Today, the Shelley Berkley for Senate campaign announced that Shelley was proud to become an original co-sponsor of a bill to raise the minimum wage, while also highlighting Senator Dean Heller's long record of voting against increases to the minimum wage as he goes to bat for Wall Street special interests.
Earlier this morning, Shelley became an original cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012, a common sense bill that would increase the minimum wage in three 85-cent steps over three years from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour.
Increasing the minimum wage would be a boon to Nevada middle-class families by making it easier to put food on the table, gas in the family car and pay the mortgage and bills. Shelley has voted six times to raise the minimum wage as part of her fight for Nevada's middle-class.
On the other hand, Senator Dean Heller has a long history of opposing efforts to raise the minimum wage for Nevada middle-class families while continuing to fight for Wall Street special interests. Heller has opposed previous efforts to raise the minimum wage three times while voting to protect tax breaks for corporations that ship Nevada jobs overseas, defend huge taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil companies, and end Medicare by turning it over to profit-hungry private insurance companies twice.
"I'm proud to support efforts to raise the minimum wage for Nevada's middle-class because Washington must start prioritizing Nevada families who need relief, not Washington special interests," said U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley. "Unfortunately my opponent, Senator Dean Heller, continues to look out for Wall Street by supporting tax breaks for corporations that ship Nevada jobs overseas, backing taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil companies, and voting to turn Medicare over to profit-hungry private insurance companies. It's time Nevada had a Senator who fights every day for families struggling to make ends meet instead of the big special interests who don't need our help."