Keeping Focused on Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

To:             Interested Parties
From:       Heritage Action for America
Date:         January 27, 2015
Subject:   Keeping Focused on Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Lawmakers have one month to pass a discretionary funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security that denies funding and resources for President Obama’s amnesty programs. Although the House-passed DHS appropriations bill (H.R. 240) 1 has yet to be considered in the Senate, Politico reported some Republicans were already “exploring ways of escaping their political jam on immigration, with steps that could avoid a funding cutoff for the Department of Homeland Security while letting conservatives vent their anger at President Barack Obama.”  Such actions are premature, as Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) explained to the Washington Examiner:

“You usually don’t know for sure where these fights wind up until you have them. And this is an important one for us to have. We need to have this fight, and then we’ll see where it goes.”

Read the entire memo.


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Action Alert: Take a stand for life

Today, the House should have been voting to ban abortions after five months.

Even though six in 10 Americans supported the bill, the House caved to pressure from the bipartisan liberal establishment.

The question stands: Why did they abandon a bill that would have saved 11,000 lives?

This would have been a huge step forward for protecting the lives of unborn children. Instead, the Republican-controlled House abandoned a popular, principled bill they passed without controversy in 2013.

Call your lawmaker and find out if they supported pulling this bill from the floor.

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Tweaking Dodd-Frank Opens GOP to Charges of Favoritism

Last week, the House passed the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act (H.R. 37).  The bill, essentially a package of previous House bills that had garnered strong bipartisan support, makes several small financial regulatory improvements.  But this short-term strategy – making small tweaks to the existing regulatory framework – may not be the best approach for fixing what’s wrong with U.S. financial regulations.

The real problem is not, for instance, whether the Volcker rule requires banks to divest certain types of assets in 2015 or 2019.  The real problem is the Volcker rule itself and, more broadly, the whole mass of regulations impacted by the Dodd-Frank Act.

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FAST FACTS: Higher education reform and opportunity (Hero) act

HERO Act (Higher education reform and opportunity act) 

  • “The Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act would not only make the cost of higher education more affordable, but also make it easier for students to customize their own education and gain the specific skills they need to compete in today’s economy,” Senator Lee, January 9, 2014.
  • Empowers states to develop their own accreditation systems to accredit colleges, individual courses within colleges, apprenticeship programs, and curricula.
  • Any state-accredited educational institution, program, or course would then be eligible for federal funding such as student loans.

Heritage Research

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Top 7 Moments from Day One of the Policy Summit

When Representative Todd Rokita jumped in on a panel about unions and schooled everyone on how the the RAISE Act is the conservative solution to create opportunity in the workplace by telling the audience “There are now more than twice the number of union workers in the USPS than there are in the auto industry.”

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When Representative Tom Price gave a preview of the future of the budget committee and then spoke the truth when he said, “the problem isn’t revenue. The problem is spending.”


When Representative Jeff Duncan charmed the audience as he laid out the facts about the EXPAND Act and outlined the plan for real energy reform when he told the audience “we need to unleash and unbridle the American entrepreneurial spirit in the energy sector.”

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When Senator Ted Cruz greeted his friend Jim DeMint . . .

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. . . And then leaned on the podium and answered audience question about the issues plaguing the Republican party and how “we need to do everything humanly possible to repeal Obamacare”.

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When Representative Jim Jordan imparted the wisdom of his college wrestling coach and then told us “if you have a tax code that is broken and stupid you may want to throw it out”.

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When a panel of freshman members gathered and Representative Barry Loudermilk summed up what all first term lawmakers should listen to: “Let’s be defined by what we’re for and come up with solutions.”


We can’t wait to see what memorable moments will be made tomorrow at day two of the Heritage Action Policy Summit.

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Tune in and watch: http://heritageaction.com/policysummit/

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