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(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) made the following statement on his Senate budget votes. Heller voted in favor of the House Budget Proposal (H.Con.Res.34) and S.Con.Res.21. He opposed the Administration’s budget proposal (S.Con.Res.18) and S.Con.Res.20.

“I will continue fighting to restore the funds taken out of Medicare by the Democrats, save the program for our seniors, and preserve it for future generations. The Democrats current plan for Medicare is to do nothing and bankrupt the system. After cutting a half a trillion dollars out of Medicare, they are now content to let the system die.

“The Senate has not passed a budget in more than 750 days. This exercise today was nothing more than a political stunt. Nevada’s seniors should not have to trade their health care for cheap political hits. The choices are clear: we can continue with the status quo which leads to bigger government, higher taxes, less jobs, and rationed health care for our seniors or we can decrease government spending, create jobs, and ensure those who are 55 and older receive their Medicare benefits while preserving the program for future generations,” said Heller.

The Medicare Board of Trustees issued its annual report May 13, 2011, on the financial status of the Hospital Insurance and the Supplementary Medical Insurance trust funds. The report shows that Medicare will only remain solvent until 2024 if no reforms are made.