Washington — This morning, Heritage Action launched a new website — whattoexpect2016.com — that will put forward the conservative policy battle plan to counter the left’s agenda over the next 114 days. As policy debates play out, Heritage Action will hold conference calls with reporters and conservative activists to ensure the conservative policy position is well understood and accurately portrayed. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
“America’s established political institutions are in shambles, and the overwhelming public sentiment is that politicians aren’t working on behalf of the American people. Many in the media have equated this election to a ‘dumpster fire’ but in reality Americans’ frustration with Washington is on full display.
“Whether you believe America is undergoing a political realignment or simply enduring a brief upheaval, there is no doubt that the systemic failure of our nation’s political class has led to a complete collapse of confidence. There will be no mandate to govern without leadership, and our job at Heritage Action is to ensure conservative policy is elevated, advanced and defended over the next three plus months to make a conservative mandate possible.”
Washington — On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), authored by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) 91%. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., explains the bill “would ensure that no federal agency discriminates against individuals or institutions for following their convictions about marriage as a man-woman union by revoking their nonprofit tax-exempt status, or denying them government grants, contracts, accreditation, or licenses.” Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
“Protecting freedom and pluralism in the midst of social change is the embodiment of American values – which is exactly what First Amendment Defense Act does. This week’s long overdue hearing on FADA was successful in elevating the current and growing threat to religious liberty in our nation. We cannot allow the left’s tired, inaccurate talking points to paralyze legislative efforts to protect religious liberty for all Americans.
“While we are thankful that a hearing was held, it should not have taken over a year to begin moving a broadly supported bill as critical as FADA. Americans must be wondering why the Committee failed to have a vote on the bill before beginning a 7-week recess, especially in light of the compelling case made by the witnesses. Moving forward, Chairman Chaffetz must begin to lead on this issue by scheduling a markup in Committee and successfully advancing FADA for a vote on the House floor.”
There are currently 172 House Republicans on record supporting the First Amendment Defense Act, and 23 of the 25 members on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are co-sponsors.
Washington — Next Tuesday, The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) will have a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Chairman Jason Chaffetz must now take the next step by having a committee markup of the legislation before it can go to a full vote on the House floor.
Since the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, religious institutions and individuals are being pushed out of civil society for holding to their religious beliefs in traditional marriage. The First Amendment Defense Act protects individuals and organizations who uphold traditional beliefs of marriage. The bill now has 171 co-sponsors, and its success in committee is not in question with 23 of the 25 OGR members publically committed as cosponsored.
Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
“It is imperative that we protect religious liberty for all Americans by passing the First Amendment Defense Act. It is unacceptable that Chairman Chaffetz and Republican leaders have not prioritized consideration of FADA. The bill must be marked up before the Republican House Majority leaves for a seven week recess.
“Our nation was founded on religious liberty, and that liberty is now at risk. This is not a time for inaction — Chairman Chaffetz must take a stand and schedule a markup on FADA in the next two weeks.“
Washington – Earlier this month, the Senate included a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would force young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service, making them eligible for conscription if Congress reinstates the draft for future military needs. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) 97% is leading a letter requesting that the provision be removed during conference negotiations with the House. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
“We agree with Senator Sasse and his colleagues that the brave men and women of our armed forces should not be hindered by unnecessary ‘culture wars.’ Women can and do contribute significantly to the overall mission of the military; however, military personnel policy, particularly when it comes to combat, should be determined based on military objectives and preparedness, not Barack Obama’s social agenda.
“Heritage Action encourages Senators to sign on to the letter and urges conferees to adopt the House position to avoid potentially drafting our daughters.”
Washington — Today, the House Republican’s tax reform task force released its policy recommendations. Last December, Speaker Paul D. Ryan promised to “show what we would do, what our ideal policy would be.” Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
“House Republicans’ new tax plans shows how far the party has come on tax reform in recent years. Gone are the arbitrary restraints that hindered efforts both inside and outside Congress. The Task Force’s plan identifies and addresses the key problems in our tax code — moving towards a consumption-based system by reducing double taxation on American families’ savings and investments, unshackling small businesses from high pass-through rates, allowing all businesses to fully expense new investments, and instituting a territorial system for international businesses, all while lowering rates across the board. Heritage Action looks forward to working with House Republicans on tax policies that provide Opportunity for All and Favoritism to None.”