|Fellow Conservative –Step #1 for repealing ObamaCare is winning in November. Without the right leaders in Washington, we won’t be able to repeal it.
Harry Reid and Senate Democrats are desperately trying to hold on to power to prevent us from repealing ObamaCare.
Most Republicans only have one Democrat opponent – I have two. Harry Reid has personally made my race his pet project; he recruited my opponent and his front group has launched a brutal campaign to defeat me.
Harry Reid is trying to buy himself a second seat in the Senate, the seat that could determine control of the Senate.
In case you’re not familiar with me, I’m Dean Heller – the conservative Senator from Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada. I voted against ObamaCare, the Wall Street bailout, and the stimulus – and I’m fighting to pass a strong Balanced Budget Amendment to end Washington’s spending spree.
I’m also not a rubberstamp for the big-government agenda, like my opponents. And, you can count on me to stand up to presidents and leaders in both parties to do what’s right.
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Heller For Senate
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch delivers the Weekly Republican Address on the need to prevent Taxmageddon on January 1, 2013, explaining: “In just over five months, middle-class families, job creators and seniors will get hit with a massive tax hike unless the President and Congress act. This would mean that taxes would go up on virtually every single taxpaying American.”
Sen. Hatch continues: “Unfortunately, Washington Democrats’ default position appears to be to let everyone’s taxes skyrocket, if Congress doesn’t agree to their plan to raise taxes on one of the most productive segments of our economy. The group charged with representing small businesses found that 25 percent of our workforce is employed by those very small businesses that would be hit by the President’s proposed tax hikes.”
Finally he concludes: “This isn’t the time for political games and vilifying job creators. The President and his Washington allies need to stop holding America’s economy hostage in order to raise taxes on those trying to lead our economic recovery. Let’s roll up our sleeves to ensure that America remains the leader we know it to be.”
“Hello. I’m Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.
“It’s sometimes hard to see how the policy debates in Washington affect you sitting at home. But there’s a significant debate taking place that could put nearly every American on the hook to pay more taxes to Uncle Sam.
“In just over five months, middle-class families, job creators and seniors will get hit with a massive tax hike unless the President and Congress act.
“This would mean that taxes would go up on virtually every single taxpaying American.
“The Alternative Minimum Tax—designed decades ago to ensure that 154 wealthy Americans paid some income taxes—would then hit 27 million Americans with a $92 billion tax hike next year alone.
“Now, what would this cost you?
“A family of four earning $50,000 a year would see a $2,200 tax hike.
“If you’re a single mother with a $36,000 a year paycheck, you’d pay $1,100 more to the government.
“A married couple over 65 with $40,000 in income would see their tax bill double.
“And just under one million small businesses, who are trying to lead our economic recovery, would be hit with as much as a 17 percent tax hike. Think about that—one million job creators with less to invest and create jobs.
“This just doesn’t make sense.
“The uncertainty caused by this tax crisis—or Taxmageddon—is contributing to America’s lackluster economic recovery. That’s not a Republican talking point; that’s based on what job creators across the country are saying.
“Like Brent Gines from Sandy, Utah, who said that, ‘Any increase in expenses or outlays always has a big decrease on our ability to do business.’
“Or the 90 percent of small businesses who told the Chamber of Commerce that they are very concerned with Taxmageddon.
“Or Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who told Congress that our country’s economic recovery, ‘could be endangered.’
“The Congressional Budget Office and International Monetary Fund have both issued warnings as well.
“Taxmageddon doesn’t have to happen, and the last few weeks have offered a clear choice about how we can stop it.
“As the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, I put forward a common-sense plan to prevent this massive tax increase, so we can undertake a long overdue overhaul of America’s broken tax code next year.
“Unfortunately, Washington Democrats’ default position appears to be to let everyone’s taxes skyrocket, if Congress doesn’t agree to their plan to raise taxes on one of the most productive segments of our economy.
“The group charged with representing small businesses found that 25 percent of our workforce is employed by those very small businesses that would be hit by the President’s proposed tax hikes.
“And a study by Ernst & Young found that these looming tax increases would shrink the economy by 1.3 percent and shed 710,000 Americans from the workforce.
“Raising taxes as our economy continues to struggle is not a solution, and the majority of Americans and businesses understand that.
“The President once understood that as well. In 2010, he said that allowing these same tax increases ‘would have been a blow to our economy, just as we’re climbing out of a devastating recession.’ Forty Democrats in the Senate agreed—joining Republicans to stop these potentially devastating tax hikes.
“That was the right position then, and, with grim news this week that economic growth is weaker than it was two years ago, it’s the right position today.
“Regrettably, Washington Democrats have abandoned that common-sense position opting for a campaign message instead. This week Senate Democrats voted on a partisan proposal to increase taxes on small businesses and jack up the death tax—hitting 24 times more farms, ranches, and over 13 times more family businesses—by as much as 55 percent.
“The good news is their bill won’t become law with the House of Representatives set to pass bipartisan legislation next week ensuring that no one gets an income tax hike.
“Now, the President may not think that small business owners are the ones who actually built their business, but the President and his Washington allies need to listen to what you, the American people are saying. Republicans are listening, and that’s why we put forward this common-sense plan to extend all the current tax rates, as we did in 2010, so we can work together next year to fundamentally reform our broken, costly tax code.
“What will tax reform look like?
“It should mean lower tax rates to promote more hiring, investment, and a stronger economy.
“A simpler tax code should make it easier for people to invest in new businesses, pay for our children’s education, and give money to charity.
