The Senate finally voted on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Unfortunately, it didn’t receive the votes required to pass. Want to see how they voted? Check out heritageactionscorecard.com to see how your Senators voted on one of the most important energy projects in recent years.
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) 97% delivered a passionate defense of the First Amendment and free speech — which is why he so adamantly opposes the amendment in question.
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.
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) 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.
“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) 10%.
This remark gets to the heart of the budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) N/A% and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 7%. Some lawmakers have been eager to undo sequestration, an imperfect but effective tool at cutting spending, and this budget deal is their opportunity.