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    Heritage’s Moore Urges Lawmakers to Embrace Winning Economic Messages

    Economic issues consistently rank as the most important problem facing Americans — and one of the biggest challenges in Washington. Today, House Republicans turned to Heritage’s chief economist for solutions on spending, welfare, energy, taxes, and Obamacare. Stephen Moore, who joined Heritage earlier this month from the Wall Street Journal, … More

    Immigration Plan: Trust Obama?

    House Republicans say they are ready to move forward with an immigration reform plan—and it sounds remarkably like amnesty for illegal immigrants. While avoiding key phrases like “path to citizenship,” the ideas put forth by congressional leaders this week would give legal status to people who are here illegally. It … More

    Conservatives in Congress: We Hear You on Obamacare

    Video streaming by Ustream Republicans in Congress are determined to show a unified front this week, with many conservatives in the House arguing they are finally working together to defund Obamacare. “I don’t think we’ve ever been this unified,” Representative Raúl Labrador (R-ID) said of his party at Thursday’s Conversations … 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

    Morning Bell: Decision Time on Immigration

    Today is a pivotal day in the immigration debate: House Republicans are meeting to hash out their path. Pressure is coming from all sides. The Senate passed the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” plan, and three groups on the right are urging the House to act. President Obama is meeting today … More

    The Farm Bill Failed. Now What? House Conservatives Weigh In

    The U.S. House’s rejection of the nearly trillion-dollar “farm” bill has prompted talk on Capitol Hill of separating the legislation into two parts: agriculture programs and food stamps. But will members of Congress support the split? It’s a decision Heritage policy experts Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield put at the … More

    Morning Bell: Washington Is Cuckoo for Food Stamps

    UPDATE: The U.S. House defeated the $940 billion food stamp and farm bill by a vote of 195 to 234. Today’s win should be considered a victory for taxpayers and a reaffirmation of fiscal responsibility. The House is debating its farm bill this week—and now Democrats are saying it doesn’t … More

    The No-Surprise Senate Budget: Higher Spending, Higher Taxes, No Real “Balance”

    After going nearly four years without producing a budget resolution, Senate Democrats today released a plan confirming their mantra about “balanced” approaches has nothing to do with actually balancing the budget. In their view, “balance” is a mix of higher taxes and higher spending, chronic deficits and debt, and a … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated

    Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to … More

    Fiscal Cliff Solutions: Soar Over the Cliff or Kick the Can

    Kicking the can is the least repugnant remaining resolution to the fiscal cliff. The only alternatives appear to be the Republicans’ unconditional surrender on income tax rates (and conceding their principles) or simply going over the cliff. The story is now a familiar one. Congress and the President conspire to … More