We Did It! Export-Import Bank Expires Tonight

Washington –  Tonight at midnight, the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank will expire for the first time in the bank’s 81-year history.  By law, the bank should begin the process of liquidating its assets Wednesday morning.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Change doesn’t come fast or easy in Washington, but over the past three years conservatives created the conditions that caused the Export-Import Bank to expire and enter liquidation.  Now it is up to Republican leaders to accept and preserve this major policy victory.”

Supreme Court Wrong on Marriage  

Washington — This morning, the Supreme Court incorrectly ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the 14th Amendment requires all states to redefine marriage to include same-sex marriage. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“The Supreme Court got it wrong.  This is judicial activism pure and simple – on par with Roe v. Wade. Nothing in the Constitution requires the redefinition of marriage and unelected judges shouldn’t have redefined marriage for the entire country. Now the question is whether religious liberty and the rights of conscience will be respected.  Congress must pass the First Amendment Defense Act to ensure the federal government respects individuals, businesses, and organizations that wish to act in accordance with their beliefs about marriage.”

Related:
Heritage Action supports the First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802 / S. 1598)
Heritage: Judicial Activism from Supreme Court on Marriage. Here’s How to Respond.

GOP leaders reverse course, won’t punish Buck, Meadows

Washington – In a swift reversal, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) 100% will keep his position as freshman class president and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) 87% will be  reinstated as chairman of his subcommittee.  Both had been targeted for retribution because of their votes against fast-track trade authority. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“By standing up to the bullying of Republican leadership, Ken Buck and Mark Meadows did right by their constituents and their duty to vote their conscience. We are under no illusion though that Republican leaders are suddenly willing to respect conservative lawmakers and embrace solutions that provide opportunity for all and favoritism to none. It will take a lot of time to build that trust.  Speaker Boehner could begin that process today by declaring the Export-Import Bank dead and using reconciliation to put a full repeal of Obamacare on the president’s desk. More lawmakers should understand that when they stand for their principles and their constituents, conservatives across the country will stand with them against the DC establishment. ”

Supreme Court Protects Obamacare, Again

Washington —  This morning, the Supreme Court ruled in King. v. Burwell that the Obama administration did not violate the law by providing subsidies to those on the federal exchange even though Obamacare clearly states subsidies are only available on state-run exchanges. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“By granting legal status to Obamacare’s illegal subsidies, the Supreme Court made clear Americans cannot rely on the courts to save us from the law. The Republican Party — the party of full repeal — must make the case to every American that they will repeal the law come 2017 and replace it with a plan that drives down the cost of health insurance for all Americans.”

Related:
The Hill: Heritage Action: A promise made to repeal Obamacare with reconciliation

Ken Buck is GOP’s latest target for retribution

Washington – Tomorrow morning, the House Republican freshman class will hold a members-only meeting at the behest of Republican leaders, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) 53%Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) 31% and Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) 58%.  At the meeting they will attempt to remove Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) 100% as freshman class president for his vote against fast-track trade authority.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“What does John Boehner hope to accomplish over the next 18 months?  In 2011, he rode a conservative, tea party wave to become speaker.  Now he seems content to punish those conservative lawmakers for representing constituents who understandably feel ignored by Washington.  The coach needs to stop blaming the players, and more players need to assess whether they want to be a part of this team.”