Heritage Action, Club for Growth statement on Export-Import Bank

Washington – Following Senate passage of the Trade Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham and Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued a joint statement:

“Yesterday, Senator Maria Cantwell leveraged her vote on Trade Promotion Authority to open up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s playbook on the Export-Import Bank.  It is incumbent upon House conservatives to use their leverage on TPA to extract ironclad public commitments from both McConnell and Speaker John Boehner.  Leader McConnell should make clear he will not allow the Democrat minority to usurp the Republican majority’s procedural prerogative. At the same time, Speaker Boehner must make clear he will not jam conservatives on Ex-Im.  House conservatives should use every tool at their disposal to stop the advance of TPA until Republican leaders issue those ironclad public commitments.”

Flores, RSC Support Eliminating Export-Import Bank

Washington — Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) 94% announced the Republican Study Committee (RSC) would formally oppose any effort to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: 

“Heritage Action applauds Chairman Flores and the RSC for their principled opposition to the Export-Import Bank. Conservatives are on the verge of delivering a major victory for hardworking Americans, who rightly believe politicians are only working for big government special interests.  That is about to change, and on July 1, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will stand alone, out of touch and defending corporate welfare for some of the world’s most successful companies.”

See the list of all 92 House Republicans publicly opposed to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

Heritage Action to Host GOP Presidential Forum with Gov. Nikki Haley and Jim DeMint in South Carolina

Washington – On September 18, 2015, Heritage Action for America will host a special presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.  In addition to candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016, the forum will feature South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, and Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham.

“We have a strong slate of candidates running for the Republican nomination for president, and ahead of our primary, South Carolina voters want to hear from each candidate personally about the most important issues – from health care to jobs and the economy – facing the states and our nation,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our candidates to South Carolina and offer them the chance to talk face to face with our voters.”

“For too long, the playing field has been tilted toward those who try to game the system, and the American people are tired of it,” said former Senator Jim DeMint. “They’re looking for leaders who demonstrate a principled commitment to opportunity for all Americans. Instead of ‘gotcha questions’ or the usual political fights, we will discuss solutions on issues that matter to families like education, health care, energy, foreign policy and more.”

“Every candidate runs against Washington because every voter knows the town is a well-oiled machine that works only for the well-connected,” said Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham.  “This will be an opportunity for the candidates to articulate their desire to deliver a bold agenda that will bring opportunity for all and favoritism to none.”

The wide-ranging policy forum will give candidates a venue to discuss their vision for America.  Candidates will explain how their policies would create opportunity for all Americans by eliminating the favoritism so thoroughly embedded in our nation’s current political system.

Last month, Heritage Action announced its first ever Presidential Platform Index (PPI), which will evaluate presidential candidates on their past actions and current platforms in six critical areas.

Gallego Amnesty Amendment Threatens Defense Bill

Washington — Today, the House will debate the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 1735), which includes an amendment sponsored by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) 6% that would encourage the Pentagon to allow DACA recipients to enlist in the military.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Advancing an amnesty agenda on the backs of our brave men and women in the military is deplorable.  Not only is the Gallego Amendment an explicit endorsement of President Obama’s executive amnesty, it would create radical and perverse incentives that would have a negative impact on our military and our immigration system.  It has no place in a debate over the future of our military, which is currently reducing personnel.”

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., the Heritage Foundation’s vice president for foreign and defense policy studies, added:

“To jam this amnesty provision into the NDAA goes beyond the pale in playing politics with national security. This literally destroys the credibility of the NDAA as must-pass legislation that the nation needs to provide for the common defense. The Gallego Amendment is unnecessary for national security; makes a mockery of U.S. immigration law; and is a slap in the face to those who want to come here and play by the rules.”

Trade Adjustment Assistance Undermines Free Trade Push

Washington — According to reports, the Senate may attach Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Heritage Action has always been a free trade organization, but free-market conservatives are understandably split on this president’s request for fast track authority.  Including an egregiously ineffective welfare program in a bill intended to promote trade will only exacerbate the problem.  Conservatives should oppose any effort to combine these two bills.”

Heritage: Trade Adjustment Assistance Enhancement Act: Budget Gimmicks and Expanding an Ineffective and Wasteful “Job-Training” Program