There is no doubt that Dean delivers for Nevada.
He has passed more than 100 different pieces of legislation into law that have positively impacted Nevada small businesses and families, Veterans, and seniors.
- Providing for Nevada’s 300,000 military Veterans
- Supporting small businesses
- Halting the Healthcare Tax (“Cadillac Tax”)
- Boosting tourism economy
- Passing mortgage relief
- Writing and passing tax cuts for Nevada families and small businesses
- Protecting Senior’s access to healthcare
- Fight vile crimes such as human trafficking
- Advocating for women entrepreneurs
- Pushing “No Budget, No Pay” in an effort to get Congress to work on budget reform
- Stopping overbearing regulations and taxes on Nevada business owners
Dean was also ranked as the 5th most bipartisan Senator in the United States Senate and has a proven record of crossing party lines to improve the lives of Nevadans. In his tenure he’s done exactly that by successfully passing into law under two different presidential administrations his proposals that put Nevadans ahead.
Legislation Dean Heller has passed and championed:
1. Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Access to Providers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Act – allows the VA to hire contract medical scribes so doctors have more time with their patients.
2. Transplant Coverage Act – ensures the VA Choice Program covers live-donor transplants.
3. VA Bonus Transparency Act – requires a report from the VA on bonuses awarded to certain high-level VA employees.
4. Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act – requires the VA to provide veterans with an “other-than-honorable” discharge mental health treatment.
5. Legislation for VA cemetery improvements – ensures a consistent eligibility date for provision of VA memorial headstones and markers for eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are unavailable.
6. Small Business Credit Availability Act – helps small- and medium-sized businesses access more capital.
7. Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act – ensures critical health care decisions are made by patients and their doctors, not bureaucrats from the Independent Payment Advisory Board under Obamacare.
8. Cadillac Tax Delay Until 2022 – ensures there is a delay on a tax until 2022 for employer sponsored health insurance plans. This protects 1.3 million workers in Nevada who have employer-sponsored health plans.
9. Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act – Permanently ensures there is no annual cap on therapy expenditures in Medicare so that seniors have more flexibility in their health care.
10. Rural Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act – implements a shot clock of 270 days for broadband siting applications so that broadband is easier to deploy to rural areas.
11. The FCC Consolidated Reporting Act – consolidates outdated FCC reports into one single marketplace report every two years so the public can understand the impact and accessibility of voice, video, and data services across the U.S.
12. The Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment Credit Act – allows the SEC to provide credit to national securities exchanges that have overpaid fees and assessment balances.
13. The International Insurance Capital Standards Accountability Act – establishes critical principles and increases congressional oversight of the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department in order to ensure our best interests are represented at international insurance discussions.
14. The SAFE Transitional License Act – This would help mortgage loan officers have better job mobility and be able to move easier to fast growing states like Nevada.
15. The National Credit Union Administration Budget Transparency Act – requires the National Credit Union Administration to publish a detailed business-type budget and hold a public hearing to receive comments from the public on its budget annually.
16. INSPIRE Women Act – directs NASA to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and pursue aerospace careers.
17. VA Choice and Quality Employment Act – provides $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program so veterans can access life-saving surgeries and care in rural areas.
18. Guard and Reservists Education Improvement Act – reforms the G.I. bill eligibility for certain Guardsmen and Reservists so that they receive more funding for their education.
19. The Fair Access to Investment Research Act – gives investors access to more research and information.
20. CHIP Stability Act – provides states with certainty for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for December 2017.
21. Veterans Affairs Research Transparency Act of 2015 – requires the secretary of the VA to provide the public with access to research of the VA.
22. The 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act – improves the VA’s processing of disability benefits claims to reduce the VA claims backlog and guarantee a timely response.
23. Veterans Small Business Opportunity and Protection Act of 2015 – ensures that a veteran-owned small business does not lose its status immediately after the death of the veteran if killed in action or from a service-connected disability.
24. Reno VA Construction Authorization – Authorizes the VA to carry out a major medical facility project in Reno, Nevada, that will make critical safety improvements and expand services for veterans at the hospital.
25. Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act – exempt VA aid and attendance benefits for disabled veterans from being considered as income when applying for housing assistance.
26. The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act – improves water clarity, reduces wildfire threat, jumpstarts innovative transportation and infrastructure projects, and combat invasive species in Lake Tahoe Basin.
27. Legislation for Concealed Carry on Military Bases – Establishes a process for members of the Armed Forces to carry a concealed firearm on a military base.
28. The Safety Through Informed Consumers Act of 2015 – promotes safer cars by requiring the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to integrate crash-avoidance technology information into the safety rating information listed on the car sticker.
