Congress Must Overturn DC’s Assault on Religious Liberty

Washington – Over the weekend, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed two pieces of legislation that violate the religious liberty of organizations and employers in the District of Columbia: The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Religious liberty is a fundamental tenet upon which the country was built.  The D.C. government is forcing religious organizations and employers to choose between upholding their beliefs or complying with a coercive government regulation that requires them to violate their beliefs and missions.  Heritage Action urges Congress to use its constitutional authority to disapprove of these intrusive and flawed laws.”

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House Pulls McCaul Border Bill

Washington – The House was scheduled to consider the Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015 (H.R. 399), introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Michael McCaul64%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard64%, but the bill was pulled from consideration this afternoon.  According to reports, some Republicans viewed the bill as a way of “escaping their political jam on immigration” by allowing them to avoid a prolonged fight over blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“The McCaul border bill had become a shiny object, distracting nearly everyone in Washington from the fight over the President’s dangerous and unlawful amnesty.  The House was right to pull the bill.  Congress must reassert its constitutional authority over the executive branch.  Advancing any immigration measure, even border security, before reining in this lawless President is putting the cart before the horse.”

House Votes to Stop Obama’s, Dangerous Unlawful Amnesty

Washington - Today, the House passed a bill (H.R. 240) to fund the Department of Homeland Security and roll back President Obama’s dangerous and unlawful actions, which include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Heritage Action applauds the Republican-controlled House for taking swift action to prohibit President Obama’s dangerous diversion of homeland security resources.  President Obama’s dangerous and unlawful amnesty ties the hands of those attempting to keep our nation safe.  Today’s vote is just the first step, though.  To successfully block the President, this must be an all-hands-on-deck effort.  Americans expect and deserve no less.”

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Heritage Action Key Vote: “YES” on Amnesty Stopping DHS Appropriations Bill (H.R. 240)
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Senate to Vote on Obama’s Unconstitutional Amnesty

Washington – The Senate is likely to vote on the legitimacy of President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions, which include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“If Senators are opposed to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, they should vote in favor of Sen. Cruz’s constitutional point of order.  A vote against the point of order is a vote in favor of unchecked presidential power and granting work permits and Social Security numbers to people who are in the country illegally.  Heritage Action urges all Senators to vote yes.”

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Key Vote: “NO” on Cromnibus: A Blank Check for Amnesty (H.R. 83)
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Conservatives to Congress: Don’t Lard Up the NDAA

Yesterday, Heritage Action, Concerned Women for America and eight other groups sent a letter to the House members:

Instead of focusing on our national security, the lands package, as currently written, grants the federal government more ownership over America’s lands and creates additional restrictions on land-use policies.  Further, this lands deal package includes creating a commission to study building a women’s history museum.  Every indication points to the museum including exhibits that would in fact be offensive to military members. For example, the current National Women’s History Museum website glorifies Bella Abzug, who worked to drastically reduce military spending and said, “I am not being facetious when I say that the real enemies in this country are the Pentagon and its pals in big business.”

The full letter (PDF) is below: