THE CLAIM: Republicans say that Senator Reid has "built nothing."
THE FACTS: FALSE. In reality, Senator Reid has brought home hundreds of millions of dollars to Nevada that helped build roads, schools, hospitals, and other vital public works projects that have created jobs, and made Nevada a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
- Sen. Reid has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars to create good paying clean energy jobs, such as the transmission line that is being built between northern and southern Nevada. [Review-Journal, 1/12/20]
- Thanks to Sen. Reid, Nevada has received millions of dollars for a variety of needs, including schools and roads. [Las Vegas Sun, Editorial, 5/27/09]
- MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren credits Senator Reid as saving City Center and allowing the project to continue building. City Center currently employs 12,000 people. Jobs that would not have been created, if it weren't for Senator Reid. [Reid Campaign Ad, 10/15/09]
- Reid delivered $10 million dollars to build an arsenic treatment plant in Fallon that will create jobs, and save lives." [Gannett News, 9/28/01; Review-Journal, 11/13/01]
- A new Southern Nevada Veterans hospital is being built because Senator Reid secured $540 million dollars for the project. [Review-Journal, 9/7/07; FY 2008 Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill; Review-Journal, 11/19/05; FY 2006 Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill]
THE CLAIM: Harry Reid didn't stand up for Nevada tourism when President Obama said tourists shouldn't travel to Las Vegas.
THE FACTS: FALSE. No one came to Nevada's defense more quickly, or more effectively than Sen. Reid.
- After President Obama referred to Vegas in his Indiana speech, Sen. Reid immediately called the White House to express his concern. Reid succeeded in getting the White House to promise there would be no discrimination towards Nevada, and within 48 hours, Reid announced the President was coming to Vegas. [Review-Journal, 2/12/09], [Las Vegas Sun, 5/27/09], [Slash Politics, 2/2/10]
- After President Obama singled out Las Vegas a second time, Reid responded forcefully and immediately – asking him to "lay off" – and received a personal clarification from the President that stated "There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country's great destinations." [Reid Release, 2/2/10], [Las Vegas Sun, 2/2/10]
- In addition to President Obama, Sen. Reid has brought numerous administration officials to Vegas, including Vice President Biden, and seven cabinet secretaries. [Review-Journal, 10/16/09], [Department of Interior Release, 6/29/09; Department of Interior Release, 9/4/09], [HUD Release, 7/1/09], [Las Vegas Business Press, 7/13/09], [Reid Press Release, 4/23/09; In Business Las Vegas, 11/6/09], [Reid Release, 7/2/09], [Review-Journal, 8/11/09]
- President Bush, not President Obama started the policy that had government agencies discriminating against Vegas and Reno as destinations, and Reid was responsible for getting that policy overturned. Senator Reid also received personal assurances from a dozen government agencies that they would not discriminate against Nevada. [Review-Journal, 7/28/09], [KVVU, 7/23/09], [Review-Journal, 9/15/09], [Review-Journal, 9/15/09]
- Reid went further and introduced legislation that would make it illegal for government officials to discriminate against Vegas or Reno, and he led passage of the Travel Promotion Act, a law that will boost Nevada tourism and create thousands of jobs. [Reno Gazette-Journal, Inside Nevada Politics, 7/29/09], Review-Journal, 2/24/10]
THE CLAIM: Nevada didn't get its fair share of dollars from the Recovery Act.
THE FACTS: FALSE. Not only did Nevada get its fair share from the Recovery Act, in many cases it got more than other states.
- Nevada matched or out-performed other states in 25 funding categories. [Flash, 2/20/09]
- Republicans who criticize Nevada's $1.6 billion take from the Recovery Act are purposefully telling only half the story. That number represents only the initial amount of funding.
- Thanks to Sen. Reid, it's now clear that Nevada will receive nearly $3 billion from the Recovery Act, with additional housing, geothermal, and other monies secured. [recovery.gov]
- Thanks to Sen. Reid, Nevada received the LARGEST percentage increase in Medicaid funding of ANY state. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/1/09]
- Nevada received $93 million in geothermal funding, which was nearly one-third of the TOTAL funding divided among the other 49 states. This will create roughly 1,100 new jobs right here in our state. [Review-Journal, 10/29/09]
FACT: Recovery Act countered the very worst of the economic crisis and started us on road to recovery
THE CLAIM: The Recovery Act didn't create jobs, made things worse.
