Refuses to Vote Against Party Line Even When it Hurts Rural Nevada
(Las Vegas, NV) – Shelley Berkley continues her assault on rural Nevada, passing big-government regulations at every opportunity. Dean Heller, on the other hand, has consistently fought to protect Nevadans from Washington bureaucrats looking to make decisions for them, a difference he will highlight while visiting Ely and Elko today.
“Seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley continues to cling to big-government regulations even when they have real, significant consequences on rural Nevada’s economic recovery. In the past few months alone, she has chosen to make it harder for Nevada’s ranchers to plan for the future and protected regulations on renewable energy development. She keeps voting over and over again to dampen progress in rural Nevada, which is just what we’ve come to expect from someone who votes with Nancy Pelosi 90% of the time,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Just a few examples of how Shelley Berkley has protected big government regulations in rural Nevada in the past year alone:
On July 26, 2012 Shelley Berkley voted against the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act. This legislation was comprised of seven measures that would ease federal regulations. These regulations would impact energy prices for Nevada families, as well important industries in Nevada like mining, ranching, and energy production.
On June 19, 2012, Berkley voted against the Grazing Improvement Act, which meant 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 streamlining regulations to help promote renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal on federal lands: Berkley voted against the Hastings Amendment to the PIONEERS Act (H.R. 3408, February 16, 2012). This amendment would promote renewable energy on federal lands by streamlining federal regulations and bureaucratic impediments.
Berkley voted to preserve a burdensome regulatory process: Voted NO on the Labrador Amendment to the PIONEERS Act (H.R. 3408, February 16, 2012). This amendment would minimize requirements for a geothermal exploration test project so a project can quickly move forward if resources are found.
A poll conducted by Gallup showed that 46 percent of small business owners are not hiring because they are worried about new government regulations. As many as 48 percent say they are worried about the potential costs of health care. (“Health Costs, Gov’t Regulations Curb Small Business Hiring,” Gallup, February 15, 2012)
Following Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, Shelley Berkley has consistently towed the party-line and forced federal regulations to skyrocket.
- The Obama administration adopted 106 major regulations in its first three years (Tray Smith, “Economically Significant Regulations On the Rise Under Obama,” Heritage.org, July 2012)
- Total cost of regulatory burdens since 2012 is $48.9 billion.
- Pages of regulations in the Federal Register so far this year: 36,114.
(Red Tape Review, Republican Policy Committee, June 15, 2012)