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    Morning Bell: ’Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas

    Christmas arrives this year at a time when our nation is on the brink of the fiscal cliff. With time running out for President Obama and Congress to reach an agreement, this Christmas Eve we bring to you 2012 twist on Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. … More

    The Eleventh Hour: Still Time Left to Stop Massive Defense Cuts

    The threat of sequestration—the half-trillion dollar cut to defense set to occur January 2, 2013—has been debated and prevention plans have been discussed since before it was even written into law. The budgetary measure was written to be so unpalatable that Congress and the Administration would have to find a … More

    Morning Bell: Conservatives Stand Their Ground

    “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” President Ronald Reagan’s sound advice rang true yesterday. Grassroots activists and conservative groups, led by Heritage Action for America, derailed a plan to raise taxes on some Americans and small businesses. Lacking votes from his own party, … More

    EVENT: Defending the Filibuster, the Soul of the Senate

    On Tuesday, December 11, at 11:00 a.m., Heritage will host a book event and a discussion with two well-known experts on the importance of maintaining the current rule governing the use of the filibuster in the Senate. In Defending the Filibuster, Richard A. Arenberg and Robert B. Dove argue that … More

    How to Make Harry Reid's Power Grab Work for Conservatives

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is expected to try to change the rules of the Senate to shut out the voices of the minority party in the new Congress. He calls it “filibuster reform,” but it is nothing more than a power grab by Senator Reid and the majority … More

    Disabilities Treaty Will Not Help Americans with Disabilities

    Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) announced his intention to proceed to executive session tomorrow to consider the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty purporting to protect the rights of the disabled that the Obama Administration signed in July 2009. However, U.S. … More

    Senator Mike Lee Argues to Restore Debate and Deliberation

    As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) gathers ideas to limit the filibuster, he has not ceased abusing power to block amendments he does not like. Reid has used a parliamentary trick over the past few years to stop the minority party from participating in the amendment process called “filling … More

    Post-Election, Refocusing on National Security

    According to research by Politico, interest in the impending automatic defense cuts took a dive leading up to the election. But as the post-election polling and punditry subside, American citizens are returning their focus to pressing matters such as the so-called fiscal cliff and sequestration. Yet on Capitol Hill—where these … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Trust the Government with Your Computer?

    Do you trust the federal government to keep your personal data safe? What about your business’s records and trade secrets? If you answered “no,” you have good reason—the federal government has had 13 breaches and failures of its own cybersecurity just in the last six months. Yet the President and … More

    Morning Bell: The Threats of a Lame Duck Congress

    The lame-duck session begins today, with retiring and defeated Members of Congress coming back to Washington to make their last legislative decisions. Because of the lack of accountability to voters, the lame-duck period brings heightened scrutiny. Congress has 16 working days scheduled between now and the end of the year, … More