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    House Stands Up for Important Immigration Enforcement Program

      For the second year in a row, the House of Representatives has taken a stand against the Administration’s attempts to undermine an important and effective immigration enforcement program known as 287(g), by seeking to restore funding for the program slashed by the Obama Administration. First created in 1996, the … More

    A Spend-More, Tax-More, and Borrow-More Budget Would Hurt, Not Help

    Congress needs to drive down federal spending toward a balanced budget, including through entitlement reforms, while maintaining a strong national defense and without raising taxes. Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate achieved that objective when they adopted their respective versions of the government budget for fiscal year 2014 … More

    Debt Limit and Tax Reform: Both Important, But On Their Own

      Press reports link the coming debt limit debate with the building effort for tax reform. The debt limit and tax reform are both important, but the connection ends there, as it should. Suggestions that some sort of fast-track procedure for tax reform might be the conservative “ask” in exchange … More

    Constitution: You’ve Read It; Now Rely on It

    At 10 this morning (be sure to catch it on C-SPAN), members of the House of Representatives will take a break from the normal hurly-burly of lawmaking to actually read the Constitution, out loud, on the House floor. It’s only the second time this has been done, and this time … More

    Congressional Budget Office Shows Senate Bill Is $600 Billion Tax Hike

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just now released its score of the bill the Senate passed early this morning while everyone was celebrating the beginning of the New Year. Despite knowing for a long time that taxes would go up on all Americans today, the Senate waited until we technically went … 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

    Morning Bell: 3 Simple Solutions for Fixing Social Security

    Later today the Republican-led House of Representatives will vote on “Plan B,” the latest unsatisfactory proposal put forward by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to avoid the fiscal cliff. Boehner’s plan would protect most Americans, except for millionaires, from a tax hike. But even this is a poor fix because it … More

    VIDEO: How Harry Reid's Power Grab Would Harm the Senate

    Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) visited The Heritage Foundation Tuesday to underscore the importance and tradition of Senate rules and warn against the blatant power grab by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to rewrite the rules using the “nuclear option.” “Really, this is a question about whether the Senate continues … More

    A Rare Showing of Bipartisanship

    Yesterday, in a rare showing of bipartisanship, the lame-duck Senate passed the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal Act of 2012 by a vote of 92–4. The Senate took up the version of the bill that passed by an overwhelming majority in the U.S. House of Representatives last month, which grants … More

    Huelskamp, Amash Say House Leadership "Punished" Dissent

    A pair of the House of Representatives’ most conservative members said Tuesday that they were blindsided by news that they would be removed from key committees during the upcoming Congress. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said House leadership didn’t even inform him of the decision. “I had to read it in … More