President Trump’s new executive order is a good step for conservatives

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Donald Trump’s new executive order on climate policy falls right in line with Heritage’s own recommendations.

The Washington Post reported this week that:

[Former Heritage expert David] Kreutzer played an important role in shaping and writing the executive order on energy policy that Trump issued Tuesday. The directive dismantled a White House working group on the social cost of carbon and rescinded a variety of Obama-era technical documents on the matter.

Writing for the Daily Signal, Heritage energy expert Nicolas Loris explains what this new order will do:

As promised, President Donald Trump has issued an “energy independence” executive order to undo several of the Obama administration’s climate change regulations.

To the benefit of all Americans who desire affordable, dependable energy, the executive order will help energy companies establish some independence from overzealous regulators.

The National Environmental Policy Act needs wholesale reform or an outright repeal, and repealing the climate change guidance is a step in the right direction.

Unwinding Obama’s climate regulations is not just about saving money for industries. It’s about addressing the costs that will be incurred and meager benefits achieved by Obama-era regulations.

Read more from Loris on what this new executive order does to the benefit of all Americans who desire affordable, dependable energy.

Do you agree with President Trump’s new executive order on eliminating many burdensome climate change regulations?

Washington Post: ‘Trump’s budget owes a huge debt to this right-wing Washington think tank’

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In an article Monday, The Washington Post published a piece comparing Donald Trump’s recently released budget to Heritage’s own Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017.

Up against the clock and with many senior staff positions still vacant, President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget turned to one of the nation’s most conservative think tanks — the Heritage Foundation — for inspiration.

The result: The Trump budget proposal released last week bears a striking resemblance to the Heritage Foundation’s “Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017,” complete with a list of deep spending cuts designed to scale back the size and scope of the federal government.

Both documents lean on the same philosophical arguments for a greater role for states and private business, and for a federal government that seeks to get its money’s worth from spending…

Read more from this piece on the impact you are having through Heritage.

On Tuesday we launched the Blueprint for Balance for 2018 which would balance the federal budget in seven years while reducing deficits by $9 trillion over the decade.

As lawmakers are deciding on 2018 federal funding, they should look to our 2018 Blueprint for Balance that lays out a plan that would:

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Modernize Medicare by transitioning to a premium-support system and make key reforms to meet demographic, fiscal, and structural challenges
  • Cap the federal allotment for Medicaid and give states greater flexibility in designing benefits and administering the program
  • and make common-sense reforms in Social Security to ensure that seniors and individuals with disabilities are protected from poverty without burdening younger generations with excessive debt and taxation.

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Should balancing the federal budget be a top priority for President Trump?

Conservatives force health care vote to be pushed back

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Yesterday, in a major win for conservatives, a scheduled vote on the House leadership’s health care plan was pushed back due to conservative members unwavering stance against this terrible bill.

This is a testament to the pressure House members felt from their constituents who wanted actual repeal of Obamacare.

Heritage President Jim DeMint had this reaction:

As a broad spectrum of conservative policy experts have been explaining for weeks, the House health care bill was a perfect marriage of bad policy, bad process and bad politics.”

Since the day it was introduced, this was presented as a false choice of this bill or nothing, and that strategy was proven very wrong. Congressional leaders should use this opportunity to start over with a bill that truly repeals Obamacare and move forward in a transparent process.

It should include the repeal of costly Obamacare regulations that have driven premiums up by 68% for many Americans, with up to 90% hikes for young Americans, which we know may be able to pass in reconciliation.

The need to truly repeal Obamacare is as urgent as ever, as it is crushing Americans every day with high health costs and fewer choices. 70% of U.S. counties now only have one or two insurers.

Conservatives are thankful to Congressional leaders who consistently fought for real repeal and commonsense solutions, and we will continue to fight for lower costs and more choices for all Americans.

Also, in a piece in The Hill, Jim DeMint further explains why Obamacare repeal is needed and why the current GOP repeal bill falls far short of actual repeal.

Heritage has long pushed for full repeal and replacement of Obamacare and will continue to until the end.

Read our full plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Do you think House leadership will change their bill so that it fully repeals Obamacare?

Heritage is leading the way in social media outreach

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Heritage is currently ranked #1 in social media outreach according to the latest Forbes report.

When looking at think tank presence in the most popular social media platforms, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, The Heritage Foundation continues to be ranked first among free-market groups.

