Heritage Action’s Week in Review 6-22-12

The Senate spent the week mostly working on the farm bill, which we key voted against. But while they focused on that massive expansion of subsidies and food stamps, we worked behind the scenes to push out our other messages, including an appearance by our CEO Michael A. Needham on MSNBC. The National Journal picked up on Mike’s appearance, noting the hurdles GOP nominee Mitt Romney faces because of conservative skepticism of other elected Republican leaders in Congress.

We also continued to engage on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), the dangerously-flawed treaty that would erode U.S. sovereignty by putting it in the hands of an unelected U.N. council based in Jamaica. Our communications director, Dan Holler, was quoted by OneNewsNow over the problems with the treaty. We also did radio interviews in several key states, ramping up the pressure at the local level of Senators who refuse to take a stand on the treaty.

Our endorsement of the motion to instruct (MTI) conferees to oppose federally mandated distracted driving laws was noted by Open Market. States are already moving in this direction, the federal government does not need to violate their 10th amendment rights in order to address the problem.

Our blog on Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) standing up to special interests by supporting a bill that would eliminate all energy subsidies (including those for oil and gas) was posted on Rep. Huelskamp’s website and copied on MENAFN.com.

Politico ran an article about making the military more “green,” and Dan Holler was quoted:

“Conservative groups are also gearing up for the green-energy showdown. Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action for America, said his think tank is monitoring the issue closely, ready to fend off efforts to strip the Republican amendments from the bill.

“‘We want to see what’s being spent in the defense budget being spent on what’s necessary for defense,’ Holler said. ‘The military isn’t the right place to have [green-energy] spending. And if this comes up on the Senate floor, we’ll most certainly be engaged on the issue.’”

In scorecard news, The Daily Caller wrote an article about holding conservatives accountable, and how the Madison Project has released their own scorecard, the Madison Performance Index (MPI):

“The MPI factors the average of the 2011 legislative scores from Heritage Action for America and the Club for Growth, the two most respected conservative scorecards.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) touted his score on his Facebook page, and PoliticsPA used our scorecard to measure the conservatism of a House Member.

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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