The Numbers Are In: Heritage Among the Most Influential Organizations in America


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For the second year in a row, Heritage was ranked as having the most significant impact on public policy in the entire world. This is according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report, which also found Heritage to rank first in the category of “Best Use of the Internet.”

Not only that, but many members of Congress clearly consider The Heritage Foundation as a “must follow” on social media. While we use social media in the hopes of reaching policy makers of all parties, the Huffington Post reports that @Heritage is the sixth most followed Twitter account by House Republicans – just behind @FoxNews and @realDonaldTrump.

Read more on Heritage rankings in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index

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Heritage’s involvement in the historic Trump-Kim summit


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With all eyes on this week’s historic summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, I thought you might be interested to know that The Heritage Foundation was the only major think tank on-site as it happened.  Heritage’s Olivia Enos, who has provided extensive analysis on the situation with North Korea and their human rights record, flew to Singapore to closely monitor the summit and proudly represent your conservative principles there.

While in Singapore, Olivia provided commentary on the unfolding events, and conducted numerous interviews to keep a steady focus on our priorities: denuclearization of North Korea and an end to the oppression of the North Korean people. For example, BBC interviewed Enos twice on Monday, once on her perspective on President Trump’s agenda, and again on her assessment of how events were unfolding in Singapore and the importance of dismantling North Korea’s prison camps. The night of the summit, she appeared on Fox Business to discuss human rights, and did an immediate reaction segment on Fox News immediately following the signing ceremony between Trump and Kim. In a final interview she did Thursday morning with the BBC, she discussed the summit and what the United States’ goals should be in negotiations moving forward.

Thanks to your support for Heritage, you’re making it possible for experts like Enos to be the voice for conservative priorities in international affairs.

What do you think are the best next steps after the Trump-Kim summit?

Transcript: Ted Cruz’s Speech

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Delivered at The Heritage Foundation on May 16, 2018, for the E.W. Richardson building dedication.

Well, thank you so much, Kay. God bless you. Thank you for your strong leadership here, and thank you for the incredible legacy that Heritage has had and will continue to have for many, many decades to come.

Good morning, and welcome everyone. Today we’re here to dedicate a new building, but we’re also here to celebrate the life and the legacy of E.W. Richardson, a man who exemplified the greatness of the greatest generation. To thank his family, whose wonderful generosity on behalf of his ideals, has made this headquarters for freedom a reality.

E.W. Richardson, known as Rich, was born in a small farming town of Kim, Colorado in 1921. He discovered the joy of flying at a young age, and joined the Army Air Corp at age 20. Fresh out of college was serving as a flight instructor, coordinating teams of men and later piloting a lead bomber on important missions. During one high risk mission over Europe, he was shot down and taken prisoner by the Germans. As a bomber pilot and squadron commander, Rich Richardson was well aware of the risks he faced and energized by the responsibility to lead his crew to victory.

On February 22nd, 1945, Captain Richardson was flying his 42nd mission, just one mission away from earning the rank of Major, when all of his training was suddenly put to the test. His B-24 Liberator was hit by German flack over Vienna and severely damaged. As the plane became engulfed in flames, Rich took the controls. He held the plan steady as his crew members jumped to safety. Only after the others escaped to safety did Rich exit the plane, sustaining severe injuries on the way out, including a broken collar bone and two dislocated hips. When he landed, he was met by a German officer and taken prisoner. After being interrogated at Nuremberg, Rich spent the remainder of the war in Moosberg prison, one of the largest POW camps in Germany. He and 80,000 other prisoners of war were liberated by General George Patton’s third army on April 29th, 1945.

When Rich left the Army and returned to civilian life, he knew that he would keep flying and he knew that he would never take a moment for granted.

After his liberation and return to the United States, Rich spent every moment living the American dream and helping others do the same. He became one of the top Ford dealers in the nation. He was a compassionate friend to his many employees, a family man, an avid golfer, a quiet philanthropist, and much more.

Mr. Richardson didn’t just do business in Texas, he became part of the spirit and fabric of our state. That’s why I’m honored to speak today to his legacy as the Senator for the Lone Star State, a place that will always be home to the Richardson family.

His belief in giving back lives on in the philanthropic spirit of his wife Barbara and Dr. Patrice Kay Richardson, his daughter. There are few better places to give and to build a better America than The Heritage Foundation. Free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, a strong American defense. These national treasures define who we are as a nation, and they have a vibrant home here at The Heritage Foundation. It is only right that this brand new building bares the name of a man who truly represented these ideals.

Barbara, Patrice, on behalf of all the patriots here and across the nation, and behalf of the members of The Heritage Foundation, we thank you for your father’s legacy and sharing it with the world. This new building will house interns, will train interns, young men and young women just starting their careers, coming to Washington to learn how to fight for freedom. To learn how to fight effectively for freedom. To learn how to win.

