Heritage Action Impact on Spending Debate

Since announcing our opposition to the three-week spending bill, along with FRC Action and the Club for Growth, our stance has driven media coverage of Congressional action.

Our unique formula of a DC-based team and conservatives across the country is working, holding Members of Congress accountable to their conservative mandate. The press clips below demonstrate our initial success in driving the debate, but we have a lot of work to do between now and when the CR expires on April 8th.

When the three-week resolution was unveiled on Friday, it was viewed by many with a sigh of relief, knowing that a government shutdown would once again be averted, however temporarily. But then a number of prominent conservative groups issued statements in opposition to the bill, urging Republicans to vote no.

Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action, concurred. “If we blink now and allow the proponents of big government to drag out negotiations,” he said, “it will undercut our ability to fight for conservative policies and result in fewer reforms and less cuts.”

When members returned to Capitol Hill on Monday, it was clear that some had gotten the message.

The RSC’s rise in status has been noticed in Washington. The organization is in close touch with anti-tax, pro-life, and other conservative groups active on Capitol Hill. One in particular: Heritage Action, the new political arm of the Heritage Foundation.
Those members are backed by a slowly building set of outside groups: The Family Research Council, Club for Growth and Heritage Action are all opposed to the newest round of stopgap spending.
Rubio’s statement came as several influential conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation’s political arm, the Club for Growth and the Family Research Council, came out against the three-week deal negotiated by GOP leaders and said they would score the votes in their annual legislative scorecards.
Friday three leading conservative organizations, the Club for Growth, the Family Research Council, and Heritage Action, teamed up to make clear their opposition to any funding extension, and said they’ll be keeping count of how lawmakers vote on the bill.
And in an open letter released Monday, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham wrote that delaying the CR for three more weeks gives Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the time he needs to conflate this year’s budget with next year’s.
The move [by Tea Party Nation] echoes statements made Friday by the Heritage Foundation’s political organizing wing, Heritage Action, along with the Club for Growth and Family Research Council in opposition to the newest CR.
Also, the Club for Growth, Heritage Action (an arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank), and the Family Research Council have ALL come out against the new short-term proposal, saying they’ll be SCORING a no vote.
On Friday, three conservative groups — the Family Research Council, Club for Growth and Heritage Action — announced they were against the new stopgap. They were joined Monday by the Susan B. Anthony List, the American Family Association, the Tea Party Nation and the National Taxpayers Union.
The Florida Republican [Marco Rubio] joined a push by several key outside groups opposing bill, including the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council’s political arms.
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58 thoughts on “Heritage Action Impact on Spending Debate

  1. What spending debate. We sent a clear message to Washington in November. Stop the spending, stop the madness in Washington. If you want your job next election, stand up for what the people asked you to do! Stop Obamacare, stop the out of control spending. We want our country back!!!

    • Yes, we did send a CLEAR message in November 2010 to Washington and it is apparent that there are many that did not get the message . . . hopefully in 2012 there will be another message sent even stronger then the one before! STOP the SPENDING, REPEAL Obamacare(which is not healthcare, striving for single-payer option) DEFUND Planned Parenthood (the genocide mill) and National Public Radio (NPR).

      • Congress, it seems,is attempting to pass another short term bill that conveniently omits defunding HC, Planned Parenthood, and the EPA’s “global warming to name a few. Those were included in H.R.1, purposefully left out here, thus allowing the Senate to procrastinate indefinitely. Sounds like a political stall tactic to me.

      • We need to abolish the EPA, FCC, Dept. of Education, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Dept. of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, National Labor Relations Board, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, and any other agencies that does applied to specific enumerated powers as given in the Constitution.

  2. What spending debate. We sent a clear message to Washington in November. Stop the spending, stop the madness in Washington. If you want your job next election, stand up for what the people asked you to do! Stop Obamacare, stop the out of control spending. We want our country back!!!

    • Yes, we did send a CLEAR message in November 2010 to Washington and it is apparent that there are many that did not get the message . . . hopefully in 2012 there will be another message sent even stronger then the one before! STOP the SPENDING, REPEAL Obamacare(which is not healthcare, striving for single-payer option) DEFUND Planned Parenthood (the genocide mill) and National Public Radio (NPR).

