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About Last Week: Heller’s Tax Votes Protect Wealthy Donors, Put Nevada’s Working Families at Risk

Senator Dean Heller and his Republican colleagues in Washington rushed last week to ram their tax bill through committee and move it to the Senate floor. Along the way, Heller voted against countless amendments that would have protected Nevada’s working families from this partisan scheme to hike their taxes and increase their health insurance premiums.

Last week, Senator Heller voted FOR:

  • Cutting taxes for the ultra-wealthy and their heirs, corporations, Big Oil, and private jet owners.
  • Raising health insurance premiums, and 13 million Americans losing health care.

Last week, Senator Heller also voted AGAINST:

  • Preventing taxes from increasing for people earning less than $50,000.
  • Reversing tax cuts for the top 1 percent to instead give middle class families a tax cut or reduce the deficit.
  • Prohibiting tax cuts for the wealthy from being financed by the middle class.
    • Certifying that seniors will not have their taxes hiked and that Medicare or Medicaid will not suffer funding cuts.
  • Reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Ensuring no reduction in health care for veterans or their families, or people with disabilities.
  • Holding a public hearing or even making a complete analysis of Senate Republicans’ tax bill publicly available.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement on Heller’s votes:

“Senator Heller had the opportunity to make his party’s disastrous tax plan less damaging for Nevada’s middle class, and instead he prioritized giving his wealthy donors a big fat tax cut and even a new tax break for their private jets. Dean Heller will now be running for re-election on a platform of hiking taxes and raising health care costs for Nevada’s working families. These harmful votes cast by Senator Heller show just how dangerous the Republican tax plan is for regular people, and Nevadans will hold him accountable in 2018.”

BACKGROUND

Heller Voted Against An Amendment That Would Have Prohibited Implementation Of The Legislation If Individuals Earning Less Than $50,000 Experienced An Increase In Taxes. “Casey, D-Pa. – Amendment to the chairman’s mark that would prohibit implementation of the legislation if individuals earning less than $50,000 experience an increase in their tax burden. Rejected 12-14: R 0-14; D 12-0; I 0-0; Nov. 16, 2017.” [CQ, Senate Finance Committee Markup, 11/16/17]

Heller Voted Against A Tax Amendment That Would Have Prevented Corporations And The Wealthy From Benefiting From Premium Increases, Health Insurance Coverage Losses, And Tax Increases On The Middle Class. “Amendment 162, Wyden #18, as modified. To prevent corporations and the wealthy from benefiting from premium increases, health insurance coverage losses for Americans, and tax increases on the middle class. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown, Bennett, Casey, Warner, McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley, Crapo, Roberts, Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr, Isakson, Portman, Toomey, Heller, Scott, Cassidy.” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 162, 11/15/17]

Heller Voted Against A Tax Amendment That Would Have Reversed Tax Cuts For The Top 1% To Give Middle Class Families A Tax Cut. “Amendment 217. Carper #1 / Stabenow / Bennet / Wyden. To reverse tax cuts for the top 1% and to give middle class families a tax cut. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown (proxy), Bennett, Casey (proxy), Warner, McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley, Crapo (proxy), Roberts (proxy), Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr (proxy), Isakson (proxy), Portman, Toomey, Heller (proxy), Scott, Cassidy (proxy).” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 217, 11/16/17]

Heller Voted Against A Tax Amendment That Would Have Reversed The Tax Cut For The Top 1% To Reduce The Deficit.Amendment 218. Carper #2 / Bennet / Wyden, as modified. To reverse tax cut for the top 1% and to reduce the deficit. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown (proxy), Bennett, Casey, Warner, McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley (proxy), Crapo (proxy), Roberts (proxy), Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr (proxy), Isakson, Portman, Toomey, Heller, Scott (proxy), Cassidy (proxy).” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 218, 11/16/17]

Heller Voted Against A Tax Amendment That Would Have Prohibited High-Income Tax Cuts From Being Financed By The Middle Class. “Amendment 285, Bennet #6. An Amendment to prohibit high-income tax cuts financed by the middle class. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown, Bennett, Casey, Warner (proxy), McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley, Crapo, Roberts, Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr, Isakson, Portman, Toomey, Heller, Scott, Cassidy.” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 285, 11/15/17]

Heller Voted Against An Amendment To Prevent The Implementation Of Legislation Until The Treasury Could Certify That Funding For Medicare And Medicaid Would Not Be Reduced. “Casey, D-Pa. – Amendment to the chairman’s mark that would prohibit implementation of the legislation until the Treasury secretary certifies that senior citizens will not have their taxes increased and that funding for Medicare and Medicaid would not be reduced.  Rejected 12-14: R 0-14; D 12-0; I 0-0; Nov. 16, 2017.” [CQ, Senate Finance Committee Markup, 11/16/17]

Heller Voted Against An Amendment To Reauthorize The Children’s Health Insurance Program. “Amendment to the chairman’s mark to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The amendment also would prohibit implementation of the legislation if it resulted in any economic harm to children or increased the risk of a child losing health insurance coverage.  Rejected 12-14: R 0-14; D 12-0; I 0-0; Nov. 16, 2017.” [CQ, Senate Finance Committee Markup, 11/16/17]

Heller Voted Against A Tax Amendment That Called For Preventing Reduced Access To Health Care For Veterans And Their Families. “Amendment 228, Carper #12, as modified. To prevent reduced access to healthcare for veterans and dependents of veterans. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown, Bennett (proxy), Casey, Warner (proxy), McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley, Crapo, Roberts, Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr, Isakson, Portman, Toomey, Heller, Scott, Cassidy.” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 228, 11/15/17]

Heller Voted Against A Tax Amendment To Prevent The Loss Of Health Care Coverage For People With Disabilities.“Amendment 316, Casey #18, as modified. To prevent loss of health care coverage for people with disabilities. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown, Bennett, Casey, Warner (proxy), McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley, Crapo, Roberts, Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr, Isakson, Portman, Toomey, Heller, Scott, Cassidy.” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 316, 11/15/17]

Heller Voted Against An Amendment That Called For A Complete Analysis Of Senate Republicans’ Tax Bill To Be Made Publicly Available. “Amendment 145, Wyden #1/ Carper, as modified. Transparency Amendment, calling for a complete analysis of the bill to be publicly available. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson (proxy), Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown, Bennett, Casey, Warner, McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley, Crapo, Roberts, Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr, Isakson, Portman, Toomey (proxy), Heller, Scott, Cassidy (proxy).” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 145, 11/15/17]

Heller Voted Against An Amendment That Called For A Public Hearing On Senate Republicans’ Tax Proposal.“Amendment 146, Wyden #2 / Carper, as modified. Transparency Amendment, calling for public hearing on the proposal. Failed by roll call vote 12 ayes, 14 nays. Ayes: Wyden, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez (proxy), Carper, Cardin, Brown, Bennett, Casey, Warner, McCaskill. Nays: Hatch, Grassley, Crapo, Roberts, Enzi, Cornyn, Thune, Burr, Isakson, Portman, Toomey, Heller, Scott, Cassidy.” [Senate Finance Committee, Executive Session Results, Amendment 146, 11/15/17]

 

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