Representative Denny Heck's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Denny Heck
Current Office: U.S. House - District 10, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 10
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Paula; 2 Children: Bob, Trey
Birth Date: 07/29/1952
Birth Place: Vancouver, WA
Home City: Olympia, WA
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Denny Heck refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Denny Heck in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: Healthcare. 1 January 2012. “Congress needs to understand that using funding for women's healthcare as a bargaining chip is unacceptable. Women and their doctors are the ones who should be making their healthcare decisions -- not their Member of Congress. Denny trusts women to make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families.” (votesmart.org)
  • B. Shannon. The News Tribune: 10th District: Denny Heck says he'd help others create jobs. 30 May 2012. “He favors a woman’s right to choose an abortion as guaranteed under current law.” (www.thenewstribune.com)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Denny Heck in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: National Defense. 1 January 2012. “Ten years ago we sent our troops to Afghanistan with a clear and just purpose: find those responsible for the September 11th attacks and prevent them from launching similar attacks ever again. We succeeded. Osama bin Laden is dead and his al-Qaeda network has been decimated. Denny has called for bringing our combat troops home from Afghanistan -- sooner rather than later. That doesn't mean we're abandoning the fight against al-Qaeda or abandoning our support for the Afghan people. It is approaching our involvement in Afghanistan from a new direction that makes the most sense for our national defense, our military families and our treasury […] Our soldiers performed admirably as they have so many times before, but our mission in Afghanistan has not been without sacrifice. More than 1700 men and women have given their lives. We have spent more than half a trillion dollars on operations in the country. This victory came at a high cost to our military families and our nation's treasury.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: National Defense. 1 January 2012. “A strong American military supported by smart investments is crucial to the safety of the nation. With Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), the 10th Congressional District is home to the third largest military installation in the United States […] Rogue states and terror groups continue to pose the most serious threat to our national security. The United States must continue to invest in the special training and technology necessary for our forces to stay one step ahead of these unique threats.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Facebook: wall. 29 March 2012. “Today’s vote in the U.S. House was a blow to South Sound seniors, students and middle class families. It’s astonishing how out of touch Congress is with the priorities of the American people. This budget would make massive cuts to Pell Grants and the already tattered social safety net while at the same time giving millionaires and corporations who ship American jobs overseas yet another huge tax cut.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 1 January 2012. “I support letting expire the Bush tax cuts for or the wealthiest of Americans making over $250,000 a year--those who have benefited the most out of the economy in the last decade.” (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. Issues. 4 April 2012. “Congress needs to do more to make sure that those in the middle class – and those trying to get into it – get a fair deal when they’re trying to make a living, raise a family and save for retirement. Congress needs to stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship American jobs overseas. Congress also needs to make sure that the special interests on Wall Street are no longer allowed to engage in the financial shenanigans that caused the recent economic crisis.” (www.dennyheckforcongress.com)
  • Denny Heck. The Columbian - Herrera, Heck Butt Heads at Debate. 13 October 2012. “Heck said he did not understand how Herrera could have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, sponsored by the organization Americans for Tax Reform, because it includes a provision that he said would continue tax breaks for multinational companies that 'tear down their plants, put them on ships and send jobs overseas.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: Infrastructure. 1 January 2012. “Congress needs to start by approving the $50 billion for infrastructure projects proposed by President Obama in the American Jobs Act. Economists have projected that these infrastructure projects would create anywhere between 400,000 -- 500,000 jobs. This is just the beginning though -- billions of dollars more will be needed in the coming years. Repairing our nation's infrastructure can be a stable source of employment for hundreds of thousands of Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: American Manufacturing. 1 January 2012. “Manufacturing jobs rely on an ability to produce and distribute products cheaply and efficiently. Our manufacturing sector cannot grow significantly without new investments in infrastructure […] Despite the high unemployment rate, there are actually still American manufacturing jobs going unfilled today. Many new manufacturing jobs require technical or associate's degrees that unemployed American workers unfortunately don't have. Congress needs to push for and invest in better scientific, math and technical training in our schools and for more opportunities for adult education […] I support continuing funding for the Export-Import Bank to assist with financing the export of US goods to international markets. The Export-Import Bank helps American manufacturers compete with international exporters in other nations who have similar mechanisms available to them through their governments.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: Support Our Small Businesses. 