This may have been our most intense week yet! With five key votes, including the contentions reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, Heritage Action was mentioned dozens of times in stories across the country.
By far, our opposition to the Export-Import Bank was the most talked about, gaining 16 unique mentions, widely spread AP mentions and countless reposts:
The Hill: The conservative Club for Growth and Heritage Action groups on Monday said they will key-vote a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank that was crafted by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in collaboration with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
The Hill: Some conservatives believe the bank is a subsidy, and the Club for Growth and Heritage Action said Monday that it picks winners and losers in the economy.
The Hill: Many Republicans were skittish about reauthorizing what conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action have criticized as a corporate welfare program, even though the self-sustaining bank does not cost taxpayers money. These groups key-voted against the bill.
The New York Times: Conservative political groups like the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the Cato Institute have spent months lambasting the government-chartered bank as a big-business boondoggle that could become the next Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, leaving taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in loan guarantees.
Congress was in recess this week, but Heritage Action still made the news on a wide range of issues, including an article by our CEO Michael Needham and COO Tim Chapman on the issue of earmarks and how closely miscellaneous tariff bills (MTBs) fit that description.
Last week’s vote on the student loan bills, and what Congress will do on the issue when it returns, was also in the news:
San Francisco Chronicle: Heritage Action for America, a political action group that supports smaller government, urged defeat of the student-loan measure, saying the vote would be among those used to rate lawmakers. “Not only do the subsidies fail to stem the rising cost of a college education, the loans are also easily attained, increasing the likelihood taxpayers will be left on the hook when students default,” the group said in a statement.
It was a busy and diverse week for Heritage Action. From books to blogs, we were mentioned in relation to a whole host of topics, from student loans to commemorative coins.
This week, Robert Draper’s new book – Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives – hit the bookstores. It quickly made its way around Capitol Hill and the cable media shows. In addition to more than half a dozen direct mentions, Heritage Action’s fingerprints are all over the central battles of the first session of the 112th Congress. Here is one of many examples:
“He [Speaker Boehner] did not call the South Carolinian “hard head” this time. That fact had already been established. Within weeks, the Heritage for America group would rank freshman Jeff Duncan as the most conservative of all 435 House members.”
The Highway bill continues to garner media attention for Heritage Action:
The Hill: “The conservative Heritage Foundation’s political arm is warning its members about negotiations between the House and Senate about a possible long-term highway bill now that Congress is back in town.”
CQ: “The influential conservative group Heritage Action for America said in a blog post Monday that it was watching Wednesday’s planned vote on the new extension (HR 4348), saying ‘a vote for the 90-day extension enables the Senate-passed bill to become law.’”
Roll Call (Subs. Req’d): ” In a blog post Monday, Heritage Action for America bluntly warned against voting for the 90-day bill.”
Mass Transit: “The buzz this morning is about the conservative group Heritage Action for America’s blog post. Heritage Action concludes in the post, ‘Lawmakers and their constituents should understand that a vote for the 90-day extension enables the Senate-passed bill to become law.’”
The fight over the Export-Import (ExIm) Bank resurfaced this week when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) indicated that he is working with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to reach a deal on reauthorizing what President Obama once called “little more than corporate welfare.” Roll Call mentioned Heritage Action’s opposition to the reauthorization:
“Right-wing angst over the bank has stepped up in recent weeks, with the Club for Growth, Heritage Action for America and other outside conservative groups teaming with the Republican Study Committee in the House and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in the Senate to fight for abolishing the bank altogether.”