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  • Yearly Archives: 2013

    Spending Caps Have Worked, but Ryan-Murray Budget Would Lift Them

    Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

    In terms of cutting government spending, the Budget Control Act’s spending caps and sequestration have been an unparalleled success story in recent years. And yet, the House of Representatives voted last Thursday to weaken the caps in 2014 and 2015 for a $63 billion increase in the discretionary budget. Sequestration … More

    A Picture Perfect Way to Say "Merry Christmas!"

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    It’s that wonderful time of the year, and Heritage has created a fun and unique way to say “Merry Christmas” to your loved ones! We’ve taken old photographs of your favorite political leaders and turned them into festive Christmas cards! Check out our “Picture Perfect Christmas” website to choose your … More

    How to Help Uninsured Americans

    The Health Plan That Helps You

    Two of the problems Obamacare promised to solve were getting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and helping the uninsured get coverage. Last week, we talked about how Heritage’s alternative to Obamacare would help people with pre-existing conditions. Today, let’s talk about the uninsured. Obamacare’s promise of insuring all Americans … More

    Iran Now Unhindered in Obtaining Nuclear Weapons, Experts Warn

    The nuclear deal the Obama Administration negotiated with Iran is flawed by the premature easing of sanctions in return for easily reversed Iranian pledges that do not substantially set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, according to a panel of experts who spoke at a recent Heritage event. The deal also … More

    Cloakroom: December 16 – December 20


    The House is out of session this week.  Senate Analysis: This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to file cloture on the Ryan-Murray budget. The House passed the budget deal last week by a vote of 331 to 94. It is comprised of short-term spending increases and a short-term deficit increase, among many … More

    Heritage Speakers Shaking Up College Campuses

    Photo credit: The Heights

    To change this country, we must first change the conversation within the younger generation. Through Heritage’s Young Leaders Program (YLP), Heritage speakers are visiting college campuses to do just that. Ryan Anderson, Heritage’s leading voice on traditional marriage, visited Boston College this fall to lead a discussion about marriage. A … More

    How the Founders Decided to Add the Bill of Rights


    Do we really need a list of the rights Americans enjoy? That was the question the Founders debated before the Bill of Rights was ratified 222 years ago this weekend. Many of those who framed the Constitution, including Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, believed that a separate Bill of Rights … More

    Why Conservatives Don't Like the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

    Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

    Next week, the Senate will consider the Ryan-Murray budget deal — a spending plan that disappoints conservatives and believers in a limited government that manages its finances. Earlier during the negotiations between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA), my colleagues and I at … More

    Should You Donate Money to Politicians? This Author Says Think Twice

    Movies like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington depict small-town congressmen trying to avoid becoming corrupted by big business and lobbying groups. However, author Peter Schweizer said that in reality, businesses are often the ones trying to avoid corrupt political leaders. The problem is not that we have sort of idealistic, … More

    Raising the Minimum Wage Would Hurt the People It's Supposed to Help

    Hike the minimum wage. For politicians trying to show their concern for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, it’s a simple solution. It’s catching on again, with several states and municipalities approving local hikes, and a proposal before Congress to hike it by an unprecedented amount, from … More