Today a handful of Republicans are going to help Nancy Pelosi and well-connected special interest groups revive the Export-Import Bank.
In July, conservatives had a major victory when you shut down the Export-Import Bank, which was nothing more than a slush fund for corporate welfare.
Even though the bank has been expired for over 100 days, Barack Obama and big-government lobbyists worked for weeks to bully lawmakers into voting to restart the Export-Import Bank.
So what’s next? Every single House Democrat will vote to resurrect the now-defunct bank. We need to make sure as many Republicans as possible vote “NO” on the Export-Import Bank.
Make the call to your lawmakers today to make sure they are voting “NO” on the Export-Import Bank.
Heritage Action is opposed resurrecting the Export-Import Bank (H.R. 597). We are key voting against the bill and we need your help to get as many Republican “NO” votes as possible.
The Obama administration is negotiating a deal with Iran on that nation’s nuclear program. Some conservative Senators believe Iran should be forced to recognize Israel’s right to exist before any deal can take effect.
However President Obama disagrees that Iran should recognize Israel as a state.
Senator Marco Rubio is pushing an amendment that would require the Obama administration to certify that Iran has publicly recognized Israel’s right to exist before America lifts sanctions on Iran.
Rubio’s amendment may be blocked – not allowed to come up for a vote.
Senate leaders will likely block this important amendment unless they feel the urgent and growing pressure from conservatives outside of Washington.
Take action today: Call your Senators and tell them to urge leadership to allow a vote on Rubio’s Israel amendment.
Thursday’s House Vote is for Show
House Republicans are planning to give up their only leverage over Barack Obama and Harry Reid. They want to pass a long-term spending bill that doesn’t defund the President’s executive amnesty. Instead, they are planning a show vote today against Obama’s amnesty, and then promising to fight anew next year.
This course of action is unacceptable. If they’re not willing to fight now, experience tells us they won’t ever be.
While it is impossible to know exactly what the text of the President’s new executive orders will contain, the press has gotten wind of several possible actions the administration could take.
Foremost, he is likely to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This action would further prohibit as many as 12,000 immigration agents (according to the NYT) from enforcing the law. According to a recent study by the Migration Policy Institute, when all told, this specific change alone could result in anywhere from 430,000 to 1.9 million newly authorized immigrants.
The administration may also decide to extend deferred action (which will likely be accompanied by new work permits) to illegal immigrants who are parents or spouses of those included under the DACA umbrella. This expansion could reach as many as 3.8 million new immigrants, according to the same study.
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Other unilateral options include exempting those convicted of non-violent crimes from removal proceedings, protections for employed farm workers who have entered illegally, and foregoing removal orders that are a certain number of years old. Depending on how far back the memorandum extends, this policy could conceivably incorporate the majority of the 11 million illegal immigrants currently living inside our borders.
Americans, having voted against these policies in the midterm election, are rightly incensed.
The possibility of further executive action has resulted in even the pro-amnesty likes of Karl Rove calling on Congress to use “every tool available” to stop the President:
Put riders on appropriations bills that say no money shall be spent to execute this policy. Pass a bill that specifically holds him accountable… put the riders in there that say you can’t spend any money on these kinds of things.
Now is the time to tell your member of Congress it is up to him or her to demand the executive branch respects the parameters of the Constitution.
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On September 30th, the U.S. Export-Import Bank is scheduled to expire. Conservatives across the country have united against this cronyist institution, and the movement has spread to mainstream Americans. Also on September 30th, funding for some of the federal government expires, creating the need for a temporary funding bill. This Continuing Resolution, or CR, has become a vehicle for all kinds of policy, from Ex-Im to a key component of Obama’s new Syria “strategy.” Conservatives are rightly opposed to the CR for both process and policy reasons.
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