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Conservatives must lead through action. And we are. Heritage Action brought these leaders together on February 10th. The Conservative Policy Summit highlights the bills they have introduced, showing Americans a winning conservative reform agenda. Watch important discussion about our nation’s most pressing issues and learn about the conservative answers.

Privacy – Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
Social Welfare – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Health Care – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
Health Care – Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)
Energy – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Housing – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Transportation – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA)
School Choice – Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Higher Education – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Religious Freedom – Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)


 
 
 

 

 

 

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments of 2013 (H.R. 1847, S. 607)

 

 

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• Seeks to protect the privacy of American citizens and secure congressional and judicial oversight of the executive branch.
• Eliminates the 180-day rule: Under current law, entities do not need a warrant to access some forms of electronic communications. This bill would strike that rule and require a warrant to access any and all electronic communication held in electronic storage or otherwise stored, held, or maintained by a provider of electronic communication service or remote computing service.
• Requires a search warrant: Requires that the government provide the customer with a copy of warrant and related information within 10 days for law enforcement agencies and within three days for any other government entity.
• Requires disclosure of customer records: Outlines details surrounding how and what information may be accessed by the government.
• Requires a GAO report: Includes analysis and evaluation of the disclosure of customer communications and records, including the frequency of use and evaluation of the effects of the bill.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“Is the Government Reading Your Email?” by Paul Rosenzweig


 

 

 

The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act (S. 2015)

 

 

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The Welfare Reform Act was first introduced by Representative Jim Jordan (R–OH) in 2011 as H.R. 1167, and the companion bill was authored by then-Senator Jim DeMint (R–SC). Jordan and Senator Mike Lee (R–UT) will be the sponsors of the forthcoming 2014 bill. The legislation builds on the reforms of the welfare changes enacted in 1996, a cornerstone of which was requiring able-bodied recipients to work or prepare to work in order to receive benefits.

• Rolls back total means-tested welfare spending to pre-recession (FY 2007) levels—adjusted for inflation— and places a cap on welfare, adjusting for the rate of inflation going forward.
• Inserts a work requirement, similar to that of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, into the food stamps program.
• Requires that total government welfare spending for the current year, as well as projections for the following nine years, be reported in the President’s annual budget.

 

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“Confronting the Unsustainable Growth of Welfare Entitlements: Principles of Reform and the Next Steps” by Robert Rector and Katherine Bradley.


 

 

 
 

The Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300)

 

 

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• Fully repeals Obamacare.
• Extends the income tax deduction (above the line) on health care premiums to those who purchase coverage in the non-group/individual market.
• Creates an moveable, refundable tax credit (on a sliding scale) for low-income individuals to purchase coverage in the non-group/individual market.
• Grants states incentives to establish high-risk/reinsurance pools and expands federal block grants for qualified pools.
• Allows individuals to shop for health insurance across state lines and creates pooling mechanisms, such as association health plans and individual membership accounts.
• Gives Medicaid and SCHIP beneficiaries the option of a voucher to purchase private insurance.
• Promotes medical malpractice reform by establishing health courts in each state and adds affirmative defense through provider-established best practice measures; encourages the speedy resolution of claims and caps non-economic damages.
• Prohibits federal funding of abortion and abortion coverage under the act and protects the conscience rights of certain health care professionals and organizations.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“After Repeal of Obamacare: Moving Toward Patient-Centered, Market-Based Health Care”  by the Center for Health Policy Studies


 

 

 

The American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121)

 

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• Fully repeals President Obama’s health care law.
• Provides tax reform that allows families and individuals to deduct health care costs, just like companies, leveling the playing field and providing all Americans with a standard tax deduction for health insurance.
• Spurs competition by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and enabling small businesses to pool together to get the same buying power as large corporations.
• Reforms medical malpractice laws by limiting trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages while maintaining strong protections for patients.
• Expands access to health savings accounts, increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars individuals can deposit into portable savings accounts to be used for health care expenses.
• Safeguards individuals with pre-existing conditions by bolstering state-based high-risk pools and extend- ing HIPAA guaranteed availability protections.
• Protects the unborn by prohibiting funding of abortion or abortion coverage under this bill except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.

 

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“After Repeal of Obamacare: Moving Toward Patient-Centered, Market-Based Health Care”  by the Center for Health Policy Studies


 

 

 

The American Energy Renaissance Act (H.R. 4286, S. 2170)

 

 

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This bill makes changes to the country’s energy policy that open access to international markets, create new opportunities for exploration and production of our domestic resources, and empower states to control their energy future. Unleashing the free market and American ingenuity will expand energy supplies and create much-needed jobs and economic activity in the process.

