CORRECTING THE RECORD: McConnell-Linked Dark Money Group Distorts the Facts on Rosen’s Strong Support for Veterans

Rosen for Nevada spokesperson Molly Forgey released the following statement in response to a misleading new television ad from the Mitch McConnell-linked dark money group One Nation:

“Mitch McConnell’s dark money group is desperately twisting the facts about Jacky Rosen’s strong support for and bipartisan work on behalf of Nevada’s veterans in Congress. Jacky was an early cosponsor of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, and she even helped introduce a similar bipartisan bill earlier this year. Senator Heller’s Republican allies in Washington are clearly hitting the panic button with these flimsy, dishonest attacks.”

BACKGROUND

ROSEN HAS FOUGHT TO EXPAND BENEFITS FOR VIETNAM-ERA VETERANS EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE

Rosen Helped Introduce H.R. 4843 To Modify The Presumption Of Service Connection For Vietnam-Era Veterans Who Were Determined To Be Exposed To Herbicides In Thailand, Expand Benefits For Veterans Who Were Exposed To Agent Orange And To The Children Of Veterans Who Are Suffering From Spina Bifida. In January 2018, Rosen was an original cosponsor and helped introduce H.R. 4843, “A bill to modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes.” As of August 2018, the bill had 35 cosponsors, 18 Democratic and 17 Republican. [CQ, 1/18/18, H.R. 4843, Introduced 1/18/18, Representative Rosen, 1/18/18]

Rosen Cosponsored The Blue Water Navy Veterans Act On February 28, Which Expanded The Presumption Of Service Connection To Include Vietnam’s Territorial Seas For The Purpose Of Treatment For Exposure To Certain Herbicides. [H.R. 299, Vote 289, Introduced 1/5/17, Cosponsored, 2/28/17]

The Blue Water Navy Veterans Act Passed Without A Single No Vote, A Total Of 45 Members Of Congress Skipped The Vote. According to Congress.gov, the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act passed without a single no vote. 221 Republicans voted for the bill alongside 161 Democrats. A total of 45 members of Congress missed the vote, 13 Republicans and 32 Democrats. [Congress.gov, H.R. 299, Vote 289, 6/25/18]

DAYS BEFORE ROSEN TOURED THE BORDER AMID A NATIONAL OUTCRY OVER FAMILY SEPARATIONS, HELLER FAILED TO STAND UP TO TRUMP

Rosen’s June 25 Visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border Came As Family Separations Triggered National Outrage. “Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen said touring a tent city near El Paso, Texas that’s housing migrant youth felt more like visiting a military base in a foreign country than traveling within the U.S. The Democratic lawmaker and Senate candidate from Nevada toured sites on the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, the same day that Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto was visiting detention centers on the other side of Texas. Lawmakers have been heading to the border in recent weeks as President Donald Trump’s administration has implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings and as the resulting family separations have triggered national outrage.” [The Nevada Independent, 6/25/18]

Washington Post: Heller Did Not Publicly Raise The Family Separation Crisis At The Border With Trump During Trump’s Nevada Visit.f Heller raised the border crisis with Trump, he did not let on in his two-minute speech to the convention. He did not mention immigration and focused his remarks instead on the tax overhaul.” [Washington Post, 6/23/18]