U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today offered two amendments to the Senate budget, the Heller Amendment on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and the Heller State-Based Sage-Grouse Amendment.
The Heller Amendment on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is a Sense of the Senate amendment that calls for the Simpson-Bowles proposal to be considered on the Senate floor if the House and Senate are not able to pass a budget. The amendment requires the Senate to allow for open debate and an amendment process during consideration of the bipartisan plan.
"Considering the Senate hasn't passed a budget in four years, Congress should be prepared with a back-up plan. While I do not agree with every aspect of Simpson-Bowles, this bipartisan proposal provides a good starting point for a long-term plan that can actually pass both Chambers of Congress," said Senator Dean Heller.
The Heller State-Based Sage-Grouse Amendment creates a deficit-neutral reserve fund to ensure that the Bureau of Land Management collaborates with western states to prevent the listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
"The federal government should take every precaution and work with states to ensure a sustainable sage-grouse population, while also protecting Nevada's economic opportunities and our western way of life," said Senator Dean Heller.