      • Congress, it seems,is attempting to pass another short term bill that conveniently omits defunding HC, Planned Parenthood, and the EPA’s “global warming to name a few. Those were included in H.R.1, purposefully left out here, thus allowing the Senate to procrastinate indefinitely. Sounds like a political stall tactic to me.

      • We need to abolish the EPA, FCC, Dept. of Education, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Dept. of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, National Labor Relations Board, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, and any other agencies that does applied to specific enumerated powers as given in the Constitution.

  3. I second what linda Maddox said. STOP THE SPENDING = STOP THE MADNESS – STOP OBAMA – STOP ALL TRAITORS TO THE CONSTITUTION – get them OUT of office. The U.S. is a Christian nation, and always will be. That’s why this nation has been so great, because of the blessings of the Living God.

    • Frances and everybody else there is a National group everybody needs to join forces with called GOOOH(Get Out of Our House). Go to http://www.goooh.com and check it out. This is best idea I have ever heard before! Once you get on board with GOOOH please contact everybody who cares about what is going on and ask them to join up as well!

      • I have met Tim Cox of GOOOH.com and he is a fantastic Patriot. Everybody that is sick and tired of the “Go Along To Get Along”, lying, stealing, bribing, blackmailing and the elected hasbeens that have bartered our American votes for personal favors needs to join and get involved in GOOOH.com Then get 5 or more Patriots to join. We need 435 Patriot Representatives for 2012.

  4. I second what linda Maddox said. STOP THE SPENDING = STOP THE MADNESS – STOP OBAMA – STOP ALL TRAITORS TO THE CONSTITUTION – get them OUT of office. The U.S. is a Christian nation, and always will be. That’s why this nation has been so great, because of the blessings of the Living God.

    • Frances and everybody else there is a National group everybody needs to join forces with called GOOOH(Get Out of Our House). Go to http://www.goooh.com and check it out. This is best idea I have ever heard before! Once you get on board with GOOOH please contact everybody who cares about what is going on and ask them to join up as well!

      • I have met Tim Cox of GOOOH.com and he is a fantastic Patriot. Everybody that is sick and tired of the “Go Along To Get Along”, lying, stealing, bribing, blackmailing and the elected hasbeens that have bartered our American votes for personal favors needs to join and get involved in GOOOH.com Then get 5 or more Patriots to join. We need 435 Patriot Representatives for 2012.

  5. Continuing Resolutions should be sent the way of the DODO bird. This is not the way to run a Country even a fifth grader knows you can’t spend more than you take in (meaning earn not steal).
    If an ordinary citizen did what the government is doing, we would be arrested.
    These so called Representitives of ours seem to have forgoten the mandate that was given to them in November 2010. We are your constituency, GIT ‘R’ DONE!

  6. Continuing Resolutions should be sent the way of the DODO bird. This is not the way to run a Country even a fifth grader knows you can’t spend more than you take in (meaning earn not steal).
    If an ordinary citizen did what the government is doing, we would be arrested.
    These so called Representitives of ours seem to have forgoten the mandate that was given to them in November 2010. We are your constituency, GIT ‘R’ DONE!

  7. I was disappointed with Republican leadership supporting the temporary spending bill. I communicated those sentiments to Speaker Boehner. The Republican leadership needs to recognize that the majority of Americans are behind them…they said so in November. What are they afraid of in taking a stance? I will keep asking that question.

    • I sent an e-mail to the Speaker and said about the
      same. I don’t think they are listening or they are ignoring everyone and hope we go away. FAT CHANCE.

    • I am not pleased or impressed with the amount in cuts which does not address the depth of the problem. The House Leadership of John Boehner and Eric Cantor are simply kicking the can down the road for the FY 2012, then it will have an additional $1.5 trillion problem to deal with. This is a serious problem that they’re not addressing in the severity of government spending.

    • David, like you I blasted Speaker Boehner as well and told him that he is going to be one term speaker. Why? He has lied to us. He is playing footsy with criminals called demonrats. Please go to http://www.goooh.com and check out GOOOH(Get Out Of Our House). This is best idea to replace every incumbent in Washington I have ever heard before. This is a National organization.

