Joe Heck

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Heck Statement on the Release of the FY17 NDAA

2016/04/25

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today released the following statements on the release of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

On a pay raise for troops:

"If we are going to recruit and retain the best and the brightest for our all-volunteer force, we must have a compensation package that is competitive with the private sector. That includes a pay increase commensurate with what private sector workers will receive. Military families are already under the increased strain of being asked to do more with less, having not received the full increase the past three years. Our troops, by law, are entitled to a 2.1% pay increase this year and this bill takes the proper step in ensuring they receive it."

 

On the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA):

"While we continue to look for a permanent solution to the SBP-DIC offset, I am pleased that the SSIA is extended through 2018. This unfair offset costs our surviving spouses benefits they have earned and deserve, and while the SSIA provides them some relief in the short-term, I remain committed to finding a long-term solution to this problem."

 

On military healthcare reforms:

"The foundational purpose of our military health system (MHS) is to ensure readiness, both for our troops and for our military healthcare providers. The reforms to the structure of the MHS included in the NDAA will help increase access to care for our service members and their dependents and also ensure our military health care providers are trained and equipped to provide the highest quality of care both in garrison and in combat. This will allow our troops and medical providers to be ready to complete their mission in an increasingly dangerous global environment." 

 

On improvements to the commissary system:

"The commissary benefit is one of the most critical benefits our military families depend upon and we must ensure it remains a viable benefit in the future. The improvements to the commissary system in this year's NDAA strike the proper balance between making needed reforms and ensuring the necessary safeguards and oversight mechanisms are in place to ensure this critical benefit is protected and preserved."

 

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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 Applauds Subcommittee Passage of Military Personnel Portion of Defense Authorization

2016/04/20

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today applauded subcommittee passage of the Military Personnel portion of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.  The Military Personnel portion of the bill, or "mark," was approved on an unanimous bipartisan vote.

The mark mandates and fully funds a 2.1% pay increase for troops. In addition, the mark contains provisions to modernize the commissary system while maintaining the benefit our troops and their families depend upon and reforms the Uniform Code of Military Justice, improving the system’s efficiency and transparency while also enhancing victims’ rights. This marks the first comprehensive reform in over three decades.

"This Military Personnel mark demonstrates the strong commitment the subcommittee has to our military men and women and their families," Rep. Joe Heck said. "Our military is only as strong as those serving and so our bill ensures those who volunteer to serve have the support they need and deserve. I was pleased to once again work in a bipartisan manner with Ranking Member Susan Davis to move this mark through to the full committee and look forward to advancing it and the larger defense authorization to the floor." 

In addition to the commissary and UCMJ improvements, the bill contains numerous provisions to improve the welfare and quality of life for our military families including providing up to 2 weeks of leave to the second parent of a dual military couple for the purposes of adoption leave and requiring the Secretaries of the military departments to notify service members with dependents annually, and prior to deployment, of the child custody protections guaranteed under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  Finally, the mark authorizes the reimbursement of travel expenses at a higher amount for Reserve Component members traveling to training from rural areas. 

The subcommittee-approved mark now moves to consideration before the full House Armed Services Committee next week.

 

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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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Statement of Congressman Joe Heck on killing of Haji Imam

2016/03/25

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement on the killing of Haji Imam, the Islamic State's #2 in command, during a U.S. strike in Syria. 

"This successful strike against one of the Islamic State's top leaders shows just how effective our intelligence community, special operators, and military personnel can be when given the opportunity to engage critical targets. With the Islamic State in a state of disarray at the loss of their #2 in command, we should increase pressure on other targets around the region. While we still have much to do in the fight against the Islamic State and to stop the flow of foreign fighters into western Europe, today's news marks an important tactical achievement. I stand ready to work with my House colleagues and the White House to ensure we develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to win the fight against the Islamic State and radical Islamic terror."    

