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Highlights from Conference Call W/ U.S. Rep Joe Heck (NV-3)

- December 14, 2011

U.S. Rep Joe Heck (NV-3)

“Certainly the passage of the middle class payroll tax bill is going to be critical for folks back in southern Nevada. And what it comes down to what we hear now from the President and from the Senate is the fact that they don’t want to consider it and they’re going to veto it, and it goes back to the idea that this administration has to stop trying to divide America.

“We can’t keep pitting people against one another, we’ve got to come together to bring together solutions that will answer for the problems that we face.

“So this bill does basically in my mind four things. It extends unemployment benefits while providing a pathway back to work. It keeps an extra 1,000 dollars in the pockets of Nevada’s struggling families while protecting social security. It maintains access to healthcare for seniors by keeping doctors in Medicare.

“It creates 20,000 jobs. We’ve heard all along the President say that we can’t wait to create jobs, we certainly know that in Nevada more so than anywhere else, as we still suffer from the highest unemployment rates in the nation. The provisions in this bill, specifically the Keystone pipeline provision, which truly is a shovel-ready project should a permit be issued, will create 20,000 direct jobs, and then all of the other jobs that go along, the indirect jobs that will be created because of that, which will allow people to have more money in their pockets and have them return to Nevada on their vacations and help increase our tourism base which will then increase jobs in Nevada.

“For those reasons that I voted for this package, it’s paid for 100% which is something new to Congress and it’s paid for, almost 90% of it is paid for, by recommendations that the President himself has made. So to move forward and say that this bill doesn’t stand a chance in the Senate, doesn’t stand a chance in the White House, is disingenuous. 

“We’ve extended the payroll tax holiday, which the President wanted. We’ve extended unemployment, which the President wanted. We’ve done it in a way that it’s paid for in a manner that the President himself suggested. It’s time to have this bill pass through the Senate, have it sent down Pennsylvania Avenue for a signature from the White House, and give people back home the stability and security that they’re looking for as we move into this holiday season.”

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/12.14.2011_cc_nevada.mp3


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