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Joseph 'Joe' Heck, Jr.

Joe Heck, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Joseph 'Joe' Heck, Jr.
Office: U.S. House (NV) - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lisa; 3 Children: Monica, Chelsa, Joseph III
Birth Date: 10/30/1961
Birth Place: Jamaica, NY
Home City: Henderson, NV
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Heck. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Heck voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Heck. HR 374. 112th Congress. Life at Conception Act. Introduced on 20 January 2011. Joe Heck was a co-sponsor. Summary: (thomas.loc.gov)
  • Joe Heck. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Heck voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Delen Goldberg. Las Vegas Sun: Democrats' Strategy: To hurt Joe Heck, link to Sharron Angle. 10 August 2010. "Both candidates also oppose abortion, but Heck believes exceptions should be made to save the life of a mother or in documented cases of rape or incest." (www.lasvegassun.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Vets for Freedom PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Vets for Freedom PAC endorsed Joe Heck in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 1 January 2011. "The clear national security objectives in Afghanistan and Iraq require our presence there, and the efforts of coalition forces have resulted in substantial improvements to the security situation in those countries. President Obama announced on June 22, 2011, that he intends to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan by 10,000 by the end of 2011 with a total of 33,000 troops redeploying by the end of 2012. We must ensure that any force reductions are conditions-based, reflect the conditions on the ground, and are supported by our military commanders -- not any specific timeline. We must ensure victory and do not undermine the successes our troops have fought so hard to achieve." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Heck. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Joe Heck voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. "Conditions-based" Afghanistan Drawdown. 21 June 2011."Well, I think we have to look at strategy and conditions on the ground, and we have to get the input of our senior military leaders to say whether or not it is time for a draw down and if so how many troops. It's got to be conditions based. It can't be based on a strict calendar and a strict set of numbers we have got to let our strategy, goals and our military leaders dictate and provide the influence of where we go in the future." (30 seconds in) (abcnews.go.com)
  • Joseph Heck. "Conditions-based" Afghanistan Drawdown. 21 June 2011. "Well, I think we have to look at strategy and conditions on the ground, and we have to get the input of our senior military leaders to say whether or not it is time for a draw down and if so how many troops. It's got to be conditions based. It can't be based on a strict calendar and a strict set of numbers we have got to let our strategy, goals and our military leaders dictate and provide the influence of where we go in the future." [0:30]. (abcnews.go.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck. Heck Proposing End to Libya Operations. 17 June 2011. "I have consistently opposed our actions in Libya because to date there has been no clear national security objective articulated. No one argues the humanitarian crisis or moral imperative in Libya, but 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." (heck.house.gov)
  • Joseph Heck. Heck Proposing End to Libya Operations. 17 June 2011. "It's not an issue of whether it's a Republican or Democratic president, the fact is the president didn't follow the War Powers Act, he's in violation of the War Powers Act... At a time when we are dealing with such a crushing debt and deficit, both Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen saying that the number one threat is our debt. We need to be very careful about where we are obligating US resources and US troops." (heck.house.gov)
  • Joseph Heck. Sequestration. 18 July 2012. "With the failure of the supercommittee, we now face defense cuts that everyone agrees are far too steep. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has said that cutting military spending by an additional $500 billion 'would do real damage to our security, our troops and their families, and our military's ability to protect the Nation.' [¦] The House has passed a plan to replace these devastating cuts, maintain national security, and prevent job losses. Today, I urge the administration to outline its plan for addressing this situation." (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Rogers. Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada faces devastating defense cuts, Heck warns. 7 July 2012. "'We've got to rein in our spending and bring spending under control, but sequestration will undermine the military's ability to protect our nation,' Heck said Friday [¦] 'Defense is already taking a $487 billion cut over the next 10 years, and that's without sequestration,' Heck said, noting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta 'has said we can handle the $487 billion but sequestration would undermine the military.'" (www.lvrj.com)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. "He will give our soldiers the tools and resources they need to perform their missions and keep our nation safe. Dr Heck will not put 'pork projects' ahead of our troops. He recognizes that we need to spend wisely and direct taxpayer money to where it makes the most difference, not on perks for Congress or wasteful projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2010. "Funding layer after layer of bureaucracy in the name of national security is not an effective use of taxpayer money. To keep our nation safe funds need to go toward operations and implementation of goals, not administration and paper-pushing in Washington DC." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Budget. 3 August 2012. "In addition, the House budget prevents deep, indiscriminate defense cuts while identifying strategy-driven savings in our military spending." (heck.house.gov)
