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Recess Accountability: Townhalls

Conservative accountability goes beyond casting a vote. Building a society in which freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and the civil society flourish requires a sustained effort.  That is why we have compiled a non-exhaustive list of upcoming townhalls, all of which provide excellent opportunities to discuss important issues with members of Congress.

Make sure to visit the Heritage Action Dashboard and check with the local district offices prior to attending your local meeting.

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Capitol Building at Night, Washington DC

Obama’s Amnesty: How They Voted vs. What They Said

Saturday night, the Senate voted on a constitutional point of order raised by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted Cruz95%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard95%.  Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Michael A. Needham explained the vote this way:

“If Senators are opposed to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, they should vote in favor of Sen. Cruz’s constitutional point of order.  A vote against the point of order is a vote in favor of unchecked presidential power and granting work permits and Social Security numbers to people who are in the country illegally.”

While 22 Republican Senators voted to uphold the constitutional point of order, 20 Republican Senators joined with 54 Democrats in voting against the point of order.  Three Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.

The sharply divided vote came as a surprise.  Though some Republican Senators are pro-amnesty, they have all spoken out against President Obama for overstepping his constitutional authority, including those that voted against the point of order.   Their statements, made just three weeks ago, are below. 

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Obama Golf

Obama, Republican Leaders Push Cromnibus Forward

Moments ago, the Republican-controlled House passed the cromnibus after very aggressive whipping from President Obama and the White House staff. Heritage Action key voted against the 1,700+ page bill because it amounts to a blank check for Obama’s amnesty.

This morning, the bill’s defeat was seen as likely when the rule to debate the bill passed by just two votes after significant arm-twisting from top Republicans.  According to National Review, “House leadership promised to pull the CRomnibus and replace it with a short-term continuing resolution that would push the entire funding debate into next year.”

Pushing the debate into the early next year would have set the stage for a significant fight to stop the President’s unlawful amnesty.  Instead, House GOP leaders worked with President Obama to fund his executive amnesty.

Conservative lawmakers are livid, and for good reason.

The Washington Establishment is desperately hoping voters and lawmakers will forget about today’s ugliness, but the deception and shenanigans are different this time.  This legislation funds President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions, which include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.

See the House vote on our Scorecard:

Scorecard: Cromnibus Vote

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Make the Call Now to Fight Obama’s Amnesty

Thursday’s House Vote is for Show

House Republicans are planning to give up their only leverage over Barack Obama and Harry Reid. They want to pass a long-term spending bill that doesn’t defund the President’s executive amnesty. Instead, they are planning a show vote today against Obama’s amnesty, and then promising to fight anew next year.

This course of action is unacceptable. If they’re not willing to fight now, experience tells us they won’t ever be.

Call Now

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Obama Confused

Heritage Action to Key Vote Blank Check for Amnesty

Next week, the Republican-controlled House is planning to vote on a government spending bill.  The so-called cromnibus, as currently described, would not block the implementation of President Obama’s recently announced changes to our nation’s immigration laws.  Those changes include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.  Heritage Action will key vote against the bill unless it contains legislative language that stops the implementation of the President’s unlawful amnesty program.  As Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Michael A. Needham said earlier this week, “The fight is now, not next year.  Americans expect real action, not a show vote.”

Additionally, Heritage Action will not score in favor of the bill (H.R. 5759) offered by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Ted Yoho72%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard72% because it is purely symbolic.

Related:
MEMO: Reid has few good options on House-passed bill to block Obama’s amnesty
Opposition to Obama’s Amnesty Grows Among Senate Democrats

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