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Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford supports airport name to include Harry Reid

Posted at 6:52 AM, Feb 15, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The call to rename McCarran International Airport in honor of former Sen. Harry Reid is gaining further momentum.

Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford threw his support behind the movement over the weekend.

He released the following statement:

“Senator Harry Reid is a proud son of Nevada who was born right here in Clark County. Thanks to his advocacy, my district was able to secure millions for critical upgrades at North Las Vegas Airport to modernize our infrastructure and keep communities safe. Under his leadership, Nevada received $2.4 billion to develop McCarran International Airport’s new Terminal 3, which helped us meet the increased demand of international travel and bring more tourism and hospitality dollars home,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “During his decades as a public servant, he fought tirelessly for all Nevadans. He is a personal mentor and hero, but also a friend who shares my love for Nevada. I can think of no one else more deserving of this recognition than Senator Harry Reid and I strongly support renaming McCarran International Airport in his honor.”

The airport’s current namesake is a tribute to the late Nevada Sen. Patrick McCarran who helped grow and shape the air industry.

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However, some say his stance on cultural issues would not hold up under current standards.

The Clark County Commission is currently considering an ordinance to make the name change and if approved it is expected to cost $2 million.