Dean Heller receives ‘threatening’ note over Senate healthcare bill
A “threatening” note was left at Senator Dean Heller’s Las Vegas office over the weekend, police announced on Monday. While the exact wording of the letter hasn’t been revealed, the threat had to do with the senate healthcare bill that would strip health insurance from millions of people, which is currently sitting around waiting for a vote.
From The Nevada Independent:
A note taped to Sen. Dean Heller’s Senate office was from someone asserting that he would lose his health care if the key senator voted for the repeal bill and that he would die if that happened and would take Heller with him, a law enforcement source said.
Police found the note on Saturday morning when they responded to a burglary alarm, although nothing appears to have been stolen from the senator’s office.
Heller, a GOP senator, came out against the first version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act before it was delayed until after the July 4 recess, but hasn’t made it clear how he feels about the latest update. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval reaffirmed his opposition to the bill over the weekend, saying it would be a disaster for the state due to the massive cuts to Medicaid it entails.
Heller, one of the more moderate GOP senators, is considered particularly vulnerable in the 2018 midterms as he is a Republican senator from a state that went for Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was hoping to put the bill to a vote this week, but had to scratch that plan thanks to Sen. John “Crusty” McCain’s blood clot. Senators Susan Collins and Rand Paul have already come out against the newest bill, which means the GOP cannot afford to lose another vote.
[Nevada Independent | Photo: Getty]