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April Recess: Heller in Hiding?

Las Vegas, NV – Today, members of Congress are back home to kick off a two-week recess – in theory to hear from their constituents at home. But, consistent with the past three months, Republican Senator Dean Heller is in hiding and has no plans to meet publicly with Nevadans. If he refuses to schedule a public meeting, Senator Heller will actually be breaking his previous commitment from February to hold an in-person town hall.

At this point, Hiding Heller has announced just two events for this entire recess:

  • Wednesday, April 12: Heller is the guest speaker for the Keystone Corporation’s luncheon at the Las Vegas Country Club. For the price of $40 per person, Heller will share his views with this conservative PAC on tax reform, regulations, immigration and Obamacare. According to Jon Ralston, Heller’s office has requested that no media be allowed into the event.
  • Monday, April 17: Like every member of the federal delegation, Heller will deliver a joint address to the Nevada Legislature.


“A man who is this petrified of answering tough questions from his constituents isn’t fit to be a United States Senator,”
said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Stewart Boss.


From six weeks ago →

AP: Protesters jeer Nevada congressmen over public availability

By ALISON NOON and SCOTT SONNER
Feb. 23, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Over the jeers of 200 protesters outside, Nevada’s two Republican congressmen said Wednesday that town hall meetings will be more appropriate once they have a better grasp of how the party will unite to reform the Affordable Care Act.

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“Here’s the problem: You’ve gotta come up with a system that actually pays for itself,” Amodei said. “In April, which is when we will endeavor to schedule the town hall, you will have — oh my God — about six more weeks’ worth to see what really happened and what’s actually on the floor in legislation or not,” Amodei said.

Bob Fulkerson, who attended the luncheon in opposition to the lawmakers’ policies, said it was a success because, when pressed, both lawmakers committed to hold town halls in the near future. “We showed Trump’s most valuable players in Nevada we mean business; they’d better listen to us,” said Fulkerson, executive director of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. “They need to choose between Trump and Nevada.”

Heller agreed to the town halls on the condition that the audience not boo or applaud, then said “in fact, I’ll do it with you, Mark, you and I will do a town hall meeting.”