Heritage Action’s Week in Review 6-29-12

This past week was a pivotal one for all of America. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare’s individual mandate as a tax sent shockwaves across the country. Heritage Action released the following statement from CEO Michael A. Needham:

“America’s system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare system.  Although the Court failed to provide a much-needed check on federal power, we have every bit of confidence the American people and their elected representatives will.

“Indeed, since the debate began in August 2009, Americans have vocally opposed President Obama’s approach to health care, which remains unaffordable and irresponsible.  As such, Congress must repeal the law in its entirety.”

This statement was cross-posted on Rip & Reader, and Heritage Action was mentioned in the following articles based on our response to the decision:

Tech President: Over at Heritage Action for America, the group says that the Supreme Court decision is a chance to re-energize conservatives over the issue.

“Regardless of what the court decides, if they strike down the whole thing, we need to start having conversations about how to reform the healthcare system,” said Dan Holler, Heritage Action for America’s communications director. “If they strike it down in part, we need to repeal the rest of it and move onto having conversations about how to reform healthcare the right way.”

The group’s blog and online action dashboard, which presents site visitors with their member of congress’ contact information, Facebook page and Heritage messaging on the action alert of the day, is the way the group plans on pushing the issue forward, Holler said.

“It’s a multi-step thing — it’s acknowledging that conservative activists have had a great role in shaping the debate across the country, and they need to remain engaged as the debate continues, and social media is a great way to drive that narrative,” he said.

WND Health: Michael A. Needham, CEO of the nonprofit Heritage Action for America, said in a letter to supporters that the nation’s “system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of healthcare.”

“We still oppose Obamacare,” he wrote, “and conservatives are still united around fully repealing President Obama’s government takeover of our health care system. Today’s decision is not the end of the fight, it is the beginning!”

Sunlit Uplands: The following statement released by Heritage Action America CEO, Michael A. Needham, sums it up for us:

“America’s system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare system.  Although the Court failed to provide a much-needed check on federal power, we have every bit of confidence the American people and their elected representatives will.

“Indeed, since the debate began in August 2009, Americans have vocally opposed President Obama’s approach to health care, which remains unaffordable and irresponsible.  As such, Congress must repeal the law in its entirety.”

Tampa Bay Online: Michael Needham of Heritage Action, the PAC of the Heritage Foundation: “America’s system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare system.  Although the Court failed to provide a much-needed check on federal power, we have every bit of confidence the American people and their elected representatives will.

Scripps News: Heritage Action, affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation — which once advocated the individual insurance mandate — said the country’s system of checks and balances would eventually correct a “misguided” court ruling.

Transportation was also a hot issue this week. Politico’s Morning Transportation mentioned us three times this week:

Wednesday: Rep. Tom McClintock offered an amendment to the fiscal 2013 transportation spending bill that would slash the EAS program by $114 million. It was rejected on a 164-238 vote. Heritage Action for America blasted out an email urging lawmakers to vote for the amendment and noting that the influential group will count it as a key vote on its scorecard.

Thursday: We got the Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America mixed up yesterday as pushing for the Tom McClintock amendment to kill Essential Air Service subsidies. It was Action, not the Foundation.

Friday: Both Heritage Action for America and the Club for Growth are recommending House and Senate members vote against the transportation conference report/student loan package and are scoring the package on their scorecards. Club for Growth is also tracking members’ votes on the THUD appropriations bill for a separate scorecard focusing on spending cuts. Heritage Action has recommended members vote against that appropriations bill.

In addition to these mentions, our “Repeal” bumper sticker made an appearance in USA Today.

But Morning Transportation wasn’t the only media to write about our opposition to the Transportation bill:

Fox News / Associated Press: The conservative Heritage Action for America and the anti-tax Club for Growth urged a ‘no’ vote on the bill in emails Thursday to lawmakers, warning that it will be counted as a key vote on their legislative scorecards.

The Hill: The CBO’s score is unlikely to sway some conservatives who are objecting to the bill over the level of spending it contains. Heritage Action and the Club for Growth are against the bill and urging lawmakers to vote no.

Politico: The conservative Heritage Action for America urged lawmakers to vote against a massive extension of highway funding, saying House Republicans are breaking promises they made to voters during the 2010 election.

Reuters: Two influential conservative groups – Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth – said the programs were too expensive and urged lawmakers to vote against the bill.

Race 4 2012: However, the legislation is also being “scored” by the influential conservative groups Club for Growth & Heritage Action – and with both groups opposed to it, this has put a great deal of pressure on concerned conservatives in the House that the bill may not be worth voting for.

And finally, our blog about the Washington Metro getting its own special funding was cross-posted on Rip & Reader.

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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