Heritage Action’s Week in Review 3-16-12

This week began with votes on amendments to the Senate transportation bill. Our key votes were mentioned in press articles relating to the amendments, especially those dealing with energy subsidies:

National Journal (subs. req’d): Conservative and free-market groups are urging the Senate to vote no on both the Stabenow measure and the Burr-Menendez proposal for natural-gas-powered trucks. Even Burr, in a floor speech on Monday, acknowledged that he can’t win over colleagues who will be swayed by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity.

The Hill: But the proposals have drawn heavy pushback from a number of conservative groups, such as Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, the Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, as well as chemical companies and other industries reliant on natural gas as a manufacturing feedstock.

The New American: The original bill and the amendment were supported by a raft of free-market advocates including Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, Heritage Action and the National Taxpayers Union.

Global Warming.org: And a number of groups, including Heritage Action, Americans for Prosperity, and Freedom Action, sent out action alerts to their activist members.

Our key vote against the extension and expansion of the Export-Import Bank also made the press:

The Washington Examiner: The Club for Growth, as far as I can tell, was the first organization to make Ex-Im’s abolition a do-or-die vote for lawmakers. The Heritage Foundation followed suit. Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the prominent conservative think tank, this week announced it would also include Ex-Im reauthorization on its scorecard, urging abolition.

The Hill: Conservative groups oppose the bank as a form of market-distorting corporate welfare. On Thursday, Heritage Action key-voted the bill, saying it will hold a yes vote for the Cantwell-Graham amendment against members in its annual scorecard.

Associated Press: The bank has long been a target of conservative groups who say it picks winners and losers and distorts markets. Both the Club for Growth and Heritage Action urged senators to vote against the amendment and reminded them that their vote would go on their annual scorecards of how lawmakers vote on key issues.

CQ: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., opposes the effort to tack the Ex-Im provision onto the securities bill. Cantor and other Republican leaders are stuck between conservative opponents of the export financing agency, including groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America, and business groups that want the bank’s lending authority expanded.

Human Events: Heritage Action for America is also urging Republicans to vote against the measure and says that when exports are subsidized, domestic companies face a disadvantage that results in job losses domestically.

Our “Fight for Freedom” video was also posted on Ocean Kayaker with the caption: “This is what Election 2012 is all about.” Awesome!

And our Legislative Scorecard continues to be used as a measure of conservatism. RedState, Fox News, Syracuse.com and the Rockford Register Star all used our scorecard when discussing the relative conservatism of Members of Congress.

Knowing that we’re helping to influence the political conversation as well as 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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