  8. I was disappointed with Republican leadership supporting the temporary spending bill. I communicated those sentiments to Speaker Boehner. The Republican leadership needs to recognize that the majority of Americans are behind them…they said so in November. What are they afraid of in taking a stance? I will keep asking that question.

    • I sent an e-mail to the Speaker and said about the
      same. I don’t think they are listening or they are ignoring everyone and hope we go away. FAT CHANCE.

    • I am not pleased or impressed with the amount in cuts which does not address the depth of the problem. The House Leadership of John Boehner and Eric Cantor are simply kicking the can down the road for the FY 2012, then it will have an additional $1.5 trillion problem to deal with. This is a serious problem that they’re not addressing in the severity of government spending.

    • David, like you I blasted Speaker Boehner as well and told him that he is going to be one term speaker. Why? He has lied to us. He is playing footsy with criminals called demonrats. Please go to http://www.goooh.com and check out GOOOH(Get Out Of Our House). This is best idea to replace every incumbent in Washington I have ever heard before. This is a National organization.

  9. I’m wondering what the devil it takes for just one of the decent politicians in Congress (if one exist at all) to step up and lead the charge against the rest of this thug mob for gross ethics violations, high crimes, treason and sedition. If slimy filth of the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, and the list goes on and on and on have not crossed the line of treason, there simply is no such line to cross. Anyone who had the brass to do that would be an immediate national hero.

    • I fully agree with this comment by Ken Owen. I could n ot have said better exactly how I feel. I spoke direcly to Fleming’s office, to a sharp sounding assistant, and told him in about the same words, that I am watching like a hawk, and I am well informed, and I AM NOT ALONE. Fleming was already on board, fortunately for him. If the voting process still matters in this country, and I truly doubt it is, I will participate. But I am using the Declaration of Independence as a guide line…for alternatives, to replace this government!

  10. I’m wondering what the devil it takes for just one of the decent politicians in Congress (if one exist at all) to step up and lead the charge against the rest of this thug mob for gross ethics violations, high crimes, treason and sedition. If slimy filth of the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, and the list goes on and on and on have not crossed the line of treason, there simply is no such line to cross. Anyone who had the brass to do that would be an immediate national hero.

    • I fully agree with this comment by Ken Owen. I could n ot have said better exactly how I feel. I spoke direcly to Fleming’s office, to a sharp sounding assistant, and told him in about the same words, that I am watching like a hawk, and I am well informed, and I AM NOT ALONE. Fleming was already on board, fortunately for him. If the voting process still matters in this country, and I truly doubt it is, I will participate. But I am using the Declaration of Independence as a guide line…for alternatives, to replace this government!

  11. About time to let the clowns in Washington know, we don’t like their performance, change the show, restore fiscal sanity

  12. About time to let the clowns in Washington know, we don’t like their performance, change the show, restore fiscal sanity

  13. I’m beginning to think the dirty dems must have something on the Gop;s that keep passing the budget for 3, 4, or 5 weeks. I don’t care what any individual Repbulican did 1, 5, or ten years ago. I just want them to “man up” and stop the budget’ therefore stop the dems illogical spending. Put the Govt. on hold, that will tell the Dems. we are not playing games. I am keeping names of the Gop that are not doing what we, the people want.

  14. I’m beginning to think the dirty dems must have something on the Gop;s that keep passing the budget for 3, 4, or 5 weeks. I don’t care what any individual Repbulican did 1, 5, or ten years ago. I just want them to “man up” and stop the budget’ therefore stop the dems illogical spending. Put the Govt. on hold, that will tell the Dems. we are not playing games. I am keeping names of the Gop that are not doing what we, the people want.

  15. After all the rot the liberals have put in our lap, do you, the republican leadership actually still think you can negotiate us out of this mess

  16. After all the rot the liberals have put in our lap, do you, the republican leadership actually still think you can negotiate us out of this mess

  17. All the Republican leadership needs to keep in mind is that the people spoke loud and clear last November. We certainly expect you to stand strong and represent our sentiments.

    When I think back on how Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid gave no regard to the Republicans and how we, the thousands of people coming to the Capitol, were virtually ignored and called.”Astoturf”, I don’t really see a need to negotiate with the likes of people of this mindset. They obviously have a different agenda than what is really good for America.

