Real Estate Professionals Legislative Strategy Call 09/21/17

Last week, conservatives working in the real estate community all came together for our monthly Legislative Strategy Call.

During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director.  Wesley walked through updates on the state of health care reform and tax reform. Matt provided action items for Sentinels on these legislative priorities.

If you were unable to join us on the call yesterday, please listen to the recorded version below.


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Full Expensing and Meaningful Tax Reform

By Sutton Truluck, Research Assistant, Heritage Action for America. The Trump presidential campaign and Congressional…

The GOP’s Last-Ditch Effort to Partially Repeal Obamacare

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Republican senators are pitching one last-ditch…

Obama’s ‘Julia’ Will Have Better Life Because of Tax Reform

By the Video Team at The Daily Signal. Julia and her husband, James, are worried…

Obama’s ‘Julia’ Will Have Better Life Because of Tax Reform

By the Video Team at The Daily Signal. Julia and her husband, James, are worried about their future. James lost his job and can’t find work. Julia has not received a raise in many years and is unhappy at her job. They are struggling just to make ends meet and…

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VIDEO: Michael Needham talks Jimmy Kimmel and Senate Health Care Bill

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham discusses Jimmy Kimmel and the Senate health care bill on Fox & Friends September 21, 2017.…

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Weighing Options on Obamacare

Congress reportedly has until September 30th to use the fiscal year 2017 budget reconciliation tool to repeal and replace Obamacare without Democrat support. With this looming deadline, Congressional Republicans are scrambling to form a healthcare bill that will get 50 senators to “yes”. Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and…

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VIDEO: Adam Michel on CNN to Discuss Tax Reform

Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, Appears on CNN's At This Hour with Kate Bolduan to Discuss Tax Reform.…

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Congress Takes Positive Steps to Protect Property Owners From Asset Seizure

By Jason Snead, Policy Analyst, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation. The House of Representatives has moved to defund the controversial civil forfeiture practice known as “adoptive” seizures. Last week, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve three amendments to the Make America Secure and…

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Why Bernie Sanders’ Single Payer Health Care Plan Is a Total Disaster

By Robert E. Moffit, Senior Fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies. Americans face a stark choice on what their health care will look like in the future. They can adopt a government-run health-care system, financed by new and heavy federal taxation, with federal officials making all…

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Cruz Highlights 7 Ideas for Tax Reform

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Sen. Ted Cruz thinks tax reform can help the average American. Tax reform is all about “the promise to remodel our antiquated, bureaucratic, ineffective tax system with the objective of creating more jobs, higher wages, more opportunity, with the objective of…

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Trump’s September Budget Deal Could Move Tax Reform

By Romina Boccia, Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. This week’s budget deal is fiscally irresponsible. But it just may have cleared the legislative schedule for serious action on much-needed tax reform. The lamentable budget deal suspends the debt limit—and continues all discretionary spending at current (FY 2017)…

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I Went to a ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ Memorial in DC. Here’s What I Saw.

By Jarrett Stepman, editor for The Daily Signal. In the 16 years that have passed since Islamist terrorists attacked this country on 9/11, thousands of Americans have given their lives in the conflicts that followed. On Friday, I had the opportunity to visit a “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit at the base…

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Trump Can End Congress’ Illegal Obamacare Exemption with the Stroke of a Pen

By John Malcolm, Vice President for the Institute for Constitutional Government and Michael Cannon, Director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute Congress' ongoing failure to repeal Obamacare means ordinary citizens will continue to suffer that law's rising penalties, wage cuts, reduced choice, rising premiums, eroding coverage, administrative burdens, and collapsing markets. But don't worry, members of…

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Trump’s Budget Deal With Democrats Will Only Worsen Our Fiscal Situation

By Justin Bogie, senior policy analyst in fiscal affairs at The Heritage Foundation. Late Wednesday night, the Senate released the text of legislation that would provide disaster relief funding and other federal aid for Hurricane Harvey and other 2017 disasters, suspend the debt limit, and extend the National Flood Insurance Program and government…

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Trump Is Right. ‘Our Tax Code Is a Giant, Self-Inflicted Economic Wound.’

