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September 9, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today released the following statement on the planned Quran-burning event in Gainesville, FL by a resident of that city, Terry Jones, and his band of followers on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
“Book burning has long been an ugly manifestation of ignorance, intolerance and hatred – entirely un-American qualities we have fought hard to eradicate from our great nation. This hateful and disgraceful plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of September 11th flies in the face of the ideals of religious tolerance and freedom that America stands for.
“We cannot forget the lessons we have learned from the discrimination other religions have experienced – from the violent oppression of the early Christians by the Roman Empire to the genocide endured by Europe’s Jews during the Nazi reign of terror. Under the totalitarian reign of the Soviet Union and Mao Zedong’s tyrannical rule over China, religious oppression and destruction of scripture and places of worship was also widespread.
“Living in a nation that prides itself on diversity and tolerance, Americans of all faiths must come together to condemn this latter-day Kristallnacht – the event that began the violent oppression of Jews that led to the Holocaust. The vicious Kristallnacht attacks in 1938 on German Jews included the destruction of Jewish businesses, places of worship and scripture. Every American should be concerned about planned book burning in Gainesville, which will further endanger our troops serving overseas and stand in the way of our efforts to promote religious understanding worldwide.”
*** Clark County, City of Las Vegas, Henderson all Receive Grant Funding ***
September 8, 2010 – Las Vegas, NV – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today welcomed the $43 million in grant funding for Nevada under round three of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and targets communities that have high numbers of foreclosed properties like the Las Vegas Valley.
“No one wins when neighborhoods become blighted and homes sit empty and this grant funding will provide Clark County, Henderson and the City of Las Vegas with resources to help address this growing problem. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program is one more pool of financial resources that we are drawing from to help address the effects of the foreclosure crisis on families and neighborhoods across Southern Nevada. The funding can be used to buy, redevelop or demolish properties that have been foreclosed and to help homebuyers with costs and down payment assistance, or rental options,” said Berkley. “Hundreds of homes were made available to qualified families in Nevada through the first round of the NSP and this new funding will help hundreds more have a roof over their heads.”
State and local governments can use neighborhood stabilization grant funding to acquire land and property; to demolish or rehabilitate abandoned properties; and/or to offer assistance with down payments and closing costs for low and moderate income homebuyers. Silver State funding for Southern Nevada under NSP round three includes:
Clark County: $20,253,261
Las Vegas: $10,450,622
Additional NSP funding was also provided to the State of Nevada, Reno and Washoe County as part of Nevada’s $43 million share.
September 3, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today rejected calls by officials from Kabul Bank for U.S. funding to stabilize the financial institution based in Afghanistan.
“The problems facing Kabul Bank are not the responsibility of the U.S. and there is absolutely no reason that we should provide them with a taxpayer bailout. The people of Afghanistan need to demand action from President Karzai and his corrupt administration instead of looking to America’s families to bail them out of this mess. We are sacrificing enough of our nation's blood and treasure for the people of Afghanistan and they are on their own when it comes to rescuing this bank,” said Berkley.
Berkley serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is a member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.