Sean Hannity: Trump wants to adopt the Heritage plan

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Sean Hannity said Monday that President Trump “wants to adopt the Heritage plan” to rein in government.

In an exchange with former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Hannity asked:

What is the difference between what you called Trumpism, what you described at the Heritage Foundation — and by the way, [Trump] wants to adopt the Heritage plan to reduce the size and scope of government, which I happen to agree with — and conservatism, if any?

Do you believe President Trump will reduce the size and scope of government?

Priorities for the first 100 days of Trump’s administration

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Now that Donald Trump has become the 45th president, it’s time to advance a conservative agenda.  There’s not a moment to lose.

Heritage experts have compiled a list of priorities for the first 100 days of the new administration. Many of these priorities mirror feedback we heard from Heritage members about the issues most critical to them.

The priorities include:

  • Get a constitutionalist justice confirmed to the Supreme Court
  • Repeal Obamacare and stabilize insurance markets
  • Rebuild America’s military
  • Better patrol the border and secure ports of entry

Please take a look at the full list to see our other priorities.

Several Heritage staff have already started serving in various roles in the new administration to advance these issues.

What other priorities should Donald Trump’s administration focus on?

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant wears a Heritage tie at inauguration

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant sports at Heritage tie at Donald Trump's inauguration last Friday.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant sports a Heritage tie at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Photo: Jeff Malet

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was spotted wearing a Heritage Foundation necktie at President Donald Trump’s inauguration last Friday.

Bryant, as Heritage President Jim DeMint noted last year, has stood up against special interests to protect religious liberty in his state.

You can proudly wear one of these ties when you next attend an event. Order your own silk Heritage Foundation tie, specially produced for Heritage by Vineyard Vines, from the Heritage bookstore.

Heritage laying groundwork for Trump’s budget cuts

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Donald Trump’s administration is preparing for some major budget cuts — and they’re drawing on Heritage guidance to do so.

The Hill reports:

Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

The proposed cuts hew closely to a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition.

Two members of Trump’s transition team are discussing the cuts at the White House budget office: Russ Vought, a former aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the former executive director of the RSC, and John Gray, who previously worked for Pence, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) when Ryan headed the House Budget Committee.

Vought and Gray, who both worked for the Heritage Foundation, are laying the groundwork for the so-called skinny budget — a 175- to 200-page document that will spell out the main priorities of the incoming Trump administration, along with summary tables. That document is expected to come out within 45 days of Trump taking office.

The Heritage blueprint used as a basis for Trump’s proposed cuts calls for eliminating several programs that conservatives label corporate welfare programs: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The total savings from cutting these four programs would amount to nearly $900 million in 2017.

Read Heritage’s Blueprint for Balance, which outlines the steps needed to start balancing the federal budget.

Do you believe that the size of the federal government should be reduced to balance the budget?

See Heritage’s Freedom Center decked out for the inauguration

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The Heritage Foundation’s Freedom Center in Washington, DC is decked out in patriotic decor in honor of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

And a six-story banner makes the case for conservative ideals to the tens of thousands who will pass the building on their way to the inaugural festivities.

Our Capitol Hill headquarters is a bastion of liberty. It’s Heritage’s headquarters and the epicenter of the conservative movement. We develop conservative policy solutions, host policy briefings, train Capitol Hill staff, prepare the next generation of conservatives through our internship program, and everything in between it’s become known as a home for conservatives in Washington.

Your support enables us to take a stand for your conservative ideals in the belly of the beast. You should be proud. Thank you.

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Here’s how Heritage is guiding Donald Trump’s transition

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The Heritage Foundation is working hard to ensure conservative policies are implemented after Donald Trump takes office next Friday.

Several dozen Heritage staff are now working directly with the transition team. Several are directly involved on landing teams, who go into government departments and agencies to pave the way for the new administration. Others, including Heritage Founder Ed Feulner, are heading up teams developing the administration’s policies.

Heritage staff also plan to take their conservative ideas directly into the Trump administration. Heritage budget expert Paul Winfree has been named as Trump’s Director of Budget Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Not only that, our Mandate for Leadership plan has circulated widely throughout the transition. Mandate contains a comprehensive series of recommendations for the new administration to enact immediately once in office.

We will continue to update you on the impact you’re having through your support for Heritage.

What would you like to see Donald Trump’s administration accomplish in the first 100 days of office?

Trump credits Heritage with Supreme Court list

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President-elect Donald Trump credited Heritage with helping him compile his list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court.

Heritage President Jim DeMint was “very much involved in this group” that helped him identify possible nominees, Trump said. “He’s a fantastic guy,” Trump added.

Last March, Heritage legal scholar John Malcolm identified eight highly qualified candidates for the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Six of these eight candidates were also on Donald Trump’s list. All six demonstrate a principled understanding of the Constitution and the role of the judiciary.

Who would you like to see as our next Supreme Court Justice?

Heritage trustee leading Trump personnel transition efforts

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Heritage Foundation Trustee and conservative movement leader Kay Coles James has stepped up to serve on Donald Trump’s transition team to ensure conservative principles are pushed forward.

James, a Heritage Trustee since 2005, has been leading the transition efforts in the Office of Personnel Management as the co-chair of the Management and Budget team.

James previously served as director of the Office of Personnel Management under president George W. Bush and as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources.

We are excited about this opportunity for James and thankful for her willingness to take on this immense task.  It’s because of conservative leaders like her that we have hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Just announced: Heritage expert to take White House budget position

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President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Heritage budget expert Paul Winfree to serve as his Director of Budget Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

“Paul’s clear-eyed expertise in economic analysis and budgeting, his knowledge of how Capitol Hill works, and his commitment to limited government, economic freedom and opportunity for all Americans make him an ideal selection,” Heritage President Jim DeMint said.

Winfree, who heads Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies as the Richard F. Aster Fellow, has been a voice for conservative budget policy for many years. We are excited to see the impact he makes in this new administration.

Influential congressman’s regulatory plan draws from Heritage research

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An article in USA Today explains how your Heritage membership is having a direct impact on policy in the incoming Donald Trump administration:

To great fanfare, Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, last week released a list of more than 200 rules the incoming Donald Trump White House should immediately repeal or revise.

Most of the list, however, was not written by Meadows’ staff or the Freedom Caucus…

It is not all that surprising that the Heritage Foundation would be the source of a lot of the ideas on the deregulation target list, given that members of the Freedom Caucus have participated in monthly lunches with reporters hosted and moderated by the Heritage Foundation. But the report took many of its explanations about the impacts of targeted rules word-for-word from Heritage Foundation publications.

This is exactly why Heritage exists-to provide conservative research and policy guidelines to anyone who will use them.

How do you feel about Rep. Mark Meadows using Heritage research?

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