As a Member of Congress, Denny Heck works to ensure that any federal policy changes proposed would not hinder the progress of the South Sound.
Protecting the health care system
Congressman Denny Heck opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act, and believes Congress should work together to fix the existing law in a bipartisan way rather than getting rid of the Affordable Care Act entirely.
Prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans routinely denied coverage to individuals with a pre-existing health condition, charged higher premiums and refused to cover expenses related to certain health issues. Patient protections that have been in place since the law passed prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions, ban annual and lifetime benefit limits and prohibit coverage being canceled because of a health condition.
For more information on the impact of an Affordable Care Act repeal on Washington state's 10th Congressional District, click here.
More resources on the Affordable Care Act
- 10 health care benefits covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace
- Preventative care benefits for: adults, children, and women
- Health benefits for mental health and substance abuse
- Using health care benefits for prescription drugs
To share your story about how the Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare") has helped your or your family, visit the ACA Works page.
Pursuing common sense immigration reform
Congressman Denny Heck believes our immigration laws should reflect our values. We’re a nation of immigrants and we should welcome immigration. It’s good for the economy and it is how our nation has grown for generations.
But Congress needs to take steps to fix our broken immigration system. Since entering Congress, Denny Heck has supported bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform proposals that included securing the border and modernizing the pathway to legal immigration for millions of people living in the United States.
Congressman Heck believes neither Congress nor the President can deal with this issue on a piecemeal basis, one issue at a time. This is too complex of an issue to not confront on a comprehensive basis.
In addition, Congressman Denny Heck opposes immigration policies that are discriminatory, ill-conceived, and have a negative impact on our national security and economy. Congressman Heck believes strongly that President Trump's executive order barring thousands of travelers and refugees from the United States is not who we are.
Congressman Heck has added his support to three bills to prevent this harmful action from being administered any further. If passed, the Statue of Liberty Values Act (SOLVe Act) would overturn the executive order and blocks any federal spending to enforce it. The Freedom of Religion Act states that the United States could not bar foreigners from coming to the United States on the basis of their religious beliefs. The No Religious Registration Act would stop the government from creating or using a database of religious affiliation for the purpose of surveillance or of classifying U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or visa seekers. These bills reflect long-standing American values laid down in the First Amendment.
Congressman Heck also knows our men and women in uniform rely on many Muslim allies in the ongoing fight against terror around the world. To turn our backs on programs and policies that encourage collaboration with our Muslim friends and partners, and to discriminate based on their religion and place of birth, would render us less safe.
Keeping politics out of our national security leadership
While it is every new president's right to reorganize the National Security Council, Congressman Denny Heck believes recent changes are misguided and would inhibit the effectiveness of the NSC. Not only was the President's political advisor added, but the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of National Intelligence—some of the most important policy voices when it comes to military and intelligence matters—were removed.
Partisan politics has not place at the table of the National Security Council. Congressman Heck has signed on to multiple policy proposals in order to ensure the integrity of the National Security Council's principals committee and to avoid political interference in the leadership of the group tasked with making the most crucial military and intelligence decisions.
On April 5, 2017, the President again restructured the National Security Council by removing the White House Chief Strategist and adding the Director of National Intelligence, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Energy onto the Principals Committee. While this is a step in the right direction, Congressman Heck will continue to fight against partisan appointments in national security positions.
Safeguarding our democracy from foreign interference
In the fall of 2016, it came to light that Russian actors hacked U.S. political organizations and leaked documents with the intention of altering the outcome of the election. In response to this, Congressman Denny Heck joined his colleagues in calling for an independent commission to investigate and report on the methods, motivation, and results of the Russian hacking.
Congressman Heck believes that one of Congress’s top priorities should be demanding answers about this scandal and holding individuals accountable for their actions.
Congressman Heck was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which he has jurisdiction over issues that concern the intelligence community and national security matters. After the latest revelations about communications with Russian officials, Congressman Heck signed a letter with seven of his colleagues on the committee calling on General Michael Flynn, a former White House National Security Advisor, to testify before the committee regarding his communications with Russian government officials. It is important to gather the facts to fully understand these encounters in order to keep America safe and our democracy strong.
As more details about this situation come to light, Congressman Heck will work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to learn more about what the House can do to prevent future attacks that threaten our democracy.