Senator Dean Heller's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Dean Heller
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Republican
First Appointed: 05/09/2011
Last Appointed: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lynne; 4 Children: Hilary, Harris, Drew, Emmy
Birth Date: 05/10/1960
Birth Place: Castro Valley, CA
Home City: Carson City, NV
Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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Dean Heller 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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Cantanese. Politico: Dean Heller's abortion switch. 18 June 2011. "'I was probably more libertarian when I was back in the state. I came here to Washington D.C., and there were certain votes that had to be cast. A couple of those votes, of course, had to do with the federal funding of abortions. I didn't support it,' said Heller, who served as Nevada's secretary of state before entering Congress 'And that being the case, it became more clear that was my position. I've always said, even when I was back in Nevada, that my personal feelings were that I was pro-life, but I had a libertarian view on it,' Heller said. 'It wasn't an issue that was in the forefront when I was in the state of Nevada. Obviously, it's come to the forefront when I've been here in Washington D.C.'" (www.politico.com)
  • Dean Heller. Letter to Donald Berwick. 9 June 2011. "We fully support the intent of HEA 1210 to prevent taxpayer dollars from subsidizing the operational costs of abortions; and more broadly, we support the right of states to administer their Medicaid programs in a manner consistent with the values and needs of their citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Dean Heller voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Dean Heller voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Dean Heller a rating of 33 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Dean Heller voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. KTNV: Military moms and politicians alike react to Obama's troop removal speech. 22 June 2011. "Tonight's announcement by the President is a positive first step and I stand with him thanking our troops for their service. I have always said that removal of military personnel should be consistent with the advice of military leaders on the ground. By doing so, we can create increased stability in Afghanistan, continue to hand over more operations to Afghan security forces and, ultimately, bring our troops home." (www.ktnv.com)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement on the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan. 2 May 2012. "This long-term strategic agreement begins a new stage for the United States and Afghanistan, and I look forward to examining the details of this plan. Our military men and women have made great sacrifices for our country. I want to personally thank the members of the Armed Forces and their families for the sacrifices they have made for our great nation. As we look towards withdrawing our combat forces in Afghanistan, we should take a moment to honor and remember those who lost their lives in this war. Our nation owes you a great debt of gratitude." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Dean Heller voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Dean Heller voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Manu Raju. Politico: Dean Heller: Tea partier or independent populist? 13 June 2012. "And Heller is talking openly about the need to compromise with Democrats: He has entertained the possibility of backing additional tax revenues and defense cuts as part of a deficit-reduction deal and hinted he's open to a bipartisan deal on illegal immigration. 'Nobody is willing to make a tough decision today,' Heller said in an interview. 'It's a shame but it's also not surprising.'" (www.politico.com)
  • Dean Heller. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Dean Heller voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Dean Heller voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Dean Heller voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dean Heller voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement on Troop Funding/ G.I. Bill. 19 June 2008. "This bill cuts wasteful pork spending and removed tax increases while providing our veterans and military with the support they deserve. Our military men and women in the field will receive needed resources into next year without politically-motivated restrictions, and our veterans will receive expanded G.I Bill benefits without job-killing tax hikes. It's amazing what can be accomplished when Republicans and Democrats work together and place our country's armed forces and veterans ahead of politics." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. Heller: "Buffett Rule" is Nothing More Than an Election Year Campaign Gimmick. 16 April 2012. "While Nevada struggles with high unemployment, the President and Senate Democrats have chosen to focus on a measure that will not create a single job. They have ignored rising gas prices, have not passed a budget in more than three years, and shoved job-killing government health care on small businesses across the country. Now, the best they can do is push a tax hike designed for nothing more than a campaign press release. It's no wonder the American people are so frustrated with Washington. There is no question the tax code is unfair and needs an overhaul, but the so-called "Buffett Rule" is nothing more than an election year campaign gimmick." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Growing The Economy. 18 July 2012. "Dean believes that people know how to spend their own money better than the government does. Therefore, he supports across the board tax cuts to jump start the economy, instead of increasing taxes so government can spend your money." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010. 2 December 2010. "The outgoing majority party does not understand that tax hikes do not create jobs. The outgoing majority party doesn't understand that bigger government doesn't create jobs. The outgoing majority party still doesn't understand that more regulation doesn't create jobs. And doubling down on failed stimulus spending--which this bill does also--is, too, the wrong way to go." (votesmart.org)
