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    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

    Farm Bill: Ask John Boehner WHY

    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday that he will support the bloated farm bill. But as Heritage has been highlighting, this bill does not do what most people think it does. The nearly trillion-dollar bill actually doles out money to some surprising sources and frankly, it’s not … More

    Obamacare Cost Rises by $30 Billion

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a new statement on the budgetary effect of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for fiscal years 2014 to 2023. The CBO did not model or update a full scoring of repeal. It found that the cost of Obamacare has increased by $30 billion … More

    House Republicans Are Right to Focus on Spending Cuts as Part of Debt Ceiling Increase

    This week, the House Republican conference met to discuss what their priority will be in connection with any vote to increase the debt ceiling. This is timely since the current suspension of the debt limit expires tomorrow. According to reports of the Republican House caucus meeting, “Members came away with … More

    Morning Bell: The Ugly Facts About the Internet Sales Tax

    The Internet sales tax passed the Senate, but a growing chorus is pointing out that it would hurt many to help the tax man. The Senate passed the misleadingly named Marketplace Fairness Act last week by a vote of 69-27. But House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he is … More

    Room for Improvement When It Comes to Services Trade

    The Obama Administration recently announced its intention to begin negotiations on an agreement to expand international trade in the services industry, such as the telecommunications, banking, and insurance sectors. According to a letter from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH), the White House … More

    Morning Bell: It's Time to Balance the Budget

    Today, the House will vote on a proposal that would suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying a bit more time for the overarching budget debate. This puts off the difficult decisions that are needed to get the country’s fiscal situation in order. Heritage’s vice president for domestic and … More

    Morning Bell: Uproar Over Bloated Sandy Aid Package

    Leaders from New Jersey and New York blew up yesterday after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) postponed a vote on an aid package related to Hurricane Sandy. But the bill is so loaded with pork projects that these officials should consider directing their anger at the Obama Administration, which is … More

    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

    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