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies In his second speech in two weeks on the need for tax reform, President Donald Trump again made a strong case, explaining that “our tax code is a giant, self-inflicted economic wound.” This time speaking in North…

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Governors Urge Greater Flexibility for States in Creating and Implementing Health Care Policy

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Five governors—representing both parties and from states across the country—told a Senate committee Thursday that inaction on health care is not an option and lawmakers should look to the states for solutions. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, praised the successes of…

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How to Bring Real Stability to the Health Care Market

By Edmund Haislmaier, expert in health care policy and markets at The Heritage Foundation. Following Congress’ failure to enact “repeal and replace” legislation this summer, the new Obamacare buzz phrase for the fall is “market stabilization.” An ad hoc group of House members calling themselves the “Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus”…

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Why I and Other Lawmakers Should Live Under Obamacare

By Rep. Ron DeSantis, Republican, representing Florida's 6th District. For seven years, Republican candidates running for every office from president to dogcatcher campaigned on the need to repeal and replace Obamacare. The spectacular collapse of the repeal effort in the Senate revealed that these promises were, at least for some…

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Conservatives Should Take Full Advantage of the Debt Ceiling

By Sutton Truluck, Research Assistant at Heritage Action for America. On Sunday, the Trump administration formally requested Congress pair an 18-month suspension of our nation’s debt ceiling with much-needed emergency spending for Hurricane Harvey relief. Today, President Trump reportedly endorsed the idea of pairing Harvey spending with a short-term suspension…

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Trump’s Reversal of Obama Pay Gap Rule Is Good News for Women, Minorities

By Romina Boccia, Deputy Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Grover M. Hermann fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The Trump administration put a stop this week to an Obama-era rule that would have hurt the wage and employment prospects of all workers, and would have…

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3 Ways the US Tax Code Is Killing Our Economy’s Potential

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the American people that if they gave Republicans the chance to govern, pro-growth tax reform would be their major legislative priority in 2017.…

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Budget Reconciliation: A Viable Path for CHOICE Act Reforms

By Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. One of the big unfinished items on this year’s Congressional agenda is financial regulatory reform. The House passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a major financial reform bill in June. But the Senate has yet to offer a companion bill, and it is pretty…

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VIDEO: Dan Holler on Harvey spending package

Heritage Action Vice President Dan Holler discusses the Hurricane Harvey spending package on Fox Business's Varney & Co. September 5, 2017.…

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VIDEO: Michael Needham discusses Harvey aid and the debt ceiling

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham discussed the debate on America's debt ceiling and relief funding for Harvey on Fox News Sunday September 3, 2017.…

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As GOP Senators, Governors Pitch Plan to Save Obamacare, White House ‘Can’t Imagine’ Backing Bailout

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. The White House says it “can’t imagine” supporting an Obamacare bailout, even as some Republican senators and governors are urging boosting federal subsidies to insurance companies to stabilize the endangered Obamacare exchanges. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee…

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Trump Says Tax Reform Could Create ‘Millions and Millions of New Jobs’

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. President Donald Trump hit his campaign themes of bringing back American jobs and raising wages in launching his quest for tax reform, while blasting special interest loopholes. “Let’s put, or at least try to put, the partisan posturing behind us…

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VIDEO: Michael Needham discusses tax reform

Heritage Action for America’s CEO Michael Needham discusses tax reform on Bloomberg TV.…

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Conservatives Must Oppose Obamacare Bailouts

By Sutton Truluck, Research Assistant at Heritage Action for America. Last month, Senate Republicans failed to deliver on their seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Understandably so, many conservatives were left demoralized. Millions of Americans remain stuck with a failing health care law—due in part to Republicans inability to…

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3 Scenes From Rescue Effort and Flooding in Houston

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Citizens and law enforcement alike in Houston are coming to the rescue of fellow citizens affected by the flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. “My friends and I we were in pretty good shape as far as our houses, so we just…

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OPINION: The key to passing tax reform: Keep it simple, stupid

By Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation. One of the most enduring lessons from the ObamaCare fiasco is that to win a political battle, it is best to keep the message simple. If there are too many moving parts to a plan, if…

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VIDEO: Dr. Feulner discusses tax reform and Trump, Congress.

