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Senator Dean Heller
2017-05-20 12:32:05
Week in Review This week in Washington, D.C., we honored National Police Week, an opportunity to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. I took to the Senate floor to recognize a fallen law enforcement officer, North Las Vegas Detective Chad Parque, who tragically passed away after his vehicle was struck head-on earlier this year. He served our state with passion and dignity, and we will never forget his sacrifice or many contributions to the community. While there is nothing we can do to bring back those who have died in the line of duty, I’m committed to doing everything I can at the federal level to prevent it from happening to one more officer and one more family. For example, earlier this week, I introduced the Back The Blue Act—legislation designed to increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. The bill is also designed to expand opportunities to use grant funding to promote trust and improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Each day, our law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our families and our communities. Their courage, selflessness, and commitment to serve is a reflection of what makes this country so great. And it’s important we recognize that. This month, we also celebrate members of our Armed Forces, and as a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m fighting to ensure that they are taken care of when they come home. As some of you may know, the VA Choice Program is not working for Nevada. During a recent Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, I highlighted the Choice Program’s failure to provide quality care to Nevada’s veterans, in particular those who rely on the William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely, Nevada. While we secured a crucial contract extension that will help the hundreds of veterans in this rural community, we still need a permanent solution. This week, the debate over Yucca Mountain continued here in Washington and once again I am the only Republican Senator standing between this Administration and Yucca Mountain. There are many reasons why Yucca Mountain should not be revived, but this week I focused on how it could not only put Nevadans at risk, but all Americans. On Thursday, I spoke on the U.S. Senate floor about transporting nuclear waste from nuclear power plants around the country to Yucca Mountain and the threat the currently proposed transportation routes pose to millions of Americans. According to the Department of Energy, between 10 and 12 million people live within the radiological region of influence for routine shipments or within one-half mile of these rail and highway routes. Throughout the week, I met with several Nevadans to discuss important issues like health care, public lands, and the housing market. As always, I believe that your feedback is critical, and I appreciate the opportunity to hear your concerns and ideas for solutions to the challenges we’re facing in Nevada. My commitment remains the same for supporting any idea: if it’s good for Nevada, I will support it, and if it’s not, I will oppose it. That’s why I have no problem working with Democrats and Republicans to do what’s right for our state. In closing, I encourage you to visit my social media pages and stay up to date on my work in Nevada and Washington. As always, let us know how we can be of help.   In the News Senate honors North Las Vegas detective killed in line of duty Sen. Heller joins call for US Embassy move to Jerusalem VIDEO: Yucca Mountain Endangers the Entire Country Click here or above to watch
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Week in Review

This week in Washington, D.C., we honored National Police Week, an opportunity to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. I took to the Senate floor to recognize a fallen law enforcement officer, North Las Vegas Detective Chad Parque, who tragically passed away after his vehicle was struck head-on earlier this year. He served our state with passion and dignity, and we will never forget his sacrifice or many contributions to the community.

While there is nothing we can do to bring back those who have died in the line of duty, I’m committed to doing everything I can at the federal level to prevent it from happening to one more officer and one more family. For example, earlier this week, I introduced the Back The Blue Act—legislation designed to increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. The bill is also designed to expand opportunities to use grant funding to promote trust and improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Each day, our law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our families and our communities. Their courage, selflessness, and commitment to serve is a reflection of what makes this country so great. And it’s important we recognize that.

This month, we also celebrate members of our Armed Forces, and as a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m fighting to ensure that they are taken care of when they come home.

As some of you may know, the VA Choice Program is not working for Nevada. During a recent Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, I highlighted the Choice Program’s failure to provide quality care to Nevada’s veterans, in particular those who rely on the William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely, Nevada. While we secured a crucial contract extension that will help the hundreds of veterans in this rural community, we still need a permanent solution.

This week, the debate over Yucca Mountain continued here in Washington and once again I am the only Republican Senator standing between this Administration and Yucca Mountain.

There are many reasons why Yucca Mountain should not be revived, but this week I focused on how it could not only put Nevadans at risk, but all Americans. On Thursday, I spoke on the U.S. Senate floor about transporting nuclear waste from nuclear power plants around the country to Yucca Mountain and the threat the currently proposed transportation routes pose to millions of Americans. According to the Department of Energy, between 10 and 12 million people live within the radiological region of influence for routine shipments or within one-half mile of these rail and highway routes.

Throughout the week, I met with several Nevadans to discuss important issues like health care, public lands, and the housing market. As always, I believe that your feedback is critical, and I appreciate the opportunity to hear your concerns and ideas for solutions to the challenges we’re facing in Nevada.

My commitment remains the same for supporting any idea: if it’s good for Nevada, I will support it, and if it’s not, I will oppose it. That’s why I have no problem working with Democrats and Republicans to do what’s right for our state.

In closing, I encourage you to visit my social media pages and stay up to date on my work in Nevada and Washington. As always, let us know how we can be of help.

 


In the News

VIDEO: Yucca Mountain Endangers the Entire Country

Click here or above to watch

Earlier this week, I sat down with the Desert Research Institute to talk about flooding in Nevada and my support for funding to help our state recover

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