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Tag: Denny Heck

June
12th

U.S. Rep. Heck wins passage for first bill; it allows quick reform of reverse mortgage rules

First-year Congressman Denny Heck of Olympia pushed his first piece of legislation through the U.S. House on Wednesday, passing a reverse-mortgage reform bill on a voice vote. The measure, H.R. 2167, now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Heck, a Democrat representing Washington’s new 10th Congressional District, sponsored the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act at the behest of the Federal Housing Administration, which reports a higher rate of underwater mortgages in its reverse-mortgage portfolio than its holdings overall.

Heck said the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act lets FHA make rule changes quickly by letter to mortgagees and

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April
18th

Stan Flemming plans Friday-night fundraiser to pay off debt from last year’s failed 10th CD campaign and potentially to run again

After Republican Stan Flemming of University Place lost in the 2012 primary race for Washington’s new 10th Congressional District, he still owed money on  loans he took out to finance his campaign. Fast forward 8 1/2  months  later: Flemming is holding a campaign fundraiser Friday evening at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club to retire that debt and build up money for another run in 2014.

Federal Election Commission filings show that Flemming’s 2012 campaign is still owing at least $50,700 to a private Beverly Hills lender, Spanky LLC. An email announcing Flemming’s 6 p.m. buffet-dinner event says the goal is to pay off

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March
27th

Heck favors federal law changes to let I-502 work, including help to allow banker lending to marijuana enterprises

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck says he ended up voting for Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative last fall and thinks the federal government now needs to take steps to let the state put Initiative 502 into effect. Among the changes: Shed the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s Schedule 1 listing marijuana of marijuana as a “most dangerous” drug with no accepted medical use, which he called “the height of silliness.”

“My position is that the federal government’s regulations ought to enable states to implement voter approved laws or legislatively approved laws in this regard. I actually think that having

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March
22nd

Update – U.S. Reps. Heck, Kilmer respond to news of airport tower closures pending in Tumwater and Tacoma

This has been updated to include Rep. Kilmer’s statement and other changes.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck pledged again Friday to look for ways to avoid the sequestration budget cuts. The freshman Democrat from Olympia put out a statement following news reports Friday that 149 airport traffic control towers across the country would lose staffing as a result of the across-the-board cuts.

Two towers are either in or near his 10th Congressional District – including at Olympia Regional Airport and at Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Heck’s statement:

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Aviation Administration informed my office this afternoon that the

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March
16th

U.S. Rep. Heck’s statement on the death of Booth Gardner, a governor he served, admired

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck put out a statement today on the passing of former Gov. Booth Gardner, whose unlikely career in politics is chronicled here by his hometown paper, The News Tribune:

Statement on the Passing of Former Washington Governor Booth Gardner

Olympia, Washington – Congressman Denny Heck has released the following statement on the passing of former Washington Governor Booth Gardner. The Congressman served as Chief of Staff during Governor Gardner’s second term (1989-1993).

“Booth Gardner will be remembered for many things.  He will be remembered for his impish sense of humor and never-failing common touch.  He will be remembered as

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Feb.
18th

Democrats gather tonight for Lacey crab feed still feeling wins from 2012 elections

Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington’s three newest members of Congress are featured speakers tonight at the state Democratic Party’s yearly crab feed fund raiser in Lacey. The $50 per person event starts after 5 p.m. at the Saint Martin’s University Pavilion. It follows an all-day grassroots organizing forum that runs all day at the college campus.

For details on the event to here. The tone of the crab feed event should mostly be celebratory – in that party chairman Dwight Pelz’s forces held onto the Governor’s Office for an eighth straight election, longest current streak in the

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Jan.
31st

After 26 days in office, Rep. Heck says D.C. partisanship seems even more acute than he feared

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck said his 26 days on the job in Washington, D.C., has been like “drinking from a fire hose,” but he’s built a foundation for getting to work in earnest. He found a residence, opened a Capitol office, hired staff and received his committee assignments. And in his first month, he voted in favor of two controversial bills that turned into much more partisan fights than he’d liked.

“I in candor have to admit I’m a little discouraged by how polarized it is back there. But I don’t think I have a big enough sample size to

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