Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100%
will likely make a motion on H.R. 22 to fully repeal Obamacare at a 51-vote threshold.
This will likely be the second vote Senators take to repeal Obamacare. The first will be a show vote designed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 61%. Heritage Action will not score that vote and no Republican Senator will receive any public praise for their vote on the McConnell show vote. However, Lee noted Friday that an opportunity for a real vote could exist shortly thereafter. Lee’s office explains:
After cloture is reached on the Export-Import Bank amendment, senators will still be allowed to offer germane amendments to the highway bill, each of which would only require a simple-majority to pass. If the Chair rules that the Obamacare amendment is non-germane, Senate Rule 22 also allows any senator to appeal that ruling to the full Senate. At that point, a simple-majority of Senators would have the power to add the Obamacare repeal amendment to the highway bill.
Heritage Action supports adoption of the Lee motion and will include any relevant vote as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.
On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%
offered an amendment to the highway, transit and Export-Import Bank bill (H.R. 22) to prohibit the President from providing sanctions relief to Iran until the Government of Iran recognizes Israel’s right to exist and certain United States citizens are released from Iran.
This week, the Senate will consider the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The 1,000+ page bill would reauthorize highway and transit programs for six years while increasing spending, revenue and deficits. It would authorize $317 billion over six years for core highway and transit programs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also promised the bill would serve as a vehicle to resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank.
The federal highway program is fundamentally broken, and the Senate’s approach would lock in the status quo for another six years. It does nothing to reform the bloated, unsustainable federal highway and transit system. The bill simply kicks the can down the road, masks its irresponsible nature with gimmicky offsets, and creates bigger “cliffs” for lawmakers to tackle in the future.
Today, the Senate will likely vote on an amendment
offered by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) 87%
to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177
).The amendment, known as A-PLUS, would give the states the ability to escape No Child Left Behind’s prescriptive programmatic requirements, consolidate their federal education funds and use them for any lawful education purpose they deem beneficial.
The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke explains that the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) proposal “has long been part of the conservative vision for restoring state and local control of education.”
The concept behind A-PLUS is simple: States can opt out of NCLB by making a “declaration of intent.” End of story, Burke explains:
“The Education Department does not have veto power over these declarations; they’re not like a waiver which can be approved or disapproved depending on the whims of federal bureaucrats. The A-PLUS proposal allows states to opt-out, no strings attached.”
At its core, A-PLUS delivers on the promise of “restoring state and local control over the 10 percent of education funding financed by the federal government,” moving dollars out of the hands of federal bureaucrats and political appointees and into the hands of those closer to the students.
Now is the time for Congress to restore federalism in education, empower parents and students instead of bureaucrats and unions, and remove archaic obstacles that have prevented true opportunity for all.
Heritage Action supports the Daines Amendment and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.
Allowing States to Opt Out of NCLB Through A-PLUS: Empowering Parents and State and Local Leaders—Not Teachers Unions
The A-PLUS Alternative to Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind
The Conservative Education Debate (and Solution)