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Senator Dean Heller
2015-03-06 16:22:03
Week in Review Moving into the month of March, momentum has picked up in Washington, DC. The last couple of weeks have been very busy. Last week, I received the “Outstanding Senate Legislator of the Year” Award from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in recognition of my support of wounded, injured and ill veterans, their families and survivors. It is truly humbling to have been chosen as the first Senator to receive this award. I am greatly appreciative of the DAV for working with me to tackle issues like the VA claims backlog, treatment for post-traumatic stress, and care for our women veterans. I also worked closely with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), meeting with Nevada members to discuss key issues and raising important questions to Commander John Stroud, a fellow Nevadan, during the Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing. I was honored to be given the chance to introduce Commander Stroud during the hearing. To watch the introduction, click here. The bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) was reintroduced in February, once again bringing necessary attention to the reality of sexual assault across college campuses. The bipartisan legislation currently has 12 supporters from both sides of the aisle and would create higher accountability for colleges and universities and better resources for survivors. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Congress was a special moment. He had valuable insight on current geopolitics in the Middle East, especially regarding Iran. Having personally traveled to Israel, I know firsthand the challenges Israel, our strongest ally, faces to protect its people. Now, more than ever, the United States must stand with Israel and its right to defend itself. Congress also worked to send a message to the President, making clear its disappointment in his veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. We voted in favor of overriding the President's decision 62 to 37, five votes short of the amount needed to override President Obama's veto. I introduced and cosponsored numerous bills throughout the last two weeks: Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015: This bill enhances outdoor recreational opportunities and makes it easier for businesses in the industry to grow and hire. Legislation to eliminate unfair tax bills: Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and I introduced this legislation to ensure when homeowners work with their banks to reduce their mortgage payments, those homeowners will not be hit with a huge tax bill. I am grateful to serve as your voice on Capitol Hill and will continue to represent your views in Washington, DC. In the News Heller's Conservation Easement Language Passes in House Heller: A "Heads Up" on VA Secretary's Apology for Lying would have been Nice More Turnover at Top of Reno VA Benefits Office Sen. Dean Heller Joins Coalition to Prevent Sexual Assaults on Campus Nevada Sen. Dean Heller Introduces Geothermal Permits Bill Heller Given Veterans Award Silver Dollars and Wooden Nickels: Another Heller from Carson City who Deserves our Vote Nevada Republicans Applaud Netanyahu Speech; Dems Frustrated Heller receives DAV award Click here to watch Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing with DAV Click here to watch Meeting with Nevada members of VFW Heller speaks on CASA with survivors Take Action Follow Senator Heller on Facebook On Twitter And on YouTube.
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Week in Review

Moving into the month of March, momentum has picked up in Washington, DC. The last couple of weeks have been very busy.

Last week, I received the “Outstanding Senate Legislator of the Year” Award from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in recognition of my support of wounded, injured and ill veterans, their families and survivors. It is truly humbling to have been chosen as the first Senator to receive this award. I am greatly appreciative of the DAV for working with me to tackle issues like the VA claims backlog, treatment for post-traumatic stress, and care for our women veterans.

I also worked closely with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), meeting with Nevada members to discuss key issues and raising important questions to Commander John Stroud, a fellow Nevadan, during the Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing. I was honored to be given the chance to introduce Commander Stroud during the hearing. To watch the introduction, click here. 

The bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) was reintroduced in February, once again bringing necessary attention to the reality of sexual assault across college campuses. The bipartisan legislation currently has 12 supporters from both sides of the aisle and would create higher accountability for colleges and universities and better resources for survivors.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Congress was a special moment. He had valuable insight on current geopolitics in the Middle East, especially regarding Iran. Having personally traveled to Israel, I know firsthand the challenges Israel, our strongest ally, faces to protect its people. Now, more than ever, the United States must stand with Israel and its right to defend itself.

Congress also worked to send a message to the President, making clear its disappointment in his veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. We voted in favor of overriding the President's decision 62 to 37, five votes short of the amount needed to override President Obama's veto.

I introduced and cosponsored numerous bills throughout the last two weeks:

Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015 : This bill enhances outdoor recreational opportunities and makes it easier for businesses in the industry to grow and hire.

Legislation to eliminate unfair tax bills : Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and I introduced this legislation to ensure when homeowners work with their banks to reduce their mortgage payments, those homeowners will not be hit with a huge tax bill.

I am grateful to serve as your voice on Capitol Hill and will continue to represent your views in Washington, DC.

In the News

Heller receives DAV award

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Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing with DAV

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Meeting with Nevada members of VFW

Heller speaks on CASA with survivors

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