ENLIST Act Activist Toolkit

The ENLIST Act (H.R. 60) would permit certain illegal immigrants to serve in the military and grant them near-instant citizenship. Some members of Congress are pushing the radical idea of granting  illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors — known as DREAMers —  a path to instant citizenship by suggesting it is good for our military.

Make no mistake, this doesn’t help our military preparedness. It is a scheme to normalize amnesty for illegal immigration and essentially codify Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.  

By allowing illegal immigrants to sign up for the armed forces, the government is granting them, a) pardon for violating the law, b) full military benefits, c) lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., and d) a back-door promise of instant citizenship. If enacted, this policy would provide citizenship within a few months to unlawful immigrant children of every foreign nation.

The purpose of this bill is NOT to help gain more recruits to the military, but to keep alive Obama-era policies that give certain unlawful immigrants an instant green card.

Introduced by Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), the bill has more than 200 co-sponsors, including 100 House Republicans. The legislation is gaining momentum with co-sponsors and may be added to the must-pass NDAA later this year.

Conservative activists must rise up and demand conservative lawmakers remove their name from the co-sponsor list to slow down the bill’s momentum.

Key Talking Points:

  • The ENLIST Act undermines the military by unnecessarily dragging the entire immigration debate into U.S. military policy.
  • By allowing unlawful immigrants to sign up for the armed forces, the government is granting them a pardon for violating the law, the full battery of military benefits, lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., and a back-door promise of instant citizenship.
  • The ENLIST Act further damages our broken immigration system by putting those who violated the law ahead of those who want to come to the U.S. legally.  

The ENLIST Act is a way to keep the Obama Administration’s policies alive by offering a path for amnesty to the estimated 1.7 million unlawful minors who are currently in legal limbo.

Top Priority Members

Name District Twitter Handle DC Office Phone #
Mark Meadows NC11 @RepMarkMeadows 202-225-6401
Jim Banks IN03 @RepJimBanks 202-225-4436
Jody Hice GA10 @CongressmenHice 202-225-4101
Alexander Mooney WV02 @RepAlexMooney 202-225-2711
Steve Pearce NM02 @RepStevePearce 202-225-2365
Ted Yoho FL03 @RepTedYoho 202-225-5744
Tom Garrett VA05 @Rep_Tom_Garrett 202-225-4711
Morgan Griffith VA09 @RepMGriffith 202-225-3861
David Schweikert AZ06 @RepDavid 202-225-2190
Mike Gallagher WI08 @RepGallagher 202-225-5665
Scott Tipton CO03 @RepTipton 202-225-4761

Priority Members

Name District Twitter Handle DC Office Phone #
Jimmy Duncan TN02 @RepJohnDuncanJr 202-225-5435
Ron Estes KS04 @RepRonEstes 202-225-6216
Bill Huizenga MI02 @RepHuizenga 202-225-4401
Jason Lewis MN02 @RepJasonLewis 202-225-2271
Mia Love UT04 @RepMiaLove 202-225-3011
Ralph Abraham LA05 @RepAbraham 202-225-8490
Andy Barr KY06 @RepAndyBarr 202-225-4706
Rob Bishop UT01 @RepRobBishop 202-225-0453
Trey Gowdy SC04 @TGowdySC 202-225-6030
Clay Higgins LA03 @RepClayHiggins 202-225-2031
Ted Poe TX02 @JudgeTedPoe 202-225-6565
Jason Smith MO08 @RepJasonSmith 202-225-4404
Joe Barton TX06 @RepJoeBarton 202-225-2002
Lloyd Smucker PA16 @RepSmucker 202-225-2411

 

(Make sure to insert the twitter handle of your Senator)

General Tweets:

Click to tweet: The #ENLISTAct is not immigration reform and doesn’t help our military preparedness.

Click to tweet: The #ENLISTAct keeps alive Obama Admin policies that give unlawful immigrants an instant green card & promises near-instant citizenship

Click to tweet: The #ENLISTAct is a scheme to normalize amnesty for illegal immigration and essentially codify Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.

