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    Morning Bell: Struggle to Solve Debt Limit Crisis Goes On

    Last night, the House of Representatives was set to vote on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R–OH) plan to raise the debt ceiling, as the projected August 2 deadline looms. Failing to round up enough votes to secure the bill’s passage, House Republicans closed up shop for the night and are … More

    Washington in a Flash: House Leaders Look for Votes on Boehner Debt Plan

    Unable to secure the votes needed to pass Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) debt plan, House GOP leaders first delayed then canceled a vote on the Budget Control Act last night. The House could take up the measure today, but many conservatives and Tea Party activists remain strongly opposed to the plan. All eyes … More

    The Truth about Obama's Budget Deficits, in Pictures

    Through the fog of the debt limit negotiations, President Obama has attempted to shift the blame for America’s deficit crisis to politicians at large, claiming that “neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to this problem.” Though the culture of overspending is endemic in Washington, don’t let the … More

    Harry Reid and the Chamber of No

    Washington is boiling, and it’s not just the temperature. Dueling debt ceiling proposals, presidential veto threats, and heated rhetoric between and among parties have political tempers flaring, while the President’s rhetoric is seemingly designed to bring the markets to a full-throttle meltdown. House Speaker John Boehner’s (R–OH) debt-ceiling plan sparked … More

    PODCAST: Debt Deal or Not?

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Heritage Action for America CEO Mike Needham discusses the latest on the debt negotiations. Listen to the full interview, here. With the shadows of default looming, what’s the likelihood that Congress strikes a deal? Are there any positive options? Furthermore, what’s the conservative … More

    Reid's Sleight-of-Hand Debt Ceiling Plan Guts Military

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling this week. In evaluating his plans for future government spending, it becomes clear that budgeting for prudent defense is considered just another line item. While Americans intuitively know that national security is unlike any other category of … More

    Welfare Spending Under the Boehner Plan

    Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities claims that the Boehner budget is a form of “class warfare.” He says that “if enacted, it would produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.” What Greenstein disingenuously fails to acknowledge … More

    Obama's Plea to Flood Congress With Calls Backfires in One Member's Office

    Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) said his office is fielding significantly more phone calls today following President Obama’s prime-time plea last night. But many constituents are relaying the opposite message from what Obama asked them to deliver on the debt-limit debate. My phone started lighting up last night. Both Twitter, Facebook, … More

    Heritage Action Issues Letter on Fiscal Crisis

    Today, The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization Heritage Action for America issued a letter to all Members of Congress regarding the debt limit impasse. Here is an excerpt: Our nation is in the midst of a fiscal crisis, but it is one that has nothing to do with an August 2 … More

    Morning Bell: America Needs a Better Solution

    Americans tuning in last night to watch President Barack Obama’s primetime address from the East Room of the White House might have thought they stumbled upon yet another re-run from the networks. Instead of hearing news that Washington finally broke the debt ceiling stalemate, viewers were treated to more of … More