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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’s Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act Added to House-Passed Sportsmen's Bill

2016/02/26

WASHINGTON – Today legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) called the Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act (H.R. 373) passed the House as an amendment to H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act.

Rep. Heck’s bill, which passed as a stand-alone bill in April and was added as an amendment to H.R. 2406 by a unanimous voice vote, speeds access to public lands so that volunteer search groups can conduct searches for missing persons.

"It’s been ten months since the House last passed this bill and the federal regulations standing between the families of missing persons and the closure that family deserves are still on the books," Rep. Heck said. "The House has once again demonstrated strong bipartisan support for allowing Good Samaritan search teams to access federal lands to conduct searches for missing persons and I hope the Senate follows suit."

Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-04), an original co-sponsor of H.R. 373, applauded the amendment's passage saying, "We have a serious problem in America when red tape ties the hands of people who are trying to move forward. There is no reason we should prevent a family or community from being allowed to search for a lost loved one or do what is possible to accept their passing. The actions of government should never do anything to increase the suffering of its people. I am proud to support Congressman Heck’s compassionate and necessary legislation to fix these problems.”

Background:

The Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act of 2015 requires that a decision on issuing a permit for accessing public lands be provided to groups within 48 hours of application and that groups are not responsible for obtaining an insurance policy given they waive federal government liability.

The Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act was initially drafted in 2013 following the discovery of the bodies of Keith Goldberg and Air Force Staff Sergeant Antonio Tucker in the Lake Mead Recreation Area by Good Samaritan search and rescue teams. In both cases, the volunteer search teams had to wait nearly one year to obtain the proper permits and insurance before conducting their searches. In Goldberg's case, remains were discovered in less than two hours; in Tucker's it took less than two days.

The original legislation passed the House 394-0 in 2013 and 413-0 in 2015. In November of 2015 the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources approved the Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act, clearing it for Senate floor action.

 

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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 Statement on President's Plan to Transfer Guantanamo Detainees to the U.S.

2016/02/23

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement regarding the President's plan to transfer Guantanamo Bay Prison detainees to the United States.

"Having reviewed the President’s plan, I maintain my belief that detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay should not be brought to the United States."

"There is no evidence to support the claim that Guantanamo is used as a recruiting tool or affecting relations with allies, both of which are being used to advance the President’s flawed foreign policy goals. Another critical detail that is conspicuously missing from this plan is the location of the proposed new detention facility. That’s a pretty significant detail to leave out."

"According to recent reports, 30% of transferred detainees are confirmed or suspected to have rejoined the fight against the United States. One was just arrested in Spain for being part of a jihadi cell recruiting fighters for the Islamic State. So we must ensure that the foundation of any prisoner transfer is based on keeping America safe and secure. Instead, this is just another example of the President trying to check a box on his campaign promise list, like withdrawing from Iraq, simply to keep a promise and not informed by current events."

"The current law, as signed by the President, contains bipartisan prohibitions on the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States. Only Congress can change that law and this empty plan should not be enough to change any minds."


Background:

Congressman Heck supported passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 which included language reauthorizing the bipartisan prohibitions against transferring detainees to the United States and against building detention facilities in the United States.


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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. Heck Responds to President's Budget Request

2016/02/09

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement on the President's budget request.

"Just about the only thing left out of this budget wish list is the full pay raise our troops deserve," Rep. Heck said. "While I know we will spend the coming days and weeks reviewing the many details and policies this budget contains, my most immediate priority is to sound the alarm to my colleagues in the House that we need to do everything we can to ensure our men and women in uniform get a full pay raise. Our troops and their families are making great sacrifices for our country and we should not be nickel and diming them on pay and benefits.”

By law troops are to receive a pay raise within 0.5 percent of the Employment Cost Index, which tracks civilian labor costs. The index for 2017 is projected to be 2.1 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Background:

As Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Congressman Heck led the subcommittee in approving historic improvements to the military retirement benefit structure. Those improvements will allow the 83 percent of troops who don’t make it to full retirement (20 years) to now have some savings when they leave the service. These improvements will help the armed forces attract and retain the best and the brightest to our all-volunteer force.

