Las Vegas CBS KXNT – In a lunchtime appearance at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed a range of subjects of interest to Nevada businesses. Chamber CEO Jay Barrett asked questions gathered in advance from members.
The Affordable Care Act topped the list. Reid touted the bill’s most popular provisions, and then said the health care law requires some fixing.
“It’s not a perfect bill,” he said. “But it’s really a good bill, and it paves the way for us to have a health care system that we can all be proud of.”
He blamed political partisanship for problems implementing the health care law.
Touching on the economy, Reid said there’s only one industry the Nevada economy can’t live without.
“The future of Nevada is tourism, okay?” Reid said, reviewing the Travel Promotion Act, which he said adds a fee airline tickets, to be paid by international tourists, and used for advertising the United States as a destination.
Reid eventually turned to one of his favorite topics, incentives for renewable energy development, which the senator views as a job-generator and a means to mitigate damage from climate change.
Reid chastised the Las Vegas Review Journal as two of the paper’s writers and its publisher, Bob Brown, sat in the audience, for its editorials asserting that no new jobs result from public investments in renewable energy.
“Right now,” he said, “solar, wind and geothermal are competitive with coal and natural gas.’