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PUGET SOUND
I plan to reintroduce the Marine Disease Emergency Act to address the danger of underwater disease outbreaks such as the recent sea star wasting disease witnessed in Puget Sound.
 

10TH DISTRICT ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT
This week I recognized Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, a Lakewood native and former player for the University of Washington.
Watch the clip here

 

Dear Friends,

I have some updates for you:

KEEPING HEROES IN THEIR HOMES

Right before the holidays arrived, President Obama signed into law the Senate version of my bill, the Stability for Servicemembers Act. This new law extends mortgage foreclosure and eviction protections for servicemembers, halting foreclosures for a one-year period after active duty ends to allow for enough time to for veterans to get their financial affairs in order.

SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR VETERANS 
When Marine veteran Clay Hunt sought post-traumatic stress treatment, the VA was not prepared to handle his new medical needs. He struggled to get the support necessary to handle his injuries, and tragically took his own life in 2011. Twenty-two veterans die by suicide every day, and we can do more to help by increasing access to mental health care within the VA system. I’d like to thank veterans, their families and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for bringing this issue to the forefront. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which passed the House, provides more services for veterans mental health treatment and services.

After more than a decade of war, we need to fulfill our end of the bargain to our brave men and women in uniform and do our part to provide relief from lingering pain, however that pain may manifest. Veterans and their families are a huge part of our region and country’s history, and a huge part of our future.

SENSIBLE ELECTION REFORM
Five years ago this month, the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision started the flurry of cash from high-dollar donors right into our elections. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, Super PACs have spent $1 billion on the last three election cycles since the Citizens United decision and more than $600 million of that were from the same 195 individuals and their spouses.

Our elections should be about who has the best ideas to move our country forward, not who can raise the most money. The Democracy for All Amendment to the Constitution will overturn Citizens United and, along with the DISCLOSE Act and Government by the People Act, will allow Congress to produce meaningful campaign finance reform.

REJECTING HARMFUL CHANGES TO FINANCIAL REFORM
As I continue to serve on the Financial Services Committee, I am paying close attention to proposals to roll back provisions and further dilute the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This bill was passed after the biggest financial collapse and job loss since the Great Depression, and I came to Congress to make sure that never happens again.

As the 114th Congress gets underway and a new year begins, I will continue to represent you and your family’s interests by advocating for smart proposals that sustain economic growth. If you see legislation you want me to consider supporting, don’t hesitate to contact my office.

Thank you,
Denny Heck

 

Pierce County Office
1423 E 29th St, Suite 203 Tacoma, WA 98404
Phone: 253-208-6172

Washington, DC Office
425 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-9740
Fax: 202-225-0129

Thurston and Mason County Office
420 College St. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-459-8514



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