  • Jennifer Steinhauer. New York Times: An Often Procrastinating Congress Is Raring at the Gate on Tax Cuts. 24 May 2012. "Republicans believe that they will have the upper hand in any tax cut debate, and they are eager to portray themselves as a friend to taxpayers and small businesses. 'I believe what their goal is,' said Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, speaking of Democrats, 'is to tax every small business.'" (www.nytimes.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 84 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Dean Heller, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Nevada and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 23 June 2011. "Dean has voted against hundreds of billions in tax increases, expansion of government and out-of-control spending. He was the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout. With out-of-control spending and record deficits, Dean continues to advocate for balanced budgets and fiscal sanity in Congress." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. Heller Votes to Roll Back Federal Spending. 25 January 2011. "This government has been on a massive spending spree over the last four years and it is time for this reckless behavior to end. As an opponent of the stimulus and the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the bailout, I believe it is critical to rein in spending. It is time to control spending, address the yearly deficits, and get government debt under control." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Federal Spending and the Deficit. "The national deficit for 2009 is $1.4 trillion. As our national debt grows, the dollar is weakened and Americans have to work more so we can buy less. Curbing out of control spending and balancing the budget should be a top priority for Congress. Despite record spending on bailouts, stimulus bill, and programs such as Cash for Clunkers, Congress pushed through a 20% increase in government spending for the 2010 fiscal year. It is time that more than lip service is paid to controlling government spending. The only thing that follows record debt and spending is record tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Tax Day. 19 April 2011. "This study underscores the fact that our government's biggest problem is spending, not revenue. Unfortunately, there are those who believe that reckless spending is necessary to usher in a new era of tax increases. If a strong economy is truly the goal of this Administration and Congress, then we must get federal spending under control, keep taxes low, and allow businesses to grow. On tax day, we should all take a moment to evaluate how the government spends our money and why it is asking for more." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Dean Heller voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 23 June 2011. "Dean has voted against hundreds of billions in tax increases, expansion of government and out-of-control spending. He was the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout. With out-of-control spending and record deficits, Dean continues to advocate for balanced budgets and fiscal sanity in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Economy. 23 June 2011. "Big government is not the answer to fixing our economy. Congress needs to control wasteful spending and shrink the size of government. By adopting pro-growth policies that expand tax relief across the board and allow Americans to keep more of what they earn will lead to job creation and economic prosperity in the future. Capitalism is the foundation of America's prosperity. We should embrace these principles not run from them." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Announces Support for Congressional Office Budget Cuts. 10 December 2010. "I commend the Speaker-Elect for recognizing that Members of Congress need to lead by example. Washington has isolated itself for too long -- avoiding difficult decisions that many Americans have to make every day. The proposed cuts to congressional office budgets would be a meaningful step towards true fiscal responsibility and would show the American people that no federal spending will be exempt from scrutiny. I am pleased to join Speaker-Elect Boehner's effort and will cut my budget by 5% regardless of the vote outcome." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Seeks To Stop Increases In Congressional Office Budgets. 24 February 2010. "While Americans are losing their jobs, homes are going into foreclosure, and small businesses are struggling to survive, Congress continues to create record deficits. Federal spending is out of control and Congress should do more than pay lip service to fiscal responsibility. It is time for Congress to lead by example and make government live within its means." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement on Nevada's Unemployment Numbers. 17 June 2011. "While it is true President Obama inherited a tough economy, it is clear his economic policies have made our situation worse. A year after the so called summer of recovery; Nevada continues to have the most distressed economy in the country and leads the nation in unemployment. Debt-fueled stimulus and stifling regulations will not lead to recovery. Washington must ensure certainty and stability to job creators for real economic growth to take hold." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement on Tax Day. 18 April 2011. "The federal tax code is incredibly burdensome and serves as an impediment to economic growth. Moreover, there are those who believe that raising taxes to pay for big government is a better solution than reigning in federal spending. With high unemployment and so many middle class families struggling to get by in today's economy, raising taxes should not be an option. Congress can provide greater economic certainty by working to eliminate our nation's job-killing debt through cuts in federal spending and making America more competitive through reforms to the tax code. Removing impediments to job creation will get Nevada working again and ensure our children and grandchildren have a brighter future." