Heritage Action’s Week in Review 3-2-12

Heritage Action was in the news this week on a whole host of issues, including the Blunt amendment, which would have repealed Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate, and the delayed transportation bill.

But the best quote of the week came from an article in Roll Call, which observed that House Republicans cannot move a Republican budget pegged to higher spending levels because of our opposition:

“With the conservative Heritage Action for America vowing to oppose any budget that pegs the numbers to Budget Control Act levels, GOP leaders likely would not be able to pass a budget in the committee or on the House floor without Democratic support.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell mentioned our key vote in favor of the Blunt Amendment, and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) mentioned our support for the amendment on the Senate floor.

The House continues to have problems pushing through its big-spending transportation bill, and our opposition continues to be cited as one of the drivers for the delays:

CQ: But members faced push-back from conservative policy groups — including Americans for Tax Reform, Heritage Action for America and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. These groups were not only troubled by the bill’s price tag, but also objected to violating the “user pays” principle that has guided surface transportation funding since the Interstate Highway System was created during the Eisenhower administration.

The Hill: The conservative Heritage Action group also welcomed the shift, but an official with the organization said it had not seen enough details to determine whether to drop its opposition to the bill.

Early voting has started in Illinois, and the actual primary is just a few weeks away. Our Legislative Scorecard has become a metric of conservatism that has been heavily referenced in this race. Politico, RedState, Publius Forum (here, here and here), The Herald News and BCRNews all used our scorecard ranking in their articles.

Our scorecard was also used in an article on RedState to measure an entire state’s delegation.

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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