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    Speaker of the House: Speaking Up

    Recently, The Washington Post reported that Representative Eric Cantor (R–VA) seems to be taking steps that would position him to become the next Speaker of the House. In any event, the next Speaker—whether it’s Cantor, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, or someone else—will join a tradition that stretches back exactly 225 … More

    A Voice Vote Should Not Look or Feel Like an End Run

    Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4302, a bill preventing a 24 percent cut in what physicians are paid under Medicare for 12 months. It’s the annual “doc fix” dance. On the bill’s merits, Heritage health scholar Robert Moffit gave careful review of the legislation yesterday. Essentially, The Heritage … More

    Avoiding Bitterness in Immigration Debate

    “Solutions to problems cannot be found in a pool of bitterness.” So proclaimed John Dennis “Denny” Hastert upon his swearing in as the 59th Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1999. Hastert was pledging to look for bipartisan solutions, but it had special meaning for rank-and-file Republicans in the … More

    Ted Cruz: "It Is Because of You" That the House Has Been Standing Strong on Obamacare

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told conservatives at the Values Voter Summit today that their voices have been vital in fighting Obamacare. It is because of you that the House of Representatives has been standing strong—because the House has been listening to the people. It is because of you that for … More

    House of Representatives Listens to the American People on Obamacare

    Today, a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to stop Obamacare while funding the government to prevent a shutdown. This is a powerful development for the cause of freedom, showing that our representatives are listening to the concerns of the American people about this unworkable, unfair, and unpopular … More

    A Real Vote to Defund Obamacare

    One of the disillusioning facts about Washington is that Congress can vote on something and that vote won’t mean a thing. It would seem that a congressional vote should be a meaningful occasion, with Members weighing the costs and benefits of voting for the particular measure at hand. Unfortunately, political … More

    5 Immigration Questions

    During the August congressional recess, a pro-amnesty coalition of business and union interests is putting the squeeze on members of the House of Representatives to pass a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill similar to the Senate-passed monstrosity. But hard-working Americans also have a voice and can speak up in town halls … More

    U.S. House Rejects Food Stamp and Farm Bill

    The House’s bipartisan rejection of the near trillion dollar “farm” bill demonstrates that Congress is beginning to listen to Americans. Voters and taxpayers have said they’ve seen enough wasteful, reckless spending come out of Washington. Today’s win should be considered a victory for taxpayers and a reaffirmation of fiscal responsibility. … More

    Congress: Obamacare Assaults Religious Freedom

    Obamacare’s threats to religious freedom were denounced on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. “All we’re asking is to take us back to where our Founding Fathers had us from the beginning,” said Representative Diane Black (R–TN). “[P]eople came here to be able to practice their deeply … More

    Senator Ted Cruz Says Farm Bill "Does Considerably More Harm Than Good"

    The U.S. Senate voted 66 to 27 today for the farm bill, legislation that costs nearly $1 trillion and is composed mostly of food stamps. Heritage has highlighted the flaws of the “farm” bill, noting the “tangle of agriculture subsidies, welfare payments, and environmental patronage.” Today’s vote in the Senate … More