Heritage Action’s Week in Review 5-4-12

Congress was in recess this week, but Heritage Action still made the news on a wide range of issues, including an article by our CEO Michael Needham and COO Tim Chapman on the issue of earmarks and how closely miscellaneous tariff bills (MTBs) fit that description.

Last week’s vote on the student loan bills, and what Congress will do on the issue when it returns, was also in the news:

San Francisco Chronicle: Heritage Action for America, a political action group that supports smaller government, urged defeat of the student-loan measure, saying the vote would be among those used to rate lawmakers. “Not only do the subsidies fail to stem the rising cost of a college education, the loans are also easily attained, increasing the likelihood taxpayers will be left on the hook when students default,” the group said in a statement.

NECN.com: A lobbying campaign by outside conservative groups like Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America pressured GOP lawmakers to vote “no.”

St. Louis Today: Key conservative advocacy groups — including Heritage Action and Club for Growth — lobbied members to defeat the bill.

MinnPost: But the bill likewise ran afoul of some of the House’s most conservative members, especially after two key conservative groups — Heritage Action and the Club for Growth — urged lawmakers to vote against it for different reasons.

Next week the House is likely to take up a bill to extend and expand the Export-Import Bank. Heritage Action’s opposition to the bank was noted in multiple articles:

The Hill: The outlines of the agreement are close to the goals put forward by the White House, the Senate Banking Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Opponents of the bank, such as Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, are likely to fight fiercely against it.

Human Events: And Heritage Action for America recommended a “no” vote.

Associated Press: Still, conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America are urging lawmakers to reject Ex-Im Bank reauthorization and have made it a “key vote” in how they rate lawmakers’ records.

The American Thinker used our blog on the continuing failures of President Obama’s “green” energy companies for their piece on the subject.

And, as usual, our Legislative Scorecard continues to be the measure of conservatism. OMG! For America highlighted our scorecard on their website and The Daily Haymaker used it to highlight a members score.

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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