“This isn’t the time for political games and vilifying job creators. The President and his Washington allies need to stop holding America’s economy hostage in order to raise taxes on those trying to lead our economic recovery.
“Let’s roll up our sleeves to ensure that America remains the leader we know it to be.
“Thank you. May God bless you, and our great country the United States of America.”
WASHINGTON – On a late Friday afternoon, the Office of Management and Budget released its Fiscal Year 2013 Midsession Budget Review. The report projects that the federal government will run a budget deficit in excess of one trillion dollars for the fourth consecutive year. Consistent with an alarming track record of missed budget deadlines and a refusal to adhere to budget laws, the Administration has not once met its legal obligation to provide this update by July 15 in the past four years. Today’s report of a $1.2 trillion budget deficit comes on the same day the U.S. Commerce Department reported of sluggish economic growth. Today also marks the 1,185th day since the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate last passed a budget resolution.
In response to the Administration’s Midsession Review, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement:
“The President’s string of broken promises on our nation’s fiscal challenges weighs heavy on an anemic economy. The President’s commitment to ever-higher government spending and his failure to deliver on his economic promises have resulted in the fourth-straight budget deficit in excess of one trillion dollars.
“The Administration’s lack of seriousness when it comes to responsibly prioritizing taxpayer dollars is unconscionable. In the face of continued economic pain and a debt crisis ahead, the President refuses to chart a new course. Instead of taking more from hardworking Americans and small businesses, policymakers must advance principled pro-growth solutions that spur job creation, lift the crushing burden of debt, and expand opportunity for generations to come.
“Today’s budget and economic news serve as another alarm bell that responsible leaders must heed. We can no longer afford a President and a U.S. Senate that refuse to get serious about tackling our generation’s defining challenge.”
Another Round of False Attacks Championing the “Lie of the Year”
(Las Vegas, NV) – In another act of desperation from a failing campaign, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has released a new ad repeating false attacks. The ad claims that Dean Heller voted to end the Medicare guarantee, an absolutely false statement and exaggeration of Politifact’s “Lie of the Year.”
“It doesn’t matter how Shelley Berkley twists the words of the ‘Lie of the Year,’ Dean Heller never voted to end the Medicare guarantee. The Medicare guarantee exists, continues to exist, and Dean Heller never voted to take it away. Not only has Shelley Berkley doubled down on the Lie of the Year, she just took it a step further — if that was even possible. The fact is Dean Heller voted against $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, the same cuts that Shelley Berkley supported on numerous occasions. Shelley Berkley will say and do anything to avoid talking about her long record on job-destroying ObamaCare, the trillion dollar stimulus, and the Wall Street bailout. This ad is just another act of desperation from a failing campaign,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Shelley Berkley claims that Dean Heller voted to “end guaranteed Medicare coverage.” Dean Heller never voted to end the Medicare guarantee. In fact, the Republican budget Dean Heller supported would have extended the solvency of Medicare. Shelley Berkley, on the other hand, voted for ObamaCare, which means the insolvency date for Medicare remains at 2024, according to a 2012 Medicare Trustees report. (“The 2012 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds,” April 23, 2012)
Shelley Berkley and her Democratic allies have continued to allege that Dean Heller has voted to “end Medicare” even though this was deemed Politifact’s “Lie of the Year.” (Politifact.org “Lie of the Year: Democrats Claim Republicans Voted to End Medicare,” December 20, 2011)
Shelley Berkley supported the President’s health care law that cut $500 billion out of the Medicare program. It also created a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats that have the power to deny health care for seniors. (House Vote 165 – HR 3590, HR3590, March 21, 2010)
In fact, the government takeover of healthcare’s cuts to Medicare could put Medicare Advantage benefits at risk, including for 110,000 Nevadans: “Seniors in a number of states risk losing their Medicare Advantage benefits because of cuts in President Obama’s healthcare reform law, according to a new report from Avalere. The law contains about $200 billion in direct and indirect cuts to private Medicare plans through 2017.” (Julian Pecquet, “Report: Healthcare law cuts put Medicare Advantage benefits at risk in some states,” The Hill’s Healthwatch Blog, 3/12/12)
Shelley Berkley voted for a 2% cut from the Medicare program which would restrict seniors’ access to care.
· Sequestration as a result of the Budget Control Act would require Medicare cuts of up to $11 billion a year (about $140 billion over ten years) if deficit reduction targets are not reached (RC #123, 112th Congress, 1st Session).
In fact, Dean Heller has repeatedly voted to preserve the Medicare programs, voting against $1.6 trillion in proposed Medicare cuts:
· Opposed legislation that proposed expanding the SCHIP program by cutting Medicare by nearly $200 billion (RC #787, 110th 1st Session).
· Voted against ObamaCare, which cut half a trillion dollars from the Medicare program (RC #165, 111th Congress, 2nd Session).
· Opposed the Budget Control Act, which provides for possible Medicare cuts of up to $11 billion a year (about $140 billion over ten years) if deficit reduction targets are not reached (RC #123, 112th Congress, 1st Session).
Dean Heller has consistently voted to ensure physicians are properly reimbursed so they will continue participating in the Medicare program and provide necessary services for seniors.
· (RC #1184, 110th Congress, 1st Session; RC # 443 and 491, 110th Congress, 2nd Session; RC #985 , 111th Congress, 1st Session; RC #211, #393, and #626, 111th Congress, 2nd Session; RC #232, 112th Congress, 1st Session).