It’s worth pausing to reflect for a moment, to look forward and imagine 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now, 50 years from now: the leaders who will have come through this program who will have started learning about the principles of liberty, learning about the constitution, learning about what makes America free and great, and then what they will go on to do. This is an investment in the future of our nation. It is an investment ensuring that not only ourselves but our children and our children’s children remain free. We are grateful for the generosity, friendship and leadership of this wonderful family. God bless you and we are proud to welcome this new building. Thank you.

Heritage influences White House to waive the Jones Act


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Faced with providing hurricane battered Florida and Puerto Rico with extra fuel, the Trump Administration made a move that Heritage has advocated by temporarily suspending the Jones Act.

The Jones Act, passed in the 1920’s, is a regulation which prevented vessels from shipping between American ports unless they were using American made ships crewed by Americans.

Prior to the suspension, Salim Furth, a research fellow in Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, wrote in The Daily Signal that “Acting immediately to waive the Jones Act will allow fuel, food, water, medicine, and rebuilding supplies to reach Puerto Rico with maximum speed and at the lowest cost.” Furth noted that not only did the Jones Act impede normal business dealings, but that it was detrimental during national disasters.

At a White House press briefing, homeland security advisor Tom Bossart admitted the concern for extra fuel was the motivation behind suspending the Jones Act saying.

“We are worried about the fuel shortages,” said Bossart. “We are bringing in as much supply of refined fuel as possible, and we’ve waived a particular statute that allows for foreign-flagged vessels to help in that effort.”

“It is encouraging to see Heritage research implemented by the Trump Administration, that will have a positive impact for those struggling in Florida and Puerto Rico,” said Jack Spencer, Vice President for Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity.

At the end of the Trump administrations one-week waiver Furth wrote again in The Daily Signal that Puerto Rico needs a much more extensive waiver to rebuild from Hurricane Maria’s direct hit.

“Given the scale of the damage to Puerto Rico and the multiyear rebuilding effort to come, Trump should issue a blanket waiver from the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for as long as the territory continues to use federal aid dollars in its rebuilding,” said Furth.

On September 28 the Department of Homeland Security issued another temporary waiver.

“This waiver will ensure that over the next ten days, all options are available to move and distribute goods to the people of Puerto Rico. It is intended to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms,” said Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke.

Furth says this is great news but that Puerto Rico isn’t going to get back to normal in 10 days.

“President Trump should instruct the Department of Homeland Security to waive the Jones Act for as long as Puerto Rico is spending federal emergency funds. It does not make sense to give Puerto Rico aid money and then prevent them from effectively spending that money buying materials from mainland American businesses.”

Read more about why in natural disasters, the Jones Act is especially onerous and why Congress should grant a permanent exemption from the Jones Act for all fuel tankers.

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How should natural disaster relief be handled in the United States? 

Heritage Experts Advocated for Brexit From the Very Beginning


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Since 2005, when Margaret Thatcher picked The Heritage Foundation to establish the Thatcher Center for Freedom, Heritage experts have advocated for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. This week, the people of the U.K. voted to do just that.

“This is a victory for sovereignty, economic freedom, and self-determination,” says Nile Gardiner, director of the Thatcher Center for Freedom. “A sovereign Britain will be a stronger partner for the United States and a more powerful force on the world stage. Brexit is good for Britain, Europe, and America. It is a cause for great celebration.”

Gardiner leads a team of experts who identify ways to strengthen the Anglo-American Special Relationship as well as promote leadership by the United States and Great Britain. Committed to advancing the vision of Lady Thatcher, the Thatcher Center for Freedom has published several reports on the dangers of the European Union.

In a 2009 Telegraph column, Gardiner wrote that “The single greatest threat to the Special Relationship today is posed by the loss of British independence within the European Union.”

When David Cameron became prime minister, Gardiner published “Four Key Principles for a Conservative British Foreign Policy.” One of these principles was standing up to the rise of a European superstate.

And in 2011, Heritage outlined a conservative agenda for preserving the Special Relationship ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to the U.K. Ted R. Bromund, senior research fellow in Anglo-American relations, wrote that “The EU’s goal is not simply to erode the sovereignty of its member states, but to deprive them of the ability and desire to play an independent and assertive role in the world.”

“I am proud that The Heritage Foundation has worked to convince Americans and the British people about the necessity and mutual benefits of Brexit,” says Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “The Thatcher Center, led by Nile Gardiner, has been the tip of the spear in our efforts, and his team deserves our congratulations.”

