Heritage Action Staff

  • ACTIVISM TOOLKIT: SNAP (Foodstamps)

    Last month, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2996). This legislation builds on the success of President Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform that requires able bodied adults to be engaged in some sort of work or work activity in order to receive welfare requirements.

    Conservatives should work to get their representatives to be co-sponsors of the SNAP act.

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Jim Jordan and Sen. Mike Lee’s Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act (H.R. 2832/S. 1290)

    Earlier this month, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act (H.R. 2832 & S. 1290). This legislation would help reduce poverty and government dependency, increase self-sufficiency, restore families, and strengthen the effective and popular work requirements on means-tested welfare programs that have been gutted by the Obama administration.

    In 1996, President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act,

  • ENLIST Act (H.R. 60) Claims and Responses

    In January, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) introduced a bill that would provide legal status to illegal immigrants if they join the military. The Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act (H.R. 60) would allow “Dreamers” to receive lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in exchange for military service.

    While promoted by some of its supporters as a solution to our military preparedness problem, the ENLIST Act is amnesty —

  • Welfare Reform: Work Requirements for Food Stamps

    Background: First created in the late 1930s as the Food Stamp Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal aid program that provides food-purchasing assistance for low-income families and individuals. SNAP is the second largest mean-tested welfare program in the U.S., providing more than 45 million individuals with food-assistance at a cost of $83.1 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2014 alone.

    Problem: Welfare programs, including food stamps, should be temporary,

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Garret Graves’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Bill

    This week, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Reform Bill (H.R. 2996). This legislation would help reduce poverty and government dependency, increase self-sufficiency, and restore families by strengthening the effective and popular work requirements for all “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWDs) who receive food stamps from SNAP.  

    In 1996, President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which became popularly known as “welfare reform,” into law.

  • 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.  

  • Senate BCRA 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.

    Now the Senate has taken up their version of the bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

  • Empowering Workers Not Labor Unions

    Background: Labor unions and their bosses often have goals that do not line up with the desires of workers. When the interests of unions come in conflict with the interests of workers, unions typically make decisions that benefit them rather than employees. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has further exasperated this problem. When it was first established, Congress intended the NLRB to function as an impartial arbitrator mediating disputes between unions and businesses, but under the Obama administration,

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Pete Olson’s Civil Rights Uniformity Act

    This Wednesday Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) was joined by Reps. Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Brian Babin (R-TX) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) in introducing the Civil Rights Uniformity Act (H.R. 2796). This legislation would prevent all references to the words “sex” or “gender” from being misinterpreted to mean “gender identity” in federal civil rights law, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act,

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Phil Roe’s Employee Rights Act

    This month, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723). This legislation would protect workers from union pressure by putting power in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members. As the Heritage Foundation notes, if union bosses “were angels, such changes would be unnecessary” but “since they are not” new protections are necessary.

    Heritage explains the legislation would guarantee employees the rights to:

    •         Vote privately in a secret ballot election before forming a union;
  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Mike Kelly and Sen. Mike Enzi’s Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

    Last month, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 (H.R. 1881 & S. 811). This legislation would prohibit the federal government, and state governments who receive certain federal funding, from discriminating against a child welfare service provider that serves families and children according to their “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.” Child welfare providers, including private and faith-based adoption and foster care agencies,

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Mark Walker and Sen. Steve Daines’ Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act

    Earlier this year, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act (H.R. 719 & S. 221). This legislation would allow states to opt out of programs that fall under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) — and repurpose those federal funds on a consolidated basis “to advance the educational policy of the State.”

    During the presidential campaign,

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Mark Walker and Sen. Steve Daines’ Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act

    Earlier this year, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act (H.R. 719 & S. 221). This legislation would allow states to opt out of programs that fall under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) — and repurpose those federal funds on a consolidated basis “to advance the educational policy of the State.”

    During the presidential campaign,

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Gary Palmer and Sen. Mike Lee’s Agency Accountability Act

    Earlier this year, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Agency Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 850 & S. 299). This legislation would restore Congress’ power of the purse found in Article I of the Constitution over unelected federal bureaucrats by requiring “any agency that receives a fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement” to “deposit such amount in the general fund of the Treasury.”  

    Under current law,

  • Heritage Action Supports Rep. Gary Palmer and Sen. Mike Lee’s Agency Accountability Act

    Earlier this year, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Agency Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 850 & S. 299). This legislation would restore Congress’ power of the purse found in Article I of the Constitution over unelected federal bureaucrats by requiring “any agency that receives a fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement” to “deposit such amount in the general fund of the Treasury.”  

    Under current law,

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