Shelley Berkley's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Shelley Berkley
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Larry; 2 Children: Max, Sam; 2 Stepchildren: David, Stephanie
Birth Date: 01/20/1951
Birth Place: New York, NY
Home City: Las Vegas, NV
Religion: Jewish
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Shelley Berkley refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Berkley. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise in strong opposition to the Pence Amendment. Rep. Pence's amendment would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, including Medicaid reimbursement for family planning services, funding for HIV testing and counseling, funding for programs to prevent infertility, breast and cervical cancer screening funds, and funding to provide evidenced-based sex education, including information about abstinence. This amendment would have a devastating impact on communities like Las Vegas [¦] Federal law already requires health care providers to demonstrate that federal funds are not used for abortion care, so this amendment is a clear attempt to cut funding for cancer screenings and contraception for low-income women at Planned Parenthood health centers. Rep. Pence's amendment has one goal--to undermine women's access to basic, preventive healthcare and the women's health providers they rely on in their communities. I oppose this amendment and efforts to deprive women access to essential healthcare services." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Shelley Berkley a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Stop the Personhood Amendment in Nevada! 17 February 2012. "'Their backdoor attempt to outlaw abortion " even in cases of rape or incest " failed in Mississippi. But these anti-choice zealots, backed by Washington special interest money, are bringing their war on women's health to Nevada. Sign this petition to help me stop them!' We, the undersigned, reject the anti-choice 'personhood amendment.' Designed to get around Roe v. Wade, it would outlaw abortion even in cases of rape or incest " and it could even outlaw some forms of contraception. This kind of right-wing zealotry has no place in Nevada " and we will fight it every step of the way. We are standing up for choice in Nevada by standing with Shelley Berkley to defeat this radical anti-woman amendment." (www.shelleyberkley.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise in strong opposition to the Pence Amendment. Rep. Pence's amendment would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, including Medicaid reimbursement for family planning services, funding for HIV testing and counseling, funding for programs to prevent infertility, breast and cervical cancer screening funds, and funding to provide evidenced-based sex education, including information about abstinence. This amendment would have a devastating impact on communities like Las Vegas. [¦] Federal law already requires health care providers to demonstrate that federal funds are not used for abortion care, so this amendment is a clear attempt to cut funding for cancer screenings and contraception for low-income women at Planned Parenthood health centers. Rep. Pence's amendment has one goal--to undermine women's access to basic, preventive healthcare and the women's health providers they rely on in their communities. I oppose this amendment and efforts to deprive women access to essential healthcare services." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Berkley. Las Vegas Sun: Obama's Afghanistan plan draws little support from Titus, Berkley. 6 December 2009. "Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, who faces no serious challenger yet in her mostly Democratic district, would only give Obama conditional support. 'I am willing to support the president at this time, but this is not an open-ended support.'" (www.lasvegassun.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Statement on U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "Osama Bin Laden's death marked a new chapter for America's mission in Afghanistan and it's time we begin bringing our troops back home. I support the President's decision to begin this withdrawal and recognize that it must be done in a manner that keeps our forces safe, but I also hope that conditions on the ground will allow us to transfer additional military responsibility to the Afghan people at an accelerated pace. Such a move would enhance our ability to expedite the return home for even more of our brave men and women in uniform now serving in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Abc news: Dem Rep. Berkley on Afghanistan: ˜We're Going to Have to Figure Out Where We're Going." 16 December 2010. "I think after nine years in Afghanistan, not only the country, but members of Congress are becoming very weary of " not only being in Afghanistan, but what we're supposed to accomplish and how we're supposed to accomplish it. I'd like to know how the administration is measuring this " and as you probably know I've been a big supporter of our operations in Iraq, operations in Afghanistan. I support the troops, support the soldiers, support the veterans, but somewhere soon, we're going to have to figure out where we're going, what is victory, and how we're going to get there and how we're measuring it." (abcnews.go.com)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Abc news: Dem Rep. Berkley on Afghanistan: 'We're Going to Have to Figure Out Where We're Going." 16 December 2010. "I think after nine years in Afghanistan, not only the country, but members of Congress are becoming very weary of " not only being in Afghanistan, but what we're supposed to accomplish and how we're supposed to accomplish it. I'd like to know how the administration is measuring this " and as you probably know I've been a big supporter of our operations in Iraq, operations in Afghanistan. I support the troops, support the soldiers, support the veterans, but somewhere soon, we're going to have to figure out where we're going, what is victory, and how we're going to get there and how we're measuring it." (abcnews.go.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Berkley. