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#NVSen: D.C. Labor Bosses Attack Heller for Extending Unemployment Benefits



And Fighting for Jobs in NV Rather than D.C.


(Las Vegas, NV) – Washington D.C. labor bosses are attacking Dean Heller because he introduced legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for Nevada’s middle class. The legislation he introduced would extend the benefits for Nevada workers and pay for them by limiting the number of federal workers in Washington D.C. that could be hired to replace workers that left. Now, big labor bosses, threatened by their potential loss of power, are trying to defeat Heller

“Big labor bosses are targeting Dean Heller for taking an independent stand to protect the middle class workers that big labor bosses are supposed to be representing.  They are spending over a million dollars attacking Dean Heller because he demanded that Congress pass policies to help the unemployed in Nevada instead of creating more jobs in Washington D.C.

“The truth is, Shelley Berkley’s support for the Wall Street bailout, the trillion dollar stimulus and ObamaCare has failed Nevada’s middle-class. The seven-term Congresswoman’s aspirations may require help from big labor bosses in Washington D.C., but to campaign on the backs of Nevada’s middle class and unemployed Nevadans is simply unacceptable,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.

Big labor bosses are targeting Dean Heller because he introduced legislation to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance and limit the amount of federal workers that can be hired. (S. 1931, 112th Congress).

  • Dean Heller’s bill implemented a recommendation from the bi-partisan Simpson Bowles Commission to extend the federal pay freeze, which applies to both federal employees and Members of Congress.
  • Rather than trying to force anyone of their jobs, this legislation simply reduces the federal government by limiting the numbers of hire to replace a federal worker once they leave.  When three federal employees leave, they are only replaced by a single employee until their workforce is 10 percent smaller.

Democrats Push for Jobs in Washington DC While Nearly 164,000 Nevadans are Unemployed:

  • Unlike most Americans in the private workforce, federal workers’ wages increase automatically every year. In fact, federal compensation has grown 36.9 percent since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8 percent for private workers. (“Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts.” USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2011)
  • Federal workers make $61,998 more than private sector employee compensation, an increase from $30,415 in the year 2000.  (“Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts.” USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2011)

Shelley Berkley’s Policies are Harmful for Nevada’s Middle Class

Berkley has repeatedly voted to raise taxes on job creators even within the last few months.

  • On July 27, 2012, Shelley Berkley voted against H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012, which would extend tax relief for job creators earning over $250,000 and could cost Nevada 6,000 jobs and more than 900,000 nationwide.  (H.R. 8, House Roll Call Vote #545)
  • On April 17, 2012 Congresswoman Berkley voted against the Small Business Tax Cut Act. The bill would give a 20% tax cut that will help 22 million hard-working small businesses retain and create more jobs. The legislation would ultimately provide $46 billion in tax relief to small businesses and could affect as many as 45,000 small businesses in Nevada with between 1-500 employees.

Berkley supported ObamaCare, the massive government  healthcare takeover known for destroying jobs and small businesses:

  • ObamaCare costs 800,000 jobs at a time when Nevada leads the nation in unemployment. (Jeffrey H. Anderson, “CBO Director Says ObamaCare Would Reduce Employment by 800,000 Workers,” The Weekly Standard, 2/10/2011)
  • ObamaCare is forcing one in eight small businesses to either terminate their plan or notify employees it is going to be eliminated. (“Some Small Businesses Say Health Insurers Are Dropping Their Coverage, Kaiser Health News, July 25, 2011)

Shelley Berkley has repeatedly voted federal regulations that are stunting job growth in Nevada and across the country.

  • On June 19, 2012, Berkley voted against the Grazing Improvement Act, which means she chose to protect federal regulations over Nevada’s family businesses.  The Grazing Improvement Act would give grazers greater certainty about their permit renewal.  Without this bill, permit holders are forced to rely on year-to-year appropriations bill.
  • Berkley voted against the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act (H.R. 4078), which would put a stop to the government’s ever-increasing burden on businesses and the economy. 

Congresswoman Berkley has voted against 20 bipartisan jobs bills.

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