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Headline: A pyramid scheme? Congressman’s comments show GOP’s real intent for Social Security Heck calls Social Security a “pyramid scheme” [Editorial, Las Vegas Sun, 6/10/11] After Calling Social Security a “Pyramid Scheme” Heck Claimed He Wanted to Protect the Program In 2011, Heck said it was a mistake to call Social Security a “pyramid scheme” that isn’t working. In the video footage of Heck making the comment to constituents he didn’t apologize for making the comment, despite audience disapproval. He claimed in a statement that he wanted to protect Social Security.
[Associated Press, 6/3/11]

Called Social Security a “Pyramid Scheme” at a Town Hall In 2011, at a town hall event, Heck said “You know, when we talk about social security and the retirement age, for future generations, again we’re talking about if there are going to be changes, its not going to be the person who is 55 and now we’re going to say you have to work until 70, because people have made a life’s plan based on when they thought they would be collecting social security. Now, the kid who is 18 years old, should that kid have to work until age 70, I don’t know but that could be a possibility to try and make this program work.” He continued, “That’s one of the reasons why this pyramid scheme isn’t working [inaudible] that’s why we have to look at every possible [inaudible].” [Politico, 6/3/11] Criticized by Columnist for Calling Social Security a Pyramid Scheme When People Depended on Aid In 2011, a columnist wrote that Heck exposed his “primitive feelings” when he called Social Security a “pyramid scheme.” The columnist wrote that Heck admitted he made a poor choice of words and then failed to correct a caller who described Social Security as a “pyramid scheme.” The columnist wrote “Social Security is easy to demagogue by those who don’t rely on it for survival. For the millions of Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, who depend on their monthly checks, it’s no Ponzi scheme. And it’s irresponsible for anyone to characterize it that way.” The columnist continued “Calling it a pyramid scheme gins up fears of falling skies and also makes Heck look like a pawn of his party at a time Republicans in safer congressional districts are calling for radical

revisions to the federal budget. Those who drink Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget Kool-Aid do so at their own political peril…Using ill-advised hyperbole to describe Social Security might score points with his new friends in Washington, but it could ruin him back home. Heck threatens to be consumed by a fire he started and flames he fanned.” [Columnist, John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review Journal, 6/12/11] Claimed He Meant to Call Social Security an “Inverted Pyramid” Not a “Pyramid Scheme” In 2011, Heck clarified his Social Security comments and changed “pyramid scheme” to “inverted pyramid.” He claimed that he wanted to create a visual that related to the decreasing ratio between people that paid into the system and the people who collected benefits. “Obviously, the way the statement came out, was it a poor choice of words? Probably,” he said. “But everything I said around it was factual.” Heck called Social Security a pyramid scheme during a May 2011 town hall while discussing the sustainability of continuing to pay benefits to people as they lived longer. “The full retirement age is 67 and the lifespan is 80, so when they first conceived Social Security, they didn’t think they were going to be paying benefits for 13-15 years,” Heck said at the time. “That’s one of the reasons why this pyramid scheme isn’t working.” [Associated Press, 6/9/11] Was in Lock Step with Tea Party on Issues Such as Republican Budget, Medicare and Oil Subsidies In 2011, the Las Vegas Sun wrote that Heck walked a tightrope when it came to the Tea Party. The Tea Party in Nevada said Heck had not left his roots. Although the paper pointed out that Heck did not picket for a government shutdown, he did serve the Tea Party agenda. “But Democrats warn that appearances can be deceiving: Just because Heck doesn’t proudly bear the Tea Party banner doesn’t mean he isn’t serving its agenda.” The Tea Party took credit for Heck’s victory. “Heck’s no liberal, and hasn’t gone totally rogue on the GOP. When it comes to the big, national issues, like health care, Medicare, and oil subsidies, he’s in lock step with the party and the Tea Party line…Added Gabriela Domenzain, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: “Rep. Joe Heck’s extreme positions to end Medicare and protect subsidies for Big Oil, privatize Social Security and abolish the Department of Education are out of touch with Nevadans.” The Tea Party was with Heck on the Republican Ryan budget. [Las Vegas
Sun, 5/20/11]

Key Clips
Cut $6 Billion from Affordable Housing Programs In February 2011 Heck was criticized by the DCCC for cutting almost $6 billion from affordable housing programs, cutting more than $700 million from programs that subsidize rent checks for seniors and the disabled, and eliminating housing counseling services for families facing foreclosure. Heck’s Congressional District was described by the Las Vegas Sun as “ground zero for the foreclosure crisis.” [Las Vegas Sun, 2/23/11] Defended Taking Government Health Care Saying He had to Pay a Premium
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In February 2011, Heck defended the fact that he has government health care, despite opposing the health reform law. He said he still had to pay a premium on the government healthcare. “Actually, the employer health care that I had at my previous job was better and cheaper than the one that I have now,” Heck said. [Fox5 News, 2/2/11] Heck was critical of the health care coverage he received as a member of Congress, saying the health insurance provided under his former job as an emergency room physician was “better and cheaper.” [Associated Press, 2/4/11] Did Not Strongly Oppose Yucca; Said Yucca Could Be Used as Reprocessing Facility In February 2011, the Las Vegas Sun reported Heck was an exception to Nevada’s delegation members who opposed Yucca Mountain. “Current freshman Republican Rep. Joe Heck is the first exception to that rule -- he maintains that Yucca could be used as some sort of reprocessing facility in the future.” [Las
Vegas Sun, 2/14/11]

Backed Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare; Spokesperson Said Proposed Changes Wouldn’t Impact Current Recipients In March 2011, Heck was targeted by national Democrats that focused on cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Democrats said Heck backed a plan to cut Social Security and Medicare, Heck’s spokesperson, said the proposed changes wouldn’t impact current recipients of those programs. [The Republic, 3/23/11] Criticized for Voting to Cut Program that Helped Seniors Stay in Own Homes, Saving State Over a Billion Dollars a Year In March 2011, the President of the Nevada Senior Corps Association voiced her disappointment that Heck voted for H.R. because it cut funding for many volunteer programs. She wrote that the bill eliminated the Corporation for National and Community Service, which funded the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, the Foster Grandparent and the Senior Companion Programs. She wrote “In Nevada, we have three RSVP Programs; two Foster Grandparent Programs and two Senior Companion Programs that collectively have around 4,000 volunteers who provide free services to thousands of seniors to keep them safe and at home as long as possible, saving the state over a billion dollars a year in institutional care costs.” [Op-ed, President, Nevada Senior Corps Association, Nevada Appeal,
3/22/11]

Defended Paul Ryan Plan to Reform Medicaid In April 2011, Heck defended the Republican budget plan, saying “The Medicaid block grant program allows states to design whatever type of programs they want to.” He went on to say, “And people 54 and younger, once they’re 65, will be able to have a patient-centered, more personalized approach to their health care. They’ll be able to have the same type of insurance that members of Congress do.” [Las Vegas
Sun, 4/7/11]

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Made Two Votes that Hurt Unions In March 2011, Heck voted for the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The House approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto over labor and safety issues, and subsidies for flights to remote communities. The Obama administration said the bill was anti-labor. Heck also voted against an amendment that would have made it easier for railroad and airline workers to unionize. [Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/3/11] Endorsed Romney’s Massachusetts Health Care Plan Heck was asked about his support for Romney’s universal healthcare. Heck said “Well, you know that’s not a concern for me because the fact is that what the governor did was do what all governors should do and look at what’s going to work best for their state, not take some one-size-fits-all government mandate and run it through the entire country. You know, he looked at what he thought would work for his state.” He went on to say “Well, you know, there’s a lot more insured people in the state of Massachusetts, but the important thing was it was a program designed by the state for the state, not a federal program that’s being rammed down the states.” [Topline, ABC News, 3/29/11] Joe Heck: I am Committed To Protecting Medicare; As a Physician, It Doesn’t Make Sense to Privatize Medicare On June 16, 2010, Joe Heck was interviewed by John Ralston on Face to Face. During the program, Heck was asked if he is for “privatizing” or “phasing out” Social Security or Medicare. Heck responded: “I am committed to making sure our seniors have the benefits they are entitled to and that they’ve earned, whether it’s Social Security of Medicare. And it’s ludicrous on its face to think that me, as a physician, would want to see Medicare dissolved […] I am saying for me to think that we would want to—that I would want to—privatize or to dissolve Medicare just doesn’t make sense as a physician. It’s critically important for seniors to have that coverage, to receive the health care that they receive once they reach the age of 65.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, 6/16/10 around seg. 2 @ 2:00] Voted to Cut Renewable Projects in Nevada Estimated to Create Thousands of Jobs Heck voted to cut the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable projects in February 2011. The removal of the program jeopardized five renewable projects in Nevada. The five projects were estimated to create 1,749 construction jobs and 314 permanent jobs, according to the DOE. Sen. Harry Reid pushed to get the program back in the budget in March 2011. [HR 1, Vote #147; Las Vegas Review-Journal,
4/15/11]

Refuted that 2012 Republican Budget Would Turn Medicare into Voucher Program Heck said he fought in Washington, but there were certain things he couldn’t get done. Heck was asked about his vote to change Medicare. He said the fact is there is no future in Medicare if we continue on the same path. So the proposed budget protects seniors, most seniors will not see changes. People 55 or older, the program will remain exactly the same. The program changes to a voucher program, but Medicare D.
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There is premium support, a subsidy goes directly to the insurer. It’s guaranteed issue. The amount of premium support will be the same and roughly what we pay for Medicare now. If you get sicker you get more premium support and there will be health savings accounts. We have to have generational change. For future generations we will say you get a patient centered plan. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary,
4/28/11]

Claimed Republican Budget Would Not Affect Anyone 55 or Older In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck about the Republican budget. He said, “Newt Gingrich, he says you’re not allowed to use this quote now because he’s changed his position since then, but last week on Meet the Press called it right-wing social engineering, do you agree with that?” Heck said “Medicare is just one of the issues contained within that budget package, and of course, that was the area that brought up the most concern last evening, and you know I was surprised at how many seniors were present that thought this was still going to affect them not realizing that this does nothing to anybody who is 55 or more. If you’re 55 or older you will see no change to the current Medicare system. Yet they’re all still clamoring about what it is going to do to Medicare.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block 2, 3:57,
5/19/11]

Said Republican Budget was Not a Voucher System; Claimed Seniors Would Receive Same Amount of Benefits In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck about the Republican budget. He said, “You know, it’s interesting because even you don’t seem that enthusiastic about it at the time. Revamped Medicare, and people know, it turns into a voucher-like program, I know you don’t like calling it vouchers, and it has these tax breaks in there. Let me show you what you said about it at the town hall meeting, I referred to earlier, last night: “I’m not saying it’s the best idea, but it’s the only one and the best being proposed now,” Heck said, emphasizing that the government needs to cut back spending to reasonable, sustainable levels. [Las Vegas Review-Journal].” Ralston went on to say, “Seniors are scared. And almost seniors are scared. This is going to take away guarantee that has existed since when, 1965, and you’re willing to do that?” Heck replied “It’s not taking away any guarantee John. What it’s doing is saying look, we’re going to give you premium support, it’s not a voucher. You’ll be able to pick a plan that is going to have to have a guaranteed issue, there is no pre-existing condition exclusions. You will get the same amount that, on average every Medicare beneficiary receives now. It’ll be indexed for inflation. And in addition, the poorer and the sicker get additional support. Very low income seniors will get a funded health savings account for further assistance in out-of-pocket expenses.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block 3, 5/19/11] Claimed the Republican Budget Took Away Tax Loopholes In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck about tax breaks in the Republican budget. He asked “What about the tax breaks in there? Because that’s what you were talking about at that…I mean obviously that’s going to be unpopular with a lot of people…as is changing Medicare because people are viscerally afraid.” Heck said “You know, you hear it from both sides. You hear the left saying we’ve got to take away the deductions, the subsidies, and the loopholes. Great. Well, in the budget, it does that. It lowers the tax rate, it broadens the base, and it takes away the deductions, the loopholes, and the subsidies so that folks are paying a fair share of tax. I don’t know why anybody would be opposed to lower rates, a

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broader base, and getting rid of the deductions, subsidies, and loopholes.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block
3, 5/19/11]

On Republican Budget Heck Said “So In Essence This Is Going To…Does It Fundamentally Change Medicare? Yes, It Does.” In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck why he supported the Ryan Budget which put additional Medicare costs on seniors. Heck said, “It’s not putting it on Medicare recipients because, again, the Medicare recipient is going to continue to receive the same amount in premium support that already goes into Medicare on their behalf. And unlike Medicare now, if you’re poorer or sicker, you’ll get additional support. If you’re very low income, you’ll get even more support. So in essence this is going to…does it fundamentally change Medicare? Yes, it does.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block 3, 5/19/11] Claimed the Republican Budget Wouldn’t Turn Medicare into a Voucher Program In 2011, Heck wrote an op-ed claiming that the Republican budget did not affect Medicare for those 55 years and older or make Medicare a voucher system. He wrote “First, every person 55 years old, or older, is completely exempt from any changes to Medicare in this proposal. Second, changes in this proposal do not make Medicare a voucher system. In fact, they implement patient-centered solutions and make Medicare just like Medicare Part D, the only government health program ever to come in under budget. Third, even President Obama said Medicare will be bankrupt in 2029 if left unchanged from how it is today. That is just 18 years from now, and a bankrupt program cannot serve the taxpayers who paid into it. Fourth, the changes in this proposal provide greater benefits to individuals who are poorer and sicker, and fewer benefits to individuals who are richer and healthier.” [Op-ed, Rep. Heck, Las Vegas Review-Journal,
5/15/11]

Claimed the Republican Budget Wouldn’t Keep Tax Breaks for Corporations in Place In 2011, Heck wrote an op-ed defending the Republican budget. He claimed the budget didn’t keep special tax breaks for big companies. “The second most common piece of misinformation I hear is: This budget keeps special tax breaks for big companies. That is also completely false. This proposal calls for fundamental corporate tax reform that scales back the deductions, loopholes and carve-outs that are distorting the corporate tax code. The job-killing economic uncertainty created by Washington’s wasteful spending is amassing a debt our children and grandchildren simply can’t afford. This budget proposal is a bold starting point to change that by returning government spending to responsible levels, saving programs bound for bankruptcy and eliminating tax loopholes.” [Op-ed, Rep. Heck, Las Vegas Review-Journal,
5/15/11]

GOP Budget Would Gut DOE Loan Guarantees For Renewable Energy Projects In April 2011 the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote, “One of the casualties for H.R 1 is the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects. Created with bipartisan support as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the loan guarantee program helps encourage private financing for clean energy technology by mitigating some of the risks that might discourage investors and lenders.” [Reno
Gazette-Journal, 4/3/11]

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“Flagship” Project “Expected To Power About 75,000 NV Energy Customers And Create 600 Jobs On-Site” In March 2011 the Las Vegas Sun wrote, “Since it was officially announced in late 2009, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah has been one of Nevada’s flagship commercial renewable energy projects. The planned 110-megawatt energy storage facility — nearly twice the capacity of the state’s next largest solar plant — is expected to power about 75,000 NV Energy customers and create 600 jobs on-site.” [Las Vegas Sun, 3/3/11] Funding Loss Would Put Over 1,700 Nevada Jobs At Risk, Reduce State Revenue In April 2011 the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote, “The projects are even more important given Nevada’s struggle with unemployment. The DOE estimates the five projects in Nevada will create 1,749 construction jobs and 314 permanent jobs. The facilities also are expected to generate extra economic activity for other businesses along with additional revenue for the state. Solar Reserve alone projects to pay about $10 million a year in total salaries and generate $40 million in local tax revenue for the first 10 years of the project…” [Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/3/11] Voted for 2012 Republican Budget with Money for Yucca and Cuts for Renewable Energy In 2011, Heck voted for the 2012 Republican budget which contained money for Yucca mountain. The Ryan bill also made cuts to funding for renewable energy – Heck said renewable energy efficiency programs were “critical” to Nevada jobs. [Las Vegas Sun, 7/15/11]

