Due to the Establishment’s power in Washington there has long been a need for a core group of conservative lawmakers who are organized and equipped to stand up against the Washington elites.

Heritage leaders saw this need and took steps to help create the House Freedom Caucus in 2015.

The caucus initially formed after long meetings between Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, COO Tim Chapman, and Congressman Jim Jordan who would all frequently gather around Needham’s kitchen table to discuss the need for the caucus. After the caucus was formed House leadership was so upset that they stripped several of the new House Freedom Caucus members of their committee assignments and even removed one member as chairman of his subcommittee.

The House Freedom Caucus is undeniably and irrevocably conservative.

“The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,” the group’s mission statement reads. “We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.”

Fast forward two years and the House Freedom Caucus has around forty members who work together to push conservative legislation regardless of the stance of party leadership or Establishment elites.

In only two years they have played a major role in Congressional battles including Obamacare and ousting John Boehner as Speaker of the House.

Recently, Heritage President Ed Feulner met with the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) to discuss advancing conservative agenda in Congress. Congressman Meadows believes strongly in Heritage’s vision to build an America where freedom opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish by implementing policies based on conservative principles. He thanked me for all the valuable research and guidance Heritage has provide Congress throughout the years.

Read more about the impact of the House Freedom Caucus and who their members are>>

Do you agree with the mission of the House Freedom Caucus to advance an agenda of limited, constitutional government in Congress?

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) is a conservative hero who has made a tremendous impact in his 10 years in office.

As a founder and current member of the House Freedom Caucus, Jordan works tirelessly to protect the agenda of limited, constitutional government in Congress regardless of the direction party leadership or the Establishment dictate.

Because of this uncompromising stance Jordan continually receives criticism from the media and the Republican Establishment for having the guts to stand against cronyism and business-as-usual.

Most recently, he’s received criticism from the media and Establishment for his incredible influence pushing for a full repeal of Obamacare.

According to the Daily Signal:

For nearly as many years as he’s been in Congress, the 10-year Republican incumbent [Jordan] has been outspoken about the need to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Jordan is unwavering in his commitment to eliminate, not fix, the health care law Democrats passed under President Barack Obama.

And even after Jordan and other members of the House Freedom Caucus, of which he is a founder, received a public scolding from President Donald Trump, Jordan was unapologetic for the role played by conservative lawmakers in sending Republican leaders back to the drawing board after their first attempt to repeal the health care law failed spectacularly.

Jordan says he is more concerned about following through on his commitment to the people who sent him to Washington.

We are grateful to Jordan and other conservative members of Congress who have the backbone to stand on principle and honor their promises to the American people.

Watch Jordan’s comments below about the partnership with Heritage:


We will continue to work with Jordan and other conservatives in Congress to provide them with policy solutions as they fight to break the status quo of the Washington Establishment.

Do you believe the House Freedom Caucus plays a critical role in Congress?

Tuesday, President Trump released his full budget and Heritage experts have been hard at work ensuring conservative reforms are in the budget.

Starting last year, Heritage released the 2017 Blueprint for Balance, which is a detailed plan that Congress can use to balance the federal budget and rein in spending.

After the release of President Trump’s initial budget draft earlier this spring, the Washington Post wrote a piece crediting Heritage’s plan for heavily influencing his budget.

Around the same time Politico published a piece on former Heritage budget expert Paul Winfree’s influence on President Trump’s budget in his new role as the White House director of budget policy.

Heritage experts have been busy examining the new budget and you can find their research below:

Heritage Experts Analyze Trump’s Budget >>

9 Key Takeaways from Trump’s First Budget >>

Congress Must Embrace These 5 Principles to Create a More Responsible Budget >>

Why Washington Hates Trump’s Budget >>

What should the top priorities for this budget be?

In the wake of another deadly terrorist attack in the United Kingdom, Heritage counter-terrorism expert Robin Simcox took to the media to shed light on what’s happening.

Below you can watch his interview on CNN:

In an article on the Daily Signal Simcox explains why the British terror threat will not improve soon:

The intelligence agencies currently assess the overall risk of an attack to be “severe,” meaning another attack is “highly likely.”

Part of the reason for this is that approximately 850 Brits have traveled to Syria to fight in the conflict there. Many will have joined ISIS and are returning with training and combat experience. The U.K. will remain under threat.

The barbarism of this attack—targeting a concert overwhelmingly attended by teenage girls and children—is almost unspeakable. Yet this is the nature of the ideological enemy we face: There are no limits to the kind of carnage they wish to unleash.

Until the scourge of Islamist ideology is eradicated, the horrendous images that we have seen over the last 24 hours will appear time and again.

Simcox also made appearances on CBS and ABC.

Do you agree with Simcox’s analysis?  What actions should the US Government take to stop the threat of terrorism?

 

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?

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