We received a lot of pickup this week throughout the media, especially when it came to the bloated transportation bills in the House and the Senate:
Politico (sub. req’d): Needham also suggested House leaders are rushing the bill: “As more and more people get educated about this, there are members who are starting to raise eyebrows. That’s one of the reasons this is moving so quickly.”
Roll Call: “Highway spending has gotten totally out of control” and has become a symbol for the problems with government, Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham said.
National Review: Michael Needham, who heads up the Heritage Foundation’s activist arm, Heritage Action for America, put it well: “One of the problems you have in Washington is you take really bad legislation, which the highway bill is, and you put a sweetener in it. That’s what’s going on here.”
CQ: Heritage Action said the measure was “a missed opportunity to begin devolving transportation authority back to the states” and would create a “massive budget gap.”
New York Times: Outside pressures from each end of the political spectrum, which have dogged the House all year, are myriad: a five-year transportation bill, a major priority of Speaker John A. Boehner, is already being attacked by the left, for including new oil drilling as a way to pay for the bill, and the right — Heritage Action for America, a conservative group, is urging Republicans to reject new highway spending.
On Tuesday night, during President Obama’s State of the Union address, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) participated in an online chat with Heritage Action, which received coverage in numerous media outlets:
The blowup over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) afforded us countless mentions in the media – thanks to our key vote. We announced that we would be scoring against any votes on the bills on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, 5 Republican Senators – Marco Rubio (FL), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Orrin Hatch (UT), and David Vitter (LA) – announced they would remove their names from cosponsoring PIPA. Additionally, Representatives Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Lee Terry (R-NE) removed their names from SOPA. Even SOPA’s House sponsor, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) now says, “it’s time to scrap the bill and start over.”
Numerous press media organizations picked up our key vote and used it in the fight against these two bills:
Happy New Year! Even though Congress is in pro forma session, it has been a busy week. Not surprisingly, there’s been quite the outrage over President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). We have inserted ourselves into the battle by releasing the following statement from our CEO, Michael Needham:
“Today, President Obama decided to bypass the Constitution and the system of checks and balances that have served our country so well. Rather than heed the advice of the Senate, President Obama decided to embark on an arrogant and unprecedented power grab. This stunning appointment represents a fundamental threat to the balance of powers and the role of the legislature. Heritage Action calls on Congressional leaders to vigorously protest and seek legal remedy to President Obama’s outrageous action. Americans deserve accountability, not another Washington power grab.”