1 January 2012. “- Targeted tax incentives to spur Small Business job growth - We can provide targeted, small business tax credits for investment in new facilities, equipment and workers. - Congress should also consider a long-term extension of tax credits that are critical to growth of small businesses, especially in new and emerging fields, such as the research and development tax credit and production and investment tax credits for clean energy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. The Columbian - Heck's Campaign Puts its Focus on Jobs. 16 September 2010. “Heck said he supports the Small Business Lending Fund Act, which would direct the U.S. Treasury to invest $30 billion in community banks to encourage them to extend credit to small firms; the expansion of a tax break for companies that invest in research and development; and more federal investment in road and bridge upgrades.” (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. The Columbian - Herrera, Heck Butt Heads at Debate. 13 October 2010. “He said he favors tax breaks for companies that hire unemployed workers, investment tax credits for companies that buy industrial machinery, and investments in green energy.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. “Implement common sense standards and oppose efforts to control our schools from Washington, D.C. Improving student performance and educating more people to higher levels are fundamental principles but efforts to micromanage local schools from Washington, D.C., are fraught with peril and not in keeping with our heritage of local control. While I support a common sense approach to developing standards, a one-size-fits-all approach is destined to fail.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. The Columbian - Herrera, Heck Butt Heads at Debate. 13 October 2010. "I have never said I would support cap-and-trade legislation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. The News Tribune's Voter Guide. 2012. Responded: “Climate change is real and we need global action to reverse it. I favor tax incentives that encourage homeowners and businesses to retrofit structures in ways that will reduce carbon output. I believe we need to do more to grow clean energy industries such as wind and solar power. These industries are an opportunity to both reduce our national carbon output and to create new manufacturing jobs.” To the question: Do you favor a "cap-and-trade" system that would regulate the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change? If so, why? If not, do you favor some alternative for addressing the problem? (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Denny Heck in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: Healthcare. 1 January 2012. “The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") was not a perfect law. However, it was a good starting point that made healthcare more secure for middle class families. Repealing it would be a mistake and I would oppose any efforts in Congress to do so.” (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. Statement on Today's Supreme Court Ruling. 28 June 2012. “Today's historic Supreme Court ruling upholds the biggest step forward in health insurance reform in decades. No American will ever again be denied healthcare coverage because of a pre-existing condition. The ruling also ensures Americans under 26 can get access to healthcare through their parents, helps small businesses afford healthcare for their employees, and makes sure that preventative healthcare is covered by health insurance plans for millions more Americans, saving lives and saving money. These patient protections will make the American middle class stronger. The further efforts planned in the United States House of Representatives to repeal these provisions are nothing but distracting, partisan games at a time when Congress should be focused on helping create jobs […] It is disappointing that our state's Attorney General joined the Tea Party in this expensive and failed lawsuit and worked to repeal these needed reforms.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Twitter: @DennyHec. 15 June 2012. “He's said it many times before, but Denny supports the #DREAMers and the DREAM Act” (twitter.com)

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  • Denny Heck. Twitter:@DennyHeck. 4 August 2012. “No politician should be able to tell people who they can marry." (twitter.com)
  • Denny Heck. Facebook: Wall. 17 January 2012. “Marriage Equality in Washington State = An idea whose time has come.” (www.facebook.com)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: National Defense. 1 January 2012. “The United States must remain committed to finding and eliminating the remaining al-Qaeda operatives in the region. This can be done through special forces operations like the one that killed Osama bin Laden. We must continue to provide training resources and advisors for the Afghan National Army as it continues to grow.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Denny Heck. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. “Social Security is inarguably one of the most effective government programs in the history of the United States. Today, approximately 10% of all seniors live in poverty. Without the benefit of Social Security, that number would increase to nearly 50% of all seniors.While there are real challenges affecting the future of the Social Security Trust Fund, Congress must keep in mind that with no changes made Social Security would still remain solvent for the next quarter century. Therefore only modest adjustments to the program in the long term are necessary to keep the promise of Social Security for future generations. As an example of a solution that will not strip seniors of benefits, as recommended by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles budget commission, Congress could consider raising the cap on income that is subject to the Social Security portion of the payroll tax (annual income above $106,800 is currently not taxed). The amount of revenue generated from the payroll tax as a percentage of income is well below the historical average. Raising the cap even a modest amount would be an important step helping Social Security remain sustainable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Heck. Issues. 4 April 2012. “In the past year we’ve seen a renewed effort by Republicans in Congress to dismantle Medicare and privatize Social Security. These vital programs have provided needed medical assistance for millions of American seniors and have lifted millions more out of poverty. Congress needs to come up with ways of fixing these programs that don’t involve stripping seniors of benefits or coverage.” (www.dennyheckforcongress.com)

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