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?

Comments (61)

Judy Schuss - February 17, 2017

Just take care of business with the best interest of the American people first and foremost. I believe President Trump has this as a priority but he is hampered by the elites and establishment types. They need to support him, not blindly, but be open to discussion – – he is! It is hard to pick priorities – – there are so many that are equal that have been ignored for the last 8 years – – at least.

Raymond Lehman - February 17, 2017

Well now…Those are great selections but I hope dismantling the IRS and returning the Department of Education to the States will make the agenda.

Susanne Johnson - February 17, 2017

I honestly think President Trump will be viewed a success if he really creates jobs and creates a healthcare environment that people understand and can afford. Day to day if the quality of our lives improve then the anti- Trump people will have little to complain about.

David W. Williams - February 17, 2017

Repeal Obamacare.
Build a wall.
Repeal Anchor Baby law.
Eliminate Sanctuary Cities.
Fair Tax – tax on consumption & eliminate the IRS.
Term Limits for Congress & Supreme Court.
Balanced budget amendment.
Get unions out of all government jobs, city, county and federal.

Patricia Hinckley - February 17, 2017

We trust you to work diligently and ethically to move forward through the obstructions with all possible speed. Truly, the time is limited.
We are praying for you and the success of that work. Please remember every day that you actually do hold the fate of millions of people in your hands. God Bless

Buddy Jones - February 17, 2017

Cut the federal workforce and make any remaining federal employees accountable for their positions. In other words if your surfing the net all day you are not needed. If you waste taxpayer funds, you should be accountable, etc.

Larry Lancaster - February 17, 2017

Spending must stop! Government must be cut drastically terminating unnecessay things like the Endowment for the Arts and the NEA. Strict accountability in military spending and drastically cutting the abuse of the IRS and EPA while enforcing the current laws of the land. This isn’t rocket science, its about doing the right thing and being accountable.

Jody Oakes - February 17, 2017

I want the government to stop the fly over chemtrails. Use the money from the SAI (stratospheric aerosol injections) program for needed funds to cut taxes, etc.
Former Director John Brennen shared he name of this undercover program.
No more chemicals dropping from the aircraft on our heads – hurting humans, plants, water resource, soil! This is probably a UN involved program for climate change. God should create the atmospheric climate – not governments!!

Charles H. Fuller - February 17, 2017

I totally agree with Larry Lancaster, I could not have said it better, so I will not.
many dittoes to his message,

Alberta Wamsley - February 17, 2017

I encourage a review of all employees who served during the oboma adm. To ensure they will not attempt to create disorder in this admistrarion.

Nora Grossman - February 17, 2017

Healthcare is out of hand and Obamacare needs to be replaced immediately!

Judy L Cummins - February 17, 2017

President Trump is keeping his promises….he does love America & will continue to put it first.
My biggest concern & to get a wall built & stop the flood of illegals into our country.
I live in AZ, so I do know how important it is.

Alice Cone - February 17, 2017

A big priority for me is to reduce the size and scope of the federal government back to the size intended by the constitution. Also, identify and terminate those persons in the bureaucracies, especially the State Dept. who do not have the best interest of the USA at heart and who will not be faithful to the agenda of the president.

Tim Myers - February 17, 2017

Congress, working with the Executive Branch, MUST review hiring practices in these Bureaucracies. Why is it so difficult to remove bad employees?? Re-write the law governing Federal Employment It is way out of control.

J R Cole - February 17, 2017

Remove the Feds from health care!

Edward Plasek - February 17, 2017

Immediately Apply Full-Force and Rule of Law via Mr. Sessions and Mr. Comey to work with Congress Chaffetz, Gowdy, and Jordan Team to bring Hillary Clinton to indictment and conviction for her high crimes and treasonous actions–there are so many! Obama, Jarrett, and Kerry are equally responsible and accountable, along with their high crimes of 1.) Bergdahl Swap for 5-Mastermind Terrorist, 2.) Treasonous Iran Nuke Deal, 3.) Treasonous Iran Ransom Payment of $150B, and more. Bring the ACLJ and Judicial Watch Teams in for the evidence for Indictments and Convictions. Bring These Criminals to Justice and Immediately Stop the Left-Liberal Regressive DNC Obama-Clinton Elite Rule Shadow Govt. GET BUSY, REAL AMERICANS ARE WATCHING YOU CLOSELY—DO YOU HAVE the RIGHT STUFF and COURAGE!!!!!!!

Charles Fickling - February 17, 2017

Ensure National Security, create an environment of prosperity and the American Dream and restore law and order in this nation. Overriding all of this, remember ” a nation divided cannot stand”!!!!

