Demanding Transparency on Export-Import Bank Efforts

Washington — Later this spring the House Republican Conference is expected to hold a secret internal vote to determine the future of the Export-Import Bank, which is scheduled to expire in just 75 days.  To ensure transparency and accountability in this process, Heritage Action is listing the names of each representative publicly opposed to reauthorizing this slush fund for corporate welfare.  Heritage Action also released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Heritage Action commends those lawmakers opposed to reauthorizing this taxpayer-backed bank, but its future should not be decided by a secret ballot.  Silence perpetuates the status quo and empowers the well-connected special interests in Washington.  Constituents deserve to know if their representative stands with Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren or with conservatives all across the country.”

There are currently 244 members of the House Republican Conference.  Sixty officially support H.R. 597, a four-year reauthorization of the bank, while 74 are publicly opposed to reauthorization.

See which lawmakers publicly oppose the Export-Import Bank: http://heritageaction.com/ex-im/

Heritage Action Announces Presidential Platform Index

Washington — Today, Heritage Action for America announced its first ever Presidential Platform Index (PPI).  The effort will carefully evaluate presidential candidates – Republicans and Democrats alike – on their past actions and current platforms in six critical areas: opportunity, growth, civil society, limited government, national security, and of course, favoritism.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Americans are looking for a president who can speak to the real anxieties they’re facing.  Candidates must move beyond partisan talking points and the failed status quo of secretive transactional politics and put forward a bold comprehensive conservative agenda.  How will these candidates fare in an Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None primary?  That is a question we are going to answer over the course of the next five months.”

The results of the evaluation will be released in September.  To learn more about the criteria Heritage Action will use visit PresidentialPlatformIndex.com.

 

House Passed $500 Billion Doc Fix Boondoggle

Washington — Today, the Republican-controlled House passed a doc fix bill (H.R. 2), negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John Boehner%House Republican Average0See Full Scorecard% and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi%House Democrat Average0See Full Scorecard%, that will increase America’s national debt by roughly $500 billion over the next two decades.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Members may have solved a parochial political problem with today’s vote but they have exacerbated the nation’s policy problems.  This deal increases spending in the near-term for promises of woefully inadequate long-term reductions — it sends a signal that deficit spending is back in style.  Liberals and lobbyists are hoping this is a pattern of things to come and conservatives in the House must ensure it is not.”

Related:
Moffit: Boehner-Pelosi Deal: Timid Changes Won’t Solve Medicare Woes
Capretta: An Unappealing ‘Doc Fix’
Levin: A Fix for the Doc Fix? I’d vote against it
NR Editors: In a Fix: A profligate, deficit-swelling deal
Antos: Bounce the “doc fix” — but don’t increase the deficit
Graham: Kick The Medicare Doc Fix Down The Road

Heritage Action will Score Senate’s Vote-A-Rama

Washington – Over the next couple days, the Senate will engage in a full-fledged budget debate that will culminate with a vote-a-rama.  Rather than releasing individual key votes for every important amendment, Heritage Action will update the scorecard with those votes following the conclusion of the budget debate.

Heritage Action Opposes $400 Billion Doc Fix Deal

Washington – This week, the House could vote on a bill, negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John Boehner%House Republican Average0See Full Scorecard% and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi%House Democrat Average0See Full Scorecard%, that would repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), make some small-scale reforms to the entitlement program and extend CHIP at Obamacare funding levels.  According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), the plan would likely increase America’s debt by $400 billion over the next 20 years.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Increasing spending in the near-term for promises of woefully inadequate long-term reductions isn’t entitlement reform, it’s a continuation of Washington’s broken status quo. Americans gave Republicans a historic majority because they want Congress to reduce the debt and prioritize spending, not embrace the deficit creating policies of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  Barring a score that shows the bill is fully paid for, Heritage Action will key vote against the plan.”