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August 5, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Senator John Ensign today commented on the latest jobs report and the continuing rise in unemployment rates.
“The staggering increase in unemployed Americans directly reflects what’s not working in Washington. Democrats are blindly passing legislation full of wasteful government spending, all the while promising the American people that thousands of new jobs will be created. Unfortunately, the fact is that more Americans are losing their jobs and it’s time that we say, enough is enough.
“Nevada is suffering through the highest unemployment rate in the nation, and our 14.2% rate will continue to increase unless we put a stop to these government spending sprees. Instead of increasing the debt and throwing more taxpayer money at the problem, we need to focus on the private sector, specifically small business. Unfortunately, until Democrats realize this, the unemployment rate will continue to sputter through highs and lows.”
August 5, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Senator John Ensign today voted against legislation that will add another $22 billion to our national debt and will raise taxes on American businesses that are struggling through this economic downturn.
“Democrats have claimed that the massive cost of this legislation is paid for,” said Ensign. “Unfortunately, what they have failed to point out to the American people is that this is because of a permanent tax hike that promises revenues that may or may not be there in the future. This legislation alone will add another $22 billion to our record-breaking national debt.
“It’s so important that we focus on creating jobs in the private sector, without a government bailout that forces our country even further into debt and makes the life span of these ‘saved’ jobs even shorter. This should be the focus of Congress because we can’t spend our way out of this recession.”
The Senate today voted to pass legislation that will spend $10 billion for education funding and another $16.1 billion to extend Medicaid funding in the stimulus bill that has done little to help Nevada.
July 30, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Senator John Ensign today commented on the Senate’s inability to overcome partisan differences to pass a bill to help small business and spur job creation. The bill has been bogged down with another $30 billion TARP-like community bank bailout, and Democrats have restricted the number of amendments Republicans can offer that focus on job creation.
“The people in my state are tired of partisan differences standing between them and a paycheck,” said Ensign. “The fact that Nevada is leading the nation in unemployment is not merely a talking point; it’s a real problem that needs a real solution. The number one focus of Congress should be job creation in the private sector, and the solution for this problem does not lie with one party. Both sides of the aisle have to come together to get people back to work and our economy back on track.
“The reality is that while both sides of the aisle have to work together on this, we can’t begin to spur job creation in the private sector when we continue to burden our country with debt. Spending bills are being passed through both chambers under the guise of job creation, and the time has come to stop this reckless waste of money and work together to put Americans back to work by actually incentivizing small business, the engine of our economy.”
Currently this bill puts taxpayers on the hook for another $30 billion to bail out banks with no guarantee that these funds will ever be repaid or that unused funds will go toward paying down our sky-rocketing national debt. Republican attempts to offer amendments that address the repeal of the new, onerous “1099” reporting requirements on small business, extend the research- and-development tax credit, lower the death tax and cap discretionary spending have been blocked by Democrats.
July 30, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Senator John Ensign today announced that Nevada will finally reclaim its allocation of geothermal royalties after the legislation that he and Senator Reid introduced passed the House and President Obama signed it into law this week.
“The passing of this legislation was crucial,” said Ensign “Ensuring that our counties receive their share of geothermal royalties was very important to me and will go a long way toward helping many communities that have been struggling with Nevada’s very difficult economic situation. This legislation will inject hundreds of thousands of dollars back into towns that should have never been without this money in the first place.”
This bill will ensure that our counties receive their cut of the money generated from geothermal energy development on public lands, which had been diverted to the federal government for Fiscal Year 2010. The legislation will give 50% of geothermal royalties to the state of Nevada, another 25% will go to the counties and the remaining 25% will be sent to the federal government. It is estimated that this legislation will restore roughly $4 million a year to Churchill County alone.