CORRECTING THE RECORD: McConnell-Linked Super PAC Desperately Tries to Distract from Heller’s Partisan Voting Record

Rosen for Nevada spokesperson Molly Forgey released the following statement in response to a misleading new television ad from the Mitch McConnell-linked Super PAC Senate Leadership Fund:

“Just last year, Senator Heller said himself that a federal government shutdown would be the Republican Party’s fault and nobody else’s. The truth is that Jacky Rosen has been recognized for her commitment to bipartisanship and working across the aisle in Congress, she’s voted to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and she’s fighting to permanently reauthorize the program for our most vulnerable kids. Senator Heller is trying to distract from his own partisan record of voting to undermine CHIP and to prolong a government shutdown that cost the U.S. economy $24 billion over efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Senator Heller has been a rubber stamp for Mitch McConnell’s cynical agenda in Washington, and these deceptive attack ads from McConnell’s Super PAC are his reward for breaking his promise to protect Nevadans’ health care.”

BACKGROUND

ROSEN HAS BEEN WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE AND RECOGNIZED FOR HER COMMITMENT TO BIPARTISANSHIP

As Of August 2018, Rosen Was In The Top 10% Members Of The U.S. House Of Representatives Who Voted Against Their Party. [ProPublica, Accessed 8/9/18]

Quorum Found Rosen To Be The Fifth Most Bipartisan Freshman In The U.S. House Of Representatives. An independent analysis of opposite party bills cosponsored by freshman representatives conducted by Quorum found that Rosen is the fifth most bipartisan freshman member of the U.S. House of Representatives, with 41% of cosponsored bills introduced by a Republican member. [Quorum, 2018]

Rosen Was One Of Only 13 Democrats In Congress Whose 2017 Voting Record Made Them Eligible For The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit Of Enterprise Award. [U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Accessed 8/8/18]

Rosen Is A Member Of The Problem Solvers Caucus. According to Rosen’s official website, “The Congresswoman is a member of the following caucuses and working groups: Problem Solvers Caucus.” [Representative Rosen, Accessed 9/7/17]

The Problem Solvers Caucus Is Comprised Of Republicans And Democrats “United In The Idea That There Are Common-Sense Solutions To Many Of The Country’s Toughest Challenges—But Partisanship Keeps Those Solutions From Making Their Way Into Law.” According to an op-ed by Representatives Reed and Gottheimer in CNN, “Earlier this year, having recognized that we shared this sentiment with many our colleagues, we decided to form a Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus. Comprised of 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats, our aim was to create a durable bloc that could champion ideas that would appeal to a much broader spectrum of the American people—even if those ideas were anathema to people on the fringes of our parties. We are united in the idea that there are common-sense solutions to many of the country’s toughest challenges—but partisanship keeps those solutions from making their way into law. We believe that’s bad for America.” [CNN, Representatives Reed and Gottheimer, 6/24/17]

ROSEN VOTED AGAINST SEVERAL STOPGAP FUNDING MEASURES BECAUSE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE REFUSED TO PROTECT DREAMERS

December 2017: Rosen Voted Against A Stopgap Continuing Resolution To Fund The Federal Government, Defending Her Vote As A Consequence Of Congressional Republicans Failing “To Address The Urgent Situation Facing Thousands Of Dreamers In Nevada.” “Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after voting against the latest stopgap Continuing Resolution: ‘This last-minute stopgap funding measure forced through by Republican leadership fails to address the urgent situation facing thousands of DREAMers in Nevada. It’s the end of the year, and there is no valid reason to further prolong this uncertainty.” [Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Press Release, 12/21/17]

January 2018: Rosen Voted Against Another Stopgap Spending Bill, Saying “There Is Zero Excuse For How Republican Leaders In Washington Have Spent The Past Few Months Playing Partisan Games… And Blocking Bipartisan Bills To Protect Dreamers From Coming To The Floor.” “Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement on Republicans’ latest stopgap Continuing Resolution: ‘I remain deeply disappointed by the systematic failure to address the critical issues facing this Congress, and I believe the only path forward to stop this dysfunction is a meaningful commitment to bipartisan problem-solving. Congress needs to work across the aisle to protect Nevada’s Dreamers and TPS workers, fund our community health centers, and pass a long-term budget that provides certainty for our government, our military, and our economy. There is zero excuse for how Republican leaders in Washington have spent the past few months playing partisan games, holding up children’s health insurance as a political pawn, and blocking bipartisan bills to protect Dreamers from coming to the floor. I will keep working across the aisle and fighting for a permanent solution in Congress that fixes President Trump’s cruel decision to end the DACA program and safeguards these young people.’” [Press Release, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, 1/22/18]

January 2018: Rosen Voted Against A Stopgap Continuing Resolution To Fund The Federal Government In Part Because It Failed To Protect Dreamers. “Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after voting against the latest stopgap Continuing Resolution. This is the fourth short-term funding measure that Congressional Republicans have brought forward this fiscal year. [...] ‘This stopgap funding bill hurts our military’s readiness and fails to bring relief to the thousands of DREAMers in Nevada whose lives hang in the balance because of Washington gridlock. We need to protect DREAMers, permanently fund CHIP, and pass a bipartisan, long-term budget that fully funds our nation’s domestic and security priorities while upholding the long-standing precedent of agreeing to parity.” [Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Press Release, 1/18/18]

ROSEN HAS VOTED AND TAKEN ACTION TO SUPPORT CHIP, AND SHE IS FIGHTING TO PERMANENTLY REAUTHORIZE CHIP

Rosen Urged CMS To Provide Funding For CHIP In Nevada

November 2017: Rosen Spearheaded A Letter To CMS Administrator Seema Verma To Provide Funding For CHIP. “Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) led a bipartisan letter with House members from Nevada’s Congressional delegation urging CMS Administrator Seema Verma to immediately fund Nevada’s Check Up Program, also known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), so that it continues through February 2018. The CHIP program expired on September 30, 2017.” [Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Press Release, 11/22/17]

After Rosen’s Letter, CMS Announced It Would Award A Total Of More Than $11 Million In Funding For CHIP In Nevada. “Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement in response to news that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will award Nevada’s Check Up Program, also known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), with $5.6 million in funding for the month of December, and a similar amount through January 31, 2018, an expected total of more than $11 million in funding. The news comes after Rosen led a bipartisan letter last week urging CMS Administrator Seema Verma to immediately fund the program. ‘It is unconscionable that even one child would lose health coverage due to Congressional inaction,’ said Rosen. ’I’m grateful to CMS Administrator Verma for heeding our call to immediately fund Nevada Check Up, and will continue to press Congressional leadership and the Administration to reach a long-term solution to fund this critically important program.’” [Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Press Release, 12/1/17]

Rosen Urged Speaker Ryan To Allow A Clean Vote On Reauthorizing CHIP

October 2017: Rosen Signed Onto A Letter To Speaker Paul Ryan, Urging Him To Allow A Vote To Reauthorize CHIP. “Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after sending a joint letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to take action and allow a vote on reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expired on September 30, 2017. View Text of the letter here. ‘The irresponsible failure to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program has left Nevada scrambling to figure out how to maintain coverage for tens of thousands of our most vulnerable children,’ said Rosen. ‘If Congress fails to act, families in my district could start receiving notice of their health coverage being terminated as early as this month. It’s time for Speaker Ryan and Republicans in Congress to set politics aside and put our kids first by working with Democrats to immediately renew funding for this critical program.’” [Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Press Release, 10/26/17]

