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Heller on Ryan Budget: I Voted for It and Against It

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 16, 2012  

WASHINGTON – In a debate last night, Senator Dean Heller tried to be on every side of the extreme Ryan budget, saying, “I voted against it once. I voted for it twice and against it once.” Try as he may, Heller won’t be able to hide from his support for the Ryan budget and his votes to gut the renewable energy sector, which would threaten Nevada jobs. 

“Heller tried to be on all sides of the Ryan budget last night, but his record makes clear he’s squarely on the side of Big Oil,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

The extreme Ryan budget plan would cut $3 billion in energy programs in 2013, and would spend just $150 million from 2013 to 2017, barely 20 percent of what was invested in 2012 alone. It also calls for giving Big Oil $40 billion in taxpayer subsidized handouts while cutting billions of dollars in clean energy investments. 

Heller’s votes for the Ryan budget are just some of the votes he’s cast to gut the clean energy sector and protect billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to the nation’s most profitable oil companies. Heller also voted against extending the solar investment tax credit, which is expected to create 9,000 jobs in Nevada by 2016.  An analysis done earlier this year found that this tax credit pays for itself by creating taxable revenue.

Over the course of his career, Heller has accepted $275,450 from oil and gas interests while voting to continue their special tax breaks.

Senator Heller’s extreme voting record has earned him an abysmal 14% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit

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