As our economy continues to struggle, Dean believes Congress should support pro-growth policies that leave more money in the pockets of taxpayers and support small businesses. Debt-fueled stimulus spending has not helped Nevadans get back to work and has only served to prolong economic recovery.
Under President Obama’s Administration, our federal debt has increased by 5 trillion dollars, saddling every man, woman and child in the country with $22,500 in new debt. As the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout, Dean Heller has continued to stick by his conservative principles. He opposed the trillion dollar stimulus, the auto bailout, “Cash for Clunkers” and ObamaCare.
Dean believes this reckless spending has a direct negative impact on our nation’s economy. The key to turning our economy around is to remove impediments that have caused economic stagnation and the inability of businesses to create new jobs. Not continue with business as usual.
A vocal advocate for a smaller, more responsible government, Dean introduced No Budget, No Pay legislation that requires Congress to pass a budget in order to get paid. He has co-authored proposals that would reduce government waste, and he was the only Republican to vote for both the Democratic and Republican proposals for a Balanced Budget Amendment. Getting Washington’s fiscal house in order and allowing small businesses and families to spend and invest their own money will help create jobs and grow our economy.
As Nevada continues to struggle with record unemployment rates, no issue is more important to Dean Heller than getting Nevadans back to work.
Dean’s plan to create jobs is four-fold:
- Rein in government spending by ending the culture of federal bailouts and enacting a Balanced Budget amendment.
- Enact fundamental tax reform that lowers tax rates. The current tax code is too costly, too complex and too burdensome.
- Create certainty for businesses by eliminating costly and burdensome regulations.
- Shape a comprehensive energy policy that expands domestic energy production and develops the geothermal, solar and wind resources we have.
Dean believes that by Democrats and Republicans coming together, Congress can deliver solutions the American people are looking for and allow Nevadans to take back their future.
Dean supports a comprehensive energy policy that allows us to develop our own domestic natural resources as we work towards the fuels of the future. His all-of-the-above approach increases production and promotes development of our nation’s vast renewable resources.
Nevada has an incredible opportunity to lead the country in renewable energy development. Dean has continued to promote the development of solar, geothermal and wind energy in Nevada and has fought to remove burdensome regulations that impede private sector innovation and investment.
Lowering energy prices and keeping them low is essential to economic recovery and job growth. We must enact policies that respect the main cause of our energy problems—supply and demand. Our nation’s dependency on foreign oil leaves America vulnerable to gas spikes resulting from regional turmoil.
Dean has repeatedly urged leaders in Congress and most recently President Obama to help lead the way towards an energy strategy that meets our short- and long-term energy needs through conservation, streamlining the permitting process, increasing refinery capacity and improving access to our own natural resources.
Dean opposes ObamaCare and voted to repeal this massive government intrusion. America can do better than a government-run health care system that places personal health care choices in the hands of bureaucrats. Instead, the primary objective for health care reform should be to provide affordable health insurance for all Americans that provide more choices, better access and higher quality care.
The President’s healthcare law will increase government spending by $2.6 trillion at a time our nation is experiencing record debt. Already, this bill is forcing a hire freeze on businesses and increasing healthcare costs for families and businesses. If this law if fully implemented, it will continue to destroy jobs, force prices higher, add trillions to the federal debt and jeopardize seniors’ access to Medicare benefits.
Congress should work to curb frivolous lawsuits and runaway jury rewards that only serve to fatten the pockets of trial lawyers. Dean believes the current health care law should be replaced with a plan that expands access and lowers costs for businesses, allows for purchasing of insurance across state lines, strengthens Medicare, protects individuals with pre-existing conditions and high medical costs, and preserves the doctor-patient relationship.
Foreclosures don’t just affect individuals and families. They have a major impact on neighborhoods and entire communities due to the impacts on real estate prices, unpaid utility bills, and increases in crime.
Unquestionably, fixing the housing market is critical to revitalizing Nevada. Dean has proposed legislation that will keep Nevadans in their homes and cut back on predatory lending. He is a strong advocate for the first-time home owner tax credit and has introduced bipartisan legislation that will ensure underwater homeowners would not be soaked with additional income tax if a part of their mortgage loan is forgiven. While not end-all solutions, these proposals will help families stay in their homes, protect home values and reduce excess housing inventory.
Dean believes that private capital, not the federal government, should be the primary source of mortgage financing for the housing market. Dean supports financial regulatory reforms that stop taxpayer-funded bailouts and address the growing liabilities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Creating jobs is ultimately the solution to fixing the housing market, but these measures can alleviate pressures on homeowners, lenders and buyers in the meantime.
Dean believes that we live in a nation of laws and that the immigration laws that are already on the books must be upheld. Dean also understands that America is a nation of immigrants and has greatly benefited from legal immigration, which is why he supports reforms that would enable a safe, orderly legal immigration process.
Businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should be held accountable. Dean also believes border patrol must also have the resources necessary to end the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States and opposes amnesty for those who enter America illegally.
At the same time, our nation’s immigration process is bureaucratic, expensive and time-consuming. Immigrants who wish to become citizens should not have to spend thousands of dollars on a lawyer to receive an answer from the immigration bureaucracy. For this reason, Dean supports responsible, effective reforms that provide those who wish to remain in our country legally an opportunity to bring their talents and contributions to our great nation.
Dean is a conservative who shares values of hard work, family and the fiercely independent spirit of his fellow Nevadans. Dean also believes that Congress is too often focused on partisan politics rather than finding solutions that work for the American people.
That’s why he bucked his party, President Bush, and then presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain as the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout.
Dean was the only Republican to vote for both the Democratic and Republican proposals to balance the budget. His "No Budget, No Pay" legislation, which requires Congress to pass a budget in order to get paid, has been embraced by non-partisan advocacy groups and championed in the House of Representatives by Democrat Jim Cooper.
Dean was also the lone voice rejecting an expansive wilderness plan in several rural counties that local communities did not want. He fought against President Bush’s amnesty proposal and encouraged stronger enforcement of our existing immigration laws. And, Dean has consistently reached across the aisle to push for policies that benefit Nevada, including housing legislation to help Nevadans from foreclosing on their homes, a renewable energy policy, and extending unemployment benefits.
Dean continues to be a strong, independent voice for Nevada.
Dean is a strong supporter of the state of Israel and believes that the United States must provide staunch and endearing political support for Israel. Violence against Israel committed by extremist groups is relentless, and demonstrates the need for the United States to provide security assistance to our friend and ally. Israel is the front line in the struggle between free, Western societies and violent extremists like al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the Iranian regime, Hezbollah and Hamas. The same extremists, who seek Israel’s destruction, also seek the destruction of the United States.
As a former member of the House Republican Israel Caucus, Dean has advocated for U.S. assistance for Israel so that it has the ability to defend itself. Dean also continues his mission to prevent Iran from its dangerous pursuit of weapons of mass destruction though U.S. and international sanctions. Dean has and will continue to push both Democrat and Republican Administrations to further improve our critical alliance which will enrich the lives of American and Israeli citizens.