  • Joe Heck. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Joe Heck voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Heck. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Joe Heck voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck. Cut, Cap, and Balance Washington's Checkbook. 19 July 2011. "Past all of the talking points and hyperbole, the President's real choice is about the tax burden families and businesses face in Nevada and across the country. Will that burden be lower or higher? I am fighting to make sure it's lower." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2010. "He will fight a government that is too preoccupied with spending your hard earned money rather than protecting it. He will work each day to allow you to make the best choices for you and your family instead of Washington bureaucrats deciding for you. Dr. Heck will fight for a stable, predictable, and fair tax structure that allows you to have more of your own money to spend each month on the things you and your family need." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. 11 December 2011. "I, Joe Heck, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district 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)
  • Joseph Heck. Congressman Heck answers your questions: Taxes. 19 April 2012. "The president has advocated for a proposal known as the Buffett Tax that would tax income over $1 million at 30%. Even the administration admits this tax would not stimulate our economy, decrease the deficit, or simplify the code. In fact, this tax would end up hurting the economy..." (heck.house.gov)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "I will also strongly oppose tax increases in Congress." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck. HECK: Washington Must Listen to Job Creators. 22 July 2011. "As Nevadans suffer through rising unemployment rates, 10 jobs bills passed by the House are sitting in the Senate waiting for action. How many reports must be released before Washington realizes more taxes, more regulation, and more spending are killing Nevada's small businesses? How many Nevada business leaders must speak out against Washington's job-killing policies before Washington listens? I am listening to our job creators, and I am working to address their concerns about taxes, regulation and spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2010. "Our federal government must reign in spending and work to enact policies that do not discourage the growth of our small business, but instead encourages them to create jobs and put hard working Nevadans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Heck Speech to Nevada Legislature. 25 April 2011. "We must work together to return government spending to responsible levels. That means making difficult decisions to bring government in line with the private sector, it means demanding accountability and performance, and it means forcing government to do more with less. That's what our families have done. It is what our businesses have done and it is what our government must do." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Heck Votes to Pass FY12 Budget. 15 April 2011. "Today I voted for the Republican fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, H.Con.Res. 34, to reduce spending, save critical programs for our seniors and future generations, and make the necessary reforms that will get our economy back on track. While no budget is perfect, this one takes important steps to putting our nation on sound financial footing. The Republican budget for FY12 rolls back federal spending to pre-stimulus and pre-bailout levels and freezes it for five years." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Budget. 1 January 2011. "I am fully committed to reining in the out of control spending in Washington and producing a budget that restores fiscal discipline. You may be interested to know that Congress passed H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, with my vote in support, on April 14, 2011. This legislation cut $78.5 billion in federal spending this year, $315 billion over 10 years, and is the largest federal spending cut in history." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. US Rep. Joe Heck addresses Nevada Legislature. 25 April 2011. "We must work together to return government spending to responsible levels. That means making difficult decisions to bring government in line with the private sector, it means demanding accountability and performance, and it means forcing government to do more with less." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Blog: Union Pockets Lined With Food Stamp Dollars. 1 August 2010. "The liberals running Washington have no clear agenda and no way of creating sustainable jobs, instead they continue to work only in favor of securing political capital and short-term victories. Dina, it's important for you to stop touting these temporary Band-Aid stimulus projects and start listening to the needs of your constituents and hear the cry for private sector, sustainable jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck. Congressman Heck answers your questions: Taxes. 19 April 2012. "The House has passed a bill that will allow small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take advantage of a one year, 20% tax cut. This tax cut will allow companies to expand their companies and hire more workers." (about 45 seconds in). (heck.house.gov)