Election Issues
Nevada State Speaker John Oceguera Announced his Candidacy in 2012 Congressional Election In 2011, Nevada State Speaker, John Oceguera, announced his bid for the 2012 Congressional elections and also criticized Heck for comparing Social Security to a “pyramid scheme,” which hinted at the possibility Ocegurea would run in Heck’s district. [Roll Call, 7/19/11] Former Rep. Dina Titus Announced Candidacy for 2012 Election In 2011, former Rep. Dina Titus made it official that she would be running again for Congress in 2012, although it was unclear whether she would be running in Heck’s 3rd congressional district due to up and coming new redistricting lines. [Roll Call, 7/20/11] Dina Titus Announced her Candidacy in an Undetermined District for 2012 Election In 2011, Dina Titus, former representative of Nevada’s 3rd Congressional Distrit before she lost her reelection to Heck, announced that she would be running for Congress in the 2012 elections in an undetermined district. [Las Vegas Sun, 7/19/11] Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera Launched Bid for Congress, Could Run Against Heck

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In 2011, Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera launched a bid for Congress, the lines were expected to change, however, he lived in an are represented by Rep. Heck. Heck has been fending off attacks from Washington Democrats eager to have their party reclaim his seat by fundraising. He raised $230,108 from individual donors from April to June 2011, according to a Federal Election Commission report. Heck ended the fundraising period with $414,408 on hand. [Times Union, 7/18/11]

Said Sharron Angle Hadn’t Said Whether She Would Run in Special Heck said since the 2010 cycle Sharron Angle has lost some support. She tapped into her national database and raised a lot of money. She didn’t say whether she would run in the special. She still has a significant base in rural counties. We definitely want that seat in the red column. We need to start getting that majority in both houses. We need to control spending. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11] Hoped for a Fair Decision in Special Election I am glad to see that Dean was appointed. There are so many important issues going on. He is a solid Conservative vote for Nevada. When asked about the special election Heck said I hope we come to a fair decision. Unfortunately the law is nebulous. You could wind up with a ballot as long as the Las Vegas Mayors race, which is not beneficial. The Governor needs to set the date and then the Secretary of State needs to decide. When you look at the voter registration in District 2 and the suburbs of Clark County there is a conservative majority, we don’t want to minority Democrat to be able to win. If the parties were able to do it through caucus and central committee appointment, I agree we don’t want an anointment. [Heidi
Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11]

Headline: “Karl Rove group to run radio ads defending Rep. Joe Heck” Heck was defended against DCCC attacks by Rove’s political group Crossroads GPS. The ad claimed Democrats nearly bankrupted American and blamed Pelosi’s gang for economic problems. Crossroads GPS did not have to disclosure its donors. [Las Vegas Sun, 2/3/11] Heck’s District Could Shrink After Redistricting According to the Washington Post, redistricting could shrink the size of Heck’s district. Currently, Heck’s is the biggest population wise in the country. It is estimated to be the first congressional district to reach one million residents. Heck’s district is next to Shelley Berkley’s. The two districts could be turned into three. Taking the Democratic parts of Heck’s district and adding in parts of Berkley’s could create 2 Democratic districts and 1 Republican district. [The Washington Post, 1/21/11]

Choice
Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood; Criticized by Local Gynecologist

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A retired obstetrician/gynecologist and medical educator expressed his disappointment with Heck’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Saying his vote “showed a lack of understanding of the important role that Planned Parenthood plays in women’s health.” [LTE, Las Vegas Sun, 2/25/11]

Budget Issues
Approved Bipartisan Budget Bill – Diverged from Amodei In December 2011, Heck and Amodei disagreed on whether a vote on the budget bill cut government deep enough. Heck touted a budget vote supported equally by Republicans and Democrats saying the budget had been cut. “I think it’s great,” Heck said before the vote. “For the second year in a row, the budget’s being cut...and what’s nice about it is that they didn’t go through it with a broadsword and do across the board cuts. “Some programs are actually beefed up, others have taken cuts. That’s what this process is supposed to be about,” Heck continued. “I think the appropriators from both parties and both chambers did the job that we were sent here to do.” [Las Vegas Sun, 12/16/11] Disappointed in Supercommittee – Backed Balanced Budget Amendment and Restoring America’s Faith and Trust Act In 2011, Heck said he was disappointed that the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to reach an agreement and the balanced budget amendment failed. He touted his support for H.R. 3494, the Restoring America’s Faith and Trust (RAFT) Act, will restore America’s faith and trust in the economy by reducing Federal spending, reducing the size of the Federal workforce, and liquidating certain property of the Federal Government. Heck also had a press release that accused some politicians of choosing loyalty over the American people. “Today’s vote illustrates that some are more concerned with party loyalty than ensuring growth and prosperity for all Americans.” [Rep. Heck, press release, 11/21/11] Defended Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling In 2011, Heck said he voted for the debt ceiling because “Congress ran up those bills. Those bills had to be paid.” [Laughlin Times, 9/5/11] Co-Sponsored Balanced Budget Amendment Bill In 2011, Heck co-sponsored a balanced budget amendment bill, “to reign in government regulation and make sure that regulations that have fiscal impact are reviewed by Congress” first. [Laughlin Times, 9/5/11] Claimed Ryan Budget Dealt with Deductions When Asked About Closing Loopholes In 2011, Heck was asked about getting rid of deductions to create revenue. He claimed the Ryan budget would get rid of deductions and loopholes. He touted the Ryan plan and said the House had already come up with a plan. He said he was willing to consider the super committee’s suggestions. He said raising

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taxes would burden individuals and businesses. He said I will not vote to raise taxes. [Face to Face, Jon
Ralston, .60, Block 1 of 4, Summary, 8/31/11]

Claimed the Republican Budget Wouldn’t Keep Tax Breaks for Corporations in Place In 2011, Heck wrote an op-ed defending the Republican budget. He claimed the budget didn’t keep special tax breaks for big companies. “The second most common piece of misinformation I hear is: This budget keeps special tax breaks for big companies. That is also completely false. This proposal calls for fundamental corporate tax reform that scales back the deductions, loopholes and carve-outs that are distorting the corporate tax code. The job-killing economic uncertainty created by Washington’s wasteful spending is amassing a debt our children and grandchildren simply can’t afford. This budget proposal is a bold starting point to change that by returning government spending to responsible levels, saving programs bound for bankruptcy and eliminating tax loopholes.” [Op-ed, Rep. Heck, Las Vegas Review-Journal,
5/15/11]

Opposed to Increasing Debt Ceiling Without Budget Reductions In 2011, it was reported that Heck remained largely opposed to increasing the debt ceiling unless Congress instituted reductions to the budget. [Las Vegas Sun, 5/16/11] Claimed the Republican Budget Eliminated Tax Loopholes In 2011, Heck wrote an op-ed defending the Republican budget. He wrote “The Republican budget proposal addresses the debt problem by returning government spending to responsible levels, strengthening programs bound for bankruptcy, and eliminating tax loopholes.” [Op-ed, Rep. Heck, Las Vegas
Review-Journal, 5/15/11]

Editorial Criticized Secrecy of House Majority PAC Which Attacked Heck for Voting for Republican Budget A 2011 editorial criticized the secrecy of the House Majority PAC which attacked Heck for voting for the Republican budget. The article read “Rep. Joe Heck, the Republican from Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, has a bull’s-eye on his back…Local radio listeners may have heard recent ads accusing Rep. Heck of voting for budgets that will destroy health care for the elderly and favor the rich over American families. It’s stock stuff, straight out of the most elementary Democratic Party playbook. But even close listeners might not be able to determine who’s responsible for the attack ads.” [Editorial, Las Vegas Review
Journal, 4/28/11]

Said 2011 Budget Fight Forced Senators to Vote on Important Campaign Issues When asked who won and who lost in the 2011 budget negotiations Heck said Republicans didn’t have complete control of the process. Heck said we passed a bill to cut $100 billion and it didn’t go anywhere. Heck said the Republicans were cutting $2 billion a week. He said we cut $40 billion, which will be $314 billion over the decade. He said what was important was two up or down votes on health care and planned parenthood, which means Senators will be on record for that vote. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11]

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Heck Applauded Governor’s Budget Proposal

In 2011, Heck said he applauded the Governor for his budget. In 2011, Heck’s prepared remarks read, “I applaud Governor Sandoval for having the courage to put forward a balanced budget that doesn’t raise taxes and I applaud those of you who have agreed to stand with him. And Senator Horsford and Speaker Oceguera, I thank you for your willingness to work with Governor Sandoval and Lt. Governor Krolicki to further enhance Nevada’s economic development efforts. I want each of you to know that I will do all I can to help you make Nevada the most business-friendly state in America.” The Nevada News Bureau also reported that Heck praised Governor Sandoval for proposing a budget that didn’t raise taxes. [Las Vegas TSG Business News, remarks as prepared, assessed 4/28/11; Nevada News Bureau, 4/25/11] Ad Attacked Heck for Voting for Republican Budget: “Our Congressman Joe Heck has Gone Way too far, Risking the Future of the Middle Class” In 2011, the House Majority PAC launched an attack on Heck for voting fort the Republican budget plan. The ad read “Nevada is known as a place where people come to have fun and even take a little risk,” the radio spot says. “But now our Congressman Joe Heck has gone way too far, risking the future of the middle class.” “House Republicans like Joe Heck have no problem asking Nevada seniors, middle-class families and veterans to make sacrifices, yet refuse to do the same for big corporations and millionaires who would receive trillions in new tax breaks,” House Majority Executive Director Alixandria Lapp said. [Las Vegas
Sun, 4/21/11]

Voted to Pass Final 2011 Continuing Resolution and Against a Government Shutdown In 2011, Heck voted for the final 2011 continuing resolution and against a government shutdown. The legislation cut an estimated $40 billion in spending. The compromise cleared the House, 260-167. “I’m pleased that we finally got it done and that we won’t be shutting down the government,” Heck said last week after the budget deal was struck. “We’re reducing spending by historic amounts...We can turn our attention to the fiscal year 2012 budget, where the cuts will be measures in trillions, not billions.”
[Editorial, Las Vegas Sun, 4/16/11; Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/17/11]

Supported Republican Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal In April 2011, Heck said he didn’t see anything risky about voting for Paul Ryan’s Republican budget proposal. He said “This is a sensible way to rein in spending, and it does that through a myriad of different approaches.” He defended the Medicaid plan outlined in the budget saying “governors would be given the opportunity to use their federal dollars in a way they think is best to take care of their poor and working poor medical needs without a lot of strings attached.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/5/11] Said Ryan Budget Allowed States to Design Own Programs

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In 2011, Heck supported the Ryan Budget proposal which privatized Medicare and converted Medicaid into block grants. “[It] allows states to design whatever type of programs they want to,” Heck said. [Las
Vegas Sun, 4/12/11]

Defended Paul Ryan Plan to Reform Medicaid In April 2011, Heck defended the Republican budget plan, saying “The Medicaid block grant program allows states to design whatever type of programs they want to.” He went on to say, “And people 54 and younger, once they’re 65, will be able to have a patient-centered, more personalized approach to their health care. They’ll be able to have the same type of insurance that members of Congress do.” [Las Vegas
Sun, 4/7/11]

Said His Goals was to Cut Spending, not to Shutdown the Government In April 2011, Heck said he his goal was to cut spending, not to shutdown the government. “I’ve said all along that my goal is to cut government spending, not shut down the government. Today, I voted to cut spending another $12 billion, ensure our troops get paid through the end of the year, and keep the government open. I will continue working to ensure we cut spending, and keep the government running.” [Rep. Heck, press release, 4/7/11] Said He Would Not Take Paycheck in Event of Government Shutdown In April 2011, Heck said “I will not get paid if we shut down. I will not take my pay.” [Las Vegas Sun,
4/8/11]

Said He was Satisfied with Deal Speaker Boehner Struck to Avoid a Government Shutdown In 2011, Heck said he was satisfied with the deal Speaker Boehner struck to avoid a government shutdown. He said “We got in with getting as large a spending cut as we could, which is what we wanted… This was not about shutting down the government. This was about decreasing the spending.” Heck said Boehner was given a standing ovation after he outlined the deal to the rest of the GOP members. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/9/11] Questions Were Raised Over Whether Heck Supported Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal In January 2011, the DCCC questioned whether Heck would follow his party’s agenda and support Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal which would privatize social security and dismantle Medicare. [DCCC Press Release, 1/24/11] Said Government Shutdown Would Have Hurt People in District In 2011, Heck said he expected to vote for the continuing resolution on the 2011 budget. Heck made a plea to drop riders if necessary to avoid a government shutdown. “We certainly have so many people hurting in District 3, whether it’s foreclosure, unemployment, bankruptcies,” Heck said shortly after hearing the deal was struck, “so I’m glad those services will remain available for those folks.” [Las Vegas Sun, 4/12/11]

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Said He was Trying to Avoid Pointing Fingers during Negations to Avoid Government Shutdown During budget negotiations to avoid a government shutdown Heck refused to sign a letter that demanded Reid Step down. “We want to keep government functioning, we want to control spending -- there’s got to be a way to support both of those goals. I’m trying to stay above the fray, and not point fingers,” Heck said. [Las Vegas Sun, 4/7/11] On Government Shutdown: “Nobody Wants to Hold Social Security Checks Hostage, but We do Need to Rein in Spending” When asked about his position on a government shutdown Heck said, “I’m hoping that the next continuing resolution will be the last one. We need put fiscal year 11 behind us and turn our attention to the fiscal year 12 budget process.” He went on to say “Nobody wants to hold Social Security checks hostage, but we do need to rein in spending…We need to get our wasteful spending under control.”
[Topline, ABC News, 6:00 3/29/11]

Was Accused of Hurting Nevada Residents in Vote for CR In February 2011 Heck was criticized by the DCCC for cutting almost $6 billion from affordable housing programs, cutting more than $700 million from programs that subsidize rent checks for seniors and the disabled, and eliminating housing counseling services for families facing foreclosure. Heck’s Congressional District was described by the Las Vegas Sun as “ground zero for the foreclosure crisis.” [Las Vegas Sun, 2/23/11] Was Accused of Hurting Nevada Residents in Vote for CR; Defunding Grant for Sahara Avenue Americans United for Change targeted Heck for voting for the continuing resolution in February 2011. The group said Heck’s vote cut funding for a $34 million grant to convert breakdown lanes on Sahara Avenue into bus lanes. Americans United executive director accused Heck of making cuts “at the expense of people who are just trying to get to work.” Heck responded by saying, “Our country’s staggering debt is a key contributor to the uncertainty and instability. Reclaiming unspent stimulus money is one way to drive down the debt and begin addressing our government’s spending problem,” he said. “We need to foster job-creating economic stability first, then we can address traffic congestion.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/24/11] Voted to Continue to Fund Government In March 2011, Heck voted to continue to fund the government. The bill passed 271-158. [Las Vegas
Review-Journal, 3/20/11]

Introduced Legislation to Avoid Duplication in Government

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In March 2011, Heck introduced legislation to mandate that committees file an official paper every time they voted on an new imitative to make sure it was duplicative. Heck’s bill would not keep the program from going through if it was duplicative. His spokesman said “We’re trying to tackle this problem one step at a time.” [Las Vegas Sun, 3/17/11]

Business and Consumer Issues
Opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act In 2012, Heck announced that he opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act. “I oppose SOPA. Washington needs to find a better way to tackle piracy and protect intellectual property. Digital piracy is a legitimate problem that needs to be addressed, but it must be done in a responsible manner that doesn’t jeopardize a free and open Internet.” [Rep. Heck, press release, 1/18/12] Said Small Businesses Backed Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act In March 2011, floor remarks Heck said local and national small businesses backed the plan to repeal the1099 provision. He said, “I also rise in support of H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011. There is no doubt this job killing 1099 hidden tax deserves repeal. Nevada’s unemployment rate is a Nation- high 14.5 percent. We need to create jobs. Eighty percent of Nevada’s employees work for small businesses.” [Heck Floor Remarks on HRes 129 (Rule to HR 4), 3/3/11] Said Regulations Stifled Growth and Contributed to Nevada Unemployment In March 2011, Heck spoke in favor of House Resolution 72 to review federal regulations that stifled job creation. He said economic uncertainty was causing Nevada to continue to suffer from high unemployment rates. He accused health care reform of creating additional regulations. “We are only beginning to scratch Obamacare’s overly burdensome, regulatory riddled surface, and what we’ve found is alarming.” He said regulations stifled economic stability a growth, but said “I do believe smart regulations are a necessary and important part of the Federal Government’s role in keeping us safe.” [Heck Floor Remarks on H
Res 72, 2/11/11]

Campaign Finance Issues
Scheduled to Attend Romney’s DC Fundraiser in October On October 26, 2011, Heck is scheduled to attend a fundraiser to benefit Romney at the headquarters of the American Trucking Associations that is being co-hosted by a dozen lobbyists. [Roll Call, 10/18/11] Received $10,000 from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson

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Heck received a total of $10,000 from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson on March 31, 2011. Sheldon reported his occupation as owner of the Venetian Hotel while Miriam claimed to be a self employed physician.
[Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $5,000 from Las Vegas Sands Corp PAC Heck received $5,000 from Las Vegas Sands Corp PAC on March 31, 2011. [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April
Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $1,000 from HCA PAC Heck received $1,000 from HCA Good Government Fund PAC on March 31, 2011. [Friends of Joe Heck,
2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $1,000 from Metlife Inc. Employees PAC Heck received $1,000 from Metlife Inc. Employees PAC on March 30, 2011. [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April
Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $1,000 from Humana Inc. PAC Heck received $1,000 from Humana Inc. PAC on March 31, 2011. [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly
FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $2,000 from General Electric PAC Heck received a total of $2,000 from General Electric PAC. [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly FEC
Report, Filed 04/15/11] Note: Heck marked one of the $1,000 contributions as a “transfer memo” item due to “limits.” However GE does not appear to have reached a PAC contribution limit. Further research will be necessary to determine his meaning.

