Congressman Joe Heck

Representing the 3th District of Nevada
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Congressman Heck Statement on State of the Union Address

Feb 12, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) tonight released the following statement after the State of the Union address.

"I was disappointed that in tonight's speech we heard more of the same from the President: calls for tax hikes to fund new government spending projects. The revenue portion of the discussion was closed on January 1 when he got increased revenue from higher taxes on the rich as part of the fiscal cliff deal. The President outlined a vision for more government investment that he said “should not raise our deficit by a single dime.” The problem is, our annual deficits have been greater than $1 trillion dollars for the last four years. The goal shouldn’t be not to add to the deficit, it should be to erase the deficit. This President seems unwilling to admit that the primary way to decrease the deficit is to reduce spending.”

"While I will not support tax increases and more stimulus-style spending, there were portions of the speech that highlighted areas where I agree with the President. I agree that we must work to make higher education more affordable and that simply expanding access to financial aid is not the way to do that. I plan to work on this issue with my colleagues on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The President called for banks to allow homeowners to refinance their mortgages at today's lower rates - I support this initiative because it is the best thing we can do to keep Nevadans in their homes. I also believe that it is time for our men and women in uniform to come home from Afghanistan. We have achieved our initial objectives of rooting out terrorist safe-havens and toppling the Taliban from power and it is time we turn the security of Afghanistan over to the Afghan government and its people. Finally, I was pleased to hear the President endorse an approach to strengthening Medicare that bases Medicare spending not on the amount of services performed but rather on the quality of care given, consistent with the bipartisan legislation I introduced last week.”

"The President made appeals for bipartisan action in Congress to address the myriad challenges our country faces and I stand ready and willing to join with my colleagues in the House to do just that.”