  • Joseph Heck. Video: Congressman Heck answers your questions: Taxes. 19 April 2012. "The House has passed a bill that will allow small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take advantage of a one year, 20% tax cut. This tax cut will allow companies to expand their companies and hire more workers." [0:45]. (heck.house.gov)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "Based on their suggestions, I will work in Congress to help small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with the needed access to capital and by reducing their undue tax burdens." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. HECK: Washington Must Listen to Job Creators. 22 July 2011. "As Nevadans suffer through rising unemployment rates, 10 jobs bills passed by the House are sitting in the Senate waiting for action. How many reports must be released before Washington realizes more taxes, more regulation, and more spending are killing Nevada's small businesses? How many Nevada business leaders must speak out against Washington's job-killing policies before Washington listens? I am listening to our job creators, and I am working to address their concerns about taxes, regulation and spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Heck Speech to Nevada Legislature. 25 April 2011. "Despite a variety of personal and political views, the problem was easy to diagnose: A government that spends your money, gets in your way, regulates your business, raises your taxes, requires almost no accountability and runs up a debt that its citizens cannot pay. This group worries that if the government's current spending level continues, taxes will have to go up to sustain the spending. They worry about how new government regulations will affect their competitiveness and their ability to grow, thrive and provide good jobs. We must work together to address these causes of uncertainty our small-business owners have said are preventing a recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4, Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011. 2 March 2011. "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. So I asked small business owners what the government should do to create jobs. Paul Beehler, a small business owner, operates Midas shops throughout southern Nevada, buys multiple auto parts from multiple venders, said regulations and hidden taxes, like the 1099 hidden tax, keep him from hiring new workers. You know what? More than 170 small business organizations Nationwide agree with Paul and have called for the 1099 hidden tax's repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. US Rep. Joe Heck addresses Nevada Legislature. 25 April 2011. "U.S. Rep. Joe Heck blamed a 'badly broken federal government' for the recession that strangled Nevada's economy and said stability in regulatory and tax policies will provide an economic climate needed for businesses to grow and begin hiring." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "Decisions regarding a child's education are primarily the role of the parents, not the federal government. That is why education policy decisions should be made closer to home, by state and local officials, along with school administrators, teachers, and parents. States and localities, along with teachers and parents, should determine the best education policies for their children while the key responsibility of the federal government should be to ensure the fair and equal administration of those policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Heck Speech to Nevada Legislature. 25 April 2011. "The Federal Government's one size fits all approach is a disservice to our children. We must explore ways to give more local control over education. That is why I am committed to returning control to parents, teachers, and the states. Finding ways to provide increased local control will benefit our children, and Nevada's long-term economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Candid Candidate: An e-Interview with Joe Heck. 4 May 2010. "Education is an area best left to the states to ensure the educational curriculum is meeting the needs of the students in that particular state. NCLB was a good concept with a flawed execution “ you simply cannot make wide-ranging comparisons of performance across the country and believe they are statistically valid." (nevadanewsandviews.com)
  • Delen Goldberg. Las Vegas Sun: Democrats' Strategy: To hurt Joe Heck, link to Sharron Angle. 10 August 2010. "Heck and Angle believe education decisions are best made at the local level, and both advocate dismantling the Education Department as a Cabinet-level agency." (www.lasvegassun.com)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2010. "No Child Left Behind was a well-intentioned idea that has failed in execution by pushing too much toward cookie-cutter education. As any parent with two or more children will agree, every child is different, even within the same family. Applying uniform structures--that were drawn up in Washington DC--to millions of children from all walks of life across the nation just doesn't make sense. I firmly believe that government works best when it is planned and run as close to the citizen as possible--and in no place does 'on the ground governing' make more sense than in education." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Joe Heck. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Joe Heck voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. "With the current restrictions on our ability to utilize domestic oil and natural gas resources, Nevadans are forced to pay a high premium on energy costs, especially for gasoline. On March 1, 2011, I signed a letter to President Obama urging his Administration to take immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 5 March 2010. "I, Dr. Joe Heck, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Nevada and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Tetreault. The Ely Times: Nevada Rollcall. 15 April 2011. "The House voted 255-172 for a bill that would strip the EPA's authority to cite the Clean Air Act as giving it permission to regulate carbon dioxide emissions tied to climate change [¦] Heller and Heck voted to block the EPA." (www.elynews.com)
  • Steve Tetreault. The Ely Times: Nevada Rollcall. 15 April 2011. "The House voted 255-172 for a bill that would strip the EPA's authority to cite the Clean Air Act as giving it permission to regulate carbon dioxide emissions tied to climate change [¦]. Heller and Heck voted to block the EPA." (www.elynews.com)
