NV MOTHERS CALL OUT HELLER FOR VOTING AGAINST FUNDING FOR AMBER ALERT SYSTEM IN PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Senator Dean Heller Refuses to Support Emergency AMBER Alert System, But Continues To Protect Tax Breaks For Big Oil Companies And Corporations That Ship Jobs Overseas
Reno, NV—This morning, Washoe County mothers gathered to call out Senator Dean Heller for voting against funding for the emergency AMBER Alert system in public broadcasting, the emergency broadcast system that notifies the public of abducted children in surrounding areas.
“Senator Dean Heller could have stood with Nevada middle-class families and voted to protect funding for AMBER Alerts in public broadcasting,” said mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Dorie Guy. “But Heller put politics above doing the right thing for Nevada families and actually voted to slash funding for one of the best tools we have to find missing Nevada children. Heller's vote shows he simply doesn't share the values of Nevada's middle-class families.”
“As the mother of two little girls, I was shocked and disappointed when Senator Dean Heller voted to slash funds for AMBER Alerts on public broadcasting,” said Reno mother Marisa Pinto. “Instead of protecting families, Heller has spent his time in Washington standing up for Wall Street special interests like big oil companies and huge corporations that ship our jobs overseas. It's time Nevada had a Senator who fought for middle-class families, not the big guys in Washington.”
The Amber Alert system has been hugely successful. In 2011, 158 AMBER Alerts were issued in the United States involving 197 children. Of those 158 cases, 144 resulted in a recovery, 28 of which were successfully recovered as a direct result of those respective AMBER Alerts being issued.
While Sen. Heller refused to support AMBER Alert funding in public broadcasting, he continues to support taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil companies making record profits and tax breaks for corporations that ship Nevada jobs overseas.