Tuesday, The Hill released a piece crediting President Trump’s movement on tax reform as a result of an op-ed that Heritage experts wrote.

President Trump was inspired to take action on tax reform after someone in the White House flagged for him an op-ed by his former campaign advisers, Politico reported Monday.

In April, Stephen Moore, Larry Kudlow, Steve Forbes and Arthur Laffer wrote an op-ed in The New York Times urging the administration to advance tax-reform legislation “with urgency.” Someone in the White House alerted Trump to the piece, and Trump then told his staff to make a tax plan that resembles the op-ed, according to Politico’s report.

One week after the op-ed was published, the White House released a plan that has a number of similarities to the recommendations from Moore, Kudlow, Forbes and Laffer. For example, Trump’s plan proposes lowering the tax rate for corporations and small businesses to 15 percent.

Stephen Moore is a distinguished visiting fellow in Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity and Steve Forbes has served as a member of Heritage’s Board of Trustees since 2001.

We are thankful for their work.

What do you believe is the most important issue to address in tax reform?

Last week, the Senate introduced the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act.

Heritage’s Olivia Enos, of the Asian Studies Center, had a heavy hand in drafting this legislation. She’s been working with Senate staff to research and write the bill since late last year.

When asked about the legislation Olivia stated:

Human rights challenges in North Korea is an issue near and dear to my heart. That there are still between 80,000 and 120,000 people held in political prison camps today is appalling.

I hope that this legislation provides North Koreans with the information they need to either stay in North Korea and facilitate change from within or flee the regime to freedom in South Korea or elsewhere.

She also released a piece in Forbes yesterday that describes the need for this bill in more detail.

According to a recent press release, Ted Cruz, one of the Senators who introduced the bill, explains more about it in the statement below:

The North Korean regime is a modern-day reign of terror. It not only threatens the lives of Americans, South Koreans, and Japanese, but it also terrorizes its own people. As with any totalitarian regime, however, it fears the truth…

The reauthorization of the North Korean Human Rights Act empowers the United States to shine a light into that darkened regime with the truth of liberty and the friendship that Americans feel for the people of North Korea.

Moreover, these programs provide us with avenues to reach North Koreans and shape their perceptions of us. These are nonnegotiable elements of our broader North Korean strategy, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill and judiciously implement it.

What should the United States response be to the aggression of North Korea?

Heritage’s Director of the Kenneth B. Simon Center for Principles and Politics David Azerrad was recognized this week by The American Legion for his work throughout the nation furthering the principles America was founded on.

According to an email sent to David:

The Committee was most impressed with your [David’s] work in teaching the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, political leaders and the public.

Additionally the Committee was very appreciative of your work throughout the nation and most importantly your annual presentation on the Constitution to American Legion Boys Nation delegates. Your work reflects the highest values of The American Legion’s education goals and initiatives.

Azerrad will receive the American Legion’s National Education Award for 2017 this summer in recognition of his work.

This is just one of many examples of your support enabling tremendous influence across the country.

Please join me in congratulating David.

Read more about David and his work at Heritage>>

How important is it to educate the next generation of Americans on the principles this country was founded upon? Do you think the current public school system does a good job teaching these principles? Why or why not?

The dedicated work of the Heritage experts in the Center for Education Policy is paying off.

Last Wednesday Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke was invited to the White House to celebrate with D.C. students receiving scholarships through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (D.C. OSP).

D.C. OSP has finally been reauthorized through the budget, after barely surviving the last administration. President Obama had repeatedly tried to eliminate the program, which allows low-income students to attend safe and effective schools of their choice, through the budget process.

Over the years Heritage experts have published numerous reports, held countless meetings with Hill offices, produced videos, and worked with supporters to push for better education policy.

After years of drawing attention to this neglected scholarship lifeline for needy students, it’s a great victory to see it get such support from this administration and Congress.

Watch the Daily Signal’s video below to find out more about this scholarship program.

Read more about Lindsey Burke and her work at Heritage>>

What do you think the biggest overall need in education reform is?

 

Heritage expert Robert Moffit, in his quest to free more Americans from burdensome health care regulations and costs, will now be serving as the chair of the Maryland Health Commission.

The Washington Post has more below:

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday appointed a leading critic of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act to chair the state’s health-care commission, drawing immediate criticism from Democrats.

Robert E. Moffit has served as a member of the commission, which oversees hospitals and health care in the state, since 2015. A senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, he has called for a full repeal of the federal health-care law, promoted Medicare vouchers and applauded the controversial health-care bill that House Republicans passed last week.

“If Marylanders weren’t scared of Governor Hogan’s refusal to oppose Trumpcare before, they should be now,” Maryland Democratic Party spokesman Bryan Lesswing said after Moffitt’s appointment was announced.

Thanks to your support, Heritage experts like Robert continue to make a difference in pushing conservative principles forward.

Read more about Robert and his work at Heritage>>

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