If your member is a co-sponsor:

Click to tweet: @REPNAME the #ENLISTAct gives unlawful immigrants a near-instant  citizenship. Remove your name as a co-sponsor!

Click to tweet: The purpose of the #ENLISTAct is NOT to help gain more recruits to the military, but backdoor Amnesty. @REPNAME remove your co-sponsor

Click to tweet: The #ENLISTAct essentially codify Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty. Remove your name as a co-sponsor @REPNAME

Click to tweet: @REPNAME remove your name as co-sponsor on the #ENLISTAct today!

These are notes to use when calling your member of Congress. You can find their phone number on the Heritage Action Dashboard.

Hi, I’m [NAME] from [District].

The House of Representatives is considering a bill to give illegal immigrants amnesty if they join the military. Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act (H.R. 60) would allow certain illegal immigrants to receive lawful permanent resident status in exchange for military service.

The ENLIST Act does nothing to advance U.S. national security objectives. In fact, this bill undermines the military by unnecessarily dragging the entire immigration debate into U.S. military policy.

In addition, the ENLIST Act further damages our broken immigration system by putting those who violated the law ahead of those who want to come to the U.S. legally.

Please oppose the ENLIST Act.

Below is a sample letter to the editor. We encourage you to adapt and personalize it. Heritage Action Regional Coordinators are always here to help edit your letter and get it published.

Congressman X, Oppose Military Amnesty

Congressman [X] currently supports a bill named the Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act (H.R. 60). On the surface this bill seems like a harmless idea; the U.S. military receives more troops and those who recently immigrated to our country become eligible to serve.

Proponents of this bill argue that both the military and our immigration system benefit from this legislation, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  

The ENLIST Act would allow illegal immigrants to receive lawful permanent resident status in exchange for military service, aka, military amnesty.

The legislation does nothing to advance U.S. national security objectives. In fact, it undermines the military by unnecessarily dragging the controversial immigration debate into the U.S. military and the brave men and women who serve it.

The ENLIST Act also damages our already broken immigration system by putting those who violated the law ahead of those who want to come to our country legally.

Congressman [X] should respect our military and the rule of law by removing his name from the cosponsor list and opposing the ENLIST Act.

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Senate AHCA Activist Toolkit

Last month, the House passed their version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare called the American Health Care Act, or AHCA. That bill moved the ball forward on repealing parts of the Title I regulations of Obamacare by giving power to the states to opt-out of some of those harmful regulations.

It’s now the Senate’s job to take the next step to finalizing the bill. Conservatives are fighting to ensure states can take back control from the federal government. We all know the reality of the situation — this is NOT a full repeal of Obamacare — but it is a chance to stop the bleeding and advance substantive reforms that will position conservatives for future healthcare fights.

Here are the three things you should be asking your Senators to do:

Repeal Taxes – Senators must ensure the Obamacare taxes are repealed once and for all. The House-passed bill was good on this point and the Senate must do the same. Pure and simple, this is a tax cut that will put money back in the pockets of the American people — money that was stolen by the Obama Administration.

Reform Medicaid – Obamacare radically expanded Medicaid, which was already unsustainable and ineffective. The House-passed bill rolled back that expansion and included a generational reform to the way the program is financed. If the Senate maintains or improves those reforms, we can minimize waste and fraud, and not bankrupt the country.

Empower States – The House-passed bill allowed states to opt out of some of the premium-increasing insurance mandates in Obamacare. Under Obamacare, the federal government basically became the nation’s default insurance commissioner.  The Senate must give states the ability to opt out of these harmful Title I regulations which are the core of Obamacare’s skyrocketing costs. Giving more control to the states to regulate health insurance markets is essential to draining the swamp in Washington.

The Senate is continuing to work on their bill this week and your voice is needed. A final version could be unveiled this month! We must take action to ensure the final version of the AHCA as conservative as possible.

