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Congressman Joe Heck
Congressman Joe Heck

AIR DATE: September 5, 2011

The last few months in Congress have witnessed some of the toughest partisan warfare in recent memory. The debt ceiling, the final, last-minute compromise on budget cutting and the future of Medicare and even Social Security are all being tested for use in the 2012 election. Freshman Congressman Joe Heck joins us to discuss the big issues and give us his take on what's going to happen with the super-committee that has to find big budget cuts 12 months before an election.
Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV 3)
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    for tourists the draw is the strip and hi end amenities. as a resident, inexpensive housing & the great out doors were / are the main draw. if we return to california house prices, boosted by ignorance of historic housing prices here and greedy developers, who are also contributory to our de-greening (de-deserting?) of our asset... Id rather be in the real desert than a park that replicates it (Sunset park, springs preserve) I guess I want to turn back the clock in some ways, or at least have some recognition of why some are here in the first place.
    ed evansSep 2, 2011 10:34:08 AM
    Talking about jobs, explain voting for cut cap and balance. Economists have said this would kill a couple million jobs. How can you say you want to create jobs and vote for this bill.
    JustinSep 2, 2011 09:14:16 AM
    I find it difficulty to reconcile Rep. Heck's belief in government-is-evil, let-the-private-sector-run-free, talking points with his prior position as a primary care physician. So how many extra cases of cancer, respiratory illnesses, and chronic illnesses is Rep. Heck willing to tolerate for the benefit of corporations? To see consequences of modern-day examples of lax regulations, see the descriptions of "cancer villages" in China that pay the price of economic growth at any cost. BTW, if Rep. Heck is consistent in his messaging, then he should terminate his support for the Ely-Las Vegas flight subsidies.
    Concerned VoterSep 2, 2011 07:41:34 AM
    Congressman Heck, Would you tell the listeners the differences between the goals of governments and businesses? Are they both social structures designed for the benefit of the populace or is one more profit oriented?
    Charles HarawaySep 1, 2011 21:41:43 PM
    Congressman Heck, I have received your letter in support of a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. I notice that two reliably conservative publications have come out strongly against the amendment. The National Review wrote that it probably wont pass Congress and that it risks doing the worst disservice to the Constitution since Prohibition. The Wall Street Journal called it the wrong debt solution and advised Republicans to leave the Constitution out of it. How do you see a constitutional amendment as improving our current situation? And if it won't, why not concentrate on jobs and infrastucture projects to kick-start our economy instead?
    Linda TurnerSep 1, 2011 13:13:50 PM
    The world is becoming much more economically competitive and we have systems in place in this country that create huge inefficiencies in our economy that make us less competitive. First we spend virtually as much on defense as the rest of the world combined. Second we have a very inefficient medical delivery system that doesn't even provide coverage to all its citizens like the rest of the developed world. Specifically what would Rep. Heck propose to make us more competitive in these two areas?
    Richard DrewSep 1, 2011 11:18:42 AM
    Rep. Heck is a big supporter of the balanced budget amendment. Since both Soc Security and Medicare have their own separate funds and are not part of the huge current deficit, Rep. Heck would need to align the only other huge federal program, defense, with the general funds available. Does Rep. Heck support drastic cuts to defense or huge tax increases or both? That is quite simply the only way to balance the current budget.
    Richard DrewSep 1, 2011 11:11:29 AM
    Many people claim there is too much government regulation. Specifically, what part of Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Transportation are you willing to get rid of? Considering the history of this country, how can we depend on private companies to look out for the health and safety of citizens when profit is their primary motive?
    All NevadaSep 1, 2011 10:14:10 AM
    Congressman Heck, You voted for H.R. 910 that would stop the EPA's regulation of green house gases. Do you feel that all environmental regulations put unwanted financial burdens upon businesses? If so do you feel that it is your obligation to give these businesses a suitable environment to grow and prosper or to protect the health of the citizens who benefit from these regulations?
    Jason SylvaSep 1, 2011 10:11:53 AM
    Further cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would put the state's only safety-net hospital (UMC) and the entire community at risk. How will you reconcile your Hippocratic oath with your promise to your ultra-conservative constituents?
    Romenia SnowdenSep 1, 2011 00:14:24 AM
    Congressman Heck: The Republican controlled Congress has recommended aligning govenment worker pensions and health benefits to that of the private sector. Why don't you introduce a bill that immediately reduces Congressional pensions and health benefits to that of the private sector and thus lead by example?
    keith hattonAug 31, 2011 20:36:13 PM
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