CBO: Obama’s $4.3 Billion Spending Request Unnecessary

Washington – This afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated just $25 million out of the President’s $4.346 billion emergency spending request would be spent this fiscal year.  Heritage Action, which previously called President Obama’s request a “non-starter,” released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“As today’s report makes clear, President Obama has the funding he needs.  The recent debate surrounding emergency funding was an effort by the President to take advantage of a crisis he created.  The question is not what resources President Obama needs, but whether he will take concrete steps to reverse his anti-enforcement policies. Any congressional action must focus on addressing the cause, not just the symptoms.”

Heritage Action Applauds Passage of Permanent Internet Tax Moratorium (H.R. 3086)

Washington –  This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 3086, which permanently extends the current moratorium on state and local taxation of the Internet. Upon House passage, Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“It is rare that good policy receives such overwhelming bipartisan support in Washington, but making the Internet tax moratorium permanent appears to be an exception. The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act should not be held hostage to Washington special interests seeking to advance unpopular proposals such as an Internet sales tax.  The Senate should take it up and send it to the President for his signature without delay.” 

Heritage: Read My Bits: No New Taxes (Permanently)


Four T&I Committee Members Co-Sponsor Conservative Transportation Legislation (H.R. 4386)

Washington —  Four members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have co-sponsored the Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 3486), introduced by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom Graves85%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard85%.  On Friday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Mark Meadows86%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard86%, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Reid Ribble70%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard70% and Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Steve Southerland62%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard62% signed onto the bill, joining their colleague Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Blake Farenthold65%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard65% who signed on last month.  Notably, Rep. Southerland was on the MAP-21 conference committee in 2012.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“The most innovative and exciting policy ideas in the nation are being introduced and supported by conservative lawmakers.  The Transportation Empowerment Act would empower states to fund and manage their transportation programs and priorities, cutting out the bureaucrats in Washington.  As members of the committee, Congressmen Farenthold, Meadows, Ribble and Southerland are perfectly positioned to advance this important policy reform.  We applaud their leadership and urge their colleagues to join them in supporting this important reform.”

Obama’s Border Request a Non-Starter

Washington –  This afternoon, the Obama administration submitted a $3.7 billion emergency supplemental spending request to Congress to address the growing number of unaccompanied children and other unlawful immigrants crossing America’s southwestern border.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“President Obama’s request is a non-starter because it seeks to address the symptoms, not the cause.  The President should rescind his anti-enforcement policies and demonstrate a commitment to implementing existing law.  Conservatives are eager to change laws that are hampering the administration’s ability to deal with the surge, but believe our nation’s border security can be addressed through the regular appropriations process where priorities can be re-ordered and spending can occur within the established budget caps.”

Democrats want Circular Firing Squad on Ex-Im Bank

Washington – Yesterday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Charles Schumer0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% announced his intention to hold a vote this month on a bill reauthorizing and expanding the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.  Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Maria Cantwell0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Heidi Heitkamp4%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard4% joined Schumer on the conference call with reporters.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Senate Democrats made it clear they intend to use the Export-Import Bank to drive a wedge among Republicans, potentially creating a circular firing squad that will depress conservative turnout in November.  Senate Republicans should reject Schumer’s blatantly partisan maneuvering and use it to fight for an agenda that promotes opportunity for all and preference for none. Conservatives should happily let the left stand alone as the party of well-connected elites and special interests.”