Received $384.62 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC PAC Heck received $384.62 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC PAC on February 28, 2011. [Friends of Joe Heck,
2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $1,000 from Sallie Mae Inc. PAC Heck received $1,000 from Sallie Mae Inc. PAC on March 21, 2011. [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly
FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received Over $30,000 from Health Care and Insurance Related PACs Heck received $33,884 from various health related PACs. The table below summarizes these contributions:
Political Action Committee ACSPA - Surgeons PAC Amount $2,500

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American Academy Of Ophthalmology PAC $5,000 American Assoc. of Clinical Urologists $1,000 American Healthcare Assoc. PAC $1,000 American Osteopathic Info. Association $5,000 Americas Health Insurance Plans PAC $1,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC PAC $384 HCA Good Government Fund PAC $1,000 Humana Inc. PAC $1,000 Metlife Inc. Employees PAC $1,000 National Assoc Of Health UnderwritersPAC $3,000 National Emergency Medicine PAC $1,000 Neurosurgery PAC $2,500 PathPAC (College of American Pathologists) $5,000 American Assoc.of Orthopaedic Surg PAC $2,500 American Assoc.of Orthopaedic Surg PAC $1,000 Total $33,884 [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received Over $30,000 from Gaming and Gambling Related PACs Heck received $32,750 from various gaming and gabling related PACs. The table below summarizes these contributions:
Political Action Committee Amount Caesars Entertainment PAC $5,000 International Game Technology PAC $3,750 Las Vegas Sands Corp PAC $5,000 MGM Resorts International PAC $5,000 MGM Resorts International PAC $5,000 Poker Players Alliance PAC $1,500 Station Casinos Inc. PAC $5,000 Wynn Resorts Ltd. PAC $2,500 Total $32,750 [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $14,000 from Mining Related PACs Heck received $14,000 from various mining related PACs. The table below summarizes these contributions:
Political Action Committee Arch Coal Inc. PAC Barrick Gold Of North America Inc. PAC Barrick Gold Of North America Inc. PAC Amount $1,000 $2,500 $2,500

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COALPAC $1,000 Mednax Inc. Federal PAC $2,000 MINEPAC $2,000 Newmont Employees PAC $3,000 Total $14,000 [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Received $7,250 from the Washington DC Area Heck received $7,250 from individuals located in the Washington, DC area. The table below summarizes these contributions:
Last Name Faust King Nichols Olson Pickering Pieper Sliz Browder Laxalt McGinness Rosen Scofield First Name Marcus W. Russell William Sydney J. Elise Michael Deborah Kervin Paul Ryan Dean John State Amount Employer VA $1,000 Self Employed VA $1,000 .Information Requested VA $500 The Potomac Advocates VA $250 American Osteopathic Assoc. VA $500 Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. VA $1,000 R & R Partners VA $500 Morgan MeGuire DC $500 Furman Group Inc. DC $500 The Paul Laxalt Group DC $500 District Strategies DC $500 Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. DC $500 Podesta Group Total $7,250 [Friends of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11] City Oakton Mc Lean Fairfax Station Alexandria Alexandria Lovettsville Arlington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Occupation Attorney .Information Requested Partner Executive Government Relations Government Relations President & CEO Government Relations Sole Proprietorship Government Affairs Executive Principal

Friends Of Joe Heck Campaign Account April Quarterly Report Analysis Total Raised: $223,954.94 Raised from PACs: $ 124,384.38 Cash on Hand: $ 147,360.14 Debt: $0
[Friends Of Joe Heck, 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/15/11]

Was in Debt After 2010 Campaign In February 2011, Heck reported that he was $203,000 in debt after his 2010 campaign. [The Hill, 2/6/11]

Crime & Public Safety Issues
Heck and Heller Opposed Republican Budget Cuts to COPs Program

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In February 2011, Representative Heck and Representative Heller voted to spare the Community Oriented Policing Services program from the originally proposed $600 million in cuts. They voted to restore part of the funding back to provide grants to police departments. 70 Republicans in total voted to reject the termination of the program included in the GOP bill. Heck said, “I understand how vital programs like COPS are to keeping our families and communities safe.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/17/11] Pressured by Police to Oppose Cuts to COPS Program In February 2011, the COPS program was put in jeopardy with the huge GOP budget cuts. Heck was pressured by police in his district to not vote for the cuts so their program, which aided them with computers and communication equipment, would not be cut as well. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/9/11]

Economic and Financial Issues
Agreed that Housing Market Needed to “Reach Bottom” – Favored “Soft Landing” In 2011, Heck said he agreed with Romney’s comment that the housing market “does need to reach bottom,” a spokesman said, but supports “a soft landing rather than a hard crash” by having the government continue to offer refinancing help. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/19/11] Blamed High Unemployment Rate on Uncertainty in Economy In September 2011, Heck reacted to the high unemployment rate by saying, “This once again underscores the need to create certainty and stability in our economy. America’s job creators at all levels have made it clear that they need certainty and stability about the future, and America’s workers need certainty about their job security. Washington needs to stop beating around the bush and start adopting solutions that address the problem. Let’s pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, protect workers and entrepreneurs from government overreach, and get Nevadans back to work.” [Rep. Heck, press release, 9/16/11] Advocate for Studying Problem of Airman Being Upside-Down in Mortgages In 2011, Heck released survey results showing some 740 airmen are upside down on their mortgages but don’t qualify for a Pentagon mortgage aid program. “This is nearly 1,200 service members just at Nellis Air Force Base who are impacted by the declining real estate market,” Heck said. Heck said the figures did not surprise him “We have people who are being forced to move, not because they’ve decided it is time to move or sell their homes, but because the military has said it is time to move,” Heck said. “They don’t have the option to ride out the market and hope their home values return,” he said. “Any major base in a region with depressed housing -- which is about anywhere there is a base -has experienced the problem to a degree, but we have seen it much more in Southern Nevada,” Heck said.
[Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/12/11]

Added Provision into 2012 Defense Policy Bill to Study Mortgage Issues at Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases

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In 2011, Heck added a provision into the 2012 defense policy bill to study of the problem at Nellis and Creech Air Force bases, including possible solutions. Heck said the mortgage crisis is creating a readiness problem in the military. “Service members become distracted by personal and financial issues, rather than focusing on their mission,” he said. Lawmakers in the defense bill called on the Department of Defense to put together a plan to divert “unnecessary” military construction spending to make up a $400 million shortfall in the housing aid program. [Las Vegas Review-Journal,
5/12/11]

Said Both Parties “Sinned” on Spending In 2011, Heck said that he blamed both parties for overspending. His prepared remarks read, “Both parties have been guilty of overspending and politicians from both sides have failed to prioritize, demand accountability, and make difficult decisions – they’ve failed to lead. To pretend otherwise simply perpetuates the status quo and guarantees an America defined by debt – instead of by Greatness. His prepared remarks went on to read, “Both sides have sinned. We don’t have to agree on everything, but we must view each idea and each piece of legislation with an eye toward the future of our nation instead of its impact on the next election. The hundreds of constituents I’ve met with since being sworn in told me that they want to get back on their path to the American dream, and that path begins with a good job. They know that if they have a job and work hard, they can live the American dream.” Heck, said both parties were guilty of failed leadership, and “both sides have sinned.” [Las Vegas TSG
Business News, remarks as prepared, assessed 4/28/11; Associated Press, 4/25/11]

Voted to Save Foreclosure Programs; Said Government Had Role in Helping People Heck explained his vote to save housing programs that helped families in foreclosure. He said government has a limited role in helping people. His prepared remarks read, “Two months ago, just a few weeks into my term, two votes came up on the House Floor of whether or not to terminate certain housing programs. The programs were very unpopular among many conservatives. I received information telling me how terrible these programs were and that they hadn’t live up to their potential. The truth is they haven’t.” His prepared remarks went on to read, “I knew that many of the people who voted for me in November probably wanted me to vote to terminate the programs. I believe in cutting government waste and I have been a vocal advocate of eliminating programs that have outlived their purpose or have lost sight of their original mission. I also know that government does have a limited role in helping people help themselves… Those two housing programs have helped more than 17,000 Nevadans stay in their homes. They help the very people the government should be helping.” [Las Vegas TSG Business News, remarks as
prepared, assessed 4/28/11]

Said Federal Government Caused Economic Crisis In 2011, Heck asserted that the economic crisis was due to the Federal Government. “That lack of leadership seeped into our daily lives and rotted America’s economic foundations to the core.” [Las Vegas
TSG Business News, remarks as prepared, assessed 4/28/11]

Education Issues
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Criticized by Young Democrats at the College of Southern Nevada for Making Largest Cut to the Pell Grant in U.S. History In 2011, Heck was criticized by the Young Democrats at the College of Southern Nevada. The group sent Heck a letter condemning his July 19, 2011 vote to make the largest cut to the Pell Grant in U.S. history. The Ryan Plan and to a greater extent the “Cut Cap and Balance” plan, both of which Congressman Heck voted for, would cut grants by $845 (15.2 percent), 1.7 million currently eligible students would be rendered ineligible for grants. [Nevada View, 7/29/11] In 2011, Heck said he was in favor of a balanced budget amendment, even if it was part of Reid’s compromise debt ceiling plan. “A dollar for dollar cut for every dollar increase in the spending limit and no new taxes,” Heck said. “So those are the two absolute things that I need to see coming over here in any bill the Senate would send back.” [Fox 5, 7/29/11] Said Economic Potential was Good Education In 2011, Heck said despite the recession education would ensure economic success. Heck’s prepared remarks read, “These are today’s challenges. Despite the challenges, we have an opportunity to remake Nevada for the future. That future is through education. You can’t cure an illness until you understand the cause. We will not fulfill our economic potential as a state or a nation unless we fix our educational system. We will not successfully recruit high tech industries and research and development opportunities to Nevada without providing a world-class education to our children. Education will ensure our children have the tools they need to compete in today’s global economy. Heck said education spending was necessary to diversify the economy. He also acknowledged that it was difficult to grow the economy and attract high end businesses without a good educational system. “You’ve got to concentrate on what generates a result,” he said. “That is why career and technical education needs to be funded and funded well.” [Las Vegas TSG Business News, remarks as prepared, assessed
4/28/11; Nevada News Bureau, 4/25/11] Called on by DCCC to Oppose Plan to Cut education and Research by 40 Percent

The DCCC launched ad against Heck because he won his district by less than 2,000 votes. Heck said his highest priority was job creation. The ad said “Tell Congressman Joe Heck to oppose the partisan plan to cut education and research by 40 percent. It will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and make America less competitive.” [Las Vegas Sun,
1/31/11]

Energy Issues
President of Las Vegas Sun: Nevadans Should be Worried About Heck’s Position on Yucca Mountain In 2011, Heck Brian Greenspun, the president and editor of the Las Vegas Sun wrote that Nevadans should be worried that Heck and Amodei were not on the same page as the rest of the delegation on
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Yucca Mountain. “It is not dead and it will come back to haunt us faster than Congressmen Joe Heck and Mark Amodei can say they are open to discussions about what to do with Yucca Mountain. Yes, for the first time in our history, our congressional delegation is not on the same page and that should scare the heck out of every Nevadan.” [Op-ed, Brian Greenspun, President of Las Vegas Sun, 12/4/11] Said the Solar Manufacturing Plant in Laughlin Would Bring 2,000 Jobs In 2011, Heck said one of the biggest Laughlin issues was the solar manufacturing plant. He said the proposed solar plant, which would bring about 2,000 permanent jobs, [Laughlin Times, 9/5/11] Voted Against Continuing Federal Funding for Green Energy Industry In 2011, Heck voted against continuing federal funding for the green energy industry. The Las Vegas Sun reported in September that “by the end of this month, the renewable energy loan guarantee program runs out, as has Republicans’ patience with the program, which will make reauthorization a tough sell.” [Las
Vegas Sun, 9/19/11]

Said U.S. Needed to Boost Nuclear Energy and Work Out Storage with Yucca Mountain In 2011, Heck said with Yucca Mountain in limbo, the nation needs to sort out waste-storage issues to boost nuclear energy. He also advocated for alternative energy sources. “Heck said weaning the United States off of foreign energy sources is a matter of both national and economic defense. He said the nation must focus on three critical areas: fossil fuels, renewable energy and nuclear power. The nation needs to explore new sources of fossil fuels and develop technologies such as carbon sequestration to reduce the fuels’ effects on the environment, he said.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/10/11] Heck Voted Against Millions for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs. This week Heck voted against an amendment that would have increased funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by over $24 million by reducing funding for fossil energy research. The amendment failed 179-244. [H R 2354, Vote #544, 7/12/11] Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program Funded Solar Project Estimated to Create Thousands of Jobs In 2011, Senator Reid announced that the Department of Energy’s conditional commitment for a loan guarantee for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah. The loan was one of the final steps needed for the project to break ground. The project was estimate to create more than 600 jobs in construction and operations as well as more than 4,300 direct and indirect jobs in manufacturing, valueadded services and transportation. The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project was sponsored by SolarReserve, LLC. [KOLO TV, 5/19/11] “Flagship” Project “Expected To Power About 75,000 NV Energy Customers And Create 600 Jobs On-Site” In March 2011 the Las Vegas Sun wrote, “Since it was officially announced in late 2009, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah has been one of Nevada’s flagship commercial renewable energy projects. The planned 110-megawatt energy storage facility — nearly twice the

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capacity of the state’s next largest solar plant — is expected to power about 75,000 NV Energy customers and create 600 jobs on-site.” [Las Vegas Sun, 3/3/11] Funding Loss Would Put Over 1,700 Nevada Jobs At Risk, Reduce State Revenue In April 2011 the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote, “The projects are even more important given Nevada’s struggle with unemployment. The DOE estimates the five projects in Nevada will create 1,749 construction jobs and 314 permanent jobs. The facilities also are expected to generate extra economic activity for other businesses along with additional revenue for the state. Solar Reserve alone projects to pay about $10 million a year in total salaries and generate $40 million in local tax revenue for the first 10 years of the project…” [Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/3/11] Proposed Amendment that Failed to Remove All Funding for Yucca; Voted Against Amendment for Energy Jobs In 2011, Heck voted against a bill that would have made cuts to renewable energy investment programs and provided funds to develop Yucca Mountain as a waste disposal site. “The cuts contained in this legislation threaten Nevada’s chance to create jobs by becoming America’s leading renewable energy exporter…Additionally, this legislation continues funding a project that is unpopular and has long been considered dead, Yucca Mountain, despite other feasible options,” said Heck. Before the final vote on the bill Heck attempted to divert funding for the nuclear waste disposal project at Yucca mountain. Although, his amendment would have only diverted $25 million from the project, there was an additional $10 million set aside for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing process. Democrats also asserted that he voted against an amendment to divert $24 million from fossil energy research programs and put it toward renewable energy efficiency programs in the bill. [Las Vegas Sun,
7/15/11] Note: The article is favorable to Heck because it touts the fact that he voted against the Energy and Water appropriations bill which citing Yucca and renewable energy jobs

