The Best of the Forge


Today the House rejected the $940 billion food stamp and farm bill by a vote of 195 to 234.  Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham said:

“Today is a victory for the taxpayer and the free market.  Now is the time for the House to recognize what so many others have: The unholy alliance that has long dominated America’s agriculture and nutrition policy must end.”

We have long opposed this bill for many reasons, not the least of which is that it maintained the unholy alliance between food stamps and farm policy.  For decades, costs have been escalating for taxpayers while farmers have grown wealthier and food stamp participation has skyrocketed.

Schumer Buys GOP Support, Literally

While the farm bill’s defeat made immigration calculus more complicated in the House, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reportedly found the fight formula in the Senate: cash money.  Politico reports:

The New York Democrat began to lose hope. Rather than deliver immigration reform with the 70-plus-vote show of force that Schumer had hyped so often, Democrats and the Gang of Eight would have to scratch and scrape their way to a filibuster-proof majority.

Amnesty and Paper Fences: No Border Security Here

On April 23, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) proclaimed the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, which he helped draft, “puts in place the toughest enforcement measures in the history of the United States, potentially in the world.”

Since then, Sen. Rubio has said (on multiple occasions) there are “valid criticisms of how the border security plan is structured” in the bill he drafted with Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) , John McCain, (A-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Ted Cruz and Mike Needham Discuss Why Younger People Oppose Internet Sales Tax

Today, conservative from inside and outside Congress spoke at a press conference in opposition to the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act.  Those in attendance included Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and John Fleming (R-LA), and a host of conservative leaders including Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham.

After the press conference, Sen. Cruz fielded a question and discussed a Heritage Action study on the age demographics of who voted for the Internet sales tax and who voted against it.

Needham explained that there is an average ten year age difference between those who vote for the Internet tax and those who voted against it.  Indeed, every single Republican in the Senate under the age of 50 voted against the internet sales tax.

Obamacare: What’s Good for the Goose Isn’t Good for the Gander After All?

Rep. John Larson (D-CT) is whining that Obamacare will force him and his staff to purchase expensive, low-quality health care – just like the rest of Americans.  Apparently he was under the impression that he and his staff would be able to keep their generous, taxpayer-funded health insurance once Obamacare became law.  But a provision added to the legislation puts aides and lawmakers into the same government-run exchanges as many other Americans. 

Rep. Larson literally said, “This is simply not fair.”  Does he recall that he voted to pass Obamacare? 

He is not alone in his hypocrisy.


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