  • Joe Heck. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Heck voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Henderson Press - Heck Calls for "Balanced Approach" to Energy. 18 August 2011. "Although Heck stops short of condemning the Environmental Protection Agency for its proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a growing legion of both Republicans and Democrats has criticized the EPA for assuming the role of 'emissions police,' since, in the politician's estimation, that should be the job of Congress." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Azenith Smith. Fox 5 Las Vegas: Some Nevadans calling for stricter gun laws. 24 July 2012. "In the wake of the Colorado theater massacre, some Nevadans think the tragedy provides more ammunition to pull the trigger on stronger gun laws [¦] 'Those intent on committing heinous acts of violence will find ways to carry them out,' Rep. Joe Heck said." (www.fox5vegas.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Joe Heck in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Azenith Smith. Fox 5 Las Vegas: Some Nevadans calling for stricter gun laws. 24 July 2012. "In the wake of the Colorado theater massacre, some Nevadans think the tragedy provides more ammunition to pull the trigger on stronger gun laws. [¦] 'Those intent on committing heinous acts of violence will find ways to carry them out,' Rep. Joe Heck said." (www.fox5vegas.com)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Sportsman. 1 January 2010. "Citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. This is a fundamental, constitutional right that must be protected. Rather than restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens, we should focus our efforts on ensuring that those who commit crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Joe Heck. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Heck voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, increasing access to high-quality health care while reducing costs, that was the goal of the recently enacted health care law. But no matter how well-intentioned, very few now stand by that law in its entirety. The new health care law will cost money that taxpayers don't have, and it will cost jobs we can't afford to lose [¦] So let's repeal this law that doesn't work. Let's repair those pieces that could work. Let's replace it with patient-centered solutions that will work. And let's give the American people the health care they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Candid Candidate: An e-Interview with Joe Heck. 4 May 2010. "Health care reform is such a critical issue that it simply cannot be done effectively in such a wide-ranging bill that includes many provisions that have nothing to do with health care! The cost of the bill and the accounting gimmickry used by the proponents is a great concern “ this bill will saddle future generations with increased debt. The legislation cuts $500 billion from Medicare, institutes billions in new taxes and penalties on individuals and businesses, and still leaves 13 million people without coverage." (nevadanewsandviews.com)
  • Joseph Heck. Video: Health Care Floor Statement. 19 January 2011. "Increasing access to high quality healthcare while reducing costs, that was the goal of the recently enacted health care law. But no matter how well-intentioned, very few now stand by that law in its entirety. The new health care law will cost money that taxpayers don't have. It will cost jobs we can't afford to lose. Now is the time to reexamine this misguided law." (www.youtube.com)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "This legislation includes repealing the job-killing $1 trillion Obama health care bill and voting for H.R. 1, a bill cutting spending levels for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2011 by $100 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Health. 1 January 2011. "As the representative of Nevada's Third District and a physician, I have strongly supported efforts to repeal the burdensome 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act' (PPACA) and replace it with patient-centered reforms that increase access and lower the cost of health care for Nevadans." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, increasing access to high-quality health care while reducing costs, that was the goal of the recently enacted health care law. But no matter how well-intentioned, very few now stand by that law in its entirety. The new health care law will cost money that taxpayers don't have, and it will cost jobs we can't afford to lose [¦]. So let's repeal this law that doesn't work. Let's repair those pieces that could work. Let's replace it with patient-centered solutions that will work. And let's give the American people the health care they deserve." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck. Aiding Asian-American Voters. 17 October 2012. Responded "The idea that young children who were brought to America illegally should be given access to opportunities in this country is a noble one. However, I believe that there are problems with the DREAM Act as it is currently written that prohibit it from positively affecting its intended demographic. First, in its current form, the DREAM Act would extend benefits to individuals who are up to 35 years old. If the bill is designed to help young students, then young students should be the focus of the bill. It also only requires two years of college or military service for individuals to benefit. However, it does not state that the individuals must obtain a degree or certificate or receive an honorable discharge from the military after a full enlistment, which lasts three to four years. If we are going to be giving individuals the benefits of legal residency, the goal must be that we ensure they are fully prepared for the competitive global job market or civilian life after college or military service. In its current form, I believe that the DREAM Act falls short of that goal." to the question: "Will you support the DREAM Act or any legislation that will aid undocumented youth in getting a path to citizenship?" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Video: Joe Heck on the DREAM Act and 14th Amendment. 