  18. All the Republican leadership needs to keep in mind is that the people spoke loud and clear last November. We certainly expect you to stand strong and represent our sentiments.

    When I think back on how Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid gave no regard to the Republicans and how we, the thousands of people coming to the Capitol, were virtually ignored and called.”Astoturf”, I don’t really see a need to negotiate with the likes of people of this mindset. They obviously have a different agenda than what is really good for America.

  19. Why can’t we address the spending and the debt! The Republicans need to take a firm stand otherwise the Democrats will keep lingering with insignicant cuts as we keep on with the big spending and increased debt. I know that local governments in Ohio have reduced their spending my cutting all department budgets by a certain percent. All of these departments were able to accommodate that reduced budget. Why can’t we do this at the Federal level as it would fair to all areas?

  20. Why can’t we address the spending and the debt! The Republicans need to take a firm stand otherwise the Democrats will keep lingering with insignicant cuts as we keep on with the big spending and increased debt. I know that local governments in Ohio have reduced their spending my cutting all department budgets by a certain percent. All of these departments were able to accommodate that reduced budget. Why can’t we do this at the Federal level as it would fair to all areas?

  21. It is time for Republicans to issue a ‘no confidence’ vote on John Boehner as Speaker. We need someone who will force the Democrats and Obama to cut spending and we need someone who will lead the House in a resounding NO vote on any debt limit increase. We need a Speaker who will cut the budgets for the WH and all bureaucracies. We need a Speaker who will defund Obamacare and if there is embedded payments already in the system, the obvious solution is to cut the funding by more than twice the payments to the agencies who will be enforcing and/or benefitting.

    Any Congressman who votes to raise the debt limit should face an immediate Recall–no waiting for the next election.

    • I expect nothing different with Boehner in the leadership. He is a get along political hack that has no spine. We gave then something that has not happened in 60 yrs in Nov. don’t you think they could give us the same in return.

  22. It is time for Republicans to issue a ‘no confidence’ vote on John Boehner as Speaker. We need someone who will force the Democrats and Obama to cut spending and we need someone who will lead the House in a resounding NO vote on any debt limit increase. We need a Speaker who will cut the budgets for the WH and all bureaucracies. We need a Speaker who will defund Obamacare and if there is embedded payments already in the system, the obvious solution is to cut the funding by more than twice the payments to the agencies who will be enforcing and/or benefitting.

    Any Congressman who votes to raise the debt limit should face an immediate Recall–no waiting for the next election.

    • I expect nothing different with Boehner in the leadership. He is a get along political hack that has no spine. We gave then something that has not happened in 60 yrs in Nov. don’t you think they could give us the same in return.

  23. Quit pussy footing with the Devil and his cohorts ( obama, reid & pelosi ) we need our country back. Period. This Country has an electorate ( and many politicians ) who are lacking in the history of the Founding Fathers and the numbers of fallen soldiers buried on foreign soil, who gave it their all for this Country. Let God and the Constitution be the guide !!

  24. Quit pussy footing with the Devil and his cohorts ( obama, reid & pelosi ) we need our country back. Period. This Country has an electorate ( and many politicians ) who are lacking in the history of the Founding Fathers and the numbers of fallen soldiers buried on foreign soil, who gave it their all for this Country. Let God and the Constitution be the guide !!

  25. Time has come to take off the BLINDERS that this group of non-american people has put on this CONGRESS and get to STEPING ON TOES. Why haven’t any of the ELECTED on NEW ELECTED PEOPLE REALLY CUT OFF THE MONEY to this CONGRES and let them LEARN what it means to LIVE ON A BUDGET? This so-called president is PLAYING the REST OF YOU like PUPPETS.

  26. Time has come to take off the BLINDERS that this group of non-american people has put on this CONGRESS and get to STEPING ON TOES. Why haven’t any of the ELECTED on NEW ELECTED PEOPLE REALLY CUT OFF THE MONEY to this CONGRES and let them LEARN what it means to LIVE ON A BUDGET? This so-called president is PLAYING the REST OF YOU like PUPPETS.

