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  • Not So Fast: Congress Is Still in an Obamacare Trap

    News broke late last evening about the debate playing out over Obamacare and whether members of Congress and their staffs will get special treatment. Politico reported: Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year. The Office of Personnel Management, under … More

    Defund Obamacare: Make Your Voice Heard This August

    Members of Congress head home tomorrow for a month-long recess. Although they are escaping Washington, they won’t get a break from important issues that are awaiting them in September. Chief among them is the fight to defund Obamacare. With just two months until enrollment opens for Obamacare’s insurance exchanges — … More

    The 47-Minute Senate Colloquy on Defunding Obamacare, Starring Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio

    Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) engaged in a colloquy on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon to make the case for defunding Obamacare. Full video of their discussion is embedded above and available on YouTube.

    Rand Paul on Defunding Obamacare: "Don't Spend Money on Something That's Going to Be a Failure" (VIDEO)

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) added his voice to a growing number of lawmakers seeking to defund Obamacare. Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” last night, Paul said momentum is building, noting that “Everywhere I go, people say, defund Obamacare.” Here’s why he’s so passionate about defunding Obamacare: We want to defund … More

    WATCH: Conversations with Conservatives

    Video streaming by Ustream Conservative members of Congress will gather today at 11:30 a.m. ET for the monthly Conversations with Conservatives briefing. Conversations with Conservatives is a group of free-market and liberty-minded congressmen who take questions form press and bloggers about the most important issues of the day. Today’s topics include the continuing … More

    A Backdoor Path to Amnesty?

    Members of Congress have debated various versions of the DREAM Act more than 30 times over the past dozen years. They’ll do so again today, possibly setting the stage for a backdoor path to amnesty in the U.S. House. Although no bill text is available — and might not be … More

    Cantor: Immigration Legislation Isn’t Written Yet

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–VA) and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) have not yet written bill text for their plan addressing children of illegal immigrants. Heritage’s David Addington, group vice president of research, wrote yesterday that Cantor and Goodlatte should reveal the text of their much-publicized plan “so … More

    House Waives Three-Day Rule to Rush Vote on Farm Bill

    House Republicans were swept into office in January 2011 with promises of bringing greater transparency to the “people’s house.” One of those promises — included in the GOP’s “Pledge to America” and later enshrined in House rules — was a three-day period to provide members of Congress with adequate time … More

    Heritage Live: A Conversation About Immigration Reform

    The immigration debate takes center stage in Washington today. President Obama is meeting with the 26-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the White House, and House Republicans are gathering for a critical meeting to plot their course. At Heritage, we’ll be hosting our own conversation. We invite you to join us … More

    A Fourth-Generation Farmer Makes His Case for Splitting the "Farm" Bill

    Nearly a year ago, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the unholy alliance between food stamps and agriculture policy — known in Washington as the farm bill — must come to an end. Congress failed to take that advice, … More