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E-Z Way for Nevadans To Determine Where Stimulus Credit is Due

February 20, 2009

Las Vegas, NV – Immediately following President Obama's signing of the $800-billion stimulus plan, some state lawmakers began to take credit for bringing money home - even those who voted against it. Except in Nevada. So far, no Nevada members of Congress have taken the opportunity to tout their role in the plan. Now, there is an easy way for Nevadans to see how their lawmaker voted on major issues such as the stimulus plan.

Deborah Moore, director of communications for AARP-Nevada, says you can see how your senator or House member voted on the stimulus bill, which is expected to inject $1.5 billion into the Silver State’s economy

"We send out a letter to every congressperson and we tell them we are going to be holding them accountable for their vote. Then, we publish the information on our Web site and in the AARP Magazine."

Moore says the AARP website tracks several key votes each year that impact older Nevadans, including the stimulus bill.

"It’s something that’s going to impact our lives directly; with the economic stimulus vote, there’s potential to increase federal Medicaid funding to Nevada by as much as $450 million, and most people know that older adults rely on Medicaid for long-term care services. "

Moore says the stimulus plan also provides funding to extend health insurance to Nevadans who have lost jobs. It will also help with home weatherization, which can be too strenuous for older people to do on their own.

Senator Kit Bond of Missouri is one senator who made headlines when he issued a press release taking credit for an amendment that he said should bring jobs to his state, even though he voted against the final stimulus plan.

A list of how members of the Nevada delegation voted is available at the AARP Web site: www.aarp.org/governmentwatch.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV