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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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Congress Can’t Ignore DACA

The influx of unaccompanied minors along the southwest border, mostly entering from Central America, is in large part the result of the Obama Administration’s selective enforcement of immigration law. If congressional action is to be more than a face-saving political gesture, it must address the President’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“DACA must go,” explains the Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano:

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Sentinel Star Power

The Heritage Action Sentinels are engaging full force on the political battleground.

Check out this Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor from Sentinel Clay Hamlin. Clay is the founder of the Hamlin Family Foundation and the CEO of CITRS, a non-profit character education company catering to K-12 schools.

Clay’s letter corrects a common misconception about immigration and the grassroots movement. He explained the grassroots is “solidly in favor” of reforms to our immigration system, including “securing our borders, allowing temporary guest workers where needed, using E-Verify, awarding green cards to highly educated foreigners who are potential ‘job creators,’ derailing ‘chain immigration’ and many other beneficial reforms.”  He then added this very important point:

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Lawmaker’s Company Recieved Corporate Welfare from Ex-Im Bank

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Chris Collins47%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard47% supports the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which comes as no surprise once you know that he’s benefited from its activities.  The Hill reports:

Heritage Action criticized Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) on Monday for his company’s benefiting from the Export Import Bank, saying it is an example of “Washington working for itself.”

Collins’ is a co-founder and serves on the board of directors for Audubon Machinery Corporation, which reported a combined capital guarantee and trade insurance worth $8.33 million between 2007 and 2014, according to Ex-Im records.

Collins has been circulating a letter among his colleagues urging House GOP leadership to reauthorize Ex-Im, which expires in September. The letter is endorsed by The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Collins reported $1 million and $5 million in year-end value of owned Audubon stock in financial disclosures filed in April 2013.

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A Highway Bill That’s Not Just About Highways

The Environment and Public Works Committee approved a highway bill today that would keep federal highway programs going for the next six years that “largely maintains the status quo and avoids controversial new proposals.”   But in trying to avoid controversial proposals, lawmakers have evidently also bypassed necessary innovation.

The Environment and Public Works Committee approved a bill that would keep transportation spending at current levels, plus inflation, in a rare burst of bipartisan bonhomie, with Democrats and Republicans lavishing praise on each other. No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a voice vote.

No one in Congress, that is.  Emily Goff, a transportation policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, listed several reasons the legislation will be harmful.

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