Climate Change: Heller does not consider climate change a critical threat. “There always has been [climate change], there always will be,” he was quoted as saying in a Politico article in 2015, but the impact from humans is “up for debate,” he said. The senator has supported President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change. He has said he wishes to expand domestic production and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Economy: Heller wants to keep taxes low and limit government spending and regulations.
Education: Supported the confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Gun Control: Voted against banning high-capacity magazines and background checks. Heller says it is up to the state to arm teachers and whether or not to raise the legal age to purchase a firearm.
Supreme Court: Voted “Yes” to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court.
Health Care: In 2018, nearly 91,000 Nevadans are enrolled in health care coverage. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Heller was in favor of repealing the program in 2015, however, Heller said he was against the GOP’s wish to roll back the ACA in 2017. But in a speech in 2018, he also promised to repeal and replace ACA.
Immigration: Supports stronger border security and construction of a fence to secure the border. Backed an immigration reform bill in 2013 that supported those brought here illegally be given a pathway to citizenship. Recently, Heller has opposed the same bill. In 2012, Heller called the DREAM ACT a “backdoor amnesty” program and voted against it. He has since supported a recent extension. Nearly 13,000 DACA recipients reside in Nevada and while in the Senate, Heller has voted to provide Dreamers with a more permanent decision.
Minimum Wage: In 2014, Heller voted against increasing the minimum wage to $8.25.
Net Neutrality: In favor of the repeal.
Trump: Supported 92% of key votes supporting Trump’s positions in the Senate, according to the FiveThirtyEight website.
Veterans: Supports federal funds for Nevada’s housing authorities to help homeless veterans.
Women’s Rights: Heller wants to ban abortions after 20 weeks and believes employers can withhold contraceptive coverage if they disagree morally. Heller said he would protect the non-profit women’s health organization Planned Parenthood. However, he has voted twice to pull funding from the organization.