Joe Heck

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

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2014/07/22


Sun City Summerlin Mobile Office Hours

2014/07/14

Mobile office hours provide my constituents the chance to meet with members of my staff and provide a "one stop shop" for matters related to the federal government. At mobile office hours, my staff can open cases to act as the liason between my constituents and  federal agencies and answer questions constituents have about federal policies that affect them. To find out more about mobile office hours, call my Las Vegas office at 702-387-4941.

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Heck Introduces Bill to Strengthen Support for Youth Victims of Severe Trafficking

2014/07/14

Legislation builds off input from May panel discussion, previous House action to combat trafficking

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) introduced bipartisan legislation Friday to strengthen support for victims of youth trafficking. The bill, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking (H.R. 5076) Act, will improve support provided specifically to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of severe forms of human trafficking. Severe forms of trafficking may include youth being forced to perform manual labor or commercial sex acts. 

This legislation comes on the heels of a panel discussion Rep. Heck hosted in May to raise awareness of human trafficking that brought together law enforcement officials, victim advocates, and subject matter experts. The House of Representatives passed several pieces of legislation that same month aimed at achieving the dual goals of ending the human trafficking epidemic and assisting the victims. H.R. 5076 is expected to be part of a second round of anti-trafficking legislation to be voted on next week.

"We have a moral obligation to care for victims of human trafficking, especially vulnerable children," Rep. Heck said. "By passing a simple fix to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act we can ensure that those suffering from the trauma of these deplorable acts will have access to the care and support they need."

Specifically, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act:

* Enables the Secretary of Health and Human Services to apply existing grant resources to train relevant staff on the effects of human trafficking in runaway and homeless youth victims, and for developing state-wide strategies to serve such youth.

  * Allows the secretary to utilize the Street Outreach Program to provide street-based services for runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking.

Reps. John Kline (R-MN) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) joined Rep. Heck as original cosponsors of the legislation.

The transient nature of the Las Vegas population and the city's status as a major national and international travel destination make it a target for individuals who engage in human trafficking. In fact, according the Attorney General's website, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has recovered 2,229 victims of sex trafficking since 1994 and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline has received 496 calls from around Nevada since 2009.

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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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Rep. Joe Heck: national security must remain a top priority.

2014/07/11


Rep. Joe Heck: The House is focused on jobs and the economy

2014/07/11


Congress clears Henderson to buy, clean up toxic mine site

2014/07/10


Henderson mine cleanup, redevelopment OK’d by Congress

2014/07/10


Heck Applauds Senate Passage of Three Kids Mine Bill

2014/07/10

Job-creating measure now heads to President's desk for signature; Marks 3rd Heck bill signed into law

HENDERSON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today applauded Senate passage of H.R. 697, the Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act, legislation he introduced which provides an innovative public-private partnership solution to finally clean up the abandoned Three Kids Mine site in Henderson at no cost to federal taxpayers.

It is estimated that the clean up and development of the Three Kids Mine site could create as many as 3,000 jobs over the life of the project. Senate passage of the bill clears it for signature by the President, which will mark the third time a Heck-introduced bill has been signed into law.

"Today's news is a win for southern Nevada's economy," Rep. Heck said. "I'm glad the delegation was able to work together to turn this dangerous liability into an economic development opportunity for our community. I also want to thank Mayor Andy Hafen and the city council for their support and for showing how local governments can work with the federal government to get things done for the benefit of our communities. I hope that with this bill becoming law the stakeholders in Henderson can work cooperatively to get the project off the ground as soon as possible."

H.R. 697 directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey federal lands at the site to the City of Henderson for clean up and redevelopment purposes. Once the land is conveyed, the City of Henderson's Redevelopment Agency will enter into a binding consent agreement with a private developer that will be responsible to clean up, remediate, and reclaim the abandoned Three Kids Mine site in an environmentally safe manner. The private developer will then be able to redevelop the land for commercial and residential use.

The bill passed the House on July 22, 2013 by voice vote.

BACKGROUND:

* The Three Kids Mine site is a 1,260 acre abandoned manganese mine and mill site located along the south side of Lake Mead Drive, across the highway from Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson.

* The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey the Federal lands at the project site – approximately 948 acres – at fair market value taking into account the costs of investigating and remediating the entire site, which includes an additional 314 acres of now-private lands that were used historically in mine operations.

* In return for conveying the land at fair market value, the Federal Government will also receive a release of liability for cleanup of both the Federal and private lands.

* Before the Federal lands are conveyed, the State must enter into a binding consent agreement under which the cleanup of the entire project site will occur.

* This agreement must include financial assurances to ensure the completion of the remediation and reclamation of the site.

* The cleanup will be financed with private capital and Nevada tax increment financing at no cost to the Federal government.

* H.R. 697 is the result of more than five years of work among the City of Henderson Redevelopment Agency, the Department of the Interior, the State of Nevada, and private entities.

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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: We need to train workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow

2014/07/09


Heck Supports House Passage of Job Training, Workforce Investment Bill

2014/07/09

Legislation includes provision first introduced by Heck in 2011; Local employer input will ensure unemployed, underemployed learn in-demand skills

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today supported House passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will strengthen the nation's workforce development system and job training programs.

The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 415 to 6 , includes a provision first introduced by Rep. Heck in 2011 as part of the Local JOBS Act (112th Congress, H.R. 3611). That provision streamlined local workforce investment boards and strengthened the role of local employers on the boards. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act includes similar reforms, making the local boards more effective and efficient by reducing the size of the boards from 51 to 19 members and maintaining the requirement that local employers comprise a majority of the board. The emphasis on input from local employers will ensure that local economic conditions are taken into account when making workforce investment decisions and that the unemployed and underemployed are learning in-demand skills that local employers are looking for in job candidates.

"We need to train workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow, not yesterday," Rep. Heck said. "We know there are millions of positions open across the country but that many potential workers lack adequate skills to fill these in-demand jobs. By emphasizing the input of the local employers who actually know and understand the economic conditions in their communities we will ensure that those looking for work or for a better job are learning skills that make them more employable."  

Congressman Heck spoke on the House floor to emphasize the bill's job creating potential and urge his colleagues to support the bill. Click the image below to see the video of Rep. Heck's remarks.

Congressman John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, applauded Rep. Heck's work on the issue of workforce development saying, "Thanks to the work of Congressman Joe Heck, Nevada’s workers will now have greater access to the skills and training they need to compete for in-demand jobs. Congressman Heck is to be commended for his leadership and important contribution to this bipartisan, bicameral job training reform legislation. No doubt Joe will continue to play an important role in our efforts to support the nation’s workers and job creators."

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act also contains a provision that calls for closer coordination between workforce investment programs and local economic development and educational initiatives. As Nevada's economy continues to diversify, the coordination under H.R. 803 will help workers keep pace with the changes taking place in the economy and help Nevadans fill jobs being created in the state.

Attached is a timeline that tracks Congressman Heck's original local employer input provision from the 2011 Local JOBS Act to H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Also attached is a pdf illustrating Current Law vs. Local JOBS Act vs. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act comparison which specifically shows that the intent of Rep. Heck's original legislation, the Local JOBS Act, was included in this major bipartisan legislation to improve workforce investment and job training programs.

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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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132 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3252
Fax 202-225-2185
heck.house.gov

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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NEVADA's 2nd DISTRICT

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