Thanks to your support, Heritage is continuing to provide conservative solutions to limiting government and reining in runway spending.

And those solutions are needed more now than ever before.

Last week, Congress passed a budget deal that increases the federal government by 14%.

In a video that’s already received thousands of views, Heritage’s Genevieve Wood stated:

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress were elected to drain the swamp, not add water.

But adding water, and lots of it, is exactly what happened with the passage of the most recent budget deal.

In fact, this bill asks for 70 percent more than President Barack Obama did while in office.

This was a budget deal that, as Genevieve Wood says in the video below, President Obama could have only dreamed of.

Heritage has provided a guide to promote comprehensive economic reform for our country–laying out a clear path forward for lawmakers.

That path includes:

  • Cutting spending immediately and enforcing spending caps
  • Pursue pro-growth tax reform
  • Reform the Entitlement programs
  • Reform the federal budget process
  • And move domestic programs to the State and local sector

Read the guide for a full explanation >>

Thank you for enabling Heritage to continue to act as “True North” in Washington.

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Despite years of campaign promises, Obamacare remains the law of the land. With midterm elections rapidly approaching, lawmakers are quietly planning to bail out this failing law.

This would be a terrible decision.

In a recent op-ed, Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Mike Needham and Heritage health care expert Marie Fishpaw warned that some Republicans “have reportedly persuaded GOP leaders to plug the cracks in Obamacare’s failing edifice with piles of cash.”

One scheme is headed up by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). They propose appropriating cost-sharing-reduction payments to insurers which would provide more federal money to help insurance companies. A second effort is an even greater corporate give-away led by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) which requests an additional $10 billion in federal cash to prop up failing insurance markets and fund states’ high-risk pools.

Both options fail to address Obamacare’s regulatory regime, which is driving up costs and reducing choice.

We have a different solution.

Heritage’s plan starts with giving patients more options by redirecting federal health care funding into block grants to the states.  This is the “disrupter” that will help to reset our health care culture. Our plan will allow states to innovate to cover the people not enrolled in employer-based health care plans. States also would be given the flexibility and tools they need to lower patients’ health care costs – starting by clearing out the web of Obamacare’s federal mandates that drove up costs and broke the private market.

The goal is simple: take power away from Washington Bureaucrats and allow states to innovate.

Read the full plan to reform our healthcare system >>

Since last October, when Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate, Heritage has been convening all the major federal and state policy experts to have the difficult conversations and sort through the hard questions in order to build consensus on the path forward for health care reform.

Thank you for making this work possible.

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You play a key role inside the conservative movement through providing policy research, strengthening relations between conservative coalition groups, and training the next generation of conservative leaders.

One recent example of this influence is the presence Heritage had CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference)—one of the largest gatherings of conservatives in our country this week.

During the conference, Heritage recruited students for our Young Leaders Internship Program, gave our latest policy recommendations to attendees, and shared how we impact the policy debates on Capitol Hill.

Below are some of the ways Heritage was directly involved:

  • Heritage President Kay Coles James hosted a session with the Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, and discussed providing more school choice to military families.
  • Heritage also hosted a breakout session with three Heritage experts–Steve Moore, Romina Boccia, and Paul Winfree—to discuss the next steps to get our country on the right financial track after the terrible budget deal of last week.
  • Additional Heritage speakers also presented during the conference. These included:  Jeffrey Smith, Kelsey Harkness, Genevieve Wood, and John Malcolm.
  • The Young Leaders Program hosted an alumni reception
  • Heritage’s Truluck Center–that trains young conservatives and connects them to careers–participated in the Career Fair
  • 20+ staff attended, and 37 interns worked over 9 shifts in the Heritage Booth to share the impact Heritage is having on our country.

Thanks to your support we are able to reach more young Americans with the conservative message.

 

What are other ways that the conservative movement should be strengthened?

Lewis Lehrman, who served as a Heritage trustee for nearly two decades, is a great example of someone who loves Heritage and loves our country.

His contributions to Heritage and to our nation are vast and are well worth remembering as we shared with you last year.

The author of many books, Lehrman just released his latest book this week titled Lincoln & Churchill: Statesmen at War which examines the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill to learn what made them succeed as leaders–specifically as they led their countries through war.

Lehrman is able to pull back the cover on these two iconic leaders and give an insider look into their lives in a way that no one else ever has.

According to leading historians and authors:

For years, I have longed to be in the same room with Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. And now Lewis Lehrman has given all of us that chance with this sweeping, yet intimate study of the war leadership of both remarkable men.

With penetrating insight, Lehrman unfolds the contrasts and similarities between these two leaders: their points of origin, their temperaments, the nature of their ambitions, their leadership styles. I savored every page of this magnificent work. Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian

Few men have more profoundly shaped modern history than Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. In this enlightening, original analysis of their leadership, Lewis E. Lehrman not only sheds a bright light on their remarkable achievements but he also deepens our understanding of the nature of statesmanship.

How two leaders of such radically different backgrounds and temperaments led their nations to victory in wars of national survival ‐‐ thus vindicating government of the people, by the people, and for the people ‐‐ is an inspiring story, based on deep research, told by Lehrman with great skill.

Admirers of both leaders, as well as history fans in general, will enjoy this very well written book and wonder why no previous historian has undertaken such an important comparative study. Professor Michael Burlingame holds the Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois‐Springfield

If you are an admirer of the leadership Lincoln and Churchill displayed throughout their lives then you will love this book.

Order your own copy today >>

Please join us in thanking Lehrman for his contributions to Heritage and to our nation.

Last week, Heritage hosted the annual Conservative Member Retreat for members of the House of Representatives.

This year’s theme was Boldness in the Face of Adversity–a fitting theme with the Congressional fights that conservatives are facing this year.

The retreat is intended to provide conservative members of Congress with policy-analysis from Heritage experts and to build relationships with them that will continue into their congressional term.

Almost 40 members attended the retreat.

During the retreat, lawmakers were given the opportunity to discuss issues with fellow conservatives and hear from movement leaders like Rick Santorum, Matt Bevin, and Heritage’s own David Azzerad.

Thanks to your support, Heritage is able to provide this support and guidance to members of Congress.

Do you believe it is important to support conservative members of Congress? Why or why not?  What are other ways that we should support them?

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