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Votes to Repeal Billion Dollar Spending Program. 11 March 2011. "The federal government cannot continue to spend money we do not have especially on programs that are duplicative or simply do not work. This program either increases the debt of borrowers who are already struggling with their mortgages or leaves taxpayers holding the bag if the homeowner defaults. The Administration itself estimates that this program will lose 98 cents for every dollar spent. The most important thing we can do for Nevadans is to create an environment for job growth, and that starts with reigning in government spending and putting an end to costly ineffective programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Dean Heller a rating of 94 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Dean Heller voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. Heller Small Business Amendment Rejected by House Democrats. 2 April 2009. "As our economy struggles, the last thing small businesses need is a massive tax increase. Small businesses are the economic engine of Nevada and our nation. Congress should be helping to create jobs, not stifling economic growth. Unfortunately, the majority party has determined that small businesses are responsible for funding bigger government." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement on Tax Day. 18 April 2011. "The federal tax code is incredibly burdensome and serves as an impediment to economic growth. Moreover, there are those who believe that raising taxes to pay for big government is a better solution than reigning in federal spending. With high unemployment and so many middle class families struggling to get by in today's economy, raising taxes should not be an option. Congress can provide greater economic certainty by working to eliminate our nation's job-killing debt through cuts in federal spending and making America more competitive through reforms to the tax code. Removing impediments to job creation will get Nevada working again and ensure our children and grandchildren have a brighter future." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Economy. 23 June 2011. "By adopting pro-growth policies that expand tax relief across the board and allow Americans to keep more of what they earn will lead to job creation and economic prosperity in the future. Capitalism is the foundation of America's prosperity. We should embrace these principles not run from them." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Statement on National Unemployment Figures. 2 December 2011. "Any level of job creation is welcome news. Today's report is further proof that the private sector is the economic engine of our country, not bigger government. The continual threat of tax increases on our nation's job creators will not create the certainty they need to grow and hire. By passing pro-growth policies that lessen burdensome regulations, stop government over-spending, and reform the tax code, Congress can help bolster our nation's anemic economy and create the jobs Nevadans desperately need." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Votes Against Taxing Job Creating Small Businesses. 4 May 2012. "Instead of compromising, the Democrats want to raise taxes on small business at a time when we need jobs. They brought this vote to the floor knowing that it wouldn't pass, further proof that Washington is broken." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Video: Heller Speaks About Taxes, Jobs and the Economy. 25 July 2012. "Let me give my colleagues another quote from President Obama, after he supported extending all of the tax rates for 2 years in 2010. And I quote: 'The bipartisan framework we have forged on taxes will provide businesses with incentives to invest, grow, and hire.' I supported this bipartisan framework as a member of the House of Representatives, yet today, in a complete 180 degree turn, raising taxes and going over the fiscal cliff seem to be the new economic agenda." (www.youtube.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carol Sirnes. The Mirror: Mozart Hosts Open House for Dean Heller. 13 July 2012. "I do support No Child Left Behind and and the education program. We need future engineers, teachers, scientists, doctors, nurses and inventors." (news.google.com)
  • Dean Heller. Video: Nevada U.S. Senate Debate. 15 October 2012. "I have never called for the elimination of the Department of Education [¦] But let's be very clear: I want decisions made for children here “ the education of our children coming here locally. Let's take this money “ the billions and billions we spend in unfunded mandates [¦] and bring this money"I trust Governor Brian Sandoval much more than I trust some bureaucrat back in Washington D.C." (www.youtube.com)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Introduces "Parents Right to Know Improvement Act." 19 June 2008. "The cornerstone to a successful education begins in the home, with a family who is engaged in their child's education. In order to ensure that every child has the opportunity for a well rounded education, it is crucial that we empower parents with the resources necessary to make knowledgeable decisions on their child's future. It is vital to our education system to maintain standards where children receive services from qualified personnel, and parents have the right to ensure qualified individuals are teaching their children. My bill provides equal access to these resources by honoring families' special education needs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Dean Heller voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Republican Freshman Quartly Report. 30 July 2009. "So where are we going to get the additional 10 million barrels of oil that the American people are going to need if we continue to stop this possibility of going to ANWR, going offshore, looking at shale, looking at all these other prospects, and building additional refineries: Where are we going to get that additional 3 million barrels that we are going to need, even though we're on top of the renewable process and we have conserved, as the American people are doing today? That's the question that needs to be answered." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Motion To Go To Conference On S. 294, Passenger Rail Investment And Improvement Act Of 2008. 22 July 2009. "A real energy policy will address a variety of measures, including the very basic cause of high prices, supply, and demand. Congress desperately needs to address refinery expansion, coal-to-liquid technologies, lifting offshore moratoria, oil shale, and other areas that will address skyrocketing gasoline and diesel prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Votes to Increase Oil Production. 5 May 2011. "Our nation needs a comprehensive energy strategy that provides for the long-term needs of our country. There is no doubt the economy and high gas prices are a great concern to many Nevadans. High energy prices impact every aspect of our lives. By allowing our nation to develop our own natural resources we can create jobs, lower fuel prices, and increase our country's energy security. Real action is needed if we are going to get gas prices under control. Press conferences and talking points will not do the job." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Urges Pelosi to Take Action on Fuel Price. 4 June 2008. "A real energy policy will address the very basic cause of high prices - supply and demand. The Congress desperately needs to address refinery expansion, coal to liquid technologies, lifting offshore moratoria, oil shale, and other areas that will address skyrocketing gasoline and diesel prices. While speculation may have a significant effect on oil prices, this process can work in reverse as well. In fact, I have written the Chairman and Ranking Member of Financial Services, on which I sit, to request a hearing into aspects of this issue on which the committee has some jurisdiction. I believe that merely the announcement Congress is willing to allow a full debate on the issues or that certain moratoria will be lifted will cause energy prices to react accordingly." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Dean Heller voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Dean Heller voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Dean Heller voted Yea on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement On Democrats' Cap And Trade Bill. 26 June 2009. "Cap and Trade is nothing more than an energy tax that will affect every man, woman, and child in our country. Every time you flip a light switch, cook your family dinner, or take your kids to school you will be taxed. Air travel, food prices, electricity costs and transportation costs will skyrocket. This legislation will kill jobs and further damage an already struggling economy. The mining, housing, farming, ranching, and tourism industries will be devastated at a time when Nevadans are hurting most." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Dean Heller voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Dean Heller voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dean Heller. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Dean Heller voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Dean Heller a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Dean Heller in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding the Second Amendment. 28 June 2010. "As a gun owner and sportsman, I am a strong advocate of our Second Amendment rights. Today's Supreme Court decision reaffirms that that every law-abiding citizen has the right to keep and bear arms in our country. The basic premise of this ruling is that the Constitution does in fact guarantee our right to bear arms no matter where you live in the United States. This decision is a major victory for gun owners and all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement on House Democrats Refusal to Debate Second Amendment Rights. 3 March 2009. "The erosion of Second Amendment rights in Washington, DC has national implications. The Second Amendment exists to protect the right of all Americans to buy, own, and use firearms. It does not provide exemptions based upon region, state, or city. Our right to bear arms is a right specifically provided to Americans in the U.S. Constitution. I am disappointed that the majority party has chosen to ignore a basic constitutional right by refusing to debate my amendment on the House Floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Letter To The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Of The House Of Representatives And The Honorable Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Majority Leader. 28 October 2009. "Furthermore, Members from both sides of the aisle have concerns about H.R. 157 that deserve an open, transparent debate. Inclusion of H.R. 157 in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act would severely limit this necessary discussion and ignores the valid constitutional questions surrounding this legislation, including serious concerns that many Members of the House have regarding D.C. residents' Second Amendment rights. We believe that separate deliberation on H.R. 157 would be most consistent with your promise to "create the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history," and urge you to resist any call to include H.R. 157 in any legislation coming out of a Conference Committee." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. Facebook: Wall. 11 July 2012. "Although ObamaCare hurts middle class Nevadans -- Today when the House of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare, Shelley Berkley continued to stand by the President's side and voted to keep ObamaCare. If you want ObamaCare repealed LIKE and SHARE this post." (www.facebook.com)
  • Dean Heller. Facebook: Wall. 16 July 2012. "How will ObamaCare affect Nevada? From 2014 to 2020, ObamaCare is estimated to cost our state an additional $219 million. SHARE this graphic on your wall and make sure your friends know the real cost of ObamaCare." (www.facebook.com)
