Another Obamacare Delay: Where’s the Transparency?

Washington – Late last night, the Obama administration announced it would ignore yet another key deadline in the implementation of Obamacare.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

Nothing says ‘most transparent administration in history’ like a major announcement at 9pm. Last night’s announcement is the latest example of President Obama treating his signature legislation not as the settled law of the land, but rather nothing more than an experiment in need of constant tinkering. It is time for the President and his fellow Democrats to acknowledge what Americans have long understood: Obamacare is unworkable, unaffordable and unfair.  The sooner they come to this realization the sooner Americans can get the type of health care reform they deserve.

Reid Ditches Obama’s Controversial IMF Reforms

Washington – This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced the Senate would jettison President Obama’s controversial IMF “reforms,” which were included in an otherwise noncontroversial Ukraine package.  Heritage Action for America released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

After 19 days of inaction, Harry Reid finally came to his senses.  Not only did these so-called reforms have nothing to do with Ukraine, but they would have increased Russia’s power at the IMF just as the U.S. was seeking to punish the country.  By refusing to give into Reid’s bullying tactics, conservatives in the House and Senate were able to prevent yet another foreign policy mistake by the Obama administration.

Key Vote: “NO” on Ukraine Package and Unrelated IMF “Reforms”

Obama Budget: Doubling Down on Big-Government Failure

Washington -  This morning, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget a month late.  Heritage Action for America released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“In 2008, President Obama exploited America’s eternal sense of optimism with his call for ‘Hope and Change.’  Six years later, he continues to double down on his failed, government-first agenda.  President Obama’s budget will no doubt be greeted with cheers from the entrenched special interests that thrive off an ever growing government, but it will do nothing for Americans struggling in this economy.  The American people deserve bold policies that restore economic vitality, renew the American Dream, and equip people to achieve happiness and prosperity.”

Tax Reform Rattles Washington Establishment

Washington - Today, the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Dave Camp58%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard58% will unveil draft legislation to reform the nation’s broken tax code.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“This tax reform proposal is an important step in launching a debate on how to revive the American economy after years of mismanagement. Chairman Camp framed the fight perfectly in his memo to the Committee: ‘Many in Washington are scared by the prospects of tax reform; they don’t want to look special interests in the eye and say the game is up… Well, it is. We simply cannot afford the business-as-usual mentality that keeps Washington comfortable, but complacent.’ While not perfect, there is much to applaud in the Chairman’s work, and we look forward to working with the House to improve this legislation and provide the American people with the economic opportunities they deserve.”

House Passes $1 Trillion Food Stamp and Farm Bill

Washington –  This morning, the House passed a $956 billion food stamp and farm bill.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

Nearly 18 months ago, conservatives made a simple request: instead of combining farm policy and food stamps into a single legislative vehicle, Congress should begin advancing one issue at a time.  For decades, the unholy alliance created by combining these disparate policies caused exponential growth in spending and stifled serious attempts at reform.  When the House defeated a status quo bill this past summer, we were optimistic meaningful reforms were within reach if Congress chose to separate and start over.

Unfortunately, the unholy alliance – backed by more than $100 million – fought back.  Despite repeated assurances, negotiators failed to stagger reauthorizations for the agriculture and food stamp titles, or secure other widely accepted conservative reforms.  Nonetheless, Congress – and more importantly many Americans – have engaged in a robust conversation about the future of America’s agriculture sector and the massive expansion of the food stamp program.

Just because this Congress missed a real chance to have a farm-only farm bill and begin the process of enacting much-needed reforms doesn’t mean our work has stopped.  Over the next several years, we will continue building a coalition committed to reform, and bringing America’s policies into the 21st Century.

>> See the vote on the Heritage Action Scorecard.