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. America's Armed Forces Get Berkley's Vote. 16 December 2009. "We ask the men and women of our armed forces to lay their lives on the line each day in defense of our nation and we salute each and every one of these brave Americans. This package ensures the troops will continue to have the equipment they need and includes a well-deserved pay raise and more resources to help military families with programs like child care, expanded counseling services and job training for spouses." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Backs Bill to Enhance U.S. Military Readiness, Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' 28 May 2010. "We must ensure that America's armed forces have the tools to keep our nation -- and our families -- safe from harm and terrorist threats. That is why I support the provisions in this package that enhance military readiness and protections for our troops in the field. We invest billions of dollars to ensure our forces have the equipment and armor needed on the battlefield, including protections against IEDs and other battlefield threats. And we make historic investments in nonproliferation programs to keep deadly nuclear materials and weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of our enemies." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Shelley Berkley voted Did Not Vote on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Shelley Berkley voted Did Not Vote on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Cosponsors Servicemembers' Telemedicine and E-Health Portability (Step) Act. 13 May 2011. "We salute each and every servicemember for their military service and we must honor their dedication and sacrifice by making sure DOD has the resources and qualified treatment providers needed to care for our heroes in Nevada and across the nation," said Berkley. "That includes even more assistance for our troops who are coping not only with physical injuries, but with the challenges of PTSD and other mental health issues we are still working to better understand. This bill recommits us as a nation to honoring the service of America's military, modernizing DOD for the 21st Century and increasing the quality and convenience of support and services for our returning troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Votes to Give America's Troops A Pay Raise -- Republicans Vote to Block Combat Pay Increase. 26 May 2011. "I am shocked that instead of supporting an increase in combat pay for our troops, Republicans opposed giving an extra $100 per month to these men and women in uniform. At a time when our armed forces are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones, and with Memorial Day fast approaching, this vote sends the wrong signal to those willing to sacrifice their lives in order to protect our nation's freedoms. I am proud to have voted to give this raise in combat pay to our troops and I know many Nevadans are disappointed that House Republicans chose to put politics above rewarding the dedication and hard work of American military personnel serving in harm's way." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Berkley. Video: Floor Speech - Payroll Tax Break for the Middle Class (December 8, 2011). 8 December 2011. "We cannot go home while Nevada families are hurting and desperate for this extension of their payroll tax cuts. However, that's going to require Washington Republicans to stop protecting Wall Street millionaires and start putting Nevada's families first. The only fair way to achieve this is to roll back special tax breaks for Wall Street millionaires, not slash Medicare benefits, not lay off thousands of people. It's time to stop putting Wall Street first and before main street." (www.youtube.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley: Pass Buffett Rule to Protect Tax Fairness for Nevadans. 17 April 2012. "The Buffett Rule is simple and it's common sense. It means that if you're a housekeeper, a nurse, a black jack dealer or a waitress or any other middle-class professional, you shouldn't pay higher tax rates than multi-millionaires who own yachts and travel in private jets. [¦] The fact that the wealthiest people in this country pay their taxes at a lower tax rate than their secretaries and their chauffeurs doesn't pass the smell test -- it stinks! And that's why I'm proud to announce that I am a co-sponsor of the Buffett Rule in the House and I urge all my colleagues to join me and let's bring some fundamental tax fairness to the people of the United States of America." (berkley.house.gov)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley: Pass Buffett Rule to Protect Tax Fairness for Nevadans. 17 April 2012. "The Buffett Rule is simple and it's common sense. It means that if you're a housekeeper, a nurse, a black jack dealer or a waitress or any other middle-class professional, you shouldn't pay higher tax rates than multi-millionaires who own yachts and travel in private jets [¦] The fact that the wealthiest people in this country pay their taxes at a lower tax rate than their secretaries and their chauffeurs doesn't pass the smell test -- it stinks! And that's why I'm proud to announce that I am a co-sponsor of the Buffett Rule in the House and I urge all my colleagues to join me and let's bring some fundamental tax fairness to the people of the United States of America." (berkley.house.gov)
  • Shelley Berkley. Extend the Middle Class Tax Cut. 8 December 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of Nevada's middle class families. Because of the economic downturn, thousands of Nevadans are struggling to find a job, pay their rent, and put food on their families' tables. They cannot afford a tax increase. However, Washington gridlock is threatening just that, a massive tax increase on middle class families. Why? Because some Washington Republicans refuse to roll back special tax breaks for Wall Street millionaires in order to pay for a middle class tax cut for 1.2 million Nevadans. That's just not right." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Las Vegas Sun: Rep. Shelley Berkley ventures onto Sen. Dean Heller's turf. 23 August 2011. "Berkley suggested that she would support higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans, but not at the $250,000 income level that President Barack Obama has suggested. 'If it's going to be a millionaire tax, make it a tax on millionaires.'" (www.lasvegassun.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Shelley Berkley talks election, economy, education. 14 July 2011. "If low taxes were the way to bring businesses here, we'd have more businesses in Nevada than I could shake a stick at. Our overall tax load is as low as it was in the Truman administration. Nobody wants to pay higher taxes. But do you want your kids to get a good education? You have to pay for that. Do you want Medicare for senior citizens? I do. We have to pay for it." (www.lasvegassun.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Tax Extenders Act Of 2009. 9 December 2009. "I rise in support of this legislation to extend expiring tax provisions. It is very important that Congress pass this bill this year. Allowing these provisions to expire would amount to a tax increase at a most challenging economic time for our Nation's businesses and families. Waiting to enact an extension retroactively would add to the already uncertain business climate and make tax planning all the more difficult for companies and individuals that depend on these tax credits." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Attends White House Signing Ceremony For Travel Promotion Act. 03 April 2010. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today joined President Barack Obama, Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus at a White House ceremony in the Oval Office to mark the Travel Promotion Act being signed into law. [¦] 'The Travel Promotion Act will help bring back those jobs and put Americans back to work as a result of the increased tourism it will create,' said Berkley. Independent economists have reported that every dollar spent through the Travel Promotion Act will create three dollars in increased revenue as a result of added jobs and economic growth from increased tourism to our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Economic Recovery Package Will Create New Jobs, Increase Clean Energy and Delivery Needed Tax Relief to Nevada Families. 13 February 2009. "Calling the package an historic investment in Nevada and the nation, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted to pass a broad economic stimulus package that will deliver tax relief to 95% of Americans, invest in clean energy and create millions of new jobs nationwide. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed the House on a vote of 246 to 183. 'We are making an historic investment in Nevada and our nation with this recovery package and the result will be new jobs, more clean energy, safer roads and lower taxes for 95% of all Americans. That is why our bill has the strong backing of police, teachers, businesses, seniors and others who all agree we must act now to strengthen America's economy and to help struggling families in these tough times.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Urges Passage of Broad Stimulus Package. 27 January 2009. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today spoke on the House floor in favor of a broad economic stimulus package now being debated in Congress. [¦] 'The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create or save 4 million jobs over the next two years. In my district, thousands of construction workers will be put back to work improving infrastructure, building renewable energy facilities, improving school buildings and generally strengthening the future of our nation. The bill will also provide extended unemployment benefits, healthcare subsidies and other benefits to those struggling through this recession until things can turn around.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Las Vegas Review-Journal “ Legislatures Hear Stimulus Call. 30 October 2008. "Governors, mayors and interest groups Wednesday came to Capitol Hill and pressed for tens of billions of dollars for new public works projects and help for cash-strapped states, among other ideas aimed at boosting the economy. [¦] Berkley said she would support a stimulus bill that would include a further extension of unemployment benefits, an increase in Medicaid help to states and an infusion of dollars for road and bridge repairs and other infrastructure needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Jobs, Wall Street And Health Care Reform. 23 February 2010. "I've got the second highest unemployment rate in the country, the highest mortgage foreclosure rate in the country, and 460,000 Nevadans have no health insurance. The stimulus bill saved our State--money for education and Medicaid, unemployment compensation, job creation, infrastructure improvements--but we need to do more. We need to pass a jobs bill to get more people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Helping Residents Of Nevada. 28 July 2009. "There has been a lot of criticism about the stimulus package. It is called the Recovery Act, more commonly known as the stimulus package. People say it is not big enough. People say it is not fast enough and that it is not working. But I have to tell you, the people of Nevada have received extraordinary benefits from this stimulus package. There was a reason that I voted for it. It provided education funding, unemployment benefits, health care benefits, tax breaks, Social Security money for my seniors, and my disabled veterans received substantial funds as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Las Vegas Review-Journal “ Legislatures Hear Stimulus Call. 30 October 2008. "Governors, mayors and interest groups Wednesday came to Capitol Hill and pressed for tens of billions of dollars for new public works projects and help for cash-strapped states, among other ideas aimed at boosting the economy [¦] Berkley said she would support a stimulus bill that would include a further extension of unemployment benefits, an increase in Medicaid help to states and an infusion of dollars for road and bridge repairs and other infrastructure needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Urges Passage of Broad Stimulus Package. 27 January 2009. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today spoke on the House floor in favor of a broad economic stimulus package now being debated in Congress [¦] 'The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create or save 4 million jobs over the next two years. In my district, thousands of construction workers will be put back to work improving infrastructure, building renewable energy facilities, improving school buildings and generally strengthening the future of our nation. The bill will also provide extended unemployment benefits, healthcare subsidies and other benefits to those struggling through this recession until things can turn around.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Attends White House Signing Ceremony For Travel Promotion Act. 03 April 2010. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today joined President Barack Obama, Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus at a White House ceremony in the Oval Office to mark the Travel Promotion Act being signed into law [¦] 'The Travel Promotion Act will help bring back those jobs and put Americans back to work as a result of the increased tourism it will create,' said Berkley. Independent economists have reported that every dollar spent through the Travel Promotion Act will create three dollars in increased revenue as a result of added jobs and economic growth from increased tourism to our country." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Shelley Berkley a rating of 5 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Berkley. Vegas Is Mad And Is Not Going To Take It Anymore. 17 February 2012. "The other thing--and we call it the three Martini lunch--but the reality is it is so much more important and significant than that. I would love to see a 100 percent deductibility of meals tax. I am sure the same is happening in your towns as mine, the restaurant business is kaput. People aren't coming to the towns so obviously restaurant business is down. Wouldn't it be a good idea for a business to help stimulate business? Most small businesses don't have boardrooms. What they have is the back booth of the local deli. And if they could get a 100 percent deduction on their meals, I would think that would not only help them to do their business, but it would also help the restaurant business as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Economic Recovery Package Will Create New Jobs, Increase Clean Energy and Delivery Needed Tax Relief to Nevada Families. 13 February 2009. "Calling the package an historic investment in Nevada and the nation, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted to pass a broad economic stimulus package that will deliver tax relief to 95% of Americans, invest in clean energy and create millions of new jobs nationwide [¦] 'Businesses that hire unemployed veterans are also eligible for special tax incentives that will help cover job costs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Creating Jobs/Economy. "In order to rebuild Nevada's economy, Shelley knows we need to create jobs right here in Nevada " not China [¦] she's written legislation incentivizing companies to invest profits made overseas back here in the United States to create jobs or increase payrolls [¦] A strong, vibrant small business community is crucial to diversifying Nevada's economy and putting people back to work. Shelley is proud to be a strong ally of the state's entrepreneurs, fighting to secure tax breaks to help them hire, provide quality benefits to their employees and work with the Small Business Administration to get the tools and resources they need to grow and succeed." (www.shelleyberkley.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley to Introduce "American Jobs First" Act. 26 July 2011. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today announced that she will introduce the 'American Jobs First' Act, innovative legislation that creates powerful new tax incentives for multinational companies to bring profits made overseas back to the United States to invest in American job creation and to help get the U.S. economy back on track [¦] The 'American Jobs First Act' would provide companies a one-year reduction of the tax rate on these earnings if they create jobs and/or payroll in the United States. The more employees they hire with this money, the lower the tax rate they can claim." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Backs Small Business Jobs Package. 23 September 2010. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted to help small businesses in Nevada and nationwide with new resources that will spur growth and create employment opportunities. The House passed The Small Business Jobs Act (H.R. 5297)on a vote of 237-187 [¦] The Small Business Jobs Act increases lending to small businesses and provides eight new tax incentives to encourage employers to expand and hire." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Economic Recovery Package Will Create New Jobs, Increase Clean Energy and Delivery Needed Tax Relief to Nevada Families. 13 February 2009. "Calling the package an historic investment in Nevada and the nation, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted to pass a broad economic stimulus package that will deliver tax relief to 95% of Americans, invest in clean energy and create millions of new jobs nationwide. [¦] 'Businesses that hire unemployed veterans are also eligible for special tax incentives that will help cover job costs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Creating Jobs/Economy. "In order to rebuild Nevada's economy, Shelley knows we need to create jobs right here in Nevada " not China. [¦] she's written legislation incentivizing companies to invest profits made overseas back here in the United States to create jobs or increase payrolls. [¦] A strong, vibrant small business community is crucial to diversifying Nevada's economy and putting people back to work. Shelley is proud to be a strong ally of the state's entrepreneurs, fighting to secure tax breaks to help them hire, provide quality benefits to their employees and work with the Small Business Administration to get the tools and resources they need to grow and succeed." (www.shelleyberkley.