29. The ROV In-Depth Examination Act of 2015 – prohibits the Consumer Product Safety Commission from establishing regulations on recreational off-highway vehicles that could have unintended safety consequences and could limit the ability of these vehicles to access difficult terrain.
30. Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act – extends the Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act through 2015 and 2016 to help underwater homeowners.
31. Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act – extends the Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act through 2017 to help underwater homeowners.
32. A bill that makes permanent the state and local sales tax deduction.
33. Bringing Post-Partum Depression Out of the Shadows Act – The maternal depression program will help states, like Nevada, provide new mothers who may be struggling with post-partum depression with comprehensive mental health services and support.
34. Cadillac Tax Delay Until 2020 – Ensures there is a delay on a tax until 2020 for employer sponsored health insurance plans. This protects 1.3 million workers in Nevada who have employer-sponsored health plans.
35. Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act – Requires more transparency of Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug benefits enjoyed by seniors throughout the state and examines how to improve these benefits.
36. Conservation Easement Incentive Act – makes permanent the tax deduction for charitable contributions by individuals and corporations of real property interests for conservation purposes.
37. Five-year extension of the solar investment tax credit, which facilitates the expansion of commercial and residential solar energy development.
38. The Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 – designates the I-11 north route from Las Vegas north towards I-80 near Reno.
39. Lake Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization Language – ensures the populations of all of the California and Nevada communities surrounding the Lake are considered a singular entity, which will greatly benefit local leaders as they seek additional resources to implement the Basin’s innovative 21st century infrastructure plans.
40. Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act of 2014 – directs the secretary of the Interior to convey to the City of Fernley any federal land within that city that is under the jurisdiction of either the BLM or the Bureau of Reclamation.
41. Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act – allows the City of Yerington to work with Nevada Copper to expand its mining operation and create jobs while also providing the City with new infrastructure, job creation, and recreational opportunities.
42. The Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act – conveys approximately 275 acres of BLM-managed lands to Elko County, Nevada, for a public motocross park. The bill also provides that approximately 373 acres of BLM-managed lands be held in trust for the benefit of the Te-Moak Tribe (Elko Band) for housing and community development.
43. Stolen Valor Act – makes it a crime subject to a fine or imprisonment for fraudulently claiming to be a recipient of a military medal with the intent of obtaining a monetary benefit.
44. Legislation authorizing contract examinations for VA disability exams – ensures veterans can get a disability examination faster so that their disability claim can be processed quickly.
45. No Budget, No Pay – a modified version of this legislation was passed as part of H.R.325 (Public Law 113-3).
46. William Shemin WWI Vets Act – directs the secretaries of the Army and the Navy to review the service records of certain Jewish-American World War I veterans to determine whether that veteran should be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
47. Legislation to Exhume the Remains of Tripoli Soldiers – provides for the exhumation and transfer of remains of deceased members of the Armed Forces buried in Tripoli, Libya.
48. The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act – permanently reauthorizes a successful program that allows for the expedited sale of federal lands. The funds from these sales can be used to acquire more environmentally sensitive lands for conservation.
49. The Supporting America’s Innovators Act – raises the ceiling of accredited investors’ venture capital funds to help provide greater access to capital for American small businesses.
50. The Community Lender Exam Act – helps safe and sound local lenders provide more capital to Nevada communities and ensure the same level of regulatory supervision.
51. The State Veterans Home Program Improvement Act – guarantees that projects within the VA’s State Home Construction Grant Program, including the Northern Nevada Veterans Home, will not fall further down VA’s priority list unless there are urgent safety concerns at other facilities. This bill ensured that the Northern Nevada Veterans Home finally received its funding.
52. Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship – authorizes the National Science Foundation to encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world.
53. VET TEC Act – establishes pilot program to allow veterans to enroll in non-traditional courses related to technology careers like coding.
54. Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act – makes it easier for startups and businesses to give employees an ownership stake in their company’s success by awarding stock options.
55. Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 – provides a Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino Veterans who fought during World War II.
56. SEC Small Business Advocate Act – creates an Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation within the SEC to make sure small businesses can advocate for policies that help them build investments in their companies as well as jobs across the country.
57. The Nevada Native Nations Lands Act – directs the secretary of the Interior to take more than 90,000 acres of land in Northern Nevada, currently administered by the BLM or the U.S. Forest Service, into trust for six northern Nevada tribal entities.
58. Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act of 2015 – enhances and integrates Native American tourism, and increases coordination and collaboration between federal tourism assets in the United States.
59. The Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2016 – provides small-and medium size airports, like the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the ability to form public-private partnerships aimed at improving international passenger processing can increase tourism while improving national security.
60. Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act – legislation that extended the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program for 7 more years.
61. HELP Rural Communities Act – proposal that creates an appeals process that would allow constituents to petition the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with important local information for reconsideration of their status as urban vs. rural for lending purposes.
62. USA FREEDOM Act – Protected Americans’ and Nevadans’ civil liberties by ending the government’s practice of bulk collection of American’s call records.
63. Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention – Improved border security by going after smugglers who used ultra-light aircrafts to transport drugs across the U.S-Mexico border.
64. American Legion Membership Legislation – Modernizes the way veterans can pay membership dues to the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
65. Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 – increase patients’ access to breakthrough cures.
66. SAFER Act – reauthorizes, strengthens, and extends the SAFER program in an effort to reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog.
67. The Fix NICS Act – ensures federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
68. The STOP School Violence Act – funds school security improvements and invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens.
69. The Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act – protects veterans from targeted predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to demonstrate a material benefit to consumers when refinancing their mortgage.
70. Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act – requires the Department of the Interior to provide outer burial receptacles for veterans remains buried in open cemeteries administered by the National Park Service.
71. Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 – reformed the VA appeals process for disability claims.
72. Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 – provides the VA expedited firing authority for bad VA employees.
73. Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 – provides comprehensive reform of the Post 9/11 G.I. educational assistance program and includes three provisions backed by Senator Heller.
74. Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act – ensures veterans who suffer a permanent school closure are able to have their G.I. bill benefits reinstated.
75. The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act – increases the rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, and the clothing allowance for veterans based on rising costs of living.
76. PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017 – reauthorizes the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing 3,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies that combat online child exploitation across the country.
77. American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017 – encourages state and local law enforcement agencies to hire veterans through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.
78. Fallen Heroes Flag Act – allows the Representative or Senator of an immediate family member of a deceased firefighter, law enforcement officer, member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew, or public safety officer who died in the line of duty to give the family, on request, a Capitol-flown flag, together with a certificate, signed by the official providing the flag that contains an expression of sympathy for the family.
79. Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Extension Act – extends and modifies the VA pilot program on assisted living services for veterans with traumatic brain injury.
80. Amends the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act – clarifies how the Act applies to condominiums. The bill exempts condominium developments from ILSA filing and registration requirements, and subsequently provides condominium developers and their lenders some certainty as the economy continues to recover.
81. The Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act – intended to spur cash donations to charitable organizations providing assistance to help the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan by allowing taxpayers who donate money to the relief efforts to receive tax benefits nearly a year faster than usual.
82. Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act – directs the BLM to convey the federal portions of the Three Kids Mine site to the City of Henderson taking into account the cost of reclamation for the mine site. Once it receives title to the land, the Redevelopment Agency will work with a developer to complete the cleanup to meet stringent federal standards and build a residential community in its place.
83. Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act – creates the Pine Forest Range Wilderness Area, while releasing 1,500 acres of the existing WSA lands in the area directing the BLM to exchange federal lands surrounding nearby ranches for private parcels within the existing WSAs to allow for more appropriate management of public lands and ensure the economic viability of privately owned ranches.
84. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act – designates the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, NV’s first monument and provides for a wide-variety of economic development projects in Clark County.
85. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe – Fish Springs Ranch Settlement Act – finalizes a long standing water settlement, agreed to in 2007 between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Fish Springs Ranch in east Washoe County.
86. Spouses of Heroes Education Act – extends post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to Gold Star Wives.
87. Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act – legislation increases COLA for certain veterans benefits.
88. The Grazing Improvement Act – bill improves the livestock grazing permitting process on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.
89. The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership.
90. Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 – extends the Travel Promotion Act, which supports the Brand USA program that markers U.S. destinations like Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe and helps our state’s tourism economy.
91. The BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act – reforms the BLM oil and gas permitting office structure to accommodate new shale plays as they develop, which could benefit Nevada.
92. Heller Child Tax Credit Amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Doubles the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000.
93. Heller Rural Veterans Cemetery Amendment to VA Appropriations – Ensures the completion of the Rural Veterans Burial Initiative, including in Elko.
94. Heller VA Claims Backlog Amendment to VA Appropriations – Enhances the reporting requirements for statistics related to the VA disability claims backlog.
95. Heller Mercury Export Ban Modernization Amendment to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act – provides a safe short-term and long-term solution to mercury storage facing Nevada gold mining companies.
96. Heller Drone Amendment in the Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act – extends the authorization for each of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) drone test sites, including Nevada’s, through fiscal year 2019.
97. Heller Human Trafficking Amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act– requires air carriers to provide training to flight attendants to combat human trafficking.
