As 2013 Comes to a Close … Enough is Enough!

Horsford— by Rep. Steven Horsford, NV-CD4

As 2013 comes to a close, I’d love to reflect on the 113th Congress as one of accomplishments for the American people.  Instead, we’re facing the prospect of another shutdown on January 15th if obstructionists in the House continue to play their games.

On issue after issue that the American people care about, obstructionists in the House have blocked votes and refused to do anything.  Whether it’s the Farm Bill, Immigration Reform, Unemployment Insurance, a Jobs Bill, or the 2014 budget, a small fringe group has blocked any progress in the House.

I know that this is not what you expect from your elected representatives.  You sent me to Congress to be your voice and to work across party lines and represent Nevada’s interests.

We can’t let a small group of obstructionists hold progress for our state and the entire country back. We have to put a stop to this mentality that ideology should trump reasonable compromise and consensus.

Will you join me and tell Speaker Boehner and his band of obstructionists that enough is enough? Click here to sign your name and tell them that Congress should be doing the work of the people, not the bidding of an intractable minority.

Thank you for joining me in standing up for what’s right,

Horsford Reaction to Supreme Court Decision Gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Jun 25, 2013, 

Press Release from Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4):

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld Section 5 while striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as part of its Shelby v. Holder decision:

“In 2006, the House of Representatives moved to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 390-33. Today, the Supreme Court voted to gut the Act, 5-4.

“The Voting Rights Act is a cornerstone of the civil rights movement and a critical tool in preventing minority disenfranchisement. By helping secure the right to vote, the Voting Rights Act has served as an important vehicle for democratic progress.

“During oral arguments we heard Justice Antonin Scalia say that this legislation, passed repeatedly by the Senate and the House with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, is nothing more than a ‘racial entitlement.’ Voting is not a racial entitlement; it is an entitlement for every eligible voting-age citizen. Voting is an American entitlement, and I am beyond disappointed to see the Supreme Court strike down vital voting rights protections contained in the law.

“Over time, voter suppression tactics have become more sophisticated but have not disappeared. Whether it is unfair voter ID laws or barriers to voter registration, we still witness attempts every election cycle to selectively disenfranchise portions of the electorate. We still need to fight back.

“I remain committed to working with my colleagues to secure the right to vote for all Americans. The Voting Rights Act has an important place in our history, but we should not be lulled into complacency by our successes. The movement for equal rights continues, and now Congress must act to secure voting rights for all.”

Horsford Co-Sponsors Legislation Giving Greater Mental Health Access To Veterans

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) co-sponsored the bipartisan Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, which was introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17). Currently, veterans face a five-year window in which they must seek treatment for mental illnesses before losing their higher priority status. This legislation would eliminate the five-year window and allow veterans to seek treatment for service-connected mental illnesses, regardless of when their conditions manifest themselves.

“We must renew our commitment to provide the men and women who have served our country in uniform with the healthcare services they deserve,” said Horsford. “The Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act would ensure the services and treatments that are available to recently discharged veterans are available to all who have served in combat. This bill maintains the role of the VA to treat service-related disorders and allows its healthcare professionals to diagnose mental disorders and illnesses according to established procedures.”

Currently, the VA offers healthcare treatment and services to our nation’s veterans who suffer from service-related physical or mental disabilities. While the diagnosis of physical injuries typically is made before or shortly after separation from the military, mental illnesses may not manifest themselves until years later. Serious mental health issues like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder were virtually undiagnosed in veterans of previous wars, having only been added by the to the American Psychiatric Association to the third edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) nosologic classification scheme in 1980. As the United States military and the VA continue to improve treatment for those who have served, there remains a gap for veterans struggling with mental illnesses that this legislation seeks to address.

Help HRC Elect Pro-Equality Candidates in Nevada

— Human Rights Campaign

With Election Day just over 50 days away, the Human Rights Campaign would like to take the opportunity to announce the endorsements of Nevada candidates who have stood for equality. Now is your chance to stand with them. Sign up to help elect these pro-equality candidates.

HRC-Endorsed Candidates:

As Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley has consistently scored 100% on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard while her opponent has scored 0%. In the Senate, she will continue to stand with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, with her cosponsorship of the Respect for Marriage Act, repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

In 2008, HRC endorsed then State Senator Dina Titus and worked with her in Congress, as she sponsored the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In 2012, Nevadans have the chance to send a strong supporter back to Congress.

State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford and State Assembly Speaker John Oceguera were instrumental in passing the law to create Nevada’s domestic partner registry. In Congress, both Steven and John will continue to be a major force working towards full equality.

Thank you,
/s/ Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director

P.S. HRC volunteers and supporters will be out in full force this election season in Las Vegas and all across Nevada.

Steven Horsford Urges Congress to Pass Payroll Tax Cut

November 30, 2011
Contact: Zach Hudson, Comm. Dir., NSDP
(702) 737-8683

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford released the following statement urging Congress to pass a tax cut that will help middle-class families:

“The countdown has begun for Congress to get its act together and stop major tax increases on Nevada’s working families. If Congress doesn’t act, payroll taxes rise on January 1st  — now just four weeks away.

“Inaction means middle class families will pay nearly $1,000 more every year, tax increases they simply cannot afford. Not stopping the payroll tax increase will hurt Nevada’s working families just when they need income to help pay the rent, put food on the table and help families struggling to survive.

“In fact, President Obama wants to cut payroll taxes even more – so that the typical American family’s payroll tax cut goes from $1,000 this year to $1,500 next year, according to the Treasury Department. That’s real money in middle class pockets and a real boost to our economy.

“Congress needs to do its job and pass the President’s payroll tax cut for working families.”