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Meet Dr Joe Heck
In 1984, Joe graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Health Education and he earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1992, he was recruited to work in the emergency department at what was then Humana Hospital – Sunrise in Las Vegas. In 2006, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College, earning a Masters of Strategic Studies.
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Dr. Joe Heck has proudly served Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District since 2011.
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Federal law is the body of law created by the federal government of a nation. A federal government is framed when a gathering of political units, for example, states or provinces consolidate in a federation, assigning their individual sovereignty and numerous powers to the central government while holding or reserving other limited powers. Subsequently, at least two levels of government exist inside an established geographic region. The body of law of the common central government is the federal law. Here are a few important federal laws.
Immigration law alludes to the principles established by the federal government for determining who is permitted to enter the nation, and to what extent. It likewise governs the naturalization process for the individuals who want to end up U.S. citizens. At long last, when foreign nationals enter without permission, outstay their visit, or generally lose their legal status, immigration law controls how the detention and removal proceedings are done.
Civil Rights Act law of 1964 precludes employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on race, colour, religion, sex, and national origin (counting participation in a Native American clan). It likewise disallows employers from retaliating against a candidate or representative who asserts his or her rights under the law. It restricts discrimination in all terms, conditions, and privileges of work, including hiring, firing, compensation, benefits, job assignments, promotions, and discipline.
The copyright law of the United States is expected to motivate the creation of art and culture by remunerating authors and artists with an arrangement of exclusive rights. Copyright law gifts authors and artists the exclusive appropriate to make and offer duplicates of their works, the privilege to create derivative works, and the privilege to perform or display their works publicly. These exclusive rights are subject to a time limit, and by and large expire 70 years after the creator’s death. In the United States, any music composed before January 1, 1923, is by and large viewed as public domain.
Bankruptcy law is also one of the important federal laws. Since 1996 over a million people a year have filed for bankruptcy in the United States. Most look for a discharge of debts in return for having their assets liquidated for the advantage of their creditors. The rest look for the assistance of bankruptcy courts in working out arrangements with their creditors. The law has not generally been so kind to insolvent debtors. All through the vast majority of the nineteenth century there was no bankruptcy law in the United States, and most debtors thought that it was difficult to receive a discharge from their debts. Ahead of schedule in the century debtors could have expected considerably harsher treatment, for example, imprisonment for debt.
The US legal system depends on federal law, augmented by laws enacted by state legislatures and local laws passed by counties and cities. Most rights and freedoms experienced by Americans and are enshrined in the initial ten amendments of the US Constitution and predominantly known as the ‘Bill of Rights’
American law and the US Constitution apply to everybody in the US, independent of citizenship or immigration status, and even illegal immigrants have a large portion of an indistinguishable fundamental legal rights from US citizens. Under the US constitution, each state has the ability to build up its own particular system of criminal and civil laws, bringing about 50 different state legal systems, each upheld by its own laws, prisons, police forces, and county and city courts. There’s a wide variety in state and local laws, making life troublesome for individuals moving between states. Never expect that the law is the same in different states.
There are many important aspects that make up the legal system as it is dynamic in nature. Here a few of them: –
The US judiciary– It is independent of the government and consists of the Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals and the US District Courts. The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, consists of nine judges who are appointed for life by the President. Its choices are final and legally official on all gatherings. In choosing cases, the Supreme Court surveys the exercises of state and federal governments and chooses whether the laws are constitutional.
Federal courts– A separate system of federal courts operates alongside state courts and manages cases arising under the US Constitution or any law or treaty. Federal courts additionally hear disputes including state governments or between citizens inhabitant in different states. Cases falling inside federal jurisdiction are heard under the watchful eye of a federal district judge. Appeals can be made to the Circuit Court of Appeals and in specific cases to the US Supreme Court.
Civil and Criminal courts– There’s an unmistakable separation and distinction between civil courts, which settle disputes between individuals, (for example, property division after a separation), and criminal courts that prosecute the individuals who infringe upon the law. Wrongdoings are sorted as minor offenses or serious infringement of the law (‘felonies’). Wrongdoings incorporate offenses, for example, dropping litter, illegal parking or jay-walking, and are usually managed by a fine without a court appearance. Felonies, which incorporate robbery and drug dealing, are attempted in a court of law and those discovered blameworthy are generally sentenced to prison. In numerous counties and cities, there are frequently eccentric local laws (usually identifying with misdeeds instead of felonies).
