Senate Funding Bill Sets Up Lame Duck Session

Washington – This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 42% unveiled a 10-week continuing resolution. The bill – the Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act – will necessitate a post-election lame duck session of Congress. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“The latest CR proposal falls far short of conservative expectations. Some will argue that ‘it could have been worse,’ but requiring a post-election lame duck session of Congress ensures things will get worse. These lame duck sessions result in last minute deal-cutting that undermines governmental transparency and conservative priorities. Lawmakers should not pass a stop-gap funding bill that requires additional action in a lame duck session.”

Throughout the appropriations process, Heritage Action evaluated each individual appropriations measure on the following three criteria: 1) level of spending; 2) funding of bad programs; and 3) exclusion of conservative policy riders. In addition to length, Heritage Action will use these criteria to evaluate any continuing resolution.

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Congress Should Not Bail Out Obamacare

Washington – According to reports, health insurance groups are lobbying to extend Obamacare “programs – either reinsurance or risk corridors – that end this year.” Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Obamacare is on the verge of an all-too-predictable collapse. Rather than do the bidding of the insurance companies, conservatives should force President Obama and his congressional allies to explain Obamacare’s failures and why they want to funnel more taxpayer money into a failed law.”

Responding to lobbying documents produced by Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Heritage Foundation’s Edmund Haislmaier said lawmakers must “tell insurers that Congress is not going to continue to bail them out for their Obamacare losses.”  Haislmaier added that “Insurers lobbying for bailouts should be told instead to come back when they are ready to offer Congress constructive assistance in writing workable replacement” of Obamacare once it is repealed. That solution must “produce better solutions for the country, their customers, and their bottom lines.”

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Heritage Action Supports the Sasse-Walker Taxpayers Before Insurers Act (S. 2803 / H.R. 5904)

10-Week Continuing Resolution Sets Up Lame Duck Debacle

Washington – Quiet discussions continue over the nature of the forthcoming government funding measure. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Post-election lame duck sessions are designed to avoid the will of the American people. These sessions result in last minute deal-cutting that undermines governmental transparency and conservative priorities. Lawmakers should not pass a stop-gap funding bill that requires additional action in a lame duck session. Moreover, exchanging temporary policy riders — even temporary conservative riders successfully forced upon the Senate — for such a session will give President Obama and unaccountable lawmakers one more chance to pass permanent policies in the dead of night. America cannot afford to give them any more chances.”

Throughout the appropriations process, Heritage Action evaluated each individual appropriations measure on the following three criteria: 1) level of spending; 2) funding of bad programs; and 3) exclusion of conservative policy riders. In addition to length, Heritage Action will use these criteria to evaluate any continuing resolution.

Republican House Should Say No to McConnell, Reid on Lame Duck

 

Washington — This morning, the House Republican Conference will meet to discuss a path forward on a continuing resolution. According to reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 42% and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% are nearing a deal to fund the government through early December, necessitating a post-election lame duck session of Congress. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“It is unclear what Democrat and Republican Senators hope to accomplish in a lame duck session, but if history is any indication it will be politically unpopular policies that increase the federal government’s power to serve the well connected. House Republicans — the group that promised to be a bulwark against President Obama’s big government tax and spend policies — must reassert their role, not only by reining in this President but also by rejecting the Senate’s cynical approach that guarantees a lame duck session.

“Setting up an end of the year congressional spending spree is a brazen and deliberate attempt to avoid the will of the American people. Lame duck sessions have become an all too familiar tool of Washington elites to ram through higher spending and bad policy they otherwise likely wouldn’t be able to pass. Any effort to force legislation during a lame duck should be rejected.”  

Related:
Heritage: The Implications of Regular Lame-Duck Sessions in Congress for Representative Government
Daily Signal: Over 100 Conservative Leaders Say No to a Lame-Duck Congressional Session After Election
Heritage: Lame Duck Weakens Accountability and Opens the Door to Unpopular Spending

Senate WRDA Bill Creates New Programs, Lacks Reforms

Washington — The Senate is expected to vote to proceed to consideration of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S. 2848). For the past several years, The Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action and various conservative groups have urged lawmakers to make real conservative reforms to this massive infrastructure spending bill, such as eliminating the process that is used to essentially evade the earmark moratorium, reducing spending, aggressively de-authorizing backlogged projects, ensuring that no new mandatory spending is authorized, and reducing the cost burden for federal taxpayers on shared state and local projects.   Heritage Action released the following statement from vice president for communications and government relations Dan Holler: