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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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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,...
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The Hart Us senate Office complex includes nine above-ground stories. The framework has 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of interior floor space, of which 333,000 square feet (30,900 m2) is functional.
As opposed to the Neoclassical building design of the Dirksen and also Russell Senate Office Complex, the Hart Senate Office Building is Modernist. To fit within the context supplied by the Dirksen and Russell buildings, Hart’s structure lines were developed to harmonize with those of the earlier frameworks as well as the brand-new structure dressed in intensely white marble from Vermont. The marble was 3 inches (7.6 cm) thick, twice the typical density for an office building, as well as used to cover also one of the most ordinary elements of the framework (such as the mechanical shed on the roofing system). More than 8,961 short lots (8,129 t) of marble were required for exterior and interior usage.
To resemble the courtyards of Dirksen and also Russell, the Hart building has a room covered by a substantial skylight. The wall surfaces of the inside of the framework, including the atrium, are clad in the exact same white Vermont marble as the outside. The room’s flooring, however, is rose-colored Tennessee marble. Walkways on the inside of the atrium give access per office suite.
The public entry to each collection is on an odd-numbered flooring, with exclusive staff entrances on even-numbered floors. Each workplace suite contains a personal office for a legislator which has outward-facing home windows and has 16-foot (4.9 m) high ceilings. Due to the structure’s layout, a workspace with the same ceilings and sights adjoins each senator’s office. Workspace in other places in the suite feeds on a major floor and a mezzanine, attached by an interior staircase and hand-made affordable custom blinds to cover the large windows. This office has uncommonly low 8-foot (2.4 m) high ceilings. All workspace is normally without columns as well as wall surfaces. A dividers system consisting of oak structures covered in sound-absorbent material, developed as well as produced by Acoustical Screen Corporation, was made for use in providing an adaptable dividers system in each workplace. These partitions were originally acquired for only a handful of offices, because of lessenings in the building’s providing budget plan. Each office likewise has an exclusive toilet.
Manhole covers in the pathways and also streets neighboring were constructed from bronze, to stay clear of unpleasant rust spots from typical iron manhole covers (the typical material). The interior lift doors were also cast in bronze, and also locations in the floors in suites, meeting rooms, as well as some public locations had detachable panels and integrated tubing which permitted the easy substitute or updating of electrical, telecoms, as well as computer electrical wiring. The cafeteria below the Dirksen Senate Office Building was increased in dimension and also expanded beneath the Hart building, which allowed the public to make use of for the first time during lunch hours.
The framework’s $137m price did not include furnishing, which Us senate professionals approximated would cost one more $32.6 million ($82,669,103 in 2017 dollars). Undefined adjustments made by Warnecke caused $4.2 million ($10,650,621 in 2017 bucks) in cost savings, nevertheless. These enabled particular products to be restored, such as the huge hearing space, complementary location carpeting, vertical blinds, and the gym devices (now approximated to set you back just $736,000 ($1,866,394 in 2017 dollars)). The cost savings likewise allowed the Designer of the Capitol to construct a tennis court on the building’s roofing.
Below the framework is a 350-car parking lot.
The building’s design deliberately spared the nearby Sewall-Belmont house, a historical framework that works as the head office for the National Lady’s Party as well as a museum concerning the ladies’ suffrage activity.
The issue of federal law and the legalization of online gambling comes up every election cycle. Where other countries have legalized online gaming, the United States is still firm on its position that it should be illegal, and that gambling should only be done in casinos. In fact, the US is more in line with China and Russia, regarding the subject of online gaming, than with England and most European Countries. While some states are finally seeing the light of day and passing individual legislation, online gambling is far from being universally legal and it is full of flaws. Only residents of the states where online gambling is allowed can gamble online. That is, they cannot gamble across state lines or risk being prosecuted Under the Wire Act of 1961 and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Places like New Jersey and Nevada are open to the concept, but they are also rich with physical casinos, having Atlantic City and Las Vegas in their back pocket.
The truth of the matter is, if someone wants to gamble all their assets away, does it matter if they do it at a gambling site or from the comfort of their own home? Should we give more freedom to our US citizens? Will laws stop them from losing some or all their hard-earned money? Is that really anyone’s business, anyways?
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But how does this help US residents?
For the time being, the knowledge that PayPal is a viable site to use for online gambling by United States consumers, is beneficial. However, still being federally illegal to gamble online, PayPal restricts the user interfaces that are used. This means that PayPal, will not accept payment for online gambling at the present time. Due to the fact that they can be criminally charged for handling a transaction used for the purpose of online gambling, if done across state lines or in states that do not support online gambling, PayPal is just not ready to enter the online gambling arena in the United States.
Are consumers losing out with these laws?
Some would say yes. After all, there are very few legitimate reasons to still have these antiquated laws on the books. Money generated by casinos helps many states offset their tax expenditures. Some studies have shown that as much as 0.30 cents on every dollar spent in casinos is turned over to the government. If online gambling were allowed, people who cannot get to a casino, but want to gamble, can help increase the profits of both state governments and casinos. Maybe they don’t want to spend airfare to fly to Las Vegas, or simply cannot get a week off work, but enjoy gambling on their night off in the middle of the week. In other countries accommodations are made for these folks and it benefits the government equally. In the U.K., the 2014 Gambling Bill required all regulated online casinos to pay a 15-cent consumption tax. With a $45 billion industry, why isn’t the United States tapping into this revenue stream?
Additionally, the betting black market is stronger than ever. With an estimated $80 billion to $380 billion being illegally wagered through a shadow industry, just because it’s illegal does not make it go away. In fact, it is thought to be stronger than ever. Interesting enough, the foundation of the United States is weighed heavily from lotteries used as revenue sources for the start of and rebuilding of colonies and states, private universities, and the construction of public roads and bridges. While lotteries are regulated in 48 states, legislatures are still dragging their feet on all gambling.
How much are consumers losing out on?
Some of the largest online casino jackpots, in history, will make you think twice about why you are not gambling. In November of 2016, the biggest slots jackpot was hit for over £11,633,233, or $13,556,685.94. Just 11 days later another jackpot was hit for £5,634,028 or $6,565,053.67. Dozens of million dollar winning prizes are awarded to lucky consumers, annually, via online gambling.
Whether you are the gambling type or not, millions of people worldwide do enjoy engaging in this risky activity. Most people understand that they will not win and will lose their investment. However, the thrill lies in the chance that they could will big at any moment. Limiting the chances for people to gamble, from the comfort of their own home, also limits the potential revenues that governments can collect from income taxes and, perhaps, convenience fees. More roads can be built and better maintained, schools can be better funded, and other expenditures can be paid for simply by collecting taxes from online gambling. In a country that touts themselves as “the home of the free” why are they being regulated and restricted so much?
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.”
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