Sen. Dean Heller is stuck between a rock and a hard place. GOP leadership in the Senate is forcing him to choose between the thousands of Dreamers who call Nevada home, or doing the bidding of toxic Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell… and it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Heller will probably pick McConnell (again!) after Heller came out firmly against supporting a clean DACA bill earlier this week.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Heller has sold out Nevada enough times by now that no one expects him to do what’s right to protect Dreamers and stand up to Mitch McConnell’s anti-immigrant agenda. Right now, Heller seems to be buckling to political pressure from his toxic Republican leadership at the expense of the thousands of Dreamers who call Nevada home. Nevada families deserve a senator with the courage to take on these tough fights, and that’s exactly why Dean Heller will be out of a job this time next year.”
Republican Senate leadership is waging a quiet, behind-the-scenes pressure campaign to encourage GOP members to not sign onto a bipartisan immigration deal.
Sources say the pressure is directed at members who might support a bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and rest of the so-called Gang of Six.
Two GOP sources with knowledge of the process say Republican leadership — including Sen. Mitch McConnell — has made clear to several members that it wouldn’t be helpful to the current Republican strategy to get onto the proposal.