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Heller Breaks His Word on Increasing the National Debt

After voting last week to force his tax scam through the Senate, Dean Heller bragged about helping write the bill – even though it will irresponsibly increase the national debt by more than $1 trillion. True to form, Heller has been pretending for years to be a fiscal hawk who repeatedly opposed increasing the debt… until now.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“Like a phony career politician, Senator Heller has been railing against the national debt for years but just broke that promise to slash taxes for his billionaire donors and giant corporations. The facts are clear that this fiscally irresponsible tax bill will add more than $1 trillion to the national debt, and it will not pay for itself. The next generation will be stuck paying to clean up this disastrous mess created by Senator Heller and his Republican colleagues in Washington, and Nevada voters won’t forget who to blame in 2018.”

BACKGROUND

2009: Heller Urged Colleagues To Reject Raising Debt Limit. “After all this spending the national debt is at $12 trillion dollars. Every American citizen will now owe more than $39,000 dollars to pay for Washington’s spending. Now Democrats was to allow the debt limit to allow even more spending in 2010. The real fat cat is the Federal Government which spends, spends, spends while the American public gets stuck with the bill. I urge my colleagues to reject raising the debt limit. Give the gift America deserves, a responsible federal budget.” [YouTube, CongressmanHeller, 12/16/09] (VIDEO)

2010: Heller Opposed Deficit Extender Legislation, Said “This Bill Has More Than $100 Billion Dollars Of Deficit Spending Coupled With Nearly $50 Billion Dollars In Tax Increases. We Should Not Do Either.” “I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 4213, a misguided bill masquerading as tax relief. […] In fact, this bill has more than $100 billion dollars of deficit spending coupled with nearly $50 billion dollars in tax increases. We should not do either.” [YouTube, Congressman Heller, 5/28/10] (VIDEO)

2011: Heller: “I Think Our Biggest Security Threat Today Is Our Debt.” Heller: “Well, first of all, I don’t think that Libya is our biggest security threat. I think our biggest security threat today is our debt. Having $14-15 trillion dollars in debt does a lot more to put a lot of problems when it comes to freedoms and what we enjoy and our ability to move forward as a country before Libya does.” [NevadaNewsmakers, 3/21/11]

2013: Heller Criticized Congress On Plan To Add $1.1 Trillion Dollars To Debt. “[Heller]: We are $17 trillion in debt. We want to add another trillion to it. That is why we are here, because we think 1.1 trillion is okay.” [C-SPAN, Debt Ceiling and Default, Timestamp 1:13:18, 10/10/13] (VIDEO)

Heller: “I Believe It Is Critical To Rein In Spending, Address The Yearly Deficits, And Get Government Debt Under Control.” “As our national debt grows, the dollar is weakened and Americans have to work more so they can buy less. Curbing out-of-control spending and balancing the budget should be top priorities for Congress. This government has been on a massive spending spree for too long, and it is time for this reckless behavior to end. As an opponent of the stimulus and the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the bailout, I believe it is critical to rein in spending, address the yearly deficits, and get government debt under control.” [Heller.Senate.gov, Issues, Federal Spending and the Deficit, accessed 12/1/17]

Heller: “This Government Has Been On A Massive Spending Spree For Too Long, And It Is Time For This Reckless Behavior To End.” “As our national debt grows, the dollar is weakened and Americans have to work more so they can buy less. Curbing out-of-control spending and balancing the budget should be top priorities for Congress. This government has been on a massive spending spree for too long, and it is time for this reckless behavior to end. As an opponent of the stimulus and the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the bailout, I believe it is critical to rein in spending, address the yearly deficits, and get government debt under control.” [Heller.Senate.gov, Issues, Federal Spending and the Deficit, accessed 12/1/17]

Heller: “Congress Must Immediately Start To Solve Washington’s Out-Of-Control Spending That Has Led To Unprecedented Debt And Deficits.” “Congress must immediately start to solve Washington’s out-of-control spending that has led to unprecedented debt and deficits.  For too long, Members of Congress have failed to even pass a basic budget to rein in record spending, which is why I introduced the No Budget, No Pay Act.  This bill would eliminate pay for Members of Congress unless they pass a budget. Cutting wasteful spending, reducing our national debt, and pushing for a Balanced Budget Amendment that will ultimately force Washington to live within its means are top priorities of mine.” [Heller.Senate.gov, Issues, Federal Spending and the Deficit, accessed 12/1/17]

JCT Report Estimated The Republican Senate Tax Bill Would Add $1 Trillion To The Deficit, Falling “Far Short Of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s Oft-Made Claim That The Proposed Tax Cuts Will Pay For Themselves.” “The Joint Committee on Taxation, the Congressional scorekeeper for tax bills, estimates that the Senate tax bill could generate enough growth to create nearly $408 billion in net new revenue over a decade. But even with that additional revenue, the bill would still add an estimated $1 trillion to deficits. JCT’s macroeconomic analysis – also known as a dynamic score – falls far short of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s oft-made claim that the proposed tax cuts will pay for themselves.” [CNN, 11/30/17]

NBC News: Senate Republicans’ Tax Bill Breaks Their Promise That Their Tax Legislation Won’t Increase The Debt. “Republicans are breaking four big promises in the Senate tax bill… Claim #1: The tax legislation won’t increase the debt. ‘I believe tax reform will lead us back to a balanced budget,’ House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady said. The facts: The Joint Committee on Taxation said Thursday that the Senate bill would add $1 trillion to the debt, even after accounting for economic growth, the Washington Post reports.” [NBC News, 12/1/17]

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