Heritage Action’s Week in Review 12-6-12

Happy New Year! Even though Congress is in pro forma session, it has been a busy week. Not surprisingly, there’s been quite the outrage over President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). We have inserted ourselves into the battle by releasing the following statement from our CEO, Michael Needham:

“Today, President Obama decided to bypass the Constitution and the system of checks and balances that have served our country so well.   Rather than heed the advice of the Senate, President Obama decided to embark on an arrogant and unprecedented power grab.  This stunning appointment represents a fundamental threat to the balance of powers and the role of the legislature. Heritage Action calls on Congressional leaders to vigorously protest and seek legal remedy to President Obama’s outrageous action.  Americans deserve accountability, not another Washington power grab.”

This position has been picked up by the National Journal and Commentary Magazine, as part of their reports on the unconstitutionality of the appointment.

Our Communications Director, Dan Holler, also made the news, being quoted in Politico and Government Health IT discussing the top issues to Iowa caucus-goers:

“Transportation isn’t one of those issues on the forefront of people’s minds. There’s no campaign fodder, nothing sexy about it.”

A new conservative organization, the Center for American Freedom, has recently begun operating, and the Washington Examiner discusses other 501c4 organizations, such as ours:

“But doesn’t The Heritage Foundation already have a 501c4 spin off? Yes they do, its[sic] called Heritage Action for America. But Heritage Action is not the “combative media and research arm” of The Heritage Foundation. It concentrates almost exclusively on very specific policy fights in Congress, operating more like a lobbying firm for freedom.”

And of course, our scorecard continues to be used across the country to score Members of Congress during their re-election bids. In Pennsylvania, Politics PA wrote an article citing our scorecard as a barometer for conservatism:

“Conservative group Heritage Action, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, recently gave him a score of 52 percent…”

Our scorecard was also mentioned on Dean Young’s website, who is challenging an Alabama incumbent who only receives a 54%.

The continued use of our scorecard as the measure of conservatism is a huge win, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you who work to hold Congress accountable.

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