Michigan’s Land Embraces Conservative Transportation Solution

Washington – Yesterday, Michigan’s Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land announced her support for a plan similar to the Transportation Empowerment Act, which would empower states to fund and prioritize their own infrastructure projects without costly and unnecessary federal intervention.  “It’s time to get D.C. out of the way and put Michigan First so we can finally fix our roads,” Land said.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Terri Lynn Land is doing exactly what candidates all across the country should be doing.  She is talking about bold ideas that empower states and individuals, not Washington special interests.  Returning transportation authority to the state will benefit Michigan motorists, families and businesses.”

House Votes to End Obama’s Unlawful DACA Program

Washington - Tonight, the House of Representatives voted to freeze President Obama’s unlawful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by passing H.R. 5727.  Heritage Action, which key voted in favor of the bill introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Marsha Blackburn72%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard72%, released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Tonight was a good night for the Republican-controlled House.  Not only did they demonstrate an ability to achieve Republican unity on an important, high-profile issue, but they did so by working with conservatives.  They have sent a strong message that they are ready to solve the crisis along our southwest border, which includes addressing the cause — President Obama’s unlawful DACA program.  The onus is now on Harry Reid to act.”


Heritage Action Statement on Border and DACA

Washington –  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Over the past couple days, the President’s unlawful executive order, DACA, has become a major piece of the debate over how to address the crisis along our southern border.  We encourage House GOP leaders to address the cause of the crisis by bringing one bill to the floor that includes the original Blackburn language.”

Pennsylvania State Lawmakers Ask for Transportation Empowerment Act

Washington — Today, eight members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly sent a letter to Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patrick Toomey72%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard72% and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Bob Casey2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2% and the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Bill Shuster63%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard63% to express their support for the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike Lee96%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard96%.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

As the Senate prepares to vote on Sen. Lee’s amendment, this letter should reassure his colleagues state lawmakers are eager to accept more responsibility.  They are acutely aware of the obstacles Washington has created to them meeting the transportation needs of their citizens.

The Transportation Empowerment Act would empower the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all states to fund and prioritize their own infrastructure projects, ending the cycle of perpetual Highway Trust Fund (HTF) bailouts and cutting Washington inefficiency and red tape out of the process.  

Read the letter.

Heritage Action Reviewing House Border Proposal 

Washington – Earlier today, the House Border Crisis Working Group unveiled its recommendations to address the growing number of unaccompanied children and other unlawful immigrants crossing America’s southwestern border.  Heritage Action released the following statement from communications director Dan Holler:

“We are currently reviewing the recommendations and will wait until legislative text is available before commenting further, but it is difficult to overlook the glaring absence of anything related to DACA, which the House voted to block in 2012 and 2013.  As we have said before, any congressional action must focus on the cause of the crisis — President Obama’s anti-enforcement policies — not just the symptoms.”