Voted for 2012 Republican Budget with Money for Yucca and Cuts for Renewable Energy In 2011, Heck voted for the 2012 Republican budget which contained money for Yucca mountain. The Ryan bill also made cuts to funding for renewable energy – Heck said renewable energy efficiency programs were “critical” to Nevada jobs. [Las Vegas Sun, 7/15/11] Voted Against Conserving Energy or Reducing Energy Costs for his Constituents In 2011, Heck was not interested in conserving energy or reducing energy costs of Nevadans and voted for the repeal of a rejected bill, H.R. 2417, a legislation that would have repealed energy efficiency standards that were expected to lead to a phase-out of the traditional incandescent light bulb. [Nevada View,
7/19/11]

GOP Budget Would Gut DOE Loan Guarantees For Renewable Energy Projects

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In April 2011 the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote, “One of the casualties for H.R 1 is the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects. Created with bipartisan support as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the loan guarantee program helps encourage private financing for clean energy technology by mitigating some of the risks that might discourage investors and lenders.” [Reno
Gazette-Journal, 4/3/11]

“Flagship” Project “Expected To Power About 75,000 NV Energy Customers And Create 600 Jobs On-Site” In March 2011 the Las Vegas Sun wrote, “Since it was officially announced in late 2009, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah has been one of Nevada’s flagship commercial renewable energy projects. The planned 110-megawatt energy storage facility — nearly twice the capacity of the state’s next largest solar plant — is expected to power about 75,000 NV Energy customers and create 600 jobs on-site.” [Las Vegas Sun, 3/3/11] Funding Loss Would Put Over 1,700 Nevada Jobs At Risk, Reduce State Revenue In April 2011 the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote, “The projects are even more important given Nevada’s struggle with unemployment. The DOE estimates the five projects in Nevada will create 1,749 construction jobs and 314 permanent jobs. The facilities also are expected to generate extra economic activity for other businesses along with additional revenue for the state. Solar Reserve alone projects to pay about $10 million a year in total salaries and generate $40 million in local tax revenue for the first 10 years of the project…” [Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/3/11] Hosted a Town Hall Meeting at an American Legion Post After He Called Social Security a Pyramid Scheme In 2011, Heck hosted his first town hall with constituents in June at an American Legion post since he called Social Security a pyramid scheme. Heck focused on veterans’ issues. Heck made the Social Security comment at his last town hall in May. He was discussing the sustainability of continuing to pay benefits to people as they live longer. He did not apologize when the comment was met with disapproval from his audience in May. [RGJ, 6/08/11] Protected Tax Credits for Top Oil Companies Heck voted against taking away billions of dollars in tax credit from the top five oil companies. [Las Vegas
Review-Journal, 5/8/11]

Voted To Speed Up Drilling Leases In Gulf Hurting Safety of Drilling In May 2011, Heck voted for a bill to speed up and set deadlines for four drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico put on hold or canceled because of the BP oil spill. Democrats also argued that the relatively quick auction deadlines in the bill would undercut safety reviews put in place following last year’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The bill passed 266-149. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/8/11]
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Said Domestic Drilling Would Help Long-Term Gas Prices; Hybrid Vehicles Not Cost Effective Heck was asked why the price of gas was so high. He said people want to know what we are going to do about gas prices. These prices are a result of our failed energy policies for decades, a failure to exploit our energy resources at home. As we did a layover in Belgium it was $10 per gallon. Heck said drilling now will prevent spikes in 10 years, it won’t help immediately. The single largest driver of the cost of gas is the price of barrel for oil. We are at 10 dollars per barrel. We have a lot taxes on energy. With the push for hybrid vehicles, the initial cost of the hybrid doesn’t pencil out. You are not going to save money on these types of vehicles. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11] Flip: Bragged that He Voted for Continuation of Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy In 2011, Heck said he supported the continuation of federal loan guarantees for renewable energy. “But we must also look past the energy production side of the equation,” he said. “We must have serious discussions about bringing the research and development as well as the manufacturing components of this industry to Nevada. That is where the sustainable, good-paying jobs will materialize. I will continue to support research and development tax credits, work to streamline the bureaucracy to access Nevada’s lands that remain under federal control, and expedite the federal permitting process while protecting the environment and maintaining safety.” [Nevada News Bureau, 4/25/11] Flop: Voted to Cut Renewable Projects in Nevada Estimated to Create Thousands of Jobs Heck voted to cut the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable projects in February 2011. The removal of the program jeopardized five renewable projects in Nevada. The five projects were estimated to create 1,749 construction jobs and 314 permanent jobs, according to the DOE. Sen. Harry Reid pushed to get the program back in the budget in March 2011. [HR 1, Vote #147; Las Vegas Review-Journal,
4/15/11]

Did Not Strongly Oppose Yucca; Said Yucca Could Be Used as Reprocessing Facility In February 2011, the Las Vegas Sun reported Heck was an exception to Nevada’s delegation members who opposed Yucca Mountain. “Current freshman Republican Rep. Joe Heck is the first exception to that rule -- he maintains that Yucca could be used as some sort of reprocessing facility in the future.” [Las
Vegas Sun, 2/14/11]

Republicans Push to Ax Loan Program for Solar Energy Project In March 2011, Heck was called on to go against his fellow Republicans who considering axing a loan program for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project. The project was planned was estimated to create 600 on-site jobs in Nevada and be a great source renewable energy for the state. The loan was used to get the project started. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/7/11] Favored Drilling for Oil in U.S. and Ending Burdensome Government Regulations

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Rep. Heck said the economy was the most important issue. He said he would remove uncertainty and barriers to success. He said government regulations burdened job creation and used a swimming analogy. He also said that he favored an all of the above energy approach, including drilling for oil. [Joe Heck
Responds to Constituent Mail, Summary, 3/17/11]

Suggested Using Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Re-Processing Site In March 2011, The Las Vegas Sun reported that Heck had previously suggested the use of Yucca Mountain as a potential nuclear reprocessing facility. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/30/11] Favored Cuts for Nuclear Energy Safety Even After Japan In 2011, Heck said he wouldn’t reconsider his vote to cut Department of Energy’s nuclear energy safety programs, even after the nuclear crisis in Japan. “I would not reconsider the nuclear cuts,” Rep. Heck said. “The appropriations committee did due process in looking at where there was the ability to cut some spending and that’s what we did and now it’s time to look forward to fiscal year ‘12.” [The Note, ABC News, 3/29/11] Heck Introduced Bill to Renew and Expand Contracts for Electricity from Hoover Dam In January 2011, Heck introduced his first piece of legislation, a bill to renew and expand contracts for electricity from the Hoover Dam. “Certainty about the future is what our economy needs right now in order to get people back to work,” Heck said. “This bipartisan bill ensures Nevada’s businesses and individuals have a reliable and clean energy source for years to come.” [Las Vegas Review Journal, 1/27/11]

Environmental Issues
Missed Voting on Amendment Limiting Clean Air Regulation of Power Plants In 2011, Heck missed a vote because his staff said they were still doing research. Although Heck only missed one vote in 2011, he failed to cast an Oct. 6 vote on an amendment to an EPA amendment by Rep. Bobby Rush aimed at limiting clean air regulation of power plants and other large industrial polluters. Heck voted on the prior vote three minutes earlier, and the next vote, five minutes later. Heck’s staff said it was researching the vote. Rep. Rush advocated for his legislation saying “Cement kilns are a major source of mercury pollution and other toxic air pollution. However, until last year, these plants had managed to avoid any sort of requirement to reduce these emissions.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/2/12; Rep. Rush, floor Statement, 10/5/11] Editorial: Heck’s Position on Yucca Mountain Would Likely Lead Disposal of Waste in State

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In 2011, Heck said he would favor exploring a reprocessing facility at Yucca Mountain – but not the importation of waste. The Las Vegas Sun criticized Heck saying “Do you really think that when reprocessing was completed at a facility at Yucca Mountain, disposal of the waste would occur somewhere else?” The paper wrote that for 30 years Nevada’s congressional delegation and residents have been solidly opposed to bringing high-level nuclear waste to the state. The paper also pointed out that reprocessing required a lot of water – “So any water allocated for a facility at Yucca Mountain would decrease the amount flowing to the farms and dairy in Amargosa Valley, and the separation process would turn the fresh water into highly radioactive acid.” [Editorial, Las Vegas Sun,
11/20/11]

Favored Nuclear Reprocessing of Waste at Yucca Mountain In 2011, Heck favored keeping federal funding flowing to Yucca Mountain through nuclear reprocessing. Reprocessing nuclear waste for reuse — or at least the potential to — is what has Heck angling to keep some federal funding flowing to the project. He favored putting funding towards new technologies to reprocess the waste — though he’s threaded the political needle by insisting that as part of the plan, no nuclear waste could be imported into Nevada for research. [Las Vegas Sun, 11/10/11] Argued that Millions Were Already Invested in Yucca Mountain “Heck has adopted a position of less resistance to Yucca Mountain since coming to Congress. But Heck’s argument — that the millions that have already been invested could bring thousands of jobs to Nevada — has earned mixed reviews.” [Las Vegas Sun, 8/30/11]

Ethics Issues Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea Gambling Issues
Sponsored Bill to Speed Visa Interviews to Get More Tourists In 2011, it was reported that Heck , sponsor of a House bill designed to speed visa interviews, among other measures, endorsed the effort of the tourism industry to persuade Congress to overhaul the State Department’s tourist visa application process. Heck said that a bigger flow of foreign tourists would help keep businesses open and create jobs for Nevada, the state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate. “The industries affected by tourism are all behind it,” said Heck. “We need the jobs.” [Las Vegas ReviewJournal, 12/29/11]

Introduced Legislation to Require Shorter Visa Delays for Tourists In 2011, Heck introduced legislation that he said would require shorter visa interview delays for tourists, among other measures. He said “The industries affected by tourism are all behind it…We need the jobs.”
[Huffington Post, 12/28/11]

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Criticized President Obama’s Proposal to Increase Tourism – Touting Own Legislation In 2012, Heck criticized President Obama’s proposal to increase tourism, saying he could have been more aggressive. “Executive orders can be changed anytime,” Heck said. “If (Obama) was paying more attention we could have been working on this six months ago.” Heck’s legislation required the State Department to interview every potential U.S. visitor within 12 days of receiving a visa application. He also calls for a two-year test run of videoconferencing, so applicants do not have to travel to U.S. consulates. “I think we need to be more aggressive,” said Heck. [Las Vegas
Review-Journal, 1/20/12]

Favored Free Trade Zones With South Korea, Colombia And Panama In 2011, Heck favored the free trade zones with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, saying it would create jobs. Heck argued that the Thunder Power, a Las Vegas company, would no longer pay an 8 percent tariff on the batteries it exports to Korea. “These agreements will add to the more than 18,000 jobs already supported by products made in Nevada and sold around the world. We need to produce locally, but sell globally,” Heck said. [Las Vegas Sun, 10/12/11] Co-Sponsored an Online Poker Bill In 2011, Heck co-sponsored Joe Barton’s H.R. 2366 online poker bill. [EGR Magazine, 7/22/11] Headline: Rep. Joe Heck leading charge to pull troops from Libya In 2011, it was reported that Heck led the drive to pull U.S. troops out of Libya. “To date, there has been no clear national security objective articulated,” Heck said. “Without a clear national security imperative, we cannot afford the cost in troops, or taxpayer dollars. Congress must insist President Obama abide by the law and either articulate a clear US national security imperative for our military action in Libya, or end operations there.” [Las Vegas Sun, 6/21/11] Said He Wanted to Return Troops from Afghanistan; Deferred to Recommendations of Commanders In 2011, Heck said bringing troops home was the ultimate goal when President Obama announced that he would return 33,000 troops from Afghanistan. Heck said, “Our brave men and women deserve tremendous credit for the job they are doing. As I’ve said all along, we must ensure that any draw downs are based on conditions on the ground and the recommendation of our military commanders, not any specific timeline. We must be cautious about bringing the right troops home at the appropriate time so we don’t jeopardize the significant gains we’ve made. Bringing our troops home is the ultimate goal, and I believe that we are heading in that direction.” Heck also proposed a bill to end funding for operations in Libya, however, it was not expected to withstand a Presidential veto. [Las Vegas Sun, 6/22/11] Critiqued President Obama’s Plan to withdraw Troops from Afghanistan

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Heck was asked what he thought about what the President had to say about pulling troops from Afghanistan. He said the President needed to make sure that America won in Afghanistan. And said the conditions on the ground and what senior leaders had to say was the most important. I don’t think we should put out our timeline for our enemies to hear. Whenever we commit our men and women in uniform to armed conflict, it conflicts me. My job as a Congressman is to make sure we have valid foreign policy objectives. It is a big sacrifice. [KXNT News Radio, Summary, 6/23/11] Introduced Legislation to Defund Military Action in Libya Heck was asked about his positions on Afghanistan and Libya. Heck said the President did not follow the war powers act on Libya and he introduced legislation to make sure that the actions in Libya would be defunded. He said Afghanistan was a different conflict than Libya. [Topline, ABC
News, Summary, 6/21/11]

Commended by Columnist for Advocating for Troops to be Pulled Out of Libya Heck was commended for his introduction of legislation to defund the Libya conflict because it violated the War Powers Act. Columnist Steve Sebelius wrote, “Heck will be the primary sponsor of a resolution cutting off funds for operations in Libya under the War Powers Act, a controversial 1973 law that says while the president is commander in chief of U.S. armed forces, Congress still gets to decide when and where the nation goes to war. And here's the thing: Heck's got a good point.” Heck denied picking on a Democratic president, despite the fact that he also criticized the military intervention by Democratic President Bill Clinton into Bosnia. [Columnist, Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/22/11] Drafted Amendment to Prohibit Use of Federal Funds to Continue Mission in Libya In 2011, Heck drafted an amendment to prohibit the use of government funds to continue the Libya mission, unless the expenditure is aimed at withdrawing. He was on the same side as Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) due to the President’s failure to obtain congressional approval for U.S. military action against Libya. [Politico, 6/19/11] Opposed Obama’s Position on Israel Negotiating over 1967 Lines
Heck was asked about President Obama’s position on Israel negotiating over 1967 lines Heck said that is a difficult position to put Israel in. He said the statement that was made was not the right policy and it was not the best thing for Israel. Heck said the U.S. needed to take care of debt before investing in other countries. [Face to Face with Jon
Ralston, Summary, Part 1, 5/19/11]

Did Not Want To Cut Aid To Pakistan In May 2011 after finding our bin Laden had been hiding in Pakistan, Heck believed it was not the right time to cut aid to the country.

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“I don’t think we need to cut off aid just yet. We need to further clarify our relationship with Pakistan ... but they are still a critical asset and ally in the fight against terror, and we need to continue that relationship,” he said. [ABC News, 5/3/11] Said He was Concerned About Amount of Foreign Aid Being Given Out Heck was asked why America was giving foreign aid to China on the Heidi Harris. He said we’re revisiting all of the foreign aid packages. All of the foreign financial aid is being re-visited. Certainly, there will be countries that we have to give foreign aid to. The issue with Pakistan is it’s our only route to get troops into Iraq. We’re all very concerned about the amount of foreign aid. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM,
Summary, 6/8/11]

Wanted More Information from President on Libya Heck was asked about Libya on the Heidi Harris. He said he was waiting 14 days and Obama needed to give Congress the information or money would be withheld. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 6/8/11] Criticized U.S for Involvement in Libya, However Did Not Vote for Immediate Withdrawal In 2011, Heck was one of the most vocal critics of U.S military involvement in Libya, but when given the opportunity to vote on a legislation that required an almost-immediate U.S withdrawal from the mission, he voted against it. Heck voted against legislation that called for a U.S pullout within 15 days and voted for a more modest resolution that gave Obama two weeks to tell Congress details of “United States security interests and objectives” in Libya. Heck voted against withdrawing from Libya because he thinks 15 days “is not enough time to give our allies a chance to adjust their operational strategy to continue operations over there,” his spokesman Darren Littell said. [Las Vegas Review Journal, 6/03/11] Traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq In April 2011, Heck toured U.S. war zones in Afghanistan. He traveled with a delegation that spent time in Pakistan and Iraq as well. [Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/20/11] April 2011: Visited Iraq In April 2011 Heck joined a delegation headed by Speak Boehner in a visit to Iraq. Heck spent a twoweek recess in Iraq as part of a six-member tour led by House Speaker John Boehner. Heck wore fatigues on a previous stint in Iraq, when he was deployed as a U.S. Army reservist for three months in 2008. [Las
Vegas Review Journal, 4/18/11; USA Today, 4/18/11]

Co-Sponsored Legislation to Amend Rule for Computer-Based Gambling Machines
Heck co-sponsored H.R. 427 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to “provide a 5-year recovery period for computerbased gambling machines.” [Official Press Release, Dean Heller, 1/27/11]

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Heck said if President Obama was serious about his economic promises in his State of the Union address he looked forward to working with him. “I applauded the president's commitment to demonstrating fiscal restraint.”

Gay and Lesbian Issues Gun Issues Health Care Issues
Received RetireSafe Award In 2011, it was reported that Heck was presented with an award for his “leadership on behalf of older Americans,” by RetireSafe, a grassroots organization consisting of over 400,000 seniors. “We especially commend your leadership on behalf of Medicare, which is so critical to millions of older Americans. It provides them with access to quality care, and through Part D, access to affordable prescription medicines. Your commitment to preserving and protecting Medicare for today’s and tomorrow’s beneficiaries is most appreciated,” said the president and CEO of RetireSafe, Thair Phillips.
[KNTV.com, 11/9/11]

Defended Taking Congressional Health Plan In 2011, Heck defended the fact that he had a Congressional health plan. Persons in Congress are treated “like every federal employee,” Heck said. They “don’t get health care for life.” Social Security deductions are taken out of his paycheck, like everyone else, he said. [Laughlin Times, 9/5/11] Refused to Criticized Romney for Supporting Healthcare in Massachusetts Heck was asked about Romney’s speech on health care. Heck said healthcare was one issue. Heck said he did what any governor would do to try to find a solution for the state. The fact is he did what a Governor should do. I do not support the individual mandate, but that was what he thought would be the best thing for his state at a specific point in time. [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Summary, Part 2, 5/19/11] Said Only Exception on Obamacare was for Religious Purposes Heck was asked how a constituent could avoid participating in Obamacare. Heck said there was a provision for religious exceptions, but there were no exceptions. He said there is no exception for members of Congress. But the only individual exception is for religious purposes. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720
AM, Summary, 6/8/11]

Backed Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare; Spokesperson Said Proposed Changes Wouldn’t Impact Current Recipients In March 2011, Heck was targeted by national Democrats that focused on cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Democrats said Heck backed a plan to cut Social Security and Medicare, Heck’s spokesperson, said the proposed changes wouldn’t impact current recipients of those programs. [The Republic, 3/23/11]

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Endorsed Romney’s Massachusetts Health Care Plan Heck was asked about his support for Romney’s universal healthcare. Heck said “Well, you know that’s not a concern for me because the fact is that what the governor did was do what all governors should do and look at what’s going to work best for their state, not take some one-size-fits-all government mandate and run it through the entire country. You know, he looked at what he thought would work for his state.” He went on to say “Well, you know, there’s a lot more insured people in the state of Massachusetts, but the important thing was it was a program designed by the state for the state, not a federal program that’s being rammed down the states.” [Topline, ABC News, 3/29/11] Accused Logistics Health Incorporated of Driving Up Costs for Army In March 2011, Heck accused Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI) of driving up costs and reducing the readiness of medics and reserve units. He said the company put up barriers to care and cut training opportunities. “It doesn’t really accomplish that in a timely, cost-effective manner,” he said. [Gazette, 3/29/11; Daily Press,
3/27/11]

Questioned LHI Parameter for Rendering Reservists ‘Non-Deployable’ In March 2011, Heck questioned LHI’s standard for rendering reservists, “non-deployable.” He pointed out that many medical professionals used through the company were not deployable. Heck estimated that 10,000 Army Reservists had a“P-3 profile” from LHI, “that rendered them medically non-deployable. And most of those, I am sure, will be adjudicated not valid.” [Gazette,
3/29/11; Daily Press, 3/27/11]

Favored Dismantling Healthcare Reform and Allowing Insurance to be Purchased Across State Lines In 2010 Heck campaigned on healthcare, saying he would “repeal, repair, replace.” He used his experience as an emergency room physician and commander of an Army hospital to tout his knowledge of the healthcare system. He said that he wanted to replace healthcare reform and touted his vote for the repeal of the law. He said “The approach I have is patient-centered, it’s not the requirement to buy a certain package from a certain vender and you’re dictated what kind of coverage you must have.” [The Hill, 4/4/11] Said He Agreed with President on Preexisting Condition Exclusions and Goals of Healthcare Reform Heck said he agreed with the President in that healthcare reform should secure insurance for people who already have it, provide an option for people without it and bring down healthcare costs.

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“‘No preexisting condition’ exclusions have merit,” Heck said. “Same things with no lifetime caps, not being kicked off the day after you get sick and extensions of coverage for dependents.”
[The Hill, 4/4/11]

Favored Allowing Insurance to Be Purchased Across State Lines In 2011, Heck said Americans should be able to purchase insurance across state lines and supported regional insurance pools to reduce costs. He also favored high-risk pools rather than exchanges. [The Hill, 4/4/11] Defended Taking Government Health Care Saying He had to Pay a Premium In February 2011, Heck defended the fact that he has government health care, despite opposing the health reform law. He said he still had to pay a premium on the government healthcare. “Actually, the employer health care that I had at my previous job was better and cheaper than the one that I have now,” Heck said. [Fox5 News, 2/2/11] Heck was critical of the health care coverage he received as a member of Congress, saying the health insurance provided under his former job as an emergency room physician was “better and cheaper.” [Associated Press, 2/4/11] Opposed Provisions in Healthcare Law that Required Minimum Package of Benefits In 2011, Heck said that he opposed provisions in healthcare law that required that insurers provide a minimum package of benefits. “I've often talked about single males having to pay for mammograms and single females having to pay for prostate cancer checks,” he said. “Let people buy the product that they need.” [kaiserhealthnews.com, 1/19/11] Said He Couldn’t Guarantee Vote for Healthcare Repeal Unless He Had Firm Grasp of Replacement In 2011, Heck said that he could not guarantee his vote for repeal unless he had a firm grasp of what the GOP’s replacement legislation would look like. [kaiserhealthnews.com, 1/19/11] Shifted Rhetoric to Explain His Position on Healthcare Repeal Since March 2010, Heck’s rhetoric to explain his position on healthcare repeal has shifted. In March 2010, the day that Congress approved healthcare reform, Heck wrote on his campaign website, “You have my word that when I’m in Congress I will do everything possible to repeal this horrible bill.” But two weeks later, Heck said during an interview, “I don’t think you’ve ever heard me say ‘let’s repeal the whole bill.”

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Then after Heck won his 2010 election, he complimented parts of the bill, saying, “I think there are things in the bill that need to be fixed, things that need to be done away with and things that we need to preserve.” Three of the four points Heck stressed should be in healthcare reform were already part of the Democratic-supported healthcare law. [Las Vegas Sun, 1/20/11]

Housing Issues
Does Heck Back Romney’s Comment: “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom” In 2011, during a discussion with the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review Journal, Romney said one of his rules for the government is “don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/17/11] Claimed He was Working with People Facing Foreclosure and Working on Legislation In 2011, Heck claimed he was working on legislation to help people suffering from foreclosure. He said “We’re working on legislation now that hopefully for somebody who has lost their home, give them a second chance to get a another loan, to be able to get back into a home.” [Face to Face, Jon Ralston, Block 4 of
4, 3:49, 8/31/11]

Headline: Nevada Leads Nation in Foreclosures for Fifth Straight Year [ktvn.com, 1/12/12] Voted to Cut Neighborhood Stabilization Program In March 2011, Heck voted in favor of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Termination Act. The program provided grants to states and local governments to redevelop foreclosed properties. Clark County received $45.8 million in grants. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/14/11; HR 861, Vote #188, 3/16/11] Criticized for Voting to Cut Program that Helped Seniors Stay in Own Homes, Saving State Over a Billion Dollars a Year In March 2011, the President of the Nevada Senior Corps Association voiced her disappointment that Heck voted for H.R. because it cut funding for many volunteer programs. She wrote that the bill eliminated the Corporation for National and Community Service, which funded the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, the Foster Grandparent and the Senior Companion Programs. She wrote “In Nevada, we have three RSVP Programs; two Foster Grandparent Programs and two Senior Companion Programs that collectively have around 4,000 volunteers who provide free services to thousands of seniors to keep them safe and at home as long as possible, saving the state over a billion dollars a year in institutional care costs.” [Op-ed, President, Nevada Senior Corps Association, Nevada Appeal,
3/22/11]

Voted Against Cutting Aid to Assist Homeowners in Underwater Loans

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In March 2011, Heck voted against a bill to defund a Federal Housing Administration program to assist homeowners with underwater loans because his district had more foreclosures than any other in the county. “I agree that people need a paycheck, not a government check,” he said on the House floor prior to the vote. “But we must help individuals who are trying to do the right thing.” Heck called his district “ground zero for America’s housing crisis,” with 390,192 underwater mortgages statewide. [Las Vegas Sun, 3/10/11] Editorial from Las Vegas Review Journal Said Nevada Would Not Miss Program to Help Underwater Homeowners In March 2011, the Las Vegas Review Journal editorialized on Heck’s vote to help underwater homeowners in Nevada. They wrote “We understand why Rep. Heck thinks the program might be worth saving. It's administered by lenders, not the government. And about three-quarters of valley homeowners are underwater. If each of them could refinance to a lower interest rate, they could either spend that extra money at struggling businesses or more quickly pay down their principal.” The paper said “Southern Nevadans won't miss something that never helped in the first place.” [Las Vegas Review Journal, 3/25/11] Voted Against Reducing Mortgage Relief Program In March 2011, Heck voted against a Republican piece of legislation intended to reduce the costs associated with mortgage payments for homeowners in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. “Today, I voted to keep a program that helps Nevadans stay in their homes. Programs like HAMP offer Nevada’s families a landing softer than a hard crash, until market forces ultimately do their work and our economy recovers,” Heck said. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/30/11] Voted Against Eliminating Mortgage Relief Program to Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure In March 2011, Heck voted against eliminating a mortgage relief program the Obama administration established to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 550,000 modifications have been completed at a cost of $840 million. [Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/3/11] Defended Votes Against Terminating Federal Housing Authority Refinancing and Home Affordable Modification Program In 2011, Heck said he voted against terminating the Federal Housing Authority Refinancing program and the Home Affordable Modification Program because hundreds of thousands of homeowners in Nevada were “underwater.” “There is an opportunity for them to refinance their mortgage and get a lower payment, we’re not looking at giving them a principal reduction, nothing crazy, just doing a refi[nance] so they can get a lower payment due to a lower interest rate and save $400-$500 dollars a month,” Heck said. “To me that’s the kind of program that does make sense.” [The Hill, 4/4/11]

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Faced Vote on Cuts to Two Housing Programs that Helped His District In March 2011, Heck faced two votes on programs to help struggling homeowners. Heck was the only Republican to vote to save a Federal Housing Administration refinancing program. He had yet to vote on the Home Affordable Modification Program and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The programs provided millions in funding to help Nevada homeowners, including $45.8 million in grants to 3rd district Clark County. [The Hill, 3/14/11] Voted for the Emergency Mortgage Relief Termination Act; Nevada was not Eligible for Aid Under the Program In March 2011, Heck voted for H.R. 836, Emergency Mortgage Relief Termination Act to Eliminate the mortgage relief program which gave unemployed homeowners the ability to pay their mortgage for up to 12 months. Nevada was not eligible for the program because the state was helped Department of Treasury's “Hardest Hit” program. [H.R. 836, Vote #174, 3/11/11; Las Vegas Sun, 3/9/11] Voted Against FHA Refinance Program Termination Act Because Homeowners in District Needed Help On March 10, 2011 Heck said he voted against H.R. 830, the FHA Refinance Program Termination Act because he represented a district where hundreds of thousands of families were under water with their mortgages. He said “I represent the district that is truly ground zero for America’s housing crisis; 390,192 mortgages in Nevada are underwater. Let me say that again: 390,192 families in Nevada are underwater.” He went on to say that the program helped Nevadans the ability to refinance their loans and a failed PR job was not a good enough reason to vote against it. [Heck Floor Remarks on HR 830, 3/10/11] Was Expected to Vote for FHA Program to Help Homeowners Refinance; District Had Highest Foreclosure Rate in Nation In March 2011, Heck was expected to vote to save the Federal Housing Administration program that helped homeowners refinance with underwater loans. Thus far $50 million of that $8 billion available for the program had been given out. Heck’s district ranked the highest in the nation in 2010 for foreclosures.
[Las Vegas Sun, 3/9/11]

Voted Against Cutting Federal Housing Administration Refinancing Program In March 2011, Heck faced difficult votes on housing in Congress because Nevada was devastated by the foreclosure crisis. He was the only Republican to vote to save the Federal Housing Administration refinancing program. Heck voted to end an Urban Development program, but it did not effect Nevada. In a video explaining his vote Heck said “some will probably see this as an opportunity to score political points and say I don’t care about Nevada families who are struggling with housing issues,” he says. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/14/11]

Immigration and Border Issues
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Touted Bi-Partisan Legislation to Overhaul Tourist Visa System In 2011, Heck touted legislation to overhaul the nation’s tourist visa system. Heck says his “Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act” would streamline the visa process, create hundreds of thousands of jobs and pump $850 billion into the stalled economy. Democrat Shelley Berkley cosponsored the legislation. [Associated Press, 9/27/11] - In 2010 the travel promotion act-Berkley and Reid it passed-Titus-charging international visitors-use fee to promote tourism in the U.S. - International tourists spend about four times than domestic tourists - Heck called the $14 a tax-head of the Las Vegas Convention Center - Andrew the press person from last cycle 916-205-6707 Opposed Going into Libya from Beginning When asked about Libyans and Syria Heck said I was very vocal about operations in Libya saying we can’t be the worlds 911. It concerns me that Congress wasn’t involved in the process. In the Ivory Coast thousands of people are being slaughtered. There was no clearly articulated reason to go into Libya. [Heidi
Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11]

Talked About Progress Being Made in Afghanistan The Department of Defense from a national security perspective, you have to have an all of the above energy approach. We were over there last week, we visited Iraq and Pakistan. We attended a funeral and the issue with the Afghan national who gunned down our military folks. We are worried about terrorists getting uniforms to infiltrate. Our forces are making incredible progress on joint missions with NATO and Afghanis are motivated to provide security for their nation. The goal is to make sure the terrorists don’t get back into power. The Taliban is on the run. When asked how long America should stay in Afghanistan Heck said we’ve got to make sure they are set up for success. I think we are on that path. The timeline is 2014 we are out of Afghanistan. Will they be able to provide for external security? I don’t know. I think we are making gains. The NATO training mission is doing incredible work. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11]
Said 14th Amendment Should Be Interpreted Differently: No Birth Right Citizenship

