Video: Jim DeMint Exposes President Obama’s Amnesty on CNN


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President Obama’s amnesty is both unlawful and “unfair to those who have come here the legal way,” Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday.

Despite the President’s rhetoric, DeMint argued during the ten-minute interview, giving work permits to those who came here illegally amounts to amnesty.

DeMint’s interview ensured that millions of Americans heard a principled, conservative alternative to the liberal spin on amnesty.

Watch the video above and tell us you think about this abuse of presidential power in the comments below.

Here’s the Truth About President Obama’s Bad Amnesty Plan


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President Obama announced a unilateral amnesty plan for illegal immigrants at a speech last night.

This plan is not just lawless and unconstitutional but bad policy, Heritage’s David Inserra writes in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Addressing the National Council of La Raza in 2011, President Barack Obama said it was “tempting” to bypass Congress on immigration. “But,” he quickly added, “that’s not how our system works; that’s not how our democracy functions; that’s not how our Constitution is written.”

Today the president is singing a different tune, vowing to ignore Congress and unilaterally grant administrative amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants via “executive action.” Last week, the White House’s 10-point plan was leaked to Fox News and The New York Times. Mr. Obama, it seems, is determined to disregard the limits of presidential power and plunge our nation into a constitutional crisis.

The president argues, in essence, that because Congress hasn’t passed legislation granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, he has no choice but to ram it through on his own. In addition to flouting the democratic process and undermining the rule of law, this autocratic course of action will actually encourage yet another wave of illegal immigration — worsening rather than relieving the problem.

What do you think Congress should do to stop President Obama’s overreach?

3 Steps the New Congress Can Take to Control Debt

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Congress should cut spending and rein in the national debt, Heritage Foundation economist Romina Boccia argues in The Hill.

Boccia has three suggestions for the incoming Congress:

  1. Reform the big three entitlement programs – Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Reform should be focused on helping those who are truly in need and discouraging dependence on the government. If nothing is done, 85 percent of spending increases will come from these three programs alone.
  2. Cut duplicative, wasteful government spending and spending that’s outside of federal authority. Boccia suggests an independent commission charged with finding ways to whittle away at waste and cut back on spending that exceeds the proper scope of the federal government.
  3. Control spending with firm caps. “Spending caps that limit spending growth to the rate of inflation encourage Congress and federal agencies to operate more efficiently and prioritize spending in the public interest,” she explains.

What spending would you cut first? Tell us in the comments.

Video: Making the Case for the Keystone Pipeline

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Congress this week failed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been bottled up by red tape. The debate over the pipeline, which would help reduce your energy costs, is sure to continue after the new Congress takes office in January.

Earlier this year, NBC’s Meet the Press featured a debate about the pipeline between Heritage Foundation energy expert Nick Loris and a Sierra Club representative.

Watch the video above, then tell us in the comments who you think won the debate.

Video: Will President Obama Work with the New Congress?

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President Obama misunderstands the powers and responsibilities of his office, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said on Fox News this week. This complicates his relationship with the new Congress.

The president takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws. It’s not his job to create the laws. So when he says, “If Congress doesn’t act, I will,” that’s against his oath of office, against the Constitution. He is supposed to faithfully execute the laws that are passed by Congress. He needs to work with them to pass some laws that will move this country in the right direction, not create them on his own.

Are you optimistic that President Obama will work with the new Congress?

Heritage’s James Dean Earns Award from Polish Government for Advancing Freedom

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Heritage's James Dean, second from right, won an award from Poland for his work to advance freedom. Photo:  Matthew Stefanski, Embassy of Poland

Heritage’s James Dean, second from right, won an award from Poland for his work to advance freedom. Photo: Matthew Stefanski, Embassy of Poland

The Heritage Foundation’s James Dean was recognized by the Republic of Poland last week for his “outstanding contribution to the building of democratic society and democratic institutions.”

During Independence Day celebrations at the Polish Embassy in Washington, Dean was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf.

Dean, who works at Heritage to communicate conservative ideas to America’s allies and build international coalitions for freedom, said he “feel[s] fortunate, humbled, and truly honored.”

