Heritage Action’s Week in Review 4-13-12

The fight over the Export-Import (ExIm) Bank resurfaced this week when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) indicated that he is working with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to reach a deal on reauthorizing what President Obama once called “little more than corporate welfare.” Roll Call mentioned Heritage Action’s opposition to the reauthorization:

“Right-wing angst over the bank has stepped up in recent weeks, with the Club for Growth, Heritage Action for America and other outside conservative groups teaming with the Republican Study Committee in the House and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in the Senate to fight for abolishing the bank altogether.”

Our communications director, Dan Holler, wrote a blog post about the cost of Rep. Brian Higgin’s (D-NY) trillion-dollar highway bill that was mentioned in Politico’s Morning Transportation:

“568 PERCENT: Dan Holler of Heritage Action does the math on funding Rep. Brian Higgins’s $1.25 trillion infrastructure bill MT wrote about yesterday (http://politi.co/HBYNc6). ‘A quick, back of the envelope calculation gives us a starting point: about $1.23 per gallon. The current gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon, so the Higgins Plan would require a 568% increase. It would also raise the current average price of gas from $3.915 to $4.961 per gallon.’”

And, as usual, our scorecard continues to be used across the country as a marker of conservatism. Greenwood Today, Hays Free Press, Slate, and the Houston Chronicle all used our scorecard in their discussions of their Representatives.

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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