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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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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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Harry Reid

MEMO: Reid has Few Good Options on Immigration

To: Interested Parties
From: Heritage Action for America
Date: December 1, 2014
Subject: Senate has Limited Options in Responding to House-passed Funding Bill (PDF Link)

Lawmakers have just ten days to craft a government spending bill and a response to President Obama’s recently announced changes to our nation’s immigration laws.  As incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted, the two issues are inextricably connected because “The only tool we have is the power of the purse.”

The Republican-controlled House could — and should — pass a bill that funds the government while blocking the President’s executive actions on immigration.  Doing so would not only signal House Republicans are delivering on their election mandate, but also provide an opportunity to the growing number of Senate Democrats publicly opposed to the plan to back up their rhetoric with real action.

Short of accepting the House’s restrictions, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is left with three basic choices: block the House-passed bill, pass his own bill or strip the rider from the House-passed bill.  With a united Senate Republican Conference and the aforementioned Democratic opposition, Reid’s chances for success are questionable.

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farm subsidies

Surprise! Costs Soar for Food Stamp and Farm Bill

With the food stamp and farm becoming a “partisan flash point” on the campaign trail, it is worth highlighting why so many conservatives opposed the typically bipartisan bill.

Promised reforms to the food stamp program, which comprises roughly 80 percent of the bill’s total spending, are falling predictably short:

THEN: The conference report lacks serious reforms.  While it does close the “heat-and-eat” loophole, it does not contain a repeal of broad-based categorical eligibility and states are able to completely bypass asset tests for food stamp applicants.  Additionally, states will be able to continue receiving waivers to undo what minimal work requirements were in place.  (Heritage Action, Jan. 2014)

NOW: Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it’s unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised. … Among the 16 states that allow the practice or some form of it, 12 governors have taken steps to avoid the food stamp cuts. (Associated Press, Sep. 2014)

Same goes for the farm portion of the farm bill: 

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WillYouJoinEndExIm

Ex-Im Bank: Just the Facts

Background: In 2012, legislation to reauthorize and increase Ex-Im’s lending authority by 40 percent, from $100 billion to $140 billion, passed in the House and Senate. With its charter set to expire at the end of September, a bipartisan coalition is advocating for another reauthorization. If it is not reauthorized, the bank will be unable to offer new loans, effectively grinding it to a halt and preventing it from distributing subsidies to new constituencies.

A two year fight is culminating in what should be the final standoff between true congressional conservatives and those members intent on pleasing special interests and the corporate welfare beneficiaries. It is more important than ever for concerned citizens to apply pressure to their representatives and see the mission through to the end. Stay armed with the facts of the case to End Ex-Im, and find out where your congressman stands!

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