E-News From Senator Dean Heller

Senator Dean Heller
2015-04-02 15:58:43
Week in Review It has been another busy couple of weeks working on legislation to benefit the people of the Silver State. Half of my time was spent in Washington, DC, focused on the budget, and the other half, visiting with my fellow Nevadans. Developing critical infrastructure in the state is an important topic and the first step toward long-term job growth and sustainability for Nevada. Senator Harry Reid and I, alongside both Arizona Senators, introduced legislation that would ensure the development of Interstate 11, bringing growth to the economy and solidifying Nevada's role in a crucial international trade route. The Mountain West region, including Nevada, is expected to have a population surge of 32 million residents between now and 2030. It is imperative Interstate 11 is built to serve as an artery of commerce for all Nevadans throughout this time. For more information and to see the proposed route, click here. In the last week of March, the Senate focused heavily on passing a budget. I laid out my priorities for Nevada by filing several amendments to the FY2016 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11). These amendments were designed to better the state and enhance the quality of Nevadans’ lives. The amendments ranged from infrastructure and tourism, to medical care at VA facilities, to protecting our way of life in Nevada by supporting the Second Amendment. Read more about them here. Two of my amendments were agreed upon by the Senate and included in the budget: The first ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities properly meet the needs of women veterans by taking into account their safety, privacy, and dignity. Click here to read more. The second prioritizes federal investments in infrastructure projects with national and regional significance, and projects within a high-priority corridor, such as the future Interstate 11. Click here for more information. Senator Harry Reid also announced his retirement last week. I would like to thank Harry for his long and decorated career in public service. I have no doubt his family is looking forward to catching up on lost time, especially the grandchildren. While home in the state this last week, I had the privilege of presenting the Congressional Badge of Bravery to German Rodriguez from the Reno Police Department. Mr. Rodriguez apprehended and disarmed a robbery suspect, while off duty and unarmed. His service to the local community is unwavering and I am grateful to have him protecting the Silver State. Read more here. I also wanted to mention the Nevada Military Support Alliance teamed up with the Fisher House Foundation to build the state's first Fisher House. Fisher House facilities provide free housing for military families while a loved one is receiving medical care. This week, I also launched the Southern Nevada Veterans Advisory Council to bring together stakeholders in the community who are dedicated to helping Nevada's veterans. Members of this council will uncover areas of need and explore ways to better serve veterans in the Silver State. Our heroes deserve the best treatment when they return home, and I will continue to fight to make this a reality. I am excited for the coming week home in the state and look forward to bringing the voices of Nevadans back to Capitol Hill. In the News Sen. Dean Heller Focuses on I-11, sage grouse, veterans Senator Harry Reid Announces Retirement from U.S. Senate Reno Police Officer Honored with Congressional Award Sen. Heller Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery Clifton Column: Nevada Gets its First Fisher House Heller: Will Keep Fighting Yucca Mountain after Reid Retires Heller Interstate 11 Legislation Click here to watch Heller Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery to German Rodriguez Click here to watch Heller Says Entire VA System Needs Work Click here to watch Home Means Nevada Take Action Follow Senator Heller on Facebook On Twitter @SenDeanHeller And on YouTube *If you are no longer interested in receiving updates, please do not respond to this email, as it is an unattended e-mail address. Please click the link below if you would like to be removed from future e-mails.
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Week in Review

It has been another busy couple of weeks working on legislation to benefit the people of the Silver State. Half of my time was spent in Washington, DC, focused on the budget, and the other half, visiting with my fellow Nevadans.

Developing critical infrastructure in the state is an important topic and the first step toward long-term job growth and sustainability for Nevada. Senator Harry Reid and I, alongside both Arizona Senators, introduced legislation that would ensure the development of Interstate 11, bringing growth to the economy and solidifying Nevada's role in a crucial international trade route. The Mountain West region, including Nevada, is expected to have a population surge of 32 million residents between now and 2030. It is imperative Interstate 11 is built to serve as an artery of commerce for all Nevadans throughout this time. For more information and to see the proposed route, click here.

In the last week of March, the Senate focused heavily on passing a budget. I laid out my priorities for Nevada by filing several amendments to the FY2016 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11). These amendments were designed to better the state and enhance the quality of Nevadans’ lives. The amendments ranged from infrastructure and tourism, to medical care at VA facilities, to protecting our way of life in Nevada by supporting the Second Amendment. Read more about them here.

Two of my amendments were agreed upon by the Senate and included in the budget:

  • The first ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities properly meet the needs of women veterans by taking into account their safety, privacy, and dignity. Click here to read more.
  • The second prioritizes federal investments in infrastructure projects with national and regional significance, and projects within a high-priority corridor, such as the future Interstate 11. Click here for more information.

Senator Harry Reid also announced his retirement last week. I would like to thank Harry for his long and decorated career in public service. I have no doubt his family is looking forward to catching up on lost time, especially the grandchildren.

While home in the state this last week, I had the privilege of presenting the Congressional Badge of Bravery to German Rodriguez from the Reno Police Department. Mr. Rodriguez apprehended and disarmed a robbery suspect, while off duty and unarmed. His service to the local community is unwavering and I am grateful to have him protecting the Silver State. Read more here. 

I also wanted to mention the Nevada Military Support Alliance teamed up with the Fisher House Foundation to build the state's first Fisher House. Fisher House facilities provide free housing for military families while a loved one is receiving medical care.

This week, I also launched the Southern Nevada Veterans Advisory Council to bring together stakeholders in the community who are dedicated to helping Nevada's veterans. Members of this council will uncover areas of need and explore ways to better serve veterans in the Silver State. Our heroes deserve the best treatment when they return home, and I will continue to fight to make this a reality.

I am excited for the coming week home in the state and look forward to bringing the voices of Nevadans back to Capitol Hill.


In the News

Heller Interstate 11 Legislation

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Heller Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery to German Rodriguez

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Heller Says Entire VA System Needs Work

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Home Means Nevada

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