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

Proposed Amnesty Growing in Size

Press: Jan 25, 2018

Washington—According to reports, the Trump administration will propose allowing up to 1.8 million illegal immigrants that came to America before they were adults to gain legal status and ultimately citizenship.  A White House official reportedly said the plan includes “the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] population, plus individuals who


Harvard Poll Finds Public Supports Ending Chain Migration

Press: Jan 23, 2018

Washington—The Monthly Harvard-Harris Poll (January 17-19, 2018) asked voters if they thought “immigration priority for those coming to the U.S. should be based on a person's ability to contribute to America as measured by their education and skills or based on a person having relatives in the U.S.” The results


Time to Shut Down Chain Migration

Press: Jan 22, 2018

Washington—According to reports, the third day of the partial federal government shutdown could also be the last. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stated last night that it would be his “intention to proceed to legislation that would address DACA, border security, and related issues” if those issues are not


Democrats’ Amnesty Shutdown

Press: Jan 20, 2018

Washington—Earlier this week, the U.S. House passed legislation with 230 votes to extend federal funding of discretionary programs through February 16, 2018. Less than two hours before federal discretionary spending was set to expire, Senate Democrats voted to block that bill because it did not include amnesty for millions of


Preserve the Ban on Earmarks

Blog: Jan 17, 2018

Background In January, the House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on “congressionally directed spending,” which is an inside Washington euphemism for a congressional earmark. Earmarks have been prohibited since 2011, when Republicans seized control of the House after the tea party wave. What is an earmark? Generally, an earmark


Advancing School Choice Through Military Educational Savings Accounts

Blog: Jan 17, 2018

Background Every child deserves the chance for a good, individualized education that can prepare him or her for a job and a bright future. What is sorely needed in education policy is not rigid federal government control but parent and student choice. Federal government intervention in elementary and secondary education


President Trump Floats Return of Earmarks

Press: Jan 09, 2018

Washington—According to reports, President Donald Trump suggested Congress should at least consider bringing back earmarks to help pass a massive infrastructure package later this year. Earmarks were traditionally used as a form of pork-barrel spending to buy votes and undermine conservative opposition to big-government legislation. After the Tea Party wave


Senate HELP Committee Should Reject Leading LGBT Activist Chai Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner

Press: Dec 15, 2017

Washington—This week, President Trump shockingly re-nominated a leading LGBT activist to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is responsible for federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee. If confirmed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Chai


Rounds to Block Trump’s Ex-Im Bank Nominee

Press: Dec 12, 2017

Washington—According to reports, Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) will vote against former Representative Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Export-Import Bank. If Sen. Rounds does join Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee in voting no during next week’s executive session, he will effectively block the president’s reform-oriented


Senate Passes Sweeping, Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Blog: Dec 02, 2017

Washington — This morning, the Senate passed its version of a sweeping overhaul of our nation’s tax code, moving America one step closer to achieving major reform for the first time in more than three decades. While the proposal changed in some notable ways over the past week, it retained important


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