Campaign 2010

Feb 03, 2012

Joe Heck Campaigns for Millionaires over the Middle Class in Nevada Caucuses

Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) has spent the last year in Congress protecting millionaires at the expense of the middle class. So it’s no surprise that he is out in full force campaigning for multi-millionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said he wouldn’t try to stop foreclosures, and whose tax plan would disproportionately benefit the super wealthy, leaving the middle class behind. Congressman Heck has endorsed Romney for president and is expected to continue stumping for him during this weekend’s Nevada presidential caucus.

“Congressman Joe Heck continues to back a candidate for president who won’t help foreclosure victims, and will protect tax breaks for millionaires when the middle class are the ones who are suffering,” said Amber Moon of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Nevada voters deserve a representative who will stand up for them, but Congressman Heck repeatedly voted to block an extension of the middle class payroll tax cut all because it would hurt the ultra-wealthy and big corporations.”

 

Congressman Heck recently opposed ending tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires – like Mitt Romney – threatening middle class taxpayers with a $1,000 payroll tax hike. Now, Heck is defending the Republican presidential candidate, who has advocated for a tax plan that would greatly benefit the ultra-wealthy like him. It was also recently revealed that Romney paid a lower tax rate than most middle-class Americans.

 

Background

 

Heck Endorsed Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign in Ad Airing in Nevada. In January 2011, columnist Steve Sebelius wrote that Heck endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in a radio ad airing in Nevada. [Columnist, Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/15/12]

 

Heck Voted for the Republican Plan to Lower Taxes on the Rich. On April 15, 2011, House Republicans voted for the FY12 Republican budget, which would lower the nation’s top tax rate from 35% to 25%. [H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; New Republic, 4/20/11]

 

Heck Voted Against Consideration of an Extension of the Payroll Tax Cut for Working Americans.  In 2011, Heck repeatedly voted against the consideration of an extension of the payroll tax cut for working Americans. [H Res 477, Vote #870, 11/30/11; H Res 487, Vote #902, 12/08/11; H Res 479, Vote #889, 12/06/11; H Res 491, Vote #918, 12/13/11; H Res 493, Vote #925, 12/14/11; H Res 502, Vote #944, 12/20/11]

 

Tax Policy Center: Romney Plan Gives Wealthy Big Tax Cuts. “The analysis by the Washington-based Tax Policy Center concluded that Mr. Romney’s plan would reduce taxes significantly for high-income earners (by 6.9% or $146,000 for households making more than $1 million)….” [Wall Street Journal, 1/5/12]

 

Romney Paid Lower Tax Rate Than Most Middle-Income Americans. “Mitt Romney earned more than $42 million over the past two years, and paid $6.2 million in taxes at an effective rate averaging 14 percent.” [ABC News, 1/24/12]

 

Romney: “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.” In 2011, during a discussion with the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review Journal, Romney said one of his rules for the government is “don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/17/11]


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