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LAS VEGAS – Today, veterans and military families from across Nevada joined together to endorse one of their own for U.S. Senate – Republican Dr. Joe Heck. The “Veterans for Heck” coalition was kicked off with an event at Heck campaign headquarters featuring Lieutenant General Emil “Buck” Bedard, USMC (ret.), Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, and dozens of Heck’s fellow veterans.
A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, Heck served three tours of active duty, including Iraq where he ran the emergency services and aeromedical evacuation section of a combat support hospital. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2014.
In Congress, he has made it a top priority to strengthen the U.S. military and ensure veterans and their families receive the benefits they earned and deserve.
This Congress alone, Heck’s office worked hundreds of cases to recover more than $1.6 million in back compensation for veterans. As chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, he successfully pushed through an unprecedented reform of the military retirement system to ensure all those who serve will have some form of retirement security.
Heck fought for and continues to push for greater accountability and oversight of the VA to ensure veterans get timely access to quality healthcare and other services. And he took a hands on approach to make the opening of the Laughlin VA Health Clinic a reality.
Heck has found success working with his veterans’ panel to address their concerns through legislation. His Stolen Valor Act, which was signed into law, protects the honor of military awards and those who earn them. Heck’s Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act, which seeks to help end veteran homelessness, passed the U.S. House four times with broad bipartisan support.
“Homelessness affects more than 60,000 veterans nationwide, including 1,500 in Nevada. That is unacceptable. Dr. Heck listens and is doing something about it. Let’s send him to the U.S. Senate so he can finish the job,” said Dennis Dice, a USAF veteran who worked with Heck on the vulnerable veterans legislation.
“Dr. Heck has shown through his actions that he stands for military survivors when no one else would. His hearing on Capitol Hill gave us a voice when we had none. He is a man of honor and worthy of our support to be the next U.S. Senator from Nevada,” said Janet Snyder, military widow and advocate for surviving spouses.
“The denied Filipino veterans could not ask for a better champion in Congress than Dr. Heck. He has been, and continues to be, the most steadfast friend in the quest for recognition of their military service and sacrifices for America during World War II,” said veterans advocate Lt. Cmdr. Ceasar Elpidio, USNR (Ret.).
“Having worked on veterans’ issues and legislation with Congressman Heck over the last five years, I can say his focus and attention to detail are unmatched. As an Iraq War veteran, there is no member of congress I’d rather work for because I’ve seen firsthand how seriously he takes his commitment to the veterans’ community. Nevada’s veterans deserve to have one of their own in the U.S. Senate. I wholeheartedly believe the best choice is Joe Heck.” said James Langenderfer, former staff sergeant, USA, and current Heck campaign manager.
The Veterans for Heck coalition is at 43 members and growing:
Lt Gen Emil “Buck” Bedard, USMC (Ret.)
COL Dennis George, USA (Ret.)
Congressman Mark Amodei, former CAPT, USA
Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, former LT, USN
BG Robert Hayes, USA (Ret.)
COL Bill Anton, USA (Ret.)
COL Christopher Rores, M.D., USA
COL Charles Miyashiro, USA (Ret.)
CAPT Phil Perine, USN (Ret.)
Col Herb Randall, USAF (Ret.)
Col Sandy Mangold, USAF (Ret.)
LTC Charles “Skip” O’Donnell, USA (Ret.)
LTC Jeffrey Zupon, NVARNG (Ret.)
LtCol George Rivers, USMC (Ret.)
LCDR William Kohn, USN (Ret.)
LCDR Caesar Elpidio, USN (Ret.)
Maj Sean Fellows, USAF Reserve
Maj Wesley Duncan, USAF Reserve
LT Al Phelps, USN (Ret.)
Capt Judy Mills Uebbing, USAF
CMSgt Ken Gray, USAF (Ret.)
1SG Mitch Roach, USA (Ret.)
CPO William Process, USN
CPO (AW/FMF) James Vega, USN
GySgt James Utterback, USMC (Ret.)
MSgt Victor “Doc” Moss, USAF (Ret.)
MSgt Susan Ripley, USAF (Ret.)
