Update - Gorsuch Confirmed, Vets Bills in the Works

Senator Dean Heller
2017-04-09 12:39:17
Week in Review This past week, the world once again witnessed horrific atrocities committed by the Assad regime, and the Administration sent a clear message of America's intolerance for the murder of innocent civilians. I will continue to monitor the situation closely and will rely on our military experts to provide more information that sheds light on this week’s – and future - developments. In Washington, D.C., I worked on a number of important issues, ranging from veterans and their access to quality care to the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Earlier in the week, I authored an opinion piece in the Reno Gazette Journal that discussed why I support Judge Neil Gorsuch. After a comprehensive vetting process that included 20 hours of public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and individual meetings with dozens of Senators including myself, it was clear that Judge Gorsuch is a fair, objective, and mainstream jurist. I’m thrilled that a fellow Westerner who is familiar with issues that matter to us most will now sit on the nation’s highest court, and I’m confident that Nevadans and generations to come are better off because of it. Throughout the week, we tackled critical issues that matter to our state’s 300,000 veterans. Following a veterans’ community forum in Ely, Nevada, I contacted Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin in response to concerns raised at the meeting. We previously requested the forum back in February to provide veterans in and around Ely the opportunity to discuss the VA’s expired contract with William Bee Ririe Hospital and its effect on the more than 200 veterans it serves. Following the community forum, we made the following requests: the VA holds another community forum within the next 60 days to continue the discussion; answers to specific questions related to the Choice Program; and an analysis and cost comparison of the previous contract with the William Bee Ririe Hospital versus accessing the same care in the hospital through the Choice Program. Additionally, I introduced two bipartisan bills that would improve services and benefits to the veterans living in the Silver State. I teamed up with Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, to introduce a bill that would ensure VA health care facilities meet the specific needs of women veterans in order to provide the best possible care to them. I also joined fellow members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to introduce a bill that would increase veterans’ disability benefits provided by the VA. On Thursday, I joined with the Nevada delegation and urged the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to look at our state to host its next collegiate tournament. I think we can all agree that the great state of Nevada would make a wonderful host for the next NCAA Basketball Tournament. 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 Still lots of questions for veterans despite meeting Nevada Congressional delegation asks NCAA to bring tournaments to Vegas Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court We added a new banner in our office. Go Raiders!
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Week in Review

This past week, the world once again witnessed horrific atrocities committed by the Assad regime, and the Administration sent a clear message of America's intolerance for the murder of innocent civilians. I will continue to monitor the situation closely and will rely on our military experts to provide more information that sheds light on this week’s – and future - developments.

In Washington, D.C., I worked on a number of important issues, ranging from veterans and their access to quality care to the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Earlier in the week, I authored an opinion piece in the Reno Gazette Journal that discussed why I support Judge Neil Gorsuch. After a comprehensive vetting process that included 20 hours of public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and individual meetings with dozens of Senators including myself, it was clear that Judge Gorsuch is a fair, objective, and mainstream jurist. I’m thrilled that a fellow Westerner who is familiar with issues that matter to us most will now sit on the nation’s highest court, and I’m confident that Nevadans and generations to come are better off because of it.

Throughout the week, we tackled critical issues that matter to our state’s 300,000 veterans. Following a veterans’ community forum in Ely, Nevada, I contacted Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin in response to concerns raised at the meeting. We previously requested the forum back in February to provide veterans in and around Ely the opportunity to discuss the VA’s expired contract with William Bee Ririe Hospital and its effect on the more than 200 veterans it serves. Following the community forum, we made the following requests: the VA holds another community forum within the next 60 days to continue the discussion; answers to specific questions related to the Choice Program; and an analysis and cost comparison of the previous contract with the William Bee Ririe Hospital versus accessing the same care in the hospital through the Choice Program.

Additionally, I introduced two bipartisan bills that would improve services and benefits to the veterans living in the Silver State. I teamed up with Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, to introduce a bill that would ensure VA health care facilities meet the specific needs of women veterans in order to provide the best possible care to them. I also joined fellow members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to introduce a bill that would increase veterans’ disability benefits provided by the VA.

On Thursday, I joined with the Nevada delegation and urged the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to look at our state to host its next collegiate tournament. I think we can all agree that the great state of Nevada would make a wonderful host for the next NCAA Basketball Tournament.

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

We added a new banner in our office. Go Raiders!

This week, I met with the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and discussed what their area has to offer as an outdoor travel destination. 

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