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Nevada Business Magazine: Berkley vs. Heller. 12 October 2011. "In order to help get our economy back on track, I have supported legislation to provide tax relief for Nevada's middle-income families and to secure tax breaks for small businesses to help them hire while fighting to end unfair loopholes that encourage U.S. companies to ship jobs overseas as well as give-aways to big oil companies with record profits." (www.nevadabusiness.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Backs Small Business Jobs Package. 23 September 2010. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted to help small businesses in Nevada and nationwide with new resources that will spur growth and create employment opportunities. The House passed The Small Business Jobs Act (H.R. 5297)on a vote of 237-187 ¦ The Small Business Jobs Act increases lending to small businesses and provides eight new tax incentives to encourage employers to expand and hire." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Highlights Job Incentives In New Ways And Means Package. 17 March 2010. "This legislation is a positive step in that direction. Incentives such as the payroll tax holiday, a tax credit for retaining workers, and the extension of enhanced expensing for small businesses will all help create conditions for increased hiring and retention of new employees." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Says Yes to Ways and Means Job Incentives Package. 24 March 2010. "Berkley also highlighted the package's benefit to small businesses, including incentives to promote employment. 'As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I continue to support legislation that will create new opportunities, stimulate investment in Las Vegas and help entrepreneurs. The investments this legislation makes in infrastructure and small businesses are critical to continuing our economic recovery and putting Nevadans back to work,' said Berkley." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley to Introduce "American Jobs First" Act. 26 July 2011. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today announced that she will introduce the 'American Jobs First' Act, innovative legislation that creates powerful new tax incentives for multinational companies to bring profits made overseas back to the United States to invest in American job creation and to help get the U.S. economy back on track. [¦] The 'American Jobs First Act' would provide companies a one-year reduction of the tax rate on these earnings if they create jobs and/or payroll in the United States. The more employees they hire with this money, the lower the tax rate they can claim." (votesmart.org)

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  • Shelley Berkley. 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. 19 May 2004. "Today, half a century after the Court's decision in Brown, we must focus on reforming and improving our public schools by increasing federal assistance to America's local school districts. Never has our nation been confronted with the task of teaching so much, to so many, while reaching for new, higher standards. Too many poor and minority children are still concentrated in schools that fail to prepare them for the future. We must fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act to give schools the resources they need to improve performance, and to ensure that a lack of resources does not close the door to higher education." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Fighting for Public Education. 19 October 2011. "Provide full funding for the 'No Child Left Behind Act'. Congresswoman Berkley voted to fully fund the 'No Child Left Behind Act' that would increase funding for teacher training, after school and dropout prevention programs and classroom technology. Congress must fully fund provisions enacted by the legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. NEVADA TO RECEIVE $107 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR EDUCATION. 11 May 2010. "'At a time when state and local budgets are stretched thin, these dollars will provide critical assistance to ensure we are meeting the educational goals set for our students.  Funding provided to Nevada under the Recovery Act has already been used to keep thousands of teachers in classrooms and this new round of assistance will further protect schools against damaging cuts and the need for more layoffs,' said Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.  'We are investing in the future of our nation when we invest in educating America's children and I am proud to have supported the increases in funding for schools in Nevada and other states included in the Recovery Act.' The $107 million funding was awarded to Nevada following completion of an agreement that will require the State to provide data to the Department of Education that will help lay the foundation for reform to improve schools and classrooms in the Silver State. " (berkley.house.gov)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Fighting for Public Education. 17 February 2012. "Congresswoman Berkley has worked with her colleagues in Washington on legislation to benefit Clark County's schools. Berkley's record on education highlights the need to increase funding for school construction and modernization, provide the necessary resources for teacher training and retraining, allow adequate flexibility for educators to do their jobs, while fighting for programs to counter Clark County's high dropout rate. Congresswoman Berkley is leading the fight to increase funding in the "No Child Left Behind Act" for programs aimed at keeping kids in school by expanding after-school programs in high risk districts, such as Clark County. She has also teamed up with local school officials to bring nearly $2 million back to Las Vegas schools to help establish highly successful after-school and weekend programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Education. 