Do you think it’s important to secure conservative ideas across the globe?

Sen. Rand Paul Makes the Case for ‘Minimized Government’

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The federal government needs to be “minimized” and interfere less in Americans lives, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said last week at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club meeting in Washington.

The growth of executive power is particularly alarming, Paul said. “We have to get back to the point where any president — Democrat or Republican — is limited by the Constitution.”

Paul also said his book, Government Bullies was inspired in part by Heritage research on overcriminalization.

Do you think it’s imperative to restore a constitutionally limited government?

This Senator-Elect Got His Start at Heritage 17 Years Ago


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As the election results came in last night, it became clear that conservative policy solutions resonated with Americans. Most winning campaigns ran against Obamacare, against the President’s proposed executive amnesty, and in favor of lower taxes, less spending, and limited, constitutional government.

One newly elected Senator who ran on a conservative platform began his career at The Heritage Foundation. Senator-elect Tom Cotton (R-AR) interned at, which was then a Heritage project, in 1997 while an undergraduate at Harvard. Inspired by Heritage, he spent a year at the Claremont Graduate School before going to law school and joining the military after 9/11. He was elected to Congress in November 2012.

Heritage’s internship program, part of our Young Leaders Program, is just one part of what Heritage does to educate the next generation of policymakers. All newly-elected members of Congress are invited to Heritage next week so they can get acquainted with Heritage and learn about the resources we offer. After the new Congress swears in, they’ll be invited to participate in the Conservative Members Retreat, which includes in-depth briefings on conservative solutions and the principles we stand for.

That Senator-elect Cotton got his start at Heritage is just another example of the importance of our long-term work to win conservative victories.

Do you think educating interns and members of Congress alike about conservative principles is the best way to ensure the future of the conservative movement?

How Do We Beat Ebola?

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Heritage's Steven Bucci, Dr. Robert Kadlec, Heritage's Charlotte Florance, Tevi Troy, and Dr. Tara O’Toole discuss Ebola policy at The Heritage Foundation. Photo: Andrew Schaeffer

Heritage’s Steven Bucci, Dr. Robert Kadlec, Heritage’s Charlotte Florance, Tevi Troy, and Dr. Tara O’Toole discuss Ebola response at The Heritage Foundation. Photo: Andrew Schaeffer

The Obama administration should treat the Ebola outbreak as a humanitarian and public health issue. Our leaders should avoid panic and do the things that work to contain and eventually eradicate the disease in Africa. That’s according to a panel of experts speaking this week at The Heritage Foundation.

Robert Kadlec, Tevi Troy, Tara O’Toole, and Heritage ‘s Charlotte Florance agreed that we aren’t doing enough, and recommended a few “dos and don’ts” for policymakers and citizens alike.


  1. Clearly establish U.S. logistic capabilities in controlling the domestic Ebola outbreak.
  2. Figure out better ways to transport victims of Ebola in Africa to their treatment centers to ensure they are fully utilized and effective.
  3. Utilize the private sector both in the U.S. and in Africa to implement safe and effective counter measures.


  1. Restrict travel or enforce quarantines without clear and scientific cause.
  2. Give out vaccines or other forms of treatment without conducting thorough and conclusive safety trials.
  3. Fall into a state of panic or believe that we know nothing about Ebola, which is how the media often portrays the issue.

Watch the whole video of the panel on CSPAN.

Considering Ebola a national security issue also doesn’t help, Heritage’s James Caravan explains on The Daily Signal. “The best way to deal with a disease outbreak is to follow sound public-health policies, not cloud the issue with the trappings of national security.”

What do you think should be done to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.?

Heritage Secures a Victory for Nuclear Energy


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The Heritage Foundation helped win a major battle this month in the fight to provide Americans with safe, clean and affordable nuclear energy. The government announced that the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada is a safe place to permanently store America’s nuclear waste.

This solves a critical problem for the nuclear industry, Heritage’s Jack Spencer and Katie Tubb report. It “allows the nation to move forward with a long-term plan for managing nuclear waste and to restart a nuclear renaissance.” Continue Reading »

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