The Heritage Foundation’s President Dr. Ed Feulner discusses tax reform and the relationship between President Trump and Congress on Fox Business Network.…

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Taxes, Regulations Hurt Economy

By David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D, Senior Research Fellow, Labor Markets and Trade at The Heritage Foundation. If bigger government, higher taxes, larger subsidies, more regulations and double-digit minimum wages led to better middle-class incomes, the U.S. would be experiencing the fastest wage growth in its history. However, they don’t, and…

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How the Senate’s baseline budget could make or break tax reform

By Romina Boccia, fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michel, policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Tax reform is one of the most important legislative priorities for Congress and the administration this fall. Good tax reform will unleash economic growth, creating greater opportunity and prosperity for all…

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Why Bernie Sanders’ Single-Payer Health Care Bill Would Be a Disaster

By Robert E. Moffit, senior fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies. Senate Republicans’ failure to enact a health reform bill has created a big policy vacuum, and liberals in Congress and elsewhere are eager to fill it. Their solution: Move to a “single-payer system.” That anodyne…

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Over 45 Conservatives to Congress: Support the Employee Rights Act

Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent across all fifty states, we encourage you to co-sponsor H.R. 2723, the Employee Rights Act, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe. This important bill represents the first major update to federal labor law in seventy…

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VIDEO: IRS Rehires 213 Employees

213—that’s how many employees the IRS rehired after they were dismissed for falsifying documents and avoiding paying their own taxes. How does this happen? To view this video on The Daily Signal Facebook page, click here.…

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This Key Reform Must Be Central to Any New Tax Plan

By Salim Furth, Research Fellow in Macroeconomics at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michael, Policy Analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. As Congress and the president move toward consensus on tax reform, one key reform should remain the centerpiece of any plan that moves forward: making…

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Corporations, Democrats Join Forces to Block Trump Nominee to Run Export-Import Bank

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. The business community of South Carolina is pressuring Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of a critic of the Export-Import Bank to run the institution. Thus far, the most vocal critics of the…

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Tax Reform for Investment and Jobs

By Adam Michael, Policy Analyst for the Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. Fixing a quirk in the U.S. tax code would let businesses add new jobs and increase economic growth immediately. The remedy, known to economists as “expensing,” lets businesses deduct from their taxable income the full value…

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America Is Heading Straight Into Its Most Avoidable Crisis Ever

By Justin Bogie, senior policy analyst in fiscal affairs at The Heritage Foundation, and Chase Flowers, member of The Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. In the looming shadow of another debt limit debate, Congress should stand firm and demand spending controls before increasing the debt limit again. Most people are familiar…

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Farmer Faces Multimillion Dollar Fine For Plowing Fields Without Government’s Permission

By Amy Swearer, visiting legal fellow at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. This week, a federal judge will determine whether to levy a multimillion-dollar fine against John Duarte, as requested by the Department of Justice. Duarte’s wrongdoing? Plowing fields without first asking the permission of the…

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VIDEO: What a Tax Cut Would Mean For You

The Heritage Foundation’s President Ed Feulner discusses what a tax cut would mean for you on Fox Business Network.…

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A Conservative View of Trump vs. Amazon

By Dan Holler, Vice President of Heritage Action For America Amazon’s successful business model is “destroying department stores and retailing all over the country,” President Donald Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt last year. How should free market conservatives interpret the president’s continued critique of Amazon? That question becomes particularly important as…

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These Obama Regulations Make a Strong Case for Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst & Jacob Lubenow, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Congress is pivoting to tax reform, which if done correctly, should replace a list of draconian Obama-era regulations that went to extraordinary lengths to keep American companies from leaving the U.S.…

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Add Homebuilders to the List of Industries Hurt by Tariffs

By Tori Whiting,  Research Associate in the Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform at The Heritage Foundation & Robert Bellafiore, Member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. New data show that protectionism is taking a toll on the confidence of homebuilders. Last month, homebuilder confidence hit its lowest reading since…

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How States Can Get Exemptions From Obamacare’s Rules

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies The Senate’s failure to pass even a watered-down version of health care reform was compounded by its decision to leave Washington rather than finish the job. At this juncture, the nation’s governors and state legislators should use every legal means…

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Real Estate Professional Legislative Strategy Call 08/10/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the real estate industry all came together for our monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Stephen Siao, Grassroots Manager.  Wesley walked through updates on tax reform, Obamacare, and flood insurance. Stephen provided action items for Sentinels on these…

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How the Latest GOP Health Care Bill Stacks Up

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert After last month’s disappointing failure to roll back Obamacare’s damage, senators are now reflecting on how best to proceed. One approach reportedly under consideration is a bill put together by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Bill Cassidy, R-La.; and Dean Heller, R-Nev.…

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Food Stamp Reform is Necessary for the Budget and Compassionate for the Poor

By Danielle DiQuattro Back in 1996, Congress passed a law adding work requirements to the federal government’s largest cash-welfare program. Although this was a step in the right direction, reforming one program is merely incidental when trillions of dollars have been spent on means-tested welfare programs that have proven to be ineffective…