MSgt Fred Maxwell, USAF
SFC, Yvette Weigold, USA
SSG Richard Carreon, USA
PO1 Richard Houghtelling, USN
PO1 David McNeill, USN STS-1 (SS)
SGT Tevin Flores, NVARNG
PO2 Philip R. Jacka, USN
PO2 Darren Lennemann, USN
TSgt Kris Kohn, USAF
SSgt Mike C. Johnson, USAF
TSgt Dennis Dice, USAF
TSgt Mary Houghtelling, USAF
Cpl Cheryl Gardner, USMC
Cpl Tom “Ghost” Martin, USMC
Janet Snyder, Widow of a Vietnam Veteran
Chere Pedersen, Veteran Advocate
National and Nevada Latino leaders recognize Dr. Joe Heck is the best choice for U.S. Senate in Nevada
As Hispanic Heritage Month wraps up this week, national and Nevada Latino leaders endorsed Dr. Joe Heck for the U.S. Senate over Harry Reid’s handpicked candidate, Catherine Cortez Masto.
Dr. Heck’s commitment to Nevada’s diverse communities is evident by his efforts to fix our broken immigration system, increase funding for career and technical education, make higher education more accessible and affordable, and working across the aisle to get things done for Nevada.
“I am honored by the support from Latino leaders here at home in Nevada and across the nation,” said Dr. Joe Heck. “Hispanics are an integral part of the American family, their contributions have enriched our culture, and their commitment to bettering America is a commitment I share. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to fight for better schools, access to health care, more good-paying full-time jobs, and safe communities for all Nevadans.”
The list of Latino leaders endorsing Dr. Joe Heck follows an endorsement from the national Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute (HBRI) headed by the former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Hector Barreto, as well as Nevada’s Asian American Group’s endorsement over Cortez Masto.
“Dr. Heck has earned the support of HBRI because he shares our vision – for the Hispanic community to consistently experience the best this nation has to offer, not just today but well into the future through economic and educational opportunities as well as quality, affordable healthcare,” said Hector Barreto.
Latino Leaders Endorsing Dr. Joe Heck
- Peter Guzman, president, Latin Chamber of Commerce of Nevada
- Alfonso Aguilar, president, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles
- Tony Alamo, Sr., Nevada businessman
- Ruben Barrales, president, GROW Elect
- Hector Barreto, president, Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute
- Will Batista, Nevada community leader
- Leo Benavides, Nevada community Leader
- Adryana Boyne, national director, VOCES Action
- Maria Caminero, president, Cuban Heritage Foundation
- Arturo Castro, Jr., Nevada businessman
- Arturo Castro, Sr., Nevada businessman
- Gloria Castro, Nevada businesswoman
- Maria Davis, Nevada businesswoman
- Maria del Carmen, community Leader
- Luis Fortuño, former Governor, Puerto Rico
- Omar Franco, community leader
- Jose Fuentes, former Attorney General, Puerto Rico
- Joseph P. Galvan, Nevada businessman
- Marilinda Garcia, House of Representatives, New Hampshire
- David Griego, Nevada businessman
- Salvador Gomez, businessman
- Joe Hernandez, Nevada businessman
- Julio Hernandez, president, Nevada Republican Hispanic Assembly
- Julio Jauregui, Nevada businessman
- Carmen Mahan, co-founder, Colombian Association of Las Vegas
- Rosario Marin, former United States Treasurer, George W. Bush
- Krissian and Jesus Marquez, business owners
- Jackie Martinez, executive director, LinkedLove Foundation
- Otto Merida, founder, former president, Latin Chamber of Commerce
- Diana Monsivais, Nevada community leader
- Darryl D. Morin, businessman
- Artemio Muniz, chairman, Federation of Hispanic Republicans
- Jerry Natividad, businessman
- Laura Nowlan, Nevada businesswoman
- Vera Ortegon, community leader
- Javier Otero, Nevada businessman
- Michael Parra, M.D., board member, Americans of Hispanic Heritage
- Rosita Morales Peralta, Nevada community leader
- German Posada, Nevada community leader
- Teresa Ramirez, board member, Hispanics in Politics
- Guillermo Retis, Nevada businessman
- Ivonne Ramos Richardson, Nevada community leader
- George Rivera, community leader
- Sonia Rivelli, Nevada community leader
- Mario Rodriguez, chairman, Hispanic 100
- Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
- Libby Szabo, County Commissioner, Colorado
- Ony Valdivieso, Nevada businesswoman
- Massey Villarreal, former chairman, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Monica Youngblood, House of Representatives, New Mexico
- Jake Zambrano, community leader
VoteVets Action Fund Ad Short on Facts, Long on Shady Liberal Donors
“To suggest that Dr. Heck, an Iraq war veteran and champion for our veterans in Congress, does not understand that veterans rely on the benefits they’ve earned is the most disgusting attack of this election,” said Brian Baluta, spokesman for the Heck campaign. “VoteVets has never done a single thing for our veterans. The dark money they are spending in Nevada at the behest of their ultra-liberal, union allies will not change the fact that Joe Heck has always stood up for Nevada veterans because he is a veteran. That is why an overwhelming number of vets endorse his candidacy.”
