Ben Sasse: Don’t Hinder Military with Culture Wars

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) 96% 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.”

Heritage Action Praises Tax Reform Task Force

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.”

Heritage Action Responds to Health Care Task Force

WashingtonToday, the House Republican’s health care 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:

“The House Republican Health Care Task Force’s report shows that Republicans understand that a better health care system requires the repeal of Obamacare. Admirably, it proposes a number of patient-centered reforms to the employer and individual market, as well as a fundamental rethinking of the health entitlement programs – Medicare and Medicaid – that are driving our country deeper into debt and failing seniors and low income Americans. Of some concern, the plan, while vague, suggests replacing some of Obamacare’s regulations with similar regulations at the federal level, and it proposes a new refundable tax credit without any discussion of how that new spending program would be financed in a post-Obamacare world.  Heritage Action looks forward to working with House Republicans to continue the conversation on conservative health reforms that promote Opportunity for All and Favoritism to None.”

Collins Gun Bill Erodes Constitutional Rights at the Discretion of the Government

Washington — Today, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) 11% is set to unveil a bill that would empower the attorney general to deny gun sales to those on the No Fly List or Selectee List. According to The Heritage Foundation’s senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky, the proposal is “potentially unconstitutional since it would take away a constitutional right … at the discretion of a government official in a secret, non-transparent process that has no adequate due process protections.” Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Due process rights are not an impediment to our way of life–they are vital. Rather than presuming guilt and denying Americans their second amendment rights, lawmakers should debate and vote on counterterrorism measures that would actually help keep us safe. Americans deserve real leadership on the issue of Islamist terrorism, not made for TV sound bites intended to erode our constitutional rights.”

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Majority of House Republicans Support Overturning USDA Catfish Rule

Washington — Today, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) 67% and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) 15% sent a letter to Congressional leaders signed by 124 Republicans and 53 Democrats by urging floor consideration of S.J. Res. 28. The resolution, which passed the Senate 55 to 43, would block the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) catfish inspection rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Rarely is there bipartisan agreement in Washington to reverse a parochial protectionist boondoggle. Congresswoman Hartzler deserves credit for taking on the various special interests that all too often hamstring the Republican Party from pursuing common sense, free-market policies. Heritage Action urges the leadership to schedule a vote on the resolution and secure a small, but important policy victory as soon as possible.”