Newspaper says Heritage ensuring ‘conservative ideas heard in Trump’s 1st days’

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Heritage is having a tremendous influence pushing the conservative agenda in Washington, South Carolina’s The State reports:

But former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has forged a relationship with President Donald Trump and his administration anyway, and as the new presidency gets underway, he is enjoying a position as one of the most influential conservatives in Trump’s Washington.

After playing key roles in Trump’s search for a Supreme Court justice and then in his presidential transition, DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation think tank, is now quietly working as a conduit between conservative members of Congress and a less traditionally conservative White House, aiming to advance big-ticket policy priorities that he considers achievable now that Republicans are running Washington.

Your support of Heritage makes this influence possible.

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What do you believe is the largest issue conservatives face in Washington?

The New Republic says ‘The Heritage Foundation is shaping the president’s play book’

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The liberal New Republic magazine ran an article this week about “The D.C. Think Tank Behind Donald Trump” — and it’s all about Heritage:

But in fact, the new administration is pursuing a right-wing agenda that rests squarely on a long tradition of conservative ideas: repealing Obamacare, rolling back government regulations, tightening immigration laws, tilting the Supreme Court to the right. And no group is more responsible for helping to craft Trump’s agenda than the Heritage Foundation…

Today the group’s fingerprints are on virtually every policy Trump advocates, from his economic agenda to his Supreme Court nominees. According to Politico, Heritage employees acted as a “shadow transition team,” vetting potential Trump staffers to make sure the administration is well stocked with conservative appointees.

Over the next four years, the think tank will play a key role in steering domestic policy, particularly in government departments where Trump plans to give “long leashes” to his secretaries.

We at Heritage recognize that you make this impact possible.

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What is the number one policy issue that you believe the Trump administration should focus on?

Politico names former Heritage staff ‘power player’ in drafting Trump’s budget

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Last week Politico named former Heritage budget expert Paul Winfree “one of the most important people in the administration to watch.”

Winfree, who took the lead writing Heritage’s budget plan–which would slash spending and balance the federal budget in 10 years–will now, according to Politico, play a “significant role in writing President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal.”

Balancing the federal budget as soon as possible is critical to our nation’s future.

Read the full story.

Thanks to your continued support, we’re able to create and advance conservative policy solutions like Heritage’s Blueprint for Reform budget plan.

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What issues should Trump’s first budget proposal address?

Three Leaders Club members tell their story

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Members of Heritage’s exclusive Leaders Club enable us to work year-round fighting for your conservative principles.

Below, three of our Leaders Club members tell us why they chose to support Heritage.

Diane — California

Diane and her husband have been supporters of Heritage since the 1980s.  They are confident in Heritage’s wisdom and leadership on critical issues.

Heritage’s influence on the new administration will continue to make an impact these next four years, she says. That’s why she’s a proud Leaders Club member.

Diane is concerned about illegal immigration and unelected government officials thwarting the Trump administration.  She witnesses the impacts of immigration first-hand from her Southern California home and knows that the issue must be addressed immediately.

Vince — Louisiana

Vince supports Heritage as a Leaders Club member because he believes we are doing a great service to our country.

“I think you guys are a bunch of patriots who have the country’s best interest at heart,” he says.

Vince’s top three concerns in our nation are strengthening national defense, ending taxpayer support of abortions, and protecting Second Amendment rights. All three are priorities for Heritage.

He’s glad to be a part of an organization with like-minded patriots concerned for our nation’s future.

Beth — Texas

Beth lives in South Texas and supports Heritage because she believes we are “unbiased and have an educated voice that I respect.”

As far as Beth is concerned, “Heritage is the only conservative group out there.”

It’s critical that Heritage continue our outreach to members of Congress from our Washington headquarters, she says.  She doesn’t have the time to reach out to her representatives about conservative ideas, and is glad Heritage can.

Her biggest concern in our nation right now is the Left’s disruptiveness. And she’s hopeful that Heritage can lead the way to solutions.


We are extremely grateful to Diane, Vince, Beth, and the tens of thousands of others who choose to support Heritage’s work on a monthly basis.

If you would like to join the Leaders Club today, join here.

Meet the man who can take down Obamacare

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Tom Price was confirmed to lead the Department of Health and Human Services last week. The Daily Signal’s Melissa Quinn reports why this is significant.

Now, as the health and human services chief, Price can begin fulfilling a years long goal of unwinding Obamacare. But instead of dismantling the health care law from the halls of Congress, he’ll be acting from inside the agency that oversaw its implementation.

An orthopedic surgeon who served more than a decade in the House, Price has spent the last seven years in Congress opposing the Affordable Care Act. The new HHS secretary introduced his own health care plan in 2009—he’s reintroduced that same proposal, the Empowering Patients First Act, in every Congress since then.

…even as congressional Republicans finalize their course for unwinding the law, Price can now use his executive power to begin chipping away at Obamacare’s framework.

With Congress continuing to drag their feet on Obamacare repeal, Price has a tremendous opportunity to move forward the dismantling of this law.

What do you think Tom Price’s priorities should be for the Department of Health and Human Services?

How Congress can rein in federal agencies

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Heritage is pushing for Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to crack down on federal agencies’ power and undo Obama administration excesses.

Too often, government agencies in the executive branch bypass the legislative process and issue rules with the force of law–and then enforce them on the American people. This administrative state is far from the government the Founders imagined.

The CRA is one of Congress’s best options to reduce the excesses of the administrative state. It allows lawmakers to invalidate agency rulings with a simple majority vote.

“The CRA provides Congress with an opportunity to invalidate an agency rule while satisfying the Article I Bicameralism and Presentment requirements,” Heritage scholar Paul Larkin explains in a detailed report on the CRA’s inner workings.

At an informal working group at Heritage earlier this month, experts from Heritage and other conservative groups helped Capitol Hill staff understand the scope of the law and how it can advance conservative reforms, the Wall Street Journal explained.

To further advance this idea, Heritage is hosting an event next week on “Reawakening the Congressional Review Act.”

Do you believe federal agencies have too much power?

You now have direct impact on the Executive branch

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With the launch of Heritage’s new Executive Branch Relations team, you will now have a direct impact on the Trump administration.

Focused on educating, informing, and supporting conservatives in the executive branch, this new team will pave the way in building strong relationships with key agencies in order to push conservative policy priorities.

They will provide Heritage research, host events, and work to ensure that reforms actually get done–not simply discussed.

Here are their top five targeted departments to start:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services, headed by Secretary Tom Price: We’ll show policymakers in HHS how to administer health care entitlement programs in a patient-centered, market-based way after Obamacare is gone; and how to reverse administrative actions that undermine life and religious liberty.
  • The Department of Justice, headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: We’ll help focus the DOJ on restoring justice and the rule of law. This will mean reviewing and rescinding the transgender bathroom “guidance,” stopping the overuse of federal criminal statutes, and ending the use of “disparate impact” analyses to label free-market policies as racist.
  • The State Department, headed by Secretary Rex Tillerson: We’ll encourage the State Department to rebuild America’s strained alliances, free America from the Iran deal, and make clear which international agreements constitute treaties requiring Senate advice and consent.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency, headed by Secretary Scott Pruitt: We’ll be a source of guidance for the new EPA on getting rid of Renewable Fuel Standards and greenhouse gas regulations (and other obsolete or unwarranted programs) and encouraging effective, state-based environmental stewardship.
  • The Department of Homeland Security, headed by Secretary John F. Kelly. We’ll share our plans for restoring a secure America after years of ignored and unenforced U.S. immigration law. We’ll provide guidance on securing the border and creating more cooperation between the federal government and the states.

What are your priorities for the executive branch?

Numerous Heritage staff headed to work in the Trump administration

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Numerous Heritage staff have gone to work in the new administration. We are thankful for their service at Heritage and know they will make a great impact in their respective roles.

You can read the updated list below broken into categories by agency. We will update this list as needed.

The Domestic Policy Council

Paul Winfree, former director of Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Winfree, well known in Washington for his tough stance on fiscal responsibility and transparent budgeting was one of the first Heritage appointments to be publicly announced as a member of the new administration. He is now serving as deputy assistant to the president, deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, and director of budget policy.

Ann Conant, former executive assistant to the vice president of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity. Conant is serving as assistant to Paul Winfree on President Trump’s Domestic Policy Council.

The Environmental Protection Agency

David Kreutzer, former Heritage senior research fellow, energy economics and climate change. While at Heritage, Kreutzer worked to bring President Obama’s radical EPA back into line with its purpose of protecting land, air, and water – not seizing control of the economy. Kreutzer is now working on a “beachhead team” within the EPA.

Department of Commerce

Michael Costigan, former Heritage senior advisor for strategic outreach. Costigan is currently a member of a beachhead team within the Department of Commerce and will soon be serving as assistant to the Secretary of Commerce.

Department of the Interior

Ryan Nichols, former associate director of coalition relations. Over the past five years, Nichols has helped unite and strengthen the conservative movement. He is working on a beachhead team within the Department of Interior.

Office of Management and Budget

Russ Vought, former Heritage Action vice president of grassroots outreach. At Heritage Action, Vought helped rally conservatives around a vision of a dramatically downsized federal government. He will now take on a high-level position within the Office of Management and Budget.

Department of Labor

James Sherk, former Heritage research fellow, labor economics. Sherk’s research has helped right-to-work states resist union coercion and bad labor policy. Sherk will now take on a role at the Department of Labor.

The Pentagon

Justin Johnson, former Heritage senior policy analyst for defense budgeting policy. While at Heritage, Johnson conducted important research on how to achieve a fully-equipped, combat-ready military, as outlined in his recent Heritage report “Congress Should Enact a Strong Defense Budget in FY 2017.” Johnson will now be working on related matters at the Pentagon.

Department of Transportation

Nick Yonkovich, former Heritage staff accountant. Yonkovich is serving on a beachhead team at the Department of Transportation.

 

How do you feel about former Heritage staff serving in the administration?

Congress lets Obamacare repeal stall. Bad idea.

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Congressional leaders do not seem concerned with moving Obamacare repeal forward with any sense of urgency.  They’ve had ample time to make good on their campaign promises to repeal Obamacare, but following through on that promise doesn’t seem to be high on their priority list.

The longer they wait to repeal Obamacare the harder it will be and the less they will be able to accomplish.

From the beginning, Heritage has pushed for immediate, full repeal of Obamacare. I know you have too and we’re not about to give up the fight.

Read our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Heritage expert Ed Haislmaier testified before Congress last month about Obamacare’s flaws.

Read all Heritage research on Obamacare repeal.

Do you think Congress will act to repeal Obamacare?

 

Ted Cruz uses Heritage chart in debate against Bernie Sanders

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In his debate Tuesday night against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) used a Heritage chart about the flaws with Obamacare.

According to Politico

…he [Cruz] came armed with reams of damaging data, and at one point held up a Heritage Foundation chart on the lack of competition in many Affordable Care Act exchange markets.

You can watch the clip below:

Do you believe Cruz won the debate?  Would you like to see more Heritage research used by lawmakers like this?

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