are 2 inches long and nasty — and they make the freeway so slick cars slide off it, and it’s unpleasant — it’s certainly not an earmark for us,’ Fransway said.” [Las Vegas Sun, 5/2/10]

Reid Introduced Legislation To Increase Protection Of Nevada And Other Western States From Invasive Species. According to a March 2010 release, “Nevada Senator Harry Reid today introduced … legislation designed to protect Nevada and other states in the American West from invasive species … Providing low-interest loans for invasive species projects will help promote wildfire management, preserve water resources, reduce changes to wildfire habitat, and protect ecological gems of the West. Biological invasions in Nevada have altered wildfire regimes, water systems, and the balance of our native species, costing the state millions of dollars in economical and ecological losses.” [Reid Release, 3/3/10]

Reid Has Delivered Close To $12 Million To Combat Tamarisks And Restore Damaged Habitat. Since FY 2001, Reid has secured $11.867,000 to combat tamarisks and restore damaged habitat, including $267,000 in FY 2001 and $11,600,000 in FY 2006. [FY 2001 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; FY 2006 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill; FY 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill; Reid Release, 3/3/10]


Reid Introduced Legislation To Provide $136 Million For Wildfire Prevention In The Tahoe Basin. In November 2009, Reid introduced the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2009, which according to his release, “authorizes $136 million over eight years for hazardous fuels reduction projects to be conducted by the U.S. Forest Service and local fire agencies. Also, it would authorize up to $10 million for U.S. Forest Service fuels projects that have multiple environmental benefits, with an emphasis on restoring stream environment zones. Finally, it would create incentives for local communities to adopt more fire-resistant building codes, and to have dedicated funding for defensible space inspections and enforcement.” [Reid Press Release, 11/4/09]

Reid Passed The Recovery Act, Which Is Bringing Close To $16 Million To Prevent Wildfires In And Around Nevada. In May 2009, the Gazette-Journal Reported, “With the region entering another potentially dangerous fire season, about $16 million in federal economic stimulus funding will be directed toward efforts to reduce risk of wildfire, federal land managers and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Wednesday. The money will help fund thinning of vegetation in overgrown forests and grasslands and restore areas damaged by past fires, officials said … Among the selected projects:

September 2009, Interior Department Announced Nearly $11 Million For Wildfire Prevention. According to a September 2009 release, “The U.S. Department of the Interior issued the following news release: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey today approved more than $135 million for a variety of restoration and improvement projects throughout Nevada and Lake Tahoe under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.” The funding included $10,963,140 for “Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention.” [Interior Department Press Release, 9/4/09]

Reid Worked With The Bush Administration To Bring A Seed Warehouse To Ely To House Seeds So Communities Could More Easily Recover From Wildfires. In a December 2009 statement, Senator Reid said, “Nevada has faced some tremendous fires in recent years. These burns have destroyed critical sage grouse and mule deer habitat and allowed invasive weeds to spread. It is essential that we get a better handle on large fires and that we aggressively tend to our public lands once fires are put out. That is why I asked then-Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne to put a major seed facility in Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management is now moving ahead with the planning and construction of a 1 million pound seed warehouse in Ely. This new facility will give land managers ready access to the native seed supplies they need to restore and protect rangelands and vital wildlife habitat across the state. I thank the BLM for their hard work in moving this process along.” [Reid Release, 12/5/09]

August 2008: Interior Department Announced More Than $11 Million For Wildfire Prevention, $3 Million For The Restoration Seed Warehouse. In an August 2008 release from the Interior Department, “Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced more than $140 million in conservation, restoration, wildfire protection, recreation and capital improvement projects for Lake Tahoe and Nevada, approving the ninth round of funding under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.” The funding included, “$11,091,654 million for hazardous fuels reduction projects at Lake Tahoe ($6.6 million) and the Carson Range in Nevada ($4.4 million)” and “$3,025,000 for the Eastern Nevada Restoration Seed Warehouse in Ely, Nevada, which will provide grass and shrub seed to conduct emergency stabilization and rehabilitation of public lands burned by wildfires in eligible geographic areas.” [Interior Department Press Release, 8/16/08]

