Roll Call Acknowledges Heritage’s Budget Cutting Proposals

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This article from Roll Call gives a very useful overview of The Heritage Foundation’s Budget Book and outlines how impactful Heritage’s policy recommendations will be for Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The Heritage book is initially aimed at the House and Senate Budget committees, which are both under GOP control for the first time in years and will soon begin work on their respective fiscal 2016 budget resolutions set to be unveiled in March. The organization of the report follows the functional categories or divisions of spending in the budget resolutions, including defense, international affairs, income security and others.

Be sure to check out the Budget Book to see where we can trim the fat from our federal spending.

Why the Senate Should Use the Power of the Purse to Block Amnesty

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate can block President Obama’s amnesty. (Photo: The Daily Signal)

We all know the lengths to which President Obama will go to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Now we want to know what steps the House of Representatives and the new Republican Senate will take to stop him.

Congress can easily block President Obama’s unilateral amnesty by simply refusing to fund it, as the Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood explains in The Daily Signal:

 One of the most talked about strategies for stopping Obama’s executive actions was to simply not give him or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the money to implement them.  Congress has the constitutional authority to fund or not to fund government activities, often referred to as the “power of the purse.” In this case, Congress could deny funding and resources for DHS that would be used for Obama’s executive amnesty.

The House passed such a measure and the Senate now has until the end of February to do the same.

Blocking Obama’s executive orders on immigration is exactly the approach Heritage’s David Inserra recommended last fall.

Of course, even if the measure passes in the Senate, it is very likely to be vetoed by the President. The battle against amnesty for illegal immigrants then goes to the court of public opinion, where a majority favors the conservative approach: Continue Reading »

Heritage’s Ryan Anderson Stands Up for Marriage

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The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson, who has made the case for traditional marriage and against redefining it, is taking yet another bold stand for marriage.

This time, he is joined by approximately 50 other Catholics and Evangelicals who have signed a manifesto against same-sex marriage. The letter is set to appear in the March issue of First Things, a journal where Anderson is an assistant editor.

The National Catholic Reporter reports the letter will address same-sex unions as the greatest of many threats to the family, surpassing issues like divorce and cohabitation: Continue Reading »

Key Lawmaker Agrees with Heritage: Split Food Stamps from the Farm Bill

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To enable overdue reforms, Heritage experts have long urged lawmakers to split the so-called “farm bill” into its two parts: food stamps and agriculture programs.

And the new chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) now says he backs this reform.

This is a big win for conservatives. “The only way to get policy reform for either food stamps or agriculture programs is to separate the programs into two bills,” Heritage’s Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield explained in 2013. “If they remain combined, legislators who would otherwise seek reform will decide to stay quiet in order to maintain the status quo for their favored programs.”

How would you reform these programs?

Heritage Questions Lead to the Ugly Truth About Obama’s Cuba Policy

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Heritage Foundation Latin America experts Ana Quintana and Mike Gonzalez submitted questions to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere with the goal of highlighting the Obama administration’s hypocrisy on Cuba.

Well, their pointed questions worked: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) got the State Department to admit that U.S. travel to Cuba will bolster the Castro regime because the Cuban military owns the hotels and much of the tourism industry.

Check out Quintana’s tweet below:

There were two other bombshell announcements that came out of the hearing too:

  1. The Obama administration will not confirm whether it will continue supporting human rights in Cuba
  2. The State Department’s top western hemisphere diplomat had no part in creating the new Cuba policy, which was negotiated directly by the White House

What do you think of the Obama administration’s radical Cuba policy?

Video: DeMint Urges Lawmakers to Cut Spending

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On MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint made the case against President Obama’s tax-and-spend budget. Instead, he urged lawmakers to follow Heritage recommendations to cut spending and bolster America’s national defense. Later this week, Heritage will release a comprehensive report outlining 106 ways to cut spending.

Jim DeMint Is Taking Conservative Ideas to the People (and Potential Presidential Candidates)

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint spent last weekend in Iowa meeting with conservative grassroots activists and presidential hopefuls to promote Heritage’s conservative policies.

After speaking to a crowd of roughly 1,000 activists and opinion leaders in Des Moines, DeMint sat down individually with five potential candidates.

Heritage is helping to shape the 2016 debates, he told them, and can be a resource for them as they develop their platforms.

He also invited them to come by Heritage for candidate briefings that we offer to all candidates, and introduced them to our 192-page policy agenda for the new Congress, Opportunity for All Favoritism to None.

Do you think conservative ideas will play a role in the 2016 elections?

Spreading #EconFreedom Around the World

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To spread the word about The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage staff tweeted out messages in over a dozen languages to over thirty countries with the hash tag #EconFreedom.

The tweets alert citizens as to whether their country advanced or declined on the Index and includes a link for more information about the ranking.

This is just another way Heritage is promoting free-market values — this time, globally. Check out these tweets from around the world: Continue Reading »

More Than 40 Lawmakers Will Join Heritage’s Conservative Members Retreat

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More than 40 members of Congress will attend The Heritage Foundation’s three-day Conservative Members Retreat this week. Lawmakers and their families will learn about and discuss conservative thought and the practical application of conservative principles to legislation.

Heritage’s top policy experts will be onsite to explain conservative solutions and develop relationships with the lawmakers. Some of the Heritage scholars attending include: marriage expert Ryan Anderson, first principles expert David Azerrad, family policy expert Jennifer Marshall, education expert Lindsey Burke, energy expert Nick Loris, and health care expert Nina Owcharenko.

To get America back to greatness, we need to change the bad policies that have limited freedom, increased spending and debt, weakened our defenses, ignored the Constitution, and allowed further government intrusion into our personal lives. That’s why Heritage makes such an effort to educate lawmakers and ensure they understand the merits of conservative policies.

Do you think it’s important to build relationships upon a shared understanding of conservative principles with lawmakers?

Paul Ryan Calls for an End to Big Government Cronyism in Heritage Speech

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about Heritage's Index of Economic Freedom .

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom . Photo: Katie Nielsen

Big government policies like regulations on commerce and cronyism are to blame for the United States’ 12th-place ranking in Heritage’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said today at The Heritage Foundation.

In a speech to help launch the Index, Ryan added that that Heritage has been instrumental in making the case against cronyism. Cronyism, which involves special interests using the power of government for their own benefit, is extraordinarily damaging to free economies.

“Opportunity for all and favoritism to none should be our creed at home and abroad,” Ryan said. “Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None” is the name of a 192-page Heritage report detailing a policy agenda for the new Congress.

What do you think are the real saboteurs of a free economy?

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