Borders: Call Your Representative Now

More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally crossed America’s southern border this year.  Their presence in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico is putting pressure on Congress to grant the President’s $3.7 billion request for emergency funds.

Heritage Foundation policy analyst David Inserra has broken down the proposals in the House’s immigration working group here, and noted that “the U.S. does not need to throw money at the problem but rather carefully consider the better policies that more effectively enforce the law and contribute to border security.”

>> Call your Representative to share the message that any “border fix” that does not include addressing DACA should be opposed.

If any funding at all is to be allocated, it must be on the condition that the package addresses the root causes of the unlawful immigrant surge.

Rarely is the link between a policy and a problem as clear as with President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the current situation at our southern border. Despite the overwhelming consensus that executive decree has caused the crisis, Congress and the White House are refusing to end DACA.

>> Call your Representative to oppose border spending that doesn’t fix the problem.

The House is now preparing to vote on a bill to authorize $659 million for border and immigration spending. The problem is this spending bill doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. Fortunately, some lawmakers are pushing to include language to stop Obama’s lawless DACA program, but we only have a few hours to make a difference.

Call your Representative Now

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How to Use Twitter for Congressional Accountability

Twitter is a great tool to use for conservative activism. As an activist, you can build your reputation and promote conservative messages. But did you know that Twitter can be used for Congressional accountability, as well?

Our Government Relations team has reported that Members of Congress and their staffs are paying increasing attention to Twitter mentions, especially if they know the Tweets are from constituents.

Holding Members of Congress accountable on Twitter can take the shape of gratitude for conservative votes or challenges to liberal votes.

We’re excited to announce a new tool on the dashboard: Tweet at your Members of Congress.

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Learn the truth about the #shutdown

Senate Democrats promised to represent you. Instead they are working for Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid12%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard12% and Barack Obama, helping them shut down the government to save Obamacare.

Which is more important: working for you or standing with Harry Reid and Barack Obama to save Obamacare?

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Live Updates: Sen. Cruz’s Filibuster to Defund Obamacare

Right now, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted Cruz95%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard95% is on the Senate floor making the case why his colleagues must stand up and fight against Obamacare. As principled conservatives, we know that the establishment is trying to undercut and marginalize Ted Cruz because they fear his strategy to defund Obamacare will work.

See live updates of the filibuster below.

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Add the Heritage Action Scorecard to Your Website

We launched an all-new legislative scorecard website in June, and as part of that launch, we built an API for our scorecard’s data. This means that authorized developers can incorporate the Heritage Action legislative score into their websites.

Our updated dashboard pages were the first use of the API. The next thing we built is a card that can show scores in any post on The Forge. Like this: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike Lee98%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard98%.

Today I’m happy to announce we’ve made that scorecard function available to anyone with a WordPress site via an all-new WordPress plugin.

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