Reid Delivered $26 Million To Fight Wildfires In Nevada. In FY 1997, Reid secured $26 million for wildland fire management around Nevada. [FY 1997 Interior Appropriations Bill]

Reid Delivered $144,000 To Prevent Wildfires. In FY 2008, Reid secured $144,000 for the Nevada Fire Safe Council to help prevent wildfires around Nevada through fuel reduction. [FY 2008 Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Bill]


Reid Delivered $500,000 For Mobile Mammogram Unit In Rural Nevada. In FY 1999, Reid secured $500,000 for the Nevada Rural Health Centers for their Mobile Mammography unit. [FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill]

Reid Has Delivered More Than $400,000 For Rural Senior Programs. Since FY 2000, Reid has secured at least $410,001 for rural senior volunteer programs and the Carson and Rural Elderly (CARE) Law Program, including $100,000 in FY 2000, $140,001 in FY 2008, $95,000 in FY 2009 and $75,000 in FY 2010. [FY 2000 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill; FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill; FY 2008 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill; FY 2009 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill; FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill]


Nevada Mining Officials Praised Reid’s Commitment To Their Industry. In April 2010, the Associated Press reported, “Nevada Mining Association President Tim Crowley praised Reid's efforts on behalf of the industry. ‘We're grateful for the time, attention and appreciation that Sen. Reid has for our industry,’ he said. ‘Having him as the majority leader brings special attention to our often-misunderstood industry.’ Tom Kerr, senior vice president of Newmont Mining Corp.'s North American operations, said mining jobs depend on Reid, and he has worked hard for the industry and all of Nevada.” [Associated Press, 4/9/10]

2010: Reid Said Wants Mining Reform That Industry Can Live With, But It Won’t Happen This Year. In March 2010, the Elko Daily Free Press reported, “Congress won’t act on mining law reform this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday, although he would like to see reform agreeable to the mining industry. ‘The mining companies want it, and I want it, but based on the schedule of the Senate, it won’t make it this year. We’re just overloaded. We won’t have time to get to this,’ he said. Reid said the mining law reform he is talking about is what can be worked out with the mining industry. ‘We’ve got to work out what they want, and I will take care of them,’ said the senator.” [Elko Daily Free Press, 3/11/10]

2009: Thanks In Part To Reid, Mining Was “The Only Real Winner” Of Latest State Legislative Session. In a June 2009 column, J. Patrick Coolican and David McGrath Schwartz wrote, “And so at the Nevada Legislature, which adjourned last week and suffered through the worst fiscal crisis in state history, there were few winners … The only real winner of the session? That would be mining. With the help of more than two dozen lobbyists, and an assist from U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, who made it known he wanted mining protected, the industry’s record-breaking profits did not lead to a tax increase.” [Las Vegas Sun, Coolian/Schwartz Column, 6/7/09]

2009: Reid Helped Protect Mining Industry From Increased State Taxes. In May 2009, the Las Vegas Sun reported, “With the state in fiscal crisis and mining companies making record profits in an extremely friendly Nevada tax environment, many capital observers expected mining companies to see their tax bills increase. Despite the state’s $3 billion budget hole and all the talk that mining would pay more, however, the industry emerged unscathed …U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is up for reelection in 2010 and needs to pick up rural votes wherever he can, was also helpful, two mining lobbyists said. A Reid spokesman didn’t deny the senator’s involvement, though he extended credit to others. ‘Sen. Reid is a longtime champion of the mining industry and it should come as no surprise that he monitors these issues both in Nevada and nationally,’ spokesman Jon Summers wrote in an e-mail … Reid apparently made it known that with mining under assault from coastal, urban Democrats in Washington, state Democrats had to show solidarity with the industry.” [Las Vegas Sun, 5/27/09]

