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Joe Heck


Bill to Name Laughlin VA Clinic for Master Chief Jesse Dean Signed into Law


WASHINGTON - After passing the House and Senate unanimously, legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) to name the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Laughlin, Nevada in honor of Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean was signed into law by President Obama.

Rep. Heck was instrumental in helping bring the VA clinic to Laughlin and attended the ribbon cutting ceremony in February of 2015.

"I'm pleased the VA clinic in Laughlin will be named for a man who exemplifies the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans," Rep. Joe Heck said. "It is fitting that after all of the hard work and dedication of Laughlin community members to make the clinic a reality it will be named for one of their own, Master Chief Jesse Dean. I look forward to my next visit to Laughlin later in October to visit the VA clinic and American Legion Post 60 to share this great news with the men and women who helped make it happen."

Highlights of Master Chief Jesse Dean's service:

* Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965 at the age of 17

* Served 27 years, achieving the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest grade for an enlisted sailor

* First sea duty assignment was aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet

* Served in Vietnam as part of the Brown Water Navy

* Awards and commendations include three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon

After retiring from the Navy in 1992, Jesse Dean settled in Laughlin, Nevada and joined the Richard Springston American Legion Post 60. As a member of the Legion, Jesse was revered by fellow members for his selfless service and dedication to the Post and his fellow veterans.



Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Bill would exempt some without health insurance from Obamacare tax penalty


Heck, Amodei, Hardy Introduce Bill to Spare Nevadans from Unfair Obamacare Tax


WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the news of large insurers leaving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, reducing coverage options, and increasing costs for individuals and families, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) along with Congressmen Mark Amodei (NV-02) and Cresent Hardy (NV-04) today introduced legislation to spare Nevadans from an unfair tax under that law.

The Protection from Insurance Exchange Monopolies Act, would exempt all individuals who live in a county with one or no health insurers offering plans on the Obamacare exchanges from the individual mandate penalty. In Nevada, residents of 10 counties - Esmeralda, Mineral, Humboldt, Pershing, Churchill, Lincoln, White Pine, Eureka, Lander, and Elko - will have only one insurance carrier to choose from, denying them the options and affordability originally promised by the ACA.

"The Affordable Care Act promised Nevadans more healthcare choices and lower costs but, as expected, we now know those promises were empty" Rep. Joe Heck said. "Nevadans in 10 counties will be living under an Obamacare insurance monopoly in 2017 and it is unfair to inflict a penalty tax on residents in counties with only one carrier option. This is yet another example of the failures of the ACA and highlights the urgent need to replace the broken parts of the law with healthcare reforms that actually expand access to quality, affordable care."

“President Obama promised his healthcare law would bring Americans 'more choice’, ‘more competition’, and ‘real health care security,’" said Congressman Amodei. "Despite the President’s assurances, Obamacare has delivered nothing more than higher premiums and less choices – with millions of Americans having even fewer choices in 2017. In Nevada, Obamacare will soon be leaving residents in 10 counties with only one choice – choose what Washington says is right for them – or pay the penalty. By allowing people who reside in areas with less than two provider options to be exempt from the individual mandate, our bill provides much needed relief to those who have been left with no alternative. Congress must continue to look for real solutions that give Americans increased access to the care they deserve, and this is an example of Congress taking action.”  

“The better way to solve rural Nevada’s access to health care is to replace Obamacare with a fairer and more patient-centered approach,” said Hardy. "But as long as Obamacare is the law,   Nevadans shouldn’t be forced to pay a tax on a monopoly caused by a government mandate that forced out other competition. All Nevadans, and particularly those in our rural communities, deserve access to more health care choices and lower health care costs."

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 2.3 million enrollees - or 19% of all enrollees - could have just one insurance coverage choice in 2017. Nevadans will be able to choose from one of only three insurance carriers on NV Health Link in 2017: Anthem, Health Plan of Nevada, and Prominence Health Plan (formerly St. Mary’s). The residents of 59% of Nevada counties will have just one carrier option, Anthem's HMO or PPO plans.

The Protection from Insurance Exchange Monopolies Act is just the latest in a series of proposals put forward by Rep. Heck aimed at increasing access to healthcare for Nevadans. Heck introduced H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act. This bill contains numerous provisions to expand health care coverage. For example, H.R. 2300 will establish high risk pools, provide grants to states to provide health insurance coverage for disadvantaged or struggling Nevadans, and allow businesses to create association health plans that are better tailored to fit the unique coverage needs of Nevadans. Further, this bill will restore Medicare beneficiaries’ rights to choose their doctors and submit claims for payment under Medicare.


Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Applauds House Passage of CTE Reauthorization


WASHINGTON -- Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today applauded House passage of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation that reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and will help more Americans - especially young Americans - enter the workforce with the tools and knowledge they need to compete for in-demand jobs.

The legislation contains Rep. Heck's bill H.R. 5152, the Career and Technical Education Equity Act, legislation that ensures Nevada receives its fair share of federal career and technical education (CTE) funding. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, it is estimated that the Heck legislation will increase Nevada’s share of federal CTE funding by 11.5%.

"This bill will help make it easier for state and local education leaders in Nevada and around the country to build upon their success in CTE and continue to prepare students for college or full-time, good-paying jobs in today’s ever-changing economy," Rep. Heck said. "We must ensure that Nevada continues to receive its share of federal funding for career and technical education funding to support programs that help so many students achieve success after high school."

Rep. Heck announced introduction of his Career and Technical Education Equity Act during a visit to Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, a school that relies on CTE funds to offer students educational opportunities in the following majors: Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice, and 911 Dispatch.



Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Top Republican won’t budge on increased military pay raise


Heck to Continue Push for Full Pay Raise in NDAA


WASHINGTON - As the House and Senate return to Washington to resume negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today reiterated his support for providing troops with the full 2.1% pay increase as required by law.

Rep. Heck's continued push for the full pay raise comes following President Obama's decision to reject the full raise, instead giving troops a 1.6% increase. This year marks the fourth in a row that the President has not supported giving our troops the full pay raise.

"Our men and women in uniform deserve a full pay raise," Rep. Heck said. "The global security environment is not getting any safer and deployments aren't getting any easier, yet our military families are constantly asked to do more with less. This is unacceptable. I remain committed to ensuring our troops and their families receive the full pay raise they have earned."



The House-passed FY 17 NDAA fully funds the 2.1% pay raise our troops are entitled to under law while blocking the President’s ability to reduce troop pay. The lower pay increase mandated by the President means a young military family would receive about $336 less this year than the law provides.  Over four years of a lower raise, the family will have lost between $1,500 and $2,000.



Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck's Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Bill Signed Into Law


WASHINGTON -- Legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) called the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act (H.R. 1816) was signed into law Friday as part of H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. The House passed the bill by a vote of 427-0 in February and the Senate approved the measure on July 15. 

Rep. Heck's bill, which also passed the House as a stand-alone measure in May of 2015, and during both the 112th and 113th Congresses, ends the flawed Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) policy of counting the aid and attendance benefit for low-income, disabled veterans as regular income. By counting the aid and attendance benefit intended for medical care as income, HUD is unfairly and incorrectly inflating that veteran’s income amount. That inflation then results in HUD reducing the housing assistance available to low-income, disabled veterans.

"With this bill being signed into law, our most vulnerable veterans can breathe a sigh of relief," Rep. Joe Heck said. "Finally ending this flawed HUD policy will ensure low-income, disabled veterans get the medical care and assistance they need without having to fear losing their home or apartment. We still have work to do to eradicate veterans homelessness, but this bill is a big step in the right direction." 

This issue was first brought to Congressman Heck's attention during a 2011 meeting of his Veterans Advisory Panel. The panel brings local veterans together to discuss the issues facing southern Nevada's veteran community.

In addition to the veterans housing measure, Rep. Heck is also working to advance legislation aimed at speeding access to care within the VA and providing job opportunities for veterans. The bill, H.R. 3974, The Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015, establishes a five-year pilot program within the VA to provide educational assistance to former medics and corpsmen for education and training as physician assistants in the VA. Those who serve in the pilot program would then have a period of obligated service at the Veterans Health Administration, allowing them to give back to fellow veterans.

H.R. 3974 was approved by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in May and could be brought to the floor for a vote when the House returns to session in September. 



Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Backs House Actions Against Iran


WASHINGTON - As the world marks one year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and Western nations, led by the United States, was signed, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today backed a series of House actions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

H.R. 5119, the No 2H2O from Iran Act, which prohibits federal funds from being used to purchase heavy water from Iran, or to issue licenses to purchase heavy water, and H.R. 5631, the Iran Accountability Act, which expands and strengthens existing sanctions against Iran related to its ballistic-missile program, support for international terrorism, and its ongoing record of human rights abuses against its own population, were passed by the House amid reports from German intelligence sources that  Iran "continues to conduct illegal proliferation-sensitive procurement activities at a quantitatively high level."

