We Will Never Forget September 11, 2001

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Twelve years ago today, the men and women getting ready to go to work at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, or boarding planes for the West Coast, didn’t know their lives would change forever.

The Heritage Foundation’s Amy Payne offers a few reflections in today’s Morning Bell:

That day will forever serve as a generation’s reminder of the fragility of life. Today, we give thanks for those who survived. We remember those who were lost in the horrific terrorist attacks. And we salute all the heroes who set aside their own safety in the chaos of that day to help their fellow Americans—whether firefighters, police, emergency responders, or strangers in the crowd.

We will never forget.

How Jephthah Tse Came to Work at The Heritage Foundation

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Heritage security officer Jephthah Tse.

Heritage security officer Jephthah Tse recently became a United States citizen. Photo: Katie Nielsen

Jephthah Tse has taken an unusual route to The Heritage Foundation.

Six years ago, Tse left his native Cameroon to follow his older brother to the United States. Coming from a family of eleven, Tse made the difficult choice to leave some of his family behind. He also had to choose whether to apply to become a United States citizen. If he did, he would have to renounce his Cameroon citizenship.

Tse became a proud American citizen earlier this year. Continue Reading »

Heritage’s Staff Book Fair Benefits Service Members

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The Heritage Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Book Fair

In 2009, Heritage vice president Becky Norton Dunlop was reorganizing her office when she realized she no longer had room for the majority of her books. Dunlop, who oversees Heritage’s external relations, thought that young conservatives would benefit greatly from the materials and opinions presented in these books. So, she and others in her department started The Heritage Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Book Fair.

The book fair for Heritage staff turned into an annual event, each year more successful than the previous. Heritage intern Santina Scarcella describes this year’s recently-concluded fair: Continue Reading »

Politicians Alone Cannot Defund Obamacare, Ted Cruz Says at Heritage

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Speaking at The Heritage Foundation Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) explained his push to defund Obamacare.

The time is ripe, Cruz announced at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing, for Obamacare to be shut down once and for all. There’s bipartisan agreement that its wheels are coming off, he said. One Democrat even went so far as to say Obamacare is fast becoming a “train wreck.”

To ensure the public doesn’t become addicted to Obamacare’s subsidies, Cruz said, lawmakers have to act fast before they begin in fiscal 2014.

But Cruz warned that defunding Obamacare is not just up to the politicians. “No politician can win this,” he said. “Americans can.” If a grassroots surge against Obamacare is effective, he explained, then their representatives in Washington will have to listen.

Cruz sat down after his talk for an exclusive interview with Heritage’s Jackie Anderson. Watch a video of that interview below: Continue Reading »

Video: Sen. Orrin Hatch Makes the Case for U.S. Sovereignty and Against Ineffective U.N. Treaties

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In 2009 the Obama administration signed the the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an inefficient United Nations treaty that sacrifices American sovereignty without any benefit to the United States.

Now it is in the hands of the Senate to ratify or reject the treaty.

The United States has enacted extensive federal laws to end discrimination against persons with disabilities in the United States, Heritage Foundation expert Steve Groves told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year.

CRPD would not improve on these laws. Instead, it would hand over US sovereignty to a UN governing body that would set legally binding standards and require routine compliance reviews.

“If the Senate gives its advice and consent and the Convention is ratified,” Groves testified, “it would become the supreme Law of the Land on par with federal statutes, including statutes relating to disability rights.”

Speaking last week on the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) laid out his argument for voting down the CRPD. Continue Reading »

Will the House Approve the Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill?

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Yesterday, the Senate passed the massive and complicated Gang of Eight immigration bill, which would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. This came after Monday’s procedural vote on a nearly 1,200-page amendment to the bill. Senators had only 75 hours to read the immense amendment and consider its implications before that Monday vote.

The bill now goes to the U.S. House, where conservatives are raising questions about the proposal. At the monthly Conversations with Conservatives briefing on Capitol Hill this week, Representatives offered their views on the bill. Watch the video below:

Heritage urges lawmakers to consider an alternative proposal that secures the border, strengthens legal immigration, and rejects amnesty.

What do you think the House of Representatives should do with the Gang of Eight bill?

Jim DeMint Explains the Importance of the Supreme Court’s Decisions on Marriage

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(Photo by Michael Sandoval)

(Photo by Michael Sandoval)

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint responded on The Foundry to the Supreme Court’s decisions on marriage.

Today, the Supreme Court failed to uphold two important laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At the same time, the Court also refused to fabricate a new right to same-sex marriage, as the proponents of redefining marriage through the courts had hoped to do.

In other words, the debate about marriage will continue. States will lead the way even as we work to restore clear marriage policy at the federal level. And in the states, support for marriage as the union of a man and a woman remains strong.

We’ll be joining with millions of Americans to ensure that support for marriage gets even stronger. Citizens and their elected representatives have the constitutional authority to make policy that recognizes marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

That’s why it was a bad decision for the Court to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Continue Reading »

Video: Tea Party Activists Take Over the Capitol Building’s West Lawn

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Tea Party activists were in full swing last week in front of the Capitol building in Washington, arguing for an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service after revelations that it had targeted conservative groups.

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham joined Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), and television host Glenn Beck to address the roughly 10,000 to 12,000 activists in attendance.

Heritage Foundation staff attended the event to distribute Heritage research about how the IRS has worked to implement Obamacare and further expand government power. Heritage expert Chris Jacobs explains the scope of this expansion:

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last year released a report with a chart showing all the bureaucratic offices and divisions within the IRS charged with carrying out Obamacare. Nowhere in the chart do the words doctor or patient appear—as clear a sign as any that Obamacare is not about health care; it’s about government power.

Attendees waved dozens of yellow Gadsden flags, which bear the words “Don’t tread on me.” Their message was clear: government has become too big and too intrusive and needs to be reined in.

What do you think should be done about the IRS?

Heritage Action Releases a New Legislative Scorecard for the 113th Congress

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Heritage Action Scorecard

Heritage Action for America, the sister organization of The Heritage Foundation, has launched new and improved Legislative Scorecard that grades lawmakers on their votes in the current session of Congress.

The Scorecard is a key resource that allows Heritage Action’s hundreds of thousands of activists across the nation to keep Congress accountable.

Using the revised Scorecard, Heritage Action activists can: Continue Reading »

Heritage’s Ryan Anderson Gave the Best Conservative Commencement Address, The Blaze Says

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Heritage Foundation scholar Ryan Anderson delivered the best conservative commencement address of 2012, according to a ranking by The Blaze.

(Update: The Blaze clarifies that its top five list is “in no particular order.”)

Anderson, an expert in marriage policy and Heritage’s William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society, gave these words of advice to Regent University’s class of 2013:

Your children will be educated in this society. And as mothers and fathers you have the responsibility to care for and educate your children . . . Government should empower you to fulfill those duties. It shouldn’t interfere or indoctrinate. Nor should it use healthcare laws or anti-bullying programs to promote a sexual ideology at odds with the values that responsible parents try to instill in their children.

Watch the video of Regent’s commencement proceedings above. Anderson’s speech begins at minute 42.

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