  • Dean Heller. Facebook: Wall. 3 July 2012. "Step #1 for repealing ObamaCare is winning in November. Without the right leaders in Washington, we won't be able to repeal it. LIKE this post and stand with Dean today!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Dean Heller. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Dean Heller voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller Statement on Healthcare Repeal. 19 January 2011. "The truth is the massive health care law will add more than a trillion dollars to federal health spending. Any program that uses ten years of revenue to offset six years of service is obviously unsustainable. We have an opportunity to repeal these policies and replace them with market-based reforms that will provide greater access, affordability, and economic certainty in our nation. Repeal of this law will not only reduce federal spending, but it will also allow Congress to address problems in the current health care system without onerous government intrusion." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller: Obamacare Will Not Work for Nevada. 16 May 2011. "As Obamacare is implemented it is becoming increasingly clear how flawed this law really is. Not only did it cut a half trillion dollars from Medicare impacting thousands of Nevada's seniors, now the law would have driven health insurers out of our state if a reprieve had not been granted. It is clear that the unique health care needs of individual states were not taken into consideration, and this is why Obamacare will not work for Nevada. This DC bureaucrat-driven healthcare system will only result in limited health care choices and higher costs for Nevadans." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Last year the previous Speaker of the House told Members that we needed to pass the health care bill so that we could find out what was in it. Now Members and the American people have had the opportunity to read it, and they don't like it. What they have found includes a $1.2 trillion price tag and more than 100 new Federal programs and onerous mandates that reflect how out of touch the previous majority was with the American people. This Congress will reject these policies, replace them with market-based reforms that will provide greater access and affordability of health care. Repealing the bill would help more Nevada employers and their workers keep the insurance that they currently enjoy. An estimated half of all employers and 80 percent of small businesses will be forced to give up their coverage under current law, which I find unacceptable." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Heller. Video: Nevada U.S. Senate Debate. 15 October 2012. "As my opponent said, talking about the military"serving in the military, coming back, I think you should have a pathway to citizenship. If you're working on your education, I think we ought to put you in the queue but also leave you in this country as you're working on your education." (www.youtube.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Dean Heller in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Dean Heller in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Dean Heller voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller's Statement on Bush/Kennedy Amnesty Proposal. 17 May 2007. "I am greatly disappointed in the Bush/Kennedy amnesty proposal. A quick review of the initial language indicates this plan is nothing more than repackaged amnesty from the last Congress. Creating additional government programs to mask our country's very serious immigration problems does not make any sense when we are not enforcing the laws that already exist." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Heller's Statement on the Senate's Vote on Immigration Reform. 28 July 2006. "I am deeply opposed to amnesty and it is clear that the majority of Nevadans and Americans are also opposed to rewarding those who have entered our country illegally. The Senate's immigration reform bill is deeply flawed legislation that would be a tremendous burden on American taxpayers. The vote against this legislation was the right thing to do for our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 23 June 2011. "The first step to curbing illegal immigration in the United States is to enforce the laws that already exist. It is estimated that illegal immigrants cost the American taxpayers nearly $100 billion a year in education, health care, and law enforcement. If amnesty for illegal immigrants is enacted it could cost taxpayers $2 trillion and higher. I am strongly opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants and do not believe it is in the best interest of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 23 June 2011. "Dean opposes amnesty for those that enter America illegally and believes it should not be option for those who enter our country illegally. Immigrants that wish to become citizens must follow our laws. Dean supports increased efforts to defend America's borders and protect our country from those who want to do us harm." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. Issue Position: Independence. 23 June 2011. "Dean was also the lone voice rejecting an expansive wilderness plan in several rural counties that local communities did not want. He fought against President Bush's amnesty proposal and encouraged stronger enforcement of our existing immigration laws. And, Dean crossed party lines to support a national renewable energy portfolio standard and to help Nevadans from foreclosing on their homes." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Julie Pace. Las Vegas Review-Journal: Obama stands up for gay marriage. 9 May 2012. "I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and would not support changing that." (www.lvrj.com)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Dean Heller voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dean Heller. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Dean Heller voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Dean Heller supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 60 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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