#NVSen Embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley Promises Legislation She Doesn’t Deliver
(Las Vegas, NV) – Launching false attacks and claiming credit where it isn’t due is nothing new for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley. Now, it appears the seven-term Congresswoman is campaigning on legislation she doesn’t introduce. Here are some not-so-sobering facts to keep in mind the next time the self-proclaimed “workhorse” makes a promise she doesn’t keep:
In February 2012, Shelley Berkley announces she will offer a bill to extend a sales tax break. “One thing that didn’t make it into the payroll tax and unemployment bill that passed Congress Friday was a provision that would have also extended a sales tax break hundreds of thousands of Nevadans avail themselves of every year…Rep. Shelley Berkley said Friday that she intends to do something about it by introducing a bill to extend the tax benefit.” (Karoun Demirjian, “Berkley hopes to make favorite Nevada tax credit a campaign issue,” Las Vegas Sun, February 19, 2012)
Berkley never introduced the bill. But Dean Heller joined thirteen Senators urging Senate leadership to “help pass an extension of the state and local sales tax deduction as soon as possible.” (“Heller Pushes to Protect State and Local Sales Tax Deduction,” www.heller.senate.gov, February 2, 2012)
On April 25, 2012, Shelley Berkley claimed she would introduce legislation to protect Las Vegas from being unfairly targeted due to the bad behavior of Washington bureaucrats.
“Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today delivered remarks on the House floor to announce new legislation she plans to introduce that will permanently eliminate the Bush era ‘blacklist’ of American cities like Las Vegas and Reno from hosting federal agency and executive branch department conferences and conventions.” (“Will Make President Obama’s No-Blacklist Policy ‘Law of the Land’” www.berkley.house.gov, April 25, 2012)
Berkley never introduced the bill. The next day after making the same announcement, Dean Heller introduced S.2469, Protect America’s Cities from Government Blacklist Act of 2012.
On January 12, 2012, Shelley Berkley holds press conference in Reno announcing her “Clean Energy Jobs Act.” “U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Las Vegas, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, made a campaign stop in Reno on Friday, promising to introduce a ‘Clean Energy Jobs Act’ when she returns to Congress. Berkley, speaking at the Desert Research Institute, said her jobs act would extend a 30 percent tax credit for domestic companies that manufacture products used in clean energy projects such as wind turbines and solar panels. (Gazette Journal: Berkley stumps at DRI, Shelley Berkley for Senate, www.berkleyforsenate.com)
The seven-term Congresswoman finally got around to introducing the promised legislation on February 29, 2012. (www.thomas.gov)
It wouldn’t be the first time the Congresswoman scrambled to campaign on legislation under false pretenses: “You can tell a lawmaker is in a close race when her campaign starts claiming credit for legislation she didn’t write. That’s what’s happening today with Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is running for Senate against Sen. Dean Heller, as she trots out Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other Las Vegas figures to praise what the campaign is calling her proposed expansion of the visa waiver program.” (Karoun Demirjian, “What her campaign calls ‘Berkley’s legislation’ isn’t really hers”, Las Vegas Sun, March 12, 2012)