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    Cloakroom: July 15 – July 19

    House Cloakroom: July 15 – July 19 Analysis: The House is set to have a busy week dealing with Obamacare, education reform, and defense funding. In the wake of the Obama Administration’s decision to delay implementation of the Obamacare employer mandate for a year, the House will take action on … More

    D.C. High School Students Get a Taste of Conservative Policy with Heritage Fellowships

    This marks the seventh summer that Heritage and the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy have partnered together to provide fellowships to its students, who must complete a fellowship of their choosing to graduate. Chavez educates more than 400 high school students, and two of those students, De’Quan … More

    Harry Reid's Nuclear Option: Will the Filibuster Survive?

    The filibuster, Senator Rand Paul’s (R–KY) tool when he stood 13 hours on the Senate floor in opposition to John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director, is under attack. The Democrat-controlled Senate, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV), is considering unprecedented changes to the filibuster—exercising the so-called “nuclear option”—in order … More

    Shh! Obama Administration Puts Brakes on XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project

    Let’s call it former Transportation Secretary Ray H. LaHood’s eleventh-hour pardon of federal and California taxpayers. Once positioned by the Obama Administration as its transportation pièce de résistance, the XpressWest high-speed rail (HSR) line from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, has been derailed. Today, Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and … More

    What the House Farm Bill's Passage Means

    House Republicans passed a farm bill today with a vote of 216 to 208. When the House leadership first announced it would separately consider the food stamp and farm components of the “farm” bill, it looked like they got the message that current farm policy was in dire need of … 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

    Farm Bill: You'll Never Believe Where the House Wants to Spend Your Tax Dollars

    The House split up farm-related programs and food stamps, but they didn’t make a single reform to farm programs — and House leadership is hoping America doesn’t notice. The text of the farm-only bill was released late last night, and current plans are to vote on the bill as soon as … More

    Morning Bell: Late-Night Shenanigans in the House

    The House leadership appears to be pulling a fast one on the American public and even fellow House members when it comes to the farm bill. The House has split up the farm-related programs and food stamps, which is great news. However, they didn’t make a single reform. That’s not … More

    Farm Bill: The House May Be Back at It Again

    The House is expected to separate food stamps from the agriculture programs of the farm bill. This would be a major victory for those seeking reform, and the House should be commended for this action. However, the House has been considering taking the agriculture sections of the previously rejected House … 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