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:
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!
“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:
1. If you are in one of the 17 dark blue states above, then our form will send you directly to the official state website to complete the registration.
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
August is here and that means it is recess for Congress.
But now is not the time for conservative accountability to take a break. With Members of Congress back at home holding events, having meetings, and making public appearances, August is the perfect time to meet them and talk about their voting records.
You can use the Heritage Action Scorecard as your guide on what to talk about during your meetings with Members of Congress.
In typical Washington fashion, Congress saved three “must pass” items — a bailout of the federal highway trust fund, legislation that claims to fix our failing VA system, and action to address a border crisis caused by President Obama’s refusal to enforce the law — for the last minute.
So last week, with four days left and a full plate, many Members of Congress had to choose between standing for principle and a quick ticket home for recess.
Five of last week’s votes are now live on our scorecard: 3 in the Senate and 2 in the House.
Lee Transportation Amendment (Transportation Empowerment Act)
Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
Miller-Sanders Veterans Bill
Miller-Sanders Veterans Bill
Blackburn Amendment to Freeze DACA Program
The common thread in these five votes is the choice they presented to Members of Congress: take the easy way out and support “patches” and flawed legislation, or push for real conservative reforms that would actually solve the issues.
Check out our Scorecard to see how your Members of Congress voted and make sure to hold them accountable and as you meet with them during the congressional August recess.
See How They Voted