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  • 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,

  • Heritage Action Supports Chairman Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10)

    In response to the housing collapse and financial crisis of 2007-08, Congress rushed to pass the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act under the guise of “consumer protection.” But instead of addressing the root causes of the financial crisis, such as the government’s reckless efforts to expand housing affordability and implied guarantees to bail out large financial institutions, Dodd-Frank empowers the very regulatory establishment which created the environment that led to the financial crisis in the first place.

  • Repeal Obamacare Progress (MacArthur-Meadows Amendment)

    Heritage Action’s CEO Mike Needham said the proposed MacArthur-Meadows Amendment to the AHCA “advances the debate and raises key issues for the Senate to consider as the effort to repeal Obamacare moves forward.”

    This amendment, which is the product of weeks-long negotiations by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), is an important step forward in rolling back the Title I regulations of Obamacare because it would allow states to say “NO” to some of the most harmful parts of Obamacare.

  • FACT SHEET: GOP Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare’s Community Rating Provision

     

    “Our members campaigned on this bill. Heck, about a dozen Freedom Caucus members co-sponsored the Price bill, which is what this is.” — Speaker Paul D. Ryan, March 10, 2017

    Better Way Promise: “Patients with pre-existing conditions, loved ones struggling with complex medical needs, and other vulnerable Americans should have access to high-quality and affordable coverage options. …[W]e believe states and individuals should have better tools, resources, and flexibility to find solutions that fit their unique needs.” (A Better Way to Fix Health Care,

  • FACT SHEET: GOP Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare’s Community Rating Provision

     

    “Our members campaigned on this bill. Heck, about a dozen Freedom Caucus members co-sponsored the Price bill, which is what this is.” — Speaker Paul D. Ryan, March 10, 2017

    Better Way Promise: “Patients with pre-existing conditions, loved ones struggling with complex medical needs, and other vulnerable Americans should have access to high-quality and affordable coverage options. …[W]e believe states and individuals should have better tools, resources, and flexibility to find solutions that fit their unique needs.” (A Better Way to Fix Health Care,

  • Full Repeal Must Include the Regulatory Architecture of Obamacare

    Background: On March 6th, House Republican Leadership released a long anticipated bill that partially repeals and replaces Obamacare named the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on final passage this Thursday, March 23rd. While the bill contains many provisions that should concern conservatives, the main problem with the repeal portion of the bill is the failure to repeal most of the insurance regulations that contribute to the rising cost of health care.

  • 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.

  • Heritage Action Memo: How to Repeal All of Obamacare by Inauguration

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    To:            Interested Parties
    From:       Heritage Action for America
    Date:        December 5, 2016
    Subject:   How to Repeal All of Obamacare by Inauguration

    Republicans have promised voters a full repeal of Obamacare since 2010, when the health care law was first passed. In fact, since Republicans took control of the House in 2011, Congress voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of the law.

  • Open letter re: Wall Street Journal’s recent editorial

    Heritage Action has agreed and continues to agree with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page on many of the important issues facing our nation. And The Heritage Foundation had a long and enduring relationship with late conservative icon Robert Bartley, who served as the editorial page editor for decades. Upon Bartley’s passing in 2003, then-Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner said “His commitment to the free society was extraordinary.” Today, however, the right faces new challenges that call for new solutions.

  • Memo: How Congress Can Stop the Impending Obamacare Bailouts

    To:              Interested Parties
    From:        Heritage Action for America
    Date:          October 18, 2016
    Subject:     How Congress Can Stop the Impending Obamacare Bailouts

    There is widespread agreement that Obamacare is on the verge of collapse, and while that should prompt calls for full repeal, the reality is that many in Washington are instead contemplating how the law can be propped up.  Much of this will play out in 2017 and beyond with a new administration and a new Congress,

  • Excessive Suspensions Raise Conservative Concerns

    Avoiding Accountability

    This week the House of Representatives is expected to pass a large number of bills (49) under the suspension of the rules, a procedural mechanism that allows Leadership to fly through the consideration of legislation, potentially even passing the bills by voice vote (which avoids accountability to their constituents). If a bill considered under suspension of the rules ends up receiving a recorded vote, it requires a 2/3 majority to pass,

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