One Year After His Complete 180 on Key Procedural Vote, Senator Spineless Dean Heller Can’t Escape His Broken Health Care Promise

Today marks one year to the day since Sen. Dean Heller broke his promise to oppose a key procedural motion that opened debate in the Senate on toxic Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Heller had previously said in a press conference that he would vote against the procedural motion to open debate. But it wasn’t long after President Trump publicly threatened Heller to get in line that he did “a complete 180” and cast a deciding vote to open up debate on the Senate floor on a series of reckless, dangerous plans to dismantle the ACA.

June 23, 2017: Heller says he will vote “no” against motion to proceed

HELLER (VIDEO): “Our first vote on this piece of legislation may be as early as Tuesday. We’ll have a procedural motion that we don’t need to get into, but it’s called getting on the bill so that we can have a final vote sometime on Friday. I’m just telling you this: if this is the bill, if this is the language on that procedural motion on Tuesday, I won’t be voting for it.”

July 13, 2017: Heller shifts to being “undecided” on motion to proceed

@LACaldwell:[email protected] on if he’s undecided on motion to proceed: At this point yes.”

July 25, 2017: Heller flips and votes “yes” to open debate on repeal

The Hill: “Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) said they would back their party on the procedural motion minutes before the vote was to begin… The stance is a bit of a turnaround for Heller. Just a month ago, he had warned that he opposed a motion to proceed”

Fox News: “He went from no to yes in a matter of… seconds”

KLAS Las Vegas: “Senator Dean Heller will vote to proceed with the health care debate, that is a complete 180”

The Nevada Independent: “His spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry Tuesday on why Heller supports a motion to proceed now but opposed it earlier”

Los Angeles Times: “Nevada Sen. Dean Heller… voted Tuesday to allow debate to go forward on a bill that would attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare”

Roll Call: “Heller voted for the motion to proceed on the GOP health care bill, even though Republicans were not completely clear which plan they would be voting on”

Axios: “Heller a ‘yes’ on motion to proceed for ACA repeal”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Heller votes yes to bring GOP health care bill to Senate floor”

TPM: “Heller To Vote For Motion To Proceed On Bill To Repeal Obamacare”


July 2017: Heller Voted In Favor Of The Senate Motion To Proceed With The American Health Care Act. On July 25, 2017, Heller Voted In Favor Of The Motion To Proceed With The American Health Care Act. “On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to H.R. 1628) A bill to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.” The motion vote tied 50-50, the Vice President voted yea to break the tie. [CQ, 7/25/17, Senate Roll Call Vote, Vote 167, 7/25/17]