  27. RICHARD GEIGER
    WHY DON’T WE STOP OR DEFUND OBAMA’S CZAR’S OR CONFRIM THEIR ELIGIBILITY,INCLUDING OBAMA’S ELIGIBILITY TO BE PRESIDENT??? THIS WOULD AUTOMATICALLY VOID THESE LAW’S AND SUBSQUENT EXPENSES AND THUS REDUCE THE BUDGET!!??? COME ON GET MOVING

  28. RICHARD GEIGER
    WHY DON’T WE STOP OR DEFUND OBAMA’S CZAR’S OR CONFRIM THEIR ELIGIBILITY,INCLUDING OBAMA’S ELIGIBILITY TO BE PRESIDENT??? THIS WOULD AUTOMATICALLY VOID THESE LAW’S AND SUBSQUENT EXPENSES AND THUS REDUCE THE BUDGET!!??? COME ON GET MOVING

  29. I commend Heritage and their fortitude on this subject. Thank you from my heart. It seems you have the country’s interest and I am greatful for this organization. We do need to defund the healthcare law and get rid of Obama’s Czar’s because none of them were fetted. Seems to me that the rule of law and our Constitution does not matter to the President or Congress. Obama always seems to bypass Congress. Why? We need to get more Senators to steer away from Reid and Pelosi because their policies only help the Unions and not Conservatives. On another Heritage subject. There are 70 Federal means-tested programs spread over 13 agencies overseeing welfare. Why can’t we defund this agencies and only have a few. We need to get this country away from a nanny state of mind. The Feds are taking too much control and our States and the Governors of that State need to say Enough!!!!

  30. I commend Heritage and their fortitude on this subject. Thank you from my heart. It seems you have the country’s interest and I am greatful for this organization. We do need to defund the healthcare law and get rid of Obama’s Czar’s because none of them were fetted. Seems to me that the rule of law and our Constitution does not matter to the President or Congress. Obama always seems to bypass Congress. Why? We need to get more Senators to steer away from Reid and Pelosi because their policies only help the Unions and not Conservatives. On another Heritage subject. There are 70 Federal means-tested programs spread over 13 agencies overseeing welfare. Why can’t we defund this agencies and only have a few. We need to get this country away from a nanny state of mind. The Feds are taking too much control and our States and the Governors of that State need to say Enough!!!!

  31. Here’r another thing to think about. If we stand strong the Dem’s will shut down Washington. The question is how long are we willing to allow it? Look at Wis. the dems don’t care how much damage it does, how long are we willing to stand strong. My personal opinion is we will cave and look the worse for it.

  32. Here’r another thing to think about. If we stand strong the Dem’s will shut down Washington. The question is how long are we willing to allow it? Look at Wis. the dems don’t care how much damage it does, how long are we willing to stand strong. My personal opinion is we will cave and look the worse for it.

  33. We must fight the old guard Special Intrest. They control the House leadership. They want their deal to hold up.
    Tell the Republican Pary you will not longer support their efforts. No money, no volunters,

    Use face book and twitter, they no longer read Emails. They will not move against Obama care, Drug industry likes it. Dept of energy and EPA, look who just received the right to a super drill and storage palatform. Bill dollars to certailn drilling mfgs. Fcc hwlp to keep talk radio in line.

    Yea I know I am a crazy coke. Look around, Have we stopped anything. 6 Billion is chump change.

  34. We must fight the old guard Special Intrest. They control the House leadership. They want their deal to hold up.
    Tell the Republican Pary you will not longer support their efforts. No money, no volunters,

    Use face book and twitter, they no longer read Emails. They will not move against Obama care, Drug industry likes it. Dept of energy and EPA, look who just received the right to a super drill and storage palatform. Bill dollars to certailn drilling mfgs. Fcc hwlp to keep talk radio in line.

    Yea I know I am a crazy coke. Look around, Have we stopped anything. 6 Billion is chump change.

  35. I for one am sick and tired of the bickering! either you do what your constituents want or you are gone next election! you were put in office to do a job, to uphold the oath you took, the American people will not put up with your inability to do their bidding.shut up and do your job!

  36. I for one am sick and tired of the bickering! either you do what your constituents want or you are gone next election! you were put in office to do a job, to uphold the oath you took, the American people will not put up with your inability to do their bidding.shut up and do your job!

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