(Make sure to insert the twitter handle of your Senator)

Click to tweet: @SENATORNAME we need to fix healthcare in America. The #AHCA must:
1. Repeal Taxes
2. Reform Medicaid
3. Empower States

Click to tweet: The House AHCA moved the ball forward on repealing parts of the Title I regulations of Obamacare– and now the Senate must finish the job

Click to tweet: @SENATORNAME the #AHCA is NOT a #FullRepeal of Obamacare. Put patients first by repealing taxes, reforming medicaid & empowering states

Click to tweet: Medicaid is unsustainable and ineffective. @SENATORNAME help make serious reforms to fix #Medicaid in #AHCA

Click to tweet: @SENATORNAME stand strong for conservatives & ensure states can opt-out of the harmful regulations of Obamacare in the final #AHCA

These are notes to use when calling your member of Congress. You can find their phone number on the Heritage Action Dashboard.

Hi, I’m [NAME] from [STATE].

The House of Representatives took an important first step to repeal Obamacare by passing an amended version of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), but {SENATOR’S NAME} needs to continuing pushing for conservative reforms

The Senate should strengthen the current bill by doing the following three things:

  1. Repeal all of the Obamacare taxes included in the House passed bill.

  2. Reform Medicaid by maintaining or improving the current reforms in the House passed bill that rolls back the unaffordable Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

  3. Empower  states by giving them the freedom to opt-out of the Obamacare insurance regulations (Title I) responsible for increasing health insurance premiums and undermining choice and competition in the marketplace.

Please tell the Senator to keep the promise you made over the past few years to repeal Obamacare and enact free-market reforms.

Below is a sample letter to the editor. We encourage you to adapt and personalize it. Heritage Action Regional Coordinators are always here to help edit your letter and get it published.

LTE: Senator X – Obamacare repeal is long overdue, let’s get it done

Last month the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their version of an Obamacare repeal and replace. Though the AHCA was not a full repeal of Obamacare it did move the debate to the Senate.

Now Senator XX and his/her colleagues have an opportunity to make the AHCA more conservative. There’s three things that the Senator must push for to ensure the final bill addresses our major concerns here in TOWN.

First, the Senate must make sure that Obamacare taxes are repealed once and for all. The AHCA did just that, and now the Senate must ensure this isn’t diluted in their version of the bill.

Secondly, any Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate should roll back Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, lock in new reforms, and make sure we do not bankrupt our nation.

And finally, the Senate’s bill must empower states. The House bill included language that allows states to opt out of some of Obamacare’s burdensome mandates, and it’s important the Senate version gives states the ability to control their insurance markets.

The American people have been waiting for Obamacare repeal for seven years. Now it’s up to the Senate to make it happen by repealing Obamacare’s taxes, rolling back Medicaid expansion and empowering states. Congressman X, it’s time to get it done.

 

 

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Want to talk to your Members of Congress? Check this list

Conservative accountability goes beyond casting a vote. Building a society in which freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and the civil society flourish requires a sustained effort.  That is why we have compiled a non-exhaustive list of upcoming townhalls, all of which provide excellent opportunities to discuss important issues with members of Congress.

As always, make sure to confirm the details with the Representative or Senator’s office.

Email Emily.Stewart@heritageaction.com for any further details.

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How to Repeal and Replace Obamacare under a Trump Administration

Background: Republicans promised the American people a full repeal of Obamacare dating back to 2010, when the health care law was first passed. In fact, since Republicans took control of the House in 2010, Congress voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of the law. Republican Congressional Leadership and President-elect Donald Trump have all promised to repeal this unaffordable, unworkable, and unfair law.

In 2015, Congress used a filibuster-proof process known as budget reconciliation to pass an Obamacare repeal bill (H.R. 3762), that was ultimately vetoed by former President Barrack Obama in 2016. Now that the American people voted to keep Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress and give Republicans the White House, Congress must act immediately to repeal Obamacare once and for all. There are no more excuses.

Obamacare “Two Budget” Repeal Strategy: Just as they did in 2015, Republicans should use budget reconciliation to repeal Obamacare. Budget reconciliation allows Congress to pass legislation with a simple majority in order to avoid a filibuster in the Senate. Ironically, Democrats used this same method to help pass parts of Obamacare in the first place. Due to conservative opposition, Congress failed to pass a budget for fiscal year 2017, creating an opportunity to pass two budgets, each with reconciliation possibilities, this year.

