This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA), sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) 95%.
As one of the legislative proposals in the Constitution Task Force, SOPRA would end decades of excessive judicial deference to executive branch agencies when interpreting statutes, a practice known as Chevron Deference. Established by a 1984 Supreme Court decision, Chevron, U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Chevron deference has created a dangerous precedence of having the court defer to the agency when reviewing interpretation of an ambiguous law, as long as the agency’s interpretation is not “unreasonable.” But by doing so, the courts have made the executive branch stronger at the expense of Congress.
Heritage Action will key vote the following six amendments to H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act:
Key Vote Alert: “YES” Davidson “Draft Our Daughters” Prohibition
This week, the House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) 86% to H.R. 5485, the Financial Services Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. His amendment would prohibit the use of funds to change the Selective Service System registration requirements to force young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service. This amendment would confirm the previous House opposition to this policy during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Heritage Action will key vote the following amendments to H.R. 5293, Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017:
Key Vote Alert: “YES” Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment (#4)
This week, the House will vote on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) 93% to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program.
The Senate will soon vote on S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The Heritage Foundation has articulated numerous problems with the bill reported out of committee, including the inclusion of a provision in the base bill that forces young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service, making them eligible for conscription if Congress reinstates the draft for future military needs.
Heritage Action will key vote the following amendment(s) to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943):
Key Vote Alert: “NO” on Durbin Amendment on Non-Defense Research Spending
This week, the Senate could vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Dick Durbin to S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. His amendment would strike two provisions in the base bill restricting funding for non-defense research priorities.
Our military is facing real challenges as budget constraints have squeezed capabilities and impacted readiness. Justin Johnson, a defense budget analyst at The Heritage Foundation, recently highlighted the real life consequences for our military. His piece included these examples: