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Sen. Harry Reid voices support for Paiute Tribe in interview

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 8/09/2013 11:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- U.S. Senator Harry Reid isn't taking a break from politics while he's back home in Nevada for the next month.

It is recess time for Congress and that means many lawmakers return home to answer to the people who elected them.

News 3’s Reed Cowan spoke with Sen. Reid Friday morning and talked about the Moapa Paiutes suing NV Energy and other topics.

In the interview, the Senator was unabashed in his support for the Paiutes and gave a no-holds barred interview on housing, immigration and nuclear waste coming through Nevada.

Hours after news 3 delivered news of Moapa Paiutes suing NV Energy in Federal Court Sen. Reid showed clear indications of which side stands with -- Moapa Paiutes.

“I’m glad to be supportive, on a conceptual basis they shouldn’t have been doing this to the Indians all these years,” Reid said.

“I can’t imagine if you and I had a home…responsibility for a power co dumping it all on my home doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. It is clear state govt and fed govt breakdowns

Sen. Reid is hopeful Paiute solar energy projects will revitalize the tribe.

Energy top of mind as the senator prepares for a Nevada clean energy summit with glitterati such as Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Energy--and nuclear waste are on his mind as Congresswoman Dina Titus fights to keep nuclear waste from coming through and staying within our boarders.

The Senator, however, is calling for calm on this topic.

“We are going to wait and see. I don’t think at this stage this is a time to waive your arms and scream and shout. Let’s get the facts, as they do on Dragnet. Let’s get the facts,” Reid said.

This is not a time to panic he says but a time to be deliberate and educated. Something he says Governor Brian Sandoval and others are doing as the Yucca Mountain Nuclear shipment issues fester.

That issue on simmer while the issue of a post-recess stalemate in Congress boils.

Reid saying Republican intimation of shutting down the country is--to use his words: "dumb."

“Anyone who thinks that’s a good idea, call Newt (Gingrich). Call him and ask ‘How did that work out for you Newt.’ He lost job. Lost control of the House of Representatives,” Reid said

Republicans, says Reid--have a chance to rejuvenate their party through immigration reform. A topic he says so far--house republicans are "doing nothing" to help.

The Republican brand--he says--bad, and getting worse.

“Women are not treated well, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and the gay community.” Reid said.

News 3 asked the Senator about the housing crisis in Nevada and president Obama’s assertion about shuttering Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

That, Reid says, is where he parts ways with Obama.

“I don’t think that’s wise. I think they need some reformation and change a little bit,” Reid said.

Sen. Reid also saying the reason more high rollers haven't gone to jail for the mortgage and housing collapse--such as what happened during the savings and loan crisis is because 1,000 investigators took on savings and loan.

Now there are only 100 for the entire country. Lenders and money movers are largely unaccountable.

They have the best accountants and lawyers money can buy and fed government ought to be able to match that,” Reid said.
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