"The Iran deal is as bad for our national security and regional stability today as it was a year ago when it was signed," Rep. Joe Heck said. "Since the deal was signed, Iran has renewed its vows to destroy Israel, launched ballistic missiles in violation of United Nations weapons bans, captured and held U.S. sailors, and, according to reports, is still aggressively pursuing its nuclear weapons program. The fact is, we got a terrible deal with an untrustworthy partner. The actions taken by the House will deny Iran another revenue stream through the sale of heavy water and expand sanctions against its missile program and its international terrorist arm, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.-Quds Force."

In addition to supporting the House-passed bills, Rep. Heck also cosponsored H.R. 5727, the Preventing Iranian Destabilization in Iraq Act, legislation that seeks to counter the active role of Iran, its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force (IRGC-Quds), and its proxy militias that seek to destabilize Iraq by imposing economic sanctions on Iran and its affiliate terrorist organizations.

In July of 2015, after the nuclear deal with Iran was announced, Rep. Heck spoke out against the deal, noting that the U.S. and its partners in the negotiations, "caved on anytime-anywhere nuclear site inspections, even giving Iran a say in which sites get inspected, and that the deal lifts the conventional arms embargo on Iran."

Several months later, after the deal garnered enough support from Senate Democrats to sustain a veto threat of the House-passed resolution of Congressional disapproval, Rep. Heck stated, "The whole deal depends on Iran, a country that has never shown any interest in adhering to international norms and obligations, suddenly cooperating with the terms of this nuclear weapons agreement. In addition, I am not convinced that this Administration is willing to take decisive action in the event that Iran does not comply with one of the many requirements of this deal."

These statements were released in the midst of the Obama Administration actively misleading the media and American people on the terms of the Iran deal.

Via the Washington Post: One of President Obama’s top national security advisers led journalists to believe a misleading timeline of U.S. negotiations with Iran over a nuclear agreement and relied on inexperienced reporters to create an “echo chamber” that helped sway public opinion to seal the deal, according to a lengthy magazine profile. Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told the New York Times magazine that he helped promote a “narrative” that the administration started negotiations with Iran after the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected president in 2013. In fact, the administration’s negotiations actually began earlier, with the country’s powerful Islamic faction, and the framework for an agreement was hammered out before Rouhani’s election.

More reading on our "partner" in the nuclear deal from Reuters:

After nuclear deal, Iran sticks to wary tactics in key Gulf waterway  ABOARD THE USS NEW ORLEANS Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps on Monday dispatched five military vessels to monitor a U.S. warship hosting one of America's top generals on a day trip through the Strait of Hormuz, coming as close as 500 yards (meters).

Iran missile tests 'not consistent' with nuclear deal spirit: U.N. report  UNITED NATIONS Iran's ballistic missile launches "are not consistent with the constructive spirit" of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, but it is up to the United Nations Security Council to decide if they violated a resolution, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in a confidential report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Iran's Khamenei says U.S., 'evil' Britain can't be trusted: state TV  ANKARA Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday Tehran had no intention of cooperating on regional issues with its main enemies, the United States and "evil" Britain.



Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Applauds House Passage of Department Interior Funding Bill


WASHINGTON - As the House continues to work through the Appropriations process, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today applauded House passage of H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Act of 2017.

The bill contains $32.1 billion in total funding, including $480 million to fully fund “Payments in Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) – which provides funds to local communities with federal land to help offset losses in property taxes – and $3.9 billion for the Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service to prevent and combat wildfires. In addition, the bill contains language to block federal regulations like the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and the implementation of the BLM’s recently-released Federal Resource Management Plans. These plans ignore state efforts to improve sage grouse populations and place overly restrictive and unnecessary limits on land uses that will kill jobs and ruin the livelihoods of many Nevadans.

"This bill supports and protects our Western way of life," Rep. Heck said. "This bill ensures Nevadans, not bureaucrats 2,500 miles away in Washington, have a say over the use of our lands while still encouraging the proper stewardship of protected areas. By funding programs to promote the responsible use of resources, maintain PILT payments to local communities, prevent and combat wildfires, and block harmful, costly federal regulations, we can ensure Nevada's ranchers, miners, farmers, and their families continue to enjoy the way of life we cherish in the West." 

