Joe Heck

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

Heck Applauds Three Kids Mine Bill Being Signed into Law

2014/07/25

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement upon learning that President Barack Obama signed H.R. 697, the Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act, into law.

The bill 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.

"This new law will help get southern Nevada back to work," Rep. Heck said. "If Nevada's economy is going to continue improving, it will need room to grow. That is the long-term economic development opportunity this law provides the city of Henderson."

Rep. Heck continued, “Today is a perfect example of how the Nevada delegation can come together and advance issues important to our local communities. I look forward to working with Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, the Henderson City Council, and all of the stakeholders to get the Three Kids Mine redevelopment project off the ground as soon as possible."

“I would like to congratulate Congressman Heck for creating an innovative solution for the cleanup of the Three Kids Mine Site,” said Western Caucus Chairman Steve Pearce. “The law calls for a public-private partnership to clean up a mine that the federal government neglected for so many years.  This new law will not cost taxpayers a dime, will help the environment, and will create thousands of direct jobs while allowing for future economic development on the property.”

THREE KIDS MINE TIMELINE:

February 14, 2013 - Rep. Heck Introduces Bill to Clean Up Three Kids Mine Site

July 22, 2013 - Three Kids Mine Bill Passes House

July 10, 2014 - Senate Passage of Three Kids Mine Bill

July 25, 2014 - President Obama signs H.R. 697 into law

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's Anti-Trafficking Bill Passes House

2014/07/25


Bill could bring more help to survivors of sex trafficking

2014/07/25


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2014/07/24


House bill targets homeless youth, runaways

2014/07/24


Heck's Youth Trafficking Victim Support Bill Passes House

2014/07/24

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

WASHINGTON – The House passed bipartisan legislation today introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) to provide additional support to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of severe trafficking.  Severe trafficking includes youth forced to perform manual labor or commercial sex acts.  The bill passed the House unanimously.  

H.R. 5076, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act, was introduced following an anti-human trafficking panel Rep. Heck hosted in Henderson in May. One area of agreement on the panel discussion was that more resources were needed for victims’ advocacy and support, especially for at-risk youth. This bill, developed from information provided by constituents at home, helps address that issue.

"Our nation’s runaway and homeless youth deserve access to services that will help them escape a life of crime, abuse, and neglect. By passing this 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." - Rep. Joe Heck

Background:

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.

Rep. Heck's Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act was included as part of a second round of anti-human trafficking legislation advanced by the House aimed at achieving the dual goals of ending the human trafficking epidemic and assisting the victims.

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 to 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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Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking

2014/07/24


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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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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

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