Update: Spending, Health Care, Veterans Issues

Senator Dean Heller
2017-05-06 14:46:12
Week in Review A lot went on in Washington, D.C. this week and to be blunt: I’m not happy about all of it. Let’s start with our number one job: to pass a budget. Once again, Congress failed to pass a full budget, opting for a short-term spending deal that does nothing to solve our long-term fiscal problems. I could not in good faith support the “omnibus” spending deal because Congress once again didn’t do its job and chose to kick the can down the road. Instead, I pushed for my legislation, the No Budget No Pay Act, because I believe it’s time for Congress to do its job and approve a budget on time. The No Budget No Pay Act will force Congress to live within a budget just like families in Nevada do or face the consequences and not receive a paycheck. On the health care front, the House of Representatives sent legislation over to the U.S. Senate that will repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that pulls the rug out from states like Nevada. Do not get me wrong, I want to repeal Obamacare in a way that benefits Nevadans, but I think that the current bill falls short. I’ll continue to fight for solutions that lower costs and increase choices for Nevadans, and I remain engaged with Governor Sandoval and my colleagues in the Senate to work toward a path forward. This week, we also learned the VA is considering closing more than 1,000 facilities across the country. I am seeking immediate answers on how Nevada will be affected, and I am working to ensure Congress has a say in how the VA plans to close and consolidate these important facilities. Earlier this week, I also urged my colleagues to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation’s veterans. Last year, I encouraged the construction of a new State Veterans Home in Nevada The current facility in Boulder City is not only at capacity, but it is hundreds of miles away from communities across Northern Nevada. Every day, I am working on behalf of the 300,000 veterans in the Silver State to see that they receive the care they expect and deserve. I’m also fighting to defend public lands programs that are important to Nevada. This week, I pushed for the permanent authorization of the Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILT) program. Local governments across Nevada are saddled with the responsibility of providing vital public services, such as law enforcement and infrastructure maintenance, across large swaths of federal land. The PILT program makes it possible for local governments to maintain these services in lieu of the ability to economically develop and tax federal land, and it’s critical that Nevada receives the funding it needs to provide much-needed benefits across Nevada’s 17 counties. The good news this week? Tesla Motors was on Capitol Hill and we discussed the upcoming completion of the Gigafactory, which will employ thousands of Nevadans with good-paying jobs. My priority is to support legislation that allows private sector companies like Tesla to invest, grow, and hire. Throughout the week, I met with dozens of Nevadans to discuss important issues like education and my efforts to protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination. I am always grateful for the opportunity to hear from Nevadans because my rule for supporting any policy is if it’s good for Nevada, I will support it, and if it’s not, I will oppose it.   As always, I believe that your feedback is essential, and I appreciate the opportunity to hear your concerns and ideas for solutions to the challenges we’re facing in Nevada. I also encourage you to visit my social media pages and stay up to date on my work in Nevada and Washington. In the News Sen. Dean Heller asks if Nevada locations will be hit by VA office closures Yucca Mountain not included in federal spending bill
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Week in Review

A lot went on in Washington, D.C. this week and to be blunt: I’m not happy about all of it.

Let’s start with our number one job: to pass a budget. Once again, Congress failed to pass a full budget, opting for a short-term spending deal that does nothing to solve our long-term fiscal problems. I could not in good faith support the “omnibus” spending deal because Congress once again didn’t do its job and chose to kick the can down the road.

Instead, I pushed for my legislation, the No Budget No Pay Act, because I believe it’s time for Congress to do its job and approve a budget on time. The No Budget No Pay Act will force Congress to live within a budget just like families in Nevada do or face the consequences and not receive a paycheck.

On the health care front, the House of Representatives sent legislation over to the U.S. Senate that will repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that pulls the rug out from states like Nevada. Do not get me wrong, I want to repeal Obamacare in a way that benefits Nevadans, but I think that the current bill falls short. I’ll continue to fight for solutions that lower costs and increase choices for Nevadans, and I remain engaged with Governor Sandoval and my colleagues in the Senate to work toward a path forward.

This week, we also learned the VA is considering closing more than 1,000 facilities across the country. I am seeking immediate answers on how Nevada will be affected, and I am working to ensure Congress has a say in how the VA plans to close and consolidate these important facilities. Earlier this week, I also urged my colleagues to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation’s veterans. Last year, I encouraged the construction of a new State Veterans Home in Nevada The current facility in Boulder City is not only at capacity, but it is hundreds of miles away from communities across Northern Nevada. Every day, I am working on behalf of the 300,000 veterans in the Silver State to see that they receive the care they expect and deserve.

I’m also fighting to defend public lands programs that are important to Nevada. This week, I pushed for the permanent authorization of the Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILT) program. Local governments across Nevada are saddled with the responsibility of providing vital public services, such as law enforcement and infrastructure maintenance, across large swaths of federal land. The PILT program makes it possible for local governments to maintain these services in lieu of the ability to economically develop and tax federal land, and it’s critical that Nevada receives the funding it needs to provide much-needed benefits across Nevada’s 17 counties.

The good news this week? Tesla Motors was on Capitol Hill and we discussed the upcoming completion of the Gigafactory, which will employ thousands of Nevadans with good-paying jobs. My priority is to support legislation that allows private sector companies like Tesla to invest, grow, and hire.

Throughout the week, I met with dozens of Nevadans to discuss important issues like education and my efforts to protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination. I am always grateful for the opportunity to hear from Nevadans because my rule for supporting any policy is if it’s good for Nevada, I will support it, and if it’s not, I will oppose it.  

As always, I believe that your feedback is essential, and I appreciate the opportunity to hear your concerns and ideas for solutions to the challenges we’re facing in Nevada. I also encourage you to visit my social media pages and stay up to date on my work in Nevada and Washington.


In the News

Video: Floor Speech on No Budget, No Pay

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This week, I met with the Women's Mining Coalition of Nevada. We discussed permitting delays, public lands issues, and regulatory burdens that limit their success.

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