Rosen Has Voted For Long-Term CHIP Reauthorization

February 2018: Rosen Voted For The Bipartisan Budget Act Of 2018, Which Reauthorized CHIP Through Fiscal Year 2027. On February 9, 2018, Rosen voted for a, “Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through March 23, 2018. [...] It would authorize funding for community health centers through fiscal 2019, and would provide for an additional authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program from fiscal 2023 to fiscal 2027. The underlying bill would allow the governor of a state, territory, possession or the mayor of the District of Columbia to order that the United States flag be flown at half-staff to honor the death of a first responder who dies while serving in the line of duty.” [CQ, 2/9/18; HR 1892, Vote 69, 2/9/18; Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, 2/9/18]

November 2017: Rosen Voted For A Bill That Would Extend Funding For CHIP Through Fiscal Year 2022. On November 3, 2017, Rosen voted for, “Passage of the bill, as amended, that would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal 2022, and would increase funding from $21.5 billion in fiscal 2018 to $25.9 billion in fiscal 2022.” [CQ, 11/3/17; HR 3922, Vote 606, 11/3/17]

Rosen Has Cosponsored Legislation That Would Permanently Reauthorize CHIP

January 2018: Rosen Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Advancing Seniors And Kids Act, Which Would Permanently Reauthorize CHIP And Provide Funding For Community Health Centers. On January 18, 2018, Rosen became an original cosponsor of a bill that, “extends, and otherwise revises, various public health and social welfare programs. Specifically, the bill: permanently extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); extends by one year, but reduces by half, additional federal financial participation for CHIP; extends CHIP’s qualifying-states option, express-lane eligibility option, and outreach and enrollment program…” [CQ, 1/18/18; HR 4820, Introduced 1/18/18, Cosponsored 1/18/18]

December 2017: Rosen Cosponsored The CHAMPION KIDS Act Of 2017, Which Would Extend CHIP Funding For Five Years. On December 15, 2017, Rosen cosponsored a bill that would extend funding for CHIP by five years. [CQ, 12/4/17; HR 4541, Introduced 12/4/17, Cosponsored 12/15/17; Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Press Release, 12/21/17]

JUST LAST YEAR, HELLER SAID THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WOULD BE TO BLAME FOR A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Heller In 2017: “There Will Be No Excuses And Nobody Else’s Fault But The Republican Party If This Government Does Shut Down.” “‘I don’t like shutting down the government,’ Heller said. ‘There will be no excuses and nobody else’s fault but the Republican Party if this government does shut down.’” [NBC News, 8/28/17]

EVEN AFTER A 16-DAY SHUTDOWN IN 2013 THAT COST THE U.S. ECONOMY $24 BILLION, HELLER REFUSED TO VOTE TO REOPEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

2013 Federal Government Shutdown Lasted 16 Days. [Huffington Post, 11/8/13]

HEADLINE: “Shutdown Took $24 Billion Bite Out Of Economy” [CNN Money, 10/17/13]

On October 16, Senate Leaders Of Both Parties Announced An Agreement To Reopen The Government. “On Oct. 16, Senate leaders of both parties announced an agreement to reopen the government through Jan. 15, 2014, at sequester-reduced levels and to raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. The only health care law provision in that bill (HR 2775) was language accepted by the administration requiring Health and Human Services to certify that insurance exchanges had verified individuals’ eligibility for subsidies and ordering reports on verification procedures from the HHS secretary and the department’s inspector general. Similar language had been in the original House version of HR 2775. The Senate passed the amended version of HR 2775 by an 81-18 vote that evening, and the House cleared it (PL 113-46) by a vote of 285-144. “We fought the good fight; we just didn’t win,” said Boehner, who was one of the 87 House Republicans to vote for the bill. (Senate vote 219, p. S-46; House vote 550, p. H-200)” [CQ Almanac, 2013]

During The Government Shutdown, Heller Said He Wasn’t Planning On Voting To Open The Government