In February 2011, Heck said he did not believe in automatic birth right citizenship. He said he wouldn’t change the 14th amendment, but he would interpret it differently. “I don’t necessarily believe that you should have automatic birth right citizenship,” he said. “I believe that if you’re born to somebody that is a citizen, that you should have birth right citizenship.” [Fox5 News,
2/2/11]

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Heck said citizenship should not be automatically granted to U.S.-born children. He told constituents that the 14th Amendment needed to be reinterpreted. [Associated Press, 2/4/11]

Jobs
Headline: Freshman Congressman Defends House of Representatives’ Work on Jobs In 2011, Heck defended the House of Representatives work on jobs and claimed the Senate allowed bills to languish. ABC News reported, “Freshman congressman Joe Heck, R-Nevada, said he and his House colleagues are doing their part to move legislation aimed at job creation.” [The Note, ABC News, 10/5/11] Put 23 Jobs Bills on Doorstep of Senate In 2011, commenting on the unemployment rate Heck said the House put 23 jobs bills on the doorstep of the Senate. Heck’s statement read “How much longer must Nevadans suffer before he pressures the Senate to act on the 23 jobs bills sitting on its doorstep?” [Rep. Heck, press release, 12/2/11] Was Working to Bring New Technology Jobs to Nevada Heck was asked about the new jobs being created in Nevada. He said we need to attack the problem from both sides, brining in new jobs. We have lost 60% of our construction jobs, we need to maintain the service industry and those are the types of things we are working on. Look-it we are first in last out like the Marines. We are working on bringing those new technologies. We have to get away from mining and tourism as our main revenue. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11] Was Focused on Bringing Research and Development Jobs to State In 2011, Heck said he wanted to discuss bringing research and development to Nevada to create good paying jobs. Heck’s prepared remarks read, “But we must also look past the energy production side of the equation. We must have serious discussions about bringing the research and development as well as the manufacturing components of this industry to Nevada. That is where the sustainable, good-paying jobs will materialize. I will continue to support research and development tax credits, work to streamline the bureaucracy to access Nevada’s lands that remain under federal control, and expedite the federal permitting process while protecting the environment and maintaining safety.” [Las Vegas TSG Business News,
remarks as prepared, assessed 4/28/11]

Said Cutting Federal Government Would Create Jobs In remarks to the press after his speech to the legislature Heck said “We need the jobs,” he said. “And burdening businesses, burdening individuals with higher taxes, is not going to create jobs. I think you’ve got to exhaust every possible opportunity to rein in those programs that have lost sight of their original mission, or aren’t accomplishing what they were intended to accomplish and that means cutting,” he said. “Every program means something to somebody.” [Nevada News Bureau, 4/25/11] Voted to Cut Renewable Projects in Nevada Estimated to Create Thousands of Jobs

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Heck voted to cut the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable projects in February 2011. The removal of the program jeopardized five renewable projects in Nevada. The five projects were estimated to create 1,749 construction jobs and 314 permanent jobs, according to the DOE. Sen. Harry Reid pushed to get the program back in the budget in March 2011. [HR 1, Vote #147; Las Vegas Review-Journal,
4/15/11]

Said He Would Continue to Work to Get Nevadans Back to Work In a March, 2011statement on the unemployment figures Heck said he would continue to work to get Nevadans back to work. He said, “unemployment numbers show there is still a lot to do to get Nevadans back to work. I’m hopeful these latest numbers signal small-business owners are starting to feel the certainty they need to create jobs, but this is just a small step in the right direction. Nevada’s unemployment rate is still too high. I will continue working to help create jobs until Nevada’s economy is vibrant again.” [Rep. Heck, press
release, 3/4/11]

Did Not Respond to Requests Comment on Vote to Cut Jobs Funds Which Helped the Unemployed In 2011, Heck voted to cut $30 million in job training funds. The spending bill passed by the House cut Workforce Investment Act funds, which could hurt the unemployed in Nevada. The program funded job training programs across Nevada and served 8,800 people last fiscal year, a 295 percent increase from the two previous years. Nevada’s unemployment rate raced a record 14.5 percent in December. Headline: “U.S. House bill to slash job funds” Heck did not respond to requests to comment on his vote. [Nevada Appeal, 3/10/11; Gannett, 3/10/11]

Israel Labor and Working Family Issues
Voted for Two Bills that Hurt Unions In March 2011, Heck voted for the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The House approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto over labor and safety issues, and subsidies for flights to remote communities. The Obama administration said the bill was anti-labor. Heck also voted against an amendment that would have made it easier for railroad and airline workers to unionize. [Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/3/11] Talked About Importance of Creating Jobs after Ford Announced Closure Affecting 200 Workers

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As of January 2011, Ford Motor Credit company announced it would close in Henderson, NV, leaving 200 people without a job. Heck said Ford was doing everything it could to reduce the impact to employees. “It underscores the need to focus on creating jobs,” said Heck. “The road to recovery is not easy, but I believe we can get on the right path and I will be there every step of the way.” Ford laid off half of its 700 employees in 2009. Employees salaries started at $25,000 and came with medical benefits as well as profit sharing, a retirement plan and bonus pay. [Las Vegas Review-Journal,
1/20/11]

Land Issues
Introduced Bill to Extend Timeline on Mesquite Land Act In 2011, Heck joined Heller in introducing a bill to amends current land law to provide the City of Mesquite with greater opportunity for long-term economic development. The bill extended the period of time the City of Mesquite had to notify the BLM of the purchase of land made available by the Mesquite Land Act. “This bill provides an opportunity for economic growth, which is critical right now. By allowing Mesquite to continue with plans to expand the growing city’s airport, and bolstering the Virgin River conservation habitat, this bill is a clear win-win for the residents of Mesquite and all of southern Nevada,” said Congressman Joe Heck. [Mesquite Local News, 8/9/11] Opposed Gravel Quarry in Sloan Hills In 2011, Heck said he supported legislation backed by Reid and Ensign to oppose a gravel quarry at Sloan Hills outside Henderson. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/2/11]

Military Issues
Said Congress Needed to Do More for Veterans In 2011, Heck said Congress’s movement on passing a veterans’ jobs bill was encouraging, but said Congress needed to do more. “The House has passed several bipartisan bills to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to secure a good job to provide for their families,” Heck said. “All of these jobs bills deserve the support of our Senators and a strong show of leadership from the president. Because with unemployment still much too high, we just can’t wait to take bipartisan action that will help put Americans back to work.” [The Hill, 11/12/11] Inserted Language to Help Service Members Sell Property in Wake of Foreclosure Crisis In 2011, Heck inserted language into the 2012 defense authorization bill to give “special consideration” to service members who show foreclosures on their credit reports. Heck was concerned about service members who were transferred but could not sell their property under reasonable terms and conditions.
[Federal Times, 11/14/11]

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Said He was Working on Veteran Affairs Dept. Clinic In 2011, Heck said the biggest Laughlin issue was the future Veterans Affairs Department clinic. Of the V.A. clinic, Heck said, “We’re working hard to get that on track.” [Laughlin Times, 9/5/11] Faced Potential Conflict by Sitting on Defense Subcommittee Discussing Military Retirement Benefits Heck sat on the House defense subcommittee poised to discuss reforms to the military retirement system. An aide said Heck is unsure whether the changes would affect him and will disclose any potential conflicts when the hearing takes place next month. “I am concerned with the proposed changes,” said Heck. Heck has been in the military for more than 20 years, “so I assume he would receive full retirement benefits when he decides to retire,” spokesman Darren Littell said. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 9/17/11] Praised House Armed Services Committee for Bipartisanship In May 2011, Heck praised the House Armed Services Committee for remaining bipartisan to get the military what they needed. “It continues to be very bipartisan, even with an influx of freshmen to that committee. When it comes to defense, it’s one area everyone seems to rally around and make sure troops have the tools they need to do what they have to do,” he said. [Politico, 5/9/11] Voted Against Resolution to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan In March 2011, Heck against a resolution calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by year’s end. The bill passed 321-93. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/20/11] Named Chairman of a House Subcommittee That Monitored Intelligence Gathering In March 2011, Heck was named chairman of the House subcommittee that monitored the government’s technical intelligence gathering. “I intend to work closely with other members to provide thorough oversight and meaningful reforms to keep our families and communities safe,” Heck said. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/4/11] Said He Had Reservations Over U.S. Participating in Libya Republican Rep. Joe Heck said he had “serious reservations” about the U.S. participating in a no-fly zone in Libya. “One, the president bypassed Congress. Two, there’s no clear-cut national security objective that’s been clearly articulated,” Heck said. “There may be a moral imperative to go in and try to help the Libyans, but there are moral imperatives to go into many other countries around the world and help those people as well.” [Las Vegas Review Journal, 3/24/11]
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Did Not Feel Obama Made Case to Go into Libya Heck said he still had “many questions” to ask President Obama on Libya and said the budget battles put the Department of Defense in a “rough spot.” [The Note, ABC News, 3/29/11] Did Not Believe Democracy was Possible in Afghanistan and Iraq and Opposed Public Timetable In 2011, Heck said Democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq would never happen. He said it was worth fighting to give the people a people-centered, not ruler-centered government. “If success was instilling a democracy, I don’t think we’ll ever be successful,” Heck said. “I don’t believe you’re going to instill democracy in places that have millennia of tribal fighting.” [The Hill, 4/4/11] In 2011, Heck said the President should not make a public timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq. “I don’t believe the civilian power should have the timeline for withdrawal,” Heck said. “I think that when a general says ‘I can let a brigade go home,’ that’s when the brigade goes home, not because somebody says this month so many brigades are coming out, next month so many brigades are coming out.” [The Hill, 4/4/11] Opposed Military Action in Libya; Worried About Gas Prices As a member of the Education and the Workforce and Armed Services committees Heck was focused on protests in the Middle East and their effect on oil prices. He did not believe the United States should have gotten involved in Libya. “I think we’re still prosecuting military activities on two fronts,” Heck said. “I don’t believe our military can sustain another front.” [The Hill, 4/4/11] Visited Guantanamo Bay Detention Center; Favored Keeping it Open In April 2011, Heck took a one-day trip to the Guantanamo Bay detention center. He touted the facilities along with other members of the House Armed Services Committee. Obama reversed his decision to transfer top terrorist suspects to America for trial. Heck said he agreed with the decision to keep the detention center open. Heck agreed with the administration's decision to keep open the detention camp, a spokesman said, but other details of the tour were not immediately available.
[Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/12/11]

Personal Issues
Heck Reported that His Wealth was Between $378,000 and $895,000 at End of 2010

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In 2011, Heck’s personal financial disclosure indicated that he continued to pay off medical school student loans. His wealth was between $378,000 and $895,000 at the end of 2010. Heck owed between $50,000 and $100,000 on student loans. Heck drew a $64,000 salary from his medical consulting firm, Specialized Medical Operations Inc., he shut down the business after taking office. He also earned $37,132 from working as a physician for Emergency Medical Physicians Group, the company that staffs the emergency room at University Medical Center.
[Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/15/11]

Said Releasing Birth Certificate was Way for Obama to Get News Heck was asked about the birther conspiracy. Heck said there was some controversy over his birth certificate, but it was a way to keep Obama’s name in the news. Heck was asked about Presidential candidates for 2012. He said Tim Pawlenty had great ideas and Mitt Romney will always be a viable candidate. I don’t necessarily think Trump is a viable candidate. He said Chris Christie was a dynamite speaker. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11] Said Shaping Policy was Best Part of Being Congressman Heck said being able to shape policy to make things better is the best thing about being a Congressman. We did a town hall a few weeks back where people were very energized about a vote I made. When you explain the vote people have a light bulb on. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11] Titus was Attacked by UNLV Republicans Run by 36-Year Old Former Employee of Heck’s and the Republican National Committee In 2011, Mark Ciavola, a 36 year old former employee of Heck’s and the Republican National Committee, was elected head of the College Republicans at UNLV. He has continued the campaign against Dina Titus. The Republican group, full of former Heck employees, continued to send emails blasting Titus to a list of 500 followers. The group attacked Titus for her course load and campus radio show at womanwithout-integrity.com. “Dina Titus isn’t the problem, she’s a symptom of the problem, which is how UNLV spends money,” said Ciavola, describing administrators as hypocritical for paying Titus almost $108,000 to teach one class while crying poverty and threatening to cut classes and raise tuition. Titus said “I think they see me as a potential opponent, that’s why they are continuing to do this. What disturbs me is I’m not a candidate. I’m not an elected official. I’m a faculty member.” [Las Vegas Sun,
4/4/11]

Said He Slept in Washington, D.C. Office Heck took a CBS News survey and said he was sleeping in his Washington, D.C. office. [Marketwire.
1/27/11]

Personally Laid off Entire Staff of Small Business Before Being Sworn into Office

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Five days before his 2011 swearing into office, Heck dissolved his consulting business, Specialized Medical Operations, and laid off its staff. “There was no way we could figure out how to have personnel run it without me being integrally involved,” Heck said, adding that his employees are in “in varying degrees of unemployment.” [Las Vegas
Sun, 1/10/10]

… Despite Saying Jobs Was His Top Priority According to the Las Vegas Sun, Heck said jobs were his highest priority. [Las Vegas Sun, 1/10/10] Heck Said He Will Take Congressional Health Care In 2011, Heck’s aides reported that Heck will take advantage of the Congressional health insurance plan. “Just like millions of Americans, Dr. Heck will be receiving his insurance through his employer -- in this case the House of Representatives,” Grant Hewitt, Heck’s transition director said. [Las Vegas Sun, 1/06/11] … And Voted Against Measure Disclose Whether Members Will Accept Government Health Care In January 2011, in one of his first moves in Congress, Heck opposed a measure that would have required members of Congress to disclose whether they will accept government health care. [Las
Vegas Sun, 1/06/11]

Political Issues
Jon Ralston Prediction: Heck Would Survive in the 2012 Race In 2012, it was reported that according to Las Vegas Sun writer Jon Ralston, Heck would survive in the 2012 race with Speaker John Oceguera. However, Ralston predicted that it would be a close race. [Las
Vegas Sun, 1/4/12]

Appeared in Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign Airing in Nevada In January 2011, columnist Steve Sebelius wrote that Heck appeared in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign airing in Nevada. “There’s a new radio ad for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign airing in Nevada, with endorsements from Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei and former Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury.” [Columnist, Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/15/12] Was Only Republican Candidate for Statewide Office with Latino Outreach Director In 2011, it was reported that Heck was the only Republican candidate for a statewide or federal office with a Latino outreach director. “He made the effort,” Tibi Ellis said. “He carved out time to talk to the community, and there is the proof: He’s elected.” [Las Vegas Sun, 11/19/11]

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Backed Romney for President In March 2011, Heck backed Romney for president. Romney also campaigned for Heck in 2010. [Las
Vegas Sun, 3/22/11]

Bad Economy May Lead to Heck Losing District In 2011, the Associated Press reported that the bad economy in Nevada and may lead to Heck losing district. “The congressional district that encompasses Henderson has predicted which party will win the House for the past two election cycles. Voters here gave a Republican the boot in 2008, only to kick out the winner in 2010, replacing Democratic Rep. Dina Titus with Republican Rep. Joe Heck. His 1 percent victory margin was not exactly a clear message from voters.” [Associated Press, 10/17/11] Democrats Worked to Make Heck Vulnerable in Redistricting In 2011, Ralston reported that Democrats goal was to make Heck vulnerable in redistricting. “The Democrats’ goal from Day 1 was simple: Create two safe Democratic seats for a decade and make Rep. Joe Heck vulnerable.” [Columnist, Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun, 10/12/11] Had Short-Term Advantage in Third District In 2011, it was reported that because Heck is an incumbent in the Third Congressional District, Republicans would have the advantage in retaining the seat in the 2012 election cycle, but in the long term, Democrats might have a chance to snag the district, given that several dependably Republican precincts are now divided between the 1st and 4th districts. [Las Vegas Sun, 11/9/11] Targeted in Radio Ads In 2011, it was reported that Heck was the target of Democratic attack ads aired on KWNR-FM 95.5. The ads declared Heck as “part of the problem in Washington,” and told listeners to “tell Congressman Heck to fight for Nevada.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/7/11] After Redistricting 3rd District Had Democratic Edge In 2011, after redistricting the 3rd District held by Republican Rep. Joe Heck has a slight Democratic edge. [AP, 12/11/11] Democratic State Sen. Lee Planned to Take On Heck in General Election In 2011, State Sen. John Lee headed to Washington to talk with Party leaders to plan for getting through the Democratic primary and facing Joe Heck in the general election. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 9/15/11] Emily’s List Targeted Heck for 2012 Elections

