Denny Heck’s Voting Record

What you should know about Congressman Denny Heck’s Pro-Corporate Voting Record

Denny Heck: The Candidate of Wall Street, Banking and Insurance industry, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Endless War, and Neocolonialism.

Compiled by Jeff Sowers (High School Teacher)

If progressive voters of Washington’s 10th Congressional district want a real progressive to represent them, they should be thinking about replacing Denny Heck. Following is a list of 36 anti-progressive votes Heck has made in the U.S. Congress. Solid progressive Congressional reps like Bernie Sanders, Barbara Lee, Raul Grijalva, and Keith Ellison voted the opposite way as Heck on these bills.

In chronological order. Most recent first.
  • 6/13/17 Heck votes against worker rights in supporting S. 1094 – Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. According to the National Federation of Federal Employees,  the “misleadingly-titled” bill actually weakens employee protections and will not make the VA more accountable.
  • 4/4/2017  Heck votes for more financial deregulation in supporting H.R.1343 – Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017. This bill is not really about employee ownership, and really about reducing disclosure requirements when companies market company shares to employees, making it easier for unscrupulous businesses to take advantage of employee-investors.  86 Democrats, including Congressional progressives Gabbard, Lee, and Grijalva opposed the measure.
  • 11/30/16 Heck bows to Big Pharma and votes in favor of “21st Century Cures Act.”  This bill includes a grab bag of goodies for Big Pharma and medical device companies that would undermine requirements for ensuring safe and effective drugs and medical devices. In opposition to this bill Elizabeth Warren stated “when American voters say Congress is owned by big companies, this bill is exactly what they are talking about.”
  • 6/2/2015 Denny Heck votes for H.R. 2048, USA Freedom Act.  This act essentially continues the USA Patriot Act, with had just expired, with some modest reforms. Staunch progressives like Sanders, Lee, and Grijalva opposed this bill as it was better to simply let the law authorizing bulk collection of American’s phone and personal data die, rather than reauthorize a modestly reformed version of the program.