Louis Grasso - February 17, 2017

My priorities for the Executive Branch are:

1) Tax Reform
2) Rebuild the military
3) Balance the budget
4) Immigration Reform
5) Destroy Isis

Dennis Dorsheimer - February 17, 2017

I am concerned about eliminating the Renewable Fuel Standards until America is no longer dependent on foreign oil. The RFS have an important role in reaching that goal, plus the benefit it has on American agriculture. All benefits should be carefully considered before making any changes.

Cap Parry - February 17, 2017

Each of these is vitally important. I would put ENFORCEMENT of the rule of law at the top. If people choose to violate the law by destroying property during “protests”, or by coming into our country illegally, or by disrupting pipeline production, or leaking classified information, they should be fined, incarcerated, or deported. Just ENFORCE the law.

Timothy R. Buttner - February 17, 2017

Repeal the ACA. Repeal it. It’s a blot on our Republic. Repeal it!

Jerry Metcalf - February 17, 2017

Repeal LBJ’s gaging of the pulpits in churches.

Charlotte Keneson - February 17, 2017

REPEAL Obamacare, not repair
Build a wall
Enforce the law
Deport ALL illegal aliens, newborn to 90
Eliminate illegal anchor baby “loop hole”
Eliminate sanctuary cities
Fair tax – tax on consumption
Eliminate IRS
Term limits for Congress and Supreme Court
Balanced budget amendment

Chuck Walker - February 17, 2017

Paul Ryan says the House and the President have agreed on a 200 day plan.
We need to see The Plan and an explanation of why it will take 200 days. Heritage needs to do what it can to speed up the House’s agenda.

T. Neff - February 17, 2017

I would like to see the executive branch focus on the following:
Allow for the safe entry of refugees by secure vetting to prevent terrorists and criminals entering the U. S.
Protect the 2nd amendment.
Revise the tax code and rid the IRS of biased and partial dictators.
Balance the budget.
Establish right to work as law of the land.
Eliminate sanctuary cities.
Establish term limits but without a constitutional convention where rogue members may create other unhealthy or inappropriate laws.
Rescinding Obama’s numerous restrictive executive orders.

Don Van Valkenburgh - February 17, 2017

1) Obamacare seized control of all student loans. As part of disassembling Obamacare AND the Department of Education, return student loans to the private sector.
2) grants.gov is the poster child of unconstitutional government over reach and wasteful spending. Disassemble the give away programs that fuel grants.gov and ultimately shut down the website.
3) A 10-20% downsizing of every federal government department would be a good start. We read about Acting Assistant Interim Provisional Deputy Administrators who probably have no real job and are pulling down $140,000 / yr plus massive benefits, vacation time and pension accruals. Cleaning house could take years – let’s get started!

Lenny - February 17, 2017

agree with David Williams
agree with Buddy Jones
agree with Larry Lancaster
agree with Raymond Lehman
agree with Cap Parry
agree with Louis Grasso
agree with Tim Myers
thank you
please keep up the good work

Cathy Stoops - February 17, 2017

I am not surprised that Obama and co. left some interesting traps for this incoming administration. They were positive Hillary would take over where Obama left off and now they are losing their minds! Sec Sessions first needs to drain this swamp. These are criminal offenses. No more leaks! On to Obamacare, tax cuts, secure our borders and stop this immigration.

Tom Lanners - February 17, 2017

If President Trump follows through on his campaign promises, i.e. 1. Putting America first
and American citizens first, no matter how much the Democrats and establishment Republicans
whine, that will be enough for me.
Heritage provides all the guidance needed

Don Van Valkenburgh - February 17, 2017

By April 1, every department head (HUD, etc) should deliver a report to the President, Congress and We the People:
1) Unconstitutional programs and functions to be eliminated
2) A plan and timeline to eliminate these functions, including headcount and budget reductions
3) A plan and timeline to consolidate, downsize and streamline the remaining, constitutional functions of the department (if there are any!)

Don Van Valkenburgh - February 17, 2017

The Federal Government (GSA?) owns and maintains millions of square feet of UNOCCUPIED office space. Just Google ‘federal government unoccupied office space’ for an eye full of enlightening (but enraging) reports.
If these buildings cannot be sold, then give them away.
If they cannot be given away, then tear them down and sell or auction off the vacant property.

Ann Hilburn - February 17, 2017

Recommend that the EPA dismantle the requirement that 10% or more of ethanol fuel be added to the fuel we now buy at the gas pump. In fact, totally eliminate using our tax dollars for these renewable/alternative fuels. It is not a good idea to be using corn, for example, for fuel and not for food, when we have all these natural fuel sources, i.e. gas, coal, oil, etc.

