La Prensa Latina Newpaper Endorses Shelley Berkley

Las Vegas – Today, U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley received the endorsement of La Prensa Latina, a Spanish-language newspaper in Las Vegas, that praised her long record of standing up for the Latino community in Nevada and said Senator Heller’s record on the issues important to Latino families in Nevada ismisguided and anti-middle class.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of La Prensa Latina newspaper,” said U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley.  “I’ll continue to prioritize Latino working families across Nevada by fighting to create good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced, giving Nevada small businesses the tools to hire again, making sure a quality and affordable education is within reach for all families, and continuing to press for passage of the DREAM Act.”

“Due to her long track record of fighting for Latino working families across Nevada, we’re pleased to endorse Shelley Berkley to be the next U.S. Senator from Nevada,” said La Prensa Latina owner Maggie Hosseini.  “Whether it is voting for the DREAM Act, her support for comprehensive immigration reform, protecting funding for Pell grants that help make college more affordable, and working day and night to support our small businesses and create good-paying jobs, Latino families throughout Nevada need Shelley Berkley to keep fighting for us in the years to come in the U.S. Senate.  Shelley’s Republican opponent, Senator Dean Heller, is siding with special interests rather than standing up for hardworking Latino families in Nevada. He voted to gut college student aid and voted against legislation to keep thousands of teachers on the job and against the Small Business Jobs Act, which was praised by Governor Sandoval for helping create jobs in Nevada. Heller also opposed the DREAM Act, to help young Latino students and military service members stay in this country and earn a path to legal status and he said he wants to bring the discriminatory Arizona law to Nevada.  Latino families simply can’t afford Senator Heller’s misguided, anti-middle class priorities.”

El Mundo Endorses Shelley Berkley

After Receiving Endorsement Yesterday From La Prensa Latina Newspaper, Shelley Berkley Accepts Endorsement From El Mundo Newspaper, the oldest and largest Hispanic-owned Newspaper in Nevada.

El Mundo Owner Eddie Escobedo Jr. Praises Shelley’s Record Of Fighting For Latino Families Across Nevada While Slamming Senator Heller’s Dismal Record On Latino Issues

Las Vegas— Today, U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley received the endorsement of El Mundo newspaper, Nevada’s oldest and largest Hispanic-owned newspaper, outside of Cardenas Market in Las Vegas. Shelley was joined by El Mundo owner Eddie Escobedo Jr., and state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores at the endorsement event, who both spoke about Shelley’s long record of standing up for Nevada’s Latino community and Senator Dean Heller’s dismal record on Latino issues.

“I’m proud and honored to receive the endorsement of El Mundo newspaper, Nevada’s oldest and largest Hispanic-owned newspaper,” said U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley.  “While my opponent continues to turn a blind eye to the Latino community in Nevada by skipping candidate forums, blowing off scheduled meetings, and voting against the DREAM Act while cutting funding for Pell grants and support for small businesses, I’ll continue to prioritize Latino families across Nevada by fighting to create good-paying jobs, giving Nevada small businesses the tools to expand and hire, making education affordable and accessible for all, and continuing to press for passage of the DREAM Act.”

“When it comes to the important issues impacting Latino families in Nevada, there is an ocean of difference between Shelley Berkley’s commitment to creating good-paying jobs and her opponent, Republican Senator Dean Heller’s anti-middle class, pro-Wall Street agenda, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse Shelley on behalf of El Mundo newspaper,” said Eddie Escobedo Jr., the owner of El Mundo newspaper.  “Shelley will continue standing up for Latino working families by fighting for good-paying jobs, giving small businesses the tools to hire again, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and voting for the DREAM Act.  Senator Dean Heller’s record on Latino issues is atrocious, and he continues to stand with Republicans like Mitt Romney in putting Wall Street millionaires, billionaires, Big Oil companies, and corporations that ship our jobs overseas first, and Latino working families last.”


El Mundo is the second Spanish-language newspaper endorsement Shelley has received in as many days.  Yesterday, Shelley received the endorsement of La Prensa Latina, a Spanish-language newspaper in Nevada that praised her long record of standing up for the Latino community in Nevada, while calling Senator Heller’s record on the issues important to Latino families in Nevada misguided and anti-middle class.

