“Unfortunately Washington today has been paralyzed by politics and has been reduced to sound bites,” Heller said from the Senate floor. “Too often it seems we cannot move beyond the politics of today. It seems we are more concerned with press conferences then solving the nation’s most pressing problems.” 

At least some of Heller’s ire seemed directed at his own party. For example, he attacked those whom he sees as more focused on tearing down the Medicare program than repairing it.

“Issues such as Medicare, which is on the verge of bankruptcy, instead of strengthening and preserving the program, it is often used as a political weapon,” Heller said.

“Washington has not done enough to get out nation back on track and the American people know it.”

Then-Rep. Heller was appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) in May to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Sen. John Ensign (R) who found himself about to become the subject of intense congressional scrutiny over actions surrounding an extramarital affair he had with a woman who was married to one of his top aides.

Heller said in his maiden speech that there “is not a day that goes by” that he does not think of how to create jobs.

The senior senator from Nevada, Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) both attended the speech in the Senate chamber.