Straight from Heritage Action, the latest news and analysis from Capitol Hill

Raising the Federal Budget Cap Would Fail the American People

Press: Jun 19, 2019

Washington—Heritage Action released the following statement from Executive Director Tim Chapman in response to top leaders in Congress meeting today with the White House to discuss raising the federal budget cap: The President and Congress should work to hold to the overall spending cap already agreed upon under the Budget


Congress Should Fight for Border Security and Emergency Border Funding

Press: Jun 17, 2019

Washington—Heritage Action released the following statement from Vice President Jessica Anderson: The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up the White House’s request for $4.5 billion in emergency border funding this week, as reports continue that Speaker Pelosi is also involved in the negotiations.Republicans and Democrats both know we have a


Heritage Action Supports Rep. Mark Walker and Sen. Steve Daines' Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act

Blog: Jun 06, 2019

Yesterday, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act (H.R. 3149 & S. 1752). This legislation would allow states to opt out of programs that fall under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—formerly known as No Child Left Behind


Senate Should Reject Pelosi's Scrapping of Bipartisan 529 Legislation From the Secure Act

Press: Jun 05, 2019

Washington—After bipartisan agreement and unanimous support from the House Ways and Means Committee in late April, Speaker Pelosi altered the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act (H.R. 1994) at the eleventh hour due to pressure from special interest teachers’ unions. They objected to a small but important


Introduction to the Budget Process

Blog: May 22, 2019

Click here to download a PDF Version Every year, Congress is required to pass a new budget for our country. While the budget resolution does not have the force of law, lawmakers use it as a framework and guide for the annual appropriations process. Here is how the yearly budget


Backroom Budget Deals are Bad for America

Press: May 21, 2019

Washington—Heritage Action released the following statement in response to reports that the Senate and House will soon reach a deal on spending levels: Reports of a potential budget caps deal are alarming. If true, this is the worst of Washington where insiders work with a few congressional leaders to craft


Heritage Action Supports Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act

Press: May 20, 2019

In May, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) introduced the Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act (H.R. 2505). This legislation would sunset appropriations for unauthorized “zombie” programs over a three-year period. Congress consistently neglects a powerful tool at its disposal to exercise oversight of the federal budget and authorize expired spending programs


President Trump’s Immigration Proposal Contains Necessary Reforms

Press: May 16, 2019

Washington—Today, President Trump unveiled his plan to fix America’s broken immigration system. It contains many essential legal reforms needed to secure our borders and ensure that legal immigration will be a boon to our nation. We applaud the President for leading on this issue and urge Congress to pass these


What’s Next on Immigration: Frequently Asked Questions

Blog: May 10, 2019

Background: Congress and the president have a duty to secure our borders. That duty has recently been met with fierce partisanship and blatant political posturing, leaving our borders porous and insecure. Congress should pass common-sense legislation that enforces the laws currently on the books and reforms our broken immigration system


Senate Moves to Restore the Full Power of Ex-Im Bank at the Expense of American Workers and Businesses

Press: May 03, 2019

Washington—On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on three Export-Import Bank nominees in an effort to reestablish a quorum which allows the Ex-Im Bank to issue loans of more than $10 million. Due to conservative opposition, the Ex-Im Bank hasn’t had the necessary quorum to be able to