Heritage has forged strong relationships with many conservative leaders in Washington, DC. These relationships are what allow us to advance your conservative principles on Capitol Hill in a powerful way.

On Wednesday, Heritage hosted Texas Representative Kevin Brady, who is the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, to give a talk about tax reform. The Ways and Means Committee is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives, and has jurisdiction over all taxation.

Chairman Brady and a panel of experts discussed the next steps for tax reform during the talk at Heritage, as well as how to create a culture of reform in Washington. Many of the tax cuts, especially for individuals, are not yet permanent, and rates can still be cut further to increase economic freedom for all Americans. The Daily ran a profile of Chairman Brady, outlining his views on what tax reform needs to do. Read the article here >> 

Last year’s successful tax reform is an excellent example of how these relationships can change America for the better. Congress passed the biggest tax cuts that America has seen in many years, much of which was based on Heritage’s recommendations.

Watch the video of the event here:

Senior contributor with the Daily Signal Genevieve Wood also discussed the latest tax reform package with Chairman Brady, as well as the impact that it has had and will have on Americans everywhere.

Watch Genevieve’s interview with Chairman Brady here:

What are your thoughts on President Trump’s tax cuts?

After the strikes in Syria last Friday night, Heritage experts quickly became the voice of reason amongst the chaos of leftist media coverage. Our message was clear: a strong response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons was both right and necessary.

James Carafano, Vice President of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at Heritage, published an article in the National Interest last Saturday, where he details how Assad’s actions demanded a response, and how President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against Syrian chemical warfare facilities shows that he both has the resolve to be a strong leader, and that he is committed to protecting our allies in the Middle East and maintaining order.

The following Monday, James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, published a detailed commentary about the strikes on The Daily Signal. Phillips explains precisely how Assad’s actions were an illegal act, and why they demanded a decisive and immediate response, in addition to looking at what the President and the military must consider in their actions moving forward.

Thanks to your support of Heritage, these experts have the platform to combat the reactionary narratives of the Left, and bring intelligent conversation back to the public square.

What do you think of how the mainstream media has covered Trump’s actions in Syria?

Many Heritage alumni continue to have successful careers in areas of influence, even after they work in the building.

Roger Severino was the Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, and worked at Heritage for two years before accepting a position as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In his new role he has brought a passion for defending religious liberty to the department.

On April 13th, The Wall Street Journal released an article that highlighted Mr. Severino’s most recent project: he now heads the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which focuses on defending the rights of doctors, nurses, and other health workers who object to aiding in operations like abortion, assisted suicide, and other procedures that would violate their religious beliefs. He sees people of faith as an oppressed minority in a hostile environment, and wants to make sure that they receive all the protections that the Constitution can offer them.

What do you think of the state of religious liberty in America today?

Many of our previous employees have gone on from Heritage to lead successful careers in Washington.

A fantastic example of such a person is Dana White, who has been the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs for the past year. Previously, she served as the Director of the Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press at Heritage. Now, at the Department of Defense, her position allows her to advise the Armed Services and serve as chief spokesperson for General Mattis. She regularly briefs the press from the Pentagon on military activity. Last weekend, she was the one who announced the Syria strikes. You can read the Department of Defense’s report on her briefing here.

We’re all very proud of the work she does for our country, and for her commitment to bolstering a strong national defense.

Read Ms. White’s bio here at the Department of Defense’s website. 

Join me in congratulating Ms. White on her work in her role as Assistant to the secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sat down with Heritage’s multi-media news outlet, The Daily Signal, for an exclusive interview about the proper role of government in education.

Secretary Devos explained the reality of the failing education system our nation has and what she is doing to correct it.

Watch her interview below:

What is the most important change that our education system needs?

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