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In 2011, Emily’s List, a Democratic organization, targeted Heck as one of their “on notice” candidates for the 2012 congressional elections. Heck was one of thirteen members the organization was targeting at the time to defeat in the 2012 election cycle. [Blog, The Hill, 8/16/11] Reporter Questioned How Public Heck Event Was When Public was Kicked Out In 2011, Heck held an event, the Nevada View questioned was public. The reporter questioned, “Why is Joe Heck’s event page completely empty? Why was a constituent who RSVPed to an event that was supposedly “open to the public“ kicked out for wearing a “Beyond Coal” Sierra Club t-shirt? And why weren’t local constituents allowed to ask questions of (supposedly) their member of Congress?”
[Columnist, The Nevada View, 8/10/11]

Received 51% Score From Heritage Action for America Score Card Heck received 51% score from Heritage Action for America scorecard in August 2011 that encompassed 30 key votes and 5 co-sponsorships. [Heritage Action for America, accessed 8/29/11] Faced Democratic Opposition for 2012 Congressional Election In 2011, three Democrats got a head-start to fundraising and organizing campaigns for three congressional districts in Southern Nevada, one of them which was held by Heck. Oceguera and Lee both pitched themselves as moderate Democrats who would have done well in a mixed urban-rural district: either Heck’s turf that included Henderson and unincorporated parts of Clark County or a new fourth district if it included some areas outside of Clark County. [Las Vegas Review- Journal, 8/1/11] Democrat state Sen. John Lee Announced He May Run Against Heck and Oceguera In 2011, Democrat state Sen. John Lee announced that he would run for Congress. He said he would run in whichever district included the southern rural counties and his North Las Vegas senate district. The Las Vegas Sun News reported “That likely means he’ll go up against U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev, who represents the 3rd Congressional District. That district is largely expected to remain competitive and will likely include the southern rural counties. Oceguera also is expected to run in CD 3, meaning a potential primary battle with Lee.” “I’m looking forward to it, if it comes to that,” Lee said. “I’m expecting there will be some primary. A primary is not dissuading me at all.” [Las Vegas Sun, 8/1/11] Titus Announced her Run for a U.S House Seat in 2012 In 2011, Former U.S Rep. Dina Titus, who lost her re-election bid to Heck, announced that she would run for a U.S House seat in 2012. [KTNV, 7/19/11] Titus Announced her Run for a U.S House Seat in 2012

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In 2011, Former U.S Rep. Dina Titus, who lost her re-election bid to Heck, announced that she would run for a U.S House seat in 2012. [Republic, 7/19/11] Said Photos of Obama Should be Released Heck said the pictures of Obama needed to be released. [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Summary, Part 3, 5/19/11] Spoke at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Day In 2011, Heck spoke on Memorial Day at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. “The graves around us, at Arlington and at cemeteries around the world serve to remind us that freedom isn’t free, it has a cost, and I can’t talk about that cost without also asking you to remember our gold star families who stood strong through adversity … We will never truly know the depths of their pain but we should all share in their grief,” Heck said. [Las Vegas Sun, 5/30/11] In NRCC “Patriot Program” for Incumbent Protection In 2011, it was announced that Heck was in the Patriot Program, “The National Republican Congressional
Committee…will launch the Patriot Program, a tough-love incumbent protection effort designed to assist freshmen and a few longer-serving lawmakers expected to face difficult paths to reelection.” [Politico, 6/1/11]

Took Over Legislation from Heller to Block Development of Gravel Quarry at Sloan Hills In 2011, Heck took the lead on legislation to block development of a gravel quarry at Sloan Hills after Heller became a Senator. “We had cosponsored it and have been following up on that so it wasn’t going to fall in the cracks,” Heck spokesman Darren Littell said. On March 1, Heller, with Heck and Berkley reintroduced a bill that would declare mining off limits on 800 acres overseen by the Bureau of Land Management at Sloan Hills outside Henderson. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/10/11] Protected Tax Credits for Top Oil Companies Heck voted against taking away billions of dollars in tax credit from the top five oil companies. [Las Vegas
Review-Journal, 5/8/11]

Said Republicans Were the Party of No Heck was asked about his speech to the legislature. He said he was glad he was not in the legislature. We are the ones who are the party of no. The election in November has consequences, so we are trying to bring about change. People don’t want higher taxes, they want predictability. We are getting stonewalled.
[Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11]

Headline: “Congressman Heck Collects $224,000 in First Quarter” In 2011, Heck raised $224,000 to his re-election fund in the first quarter of 2011. He had a joint fundraiser with other military-oriented freshman Republicans. He raised $124,400 from political action committees and another $91,300 from individuals from January through the end of March. Heck also
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raised $6,639 through a joint fundraiser through the House Armed Services Committee. Heck received donations through the event from PACs including those for General Electric ($1,000); Accenture ($385); Rolls Royce ($1,000); the Parsons Corp. ($1,000). He also received donations through the event from McKeon ($1,000) and fellow lawmakers Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Mike Coffman, R-Colo., who gave $1,000 apiece. [Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/18/11] Endorsed Romney for President In March 2011, Heck endorsed likely presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Romney campaigned for Heck in 2010. [Roll Call, 2/22/11] Practice of Sleeping in House Office Under Fire In February 2011, a probe into Congressman who sleep in their offices was started and Heck was a target. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington was looking into whether it violated any house rules or tax benefit regulations. “If the ethics committee rules that members can no longer sleep in their offices, then I won't,” Heck said. “I'll find a new place to sleep and come to work the next day still focused on creating jobs for Nevadans.”
[Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/11/11]

Other Social Issues
Helped Re-Name Atomic Testing Museum; Credited with Getting Nevada its only “National” Museum Designation In 2012, it was reported that the Atomic Testing Museum was renamed, due to a provision in the year’s Defense Authorization Act. The museum is now the National Atomic Testing Museum. Heck, along with Senator Harry Reid, included language in the bill that gave Nevada its only “national” museum designation. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/3/12] Sponsored Name Chance for Atomic Testing Museum In 2011, Heck sponsored the name chance for the Atomic Testing Museum to give the museum “national” status, making it only the 37th museum to receive that designation. The museum’s board approached Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Congressman Joe Heck, R-Nev., about sponsoring the name change as a way to recognize the museum’s unique mission. [Las Review-Journal Sun, 1/5/11] Claimed He was Working with People Facing Foreclosure and Working on Legislation In 2011, Heck claimed he was working on legislation to help people suffering from foreclosure. He said “We’re working on legislation now that hopefully for somebody who has lost their home, give them a second chance to get a another loan, to be able to get back into a home.” [Face to Face, Jon Ralston, Block 4 of
4, 3:49, 8/31/11]

Headline: Nevada Leads Nation in Foreclosures for Fifth Straight Year [ktvn.com, 1/12/12]

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Voted to Defund National Public Radio In March 2011, Heck voted to block federal funding to National Public Radio. The bill passed 228-192.
[Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/20/11]

Potentially Failed to Check with Outgoing Congresswoman About Transfer of Constituent Case Files According to a 2011 story in the Las Vegas Sun, Heck’s office they reached out to outgoing Representative Dina Titus’ office to get looped in on constituent case files shortly after Heck beat Titus in the November election. However, by December, Titus and her staff claimed that they had never been contacted by Heck’s staff for anything other than queries about office space. [Las Vegas Sun, 1/18/11] NOTE: The Sun reported that constituent case portfolios are typically transferred up to the senator of the outgoing member’s party, which occurred in Titus’ situation.

Senior Issues
Claimed Seniors 55 and Older Wouldn’t Experience Any Changes Under 2012 Republican Budget Plan

In 2011, Heck experienced a vocal crowd at a town hall. It was reported that he corrected audience members who claimed senior citizens would lose Medicare benefits under the Republican plan. He said those 55 and older wouldn’t experience any changes “whatsoever.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/19/11] Said 2012 Republican Budget Provided Reasonable Reform to Protect Seniors Heck said we don’t accept the premise of health care exchanges. Heidi Harris said she was worried that health care insurers would go bankrupt. Heck said the reform was a reasonable way to protect seniors. Heck said doctors were starting to stop taking Medicare reimbursements and it took forever to get reimbursements. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11]

Security Issues
Opposed Homeland Security Grant Cuts to “Most Threatened” Cities

In 2011, Heck joined the Nevada delegation in opposition to Homeland Security grant cuts to “most threatened” cities. “According to the Department of Homeland Security we have 221 elements of critical infrastructure and key resources, Including the Hoover Dam and the new dam bypass bridge – the second highest in bridge in the United States — and the world-famous Las Vegas Strip,” Heck said. “The Las Vegas area is also home to 17 of the world’s 20 largest hotels, with almost 149,000 hotel rooms.” Heck proposed a separate amendment that would have expanded eligibility to 25 cities, but it was killed by voice vote after little discussion. A spokesman said Heck agreed not to push for a full debate and recorded vote after he learned that Clarke was gathering backing for the broader amendment. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/2/11]

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Said He was Working to Maintain Local and National Security Heck’s prepared remarks to the legislature read “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am working to make sure our local and national security is maintained, and that our military men and women have the tools they need to get the job done.” [Las Vegas TSG Business News, remarks as prepared, assessed 4/28/11]

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
Presented with RetireSafe 2011 Standing Up For America’s Seniors Award In 2011, Heck met with RetireSafe and was presented with the 2011 Standing Up For America’s Seniors Award. “This award recognizes and pays tribute to your leadership on behalf of older Americans,” said RetireSafe President and CEO Thair Phillips. “We especially commend your leadership on behalf of Medicare, which is so critical to millions of older Americans. It provides them with access to quality care, and through Part D, access to affordable prescription medicines. Your commitment to preserving and protecting Medicare for today’s and tomorrow’s beneficiaries is most appreciated.” Congressman Heck said, “I’m honored to receive this award from RetireSafe. Medicare is a vital program for many Nevadans.” [Rep. Heck, press release, 11/8/11] Claimed He was Protecting Social Security and Medicare, But was Called a Heartless Miser In 2011, Heck claimed he was protecting Social Security and Medicare. “We are painted as heartless misers for taking the difficult steps of taking the advice of the people who we entrust with our social safety net programs, who tell us that we have to change those programs if we want them to be around in the future, but we’re called heartless misers for being the one’s bold enough to try to bring forth solutions.” [Western Republican Leadership Conference, 14:58, 10/20/11] Social Security as a Ponzi Scheme Comment Would Haunt Him In 2011, Ralston wrote that Heck’s Social Security as a ponzi scheme comment would continue to haunt him. “Heck’s unfortunate description of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” will haunt him like a Sharron Angle video clip come next year. And like Heller, he will have to defend votes Democrats will characterize as a senior citizen apocalypse. [Columnist, Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun, 12/7/11] Asked Whether He Stood By His Statement that Social Security Being Ponzi Scheme Said: “What was said in the video was said in the video” In 2011, Ralston asked Heck about his comments that Social Security was a ponzi scheme, he said, “What was said in the video was said in the video.” I think when you look at how Social Security is being funded right now you see that there are fewer people paying into the system than there used to be. The money for Social Security isn’t there. We need fundamental reforms to make sure benefits remain for those collecting. He said I don’t necessarily have the answer on Social Security. [Face to Face, Jon Ralston, Block 3
of 4, Summary, 8/31/11]

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Jon Ralston: Heck and Perry Both Thought Social Security was a Ponzi Scheme In 2011, Ralston said Heck and Rick Perry both thought Social Security was a ponzi scheme. [Face to Face,
Jon Ralston, Block 1 of 4, Summary, 8/31/11]

Criticized for Calling Social Security a “Pyramid Scheme” In 2011, Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera criticized Heck ‘s comment that Social Security was a “pyramid scheme” and announced his bid for a House seat in the 2012 elections. [Fox 5 News, 7/18/11] Said He Would Like to See Senate Act on Republican Budget In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck about the Republican budget plan. Heck said “You know, I would like to see the Senate take some action because, I think as of today its 750 days since the Senate has passed a budget. So why not put a different proposal? If you’ve got a better answer, put it out there. We have yet to see anything come from across the campus.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block 3,
5/19/11]

Claimed Republican Budget Would Not Affect Anyone 55 or Older In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck about the Republican budget. He said, “Newt Gingrich, he says you’re not allowed to use this quote now because he’s changed his position since then, but last week on Meet the Press called it right-wing social engineering, do you agree with that?” Heck said “Medicare is just one of the issues contained within that budget package, and of course, that was the area that brought up the most concern last evening, and you know I was surprised at how many seniors were present that thought this was still going to affect them not realizing that this does nothing to anybody who is 55 or more. If you’re 55 or older you will see no change to the current Medicare system. Yet they’re all still clamoring about what it is going to do to Medicare.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block 2, 3:57,
5/19/11]

Said Republican Budget was Not a Voucher System; Claimed Seniors Would Receive Same Amount of Benefits In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck about the Republican budget. He said, “You know, it’s interesting because even you don’t seem that enthusiastic about it at the time. Revamped Medicare, and people know, it turns into a voucher-like program, I know you don’t like calling it vouchers, and it has these tax breaks in there. Let me show you what you said about it at the town hall meeting, I referred to earlier, last night: “I’m not saying it’s the best idea, but it’s the only one and the best being proposed now,” Heck said, emphasizing that the government needs to cut back spending to reasonable, sustainable levels. [Las Vegas Review-Journal].” Ralston went on to say, “Seniors are scared. And almost seniors are scared. This is going to take away guarantee that has existed since when, 1965, and you’re willing to do that?” Heck replied “It’s not taking away any guarantee John. What it’s doing is saying look, we’re going to give you premium support, it’s not a voucher. You’ll be able to pick a plan that is going to have to have a guaranteed issue, there is no pre-existing condition exclusions. You will get the same amount that, on average every Medicare beneficiary receives now. It’ll be indexed for inflation. And in addition, the

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poorer and the sicker get additional support. Very low income seniors will get a funded health savings account for further assistance in out-of-pocket expenses.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block 3, 5/19/11] Claimed the Republican Budget Took Away Tax Loopholes In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck about tax breaks in the Republican budget. He asked “What about the tax breaks in there? Because that’s what you were talking about at that…I mean obviously that’s going to be unpopular with a lot of people…as is changing Medicare because people are viscerally afraid.” Heck said “You know, you hear it from both sides. You hear the left saying we’ve got to take away the deductions, the subsidies, and the loopholes. Great. Well, in the budget, it does that. It lowers the tax rate, it broadens the base, and it takes away the deductions, the loopholes, and the subsidies so that folks are paying a fair share of tax. I don’t know why anybody would be opposed to lower rates, a broader base, and getting rid of the deductions, subsidies, and loopholes.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block
3, 5/19/11]

On Republican Budget Heck Said, “So In Essence This Is Going To…Does It Fundamentally Change
Medicare? Yes, It Does.”

