To: Interested Parties
From: Heritage Action for America
Date: February 11, 2015
Subject: Don’t Blink on Fight to Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty
Three times this month, Senate Democrats filibustered the motion to proceed to the House-passed Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 240). It has been an impressive display of unity by the Democrats considering at least seven expressed concern over President Obama’s wideranging executive amnesty. With just 17 days before DHS funding expires, House and Senate Republicans must deliver a single, unified message:
President Obama and Senate Democrats are willing to deny border patrol agents their paychecks to ensure illegal immigrants get Social Security numbers.
Inexplicably, the ability to deliver such a message has been diluted because Republicans allowed Senate Democrats to hijack the legislative process and President Obama to exercise a de facto veto over congressional action.
Senate Democrats had their obstructionism validated on Tuesday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters the Senate was “stuck” and “the next step is obviously up to the House.” By refusing to participate in the process at crucial junctures, Senate Democrats are trying to leverage their minority status to exert control over the debate and dictate policy outcomes in the Republican-controlled Congress. Allowing these obstructionist tactics to succeed will reduce the role Senate Republicans play in future debates as it allows the minority in one chamber to dictate terms to both.
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It is time to act. We have been engaged in the fight to end the Export-Import Bank all year. And now the fight has almost reached its pinnacle. Your action today could push it over the edge.
It’s less than two months—and only 10 legislative days—until the charter for the Ex-Im Bank expires. And you can help make sure it expires, and Ex-Im is ended, by emailing your Senators and Representative, simultaneously, now.
Take two minutes and email your Members of Congress against Ex-Im.
Our system will send your message directly to your Senators’ and Representative’s offices. With Congress in recess for August, your email will ensure that congressional staff spend their time explaining their boss’s position on Ex-Im. This is the perfect time to tell them that you want to end Ex-Im.
Your email to Congress will help chip away at the culture of cronyism in Washington.
Email Congress to End Ex-Im
“If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government…”
At Heritage Action, we hold Congress accountable to conservative principles and we could not do that without your help. But what happens before Members get elected?
The American people need to make sure their voices are heard at the ballot box and that means showing up on Election Day. That’s why we have deployed a new voter registration tool for your independent use in your activism. Part of being a leader in your community may mean helping people register to vote.
Our tool is a convenient and secure way to get people registered. Here is how it works.
First go to http://heritageaction.com/register/ and enter the registrant’s basic information:
Our form, depending on your state, will send you to one of two sites:
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2. If you are in one of the remaining light blue 33 states, then our form will direct you to an online form. Completing that form generates the National Mail Voter Registration Form (provided by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission). Once complete, you can print the National Mail Voter Registration Form, and then follow our instructions to mail it to your state official.
It’s that simple. The information is secure and the printed form is not saved anywhere.
Check out the voter registration tool and learn more about how to use this to better your activism and get your community more politically involved.
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The culture in Washington must change.
And if we do the right things in the coming months conservatives have a real opportunity to start calling the shots. It’s time to go on offense. That is why we created a road map called the Conservative Policy Agenda.
Policy experts at The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action’s team have designed a new Conservative Policy Agenda that focuses on building three core ideas: a strong economy, a strong society, and a strong America. Our goal is to create opportunity for all, but favoritism to none.
But we didn’t stop there. Our Capitol Hill team made sure than all 535 Representatives and Senators got a boarding pass–a pocket-sized summary–before they left town for the August congressional recess.
And here’s your version: the boarding pass we handed Members of Congress for the August recess.
We encourage you to discuss these policies with your Members as you attend meetings and town halls over the next few weeks. Please reach out to our team if you have questions.
Read the Full Conservative Policy Agenda
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: