One Week DHS Bill Funds Obama’s Amnesty

Washington – Last night, Congress passed a one-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that did not contain any language blocking President Obama’s dangerous and unconstitutional amnesty.  Although Republican leaders promised to fight for the language in a conference committee, some reporting suggests no such effort will be made. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Nearly everyone agrees President Obama vastly overstepped his legal authority, including the President, members of his own party and now a federal judge.  Congress cannot rely on the courts, it must deny funding and resources for the President’s unconstitutional amnesty. Yesterday’s events were a continuation of December’s cromnibus strategy, and are yet another reminder that Republican leaders in the House and the Senate need to do more than kick the can down the road.  They must put forward a strategy to retain Congress’s constitutional authority.”

Heritage Action will key vote against the Senate-passed DHS funding measure (H.R. 240, as amended).

House Pulls Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (H.R. 5)

Washington —  The House was scheduled to vote on a bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (H.R. 5), introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-MN)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John Kline50%House Republican Average39See Full Scorecard50%, but that vote has been postponed.  According to reports, “cracks” had begun to form within the GOP and those were exacerbated by the Rules Committee’s refusal to allow several important amendments.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Over the past few days, a very healthy debate on the future of elementary and secondary education bubbled to the surface.  Moving forward, a new bill should eliminate programs and mandates, allow for full Title I portability and enable states to opt out.  Not only would that type of bill draw a clear contrast with the progressives’ failed big-government education agenda, but it would remove archaic obstacles that have prevented true opportunity for all.”

DHS Funding Bill Must Block Obama’s Amnesty

Washington – Last night, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mitch McConnell67%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard67% initiated the procedural process to move towards a vote on a standalone bill that would roll back President Obama’s November 20, 2014 immigration actions, which include granting 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:

“Further exposing the blatant hypocrisy of Senate Democrats is no substitute for stopping President Obama’s dangerous and unlawful amnesty.  As the Majority Leader said last year, the power of the purse is the ‘only tool’ Congress has to rein in executive overreach.  As such, Heritage Action will key vote against any DHS bill that would allow for the funding of the President’s unconstitutional amnesty.”


Heritage Action Launches Call Campaign Against Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Washington — Today, Heritage Action for America launched an “End Ex-Im” ad campaign.  The phone call campaign will inform constituents in 31 Republican-held districts that their Representative supports reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which is a slush fund for corporate welfare.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Americans didn’t give Republicans a historic House majority to hand out favors to K Street lobbyists and well-connected special interests.  If lawmakers want to honor their mandate, they’ll allow the bank to expire and focus on advancing policies that create opportunity for all.”

Below is the list of 31 lawmakers.  All co-sponsored a bill (H.R. 597) to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank until September 30, 2019.

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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