Sen. Dean Heller left Washington, D.C. early today so that he could get a little boost from Donald Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence. Heller skipped work because he is desperately trying to ward off his Trump-inspired Republican primary challenger, Danny Tarkanian.
It turns out that Heller skipped a total of FOUR votes — three related to judicial confirmations — so that he could appear with Pence today. The hypocrisy here is stunning: Heller has repeatedly campaigned on his dumb publicity stunt asking the Senate to work 24/7 to fill judicial vacancies with Trump’s nominees—it was literally the centerpiece of his first TV ad of the cycle. Apparently Heller’s 24/7 rule doesn’t apply to the senator’s own schedule.
Nevada State Democratic Party Sarah Abel released the following statement on Senator Heller skipping work:
“After promising to work 24/7 in the Senate, career politician Dean Heller just skipped work and missed votes for a politically motivated photo-op with Mike Pence. It is embarrassing how low Sen. Heller is willing to stoop to maneuver himself for this brutal primary fight. The broken promises just keep piling up, and Dean Heller keeps showing Nevada voters why he deserves to be fired from the Senate.”
Heller Missed The Confirmation Vote For Michael Lawrence Brown Of Georgia To Be A United States District Judge For The Northern District Of Georgia. On January 11, 2018 Heller Missed The Confirmation Vote For Michael Lawrence Brown’s Judicial Nomination. “On the Nomination (Confirmation Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia) The Nomination Was Confirmed 92-0.” [Senate Roll Call Votes, Vote 7, 1/11/18]
Heller Missed The Cloture Vote To Proceed With The Judicial Nomination Of Walter David Counts To The United States District Judge. On January 11, 2018 Heller Missed The Cloture Vote For Walter David Counts Federal Judicial Nomination. “On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Walter David Counts, III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.) The Cloture Vote Passed 90-1.” [Senate Roll Call Votes, Vote 8, 1/11/18]
Heller Missed The Confirmation Vote For Walter David Counts Nomination To Be A United States District Judge For The Western District Of Texas. On January 11, 2018 Heller Missed The Confirmation Vote For Walter David Counts Judicial Nomination. “On the Nomination (Confirmation Walter David Counts, III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas) The Nomination Was Confirmed 96-0.” [Senate Roll Call Votes, Vote 9, 1/11/18]
Heller Missed The Motion To Proceed Vote For S. 139, A Bill To Implement Use Of Rapid DNA Instruments To Solve And Prevent Violent Crimes And Assist With DNA Analysis Backlogs. On January 11, 2018 Heller Missed The Motion To Proceed Vote On S. 139. “On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to the House Message to Accompany S. 139) A bill to implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, to prevent DNA analysis backlogs, and for other purposes. The Motion To Proceed Passed 68-27.” [Senate Roll Call Votes, Vote 10, 1/11/18]
Heller: “Keep The Senate In Session 24/7 Until We Fill Every Judicial Vacancy With A Conservative Judge” “[Dean Heller to camera]: ‘This is Dean Heller. My dad was an auto mechanic, and he owned his own garage. One of my jobs as a kid was cleaning up. There were no breaks, no pay until the job was done, and dad made sure of that. I believe Congress should work the same way, that’s why I demanded Senate Leadership keep the Senate in session 24/7 until we fill every judicial vacancy with a Conservative Judge who will follow The Constitution, and pass real tax reform with real tax cuts for families and small businesses. I’m as frustrated as you are; President Trump is sending us Conservative Judges and Democrats are holding them up. We can give Americans meaningful tax cuts, and President Trump will sign the bill. The Senate needs to deliver it. I’m Dean Heller and I approve this message, because as Conservatives we’ve been waiting for this opportunity too long. It’s time to get the job done.’” [YouTube, Dean Heller, 11/3/17] (VIDEO)
Heller: “We Need To Work 24/7 As Long As It Takes To ensure That The Federal Judiciary Is Filled With Judges That Will Uphold The Constitution.” “But there is still much more that we need to do, and we need to stay here until the job is done. Most people can’t go home until their work is finished and neither should we. Imagine dropping your car off to the auto mechanic and instead of them staying to finish the job, they leave at 3 pm to go home because that’s what’s convenient for their schedule. They could have stayed and finished the job but opted to leave it for another day. Irritating right? That’s effectively what Congress has been doing, and it needs to stop. We need to work 24/7 as long as it takes to ensure that the federal judiciary is filled with judges that will uphold the Constitution and bring us closer to providing tax relief to American families.” [Medium, Heller for Senate, 11/3/17]
Heller Signed Letter To McConnell Urging To Open Senate On 24/7 Basis To Advance President Trump’s Agenda. “Nine Republican senators have signed a letter to Mitch McConnell calling on him to ‘turn the Senate on full time, 24/7, to advance the president’s agenda.’ The senators write that ‘perversion of Senate rules’ by Democrats, ‘designed to imperil’ Trump’s agenda, necessitates the step. […] The senators: Daines, Ernst, Heller, Johnson, Kennedy, Perdue, Rounds, Strange, Wicker[.]” [Axios, 10/18/17]