Your support enables us to continue to take a lead role in ensuring your conservative voice is heard across multiple media channels.

Thank you.

Read more about the impact Heritage is having through social media.

If you aren’t already, make sure to follow our social media accounts to stay even more updated on the issues of the day.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Additionally, for the latest news updates, follow The Daily Signal on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

What sources do you use to stay informed on the news?  

 

What you need to know about the Gorsuch hearings

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The Daily Signal has done an incredible job covering the Supreme Court hearings for Judge Gorsuch this week.

Below you will find the top stories from the week that explain how the hearings have gone.

Currently, the committee plans on voting for Gorsuch’s nomination on April 4 followed by the Senate’s vote on April 5.

Follow The Daily Signal for updates on the nomination process.

Do you think Democrats will try to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination in the Senate?

 

Mainstream media gangs up on The Daily Signal

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Reporters at the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal are attacking The Daily Signal for their press access to the White House.

They are afraid The Daily Signal is providing an alternative to the usual left-wing or establishment media spin and are using their “mainstream” media influence to bully The Daily Signal.

And guess what? The Daily Signal does exist as an alternative to the mainstream media. They exist because you deserve the truth about what’s going on in Washington. You deserve the facts — not the liberal spin.

And no amount of bullying from the “mainstream” media is going to stop the work of The Daily Signal.

Read what The Daily Signal’s editor-in-chief, Rob Bluey, had to say about this.

‘What’s a legitimate news outlet?’

Apparently not The Daily Signal, if you believe the self-proclaimed arbiters of journalism who represent the “mainstream” media.

I have news for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and any other media outlet that tries to bully us: We’re not going to be pushed around. And when it comes to covering the White House, we’re here to stay.

The Daily Signal’s work is supported by conservatives like you.

Let’s help them continue to provide exceptional coverage of Washington politics.

Make a gift to support The Daily Signal’s fight against the mainstream media.

Jim DeMint met with Donald Trump on Obamacare repeal

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In case you missed it, last week Jim DeMint met with President Donald Trump at the White House to share the conservative plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.  DeMint made clear conservatives have serious concerns about the current bill, but that we are ready to work with the White House to repeal Obamacare, lower costs, and increase choice in health care.

Later, DeMint went on CNN to discuss the new healthcare plan.

Here is Jim DeMint sitting across from President Trump in the Oval Office:

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And later that day, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this picture. DeMint is sitting right next to the Vice President.

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Here are five reasons why the current Obamacare repeal plan isn’t real repeal.

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Do you believe House leadership should change the current Obamacare repeal plan to truly implement real repeal?

Sharing the conservative message through video

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You are helping to spread the conservative story through videos that Heritage and The Daily Signal produce.

These teams work hard to make sure the videos are not only produced well but also released at the perfect time to create maximum impact.

Below you will find the top three videos from the past month-each with over one million views.

How Trump Saved Wollman Skating Rink

1,534,390 views.

Pipeline protestors leave behind potential environmental disaster

1,076,418 views.

Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan

1,527,297 views.

You can view more videos by going here or here.

Enjoy.

What do you think of the videos?

Proposed health care bill ‘missed the mark’

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This week House Republicans released their health care bill to replace Obamacare. It’s terrible.

Heritage health care expert, Ed Haislmaier, explains why the proposed bill does not fix the failings of Obamacare.

The key problem with the draft House health care bill is that it fails to correct the features of Obamacare that drove up health insurance costs. Instead, it mainly tweaks Obamacare’s financing and subsidy structure.

Basically, the bill focuses on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while failing to correct Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies.

That is both a policy problem and a political problem.

Read Ed’s full explanation to find out why this bill fails to address Obamacare’s issues.

Why do you think House leadership proposed a bill like this?

Donald Trump’s revised Immigration ban is constitutional: Here’s why

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Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky explains why Donald Trump’s revised executive order is not only legal but makes common sense.

President Donald Trump’s revised executive order restricting travel from terrorist safe havens is just as constitutional and legal as his original order, despite what some courts such as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said about the original order.

But the revisions he has made, which clarify that the executive order does not apply to any foreigners who already hold visas to enter the U.S., will make it tougher for activist judges to justify any injunction orders they might be inclined to issue against it. Yet there is little doubt that progressive groups will seek such orders.

Read the rest of Spakovsky’s analysis.

Do you agree with Trump’s revised executive order?

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