17 February 2012. "I am still fighting to improve our schools, and increase Nevada's share of federal education dollars. With the rapidly growing population in Nevada, we're forced to build a school a month in Clark County, and fill those schools with equipment and teachers. A quality education is a crucial foundation for our health, safety, and prosperity. Without a quality education, our children will lose their competitive edge around the world, and our country falls behind other markets, which will then be able to offer better wages, better benefits, and greater productivity. If our country is to maintain its leading position in the world, and if our children are going to be given the same opportunities enjoyed by the current generation, it is essential that we provide our children with a first rate education." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Energy. 17 February 2012. "While I support the use of domestic energy resources in order to move away from foreign oil, I am opposed to opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil exploration. The Refuge is a unique environment, home to grizzly bears, polar bears, and hundreds of thousands of caribou. Exposing this national treasure to oil drilling is unwise policy. The most credible estimates indicate that drilling in ANWR would result in about 3.2 billion barrels of oil, less than what Americans consume in six months. Other alternatives exist to meet this demand, including increased conservation and technological innovation." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley: BP Must be Held Responsible for Oil Leak Clean-Up. 4 June 2010. "The damage caused by this oil spill is another dramatic reminder of why America must end its dangerous reliance on oil as a major energy source. Whether it's pollution, the high cost to families or the danger to the U.S. from dependence on Saudi Arabia and offshore drilling, America must kick the oil habit by increasing our use and development of solar and other forms of renewable energy. We need to find an alternative to oil that will power our cars and trucks affordably, while also helping to limit pollution. And we need to tighten regulations and enforce laws so we protect lives and make sure that BP and others can never again cause such massive harm to our oceans and our costal communities." (votesmart.org)

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  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Votes To Expand Clean Energy. 6 December 2007. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) today voted for The Energy Independence and Security Act. The landmark energy package, which passed on a vote of 235 to 181, will increase renewable energy development, strengthen gas mileage standards, address greenhouse gas emissions and decrease dependence on foreign oil. The legislation repeals billions of dollars in taxpayer giveaways to big oil and gas companies and is free of subsidies for the nuclear power industry [¦] 'Strengthening gas mileage standards will translate into savings at the gas pump for consumers who will be able to drive more fuel efficient cars. Using less oil will help break America's dependence on Saudi Arabia and on nations that are hostile toward the U.S. and our allies.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Votes To Expand Clean Energy. 6 December 2007. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) today voted for The Energy Independence and Security Act. The landmark energy package, which passed on a vote of 235 to 181, will increase renewable energy development, strengthen gas mileage standards, address greenhouse gas emissions and decrease dependence on foreign oil. The legislation repeals billions of dollars in taxpayer giveaways to big oil and gas companies and is free of subsidies for the nuclear power industry. [¦] 'Strengthening gas mileage standards will translate into savings at the gas pump for consumers who will be able to drive more fuel efficient cars. Using less oil will help break America's dependence on Saudi Arabia and on nations that are hostile toward the U.S. and our allies.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Public Lands and Envronment. 17 February 2012. "I support efforts to limit harmful emissions which cause global warming and to protect Americans from hazardous mercury pollution, which contaminates our air and water." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Nevada Delegation: Green Energy Bill Could Generate Millions of Dollars for Nevada. 12 May 2009. "Nevada's federal lands can not only help supply clean energy to our nation, but as a result of this legislation, Silver State families will share in the revenues generated by solar and other renewable energy production in our state. This is a win-win that will promote America's energy independence through greater use of renewable power resources, a move that will also help create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Business and the Economy. 5 March 2012. "Southern Nevada is one of the fastest growing communities in the entire country. That growth has been a terrific boom for our community, but it has also brought with it many negative consequences. From air pollution, to traffic congestion, to brownfields, and urban renewal, the problems are many, and the challenge is daunting. I am working with other Members of Congress across the country, who also represent fast growth communities, to address the problems associated with rapid growth. Whether it's fighting for more federal funding to address the air quality problems in southern Nevada, improving and expanding public transportation, easing traffic congestion, reducing the tax burden on Nevada families, or bringing more jobs into the Silver State, I have advocated responsible growth, and making improvements to the quality of life of our residents first." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Video: Representative Shelley Berkley D-NV Cap & Trade HR 2454. 26 June 2009. "I rise today in support of this [Cap and Trade] bill. It addresses climate change, promotes the development of clean energy sources, and brings us closer to our goal of securing America's energy independence." (www.youtube.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Energy. 19 October 2011. "The FREE Act would repeal current tax incentives that subsidize the oil, gas and nuclear industries. America needs to move away from relying on polluting energy sources that contribute to global warming. And rather than spending billions of dollars to underwrite new nuclear power plants when there is no place to store the waste, we should be investing in clean forms of energy that do not produce deadly radioactive garbage that will be dangerous for 300,000 years or more. Legislating smart tax policy, however, is not the only way that we can achieve energy independence. We must also promote energy conservation and efficiency measures if we want to protect our national security interests and decrease our carbon emissions. I support raising fuel economy standards so that we can limit the harmful carbon emissions that contribute to global warming." (votesmart.org)

