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Heritage Action Supports Sen. Steve Daines’ Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services for Success (JOBS) Act

Blog: Dec 06, 2018

In 1996, President Clinton signed into law a historic bipartisan accomplishment for the American people: welfare reform. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 replaced the unsuccessful Aid to Families with Dependent Children program (AFDC) with a block grant program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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TANF Reauthorization Moving Backwards on Work Requirements

Press: Nov 28, 2018

Washington—After reports surfaced that Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) are dropping work requirements for food stamp recipients contained in the House Farm Bill, it now appears Congressional Republicans are doubling down on the same approach in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Reauthorization. Contrary to

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The First Step Act: Frequently Asked Questions

Blog: Nov 28, 2018

Background The goal of the First Step Act, commonly known as the Prison Reform Bill, is to improve public safety by reducing the high recidivism rates that currently exist in America. This would be accomplished by implementing rehabilitation programs specifically designed to lower the chances that a federal inmate will

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Farm Bill Without Work Requirements is a Non-Starter

Press: Nov 27, 2018

Washington—According to news reports, Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) are considering dropping work requirements for food stamp recipients contained in the House Farm Bill and expanding a loophole that would allow subsidies to go to individuals without any requirement they actually step foot on the farm

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Heritage Action Congratulates Mike Johnson on RSC Election

Press: Nov 16, 2018

Washington—This morning, members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the committee's chairman for the 116th Congress. Heritage Action released the following statement from Executive Director Tim Chapman During his first session in Congress, Congressman Johnson led serious legislative efforts to advance conservative policy priorities

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Memo: Divided Government is an Opportunity to Forge Consensus Around 2020 Agenda

Blog: Nov 07, 2018

Democratic control of the House and Republican gains in the Senate could mean very little legislative progress for the next two years. This gridlock must be seen by Republicans as an opportunity to build a national consensus around a specific policy agenda designed to bring together a majority of the

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Conservative Opportunities in the 2018 Lame Duck

Blog: Oct 11, 2018

What is a Lame Duck session of Congress? A Lame Duck session of Congress occurs after an election and before the start of a new Congressional session. This year’s lame duck will take place between November 7th and January 3rd. Why does a Lame Duck session of Congress matter this

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Heritage Action Releases Television Ads for Nine Targeted Districts in the 2018 Midterm Election

Press: Oct 10, 2018

Washington—Today Heritage Action for America began its first television ad buy of the 2018 midterm elections. This $1.1 million ad buy will run in 9 congressional districts across the country. Heritage Action will help secure the conservative vote with a 4-week ad campaign on Fox News Channel in all

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Heritage Action Praises Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Press: Oct 06, 2018

Washington—Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Kavanaugh is a supremely qualified candidate who is widely respected by his colleagues on the bench and will, based on his 12-year record, faithfully uphold

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Cromnibus Betrays Regular Order and Shuts Down Conservative Policy

Press: Sep 13, 2018

Washington—Today the House will vote on a conference report on a minibus that includes Energy-Water, Military Construction-VA, and Legislative Branch spending measures. According to news reports, House and Senate party leaders have also struck a deal on a Defense and Labor-HHS-Education conference report which will include a continuing resolution funding

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