Heritage Action’s Week in Review 5-18-12

Heritage Action received a major win this week when an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would bar funds from being used to implement the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) passed. It was a huge victory that will set the narrative for next week’s Senate hearing on the disastrous treaty. The Hill published a statement from Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham regarding the treaty:

“‘Not only is this treaty unnecessary, it would also empower a new international bureaucracy at the expense of American sovereignty,’ Michael Needham, CEO for the conservative Heritage Foundation, said in a statement Friday.

“‘America cannot afford yet another foreign policy mistake [with this] … dangerously-flawed treaty,’ he added.”

We received the majority of our mentions from the passage of the Export-Import Bank in the Senate. The bill will now move to the President for him to sign it:

The Hill: The vote pits business groups against conservatives, including Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation, which argue that the bank is subsidy and and picks winners and losers in the economy.

The Hill: Dan Holler, communications director of Heritage Action said that “there’s a real concern on the heels of the Budget Control Act last year that you’ve seen an increased tendency on the part of Republican leadership to look toward Democrats to secure votes they need as opposed to getting the votes from their conservatives. And if you are looking forward this year to the transportation bill or to a continuing resolution to get through the year, that’s a very concerning thing for groups like Heritage Action and for conservatives who sent a lot of these guys to Congress last time around and the members are concerned too.”

Roll Call: Conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action opposed the reauthorization.

CQ (subs. req’d.): Conservative advocacy groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action strongly oppose the legislation, arguing it interferes with free-market principles.

The New York Times:

But Heritage Action vowed to wear down support for the bank over the next three years. “Instead of eliminating the Fannie Mae for exporters and seizing the high ground on crony capitalism, they continued the status quo and ignored the message from voters,” a Heritage Action spokesman, Dan Holler, said of Congress.

Bloomberg: Two groups that support smaller government and lower taxes, Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, have urged lawmakers to oppose the measure.

IPS News: Opposition to the bank this year came from the right, particularly from the “Tea Party” Republicans, who won dozens of seats in Congress in the party’s 2010 landslide, and their wealthy backers, including the Club for Growth, a coalition of 527 right-wing and libertarian organisations[sic] which raises money for like-minded candidates, and Heritage Action for America, the lobbying affiliate of the far-right Heritage Foundation.

Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham and COO Tim Chapman also penned an op-ed for Roll Call on House Republicans wavering on the earmark ban and what that means for the upcoming farm bill.

Their op-ed also discusses how a lack of earmarks has stalled the highway bill. What was once passed with 6,300 earmarks to ensure votes for bad policy; has become almost impossible to pass. To that end, Politico’s Morning Transportation listed Needham and Chapman’s op-ed as a must read column.

Our communications director, Dan Holler, was quoted in National Journal about House Leadership needing to try and get conservative votes to pass legislation, instead of relying on Democrat support:

“Heritage Action comms. dir. Dan Holler: ‘There’s a real concern on the heels of the Budget Control Act last year that you’ve seen an increased tendency on the part of Republican leadership to look toward Democrats to secure votes they need as opposed to getting the votes from their conservatives. And if you are looking forward this year to the transportation bill or to a continuing resolution to get through the year, that’s a very concerning thing for groups like Heritage Action and for conservatives who sent a lot of these guys to Congress last time around and the members are concerned too.’”

Our Legislative Scorecard was also used to measure the conservatism of Members of Congress. The Chattanoogan, the Dad29 blog and RedState used our scorecard to measure Members’ conservative bona fides.

Knowing that we’re helping to influence the political conversation as well as the continued use of our scorecard as the measure of conservatism is a huge win, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you who work to hold Congress accountable.

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