Jessica Anderson Lands on Newsmax’s 30 Most Influential Republicans 30 and Under List

Washington – Today, Newsmax unveiled its annual Most Influential Republicans 30 and Under list, which included Heritage Action’s grassroots director Jessica Anderson.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“For the past five years, Jessica has worked tirelessly to train and educate conservatives to become more effective in their advocacy efforts.  Her efforts have not gone unnoticed outside Washington, where she has built authentic enduring relationships with thousands of constituents eager to turn the page on the Obama era. Congratulations, Jessica.”

Nikki Haley Delivers Optimistic Message, Challenges GOP

Washington – Tonight, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivered the official Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union speech.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Governor Haley represents the future of a conservative Republican Party.  In contrast to the president’s hopelessly out of touch diatribe, she delivered a winsome message and painted an authentically optimistic vision for America’s future.  The governor is right: conservatives have the policies to create opportunity for all Americans, but all too often the bipartisan Washington Establishment has been more interested in preserving the status quo.  Our nation will be stronger and more dynamic when a political party in Washington begins confronting the collusion between special interests and government.”

Stop Confirming Obama’s Judicial Nominees

Washington – This afternoon, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Luis Felipe Restrepo to serve as a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  The unanimous consent agreement locking in the confirmation vote occurred in December, prior to President Obama’s most recent unilateral actions intended to arbitrarily increase immigration and undermine the Second Amendment. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“President Obama has repeatedly ignored the separation of powers over the past seven years.  It defies explanation that the first vote Senate Republicans take in 2016 would be to confirm yet another Obama-nominated judge.  Given the administration’s disregard for Congress’s role in our constitutional system of government, the Senate should refuse to confirm any more of the president’s judicial nominees.”

Congress Dumps $1.1 Trillion Omnibus on Lawmakers, American People at 2 AM

Washington – Shortly before midnight, congressional leaders unveiled a 233-page tax extenders package that represents the most significant changes to our nation’s convoluted tax code since 2012.  Then, shortly before 2 AM Wednesday morning, they unveiled a $1.149 trillion, 2,009-page omnibus spending bill.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“In fewer than 48 hours, lawmakers will likely be asked to vote on two massive bills that were negotiated behind closed doors over the past several weeks. Heritage Action is reviewing both bills and will educate conservative constituents across the country on the policies buried in all 2,242 pages.”

Heritage Action Applauds Permanent Ban on Internet Access Taxes

Washington — The federal government has prohibited states and localities from imposing a tax on Internet access since 1998.  A provision included in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) would make that ban permanent.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“On very rare occasions genuine conservative policy victories emerge from a conference committee. A permanent ban on taxing Internet access is one such victory. The permanent ban also deprives proponents of an Internet sales tax from using it as leverage to achieve their unpopular and destructive policy. That is a double win for taxpayers. Heritage Action reserves the right to key vote against any effort to strip this important provision from the bill.”