Ken Galica - February 17, 2017

Protect religious freedom for Christians too.

Ann Hilburn - February 17, 2017

I am a retired federal employee (U.S. Customs Service). I would like to make the recommendation that we eliminate unions in the public sector. I was fortunate enough to work BEFORE unions were allowed; and I can tell you that the efficiency and effectiveness of every aspect of work diminished AFTER we allowed unions.

fred rarick - February 17, 2017

I love what I am reading here.

Sonie Thompson - February 17, 2017

Congress has had 8 years to get gov’t in order! Repeal and replace the ACA, shore up our immigration laws and allow them to work!
Get the wall secure!
Sadly, what we see is so much fighting coming from leftists, you have your hands full!
President Trump is capable, and we would like to see Republicans ALL support him!

Tricia M Harmon - February 17, 2017

Re-establish Religious Freedom for ALL in Business,Military,Schools,Private homes and CHURCHES every American should have their right to express their religious beliefs and worship in the manner they are accustomed to in their faith

PATSY THOMAS - February 17, 2017

Just to get the Obamacare eliminated, whether or not it can be replaced. The only ones who have liked it are the people who are having it paid for by other people than themselves. Even now, the Democrats are demanding that it be replaced, which is so they can be reelected. Those are likely having theirs paid for by somebody else. The Constitution says nothing about “a right” to have free healthcare.

Bill Coates - February 17, 2017

All of your list are great beginnings, but some federal agencies must be completely eliminated. Depts. of Education, Energy, Commerce, HUD, and Labor are all unconstitutional government interference in the economy, with known harmful effects. EPA should be a state-level function devoted to quantifiable health effects, not speculative statistical inferences. FERC should be shut down.

Marilyn Flowers - February 17, 2017

All the listed suggestions PLUS lowering individual and corporate taxes.

SHARON RHOADS - February 17, 2017


Robert S. Allen - February 17, 2017

Eliminate federal rules requiring election materials in other than English language.

Mandate voter ID for US offices on states.

Mandate states in elections for US offices obtain ID info (e.g., DL #) as well as signature of voter on VBM envelopes or voter index. (Check for duplicates)

robert - February 17, 2017

repeal Obamacare, tax reform, both corporate and personal

George Glatz - February 17, 2017

Do not delay replacing Obama Care!
What are we waiting for?
The longer the delay the weaker the commitment is evident.

Next should be tax reform.
Personal no corporate: needed to launch the economy!

Patricia Mannel - February 17, 2017

To follow the Constitution when it apples and do what they were selected to do with integrity.

We pray for our new Administration daily and also for the Lord’s protection.

Margeina McClelland - February 17, 2017

I agree with all the others, but I forgot to add, immigration reform. Criminal aliens should be deportated. Give good decent people who are illegal, but have been good citizens, a path to citizenship, with penalties and big, big fines. Eliminate the anchor baby loophole, it’s actually a misinterpretation of the 14th amendment. Build the wall, provide many layers of security at the border wall.
Start vigorous enforcement of immigration laws from now on. This is nessasary for our future. A country with no boarders, is not a country.

Glynnda White - February 17, 2017

Heritage you have a good start with the Executive Team. Here are some things I would add:
1. Beyond building the wall at the Southern Border, enact serious technology to monitor the wall at all times and employ a good number (at least 200,000) federal employees from agencies soon to be shut down (EPA, IRS, DOE, Fannie, Freddie) to work at the southern border and monitor the wall, take care of kids who are going back, work in holding facilities for families soon to be deported, and do the paperwork, etc.
2, Shut down the IRS, repeal the 16th amendment and enact the FAIRTAX
3. Mr Tillerson is making a fine start at the State Dept. with his “housecleaning project” reported today. He should continue his efforts by working with nations at war and the UN to build and guard safe zones where the victims of these wars can be safe while we help their nations get back to a secure environment. Only send federal aid to nations that are working toward free governments. Deal with China, Cuba, Russia, Iran Harshly.
3. The DOJ with Mr Sessions in the lead should immediately begin the process of prosecuting the Clintons, people complicit in the IRS scandal, those involved with BLM overreach in Nevada (the Bundy’s) and Oregon, and those involved with Fast and Furious…that’s a good start.
4. President Trump should immediately fire every single Obama appointee and many of Bush’s. Agencies should begin monitoring all federal employees for performance every six months and all bonuses frozen for the next four years.
5. Fannie and Freddie should be phased out over the next four years. They should begin selling off loans to private lenders and get out of the home and school loan business. All federal funding of college institutions should immediately stop. School money can be block granted to states and they can deal with their own constituents on how they will spend money at universities.

