Senate Democrats

Senator Reid’s Speech to the 73rd Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Remarks of Senator Harry Reid

(As Prepared for Delivery) When I agreed to speak here today, I was given a list of topics that you wanted to discuss. At the top of the list was “infrastructure investment.” With most people, when you say the word “infrastructure,” their eyes glaze over – and I understand why. So I’m thrilled today to be here — with the only other people on the planet whose idea of a fascinating conversation is talking about sewer systems. During lunch. I am happy to be here today, and I appreciate the chance to talk to all of you. I’m especially happy to see my friend, “The Happiest Mayor on Earth,” Oscar Goodman of Las Vegas. Oscar and I go back many years, and he’s done so many great things for Las Vegas – he is without reservation Las Vegas’s best mayor. And seriously, I am happy to talk about infrastructure investment. It might not be the most glamorous topic, but as you know, it’s one of the most important. Infrastructure is – both literally and figuratively – the cornerstone on which America is built. We will never accomplish any of our loftier goals if we don’t take care of our most basic needs.