In the first budget, Congress should include the full repeal of Obamacare. This budget should pass the House and Senate easily and be placed on President Trump’s desk for his signature soon after he takes office. The next best option would be for Congress to take the reconciliation bill that repealed Obamacare, but was vetoed earlier last year (H.R. 3762), and pass it again with additional language repealing the Obamacare insurance mandates – a central reason health insurance premiums continue to rise. The third and minimal option would be for Congress to simply re-pass H.R. 3762, which does not include the repeal of insurance mandates and other important provisions. Repealing Obamacare does not mean that individuals on the federal and state Obamacare exchanges would immediately lose their health care plans. Instead they would have an ample period of time to transition back to an insurance plan on the individual market without losing coverage.

Congress should then pass the normal budget for fiscal year 2018 that lowers spending levels and includes other conservative priorities. This will give Congress time to work on an Obamacare replacement plan that restores consumer choice, strengthens the doctor-patient relationship and lowers costs. Replacement reforms Congress should consider include improving and expanding health savings accounts, removing government barriers that stop patients from participating in direct primary care arrangements, allowing patients to buy health insurance across state lines, and equalizing the tax treatment of health insurance for individuals and businesses, among others.

Obamacare Repeal Timeline Slipping: This January, Congress took an import first step to repeal Obamacare by passing the FY 2017 “shell” budget resolution (S. CON. RES. 3). Heritage Action key voted “Yes” on the resolution since it’s “the only way to expedite the repeal of Obamacare.” This resolution begins the process of budget reconciliation by setting up instructions for the House Ways & Means Committee, the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Health & Education & Labor & Pensions Committee to write a budget reconciliation bill that repeals Obamacare. Once the bills pass out of their respective committees they move to the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee then passes one unified repeal bill which the House and the Senate can then pass with a simple majority and President-elect Trump can sign into law.

Unfortunately, despite passing the budget resolution in early January, Congress has still not written the budget reconciliation bill repealing Obamacare. Seven in ten Americans believe the longer Congress waits, the less likely Obamacare repeal becomes a reality. Congress cannot allow the timeline to continue to slip. Not only does it delay work on other legislative priorities, but millions of Americans are suffering from the harmful side effects of Obamacare as premiums and deductibles continue to rise and health insurance choice falls.

Conclusion: Some repeal proponents assume Republicans must have a replacement plan at the same time as repeal, but this ensures momentum for full repeal stalls. Republicans may have a difficult time agreeing on any one single replacement plan, and Democrats will refuse to negotiate, instead doing everything in their power to sink the replacement plan and therefore Obamacare repeal.

Congress will use any excuse to avoid doing the right thing. As former Senator Jim DeMint and current President of the Heritage Foundation strongly wrote: “When I was in the Senate, they would use every excuse to avoid fighting for conservative priorities. “Wait until we get the House.” Done. “Wait until we get the Senate.” Done. “Wait until we get the White House.” Done and done. There are simply no alternatives left but to repeal Obamacare and win the fight (a shocking prospect for some!)”

Members who truly want to repeal Obamacare must insist on repeal immediately. This proposed two-step process gives Republicans the best chance to repeal Obamacare and honor their commitment to the American people who put them in power while providing plenty of time to enact a replacement plan. Conservatives must continue to urge their member of Congress write and pass the budget reconciliation bill to repeal Obamacare as soon as possible.

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Zika: Conservatives should be prepared to hold the line

Since last week, the House and Senate have been engaged in formal conference committee negotiations over the chambers’ respective Zika response and MilCon-VA packages. Reports indicate the the final compromise product could come this week, and the House already has a vote scheduled.

To recap: The House bill (H.R. 5243) contained $622 million in fully-offset fund transfers to combat Zika, while the Senate bill (H.R. 2577) contained $1.1 billion, none of which was offset, and which included their FY17 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. The chambers went to conference using H.R. 2577 as the vehicle, and the House, as part of H.Res.751, included the combined text of their Zika response, MilCon-VA bill (H.R. 4974), and the Zika Vector Control Act (H.R. 897). As such, the conference agreement will likely produce compromise legislation covering both Zika and MilCon-VA.

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