Campaign 2010

Mar 03, 2014

Tea Party Group Rushing to Prop Up Joe Heck, Rewrite His Real Record

The Koch Brothers’ shadow political operation has descended on Nevada, flooding voters’ airwaves to reward Congressman Joe Heck with new advertising. As the Washington Post has reported, Americans for Prosperity has already spent more than $27 million this cycle on political ads supporting special interest shills like Heck and helping to rewrite their records in Washington.

Congressman Heck has spent his time in Washington carrying the water for his special interest allies and supporting a reckless Tea Party agenda that’s hurting middle class Nevada families. Whether it was his repeated votes to shut down the government, failing to support comprehensive immigration reform or voting to protect companies that outsource jobs, Congressman Heck isn’t part of the solution. He’s part of the problem.

“As one of the House Republicans who the Koch Brothers are already propping up, the writing on the wall for Congressman Joe Heck couldn’t be more clear: his devastating Tea Party agenda is too toxic for Nevada voters,” said Tyrone Gayle of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Unfortunately for Congressman Heck, no amount of Koch Brothers ads will help him rewrite his reckless record that stacks the deck for special interests and hurts middle class Nevada families.”


BACKGROUND:

Congressman Heck Repeatedly Voted for a Plan That Virtually Guaranteed a Government Shutdown. In 2013, Congressman Heck voted for the extreme House Republican Continuing Resolution that virtually guaranteed a government shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law. With a midnight deadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government – a plan that would delay enforcement of the ‘individual mandate,’ a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.” [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #497, 9/29/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #498, 9/20/13; Washington Post, 9/30/13]

  • …And Then Voted Sixteen Times Against Efforts to Re-Open the Government. Following the government shutdown, Congressman Heck voted sixteen times against efforts to vote on a clean government funding resolution by allowing consideration of the Senate-passed continuing resolution. Of these votes, the New York Times wrote: “So far, however, there has been little tangible headway. Part of the problem is that moderates are behaving a bit too moderately. They have yet to vote with Democrats on procedural maneuvers that could force the hand of the Republican leadership or to sign a petition Democrats are circulating that would require a vote on a short-term spending bill to reopen the government if a majority of House members signed. They are unwilling to defy their leaders to that extent.” [H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 70, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; H J Res 77,  Vote #527, 10/7/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; H Res 373, Vote #531, 10/08/13; HR 3273, Vote #533, 10/08/13; HJ Res 90, Vote #536, 10/09/13; HJ Res 79, Vote #539, 10/10/13; HJ Res 76, Vote #541, 10/11/13; HJ Res 380, Vote #543, 10/11/13; HJ Res 80, Vote #547, 10/14/13; New York Times, 10/07/13]

Heck Criticized Comprehensive Immigration Reform Supporters As “Entirely Politically Motivated.” In December 2013, Congressman 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-Journal12/07/13]

Heck: “I Would Vote No” on the Senate Immigration Bill. At a townhall on immigration, Congressman Heck said he would vote “no” on the Senate immigration bill. “As it [Senate immigration bill] is currently written, I would vote no,” said Heck. [Heck Townhall, Windmill Library, 7/02/13]

  • Even After Senators McCain and Heller Worked Across the Aisle and Voted for Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform. According to the New York Times: “The Senate on Thursday approved the most significant overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in a generation with broad support generated by a sense among leading Republicans that the party needed to join with Democrats to remove a wedge between Republicans and Hispanic voters. The strong 68-to-32 vote in the often polarized Senate tossed the issue into the House, where the Republican leadership has said that it will not take up the Senate measure and is instead focused on much narrower legislation that would not provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country.” Senators McCain and Heller voted for the bill. [New York Times6/27/13; S 744, Vote #168, 6/27/13]

Heck Voted to Protect a 20 Percent Tax Break for Companies Outsourcing Jobs. In April 2012, Congressman Heck voted against a motion that would have eliminated a 20 percent income tax cut for companies that send U.S. jobs overseas. The motion failed 179-229. [HR 9, Vote #176, 4/19/12; Washington Post, 4/22/12]