98. Heller Internet for Servicemembers Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act – Encourages the DOD to enter into contracts to provide free access to wireless high-speed internet to all members of the Armed Forces who are deployed overseas at any United States military facility.
99. Heller Servicemembers Apprenticeship Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act – requires a report on the success and potential improvements to the Job Training, Employment Skills Training, Apprenticeships, and Internships and Skillbridge Initiatives, which helps secure employment and training for service members who are being separated from the Armed Forces.
100. Heller Rural Water Infrastructure Amendment to the Water Resources Development Act – improves the Section 595 Rural Water Program to advance projects like storm and sewer systems, water treatment plants, and delivery projects in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
101. Heller Hours of Service (HOS) Amendment to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act – Exempts industries that transport perishable goods, like concrete, from having to comply with strict hours of service rules for truck drivers.
102. Heller Human Tafficking Amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act – Ensures TSA, Customs and Border Protection, and other Homeland Security personnel are trained and equipped to better identify victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.
103. Heller Commissary Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act – reports on the financial impact on service members and Veterans if DOD eliminates or reduces the commissary subsidy.
104. Heller Electronic Health Record Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act – Directs the DOD to complete implementation of the Healthcare Artifact and Image Management Solution program, which will improve the electronic health record for service members and veterans.
105. Heller TRICARE Prime Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act – Requires the DOD to detail and address changes to TRICARE Prime, an important health care benefit for service members and military retirees.
106. Legislation to make 100 percent, totally disabled veterans eligible for space available travel.
107. Legislation to reauthorize the Colorado River System Conservation Pilot Program – a four-year reauthorization of CRSCPP, a successful pilot program that compensates water rights holders for conserving water in the Colorado River.
108. Heller amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 – requires the inclusion of resources available to treat victims of military sexual trauma as part of the required service member pre-separation counseling.
109. Heller amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 – requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report on the number of coordinators of caregiver support services in each VA medical center, number of staff for appeals for the caregiver program in each VA medical center, and the VA’s expected staff-to-participant ratio for the program.
110. Heller amendment to the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019 – prohibits funds from being transferred from programs supporting veteran homelessness services.
Whether it is securing a veteran’s lost medical records so that they can receive the disability benefits that they’ve earned, or working to resolve a former service member’s disability claim for hearing loss, Dean Heller is always putting the needs of his constituents first. In fact, Heller’s office has helped over 15,000 Nevadans, many of them seniors and veterans, get the care and benefits that they deserve.
He’s consistently stood up for Nevada’s 300,000 military veterans and their families. As co-chair of the VA Backlog Working Group, Heller held the VA’s feet to the fire to help the department modernize and simplify the disability claims process. As a result of his leadership, the VA’s backlog of disability claims has been reduced by 85% and nationwide more than 500,000 veterans’ claims have been resolved.
Since coming to the U.S. Senate, 40 pieces of legislation that Dean Heller championed to support Nevada’s veterans and service members have become law, including 14 of his proposals since the start of 2017 alone. These laws are designed to provide mental health services to those with invisible injuries, improve access to health care providers at the VA, bring accountability to the VA, and offer them more options when appealing their disability claims at the VA.
Contrast that with Congresswoman Jacky Rosen’s sad record with Nevada’s veterans community. She’s repeatedly shown disregard and disrespect to our state’s military heroes. Rosen has fundraised with Hanoi Jane, chose a photo opp over casting an important vote on legislation that provides health benefits to Vietnam veterans poisoned by Agent Orange, and voted againstboosting accountability at the VA before flipping on the issue just weeks before she announced her campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Priorities matter, and that’s why Dean Heller will not stop fighting until our veterans receive the full support and care that a grateful nation can provide.
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Aiding Domestic Violence Survivors
Dean Heller was a co-sponsor and helped push into law the “Violence Against Women Act” which has helped states like Nevada make significant progress towards improving services and resources for sexual and domestic violence survivors and improving the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes. The historic Violence Against Women Act, also known as VAWA, provides federal resources to help programs on the ground that assist victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking remain operational. State, tribal, and local governments, as well as nonprofits and universities, depend on this stream of critical federal funding to support victims on a path to recovery and prevent future acts of violence.
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Combating Nevada’s Rape Kit Backlog
Heller has introduced legislation and supported federal funding to help local communities carry out DNA analysis that will ensure justice for sexual assault survivors and hold perpetrators accountable for their heinous crimes. As a U.S. Senator, Heller helped author a new law to assist law enforcement in their efforts to reduce the Nevada’s rape kit backlog. And his work to ensure Nevada has the resources it needs to cut down on the number of untested sexual assault kits is working: the Review-Journal reported this spring that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will zero out its backlog within the year.