CLAIM – Joe Heck voted to shutdown the federal government
FACT – The ad cites a vote from September 30, 2013 on what is known as the “Previous Question,” a procedural vote that allows the House to proceed to consideration of another piece of legislation. Dr. Heck supported that Previous Question and voted later that same day for H. Res. 59, a bill to make continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014 – in short, a bill to fund the government.
Over the course of the next 17 days, Dr. Heck voted for EVERY SINGLE bill to fund the government that came to the House floor. In fact, one of those bills was specifically crafted to fund veterans benefits during the shutdown.
CLAIM – Heck risked critical services for Nevada veterans.
FACT – Again, Dr. Heck voted for every bill to fund the government, including one to ensure the continued payment of veterans benefits. The ad cites a USA Today article listing several veterans groups – VoteVets not among them – that expressed concern over the government shutdown. Heck is a member of several of them – American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars – and joined them in their concern over the shutdown. That is why he continued voting for government funding measures whenever they came to the floor.
CLAIM – Heck continued taking his pay during the shutdown.
FACT – Per the Constitution, so did every single member of the House and Senate. The Washington Post explains here. But again, during the shutdown, Heck was working, voting for bills to fund the government. He supported passage of the bill to ensure compensation for furloughed federal employees. He supported passage of the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act. He voted to fund veterans benefits.
Considered together, it is clear Dr. Heck did everything that he could as one member of the House to prevent the shutdown and once it did occur, continued voting to fund the government.
One group that definitely didn’t help prevent or end the shutdown – VoteVets.
Who is behind VoteVets?
You might think that a group named VoteVets is funded by donations from concerned veterans or that its work is focused on helping veterans. But that would be wrong. Here is what Open Secrets has to say about this group that supposedly supports veterans:
“Some of those million-plus contributions, at the time, came from other dark money nonprofits, like the Alliance for Climate Protection and Partnership Action Fund, both social welfare organizations that support liberal policies.
“Even as VoteVets’ large contributions have tapered off, it appears that most of its donors are liberal nonprofits or unions, many of which are involved in some aspect of electoral persuasion. One of its largest known donors over the last few years has been America Votes, another social welfare organization that is the self-described “coordination hub of the progressive community” and has deep ties to liberal political operatives.”
They go on to say: “Social welfare organizations like VoteVets are not supposed to be primarily political, though neither the IRS nor the FEC has shown an appetite for policing them. That, combined with the fact that they don’t have to disclose who their donors are, has made 501(c) groups — also known as “dark money” outfits — attractive vehicles for contributors with a strong desire to influence politics but just as powerful an impetus to remain in the shadows.”
Where is the outrage?
While Harry Reid and his hand-picked candidate Catherine Cortez Masto are quick to jump on outside spending groups they don’t agree with, they seem very comfortable to sit on the sidelines when the attacks are directed at Dr. Heck.
This is the very definition of hypocrisy and shows once again that Masto is nothing more than a rabid partisan with no use for facts or transparency.
CLAIM: Opposes woman’s right to choose even when health is at risk (CQ, 5/13/15, H.R. 36, vote 222, 5/13/15).