Coverage by The Daily Signal, Heritage’s multimedia news organization, helped Heritage experts spread their message on Brexit. Heritage experts were featured on television news networks across the world, including appearances live from London, where Gardiner and Bromund have been for the past week. Gardiner joined Fox Business to make the case why the results of Brexit are good not only for the U.K. but also the U.S. and the world.

With separation from the European Union expected to take two years, Heritage experts have already shifted gears to promote greater cooperation between the two countries. One such proposal, written by Gardiner and Bromund in 2014, is a U.S.-U.K. free trade area.

“The Heritage Foundation has published dozens of policy papers and opinion pieces on why the U.K. should leave the EU and we have worked with the leaders of the Brexit campaign from the very beginning,” says Luke Coffey, director of Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy. “The Heritage Foundation can be very proud of the role it has played in helping achieve this outcome.”

How do you think the U.K. will benefit from leaving the European Union?

Heritage Members James and Melisha McAlister Want ‘to Turn This Country Around—and to Have Fun Doing It’

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Jim and Melisha McAlister, right, accept the John Von Kannon Award at the Annual Leadership Conference. John Von Kannon's two children and wife are at left.

Jim and Melisha McAlister, right, accept the John Von Kannon Award at the Annual Leadership Conference. John Von Kannon’s two children and wife are at left.

The Heritage Foundation has honored James and Melisha McAlister of Hartville, Ohio, with its “John Von Kannon Patriot Award.”

A long-time executive at the Washington, D.C., based think tank, Von Kannon was a legendary figure in the conservative movement, equally renowned for his irrepressible sense of humor as for his fundraising prowess. He passed away last year.

The McAlisters have been Heritage members for 22 years, supporting the think tank’s work both with their donations and their participation in Heritage conferences and other events. “They are determined to turn this country around—and to have fun doing it,” noted Heritage Group Vice President of Development John Fogarty in presenting the award to the couple.

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Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Honored As ‘a Force for What Makes America So Good’

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Michael Grebe, left, accepts Heritage's Founders Award on behalf of the Bradley Foundation.

Michael Grebe, left, accepts Heritage’s Founders Award on behalf of the Bradley Foundation.

The Heritage Foundation has honored the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation with its Founders Award. The think tank presents the award annually to recognize “outstanding and continuing support” by a foundation or individual.

Bradley Foundation President and CEO Michael W. Grebe accepted the award on behalf of the Milwaukee-based philanthropic organization.

A grant-making organization, the Bradley Foundation supports programs that promote: limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic, intellectual, and cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions.

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Terry and Billi Jean Murphree Honored with ‘Generations Yet Unborn’ Award

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Billi Jean Murphree accepts The George Washington Generations Yet Unborn award on behalf of her husband, Terry Murphree

Billi Jean Murphree accepts The George Washington Generations Yet Unborn award on behalf of her husband, Terry Murphree

The Heritage Foundation has honored the late Terence Hamm Murphree [Auburn ‘60] of Bellville, Texas, with its George Washington “Generations Yet Unborn” Award.

Heritage, the nation’s most broadly supported think tank with more than a half-million members, presents the award annually to a member who, like America’s first president, “makes it his highest ambition to secure the blessings of liberty for generations yet unborn.”

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Promoting America’s Interests in the Arctic

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Several countries, including Russia, are working to stake claims on the resources and potential shipping lanes in the Arctic. A new Heritage report explores how policymakers can promote American interests in the region: by developing a comprehensive policy for addressing Arctic issues; by strengthening economic freedom there; and by deploying proper military capabilities.

Do you believe the Arctic is an important region for the U.S.?

How to Defund Planned Parenthood


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In an op-ed for the the Wall Street Journal this week, Karl Rove wrote “Republicans in Congress who want to risk a shutdown over Planned Parenthood have an obligation to spell out how they would get it done. They can’t.”

In response, Heritage Action for America CEO Mike Needham categorically dismantled Rove’s argument by presenting Heritage Action’s plan:

Here’s the strategy: Win the argument. Don’t try to win the argument with your own voters about why you can’t follow through on what you claim to stand for. Win the argument with the left. Explain to the American people why their tax dollars should not go to an organization with unspeakable cultural rot in its DNA.

In a policy report this week, The Heritage Foundation’s Sarah Torre laid out the case for redirecting Planned Parenthood funds to other health care options.

(Heritage Action for America is a sister organization of The Heritage Foundation.)

Needham closes his argument by calling out the Washington Establishment, who won’t do anything to defund Planned Parenthood:

Rove and his allies have challenged pro-life Congressmen to explain their tactics. Well, the members of the GOP establishment should be challenged on their goals. The Republican Party claims to believe we have a moral obligation to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. Leadership committed to that goal would tell us how they are going to get it done.

They won’t. They have no intention of ever doing so.

What do you think? With new leadership, do you think Congress will act to defund Planned Parenthood?

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