WATCH: Cruz Defends Free Speech, First Amendment

Senators are currently considering an amendment to the United States Constitution that would “repeal the free speech protections of the first Amendment.”

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People,” Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted Cruz93%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard93% delivered a passionate defense of the First Amendment and free speech — which is why he so adamantly opposes the amendment in question.

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OPPOSE INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE? EMAIL YOUR SENATORS NOW

This week, the Senate will vote on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), a bill that would increase the federally mandated minimum wage to an unprecedented $10.10 per hour (from $7.25) by early 2016.

The proposed increase in the minimum wage would harm the very same workers it is intended to help by discouraging employers from hiring new, entry-level workers. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicated in a February report the increase would result in the loss of 500,000 jobs.

In an already weak economy, this legislation, which is based on faulty arguments, would make it more difficult for Americans to find jobs that give them the skills necessary to climb the economic ladder.
Email your Senator using POPVOX to oppose S. 2223, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.

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Surprise! Harry Reid Is Happy About Conservative Bashing

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A has been prominent in the news — here, here, and here, for example — in the past couple days for comments made regarding conservative groups with whom he disagrees about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

He was apparently not pleased that we released a statement about what our reaction to the budget deal may be if indeed it was comprised of the flawed policies that early reports were indicating it would be.  And the early indications proved accurate.  

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Biting into Sequestration with the Budget Deal

“It looks like a hold-your-nose, vote-yes kind of vote for me.  There are other things I don’t like, but the trade-off is, we do for the first time bite into sequestration,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Gerald Connolly15%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard15%.

This remark gets to the heart of the budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul Ryan59%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard59% and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty Murray0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0%.  Some lawmakers have been eager to undo sequestration, an imperfect but effective tool at cutting spending, and this budget deal is their opportunity.

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The Ryan-Murray Spending Increase

Status: On December 10, 2013, House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul Ryan59%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard59% and Senate Budget Chair Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty Murray0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% unveiled a budget agreement to replace part of the sequester and increase spending for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The top line budget number will increase from $967 billion to $1.012 trillion in FY 2014 and from $995 billion to $1.014, a total increase of $63 billion. These increases will be paid for by a blend of future spending cuts and revenue increases.

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