Heritage experts are working hard to share the conservative solutions to critical issues our nation is facing–and they are being heard.

On Wednesday, Heritage’s National Security team briefed the House Armed Services Committee and laid out key assessments of our military drawing from Heritage’s 2018 Index of Military Strength.

General Tom Spoehr, the Director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, said:

“It is a critical time as the Congress considers the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, as well as, prepares to receive the Trump Administration’s first built from the ground defense budget for 2019.  As the Index of Military Strength reports, America’s military is under considerable strain as it is underfunded and too small to protect U.S. national interests.”

Overall, the 2018 Index concludes that the current U.S. military force is likely capable of meeting the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities but that it would be very hard-pressed to do more and certainly would be ill-equipped to handle two nearly simultaneous major regional contingencies.

Read more about the current lack of readiness of America’s military >>

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Your support has allowed Heritage’s news site, The Daily Signal, to play a major role in becoming an alternative source to the mainstream media.

The Daily Signal just passed over 100 million video views this week. 48 million of those views came in just the last quarter of the year.

The way we read our news is changing. People grab bites of news from mobile devices on the go. The Daily Signal is what we created to give people digestible, trusted news on the most important policy debates of the day.

It’s a digital-first, multimedia news platform. Convenient, easy to access, and friendly to younger and older audiences.

Thanks to your support, our team has been developing their investigative and feature reporting, political news, and conservative commentary on the most important politics and policy debate of the day. Writers, reporters, editors, and digital team members are Heritage’s first responders to liberal media bias and “fake news”.

Featured stories focus on free speech, Obamacare, religious liberty, tax reform, and terrorism. We also have a “must-reads” section, along with weekly “We Hear You” pieces, featuring thoughts from dedicated readers like you.

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When the White House needs a trusted source of information, they turn to Heritage.

On Monday, The White House sent an e-mail listing the top ten reasons SALT needs to be eliminated. SALT is a state and local tax deduction that disproportionally benefits the wealthy, increases state and local debt, and gives no benefit to more then 70% of Americans.

Five of those reasons, bolded below, cited Heritage research:

  1. The SALT deduction disproportionately benefits the wealthiest 1 percent — more than 70 percent of Americans receive no benefit from the deduction, according to a report by the Heritage Foundation.
  2. Eliminating SALT would generate an estimated $1.669 trillion in revenues over the next 10 years, according to the same report.
  3.  Getting rid of SALT would allow for a significant rate reduction — of up to 16 percent — for all taxpayers
  4. Eighty-eight percent of those using the SALT deduction make over $100,000, according to the Tax Foundation.
  5. The municipal bond interest deduction encourages state and local governments to run up debts that could lead to insolvency and unfairly subsidize wealthy investors.
  6. 125 state legislators from 35 states signed an ALEC letter to repeal SALT because abolishing it would force residents to take a much harder look at their state and local tax rates – especially in the highest taxed states.
  7. Millionaires in New York and California get huge tax breaks from the state and local tax deduction. On average, millionaires in these two high-tax states deduct more than $450,000 in state and local taxes, leading to a federal tax break of more than $180,000 (Source:Heritage Foundation).
  8. Similarly-situated millionaires living in low-tax states such as Texas and Florida deduct only about $75,000 in state and local taxes. As a result, millionaires living in Texas and Florida pay about $150,000 more in federal income taxes than those with identical incomes who live in California or New York. (Source: Heritage Foundation)
  9. Together, California and New York receive nearly one-third of the deduction’s total value nationwide. Six states – California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania – claim more than half the value of the deduction (Source: Tax Foundation).
  10. Ronald Reagan argued in 1985 state and local tax deductions were “Truly taxation without representation.”

Your support of Heritage enables us to create sound conservative research that guides our nation’s critical policy decisions.

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Voting fraud is a real and pressing issue that threatens the integrity of our voting process.

Heritage has been hard at work compiling a list of known voter fraud cases to show the real threat that we face.

According to a recent article in the World Net Daily:

WASHINGTON – Although Democrats consistently attack President Trump’s voter fraud commission, insisting significant voter fraud doesn’t exist and that Republican efforts to curb fraud actually are intended to suppress minority voters, the existence of a Heritage Foundation database filled with voter-fraud cases is refuting the entire Democratic narrative about electoral integrity.

The database reveals voter fraud is a real and pressing issue.

The Heritage database, covering recent years and elections, contains 1,088 voter fraud cases, 949 of which have resulted in criminal convictions, impacting nearly every state and elections for all levels of government.

In hundreds of cases, individuals illegally registered dead people and copied names out of the phone book to vote. In some instances, illegal aliens and felons were documented voting.

Our database is accessible to citizens, experts, and the media.

Click here to see the database and find out how serious this threat is >>

Jason Snead, a policy analyst at Heritage, warned:

Put simply, American elections are vulnerable and fraudsters know it. Not content to leave their ideological causes or their own careers up to the unpredictable will of voters, many fraudsters choose to act on this knowledge.

We must prioritize preventing, deterring, and prosecuting this crime.

Your support fuels these efforts that ensure the integrity of our elections.

Have you ever witnessed voter fraud taking place? What happened?

One of the things Heritage does well is bring together the best minds and most powerful influencers in one place to address our nation’s most critical issues.

Just this week Heritage hosted the Legal Strategy Forum, a two-day biannual gathering of  CEOs and legal officers of top organizations who are committed to furthering the conservative legal movement.

Heritage brought in speakers to this group that included DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, and even U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

They discussed recent developments and litigation strategy in a wide variety of areas of concern to the conservative legal movement, and heard from recognized experts in those fields.

Watch Jeff Sessions’ remarks below:

Heritage will continue to lead to ensure the conservative legal movement grows and strengthens in the months and years ahead.

What do you think is the greatest challenge of our legal system?

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