Gazette-Journal (2007): Reid Is Mining’s “Ace In The Hole” As Industry Opponents In Congress Rise To Power. In a May 2007 editorial, the Gazette-Journal wrote, “House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall on Thursday introduced a bill to reform the venerable Mining Law of 1872, a move that could have a big impact on Nevada, the top gold-producing state in the nation … It's unclear how Rahall's bill would affect Nevada, but you can be certain that the state's two major mining companies Toronto-based Barrick Gold of North America and Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. are investigating that matter right now … The mining industry has been anticipating an attack from Congress since the midterm elections brought some of their chief adversaries to power. One ace in the hole for miners, though, will be U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader whose longtime defense of the mining industry and work on their behalf gives them some solace.” [Gazette-Journal, Editorial, 5/11/07]

2006: Ensign Counted “Defending The Mining Industry” As An Area Where He And Reid Work Well Together In Nevada’s Interest. In November 2006, the Gazette-Journal reported, “Ensign said the voters returned him to office because of the work he has done for Nevada, along with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. ‘Look what we've done with Lake Tahoe, Yucca Mountain, the Southern Nevada Lands Act, what we are trying to do for the Truckee River (flood control). All those things are Nevada issues - defending the mining industry- on and on and on,’ Ensign said. ‘He (Reid) works his side of the aisle, and I work mine. Because of that working relationship and trust, we are able to get things done that frankly, members of the same party in some states can't get done.’” [Gazette-Journal, 11/8/06]

Review-Journal (2000): Reid, “A Leading Backer Of The Mining Industry,” Criticized New BLM Rules Issues By The Clinton Administration. In November 2000, the Review-Journal reported, “Long-awaited environmental regulations for hard-rock mining on public lands were published this week by the Bureau of Land Management, generating criticism from both mining advocates who call them too strict and environmentalists unhappy with a key concession to industry … Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., a leading backer of the mining industry, said he was 'quite disappointed' with Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who directed the BLM to issue the regulations.” [Review-Journal, 11/23/00]

July 2000: Reid Beat Back A Move Raise Taxes On The Mining Industry. In July 2000, the Review-Journal reported, “Using a last-minute parliamentary tactic, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked an attempt by a Wisconsin senator to eliminate a key tax break for the hard-rock mining industry … Reid, who has fended off similar attempts to take away the mining tax break in past years, has always argued that Nevada's mining industry will suffer if the tax break is revoked.” [Review-Journal, 7/16/00]

Review-Journal (1999): Reid “Champions The Mining Industry.” In November 1999, the Review-Journal reported that West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd was negotiating to pass a bill favorable to the mining industry. According to the report, Also backing Byrd's effort is Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., a key negotiator who champions the mining industry.” [Review-Journal, 11/11/99]

1998: Reid “Engineered The Delay” Of Legislation That Would Impose Burdensome Regulations On The Mining Industry. In September 1998, the Review-Journal reported, “With his Senate retirement imminent, Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., launched a final drive Tuesday to toughen government mining rules he's long charged are cheating taxpayers and hurting the environment. Like most of his earlier efforts, he fell short. The Senate voted 58-40 to delay for at least 27 months new environmental regulations for mining while they're studied by the National Academy of Sciences. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. engineered the delay. He and other Western senators said the rules overlook the efforts of Nevada and other states to oversee the mining industry. ‘(Modern-day miners) aren't a bunch of bandits tearing up the land,’ Reid said.” [Review-Journal, 9/16/98]

Reid Has Delivered More Than $7.5 Million To Clean Up And Restore Abandoned Mines. Since $FY 2001, Reid has secured $7,646,000 for clean-up and restoration of abandoned mines across Nevada. He secured $5 million in FY 2001, $1 million in FY 2004, $1 million in FY 2006 and $646,000 in FY 2009. [FY 2001 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill; FY 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill; FY 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill; FY 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill]

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