Trump Budget Puts Taxpayers First

Washington — This morning, the Trump Administration unveiled its FY 2018 budget proposal called “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The budget includes $3.6 trillion in spending reductions while prioritizing much-needed defense funding. And while the budget does not include much-needed structural reforms to Medicare and Social Security’s retirement program, it does offer reforms to other mandatory programs. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Budgets are visionary documents, and President Trump’s proposal would put taxpayers first by starting to direct their dollars more efficiently to the most effective programs. It is the type of document the president promised on the campaign trail, including some serious, structural reforms to our nation’s entitlement system. Unfortunately, the failure to address Social Security and Medicare will make it difficult to truly rein in our nation’s ever growing debt.

“Nonetheless, Trump’s budget presents an opportunity to unite Republicans around fiscally responsible reforms to food stamps, disability insurance and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Even with unified Republican control of government, delivering policy victories has proven difficult in Washington, but enacting these reforms would demonstrate a true commitment to putting taxpayers first.”

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Real Estate Professional Legislative Strategy Call 02/08/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the real estate industry all came together for a our monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call we discussed CFPB abuse of auto-lenders, Fannie Mae's misuse of taxpayer dollars, the FHA mortgage insurance premium cut, and President Trump's executive order (EO) on financial regulations. We also heard from…

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CBO Indicates Insurance Mandates can be repealed through Budget Reconciliation

Some Republican members of Congress have indicated convoluted Senate rules mean they cannot repeal all of Obamacare through reconciliation. Those Republicans cite the Senate Parliamentarian as the main procedural obstacle because it is not clear that the insurance mandates have a budgetary impact. However, it was recently reported that a…

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President’s Opening Financial Services Salvo is On Target, But There’s Much More to Be Done

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert On January 30, President Trump pledged that his Administration would “be doing a big number on Dodd-Frank.” Four days later, just two weeks into his administration, the President issued two executive orders designed to get that process going. And they’re a great…

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Republican Cultural Elites Proposing Carbon Tax

This week, a group of Republicans publicly called for a substantial new carbon tax. These leaders, uniting under the banner of the “Climate Leadership Council,” will meet with top administration officials this morning. The group includes former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P.…

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Obamacare Relief: Letter to the Editor

By John Archer, Sentinel Business Owner As a small business owner, the rising cost of health insurance is one of the biggest concerns I have for the future of my company. A 2016 survey by the National Federation of Independent Business confirms my concerns, listing the cost of health insurance…

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Trump’s Executive Orders on Financial Regulation Are a Great First Step

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert President Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act, and on Friday he signed two executive orders to get that process moving. All Americans should be encouraged by this start, especially since the president is only two weeks into his administration.…

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Polls Show Personal Experience With Obamacare Increases Opposition

By Elizabeth Fender, market research associate at the Heritage Foundation As Congress comes closer to repealing Obamacare, proponents of the law have mounted a vocal defense of it, touting both its necessity and popularity among those it has helped. But public opinion polls tell a different story. Obamacare was passed…

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Fannie Mae Spends $24 Million On New Office Space

Last week, Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) asking them for a review of excessive spending by Fannie Mae on their latest office move. As an independent agency, FHFA, regulates government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fannie Mae has been in…

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5 things Steven Mnuchin should do in his First 100 days as Treasury Secretary

Undoing the damage of the Obama administration is going to be a massive undertaking.…

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Obamacare Repeal Timeline Slipping

Washington — Last week, interim House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) 85% told reporters in Philadelphia to “expect that (Obamacare repeal) probably toward the latter part of February, or the first part of March.” Her comments came as congressional Republicans first self-imposed deadline passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)…

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How to Talk About Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

By Beverly Hallberg,  President of District Media Group It’s no secret that conservatives love numbers. Numbers are often cited as reasons one, two, and three to change an existing law or introduce a new initiative. Numbers matter. Numbers should be used to defend whatever policy position you take. But Americans don’t…

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Congressional Delay Threatens Obamacare Repeal

By James Wallner, Group Vice President for Research at The Heritage Foundation The effort to repeal Obamacare may be headed in the wrong direction. That it could be so was unthinkable just a few short weeks ago when the GOP triumphantly returned to our nation’s capital with majorities in the…

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