 

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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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Lawmakers working to simplify student financial aid application

2016/02/05


Heck's piggybacked veterans housing measure clears House

2016/02/03


Heck's Vulnerable Veterans Housing Bill Passes House, Again

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON -- Today legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) called the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act (H.R. 1816) passed the House as part of H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act.

Rep. Heck's bill, which passed as a stand-alone bill in May of 2015, 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 reducing the housing assistance available to our low-income disabled veterans. 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.

"It's been nine months since the House last passed this bill and HUD’s flawed aid and attendance policy still threatens our most vulnerable veterans with homelessness," Rep. Heck said. "The last thing our veterans should have to worry about is whether they will have a roof over their head. While I commend the outstanding work of the City of Las Vegas and Clark County in meeting the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, there is still much work to be done around the country in solving the problem of veterans homelessness."

The Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act has now passed the House on 3 different occasions.

In June of 2015, following a visit to Las Vegas by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. Heck wrote a letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal again pointing out that a HUD policy "actually puts our most vulnerable veterans at greater risk of becoming homeless."

Read Congressman Heck's full letter by clicking here.

Background:

In order to receive aid and attendance benefits, severely disabled veterans must first establish their eligibility for a low-income pension which requires an adjusted gross annual income of less than $12,256 for a single veteran with no dependents. Once eligibility is determined, that same veteran can receive $8,191 in aid and attendance benefits annually to offset the cost of a personal care attendant and keep the veteran in his/her home.

The Congressional Research Service estimates that the median annual cost for a licensed home health aide is $18,179. The cost of an assisted living facility is $39,600, and the median cost of a room in a nursing home is between $73,000 and $81,000 annually.

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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, House Disapprove of "Waters of the United States" Rule

2016/01/13

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today voted in favor oF S.J. Res. 22, a resolution disapproving of the of the rule submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
 
After the vote Rep. Heck released the following statement.
 
"Far from a clarification of a current statute, EPA's and the Corps of Engineer's new definition of 'waters of the United States' represents yet another federal overreach that threatens our Western way of life. In Nevada, we know that the best stewards of our lands and waters are those who use them and that rules regarding their usage work best if they are crafted at the state level, not by unelected federal bureaucrats 2,500 miles away in Washington, D.C. However, this new definition, which vastly expands federal jurisdiction over waters never before considered part of the 'waters of the United States,’ was drafted without the input of state officials in Nevada and is yet another example of a power grab by the Obama Administration. In today's vote I was pleased to again stand with those who oppose federal overreach in the West."

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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: 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


Heck working to simplify student financial aid application

2016-02-05 14:22:12


The President has a choice to make in final SOTU

2016-01-11 21:42:03


Rep. Heck launches Teacher Recognition Award in #NV03

2016-01-04 16:11:19


Heck: Bill improves national security, maintains economic benefits of international travel

2015-12-10 14:14:04


The President's strategy to confront the Islamic State is not working

2015-11-18 20:37:40


Fox 5 Vegas: Heck bill aimed at improving care for veterans

2015-11-09 16:10:20


Rep. Heck: Support our troops and their families; pass the NDAA

2015-11-05 14:55:18


Rep. Heck Opening Statement - Transition Assistance Programs

2015-10-28 20:43:36


Rep. Heck opens MILPERS hearing on preventing military suicides

2015-10-08 19:31:45


"A big 'thank you' to our veterans by Congressman Joe Heck"

2015-10-06 19:07:04


I urge my colleagues to stand with our military men and women

2015-10-01 16:55:20


Rep. Joe Heck Hosts College & Career Fair

2015-09-23 12:20:34


Contact Information

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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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Mark Amodei

NEVADA's 2nd DISTRICT

Crescent Hardy

NEVADA's 4th DISTRICT

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