- An INDEPENDENT FIGHTER
Dean Heller has been praised locally and nationally for his work with both parties to do what’s right for Nevadans — Saying that he has a "pragmatic voting record" and has "demonstrated a willingness to cooperate." (David Drucker, Roll Call, December 19, 2011); (Editorial, Reno Gazette-Journal, October 9, 2010)
Dean worked with Democrats Representative Gabrielle Giffords and Senator Tom Udall to crack down on drug smuggling. He was the lead Republican on the bill in the House of Representatives, and then joined Senator Udall to pass similar legislation in the Senate. The President signed the legislation into law on February 10, 2012. (Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act, S. 1974)
Dean joined forces with Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow to introduce legislation to help underwater homeowners. (Mortgage Relief Act, S. 2250)
Dean partnered with current chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz to champion a program that helps provide preventive care for women in underserved areas. (Mobile Mammography Promotion Act, H.R. 879)
- PROTECTS NEVADA Taxpayers
Dean voted against sending Nevadans’ tax dollars to Wall Street not just once, but twice. In fact, while Congresswoman Berkley succumbed to pressure from Nancy Pelosi, Dean "staunchly opposed the bailout." (Lisa Mascaro, "Berkley to make U-turn on bailout," Las Vegas Sun, October 3, 2008)
Dean voted against the trillion dollar stimulus, a failed program that Nevadans will be paying off for generations.
Dean voted against taxing small businesses and job creators, and has a proven record as a small-government, low-tax, reasonable-regulation conservative.
Dean voted against a national energy tax that would "increase costs for families by $1,241 per year per family." (NV Policy Research Institute, "American Clean Energy and Security Act," July 1, 2009)
- Fights To LOWER ENERGY COSTS
Dean opposed a new national energy tax that would raise gas prices and cost consumers more to heat and cool their homes.
Dean introduced the "Gas Price Relief Act" to close tax loopholes on oil companies and pass the savings on to the consumer by lowering the gas tax at the pump.
Dean has always supported an all-of-the-above approach that will help lower energy costs by harnessing energy from wind, solar, and geothermal sources as well as increase domestic production. He has consistently championed renewable energy development that will help create jobs and provide clean sources of energy. (Alex Guillen, "In break from GOP, Dean Heller goes green," Politico.com, 3/6/12)
- Voted FOR A BALANCED BUDGET
Dean Heller opposed irresponsible budgets and fought to pay down the national debt.
Dean was the only Republican Senator to vote for both Republican and Democratic Balanced Budget proposals: "Heller is lone Republican on Democrat-backed budget plan: Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada was the lone Republican to support a balanced budget amendment offered by Democrats." (Peter Urban, "Heller is lone Republican on Democrat-backed budget plan," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/1/12)
Dean introduced legislation called No Budget, No Pay that requires Congress to pass a budget in order to get paid. The bipartisan bill would prevent Members of Congress from being paid unless the budget and appropriations bills for a given fiscal year are passed before the start of that fiscal year (S. 1981).
- FIGHTING Government-Run Health Care
Dean stood up to Nancy Pelosi from the very beginning, voting against ObamaCare in Committee and on the House floor. Since Day One, Dean opposed the law that is forcing health care costs to rise, taking away choices on health care, and forcing employers to drop insurance for their employees. ("Survey of Health Insurance Agents," Kaiser Family Foundation, June 18, 2012)
Dean has voted multiple times to repeal ObamaCare and has voted against taxing small businesses to pay for $2.6 trillion legislation, including a new tax on medical devices that is already forcing layoffs.
Dean voted against plans to give 15 unelected bureaucrats the power to deny health care to seniors and veterans.
- Follows WASHINGTON INSIDERS
The seven-term Congresswoman voted WITH Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda over 90% of the time. ("Vote Studies 2011," Congressional Quarterly, January 17, 2012)
Berkley blindly followed her party in voting for the Wall Street bailout, the national energy tax, the trillion dollar stimulus and ObamaCare.
- VOTED FOR BAILOUTS And A Failed Stimulus
Berkley voted to spend a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus plan. She claimed that "this legislation will create or save 34,000 jobs statewide, with the majority of those in Clark County." In fact, Nevada lost 65,000 jobs (Berkley Press Release, February 12, 2009)
While Nevada was experiencing the worst housing crisis in history, Berkley voted to bail out Wall Street.
While Nevadans were losing jobs, Berkley voted to bailout out Detroit.
Shelley Berkley voted lockstep with President Obama to increase federal debt by 5.1 trillion dollars in the past three and a half years alone. (www.gop.com, accessed June 19, 2012)
- Tried To RAISE TAXES ON GASOLINE
Berkley voted for a massive new federal energy tax that would raise the cost of gasoline and the energy used to heat and cool your home 50% for each Nevada family.
Berkley has voted more than 20 times against increasing our nation’s access to our own domestic resources, and opposed building the Keystone Pipeline, which would increase domestic energy production.
Berkley has opposed policies that could increase oil and gas production by more than 10 million barrels of oil per day and create 1.4 million more jobs by 2030, and more than 1 million by 2018. (Wood Mackenzie, "U.S. Supply Forecast and Potential Jobs and Economic Impacts," September 7, 2011)
Berkley has voted against streamlining regulations to help promote renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal on federal lands, making it more difficult for Nevada to harness its renewable energy. (Hastings Amendment, H.R. 3408, February 16, 2012)
- Voted AGAINST A BALANCED BUDGET
Berkley opposes a Balanced Budget Amendment that would rein in her reckless spending habits.
By the end of this year, Shelley Berkley will have voted to increase federal spending so much that she will have added $22,500 in new debt for every man, woman, and child in the country.
Berkley supported ObamaCare, which will add at least $340 billion to the deficit, with a total cost of $2.6 trillion dollars. ("ObamaCare: A Budget-Busting, Job-Killing Healthcare Law," Speaker of the House John Boehner, 1/6/2011)
Berkley voted for the trillion dollar stimulus and every stimulus program President Obama has introduced.
- Fighting To EXPAND GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF HEALTH CARE
Berkley sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, which was responsible for crafting healthcare legislation during congressional debate in 2009. She offered no amendments to alter or improve the healthcare bill and voted to pass it out of Committee.
Berkley voted to cut $716 billion from the Medicare program and give a panel of 15 Washington bureaucrats the power to deny health care for seniors and even veterans. (Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12)
Berkley-supported ObamaCare has created at least 159 new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs and is crushing small businesses.
• 74 percent of businesses said the law makes it harder for their firms to hire new workers. ("United States Chamber of Commerce Q4 Small Business Study" January 18, 2012)
• 57% of small businesses are "very" or "somewhat" likely to drop health coverage for workers. ("Small Business and Health Insurance: One Year After Enactment of PPACA," NFIB, 5/24/2012)