Heritage Action Statement on Rep. Chaffetz’s Fox News Sunday Comments

Washington – Following Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R-UT) 81% appearance on Fox News Sunday, Heritage Action released the following statement from communications director Dan Holler:

“Asked about his willingness to defend the 2011 budget caps this morning on Fox News Sunday, Congressman Chaffetz gave a vague commitment to cutting the deficit before talking about areas where he wants the federal government to spend more money. Americans deserve leadership that fights to preserve and enhance spending controls. Heritage Action urges all candidates for Speaker to articulate a plan to get America on a path to balance.”

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GOP Congress Funds Planned Parenthood

Washington Moments ago, the House passed a spending bill that will fund the government’s discretionary operations until December 11, 2015.  That bill will also continue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that will commit 65,000 abortions between now and December 11.  Heritage Action released the following statement from communications director Dan Holler:

“Republican Party leaders claim there is a moral obligation to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, but when given the opportunity to act, they wilted. If the new leadership team wants to gain the trust of conservatives outside Washington, they will need to put forward a plan to win in December.  Perpetuating the status quo is unacceptable.”

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John Boehner Stepping Down

Washington — This morning, House Speaker John Boehner told his colleagues that he would be stepping down at the end of October.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Americans deserve a Congress that fights for opportunity for all and favoritism to none.  Too often, Speaker Boehner has stood in the way. Today’s announcement is a sign that the voice of the American people is breaking through in Washington. Now is the time for a principled, conservative leader to emerge. Heritage Action will continue fighting for conservative policy solutions and we look forward to working with the new leadership team.”

30 Hours until Heritage Action’s Presidential Forum

Greenville, SC — Last night the Republican candidates stood side-by-side on stage at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA.  In just 30 hours, they will arrive at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina for Heritage Action’s Take Back America candidate forum.  The event, co-hosted by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, will be covered by every major news outlet in the country and feature the most in-depth and substantive policy discussion of the entire campaign.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the candidates to South Carolina and offer them the chance to talk face to face with the people of our state,” said Governor Haley. “This forum will give candidates the opportunity to inspire and unify those in attendance — and across our state — around a serious and hopeful policy agenda.”

“Last night voters saw glimmers of a policy debate,” said Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham.  “Friday’s forum will give the candidates an opportunity to truly articulate their vision for America, and how they would make Washington work for hardworking Americans and not the well-connected special interests.”

Reconciliation Gambit Won’t Stop Planned Parenthood


Washington – Yesterday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) 60% suggested House Republican leaders are prepared to use the budget reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood instead of using the appropriations process.  Heritage Action released the following statement from communications director Dan Holler: 

“Between now and the inauguration of the next president, Planned Parenthood will carry out more than 440,000 abortions. The objective is not simply ‘to get a bill on President Obama’s desk.’ The primary objective is to defund this organization. Pro-life members should not be asked to cast a vote for a bill that sends money to Planned Parenthood.”

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