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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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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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Real Facts of the Export-Import Bank

Despite torrents of opposition to the Ex-Im slush fund for corporate welfare, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sticking to its guns. Last week, it released a series of “facts” to promote reauthorization of its charter this fall.

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WATCH: Cruz Defends Free Speech, First Amendment

Senators are currently considering an amendment to the United States Constitution that would “repeal the free speech protections of the first Amendment.”

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People,” Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted Cruz95%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard95% delivered a passionate defense of the First Amendment and free speech — which is why he so adamantly opposes the amendment in question.

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