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 BoehnerN/AHouse Republican Average39See Full ScorecardN/A and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi11%House Democrat Average39See Full Scorecard11%, 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.”

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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 BoehnerN/AHouse Republican Average39See Full ScorecardN/A and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi11%House Democrat Average39See Full Scorecard11%, 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.”

 

Senators Introduce Internet Sales Tax Scheme, Again

Washington – Today, Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Michael Enzi70%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard70%, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Richard Durbin2%Senate Democrat Average29See Full Scorecard2%, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Lamar Alexander46%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard46% and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Heidi Heitkamp5%Senate Democrat Average29See Full Scorecard5% introduced the deceptively named Marketplace Fairness Act.  The internet sales tax bill would grant unprecedented cross-border taxation and enforcement power to state governments.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“There is nothing fair about forcing a small, online business in Tennessee to play the role of tax collector for California.  Fortunately, the historic Republican majority in the House has no desire to sign off on a new, convoluted scheme of tax collection.  With the internet sales tax off the table, Congress should turn its attention to creating opportunity for everyone, not doling out favors to well-connected businesses and revenue-hungry state governments.”

Lee and DeSantis are Creating Choice, Opportunity in Higher Education

Washington – Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike Lee97%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard97% and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Ron DeSantis89%House Republican Average39See Full Scorecard89% introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act, which would empower states to develop their own accreditation systems to accredit colleges, individual courses within colleges, apprenticeship programs, and curricula.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Our nation’s 19th century model of higher education isn’t keeping up with the demand for 21st century skills.  The federal government is stifling innovation with its one-sized fits all approach to college accreditation, which is why Mike Lee and Ron DeSantis introduced the HERO Act.  Instead of simply tweaking the Higher Education Act, Congress could ignite a higher-education revolution by creating opportunity and choice in with this transformational reform.”

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Lee-DeSantis: Break Up the Higher Education Cartel