That’s a good start….

Delvin Paul Tingwall - February 18, 2017

President Trump should set out a mission statement based on his campaign promises with some specific goals. Each department should align their goals in support of this mission. Anything outside of these goals should be off the table. Periodically, maybe quarterly, the departments should report progress and in turn, the President should report to the people. Metrics are important. If you can’t measure it, you don’t know where you are. If this is done, the noisy left will be quieted and the administration and congress will be in position for an 8 year run, and maybe even 16. The main metrics are jobs and a vibrant economy. The implementation focus is tax reform, ACA repeal/replace, infrastructure upgrades and military rebuilding. Much of the rest will fall into place including foreign policy. A strong military makes foreign policy easier to define and implement as Reagan showed us.

Larry Mitchell - February 18, 2017

Repealing and simultaneously installing a better health care system.
Secure the southern border.
Fix the VA.

BJ Bustance - February 18, 2017

I believe it is important for President Trump, first and foremost, to remove Obama’s appointees and those in Federal Government sabotaging or undermining this administration. They also need to prosecute.the individuals leaking NSA wires to the press.

Marlene Inverso - February 18, 2017

Priority: restoration of religious freedom in America. Pray for President Trump and those advising President Trump to set aside their fears of the LGBT roaring lion and put their trust in God. May they realize that God put President Trump in office for such a time as this. It is clearly His plan to restore religious freedom in America through President Trump.

Henry C. Holder - February 19, 2017

Work together and get the job done

Ralph DeSorbo - February 19, 2017

Dump IRS. Replace our present taxation system with a FLAT Or FAIR Tax.

Ralph DeSorbo - February 19, 2017

1) Eliminate pork-barrel, wasteful spending
2) Rebuild the military
3) Balance the budget
4) Immigration Reform
5) Destroy Isis

Sinclair Doggett - February 19, 2017

In replacing ACA make sure we have unlimited coverage. Effects few but saves lives. For illegals that have been here for many years have a path for either citizenship or work. Place a steep fine on employers who have illegals on staff and use the employers to access illegals but have some system where the employer can help an employee get a workers card or apply for citizenship without penalty for the valuable employee. It’s not fair to deport a family that has been good for many years but have lived with fear all this time while trying to support the family. If the employer can work with the immigration people and help his good employee we all gain. At one time countries had immigration levels and when the limit was full no more were allowed entry. Work permits were separate. Get rid of the anchor baby program. If a parent isn’t a citizen then the baby isn’t either. Basically ignore the whining libs because we need to let them vent. Pursue our work in a positive manner as our response. Heritage, please keep up the excellent work. We all need to answer Heritage’s request for financial help!!

Joan Cummins - February 19, 2017

=Make ENGLISH the official language of the USA; =End IRS deductions from Social Security benefits; =Expedite approval of term limits/balanced budget amendments; =Audit the Fed. Reserve; =Evaluate continuing membership in the U.N. and moving H.Q. off U.S. soil; =Publicly expose G. Soros and other organizations that are actively under-mining the Trump administration.
=Ditto to most all previous responses!!!

Sinclair Doggett - February 19, 2017

Do we have voter fraud? Of course. We all have social security cards or numbers. Make all US citizens apply for a national ID card with a new SS card with a picture which could be taken at a Motor Vehicle Dept. A bar code could be used with only the last four digits shown. If that cost was paid to the states then maybe we could clean up our elections. Need to kill ALL vote by mail programs that are open to fraud. I would think computers could determine if a person was voting in two states and/or absentee. Once voted then the vote would not be accepted. Need security for national database!

Lamar Cornwell - February 19, 2017

Full speed ahead in all the agencies. Fire the bureaucrats where necessary,ASAP. If Congress needs to change the laws regarding their employment status, then so be it. It used to be that way, bring it back.

Lorena Steffen - February 20, 2017

David Williams said everything I had on my mind, very concisely. Thank you, David!

Dean Gentry - February 20, 2017

Each Conservative should be calling or writing to their Congressmen & Women encouraging them to go all-in to repair the
damage of the eight years of President Obama. If they are a President Trump hater they should step aside and realize
that if President Trump fails his supporters of his election in 2016 due to footing dragging and power playing of our Congressmen and Women they should plan for an early retirement as
many will not be elected again and the GOP will not be able to maintain a majority in either the House or the Senate. This the best and perhaps the only opportunity the GOP wha are in office today will have to
do some great achievements for our country. Please do your very best.

William Parker - February 20, 2017

Veto any legislation not specifically authorized by the constitution. Limit the authority of federal agencies to create rules and regulations which are not deemed to be constutional..

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