Earlier today, Heritage hosted the Directors of the DNI, NSA, and FBI to discuss America’s security.

Specifically, they discussed the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which provides invaluable information on non-U.S. people oversees. Some estimates say that Section 702 is responsible for more than 25 percent of all current intelligence collected.

The program is so crucial to America’s security that Congress should reauthorize Section 702 in its current form before the deadline at the end of this year.

Learn more about what FISA enables and watch the remarks below:

Your continued support allows Heritage to bring together the decision makers and the best and brightest minds to solve these critical issues our nation faces.

What are the top three security threats facing our nation today and what do you think should be done to solve them?

Fair, functional tax reform could forever change the direction of this country.

At this historic moment, your support has enabled Heritage to play a major role in this opportunity to reform the tax code for the first time since 1986.

We’ve been working to lead all lawmakers in our direction to bring about conservative tax reform.

As an example of that influence, Thursday, the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, came to Heritage to speak on tax reform.

Watch his remarks below:

Tax reform is a critical issue that is needed to give new life to our economy and put more money back in the pockets of the taxpayer.

Heritage has long advocated for a robust tax reform overhaul and will continue to show the need for major change on this issue.

Sound tax reform should achieve:

  • Lower individual and business tax rates
  • Establish the right tax base
  • Eliminate the bias against savings and investment
  • Eliminate tax preferences
  • Simplify the tax system and make it more transparent so taxpayers fully understand how much they pay to fund the federal government

If a fair and functional tax reform is decided on, America could shed its current system, which leaves families struggling to get ahead.

Do you believe Congress will pass a conservative tax reform plan?

The Obama administration created a nuclear deal that failed to moderate Iran’s aggressive foreign policy.

Now, the Trump Administration must decide whether to certify Iran’s compliance with that deal. They have until October 15 to make a decision.

Heritage has been pushing to decertify the Iran deal for years and has provided the research needed to prove this is the right decision.

On Thursday, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs James Phillips hosted an event titled “U.S. Iran Policy: What Next?” to examine what needs to happen to the Iran deal.

The event consisted of a panel discussion where Heritage and national security experts agreed that in order to hold Iran accountable for its aggression and hostility and block its path to a nuclear weapon, the Iran nuclear deal must be de-certified.

Watch the full event below:

Phillips has been providing the key research and arguments for why the Iran Deal needs to be de-certified for years. He recently wrote a report titled “Time to Decertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement”, where he further defined why we need to end the Iran Deal. He wrote:

“It is increasingly difficult to argue that it is vital to the national security interest of the United States to continue granting billions of dollars of sanctions relief that will strengthen a rogue regime that leads chants of “Death to America”; exports terrorism; threatens U.S. allies; harasses U.S. Navy warships in the Persian Gulf; defies U.N. Security Council Resolutions on ballistic missile tests, arms imports, and arms exports; and arrests innocent American citizens to hold as hostages.”

Soon, the Trump Administration will reveal the conclusions reached in its Iran policy review. Those conclusions will determine the decision made on October 15.

How do you think the Administration should deal with the flawed nuclear agreement?

Assessing U.S. national interests and America’s ability to defend those interests is one of the foremost responsibilities of the federal government.

The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of U.S. Military Strength has become a key resource for policymakers. It contains the latest assessments of global threats, operating environments, and the status of the U.S. military.

This Thursday, Heritage released the 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength. We hosted a special discussion from notable national security experts on the components critical to the defense of our nation.

Watch a video recording of the event here >>

James Jay Carafano, leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges and Vice President of Heritage’s Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, worked closely in the compilation and completion of this year’s Index. He says:

“The publication of the 2018 index could not be more important or timely. President Trump is committed to a peace through strength strategy but Congress has yet to act to provide the resources needed. The index will be a wake-up call on how vital it is to get started with efficiently and smartly rebuilding American military prowess.”

The keynote address was given by The Honorable Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

The Index and discussion explore a comprehensive list of topics- including the characteristics and nature of major war-fighting domains: land, sea, air, space, cyber and joint, providing insights of value to professionals and amateurs alike in understanding the modern nature of conflict in these domains.

What do you think is the biggest challenge our military strength faces today?

To secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, our country needs a culture of life.

On Tuesday evening, Congress passed H.R. 36, a bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It includes exceptions for incest, rape, and life of the mother.

It passed by a vote of 237-189, mostly along party lines.

The White House released a statement saying:

“H.R. 36 would generally make it unlawful for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion of an unborn child after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with limited exceptions. The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires.”

Currently, The United States is one of only seven nations in the world to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The President’s advisors have stated that if H.R. 36 were presented to him in its current form, they would recommend he sign it into law.

This past September, five-year-old Micah Pickering came to Capitol Hill to put a face to the proposed act. Micah was born prematurely at 20 weeks, and received intensive care. He is now happy and healthy, proving children as young as 20 weeks can live and thrive despite their early birth. Watch the Daily Signal video with Micah’s parents here >>

Monica Burke, a Research Assistant at the Center for Religion and Civil Society, said of the bill:

“Anyone who claims to be pro-science ought to pay heed to the Pain Capable Act. The bill highlights what science tells us about life in utero and affirms the unborn as unique and distinct human beings, capable of suffering.”

The next step is for the bill to pass in the Senate. This may be challenging, since the Republican margin as the majority is only 52-48 and the bill will need 60 votes to pass..

How would you like to see a culture of life promoted in today’s society?

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