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  • Karoun Demirjian. Las Vegas Sun: Nevada Democrats not eager to launch into gun control debate. 25 July 2012. "Berkley wasn't in Congress then but says she is 'in favor of responsible gun ownership' and 'believe[s] in the Second Amendment and people's right to bear arms.'" (m.lasvegassun.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Shelley Berkley in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Shelley Berkley a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. KNPR: Shelley Berkley. 13 January 2011. "There are a lot of issues that we need to get on the table and talk about in a very intelligent way. Second amendment rights vs. safety of people in the country is one of them. The fact that this obviously disturbed kid was able to legally purchase a gun and had these extraordinarily large, over-size clips, that's a question I would like to have answered- how is that possible, and what do we need to make sure that this doesn't happen again." (www.knpr.org)

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  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Marks 1st Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "The health reform law provides Nevadans with guaranteed access to affordable medical coverage and gives assistance to small businesses that provide insurance to their workers. Berkley will join supporters of The Affordable Care Act at an event in Las Vegas later today where she will discuss how the law is helping seniors, parents, students and Americans from all walks of life who share the need for health care coverage at an affordable price." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Health Care. 21 February 2012. "The new health insurance reform law wasn't perfect, but it reined in some of the worst abuses by the health insurance companies while providing a host of benefits to Nevada families [¦] Shelley will continue to work to improve health care reform, and defend against efforts to defund the law that would strip Nevadans of these important benefits." (www.shelleyberkley.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Opposes Attempts to Defund Health Care Reform. 18 February 2011. "The American people have told us time and again that they are desperate for jobs, and Congress must focus on getting our economy back on track and our constituents back to work. But rather than putting forward a plan to create much-needed jobs, the GOP has instead proposed a spending bill that recklessly slashes jobs and takes away countless benefits Americans have received since the passage of The Affordable Care Act. Repealing this legislation will be devastating to patients' rights, which is why I voted against the amendments to the GOP spending bill seeking to defund health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Opposes Repeal of Health Reform Law. 19 January 2011. "I rise in strong opposition to this legislative stunt to repeal health care reform and I'm going to tell you why. There are 600,000 of my fellow Nevadans who have no health insurance. This doesn't mean that they don't get sick. It means that they wait until they are very sick and then they go to the emergency rooms to get care. Every hospital in Southern Nevada is operating in the red. Why is that? Because the cost of providing health care to the uninsured in emergency rooms is astronomical." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley talks online gaming, economy, and Nevada's future. 11 July 2011. "There are a number of court challenges to determine if the law is constitutional or not. I believe that the courts will decide that it is constitutional. But I'm not making bets on this one, and I'm a betting woman. We're busy implementing it on the assumption that it won't be unconstitutional. I know for a fact that people with pre-existing conditions are now getting health care. If your child is 26 years old and still living at home, he or she can stay on your plan. We've eliminated lifetime caps." (www.vegasinc.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Health Reform Repeal Would Hurt Nevada Seniors. 22 March 2011. "Seniors in Nevada and across the nation are enjoying better benefits, better medical coverage and increased assistance with the "donut hole' through The Affordable Care Act. Repealing these reforms would leave seniors facing higher costs for their medicines and reduced access to medical services, including the elimination of free preventive care which saves lives through early detection of cancer and other diseases. This would affect more than 300,000 older Nevadans who can now receive free mammograms, colonoscopies and other preventative services as well as a free annual wellness visit with their doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Health Care. 21 February 2012. "The new health insurance reform law wasn't perfect, but it reined in some of the worst abuses by the health insurance companies while providing a host of benefits to Nevada families. [¦] Shelley will continue to work to improve health care reform, and defend against efforts to defund the law that would strip Nevadans of these important benefits." (www.shelleyberkley.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Nevada Business Magazine: Berkley vs. Heller. 12 October 2011. "The health insurance reform law wasn't perfect, but it reined in some of the worst abuses by insurance companies. We must improve the law while defending against efforts to strip Nevadans of benefits." (www.nevadabusiness.com)

