In the GOP response to President Obama's weekly address, Heller said the recession has "robbed millions of people of their jobs, their homes and their sense of security."
"No state has been hit harder than Nevada. My state has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. There is no question that the status quo of dysfunctional government must end. People from all over the country are struggling just to get by and are desperate for real solutions," Heller said.
"Unfortunately, job creation and economic growth has taken a back seat to political posturing and grandstanding in Washington," Heller said, adding the administration's efforts at economic recovery have "failed miserably."
"Out of control spending, a healthcare law that no one can afford, and a seemingly endless stream of regulations are crippling employers, stifling economic growth and killing jobs. …
"Instead of fighting for measures that create and protect jobs, this administration has created more government that continues to impede economic growth at every turn. To paraphrase one of the business leaders in my state, this president and his policies have been a big wet blanket on our economy. …
Heller said the country's "best days are still ahead, but we need to change course now" by passing balanced budget amendment, repealing President Obama's healthcare law and expanding energy exploration throughout the country while cutting regulations that are "tying the hands of entrepreneurs."
He also proposed tax cuts as a means to economic recovery.
"Instead of looking for new ways to tax the American public, we should make our tax code more competitive and provide businesses the stability they need to grow and create jobs. The continual threat of tax increases feeds the uncertainty that serves as an impediment to economic growth," he said.
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