Denny Heck Visit
December 23, 2018
On Dec 18, 2018, representatives from Olympia Indivisible, Grey Resistance Indivisible and Indivisible Tacoma visited with Rep. Denny Heck and his staff for well over an hour.
We spoke with him about the changes going from a minority party member in Congress to a majority party member and what that entails.
We had a two-way discussion about issues including: the three caucuses within the Democratic Party in Congress – the Blue Dog Coalition, The New Democrats Coalition and the Progressive Coalition, and how they interact and work together. Mr. Heck is member of the New Democrats and looks for opportunities to work with Progressives and Blue Dogs. We discussed our interest in and support of HR1, a bill that has not been seen yet but is assured to contain multiple measures designed to enfranchise voters and provide Americans with clean, transparent governance by, among other things, identifying and removing dark money and its sources from undue influence.
We discussed our support for Healthcare For All, often referred to as “Medicare for All.” Rep. Heck 100% supports getting healthcare for all Americans, however, he does not support Medicare for All as proposed at this time. He previously sponsored a bill that would allow some persons under 65 to buy into Medicare as a cost-effective step towards full and affordable coverage. Healthcare for all is a complex issue with answers still being sought for some of the challenges that he supports.
We spoke about supporting Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House, a position Rep. Heck took early on. Different elements of the Green New Deal were discussed, which Rep Heck had not yet had time to review. We thanked him for his very strong commitment to our environment, particularly his support for cleaning up Puget Sound through stormwater runoff management, his support for continuing alternative energy credits and incentives, and more.
Additional topics of conversation included the humanitarian crisis at our southern border created by President Trump and his administration’s commitment of crimes against humanity, including the death of a child the prior week. We asked about the status and need for retaining President Trump’s Immigration Ban when the majority of the countries complied with US requirements before SCOTUS upheld the Muslim Ban 3.0, our support for substantive and necessary investigations to be conducted by US House Democrats, and the atrocities occurring in Yemen.
The question was asked – how do we work across our divisions and heal as a community and a nation? Rep. Heck said, “Always look for common ground that is actionable,” and “never demonize,” personal principles he practices in elections and while performing his work.
All in all, it was an informative meeting with our Congressman, and we look forward to repeating it in the not-too-distant future.