Heller Was One Of Only 18 Senators Friday Who Voted Against Ending Debate On A Resolution To Continue Funding The Government Past Monday, Was In The Minority Even In His Own Party. “As for the shutdown negotiations, Heller said that he’d know more after a 5:30 p.m. leadership meeting. He said he didn’t plan on changing his stance, but he was open to funding the government if the federal health care law were delayed a year - he noted part had been delayed already - or if Congress were also held to the same standards on health care as everyone else. (They are actually required to use the health care exchanges). Heller was one of only 19 senators Friday who voted against ending debate on a resolution to continue funding the government past Monday. Heller was in the minority even in his own party. Twenty-five Republicans joined with 52 Democrats and two independents to approve a measure to end debate and proceed to a vote on a resolution to fund the government through Nov. 15.” [Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/3/13; Senate Vote 219, 10/16/13]

OCTOBER 16: Heller Voted Against the Bipartisan Deal Reopening the Federal Government After the 16-Day Shutdown

Heller Voted Against Reopening The Government, Complaining That The Bill Was “A Step Backward, Not Forward.” “Nevada lawmakers who voted Wednesday for a bill to end the government shutdown and avert debt default expressed relief if not enthusiasm that the crises had been shelved, even if only for a few months. […] At the same time, Republican Sen. Dean Heller and GOP Rep. Mark Amodei put thumbs down and voted against the legislation. Each said it contains little that will alter a harmful equation of government spending and growing debt. Calling it ‘yet another short-term spending bill,’ Heller said the agreement ‘is a step backward, not forward.’” [Las Vegas Review Journal, 10/17/13]

Heller Voted To Block The Bill Funding The Government Through January 15, 2014 And Raising The Debt Ceiling. In October 2013, Heller voted against: ‘Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill that would provide continuing appropriations for government operations through Jan. 15, 2014, and allow federal borrowing to continue through Feb. 7, 2014. It also would require the Health and Human Services Department to verify the income qualifications of people who apply for tax subsidies under the 2010 health care overhaul.’ The motion was agreed to, 83-16. [CQ, 10/16/13; H.R. 2775, Vote 218, 10/16/13]

Heller Voted Against Reopening The Government Through January 15, 2014, Raising The Debt Ceiling, Retroactively Paying Furloughed Government Employees, And Requiring Income Verification For ACA Tax Subsidies. In October 2013, Heller voted for: ‘Passage of the bill that would provide continuing appropriations for government operations through Jan. 15, 2014, reflecting an annual discretionary level of about $986 billion. It would allow federal borrowing to continue through Feb. 7, 2014, after the president certifies that the U.S. Treasury cannot pay its obligations and would set up an expedited process for Congress to consider resolutions of disapproval for debt limit increases included in the 2011 Budget Control Act. It also would provide for retroactive pay for federal employees who worked through the government shutdown that began on Oct. 1, 2013 and for workers furloughed during that time. The bill also would require the Health and Human Services Department to verify the income qualifications of people who apply for tax subsidies under the 2010 health care overhaul.’ The bill passed, 81-18. [CQ, 10/16/13; H.R. 2775, Vote 219, 10/16/13]

IN THE HOUSE, HELLER VOTED REPEATEDLY AGAINST CHIP PROGRAMS

Heller Voted Repeatedly To Undermine The Children’s Health Insurance Program As A Member Of The U.S. House of Representatives.

#1: August 2007: Heller opposed the reauthorization and expansion of State CHIP.

#2: September 2007: Heller voted against State CHIP Expansion.

#3: October 2007: Heller voted with Bush in opposition to reauthorizing and expanding State CHIP.

#4: October 2007: Heller voted against State CHIP expansion, despite 43 other House Republicans voting for it.

#5: October 2007: Heller voted to make State CHIP enrollment more difficult.

#6: January 2008: Heller opposed a veto override for State CHIP.

#7: January 2008: Heller voted to block a veto override attempt on State CHIP.

#8: June 2008: Heller voted against a budget to expand State CHIP.

#9: January 2009: Heller opposed expansion of CHIP, despite 40 other House Republicans voting for it.

#10: February 2009: Heller opposed State CHIP with Senate amendment.

#11: March 2010: Heller voted against the final passage of the Affordable Care Act, which included a reauthorization of CHIP.