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August 2, 2011

Heller Votes Against Largest Debt Increase in History

Congress Needs Long-Term Approach to Debt

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) made the following statement in opposition to the Reid/McConnell bill in the Senate:  

“I respect the effort by all involved to reach a compromise, but this agreement simply does not make the long-term, structural changes necessary to rebuild our economy. Congress has again shied away from making the tough decisions necessary to seriously address our nation’s need for fiscal health and economic growth. Twice I have voted in favor of forward-looking plans that would prevent tax increases, protect Social Security and Medicare and require Congress to send a Balance Budget Amendment to the States. 

 “Without a fundamental transformation in Congress’ approach to budgeting, we cannot stabilize our economy and foster substantial growth and investment. An effective plan would provide significant savings, institute tax reform, create jobs and outline a sustainable approach for reducing our nation’s debt.  This deal falls short of providing a clear path to reaching these goals,” Senator Heller said.


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