E-News From Senator Dean Heller

Senator Dean Heller
2017-04-01 10:58:47
Week in Review This was an exciting week for the state of Nevada. The Raiders are making Las Vegas their new home, which is great news for our state and its economy. Back in Washington, D.C. this week, we’ve focused on protecting Nevada’s interests and working to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. I remain committed to supporting Judge Gorsuch because I strongly agree with his belief that judges must interpret the law and our Constitution as written. He’s also a fellow Westerner, who shares our values and understands our issues. Earlier this week, Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Nevada and Yucca Mountain. As you may know, the Trump Administration proposed reviving a nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, despite more than 30 years and billions of dollars wasted on the project already. I have long opposed the Yucca Mountain project and made it clear to the Administration that I stand with Nevadans in rejecting the proposal. I want to assure you, I’ll continue to fight on behalf of Nevadans and work with the Nevada congressional delegation, leadership in Congress, and Governor Sandoval to bury the failed Yucca Mountain strategy and find solutions to our country’s nuclear waste problem. On Tuesday, we did receive encouraging news from the Trump Administration. A Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Nevada was issued, triggering the release of disaster relief funds for Northern Nevada communities that have been devastated by the February storms. Earlier this month, I joined with Senator Cortez-Masto and urged FEMA to consider and fulfill Governor Sandoval’s request for federal emergency assistance. I will continue to monitor this ongoing flooding closely and collaborate with state, local, and federal officials to help Nevada communities recover and assist local officials on what they need going forward. I also contacted Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly urging him to bolster safety and security operations at the agency, highlighting the importance of providing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with the resources they need to maintain safe and efficient aviation travel. An effective Department of Homeland Security is essential to Nevada’s economic competitiveness and protecting the Nevada tourism industry, so it’s essential that security operations are strengthened in Nevada. Throughout the week, I had the opportunity to meet with constituents, participate in a tele-town hall with thousands of constituents in Washoe County, and meet with local officials and Nevadans in D.C. to hear about issues that are important to them.   As always, I believe that your feedback is essential, and I appreciate the opportunity to hear your concerns and ideas for solutions to the challenges we’re facing in Nevada. Please reach out to my office at any time. I also encourage you to visit my social media pages and stay up to date on my work in Nevada and Washington.  In the News Douglas, Washoe Tribe to receive disaster assistance for February floods Energy Secretary Perry visits Yucca Mountain nuclear repository site Heller, Cortez Masto split on Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court Video: Heller Vows to Fight Yucca Mountain Proposal
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Week in Review

This was an exciting week for the state of Nevada. The Raiders are making Las Vegas their new home, which is great news for our state and its economy.

Back in Washington, D.C. this week, we’ve focused on protecting Nevada’s interests and working to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

I remain committed to supporting Judge Gorsuch because I strongly agree with his belief that judges must interpret the law and our Constitution as written. He’s also a fellow Westerner, who shares our values and understands our issues.

Earlier this week, Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Nevada and Yucca Mountain. As you may know, the Trump Administration proposed reviving a nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, despite more than 30 years and billions of dollars wasted on the project already. I have long opposed the Yucca Mountain project and made it clear to the Administration that I stand with Nevadans in rejecting the proposal. I want to assure you, I’ll continue to fight on behalf of Nevadans and work with the Nevada congressional delegation, leadership in Congress, and Governor Sandoval to bury the failed Yucca Mountain strategy and find solutions to our country’s nuclear waste problem.

On Tuesday, we did receive encouraging news from the Trump Administration. A Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Nevada was issued, triggering the release of disaster relief funds for Northern Nevada communities that have been devastated by the February storms. Earlier this month, I joined with Senator Cortez-Masto and urged FEMA to consider and fulfill Governor Sandoval’s request for federal emergency assistance. I will continue to monitor this ongoing flooding closely and collaborate with state, local, and federal officials to help Nevada communities recover and assist local officials on what they need going forward.

I also contacted Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly urging him to bolster safety and security operations at the agency, highlighting the importance of providing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with the resources they need to maintain safe and efficient aviation travel. An effective Department of Homeland Security is essential to Nevada’s economic competitiveness and protecting the Nevada tourism industry, so it’s essential that security operations are strengthened in Nevada.

Throughout the week, I had the opportunity to meet with constituents, participate in a tele-town hall with thousands of constituents in Washoe County, and meet with local officials and Nevadans in D.C. to hear about issues that are important to them.  

As always, I believe that your feedback is essential, and I appreciate the opportunity to hear your concerns and ideas for solutions to the challenges we’re facing in Nevada. Please reach out to my office at any time. I also encourage you to visit my social media pages and stay up to date on my work in Nevada and Washington. 


In the News

Video: Heller Vows to Fight Yucca Mountain Proposal

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This week, I met with Nevada ranchers to discuss important rural topics such as sage grouse, wild horses, the cattle market, and public lands.

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