Budget and Spending

Heritage Action Supports the First Amendment Defense Act (S. 2525)

Blog: Mar 19, 2018

The First Amendment Defense Act (S. 2525), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) with 21 original co-sponsors, would prevent the federal government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their definition of marriage or beliefs about premarital sex. That protection would extend to tax policy


President Trump’s Tariff Proposal on Steel and Aluminum

Blog: Mar 14, 2018

State of Play President Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. The President cited trade deficits (with countries who export steel to the U.S.) and support for domestic steel producers as the two reasons behind new tariffs. This decision will


Coalition to Congress: No Obamacare Bailouts

Blog: Mar 12, 2018

Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of American taxpayers we represent, we write to express our strong opposition to taxpayer bailouts for private health insurance companies. We especially oppose including such bailouts in any upcoming spending bills.   Proposed “solutions” to Obamacare’s rising costs


MEMO: Internet Sales Tax Would Undermine Tax Cut Message

Blog: Mar 07, 2018

To:  Interested Parties  From:  Heritage Action for America  Date:  March 7, 2018  Subject:  Internet Sales Tax Would Undermine Tax Cut Message   “If you look at the rise in the generic ballot over the past six weeks, it corresponds almost directly to the rise in approval of the tax package,” said Josh Holmes, former chief


The Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2018: Question & Answer

Blog: Mar 07, 2018

BackgroundRep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) will soon introduce legislation to allow children of active duty military parents to establish military Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) entitled “The Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2018” (H.R. 5199). If passed, this proposal would transition a small portion of funding from a federal program


Heritage Action Supports the Sugar Policy Modernization Act (H.R. 4265 / S. 2086)

Blog: Mar 02, 2018

The federal sugar program is the poster child for central planning in agriculture. While other farm subsidy programs are also in dire need of major reforms, Congress has generally moved these programs away from outdated attempts to directly control the supply of commodities. However, the federal sugar program is an


Senate Confirms Russ Vought

Press: Feb 28, 2018

Washington—After months of delay, the United States Senate confirmed Russ Vought, former vice president at Heritage Action, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. Heritage Action released the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Needham: “Congratulations to a great friend


Broad GOP Support for Ending Chain Migration

Blog: Feb 14, 2018

True conservative immigration reform requires an end to chain migration. In the past 35 years alone, 20 million people have come to the country simply because a relative had a green card. Recent polling suggests 79 percent of voters want an immigration system that prioritizes highly educated and skilled immigrants


Heritage Action Opposes $300 Billion Budget Deal

Press: Feb 07, 2018

Washington—This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to increase the existing statutory budget caps by $300 billion over the next two years. If those increases establish a new baseline for defense and non-defense discretionary spending, the impact over the ten year budget window will


Time to Shut Down Chain Migration

Blog: Jan 26, 2018

Our current family-based or “chain migration” legal immigration system is outdated and prioritizes relatives of existing immigrants over highly skilled and other merit-based applicants seeking to come to America. For decades, special interest groups and politicians have resorted to emotional appeals, rather than sound policy, to block needed reforms. During