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Ripon: Heller’s bipartisan bill to speed rape kit analysis becomes law
Nevada Appeal: Nevada’s Heller says rape kit bill out of committee
Ripon: Heller, Cornyn measure addressing rape kit backlog approved by Senate
KKOH: Sen Heller Bill Dealing With Rape Kit Backlog Signed
KTVN Channel 2 Reno: Bill Introduced to Reduce National Rape Kit Backlog
Supporting Mammovans to Help Detect Breast Cancer
Throughout his tenure in Congress, Dean Heller has been a champion for expanding access to mammograms through services provided by “mammovans.” In Nevada, mammovans travel thousands of miles each year to provide mammograms and other services aimed at preventing and treating the medical challenges facing many women. Experts agree that early detection for breast cancer is critical to survival, but for rural states like Nevada, access to screenings can prove to be a challenge. That’s why Heller is fighting to pass his bipartisan Mobile Mammography Promotion Act, which ensures continued access to breast cancer screening in underserved areas throughout the United States.
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Helping Pregnant Workers
Dean Heller believes that women should not be penalized for being mothers. This is why he has worked with his colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation that will ensure pregnant workers are treated equally in the workplace. Although women make up half of the workforce, many businesses continue to discriminate against pregnant mothers. Heller’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations—such as a minor job modification—that would allow pregnant workers to continue working and prevent them from being forced out on leave or out of their jobs. The bill also prohibits employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
Two separate times, Dean Heller successfully stopped Obamacare’s Cadillac tax, a heavy-handed excise tax that would impose a 40 percent tax on employer-sponsored health insurance plans, from going into effect. Heller first stopped the tax from going into effect in 2018, and then successfully prevented its implementation again in 2020.
If enacted, the outrageous tax would dramatically hurt working-class families by making their health care plans more expensive. The impact of this tax would be devastating in Nevada – an estimated 1.3 million people in the state – including union workers, public employees, service industry workers, and small business owners and retirees – are covered by an employer-sponsored health insurance plan.
Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is a hypocrite on the issue and even misled voters on what she would do about the tax. Rosen – who said in 2016 when running for office that she wants to ‘roll’ back the tax – has voted against legislation that would have stopped it not once, but twice. Thankfully, Nevadans have Dean Heller in their corner who continues to fight for a full repeal of the harmful tax.
In the News:
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The Hill: Senate votes to repeal ObamaCare ‘Cadillac tax’
LVRJ: Heller introduces bill to repeal Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac tax’
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Sen. Dean Heller Perfectly Explains Why Obamacare’s Cadillac Tax Must Be Repealed
Nevada Appeal: Heller amendment to repeal ‘Cadillac’ tax passes
Dean Heller has pushed for Congress to do its job and balance the federal budget. Heller authored legislation that forces Washington to pay its bills on time or face the consequences. Every day middle-class families across Nevada are making tough decisions to stay within their budget and live within their means. Dean Heller believes Washington shouldn’t be any different. That’s why,every Congress since 2011 Dean Heller has introduced his No Budget No Pay Act, a bill that forces Members of Congress to carry out one of their most important responsibilities – passing a budget – or go without pay.
In the News:
CNN: No Budget No Pay is a no-brainer
The Hill: GOP senator tries to tie ‘No budget, no pay’ to funding bill
Review Journal: Heller revives ‘No Budget No Pay’ bill
Washington Times: Sen. Heller brings back ‘No Budget, No Pay’ bill
Las Vegas Sun: Dean Heller amendment: No budget, no pay for lawmakers
KKOH: Senator tells Congress: “No budget? No pay!”
Dean Heller’s number one focus is the people of Nevada, and he will work with anyone, from any party, to get the job done and solve some of our state’s most challenging issues. Earlier this year Dean Heller was ranked as the 5th most bipartisan U.S. Senator in the country by the non-partisan Lugar Center and Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Bipartisan Index. He’s teamed up with a bipartisan group of senators on a number of issues, such as a bill that extends a critical pilot program at the VA for veterans with traumatic brain injury and another that preserves and protects Lake Tahoe for future generations.
An independent voice for Nevadans, Heller has worked with his Democratic colleagues on initiatives that include everything from helping veterans with traumatic brain injury to fighting human trafficking. Earlier this year, Heller worked with his Democratic colleagues to steward the reauthorization of a program that allows for the expedited sale of federal lands, fight pediatric cancers, and pass into law a bill that helps small businesses access more capital to grow so they can hire and invest in their communities.
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