Heritage Action’s Week in Review 7-20-12

Heritage Action received a huge win this week when we effectively defeated the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Earlier this year, we circulated a letter to Senators asking them to sign on in opposition of the fatally-flawed treaty. Thirty-four signatures were needed to sink the treaty, since it takes 67 Senators to ratify. As we entered the week, 31 Senators had signed onto the anti-LOST letter, up from 28 just a few weeks earlier. We were credited in multiple articles for bringing down this treaty:

Roll Call: At the same time, conservative opponents, led by Heritage Action for America, the issue advocacy arm of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, made vigorous and repeated appeals at gatherings throughout conservative Washington, including the weekly meetings run by anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist and the Republican Study Committee, according to a source present at both meetings.

AP: Heritage Action, which lobbied against the treaty, said in a statement from CEO Michael A. Needham: “America had little to gain through accession to the Law of the Sea Treaty — but much to lose. Rather than affirming existing practices, it would have instituted a radically new, international legal regime. The demise of the Law of the Sea Treaty not only represents a victory for American sovereignty, but also the American people.”

Politico: Over the past several weeks, Ayotte and Portman – both believed to be on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s short list of potential running mates – were targeted by conservative advocacy groups, including Heritage Action for America, in a lobbying push to scuttle the treaty. And on Monday, Heritage put out a celebratory statement heralding the treaty’s apparent demise.

CQ: Michael A. Needham, the CEO of Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, issued a statement commending the senators who came out in opposition to the treaty. The group has been at the forefront of the lobbying effort to block the treaty. “The demise of the Law of the Sea Treaty not only represents a victory for American sovereignty, but also the American people,” he said. “For months, constituents have called and emailed their senators, requested meetings, submitted letters to the editor, and organized in an effort to sink this dangerous treaty.”

RedState: Heritage Action, which led the conservative lobbying push, released the following statement from CEO Michael A. Needham:
“America had little to gain through accession to the Law of the Sea Treaty – but much to lose. Rather than affirming existing practices, it would have instituted a radically new, international legal regime. The demise of the Law of the Sea Treaty not only represents a victory for American sovereignty, but also the American people. For months, constituents have called and emailed their Senators, requested meetings, submitted letters to the editor, and organized in an effort to sink this dangerous treaty. We commend the 34 Senators who stood with their constituents on the side of freedom.”

Townhall: Heritage Action led the conservative effort against the Law of the Sea Treaty.

Human Events: A strong push to kill Law of the Sea came from political action committee Heritage Action, which informed voters about the issue through emails and alerts.

The Heritage Foundation: As Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham said:

America had little to gain through accession to the Law of the Sea Treaty—but much to lose. Rather than affirming existing practices, it would have instituted a radically new, international legal regime. The demise of the Law of the Sea Treaty not only represents a victory for American sovereignty, but also the American people.

But LOST was not the only issue that gained us media attention. Tim Carney of The Washington Examiner wrote an article about conservatives contending that “pro-free market does not equal pro-big business,” and quoted an AP article which described our role in the issue:

“When it comes to many of industry’s top legislative priorities, conservative Republican lawmakers and like-minded groups including the Club for Growth and Heritage Action have thrown up roadblocks to tasks that had been easy before the 2010 elections sent a large class of conservative tea party insurgents to Congress.”

The National Journal (subs. req’d.) also included a quote from our communications director, Dan Holler about the need to prevent a lame-duck session:

“‘Generally speaking, Heritage Action is supportive of efforts to complete legislative business prior to the election,’ said Dan Holler, a spokesman for the lobbying arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation.”

And finally, a group of conservative women, including our deputy political director Jessica Anderson, called the left’s “war on women” meme a myth.

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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  1. What a tremendous effort by Heritage Action and Heritage Foundation. Thanks to all of you in DC who worked so hard to defeat this terrible Treaty. Also, thanks to all those volunteers across the US who made all the phone calls, emails, tweets, etc. to our Senators telling them to vote NO! I am so proud to be a part of Heritage.

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