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  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Immigration. 17 February 2012. "Immigrants have always played an integral role in our economy and in building this nation. Shelley supports comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders, make our immigration system stronger and provide these workers a way to earn legal status by learning English, finding a job, paying fines and back taxes, going to the back of the line and passing a criminal background check. Shelley is also a strong supporter of the DREAM Act, which would give young people who were brought to this country by their parents through no fault of their own, stayed in school and kept out of trouble the opportunity to earn legal status by getting a college education or serving in the armed forces." (www.shelleyberkley.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Nevada Buisness Magazine: Berkley vs. Heller. 12 October 2011. "Hard-working legal immigrants have always played an important role in making our country what it is today. However, we must secure our borders to stop illegal immigration. We must also pass comprehensive immigration reform that gives undocumented workers already in the U.S, who learn English, have jobs, pay taxes and stay out of trouble the opportunity to earn legal status after going to the back of the line.". (www.nevadabusiness.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "Let us pass this bill and provide a path to citizenship for the best and the brightest of our youngsters, those willing to volunteer to fight and possibly die for the United States of America. Let us share the American dream with these youngsters who have no other Dream but ours." (votesmart.org)

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  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley talks online gaming, economy and Nevada's future. 11 July 2011. "[¦] I think our constitution says that all American citizens should be treated equally and have the same rights, obligations and responsibilities that I enjoy. If I was in the Legislature in New York, I would've voted for gay marriage. I can't understand how you can discriminate against one segment of your population." (www.vegasinc.com)
  • Shelley Berkley. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Shelley Berkley voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 90 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Shelley Berkley voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley talks online gaming, economy and Nevada's future. 11 July 2011. "[...] I think our constitution says that all American citizens should be treated equally and have the same rights, obligations and responsibilities that I enjoy. If I was in the Legislature in New York, I would've voted for gay marriage. I can't understand how you can discriminate against one segment of your population." (www.vegasinc.com)
  • Shelley Berkley signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do Pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)

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  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley Warns Social Security Privatization Still the Wrong Choice for Nevada Seniors, Disabled. 22 October 2010. "Seniors, the disabled and millions of other Americans rely on Social Security and they overwhelmingly oppose any effort to privatize a system that has delivered peace of mind for generations. These "private' accounts will mean trillions of dollars being drained this vital program, placing its very future at risk. That would be a disaster for Nevada beneficiaries who would see deep cuts in the support they receive. I fought to stop privatization before and I will continue to oppose this risky scheme -- and that's a promise I make to Americans of all generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Berkley: Republicans Wrong to Call for End of Social Security. 30 March 2011. "Those attacking Social Security don't want it around for future generations or they would be working to strengthen the program, not eliminate it. This program not only protects seniors, it also provides assistance to disabled Americans, widows and widowers and children who have lost a parent. The goal of these critics is to "privatize' Social Security -- something I fought when George Bush was in the White House and that I continue to oppose today. To say that Social Security cannot exist in the future is to say that Nevadans don't deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that if they're permanently disabled, lose a spouse, or just reach their golden years, this program will provide them with vital financial support that cannot be exhausted. Americans who contribute to Social Security have earned their benefits and I will defend against any effort to dismantle this program now or in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Protecting Nevada's Seniors. 17 February 2012. "For 70 years, Social Security has been the safety net for America's seniors. Congresswoman Berkley is continuing to fight to protect every penny of the Social Security Trust Fund for future generations. Shelley believes that privatizing Social Security is a risky scheme that could put millions of seniors in jeopardy of losing Social Security benefits and she is strongly opposed to such efforts to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Berkley supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Social Security. 17 February 2012. "I have consistently fought attempts to raid the Social Security Trust Fund and the partial privatization of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Berkley. Issue Position: Social Security. "The partial privatization of Social Security would gut the system by cutting benefits while exacerbating its financial challenges. The President's current proposal to create private accounts would cut the average worker's benefits by 46% and add $5 trillion to the national debt." (votesmart.org)

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