• Frees up liquefied natural gas exports by amending the Natural Gas Act of 1938.
• Repeals the ban on crude oil exports.
• Improves North American energy infrastructure by streamlining approval requirements for pipelines crossing international borders, adding deadlines for government bureaucratic action, and reducing red tape.
• Approves the Keystone XL Pipeline.
• Allows leasing of the outer continental shelf and streamlines the permitting process to remove unnecessary administrative roadblocks; increases revenue sharing with states and gives them the option of leaving their own offshore areas closed.
• Expands energy exploration and production on onshore federal lands and opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for exploration and production.
• Changes regulatory provisions regarding energy development on federal lands.
• Keeps the regulations of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands at the state level.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“U.S. Natural Gas Exports: Lift Restrictions and Empower the States” by Nick Loris
“How to Keep Promises to Expand Energy Production and Create Jobs” by Nick Loris, Katie Tubbs, and Jack Spencer
“Hydraulic Fracturing: Critical for Energy Production, Jobs and Economic Growth” by Nick Loris


 

 

 
 

The Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act (H.R. 2767)

 

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• Ends the dominance that the federal government has on the housing finance system by dissolving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
• Ends the taxpayer subsidies of Fannie and Freddie by phasing out their failed taxpayer-backed business model over a five-year transition period.
• Returns the Federal Housing Administration to its traditional mission: serving first-time homebuyers and those with low and moderate incomes and ensuring it will be able to insure loans to any qualified borrowers if ever faced with another economic crisis.
• Removes regulatory barriers to private capital to attract investment and encourage innovation.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“Hensarling Housing Finance Plan: A Welcome Step Toward Solving the Fannie and Freddie Mess” by John L. Ligon


 

 

 
 

The Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 3486, S. 1702)

 

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• Empowers states to set transportation spending priorities and enables them to determine the best funding sources.
• Transitions control from federal to state over a five-year period, avoiding disruption.
• Lowers the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents over the same time period; states would be free to increase their state gas taxes or find other funding mechanisms.
• Reduces red tape, including the Davis–Bacon prevailing wage requirements and other federal mandates.
• Enables greater private-sector participation in funding and financing capital-intensive projects.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“Empowering the States by Turning Over the Federal Highway Program” by Emily Goff
“Transportation and Infrastructure Policy: More State and Less Federal Control” by Emily Goff


 

 

 
 

The Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act (S. 1909)

 

 

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• Empowers parents of children with disabilities to choose the educational paths that best suit their children’s needs by providing startup funds to states for disability school choice programs. It also allows states that already have those programs to make their federal funds portable to maximize education opportunities for students with disabilities.
• Creates a pilot school choice program for students living on military bases.
• Expands Washington, D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, a premier national experiment in providing school choice for underprivileged students. This program spends just under $8,500 per student— compared to almost $21,000 per student in D.C. public schools—and yields a 97 percent graduation rate, compared to a district-wide rate of only 56 percent.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“13 Ways the 113th Congress Can Improve Education in America”  by Lindsey M. Burke and Rachel Sheffield
“Happy 10th Anniversary, D.C. School Choice!” by Lindsey M. Burke


 

 

 
 

The Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act (S. 1904)

 

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• “The Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act would not only make the cost of higher education more affordable, but also make it easier for students to customize their own education and gain the specific skills they need to compete in today’s economy,” Senator Lee, January 9, 2014.
• Empowers states to develop their own accreditation systems to accredit colleges, individual courses within colleges, apprenticeship programs, and curricula.
• Any state-accredited educational institution, program, or course would then be eligible for federal funding such as student loans.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“Accreditation: Removing the Barrier to Higher Education Reform” by Lindsey M. Burke and Stuart M. Butler
“Lee’s College Accreditation Legislation Could Drive Down College Costs” by Lindsey M. Burke


 

 

 
 

The Marriage and Religious Freedom (MARFA) Act (H.R 3133, S. 1808)

 

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Prohibits federal government from discriminating against any individual or group based on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman by ensuring that the federal government will not:

• Deny or revoke an exemption from taxation under Section 501 of the IRS tax code;
• Disallow a deduction for federal tax purposes of any charitable contribution made to or by a person;
• Deny or withhold any federal benefit;
• Deny or exclude a person from receiving any federal grant, contract, loan, license, certification, accreditation, employment, or other similar position or status; or
• Otherwise discriminate against any individual or organization based on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Research from the Heritage Foundation

“Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It” by Ryan T. Anderson
“Yes, Threats to Religious Liberty Happen Here” by Ryan T. Anderson
“Protecting Religious Liberty in the Marriage Debate” by Ryan T. Anderson