Republican Cultural Elites Proposing Carbon Tax

WASHINGTON: This week, a group of Republicans publicly called for a substantial new carbon tax. These leaders, uniting under the banner of the “Climate Leadership Council,”  will meet with top administration officials this morning.

Heritage Action does not support a carbon tax and has released the following statement from CEO, Michael A. Needham:

“Replacing Obama’s destructive regulatory regime with a destructive taxation regime will not make American companies more competitive or bring jobs back to abandoned communities. Beyond the policy implications, the Climate Leadership Council’s carbon tax proposal is just the latest example of policy solutions crafted by and made for cultural elites. There is no room in the Republican Party for a carbon tax. These so-called Party elders might want to meet with former Secretary Clinton to discuss this idea.”

Trump Administration Considering Religious Freedom Protections

WASHINGTON — This morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump pledged his administration “will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.” A draft Executive Order under consideration would go a long way towards delivering on that promise. Heritage Action released the following statement:

“It is encouraging that the Trump Administration is considering much needed action to ensure federal agencies protect religious freedom. There are attempts by the political left to demonize, misrepresent and derail this effort, but the Administration and lawmakers should do everything in their power to extend these important protections.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson explains the draft “executive order is good policy and entirely lawful.” He continued:

“These protections take nothing away from anyone—they simply ensure that the public square remains open to all religious voices, even when those voices diverge from the government’s view on contested questions. They protect diversity and pluralism and tolerance.”

Learn more about the potential religious freedom executive order here.


Congress Passes Historical Rollback of Obama-Era Regulation

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate approved H.J.Res. 38, a House-passed resolution disapproving of the so-called “stream buffer” rule submitted in the waning days of the Obama Administration. Once it is signed into law by President Trump, the disapproval resolution will ensure that the final Stream Protection Rule (SPR) has no force or effect and that the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) cannot issue a rule that is substantially the same without subsequent authorization from Congress. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Congress took a positive step today by using the Congressional Review Act to provide a check on excessive regulations pushed forward by overzealous bureaucrats. As the first successful use of the CRA in 16 years, it is a perfect example on how to use the legislative process to undo the job-destroying regulations put in place by the Obama Administration. Lawmakers should continue this approach to dismantle the big government policies of the last eight years.”


Judge Gorsuch Deserves Support for Supreme Court

Washington — This evening, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed to the Tenth Circuit in 2006 by a voice vote, to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Judge Neil Gorsuch is a nominee ‘very much in the mold’ of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  President Trump deserves credit for fulfilling his campaign pledge by nominating an individual who will, based on his record, interpret the text of the Constitution rather than create unwritten rights supposedly hidden between the lines. The usurpations of the rule of law, substituting for the will of the people as embodied in democratically enacted legislation rights nowhere to be found in our Constitution itself, only serves to divide our nation. Judge Gorsuch is an outstanding choice, and now the Senate must prepare to carry out its ‘Advise and Consent’ role as it has for the past 227 years.”

Heritage Action intends to key vote in favor of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.

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Obamacare Repeal Timeline Slipping

Washington — Last week, interim House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) 85% told reporters in Philadelphia to “expect that (Obamacare repeal) probably toward the latter part of February, or the first part of March.” Her comments came as congressional Republicans first self-imposed deadline passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 40% added, “I don’t think we have the luxury of this dragging out for a lengthy period of time. There is a reason to wrap it up.”  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“More than two weeks ago, congressional Republicans took an important first step toward delivering on a longstanding campaign priority: the repeal of Obamacare. That was only the first step though, and now they must move quickly to put Obamacare repeal on President Trump’s desk. Seven in 10 Americans believe the longer Congress waits, the less likely Obamacare repeal becomes a reality.  

“Congress cannot allow the timeline to continue to slip. Not only does it delay work on other legislative priorities, but millions of Americans are suffering from the harmful side effects of Obamacare. The law must be repealed so we can begin the process of creating a patient-centered replacement.”

The Heritage Foundation’s American Perceptions Initiative found that 70 percent agree that “The longer Congress waits to fulfill promises to repeal Obamacare, the less likely they are to be successful.” Equally notable, 72 percent agreed that “If Congress wait to fulfill promises to repeal Obamacare, Americans who voted for them are going to take their promises less seriously.”

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