Berkley Campaign: Shame on Dean Heller

A Gleeful Heller Tries to Score Political Points As Hundreds
of Nevadans Lose Their Jobs at Amonix

 Las Vegas – The Shelley Berkley for Senate campaign released the following statement after Senator Dean Heller cheered the fact that hundreds of Nevadans lost their jobs when Amonix, a Nevada clean energy company, shut down.  Republican Governor Sandoval praised the company at its ribbon cutting.

The Heller campaign’s release did not once reference the unfortunate circumstances of those who lost their jobs.

“Shame on Senator Dean Heller,” said Xochitl Hinojosa, Berkley for Senate Communications Director.  “While Shelley Berkley and Republican Governor Brian Sandoval are working to make Nevada the clean energy jobs capital of America, Senator Heller is cheering the fact that hundreds of Nevadans have just lost their jobs because he thinks it will help his political campaign.  However, Heller’s rooting for failure should come as no surprise to Nevada’s middle-class given his track record protecting tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas and defending China’s unfair trade policies that are cheating Nevada workers out of thousands of good paying jobs.  It’s time for Heller to put Nevada first by joining Shelley Berkley and Republican Governor Sandoval to find solutions that put people back to work.  Those who are unemployed deserve more from their Senator.”

Released: July 18, 2012
By: Xochitl Hinojosa 702-675-6722 / 702-483-1826;  Colin Milligan 702-675-6711 / 702-582-9643

Berkley Supports Minimum Wage Increase

Released:
July 17, 2012
Contact:
Xochitl Hinojosa 702-675-6722 or 702-483-1826
Colin Milligan 702-675-6711 or 702-582-9643

SHELLEY BERKLEY CONTINUES FIGHTING FOR NEVADA MIDDLE-CLASS BY SUPPORTING MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Earlier Today, Shelley Was Proud To Become Original Co-Sponsor On
Minimum Wage Bill For Nevada Middle-Class Families; Effort Will Help
Families Put Food on Table 
and Pay Family Bills

While Shelley Fights For Nevada’s Middle-Class, Senator Dean Heller
Continues His Long Record Of Opposing Minimum Wage Increases
While Continuing To Fight For Wall Street Special Interests

Las Vegas – Today, the Shelley Berkley for Senate campaign announced that Shelley was proud to become an original co-sponsor of a bill to raise the minimum wage, while also highlighting Senator Dean Heller’s long record of voting against increases to the minimum wage as he goes to bat for Wall Street special interests.

Earlier this morning, Shelley became an original cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012, a common sense bill that wouldincrease the minimum wage in three 85-cent steps over three years from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour.

Increasing the minimum wage would be a boon to Nevada middle-class families by making it easier to put food on the table, gas in the family car and pay the mortgage and bills.  Shelley has voted six times to raise the minimum wage as part of her fight for Nevada’s middle-class.

On the other hand, Senator Dean Heller has a long history of opposing efforts to raise the minimum wage for Nevada middle-class families while continuing to fight for Wall Street special interests.  Heller has opposed previous efforts to raise the minimum wage three times while voting to protect tax breaks for corporations that ship Nevada jobs overseas, defend huge taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil companies, and end Medicare by turning it over to profit-hungry private insurance companies — twice.

“I’m proud to support efforts to raise the minimum wage for Nevada’s middle-class because Washington must start prioritizing Nevada families who need relief, not Washington special interests,” said U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley.  “Unfortunately my opponent, Senator Dean Heller, continues to look out for Wall Street by supporting tax breaks for corporations that ship Nevada jobs overseas, backing taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil companies, and voting to turn Medicare over to profit-hungry private insurance companies.  It’s time Nevada had a Senator who fights every day for families struggling to make ends meet instead of the big special interests who don’t need our help.”