In 2011, on Face to Face Jon Ralston asked Heck why he supported the Ryan Budget which put additional Medicare costs on seniors. Heck said, “It’s not putting it on Medicare recipients because, again, the Medicare recipient is going to continue to receive the same amount in premium support that already goes into Medicare on their behalf. And unlike Medicare now, if you’re poorer or sicker, you’ll get additional support. If you’re very low income, you’ll get even more support. So in essence this is going to…does it fundamentally change Medicare? Yes, it does.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Block 3, 5/19/11] After Calling Social Security a “Pyramid Scheme” Heck Claimed He Wanted to Protect the Program In 2011, Heck said it was a mistake to call Social Security a “pyramid scheme” that isn’t working. In the video footage of Heck making the comment to constituents he didn’t apologize for making the comment, despite audience disapproval. He claimed in a statement that he wanted to protect Social Security.
[Associated Press, 6/3/11]

Called Social Security a “Pyramid Scheme” at a Town Hall In 2011, at a town hall event, Heck said “You know, when we talk about social security and the retirement age, for future generations, again we’re talking about if there are going to be changes, its not going to be the person who is 55 and now we’re going to say you have to work until 70, because people have made a life’s plan based on when they thought they would be collecting social security. Now, the kid who is 18 years old, should that kid have to work until age 70, I don’t know but that could be a possibility to try and make this program work.” He continued, “That’s one of the reasons why this pyramid scheme isn’t working [inaudible] that’s why we have to look at every possible [inaudible].” [Politico, 6/3/11] Supported Privatizing Social Security When asked in an interview with Nevada News and Views “How would you propose to reform the Social Security program?,” Heck replied: ”I believe that any individual should have the right to voluntarily take

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their portion of Social Security withholding and invest it as they deem appropriate.” [Nevada News and
Views, 5/4/10] Claimed the Republican Budget Wouldn’t Turn Medicare into a Voucher Program

In 2011, Heck wrote an op-ed claiming that the Republican budget did not affect Medicare for those 55 years and older or make Medicare a voucher system. He wrote, “First, every person 55 years old, or older, is completely exempt from any changes to Medicare in this proposal. Second, changes in this proposal do not make Medicare a voucher system. In fact, they implement patient-centered solutions and make Medicare just like Medicare Part D, the only government health program ever to come in under budget. Third, even President Obama said Medicare will be bankrupt in 2029 if left unchanged from how it is today. That is just 18 years from now, and a bankrupt program cannot serve the taxpayers who paid into it. Fourth, the changes in this proposal provide greater benefits to individuals who are poorer and sicker, and fewer benefits to individuals who are richer and healthier.” [Op-ed, Rep. Heck, Las Vegas Review-Journal,
5/15/11]

Hosted a Town Hall Meeting at an American Legion Post After He Called Social Security a Pyramid Scheme In 2011, Heck hosted his first town hall with constituents in June at an American Legion post since he called Social Security a pyramid scheme. Heck focused on veterans’ issues. Heck made the Social Security comment at his last town hall in May. He was discussing the sustainability of continuing to pay benefits to people as they live longer. He did not apologize when the comment was met with disapproval from his audience in May. [RGJ, 6/08/11] Told 14 Year Air Force Veteran He Would Preserve Medicare and Social Security Benefits Question: “I just want to know, where do you stand on protecting our benefits as far as social security, for those who will need it and those who are getting it now, and Medicare, sir?” asked the veteran, who served 14 years in the Air Force. Heck’s Lie: “The fact is, I’m committed to preserving both benefits,” said the Nevada lawmaker. “But for future generations, there may need to be changes for long-term sustainability.” [Politics Blog, FOX, 6/9/11] On the Campaign Trail Heck Called Social Security a “Sacred Trust”; Now He Calls it a “Pyramid Scheme”
THEN. Heck calls Social Security a “sacred trust” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/14/10] NOW. Heck calls Social Security a “pyramid scheme” [Editorial, Las Vegas Sun, 6/10/11]

On the Campaign Trail in 2010, Heck Pledged Protect Seniors Social Security and Medicare

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Heck was asked, “Are you for privatizing/phasing out Social Security and Medicare?” Heck said, “I am committed to making sure that our seniors have the benefits that they’re entitled to and that they’ve earned, whether it’s Social Security or Medicare. I mean it’s ludicrous on its face to think that me, as a physician, would want to see Medicare dissolved....” He went on to say, “I’m saying for me to think that I would want to privatize or to dissolve Medicare just doesn’t make sense as a physician. I mean, it’s critically important for seniors to have that coverage, to receive the health care that they receive once they reach the age of 65.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, Part 2, 6/16/10]

In 2011 at a Town Hall Heck Called Social Security a “Pyramid Scheme.” At a town hall, Heck said, “The kid who’s 18 years old — should that kid have to work to age 70? I don’t know but that could be a possibility to try to make this program work. Because look – Social Security started in 1935…Full retirement age is 67 and the life span is 80. So when they first conceived Social Security they didn’t think they were going to be paying benefits for 13, 15 years. That’s one of the reasons why this pyramid scheme isn’t working.” [Think Progress, 6/3/11] Headline: “Heck Agrees with Caller who Describes Social Security as “Pyramid Scheme”
In 2011, Heck was asked by a caller on KXNT why more people weren’t talking about the fact that “Social Security is a pyramid scheme.” Heck replied “Yeah, it’s a great question Robert and you’re exactly right. You know back in 1955 there were nine people paying in for every person collecting. By 1975 that dropped down to three to one. It’s projected that over the next 20 years it will be down to two to one. You know and it’s already said that Social Security is probably going to be insolvent in about 20 years. So we can wait until 20 years from now to take action, or we can take action now. And like you I’ve been paying into Social Security for almost 32 years and want to make sure that there’s a benefit there when I retire.” [Alan Stock, KXNT 840 AM, 6/7/11; Las Vegas Sun, 6/8/11]

Heck Supported Privatizing Social Security When asked in an interview with Nevada News and Views “How would you propose to reform the Social Security program?,” Heck replied: “I believe that any individual should have the right to voluntarily take their portion of Social Security withholding and invest it as they deem appropriate.” [Nevada News and
Views, 5/4/10]

Said Physicians Wouldn’t Take Medicare Under Obamacare Heck was asked about Obamacare on the Heidi Harris. Heck said if you’re discharged from the hospital and you have to be readmitted they are looking to decrease the readmittence rate. He said physicians and hospitals will stop participating in Medicare when Obama occurs in full force. They can lower their overhead by just taking cash. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 6/8/11] Hosted a Town Hall Meeting at an American Legion Post After He Called Social Security a Pyramid Scheme In 2011, Heck hosted his first town hall with constituents in June at an American Legion post since he called Social Security a pyramid scheme. Heck focused on veterans’ issues.

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Heck made the Social Security comment at his last town hall in May. He was discussing the sustainability of continuing to pay benefits to people as they live longer. He did not apologize when the comment was met with disapproval from his audience in May. [RGJ, 6/08/11] Criticized by Columnist for Calling Social Security a Pyramid Scheme When People Depended on Aid In 2011, a columnist wrote that Heck exposed his “primitive feelings” when he called Social Security a “pyramid scheme.” The columnist wrote that Heck admitted he made a poor choice of words and then failed to correct a caller who described Social Security as a “pyramid scheme.” The columnist wrote “Social Security is easy to demagogue by those who don’t rely on it for survival. For the millions of Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, who depend on their monthly checks, it’s no Ponzi scheme. And it’s irresponsible for anyone to characterize it that way.” The columnist continued “Calling it a pyramid scheme gins up fears of falling skies and also makes Heck look like a pawn of his party at a time Republicans in safer congressional districts are calling for radical revisions to the federal budget. Those who drink Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget Kool-Aid do so at their own political peril…Using ill-advised hyperbole to describe Social Security might score points with his new friends in Washington, but it could ruin him back home. Heck threatens to be consumed by a fire he started and flames he fanned.” [Columnist, John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review Journal, 6/12/11] Claimed He Meant to Call Social Security an “Inverted Pyramid” Not a “Pyramid Scheme” In 2011, Heck clarified his Social Security comments and changed “pyramid scheme” to “inverted pyramid.” He claimed that he wanted to create a visual that related to the decreasing ratio between people that paid into the system and the people who collected benefits. “Obviously, the way the statement came out, was it a poor choice of words? Probably,” he said. “But everything I said around it was factual.” Heck called Social Security a pyramid scheme during a May 2011 town hall while discussing the sustainability of continuing to pay benefits to people as they lived longer. “The full retirement age is 67 and the lifespan is 80, so when they first conceived Social Security, they didn’t think they were going to be paying benefits for 13-15 years,” Heck said at the time. “That’s one of the reasons why this pyramid scheme isn’t working.” [Associated Press, 6/9/11] When Radio Called Social Security a Pyramid Scheme and Heck Agreed Heck reopened the debate over whether he had called Social Security a “pyramid scheme” when he “agreed during a local radio interview with a caller who insisted Social Security was a pyramid scheme.” Heck claimed his comment that the caller was “exactly right” did not refer to the “scheme” comment. The Associated Press reported “a review of the program shows listeners could interpret Heck’s agreement with the caller as an obtuse validation of any of the commenter’s remarks.” [Associated Press, 6/9/11] Heck Flip Flopped on Calling Social Security a Pyramid Scheme

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In 2011, Heck could not hold a firm position on his comment that Social security was a “pyramid scheme.” His name made headlines when he called a Social Security a “pyramid scheme” at a town hall. He retracted the statement and said he “misspoke,” and went so far as to distribute fliers explaining his nuanced apology. But Heck appeared on CBS Radio’s “The Alan Stock Show,” and told a caller who described Social Security as a pyramid scheme that he was “exactly right.” Then Heck again went on damage control claiming that his “pyramid scheme” comment was “a poor choice of words.” According to the Las Vegas Sun Heck “did not directly correct the caller’s characterization of Social Security as a pyramid structure.” [Las Vegas Sun, 6/8/11] Refuted that 2012 Republican Budget Would Turn Medicare into Voucher Program Heck said he fought in Washington, but there were certain things he couldn’t get done. Heck was asked about his vote to change Medicare. He said the fact is there is no future in Medicare if we continue on the same path. So the proposed budget protects seniors, most seniors will not see changes. People 55 or older, the program will remain exactly the same. The program changes to a voucher program, but Medicare D. There is premium support, a subsidy goes directly to the insurer. It is a guaranteed issue. The amount of premium support will be the same and roughly what we pay for Medicare now. If you get sicker you get more premium support and there will be health savings accounts. We have to have generational change. For future generations we will say you get a patient centered plan. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary,
4/28/11]

Said “Certainly Some People” Would Receive Less in Social Security and Medicare in Republican Budget Plan In 2011, Heck acknowledged complaints that the Republican budget would reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Heck said “Certainly some people” would receive less in Social Security and Medicare. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/25/11] Joe Heck: I am Committed To Protecting Medicare; As a Physician, It Doesn’t Make Sense To Privatize Medicare On June 16, 2010, Joe Heck was interviewed by John Ralston on Face to Face. During the program, Heck was asked if he is for “privatizing” or “phasing out” Social Security or Medicare. Heck responded: “I am committed to making sure our seniors have the benefits they are entitled to and that they’ve earned, whether it’s Social Security of Medicare. And it’s ludicrous on its face to think that me, as a physician, would want to see Medicare dissolved […] I am saying for me to think that we would want to—that I would want to—privatize or to dissolve Medicare just doesn’t make sense as a physician. It’s critically important for seniors to have that coverage, to receive the health care that they receive once they reach the age of 65.” [Face to Face with Jon Ralston, 6/16/10 around seg. 2 @ 2:00]

Stem Cells Tax Issues
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Refused to Support Short-Term Bipartisan Payroll Tax Extension That Passed the Senate In 2011, Heck refused to support the short-term bipartisan payroll tax extension that passed the Senate. “I hope this Congress has had a very good learning experience. Especially those who are newer to this body,” Sen. Harry Reid said moments before the House vote. “Everything we do around here doesn’t have to end up in a fight...Legislation is the art of compromise, consensus building — not trying to push a way through on issues where you don’t have the support of the American people.” [Las Vegas Sun, 12/23/11] Opposed a Two-Month Tax Cut Bill in Hopes of Forcing a Longer-Term Deal In December 2011, Heck opposed a two-month tax cut bill in hopes of forcing a longer-term deal. “I am against the two-month extension,” Heck said Monday. “It does not provide the stability or the predictability or the certainty that the American people and certainly Nevadans are looking for.” “We cannot continue to govern in this haphazard patchwork fashion,” Heck said. Heck also said “I think the fact that the Senate sent back a two-month policy that is truly unable to be implemented for the people actually responsible for making payroll, shows how disconnected they are from the real world,” Heck told the Sun. “It basically pulls the rug out from underneath Nevadans. [Las
Vegas Review-Journal, 12/20/11; Las Vegas Sun, 12/19/11]

Criticized Extending Payroll Tax Cuts for Two Months, Called Proposal “Haphazard” In 2011, it was reported that Heck criticized extending Social Security payroll tax cuts for only two months. Heck said he was not happy with the deal, calling it patchwork and “haphazard.” He voted to reject the stopgap solution in favor of negotiating a yearlong package that others said was an unrealistic outcome at the height of the holidays. “My top concern all along was trying to get a yearlong extension for Nevadans, and we still don’t have it,” Heck said. “It seems in typical Washington fashion politics trumped out doing the right thing. [Las
Vegas Review-Journal, 12/23/11]

Would Vote “No” on Extending Payroll Tax Cut if it was Funded with Surtax on Millionaires In 2011, Heck said he supported an extension of the payroll tax cut – but not charging a surtax on milliondollar-plus incomes. “Heck says making this an either-or argument is what’s unfair, and that while he supports an extension of the payroll tax cut, charging a surtax on million-dollar-plus incomes would be enough to make him vote ‘no.’” “What they’re talking about is a lifetime increase for a short-term spending problem,” Heck said. “When you look at getting back up to 39.6 percent, which is what [the upper tax rate] will be at the end of next year, plus whatever their surcharge is, plus the Medicare tax that has been added on through Obamacare, now you’re looking at a 45 to 48 percent tax for folks at that income level” -- an income level, Heck pointed out, that includes many small-business owners who simply file their business tax returns as part of their personal income. [Las Vegas Sun, 12/8/11] Signed the American for Tax Reform Pledge Before He was Elected
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In 2011, Heck said debt negotiators had to agree on short term and long term spending cuts before he would agree to raise the debt ceiling. He said, “Every agency is going to have to share in the pain, including the Department of Defense,” he said. “It’s very simple. Before we consider raising the debt limit we need to get government spending under control.” Heck signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge before he was elected. “They said ‘Look, Joe, it is not that we don’t trust you, but we have been burned so many times by politicians in the past who said one thing and did another,’” Heck said. [Associated Press, 7/8/11] 2012 Republican Budget Plan Proposed Tax Breaks For Wealthy – Heck Said “I’m Not Saying it’s the Best Idea” In 201l, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the 2012 Republican budget plan “proposes tax breaks for the wealthy.” Heck said, “I’m not saying it’s the best idea, but it’s the only one and the best being proposed now.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/19/11]

Tea Party
Headline: Tea Party support for Joe Heck wanes
[Las Vegas Sun, 9/1/11]

Was in Lock Step with Tea Party on Issues Such as Republican Budget, Medicare and Oil Subsidies In 2011, the Las Vegas Sun wrote that Heck walked a tightrope when it came to the Tea Party. The Tea Party in Nevada said Heck had not left his roots. Although the paper pointed out that Heck did not picket for a government shutdown, he did serve the Tea Party agenda. “But Democrats warn that appearances can be deceiving: Just because Heck doesn’t proudly bear the Tea Party banner doesn’t mean he isn’t serving its agenda.” The Tea Party took credit for Heck’s victory. “Heck’s no liberal, and hasn’t gone totally rogue on the GOP. When it comes to the big, national issues, like health care, Medicare, and oil subsidies, he’s in lock step with the party and the Tea Party line…Added Gabriela Domenzain, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: “Rep. Joe Heck’s extreme positions to end Medicare and protect subsidies for Big Oil, privatize Social Security and abolish the Department of Education are out of touch with Nevadans.” The Tea Party was with Heck on the Republican Ryan budget. [Las Vegas
Sun, 5/20/11]

Said He Felt No Pressure from Tea Party Heck was asked if he felt pressure from the tea party he said no. He said his district was the most populous district in the country. [Heidi Harris, KDWN 720 AM, Summary, 4/28/11]

Terrorism
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Wanted Bin Laden Photos Released In May 2011, Heck was adamant about releasing photos of bin Laden post-mortem. “The photos have to be released most definitely, to make sure we get rid of any conspiracy theorists that think we did not take care of bin Laden,” he said. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/4/11]

Transportation Issues

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