23 February 2012. "I have concerns with the DREAM Act. I think there's provisions in the DREAM Act that say, 'IF you go to school for two years, you become a citizen.' There's no requirement to get a degree, a certification, to finish school. There's a requirement that says 'two years of military service, and you become a citizen.' No requirement for a full enlistment, which is four years. No requirement for an honorable discharge [¦] So I have concerns with how the DREAM Act is written." (www.youtube.com)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2010. "We cannot ignore the fact that currently there is an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants already within our borders. Dr. Heck believes that the answer to addressing those who are already here is to take away the incentives that encouraged people to cross our borders illegally in the first place. We must enforce the laws that are currently on the books to ensure employers do not continue to hire those who enter our country illegally without fear of penalty." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "I am working to stem the flow of illegal immigration, and I will not support an amnesty policy to address this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Heck. Video: Joe Heck on the DREAM Act and 14th Amendment. 23 February 2012. "I have concerns with the DREAM Act. I think there's provisions in the DREAM Act that say, 'IF you go to school for two years, you become a citizen.' There's no requirement to get a degree, a certification, to finish school. There's a requirement that says 'two years of military service, and you become a citizen.' No requirement for a full enlistment, which is four years. No requirement for an honorable discharge. [¦] So I have concerns with how the DREAM Act is written." (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Sean Whaley. Nevada News Bureau: Rep. Joe Heck Joins With Sen. Dean Heller In Opposing Federal Legislation To Require Online Sales Tax Collections. 14 May 2012. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman," he said. "I believe that the people of the state of Nevada have made that decision, they put it in our state constitution." (www.nevadanewsbureau.com)
  • Steve Tetreault. Heck on gay marriage: Against it. 15 May 2012. "After not commenting last week on same-sex marriage, Republican Rep. Joe Heck reiterated his position during a television appearance on Monday. He's against it. 'I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,' Heck said on the 'Face to Face' show." (www.lvrj.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Joseph Heck. Heck Supports FY 11 Intelligence Authorization Bill. 12 May 2011. "The men and women of the intelligence community are the unsung heroes of not only the mission to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice, but many other successful counter terrorism operations -- and they deserve tremendous credit. The successful Bin Laden mission highlights the critical role our intelligence community plays in protecting our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Sebelius. Las Vegas Review-Journal: Heck stands up to Obama on Libya war. 22 June 2011. "Instead, the president chose to embrace the advice of his White House counsel and a State Department attorney, who risibly claim the U.S. isn't involved in "hostilities," since American forces are now mostly supporting the NATO-led attacks on Libyan soldiers [¦] Heck, for his part, says he's only following the Constitution. "The president of the United States doesn't get to decide what's constitutional," said Heck, who serves on both the Armed Services and Intelligence committees. "The president in my opinion has made a mistake. We should not compound that mistake by turning a blind eye." It's also a politically bold move for Heck, who's still a colonel in the Army Reserve. With a foot on both sides of the separation-of-powers fence, we're witnessing a senior officer stand up to his commander in chief to force a major change in war policy." (www.lvrj.com)
  • Steve Sebelius. Las Vegas Review-Journal: Heck stands up to Obama on Libya war. 22 June 2011. Instead, the president chose to embrace the advice of his White House counsel and a State Department attorney, who risibly claim the U.S. isn't involved in "hostilities," since American forces are now mostly supporting the NATO-led attacks on Libyan soldiers.[...] Heck, for his part, says he's only following the Constitution. "The president of the United States doesn't get to decide what's constitutional," said Heck, who serves on both the Armed Services and Intelligence committees. "The president in my opinion has made a mistake. We should not compound that mistake by turning a blind eye." It's also a politically bold move for Heck, who's still a colonel in the Army Reserve. With a foot on both sides of the separation-of-powers fence, we're witnessing a senior officer stand up to his commander in chief to force a major change in war policy. (www.lvrj.com)
  • Peter Urban. Las Vegas Review-Journal: House resolutions on Libya send conflicting messages. 26 June 2011. "The House then voted 238-180 against a resolution to strictly limit participation in Libya to a supporting role, barring direct military participation in drone attacks and airstrikes. Berkley and Heck opposed the resolution." (www.lvrj.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Delen Goldberg. Las Vegas Sun: Democrats' Strategy: To hurt Joe Heck, link to Sharron Angle. 10 August 2010. "Angle favors privatizing Social Security, saying she wants to 'transition out' the current system, while Heck wants a voluntary second option for investing. He would like to see a Social Security program in which people can choose to invest their dollars in diverse markets. Employers would continue contributing to the existing Social Security system." (www.lasvegassun.com)
  • Joseph Heck. Candid Candidate: An e-Interview with Joe Heck. 4 May 2010. "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. It is arrogant of government to think that they can invest someone's money better than they can." (nevadanewsandviews.com)

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