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A Powerful Federal Reserve Reform: Flexible Open Market Operations

By Norbert Michel, Director of the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation The Federal Reserve is spreading its wings.  Its latest book, “The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities,” focuses on things like “food equity” and “Inclusion in Local and Regional Food System Efforts.” I suppose…

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Here Are 7 Implications of Ending Obamacare’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert In the wake of Congress’ failure to pass Obamacare repeal and replace legislation, the Trump administration is reportedly debating whether to stop paying Obamacare’s “cost-sharing reduction” subsidies to health insurers. Those payments are the subject of a lawsuit brought two years…

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Conservatives Must Demand Spending Controls in Exchange for Raising Debt Ceiling

By Patrick Tyrrell, Research Coordinator in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform & Anthony B. Kim, Deputy Chief of Staff and Editor of the Index of Economic Freedom at The Heritage Foundation Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has indicated that the federal borrowing limit must be raised by Sept. 29,…

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Conservatives Should Oppose Irresponsible Debt Ceiling Hike

Washington — According to reports, congressional leaders are planning to raise the nation’s debt ceiling without attaching additional reforms to address the structural nature of America’s annual deficit. Heritage Action released the following statement from vice president Dan Holler: “Our nation’s structural deficit is driven by historically irresponsible levels of federal…

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No Mandate To Bail Out Obamacare

Washington — This morning, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced the Help, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that he chairs would hold a hearing in early September “on the actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen [Obamacare’s] individual health insurance market, so that Americans will be able to buy insurance at…

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House Flood Bill Floating Off Course

Washington — Earlier this year, the House Financial Services Committee released a draft five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). When the draft was released, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, urged stakeholders to provide “input into protecting the program integrity of the…

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How Trump Could Force Congress and Its Staff to Live Under Obamacare

By Fred Lucas, White House Correspondent for The Daily Signal President Donald Trump could have Congress in an uncomfortable corner over the lawmakers’ exemption, and that of their staff, from Obamacare. “This is one more instance of Congress passing an unpleasant, expensive, onerous law on citizens and then conferring a valuable…

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GOP ‘Tax Principles’ Signal Strong, Pro-Growth Plan

Washington — Today, a group dubbed the “Big Six” released a broad set of principles to provide directions to a long-awaited overhaul of America’s cumbersome and inefficient tax code. The group includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin…

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Congress Needs to Go Right Back to Work on Health Care Reform

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies Enough is enough. The Senate needs to get back to work and deliver a health care reform bill. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump needs to shut off the flow of illegal health insurance subsidies to members of the House and Senate…

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Congress is Set to Protect Consumers from the CFPB

By Norbert Michel, Director of the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation It’s one of the most controversial components of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, but it has a nearly perfect political name. What member of Congress could possibly be against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)? The name is so perfect…

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What Comes After Skinny Repeal?

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America CEO Republican senators are reportedly working on a so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. While details remain sparse, no one should mistake this last-minute effort for being the culmination of Republicans’ seven-year promise to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare. The inconclusive nature of the…

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Heritage Action Will Key Vote Health Care Amendments

Washington — This afternoon, the Senate voted to begin debate on the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). That successful procedural vote allows Senate Republicans to begin debate on their seven-year promise to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A.…

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Senators Should Proceed to Health Care Debate

Washington — Tomorrow, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to offer a motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). That key procedural vote will allow Senate Republicans to begin debate on their seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. If the vote fails, Senator Lamar Alexander…

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Republicans Just Made Tax Reform More Difficult

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst This week, the House Budget Committee released its long-awaited budget. It makes progress in some areas, and falls short in others. One of the places it falls short is in facilitating tax reform. By all accounts, tax reform will be difficult. True tax reform that simplifies…

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Senate Health Care Bill Could Be Greatest Entitlement Reform in a Generation

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies The Senate health care bill (the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017) would fundamentally reform federal Medicaid payment. As Washington Post columnist George Will has written, the bill’s Medicaid provisions, as crafted by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., “makes it this…

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This Official Had the Spine to Stand Up to the Powerful CFPB. Congress Should Follow His Le

By Diane Katz, Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy Three cheers for Keith Noreika, the acting comptroller of the currency, for having the chutzpah to challenge the regulatory deceit of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its director, Richard Cordray. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Noreika on Monday…

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7 Years of Promising Obamacare Repeal Leaves Republicans Just 1 Option

