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Morning Action: Minimum Wage Vote on the Horizon

MINIMUM WAGE.  The Senate is expected to debate and potentially vote on a minimum wage bill when they return from recess.  The effort is being led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Tom Harkin0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0%, who hopes Republicans will proceed to a new version of his proposal to raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016 (sub. req’d):

Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid7%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard7% said Friday he was slotting the minimum wage for action on April 30, two days after lawmakers return from the two-week recess. “Oh yeah. I’m going to get to it. We’ll do it on Wednesday,” he said.

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This Week in Congress: Easter Recess

Both the House and Senate are out of session for Easter recess.  They will be back in session Monday, April 28.

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The Best of the Forge


Mary Ann McCarthy, Brian Bowman, Heather Cordasco, Dick Manasseri, Katie Spee, Gary Kubiak, Traci Chadbourne, Jim Duncan. Eight conservative activists. Eight defenders of freedom. Eight Sentinels.

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with each of these Sentinels, all from different areas and backgrounds. They all have one thing in common. They are deeply concerned about the direction of our country and are taking action get America back on the right track.

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How to Resolve the Highway Trust Fund Fiasco for Good

As bland an issue as the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) may seem, the fact that it’s teetering on the edge of bankruptcy makes it a little spicier.  As President Obama put it earlier this year in St. Paul, Minnesota, “We could see construction projects stop in their tracks, machines sitting idle, workers off the job.”

He was echoed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty Murray0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0%, Senate Budget Committee chairman, who said, “We’re already seeing some consequences from this crisis,” in reference to several Arkansas construction projects that have been put on hold.  Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for these transportation woes?

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Fact: Compromise Has Expanded Government

In my Foundry column this week, I argue progressives have seen too many successes over the last century for us to offer a timid response.  Conservatives have to start winning the argument with the American people, and that won’t be accomplished by continually compromising our principles:

“[C]onservatives make two simple claims: Most policies under debate are liberal, and Republican leaders sacrifice conservative principles when they compromise. History shows they are right on both counts.”

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