LAS VEGAS -- Sen. Dean Heller's campaign for a full six-year term is running its first advertisement on KLAS-TV Channel 8, touting the Republican's proposed "No Budget, No Pay" legislation.
Heller, who is being challenged in the November general election by Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, is shown in the ad clutching a rolled up newspaper.
Heller: "When I was a kid I delivered newspapers. If I didn't deliver, I didn't get paid. But Congress hasn't passed a budget in over three years. They do a lot of talking but they haven't done their job in over three years. So I introduced No Budget, No Pay. If Congress can't find the time to do its job and pass a budget, they don't get paid. I'm Dean Heller and I approve this message because it's time Washington delivered on something."
The takeaway is Heller's expression of what he is trying to accomplish in Washington. He has said that the failure of Congress to pass a budget has contributed to more than $15 trillion in federal debt that is stifling growth and burdening future generations.
The legislation, which he introduced last year, would require Congress to pass a budget to get paid. The bill was referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, where it received a hearing in March.
But Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, was quoted online by The Hill in January as criticizing Republicans on the Senate floor. Conrad said the Senate indeed passed budgets for this year and next year under the Budget Control Act, which was approved last year after partisan wrangling over the nation's debt ceiling.
Berkley joined a majority of House Republicans in helping to pass the Budget Control Act. The Senate approved the bill as amended by the House, but Heller voted against the legislation.