Jan 17, 2014
VIDEO: Boehner Visits Las Vegas to Reward Loyal Supporter Joe Heck
House Speaker John Boehner is in Las Vegas today headlining a high-dollar fundraiser for his loyal supporter, Congressman Joe Heck. It should come as no surprise that Speaker Boehner is coming to help, since Congressman Heck has walked in lockstep with Boehner's broken Congress, where he has blocked bipartisan immigration reform and backed the gridlock and dysfunction that is hurting ordinary families.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a video – Boehner & Heck: Wrong Priorities - to highlight Boehner and Heck's wrong priorities.
Watch Here: http://youtu.be/saI5WWfqVfM
“Congressman Heck has been a loyal foot soldier for John Boehner and the reckless and irresponsible Republican agenda that hurts hardworking Nevada families,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “As Boehner stalls bipartisan immigration reform in his gridlocked Republican House, Congressman Heck continues to oppose realistic ways forward.”
Heck: “I Would Vote No” on the Senate Immigration Bill. At a July 2013 townhall on immigration, Heck said he would vote “no” on the Senate immigration bill. “As it [the Senate immigration bill] is currently written, I would vote no,” said Heck. [Heck Townhall at Windmill Library, 7/02/13]
Heck Declined to Support House Immigration Reform Bill. In November 2013, during a meeting with constituents, Heck said he would not support House Resolution 15—a bill similar to the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation—leaving his constituents “disappointed.” [Steve Sebelius Twitter, 11/26/13; Ralston Reports, 11/26/13]
Heck Criticized Comprehensive Immigration Reform Supporters As “Entirely Politically Motivated.” In December 2013, Heck criticized comprehensive immigration reform efforts as “entirely politically motivated.” “Those advocating this irresponsible ‘all or nothing’ approach are entirely politically motivated,” Heck said. [Rep. Joe Heck Op-ed, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/07/13]
2013: Heck Voted To Restart Deportation Of 800,000 DREAM Act-Eligible Young People. In 2013, Heck voted for an amendment to the 2014 Homeland Security appropriations bill that prohibited the use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement funds to implement President Obama’s June 2012 executive order that protected the “DREAMers” from deportation. DREAMers consist of an estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have since led otherwise law-abiding lives. The amendment also prohibited other prosecutorial discretion policies that ensure the agency’s immigration enforcement resources are targeted at serious criminals, not at those who pose no threat to U.S. communities—including victims of domestic violence and other crimes who come forward to seek protection and identify their abusers. The amendment passed, 224-201. [H.R. 2217, Vote #208, 6/06/13; Associated Press, 6/06/13]
- Heck: “I Voted to Defund Implementation… Of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” In December 2013, Heck admitted to voting to defund the implementation of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals order, which protected “DREAMers” from deportation. “I voted to defund implementation of a presidential executive order called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” Heck said. [Rep. Joe Heck Op-ed, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/07/13]