Berkley Has Voted Six Times to Raise the Minimum Wage

Berkley Voted to Raise the Minimum Wage.  In 2007, Berkley voted for an emergency appropriations bill that included a provision to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over two years.  To help small businesses with the cost of raising the minimum wage, the measure provided $4.8 billion in small-business tax incentives. The measure passed 348-73. [HR 2206, Vote #424, 5/24/07; Congressional Quarterly]

Berkley Voted to Raise the Minimum Wage.  In 2007, Berkley voted for legislation that would provide $42.8 billion in fiscal 2007 emergency spending for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, the bill raised the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over two years and provided $4.8 billion in small-business tax incentives.The bill passed 221-205. [HR 2206, Vote #333, 5/10/07; Congressional Quarterly]

Berkley Voted for Minimum Wage Increase.  In 2007, Berkley voted for increasing the minimum wage from by $2.10 an hour to $7.25 an hour.  The measure passed 218-212.  [HR 1591, Vote #186, 3/23/07; CQ House Action Reports, No. 110-3, 3/20/07]

Berkley Voted for Fair Minimum Wage Act.  In 2007, Berkley voted for an increase to the federal minimum wage by $2.10 over two years — from the previous level of $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour.  According to a Rep. Shelley Berkley press release, “the increase supported by Berkley is the first to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in more than a decade.” The bill passed 315-116. [HR 2, Vote #18, 1/10/07; Office of Rep. Shelley Berkley, 1/10/07]

Berkley Voted for $1-per-Hour Wage Increase.  In 2000, Berkley voted for final passage of HR 3846, which would have increased the federal minimum wage by $1-per-hour over two years, except for certain occupations where employees tended to work unconventional hours (e.g., funeral home directors, computer professionals).  The bill amended the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and was procedurally tied to HR 3081 (through H Res 434), which provided an estimated $46 billion in tax cuts over five years. The bill passed 282-143.  [HR 3846, Vote #45, 3/09/00]

Berkley Voted to Speed Up Minimum Wage Increase.  In 2000, Berkley voted for an amendment to HR 3846, which increased the minimum wage by $1 by April 1, 2001.  The original bill phased in the increase through April 1, 2002.  The amendment passed 246-179.  [HR 3846, Vote #43, 3/09/00]

Heller Has Voted Against Increasing The Federal Minimum Wage

Heller Said He Would Vote Against Raising The Federal Minimum Wage Because “Market Forces Are Doing Their Job.” In January 2007, the Gannett News Service reported that “The freshman from Carson City could remain in the minority on some of the issues the House will consider next week. Among them: raising the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. Heller noted that Nevada voters recently increased the state’s minimum wage to $6.15 an hour. ‘We have McDonald’s right now paying $10 an hour,’ he said. ‘I think market forces are doing their job.’” [Gannett News Service, 1/8/2007]

Heller Opposed Fair Minimum Wage Act. In 2007, Heller voted against an increase to the federal minimum wage by $2.10 over two years — from the previous level of $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour.  The bill passed 315-116.  [HR 2, Vote 18, 1/10/07]

Heller Opposed Minimum Wage Increase. In 2007, Heller voted against legislation that, among other provisions, increases the federal minimum wage by $2.10 an hour over two years — from its current level of $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour. This increase would occur in three increments of 70 cents each, with the first increment becoming effective, 60 days after enactment. The measure also extends the federal minimum wage to the Northern Mariana Islands and to American Samoa. [CQ House Action Reports, No. 110-3, 3/20/07; HR 1591, Vote 186, 3/23/07]

Heller Voted Against Raising the Minimum Wage. In 2007, Heller voted against legislation that would provide $42.8 billion in fiscal 2007 emergency spending for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, the bill raised the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over two years and provided $4.8 billion in small-business tax incentives. The bill also included $6.8 billion for hurricane recovery and relief, $3.3 billion for military healthcare costs and $2.25 billion for homeland security anti-terrorism programs. The bill also required another congressional vote in late July to release the remaining $52.8 billion for the Pentagon, and would withhold funds until the president reports by July 13 on progress the Iraqi government has made toward meeting specified benchmarks and goals set by the bill and Congress has adopted a joint resolution releasing the “fenced off” funds. President Bush opposed the bill. The bill passed 221-205.  [CQ Floor Votes;HR 2206, Vote 333, 5/10/07]