FACT: Catherine Cortez Masto is once again outright lying about Dr. Heck’s record. H.R.36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which addressed late-term abortions, included exceptions for health of the mother, rape and incest:
“(B) EXCEPTIONS.—Subparagraph (A) does not apply if—
“(i) in reasonable medical judgment, the abortion is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, but not including psychological or emotional conditions;
“(ii) the pregnancy is the result of rape against an adult woman, and at least 48 hours prior to the abortion—
“(I) she has obtained counseling for the rape; or
“(II) she has obtained medical treatment for the rape or an injury related to the rape; or
“(iii) the pregnancy is a result of rape against a minor or incest against a minor, and the rape or incest has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to either—
“(I) a government agency legally authorized to act on reports of child abuse; or
“(II) a law enforcement agency.
Latest ad continues Cortez Masto’s extreme partisanship
Cortez Masto puts politics ahead of women’s health in Nevada
She favors three Planned Parenthood clinics ahead of 26 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Nevada
“As a husband, a father of two daughters, and a physician, women’s health is a vital priority for Dr. Joe Heck. Serving as an emergency room physician, he treated women who were victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Dr. Heck earned the respect of his patients, their families, and the medical community for his willingness and ability to handle these emergency situations professionally and effectively,” said Heck spokesperson Brian Baluta. “While Catherine Cortez Masto demonstrates her extreme partisanship with this ad, putting politics and campaign contributions ahead of women’s health, Dr. Heck served on the front lines of our health care system and understands moving federal funding to Community Health Centers will improve health care for women across Nevada.”
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CLAIM: Dr. Joe Heck voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
FACT: Dr. Heck voted to move federal funding for women’s health from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) commonly called Community Health Centers (CHC), which are far better positioned to provide such care. In Nevada, there are three Planned Parenthood facilities with no presence in rural Nevada. In contrast, there are 26 FQHCs with coverage across the state. As a strong supporter of women’s health, Dr. Heck believes it would be a better use of taxpayer funds to devote resources to the 26 community health centers that actually serve Nevada.
Dr. Heck is pro-life with the exceptions of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. He supports the current law, known as the Hyde Amendment, that states no taxpayer funds may be used to provide abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger.
While recognizing that Planned Parenthood does provide health care services to women, he believes that same ban on taxpayer funds should extend to Planned Parenthood as there is not always a sufficient “fire wall” between abortion services and health care services.
CLAIM: Dr. Joe Heck “tried to shutdown the government to eliminate Planned Parenthood funding.”
FACT: The ad cites an article that highlights two House votes taken more than 10 days prior to the deadline to pass a government funding measure. Dr. Heck voted for the two bills cited. However, he voted for the final measure to fund the government. To claim he “tried to shut down the government” is false based on the actual voting record. (H.R. 719 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll528.xml )
CLAIM: Dr. Heck is against a woman’s right to choose.
FACT: Dr. Heck, like many Nevadans, is pro-life. Because Nevada and the nation are deeply divided on this issue, he supports the current law, known at the Hyde Amendment, that states no taxpayer funds may be used to provide abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger.
CLAIM: Dr. Heck “supports overturning Roe v. Wade”
FACT: Dr. Heck has never stated he supports overturning Roe v. Wade, nor has he ever voted to do so. As a physician who is also pro-life, Dr. Heck has concerns about the upheaval of the legal precedent.
Today, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Joe Heck made the following remarks at a rally in Las Vegas:
“I’ve spent much of my life serving in the military where I stood beside some of the bravest men and women this country has to offer — willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the freedoms upon which this country was founded. They live by a code of honor, of decency and of respect.
“As a husband and a father, I strive to bring that same code of honor into my personal life.
“I believe any candidate for President of the United States should campaign with common ethical and moral values and decency. I accept that none of us are perfect. However, I can no longer look past this pattern of behavior and inappropriate comments from Donald Trump. Therefore, I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support him nor can I vote for Hillary Clinton.
“My wife, my daughters, my mother, my sister and all women deserve better. The American people deserve better.
“Our campaign will move forward, and continue to be based on the core principles of the Republican Party, the need for conservative leadership and the requirement that all people be treated with respect and dignity.
“My hope is that this will not divide us and that we can unite behind Republican principles. We deserve a candidate who can ask him or herself at the end of the day, “Did I live my life with honor and do I deserve to be elected president of the United States.”
“I believe our only option is to formally ask Mr. Trump to step down and allow Republicans the opportunity to elect someone who will provide us with the strong leadership so desperately needed and one that Americans deserve.
“Today, I stand here disappointed in our choices for president but more committed than ever to bringing that same code of honor, decency and respect to the United States Senate.”