A cloture vote was held in the U.S. Senate this past Tuesday, June 21, 2011, for The Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011 (S 782), which helps to maintain over 4000 jobs in Nevada, and has had bipartisan support in the past, was voted down this time, 49-51 and Senator Heller was one of the no votes.
Here in Nevada, “the program has already created or sustained 4,326 jobs. Reauthorizing the legislation would continue to create new jobs at a time when Nevada is suffering from the highest unemployment rate in the Nation. Tuesday’s vote comes on top of Heller’s vote earlier this year to gut the Department of Energy loan guarantee program that would create thousands of jobs in Nevada, including a recent announcement of a loan for a clean energy project in Tonopah that would create 600 jobs alone.”
Economic Development Administration (EDA):
- For nearly fifty years, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has helped to create jobs and spur growth in economically hard-hit communities nationwide.
- Reauthorization of the EDA will help ensure that the agency is able to continue creating jobs and investing in distressed communities.
- Since 2005, the EDA has awarded more than $1.2 billion in grants to hundreds of communities nationwide – investments that are expected to create more than 314,000 jobs.
- Every $1 dollar in EDA grant funding is expected to leverage nearly $7 dollars worth of private investment.
- S. 782 makes changes to the EDA that will: increase flexibility for grantees; lower threshold requirements for grantees to receive an increased federal share; and, make more investments available for planning assistance if EDA funding increases.
As a Congressman under a Democratic controlled House, Dean Heller voted “no” on every House Bill that was designed to create jobs. Now that the House is controlled by Republicans, Heller and his Party to this day haven’t even tried to produce a Bill that would help to create jobs. And now after being appointed to the Senate to finish the term of John Ensign, Heller still continues to say “no to jobs”.
Heller is consistent, not only has he voted to kill jobs in both the House and the Senate, he has also voted to kill Medicare for Seniors and the disabled in both the House and the Senate.
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