After months of attack ads and campaigning, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and Sen. Dean Heller finally met in their first debate. The candidates debated on KNPB in Reno Thursday night. We'll recap what was said and who came out on top.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington recently published a study of how members of the House of Representatives use their positions to benefit themselves and their families. Rep. Berkley and Rep. Joe Heck are both named in that report. We're joined by CREW Executive Director, Melanie Sloan about how many members of Congress use their positions to benefit themselves and their families.
The New York Times recently published an article that suggests Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley used her congressional influence to benefit her husband's business.
Berkley's husband Dr. Larry Lehrner is a nephrologist and directs kidney care at UMC on a $738,000-a-year contract. The New York Times reports that Lehrner's role at UMC was expanded after Berkley successfully convinced federal regulators to back off UMC when the government threatened to shut down the kidney transplant unit at the hospital.
According to the Times, this was just one in a series of actions dating back five years in which the congresswoman pushed legislation or used her influence with federal regulators to pursue an agenda that is aligned with the business interests of her husband. We talk with Eric Lipton, the New York Times reporter who broke the story and Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
A U.S. led coalition carried out air strikes over Libya last week. Meanwhile the earthquake in Japan has prompted lawmakers in The United State to take a look at nuclear safety in this county and it's even started whispers of how Yucca Mountain could factor into that conversation. It's also the one year anniversary of President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. And on top of all that, congress is still fighting over how to trim the federal budget. Congresswoman, Shelly Berkley joins us to talk about those issues.
In the wake of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley says she won't let some "wing nut" stop her from doing her job. So she's holding her own "Congress on the corner," to honor her friend and colleague Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head last Saturday.
Shelly Berkley voted in favor of the health care bill and the economic stimulus package, but two primary candidates say it's those votes that are keeping the country in recession. Republicans Michele Fiore and Craig Lake are both vying to unseat the six-term Congresswoman in Nevada's first congressional district.
They join us to take your phone calls and emails as we continue our series of interviews with primary race candidates. If you live in Nevada's first congressional district, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 258-3552 at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.