In Congress, Rep. Heck has championed more local control over Nevada's federal lands and supports the continued access to those lands for fishing, sport hunting, and recreational activities.

Heck is a cosponsor of:

H.R.1484, to Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act, which directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior to convey, in phases and without consideration, to the state of Nevada all interest of the United States in federal lands owned, managed, or controlled by the federal government through the USDA or Interior for the purpose of permitting the state to use them to support select beneficiaries.

H.R. 488, the Nevada Land Sovereignty Act of 2015, which prevents the threat of executive action designating or expanding national monuments in Nevada without Congressional approval or local support.

H.R. 528, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, which requires federal public land management officials to facilitate the use of, and access to, federal public lands for fishing, sport hunting, and recreational shooting.

Congressman Heck also passed legislation through the House to allow Good Samaritan search and rescue organizations to access public lands to conduct searches for missing persons.

(photo credit: BLM)


Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.


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Changes To FASFA Process Equal Planning Opportunities For Parents


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Heck: this bill is about helping students realize what they can achieve through higher education

2016-07-11 21:44:08

Heck: this bill will simplify federal financial aid process for students, families

2016-07-11 21:43:29

Rep. Heck: My amendment ensures Nevada receives its share of CTE dollars

2016-07-07 15:39:50

Increasing Access to Medical School for Students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

2016-06-22 17:08:11

Making the Federal Financial Aid Process Easier for Students, Families

2016-06-22 17:08:24

Rep. Joe Heck Visits Veterans Village Las Vegas

2016-06-01 14:11:21

Rep. Joe Heck: I'm fighting to boost CTE funding for Nevada

2016-05-25 13:07:19

Rep. Heck Urges House to Name Laughlin VA Clinic for Master Chief Jesse Dean

2016-05-25 12:48:34

We owe them a solemn obligation

2016-05-31 12:47:43

Rep. Heck's VA medical marijuana amendment passes

2016-05-23 12:26:28

Rep. Joe Heck: I urge my colleagues to support our troops

2016-05-17 20:41:56

Rep. Heck Visits Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy

2016-05-04 13:31:40

Heck: this bill addresses urgent need to protect our most vulnerable

2016-04-28 20:39:06

Rep. Joe Heck Begins Consideration of Military Personnel Provisions in NDAA

2016-04-27 21:10:48

Rep. Joe Heck Opens Military Personnel Subcommittee NDAA Mark Up

2016-04-20 15:53:32

Rep. Joe Heck Serves Up "Eggs for Education" in Henderson

2016-04-11 20:40:09

Rep. Joe Heck Asks about Common Core and Data Collection

2016-03-22 18:18:30

Heck's Good Samaritan Bill Passes House as Amendment to Sportsmen's Bill

2016-02-29 14:38:53

Nevada's education priorities are my focus in Congress

2016-02-24 17:55:27

Heck pushing for EMS to continue to use life-saving medications in the field

2016-02-17 15:23:00

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On November 2, 2010, Joe Heck was elected to the United States Congress as Nevada’s Representative for the Third Congressional District. Heck is only the third person to hold this seat since its creation. He serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Armed Services Committee where he is Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He was also the only freshman appointed to serve on the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, and chairs the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.

Dr. Heck has more than 25 years in public service as a physician, Army Reservist, and community volunteer. Previously, Heck served as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant, Search & Rescue team member, and SWAT physician. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he was called to active duty three times, including a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As a small business owner, he served as the President and Medical Director of Specialized Medical Operations, Inc., a corporation dedicated to providing quality medical training, consulting, and operational support to Law Enforcement, EMS and Military Special Operations. Dr. Heck has lectured and published widely on special operations medical support, the medical response to acts of terrorism, and emergency preparedness and response.

Dr. Heck represented Nevada State Senate District 5 from 2004 through 2008, serving on the Natural Resources, Human Resources and Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees, and as Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.

Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Joe moved to Southern Nevada in 1992. A 1984 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Health Education, he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988, and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1992. In July 2006 he graduated from the U.S. Army War College, earning a Masters of Strategic Studies.

Joe is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 13456, American Legion Paradise Post 149, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 36 and Catholic War Veterans Post 1947. He enjoys reading and playing/coaching lacrosse.

Joe and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have three children: Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III.

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