By Jarrett Stepman, Editor for The Daily Signal  Obamacare is failing. It has done little to fulfill its original promise of producing more choice and lower costs, and worse, has set off a cascading set of problems that will increasingly hurt the American people. When President Donald Trump was asked Tuesday if…

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9 Key Takeaways From the House Budget Proposal

By Justin Bogie, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs After months of delays, the House Budget Committee has released its fiscal year 2018 budget resolution. The plan makes progress in some areas, such as prioritizing national defense, reforming Medicare, implementing mandatory reforms through reconciliation, repealing Obamacare, and beginning to reform the…

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Next Steps on Obamacare Repeal

Washington — Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced “the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.” If the Senate votes to proceed the House-passed bill, McConnell said the first amendment would be “what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015…

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CBO Analysis of Trump Budget Shows Need for Entitlement Reform, Pro-Growth Tax Policies

By Justin Bogie, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of President Donald Trump’s budget request last week, and it wasn’t good news. The report paints a stark picture of the proposal compared to the administration’s findings, showing that the president’s budget…

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Repealing This Obamacare Tax Would Signal That Tax Reform Is Alive

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst The Senate is seriously considering keeping Obamacare’s 3.8 percent net investment income tax as part of it’s most recent repeal and replace proposal. Rather than falling back on the simple story that the tax will just be paid by the rich, this is an important…

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Why the Revised Senate Health Care Bill Is a Major Improvement Over the Status Quo

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies On Thursday, the Senate Republican leadership unveiled an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. While it is an imperfect legislative product, it is nonetheless a major improvement over the status quo. Obamacare has wrecked both the…

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Real Estate Professional Legislative Strategy Call 07/13/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the real estate industry all came together for our monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director.  Wesley walked through updates on the Financial CHOICE Act, housing finance reform, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and tax reform. Matt…

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Congress Should Use Congressional Review Act to Strike Down Ill-Advised Arbitration Rule

By Alden Abbott, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation On July 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a new rule to ban financial service providers, such as banks or credit card companies, from using mandatory arbitration clauses to deny consumers…

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Congress Must Roll Back CFPB’S Costly Arbitration Rule

Washington — Earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new rule intended to ban financial service providers (banks, credit card companies, small dollar lenders, etc.) from using mandatory arbitration clauses to prevent consumers participating in class action lawsuits. According to The Heritage Foundation, the “Arbitration Rule is just…

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Heritage Action To Review Revised Senate Obamacare Bill

Washington — This morning, Senate Republicans unveiled a series of changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: “As Heritage Action reviews and evaluates the revised legislation, it is worth reiterating that significant portions of the Republican Party…

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Delaying Draining the Swamp is Costing Americans Big Money.

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The High Cost of Draining the Swamp

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The Federal Reserve Is At A Critical Juncture

By Norbert Michel, Director of the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will give her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress this week. Expect no great surprises. Still, it will be interesting to see how hard Congress pushes her on the timetable for returning…

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A Pathway for Pro-Growth, Fiscally Responsible Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst and Chase Flowers, member of The Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. The tax code is in dire need of reform, but updating it is only one of the many items on Congress’ agenda for the remainder of the year. Many fear that tax reform…

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Three Cheers for Decentralization and Deregulation

By Danielle DiQuattro Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), following President Trump’s executive order to review this rule put in place by the Obama administration. Government agencies rarely give up power so this repeal marks an important victory for limited government. Although…

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Senate Republicans Promised to Repeal Obamacare, Not Bail it Out

Washington – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said if Republicans cannot agree on Obamacare repeal legislation, the party will work with Democrats and liberal Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to pass legislation that would bailout health insurance companies and keep the failing law in place. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A Needham: “Talk of…

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How Adding Work Requirements to Welfare Can Benefit Recipients

By Jarrett Stepman, Editor for The Daily Signal Welfare reform is becoming an issue again and the left isn’t happy about it. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, recently proposed a bill, backed by the conservative House Freedom Caucus, that would increase work requirements for those on welfare, as well as create billions of dollars…

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This Senate Effort Could Lead to Another Housing Bubble

By John Ligon, Senior Policy Analyst and Research Manager and Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing last week to lay out guiding principles for housing finance reform legislation. While it is a positive development that the Senate is getting to work on…

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Americans Need Relief From Obamacare

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America CEO Let’s state the obvious: The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is not full repeal of Obamacare. Any momentum for a clean repeal effort fell by the wayside earlier this year, leaving a divided Republican Party to debate both how much of Obamacare to…