THE FACTS: FALSE. While we are not yet out of the woods, the Recovery Act countered the very worst of what was the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression and started us on the road to recovery.
- Before the Recovery Act was passed, our nation lost 741,000 jobs in January of 2009 and the economy had shrunk by 6.4% during the previous fiscal quarter.
- One year after the Recovery Act was signed into law, job losses had shrunk to 20,000 jobs in January 2010 and the economy grew by 5.7% in the previous quarter, the fastest it had grown since 2003. That's a nearly 12% shift in positive economic growth since the Recovery Act has been in effect, and a dramatic slowing of job losses.
- Roughly 20,000 jobs have already been created or saved in Nevada thanks to the Recovery Act. [Center for Budget and Policy and Priorities, 1/29/10]
- More than 1/3 of the Recovery Act consisted of tax cuts and other assistance for families and businesses, including one of the broadest tax cuts in American history, which put $500 million back into the hands of more than 1 million Nevada families. This kept 58,000 Nevadans from falling below the poverty line in 2009. [New York Times, Economic Stimulus] [Las Vegas Sun, 12/23/09], [White House Report, 4/22/08]
- Thanks to Senator Reid personally inserting a debt cancellation provision into the recovery act, 31,000 jobs were protected at Harrah's. [Las Vegas Sun, 10/23/09]
THE CLAIM: Nevada only gets 65 cents for every dollar it pays in taxes. This must mean Sen. Reid is ineffective.
THE FACTS: FALSE. Not only is that number false, but Senator Reid does more to bring federal funding back to Nevada than anyone else.
- In 2008 Nevada got 97 cents back for every dollar it paid in. (IRS, State Tax Statistics; US Census Bureau, Quick Facts - Nevada)
- The Republicans who make this attack aren't being honest with Nevadans, and what's more, they know it. [Review-Journal, 8/17/09]
- Because of his unparalleled clout as Majority Leader, Senator Reid consistently brings back more money than the entire rest of the Congressional delegation combined. (Ralston's Flash, 2/18/2010)
- It has been well-documented that most problems Nevada has securing federal funding come because of matching fund formulas, and are actually the result of ineffective leadership in Carson City. (Las Vegas Sun, 3/10/2010)
- Any Republicans concerned about Nevada's funding should account for what they bring back to the state; Senator Reid is by far Nevada's most effective advocate in these tough economic times. (Ralston's Flash, 2/18/2010)
THE CLAIM: The new health care law weakens Medicare.
THE FACTS: FALSE. One of the best parts of health care reform is that it strengthens and extends the solvency of Medicare. Not a single guaranteed benefit is cut.
- Guaranteed Medicare benefits will NOT be touched. [AARP, 3/25/10]
- Annual checkups are now FREE, as is preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies. [HealthReform.gov, Nevada]
- The AARP Praised the Senate Health Care Bill For Strengthening And Improving Medicare For Seniors [AARP Press Release, 12/24/09]
- Thanks to health care reform, the "Donut Hole" is going to be closed. [AARP Press Release, 12/24/09]
- Prescription drug prices will go down for seniors in the donut hole starting this year. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/2/10]
Ford CEO & Reid agree that w/o steps taken to stabilize auto industry, Ford would not have survived, costing #jobs
THE CLAIM: Republicans are claiming Sen. Reid was wrong when he said Ford benefitted from the auto-industry rescue fund.
THE FACTS: FALSE. The CEO of Ford agrees w/ Sen. Reid and has stated that without the steps that were taken to stabilize the auto industry, Ford would not have survived, costing countless jobs across the country.
