Driving the Week: Conservative Roller Coaster

Let’s start the week with some good news.

Sometime this week, the House will take up and likely pass the SOAR Act, which would give new life to the DC Opportunity Scholarship program by providing vouchers to low-income students in the nation’s capital.  Heritage Action supports passage of the SOAR Act and will include this as a key vote in our scorecard.

Also, the Senate may vote on an amendment offered by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which is identical to Senator Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) Energy Tax Prevention Act (S.482).  It would amend the Clean Air Act and prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases to “address” global warming.  Heritage Action supports Senator McConnell’s amendment and will include this as a key vote in our scorecard.

Now, the potentially not-so-good news…

Discussions will continue in earnest this week over how to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  As we’ve said before, Democrats have shown absolutely no desire to put forth a plan, let alone cut spending.  In turn, House Republicans blinked by passing a series of short-term continuing resolutions to avoid a large-scale showdown over spending.

As Representative Allen West (R-FL) said, “There were some of those new freshmen that you sent up to Washington, DC that you thought would hold the vanguard and they didn’t.”

What House Republicans do over the next 11 days will tell us a lot.

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