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As Shelley Berkley Addresses The Las Vegas Chamber, Nevadans Are Reminded Of Her Job-Killing Record In Washington #NVSen



Congresswoman Berkley Has Voted Against Over 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills In The House


WASHINGTON Earlier today, embattled U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley addressed the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, where she claimed she supports policies that will get Nevada working again. This is remarkable given that she consistently supports Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s job-killing agenda in Washington.

Most notably, Berkley supported the Democrats’ job-killing, government-run healthcare bill that has forced nearly 20 businesses with Las Vegas ties – including The Palms – to request a waiver from this burdensome healthcare law.

As the Las Vegas Review Journal reports:

Nearly 20 businesses with Las Vegas ties have obtained waivers exempting them from an insurance-coverage mandate in the 2010 Affordable Care Act. …  The Palms received a waiver on Jan. 12 affecting 569 employees, but the company declined to comment on the exemption. Mission Linen Supply, a California company that does big business in Las Vegas providing hotels with clean bed sheets, won a waiver on Nov. 23 involving 541 workers, but the company didn’t respond when asked why it applied for the exemption and how many employees are affected.  Sporting goods retailer REI, department store Dillard’s, eatery Jamba Juice and O’Reilly Auto Parts also hold waivers.  (Jennifer Robison,  Businesses get waivers to opt out of health care mandate, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/22/11)

Additionally, a recent poll from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed that 74 percent of small business owners have said that the new healthcare law is impeding their ability to create jobs.

“With at least 168,000 Nevadans out of work, it probably brings them little comfort to know that not only did Shelley Berkley vote for the job-killing healthcare bill, she has also voted against over 20 bipartisan jobs bills,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox.  “Nevada families and small businesses simply can’t afford Shelley Berkley and Harry Reid’s job-killing agenda.” 


Embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley’s Long History Of Opposing Bipartisan, Pro-Jobs Legislation

1) The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R 872) – Reduces overlapping and unnecessary regulation on pesticides; thereby reducing costs to both farmers and small business owners.

• Introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH) on March 2, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 292-130 on March 31, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


2) The Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) – Prohibits the federal government from regulating greenhouse gas emissions; thereby by preventing a needless increase in energy prices for American households and businesses.

• Introduced by Rep. Fred Upton (MI) on March 3, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 255-172 on April 7, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


3) A Resolution of Disapproval Regarding FCC’s Regulation (H.J. Res. 37) – Prevents the federal government from regulating the Internet and broadband providers

• Introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (OR) on February 16, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 240 to 179 on April 8, 2011 – Berkley Failed To Vote


4) Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R 1230) – Helps to reduce energy prices and promote job creation by expediting offshore oil and natural gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and the Virginia coast.

• Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 266-149 on May 5, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


5) Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229) – Promotes job creation and reduces energy prices by reinstating oil drilling permits in the Gulf Coast.

• Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 263-163 on May 11, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


6) Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act (H.R 1231) – Promotes lower energy costs and job creation by allowing drilling in at least 50 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf areas known to contain the most oil and gas.

• Introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (WA) on March 29, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 243-179 on May 12, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


7) The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act (H.R 2021) – Promotes job growth and reduces energy costs by expediting the process of obtaining an offshore drilling permit.

• Introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (CO) on May 26, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 255-166 on June 22, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


8) The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R 2018) – Prevents the federal government from interfering with a state’s water quality program once that state has already met existing federal standards; thereby eliminating needless red tape and tinkering by bureaucrats.

• Introduced by Rep. John Mica (FL) on May 26, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 239 to 184 on July 13, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


9) The Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011 (H.R. 1315)

Improves consumer protection and provides greater economic stability by allowing the Financial Stability Oversight Council to vote to set aside any harmful federal regulation.

• Introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (WI) on April 1, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 241-173 on July 21, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


10) The North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938) – Promotes job creation and energy security by ending the needless delay of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

• Introduced by Rep. Terry Lee (NE) on May 23, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 279-147 on July 26, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


11) The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) – Seeks to guarantee private companies the flexibility to develop their businesses in the state that offers the best opportunities for growth, job creation and stability.

• Introduced by Rep. Tim Scott (SC) on July 19, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 238-186 on September 15, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


12) The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts (TRAIN) Act (H.R. 2401) – Establishes an interagency committee to evaluate the economic impacts of EPA regulations and delay the final dates for both the maximum achievable control technology (Utility MACT) standards and the cross-state air pollution rule (CSAPR) until the full impact has been studied. Both regulations would cost consumers and businesses $184 billion from 2011-2030 and would skyrocket electrical prices.

• Introduced by Rep. John Sullivan (OK) on June 24, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 249-169 on September 23, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


13) The EPA Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2250) – Alleviates the excessive regulatory burden placed on employers by the EPA’s Boiler MACT rules, potentially costing companies $14 billion and 224,000 American jobs, and replacing them with sensible, achievable rules that do not destroy jobs.

• Introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA) on June 21, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 275-142 on October 13, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


14) The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273) – Bipartisan legislation providing consistent, safe management of coal combustion residuals in a way that protects jobs and encourages recycling and beneficial use.

• Introduced by Rep. David McKinley (WV) on June 22, 2011

• Passed the House by a vote of 276-144 on October 14, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay

15) REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2011 (H.R. 3010) – Bipartisan legislation that “requires agencies to assess the costs and benefits” of new regulations on small businesses.
Passed the House by a vote of 253-167 – Berkley Voted Nay

16) REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2011 (H.R. 527) – Closes loopholes used by federal agencies that allow them to impose costly, job-crushing regulations.
Passed the House by a vote of 263-159 – Berkley Voted Nay

17) WORKFORCE DEMOCRACY & FAIRNESS ACT (H.R. 3094) – Prevents the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from imposing sweeping new regulations that threaten American jobs.
Passed the House by a vote of 235-188 – Berkley Voted Nay

18)  Regulatory Flexibility Act (H.R. 527) – To require federal agencies to analyze fully the impact a new regulation would have on small businesses, before the agency adopts the regulation.

Passed by a vote of 263-159 on December 1, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


19) Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010) – Would define “major rule,” “high-impact rule,” “guidance,” and “major guidance” to broaden the definitions of rules that would be impacted by the bill. The bill would update and reform the rulemaking process by setting mandatory rulemaking principles.

Passed by a vote of 253-167 on December 2, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


20) Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011 (H.R. 10) – Would increase accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process.  According to the legislation, Section 1 of article I of the United States Constitution grants all legislative powers to Congress.  Over time, Congress has excessively delegated its constitutional charge while failing to conduct appropriate oversight and retain accountability for the content of the laws it passes.  By requiring a vote in Congress, the REINS Act would result in more carefully drafted and detailed legislation, an improved regulatory process, and a legislative branch that is truly accountable to the American people for the laws imposed upon them.

Passed by a vote of 241-184 on December 7, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay


21) Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 1633) – Would prohibit the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) from proposing, finalizing, implementing, or enforcing any regulation revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standard applicable to coarse particulate matter under the Clean Air Act for at least one year from the date of enactment.

Passed by a vote of 268-150 on December 8, 2011 – Berkley Voted Nay

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