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News Monday, May 8 2017

All Hat And No Cattle: Will Dean Heller Follow His Own Bill, And Reject A Pay Check Until The GOP Passes A Budget?

May 08, 2017

Last week Dean Heller irresponsibly voted for a disastrous government shutdown, his lazy way to protest that Congress has not yet passed a budget. There’s only one tiny problem…
Senator Heller’s party runs Congress and the White House — this is their mess.
Fortunately, Dean Heller has already proposed a fix: “I filed my No Budget, No Pay bill as an amendment to the omnibus because at the very least…Congress must do its job or it shouldn’t get paid.”
American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:
“Will Dean Heller live up his own bill and reject a paycheck? If he’s willing to vote to shut down the government, potentially denying millions their Social Security checks and hurting economic growth, Senator Heller should at least be willing put his money where his mouth is. Or, instead of casting irresponsible votes to score political points, Heller should cast blame where it belongs — his own party. If Dean Heller wants to find the real source of Washington’s dysfunction, he just needs to look in a mirror.”


Heller Said That He Could Not Support The Omnibus Bill And Filed A No Budget, No Pay Bill As An Amendment To The Omnibus. According to a press release from the Office of Senator Dean Heller, “‘I could not in good faith support the omnibus because Congress once again didn’t do its job and instead continues to kick the can down the road. By failing to pass a budget and related appropriations bills on time each year, Congress lacks a long-term strategy. That’s why I filed my No Budget, No Pay bill as an amendment to the omnibus because at the very least – Nevadans expect Congress to make tough but responsible spending choices and live within a budget, just like their families are forced to do each year. Washington can learn from Nevada’s ability to pass a balanced budget every two years given that it’s been over 15 years since Congress approved spending bills on time. Congress must do its job or it shouldn’t get paid.’” [Office of Senator Dean Heller, 5/4/17]

2013 Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, Slowed Economic Growth. “The 16-day government shutdown took a $24 billion chunk out of the U.S. economy, according to an initial analysis from Standard & Poor’s. As a result, the rating agency projects that the U.S. economy will grow 2.4% in the fourth quarter — as opposed to the roughly 3% growth rate predicted prior to the shutdown.” [CNN Money, 10/16/13]

2013 Government Shutdown Sidetracked Creation Of 120,000 Jobs. “The 16-day shutdown also sidetracked the creation of an estimated 120,000 new jobs, according to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers.” [CNBC, 9/21/15]

2013 Government Shutdown Forced Thousands Of Children Out Of Head Start. “During the last government shutdown in 2013, thousands of children were briefly kicked out of Head Start programs, which are run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Centers in six states closed and about 7,000 children lost access to Head Start at least briefly, although a private foundation then stepped in to restore money to programs. ‘We know well the devastating impacts government shutdowns or potential government shutdowns can have on the 1 million vulnerable children we serve every year,’ said Sally Aman, a spokeswoman for the National Head Start Association.” [Education Week, 4/7/17]

2013 Government Shutdown Put Both Federal And Private Sector Loans To Small Businesses And Homeowners On Hold. “Federal loans to small businesses, homeowners, and families in rural communities were put on hold. Private-sector lending to individuals and small businesses was disrupted, because banks and lenders couldn’t access government income and Social Security Number verification services.” [White House Press Release, 11/7/13]

2013 Government Shutdown Temporarily Suspended Payments To The Families Of Fallen Soldiers. “Congress has ensured $100,000 payments to families of fallen service members would continue, passing a bill signed by President Barack Obama on Thursday. The payments had been suspended during the shutdown, prompting the Fisher House Foundation to volunteer to make the payments until the program got up and running again.” [AP, 10/13/13]

2013 Government Shutdown Forced Thousands Of Veterans To Be Furloughed, Increased VA Disability Claims Backlog By 2,000. “Already the VA has furloughed more than 7,800 employees, Shinseki, half of whom are veterans. While the VA has in the last six months made progress on reducing its disability claims backlog, the shutdown has reversed that progress, with the number of backlogged claims increasing by 2,000 since Oct. 1. ‘We’ve lost ground we fought hard to take,’ said Shinseki, who at multiple points in his testimony to Congress used military analogies to explain the challenges his department is facing.” [CBS News, 10/9/13]

2013 Government Shutdown Forced Consumer Product Safety Commission To Stop Screening Children’s Products For Lead. “The Consumer Product Safety Commission is no longer screening products at ports of entry to prevent potentially dangerous ones from reaching store shelves, such as children’s products containing excessive levels of lead.” [AP, 10/13/13]

2013 Government Shutdown Forced FBI To Put Investigations On Hold. “The FBI estimates that about 80 percent of its 35,000 employees are working and says it is prepared to meet any immediate threats. However, activities are suspended for other, longer-term investigations of crimes. Training and other support functions have been slashed.” [AP, 10/13/13]

2013 Government Shutdown Forced FDA And CDC To Stop Food Inspections. “The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they can handle recalls and high-risk foodborne outbreaks, but discovering them will be more difficult because many of the people who investigate outbreaks have been furloughed. Routine food safety inspections were suspended, so most food manufacturers won’t have to worry about periodic visits from government inspectors. U.S. food inspections abroad have also been halted.” [AP, 10/13/13]

Published: May 8, 2017

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