- According to Ford CEO Alan Mulally, the collapse of one of its competitors' would have crippled Ford "within days, if not hours." [Prepared Remarks of Ford CEO Alan Mulally Before Senate Banking Committee, 11/18/08]
- Ford's CEO also said the collapse of any one auto company would have a "devastating ripple effect across the entire U.S. economy." [Prepared Remarks of Ford CEO Alan Mulally Before Senate Banking Committee, 11/18/08]
- While Ford didn't take rescue fund money, they did request a $9 billion dollar loan as a safety net, citing its importance as "critical to the auto industry." [Prepared Remarks of Ford CEO Alan Mulally Before Senate Banking Committee, 11/18/08]
FACT: Reid was explaining how he can relate to Nevadans struggling in today's economy, because he grew up in a family that struggled.
THE CLAIM: "Upset about losing your job? Harry Reid thinks you're a 'selfish little child'"
THE FACTS: Reid was explaining how he can relate to Nevadans struggling in today's economy, because he grew up in a family that struggled.
- Reid wasn't criticizing people who are struggling in the economy and frustrated about it. He was explaining that he understood the frustration of Nevadans who are struggling in these tough economic times and are frustrated because of it. [CBS News, 10/8/10]
- Harry Reid grew up poor in Searchlight – his father was a hard-rock miner who didn't always get paid for the work he did and his mother took in wash from the brothels to supplement the family income. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, The First 100 Persons That Shaped Southern Nevada,Harry Reid; Huffington Post, Harry Reid, The Good Fight, 4/30/08]
- Harry Reid never forgot what it was like to struggle, which is why he works so hard to help Nevadans get back to work in these tough times. [AOL News, Harry Reid Op/Ed, 10/7/10]
THE CLAIM: Repealing health insurance reform would be a disaster for Nevada patients and seniors.
IT'S TRUE: Repealing health insurance reform means more than half a million Nevadans will go without health care and more than 680,000 children could be denied coverage by insurance companies because of pre-existing conditions. Health insurance reforms take power away from big insurance companies and lower costs, improve quality, and increase access.
- Health insurance reform ends the practice of discrimination against "pre-existing conditions" and other egregious industry practices. It also grants uninsured Nevadans with pre-existing conditions immediate access to health insurance. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/22/10; HealthReform.gov, Nevada]
- More than 681,000 Nevada children will be protected from insurance companies who want to deny them coverage because of a pre-existing condition. 518,000 Nevadans without health insurance will have access to affordable coverage, and so will 132,000 Nevadans who get their coverage from the individual market. Nevada's 328,000 Medicare beneficiaries will see the prescription drug donut hole close and receive additional Medicare benefits like free preventive care and annual checkups. [Democratic Policy Committee, The Benefits of Health Insurance Reform]
- Health insurance reform provides billions of dollars in tax relief to make health insurance more affordable, including tax credits that will help more than 30,000 Nevada small businesses provide coverage to their employees. [HealthReform.gov, Nevada]
- Health insurance reform strengthens and extends the solvency of Medicare by ensuring all benefits continue, closing the donut hole for seniors in Medicare, and providing free preventive care. Just ask the AARP. [AARP, 3/25/10, AARP Press Release, 12/24/09]
THE CLAIM: Medicaid rates could go up significantly, hurting Nevada, because of the new health care reform law.
THE FACTS: Because of Senator Reid, Nevada got the largest percentage increase in FMAP funding. Rather than hurting Nevada, health insurance reform helps Nevada by providing more low-income Nevadans with access to health insurance.
- No one has fought harder and delivered more to help ease Nevada's burden than Harry Reid. Under the Recovery Act, Reid was able to make sure Nevada received the largest increase in Medicaid funding of any state, and in August Reid passed legislation to bring $79 million in additional Medicaid funds to the state. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/1/09; Review-Journal, 8/4/10]
- From 2014 until 2017, Nevada will receive full funding for new Medicaid enrollees under health insurance reform, and 90% of the funding until at least 2020. [New York Times, 3/26/10]
- Reid's work has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to help the state provide health insurance to low-income Nevadans in spite of the fact that Carson's "stingy" Medicaid program leaves untold millions of dollars on the tale in federal matching funds. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/10/10]