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Congress’ Inaction on Trump’s Agenda Costs America Nearly 1,000 Jobs Per Day

By Edwin J. Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation “Drain the swamp!” It was the battle cry of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Many Republican members of Congress echoed that call as well, riding it to victory—and control of both legislative chambers. The American people rallied around the cry because it reinforced their impression of…

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What the CBO Score Means for the Senate Health Care Bill

By Drew Gonshorowski, Senior Policy Analyst, Simulations The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score on Monday of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. The top line score is very similar to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that was passed earlier in the House. This budgetary analysis projects…

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Undoing the CFPB’s Damage: The Trump Administration’s Options Are Limited

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert Representation, rule of law, and separation of powers—these concepts are central to the American system of constitutional government.  Yet they have been threatened for much of the last century by the proliferation of independent government agencies. Congress has enabled these agencies to…

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It’s Time to Rethink Flood Insurance

Flood insurance fights are brewing in the House of Representatives. Late this September, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) comes up for reauthorization, giving Congress an opportunity to overhaul this broken, inefficient, and unfair program. Since its founding in 1968, the NFIP has subsided a significant amount of property in…

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GOP Wants to Pay for Tax Cuts with a Tax Increase

Last week House Speaker Paul Ryan assured the country that tax reform is still coming despite uncertainty surrounding the repeal and replace of Obamacare. Speaker Ryan’s speech focused on the House GOP’s broad vision for tax reform to lower rates, close loopholes, get rid of special interest deductions, and “simplify things to…

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If Congress Is Serious About Tax Reform, It Should Stop Passing Bills Like This

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst House Speaker Paul Ryan doubled down earlier this month on getting tax reform done by the end of the year. He said he hopes to put a tax bill on President Donald Trump’s desk by “deer season”—Nov. 18 for those who aren’t familiar.…

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New Study Finds Americans Don’t Mind Lower Government Spending Due to Tax Cuts

By Elizabeth Fender, Market Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation & Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst America’s tax code is horribly out of date. Thankfully, Congress and the president have outlined plans for updating the tax code and cutting Americans’ taxes. The public strongly supports this agenda. A recent study by The Heritage Foundation’s…

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Conservative Spotlight: Heritage Action For America

Watch below as Heritage Action's VP Dan Holler joins The Daily Signal to discuss the Senate's health care bill. https://www.facebook.com/TheDailySignalNews/videos/872195316279755/…

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The Senate Health Care Bill Misses a Key Opportunity. Here’s What Should Be Done.

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert,  Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies, & Marie Fishpaw, Director of Domestic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation's Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. While the ongoing congressional effort to reform health care is falling short of…

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4 Conservative Senators Say They Can’t Vote for GOP’s Draft Health Care Bill

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal Four conservative senators promptly said they can’t support the draft of a health care bill released Thursday by the Senate’s Republican leadership as a cure for Obamacare. “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill,…

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Heritage Action Supports Rep. Garret Graves’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Act Of 2017

This week, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2996). This legislation would help reduce poverty and government dependency, increase self-sufficiency, and restore families by strengthening the effective and popular work requirements for all “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWDs) who receive food stamps…

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How the Senate Can Begin to Undo the Damage of Obamacare

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert The Senate plans to release a draft of its counterpart to the House-passed American Health Care Act Thursday. The House bill contains a number of sound proposals to begin to reverse the damage Obamacare caused. These include a major reform of federal…

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Heritage Action To Review Senate’s Obamacare Bill

Washington — Senate Republicans are expected to unveil a “discussion draft” of significant changes to the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the bill “dramatically changes the current health care law.” Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A.…

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To Reduce Health Insurance Premiums, Congress Must Return Regulatory Authority to States

By Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow in Health Policy Studies Obamacare drove up health care costs by imposing federal mandates on health insurance. The House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) repeals some of these mandates and proposes to waive others. As the Senate considers the legislation, it should seek…

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Welfare Currently Punishes Work and Marriage. This Bill Would End That.

By Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) There is much to celebrate in America today. Americans are, on average, wealthier, healthier, and better educated than we ever have been. We’ve made huge strides in civil rights and racial equality. And we have access to technology that would have awed past generations. But…

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Video: 3 Tips for Discussing Obamacare

By Beverly Halberg, President of District Media Group Americans love coffee, and they love to customize it. Me, I’m a medium, one Splenda, soy latte kind of girl. Choice is a good thing, and it’s one of the things that make America, well, America. Yet sadly, if you stand up for…

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