Joe Heck

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

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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Lawmaker: Improving commissaries, not slashing budget, is goal

2016/01/13


Heck Statement on President's Latest Executive Actions

2016/01/05

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement on President Obama's latest executive actions.
 
"Reducing gun violence is critical to keeping our communities safe and secure. But by once again implementing unilateral executive actions rather than work with Congress, the President has only further polarized the country and reduced the chance of any meaningful solutions to address this issue. The President likes to say we are stronger when we work together. I hope during his last year in office he starts to take his own advice."

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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 Opposes Omnibus Spending Bill

2015/12/18

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement after voting against the omnibus appropriations bill for 2016.

"During my time in the House the three items at the top of my priority list have been keeping America safe, reducing government spending, and getting Nevadans back to work. This bill falls short on all three. It raises discretionary spending above last year's level, marking the first time since 2011 we have failed to reduce spending, while continuing to under-fund our national defense. And although Nevada's economy has improved over recent years, I worry that tripling the number of H-2B visas for foreign workers will put Nevadans at a disadvantage."

"This bill contains sweeteners designed to give policy wins to just about everyone, but it completely ignores Executive branch attacks on our Western way of life. My colleagues and I on the Western Caucus pushed to include language to prevent the EPA from changing the definition of navigable waters and to block Department of the Interior's land use management plan for sage grouse habitat, both of which will have a profound effect on Nevada's economy. Those provisions were left out of the bill." 

"Finally, recent events have eroded the trust between the American people and the federal government, especially where intelligence activities are concerned. Including the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act in this 'must pass' bill without public debate on the House floor only propagates this distrust.”

 

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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 Backs Tax Extender Bill, Touts Provisions Good for Nevadans

2015/12/17

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today supported House passage of a year-end tax extender bill, touting a number of provisions of critical importance to Nevadans.

Those provisions include a permanent extension of the state and local sales tax deduction, K-12 teacher classroom expenses deduction, and the section 179 deduction used by small businesses to expense certain business assets. Also included in the bill is a two year extension of mortgage debt forgiveness and the deduction for higher education tuition and related expenses.

In addition to the tax extension provisions, the bill contains reforms to increase accountability at the IRS and makes improvements to the 529 college savings program.

"This tax extender package is good for Nevada families and small businesses," Rep. Heck said. "By providing stability and predictability over their tax bills, families and businesses will be able to plan for the future. This new environment of certainty will help create a healthy Nevada economy."   


On the permanent extension of the state and local sales tax deduction:

"Nevadans rely on the state and local sales tax deduction to lessen their tax burden and now they can rest assured that this deduction will not be eliminated. This is good for our economy and gives Nevadans an early Christmas present."


On the two year extension of mortgage debt forgiveness:

"While Nevada's housing market is improving, there are still so many who are underwater on their homes and going through the short sale process. These families simply cannot afford to be taxed on income they never receive. The provision in this bill is an improvement over last year's retro-active extension, assuring homeowners who are underwater and trying to refinance or sell short that they have time to get their affairs in order without worrying about being hit with an unfair tax bill."


On the permanent extension of the K-12 classroom expenses deduction:

"Our teachers work hard to educate the future leaders of our state, often paying out of their own pocket when school budgets get tight. This permanent extension sends them the signal that we appreciate all they do for our students and communities by allowing them to expense both classroom expenses and professional development courses. This provision is a win for our teachers and our students."  


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 Passage of Education Overhaul

2015/12/02

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03), a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today backed House passage of S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which represents a major overhaul of federal education policy.

The bill replaces the previous version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with a new law that ends one-size-fits-all accountability requirements included in NCLB, returns more control over education policy to states and parents, and prevents the federal government from coercing states into adopting Common Core education standards.  

"The federal government's one-size-fits-all approach to education ends with passage of this bill," Rep. Heck said. "Parents, teachers, and local school administrators know best what our students need to succeed. This bill will improve education outcomes for our students by taking control from federal bureaucrats and returning it to the people who actually work in our classrooms and interact with students. The policies in this bill empower parents to make education decisions that are best for their children and will improve education in Nevada and around the nation."


Heck Military Identifier Provision Included in Conference Report

During House committee consideration of the bill, Rep. Heck offered an amendment based on one of the recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC), which he was reviewing in his capacity as chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

The amendment, which was included in S. 1177, allows schools and school districts to better track the academic performance of military dependent students, similar to the ways they track English Language Learners or low-income students. According to recent studies, while military dependent students face significant challenges, there is no national public data available to allow educators to provide appropriate resources to meet those challenges. Identifying military dependent children students as such will help improve their educational experience and increase their opportunities for success.

 

Background on the Process

S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, is the final product of years of work by the House Education and the Workforce Committee (E&W), as well as the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which expired in 2007.

A House version of the bill (H.R. 5, the Student Success Act) was considered, amended, and favorably reported by E & W. That bill was then considered on the floor of the House of Representatives, amended, and ultimately passed by the House. A similar process was used in the Senate to pass the Senate version of the bill (S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act) through the HELP Committee and eventually the Senate floor.

With two separate versions of the bill passed by each House, a conference committee was created made up of members of both parties and both Houses of Congress to resolve the differences between the two bills. The bill passed today by the House is the result of that conference committee.


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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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The President has a choice to make in final SOTU

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Rep. Heck launches Teacher Recognition Award in #NV03

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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

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

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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


My busy summer in #NV03

2015-09-18 00:48:02


Rep. Joe Heck: This is a bad deal and I urge my colleagues to reject it

2015-09-11 14:17:13


What's Happening in Washington with Rep. Joe Heck

2015-08-07 13:11:57


Iran deal, foreign policy update from Rep. Joe Heck

2015-07-29 12:14:49


Rep. Joe Heck: we need patient-driven healthcare solutions

2015-06-25 16:00:32


Rep. Heck: US trade with other countries supports Nevada jobs

2015-05-26 14:06:38


Congressman Joe Heck Commemorates Memorial Day 2015

2015-05-26 12:23:52


Rep. Heck's Bill to End Veterans Homelessness Passes House

2015-05-19 15:09:36


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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