Heritage Action’s Week in Review 3-23-12

We succeeded in delaying the expansion and extension of the Export-Import (ExIm) Bank when the Senate voted down an amendment to the House-passed JOBS Act. We continue to oppose this agency, which doles out corporate welfare at the expense of American companies and puts taxpayers at risk. Our opposition to this agency was detailed in several media outlets:

Politico: But conservative organizations such as Heritage Action and Club for Growth lobbied senators to shoot down the amendment, arguing that the government shouldn’t decide which companies and products to assist.

The Hill: Heritage Action for America also opposed reauthorization of the bank and promised to score votes on the amendment.

L.A. Times: Conservatives have long wanted to dismantle the Ex-Im Bank, and the proposal to keep it running has split the GOP — with support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce but opposition from conservative groups, including the influential Club for Growth and Heritage Action.

Associated Press: The bank has long been opposed by conservative groups who say it picks winners and losers while distorting markets. Both the Club for Growth and the Heritage Action groups have urged senators to vote against the amendment.

Bloomberg: “As is the case with any subsidy, taxpayer-backed loans result in market distortion and crony capitalism,” Heritage Action for America, a nonprofit lobbying affiliate of the Heritage Foundation, which says it promotes conservative political policies, said in a March 12 website posting.

The other big story of the week was the release of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) FY2013 budget. Heritage Action released a statement on the Ryan Budget, which was mentioned in The Weekly Standard and The Hill:

“Chairman Paul Ryan deserves credit for confronting the main drivers of our debt crisis – our runaway entitlement system.  Of course, there is much to be done if we are to save the American dream, but this budget signals a seriousness of purpose that Americans expect from their lawmakers.  Heritage Action looks forward to a spirited conversation over the future of our country.

“While many proponents of the status quo and America’s decline into a European welfare state may claim this budget is radical, the reality is, if anything, it is too safe. Real spending cuts, reforms to middle class entitlement programs, and pro-growth tax changes are needed urgently. Now is the time to save our nation.”

The two year anniversary of Obamacare also made the news this week, and Heritage Action continues to support full repeal, not partial repeal, as noted in a letter sent to Republican lawmakers. The New York Times linked to the letter on our site and the National Journal also mentioned the letter in an article about repealing a part of the law. This article was also read on air on CSPAN3.

The Senate transportation bill is also still making headlines, as the National Journal wrote a piece about continued opposition.

Our key votes also continue to be mentioned. Forbes mentioned our opposition to the NAT GAS Act, which failed in the Senate last week. Light from the Right discussed our support of Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) Energy Freedom amendment, which would have eliminated all targeted energy subsidies and lowered the corporate tax rates.

Our Legislative Scorecard continues to be used as a measure of conservatism across the country. The McHenry County Blog, OK Politechs, Time, and RedState (here and here) all used our scorecard when discussing candidates.

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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