Heritage Action Call Notes October 2017

October 10, 2017 Call Notes

The call notes are below, but if you missed the call you can still listen at this link: http://heritageactionsentinel.com/call/sentinel-weekly-action-guide-tax-reform-flood-insurance-and-religious-liberty/

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This week we have a special request: Would you consider hosting a Tax Reform Letter to the Editor get together? We must seize this opportunity to move Congress towards real pro-growth tax reform which will unleash a truly vibrant American economy! Your letter to the Editor specifically urging your Congressional Representative to support these measures will have a direct impact on the conversation.  Please let me know if you would like any help drafting your own letter, or even better, if you are willing to host a Tax Reform letter writing gathering!

I will be standing by to answer any questions on this or any other policy issues. Thank you very much for all you do!

Sincerely,

Melody

Melody Himel Clarke

(202) 716-9738

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

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October 9th: Sentinel Weekly Action Guide

Capitol Hill Update:

The House is in session this week while the Senate is in recess until October 16th. The House will consider, and likely modify, a $29 billion emergency spending request submitted by the Trump administration, which includes an irresponsible provision to cancel $16 billion of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) debt. Any emergency spending package must meet five criteria: Necessary, sudden, urgent, unforeseen, and not permanent. Last Friday, the Trump administration issued a final agency rule exempting employers, educational institutions, and pro-life organizations from the Obamacare contraception mandate on religious liberty or moral grounds. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum stating the Free Exercise clause of the constitution protects not only religious organizations or persons but also private businesses. The memo states the government may not target religious individuals or entities through discriminatory enforcement of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and civil rights laws.

Core priorities for this week:

  1. Tax Reform: Tell lawmakers to support the tax reform plan released by the “Big Six.”

  2. Obamacare: Tell senators to oppose any straight bailout of Obamacare, including the Alexander-Murray proposal.  

  3. Immigration: Tell lawmakers to support President Trump’s efforts to end DACA, secure our borders, and reform legal immigration.

 

Taxes
Pro-Growth Tax Reform

State of Play: Republican leadership represented by the “Big Six” recently released an outline of their tax reform plan. Heritage Action praised the GOP tax reform framework as pro-growth since it lowers the corporate rate, moves to a territorial system, permits full and immediate expensing, cuts individual taxes, and calls on Congress to end special interest carve outs. This plan will increase wages, create jobs, and grow the economy. Republicans in Congress plan to use the fiscal year 2018 budget reconciliation tool to pass pro-growth tax reform without Democrat support by the end of the year. Last week, the Senate Budget Committee approved a draft fiscal 2018 budget resolution while the House approved its version (H. Con. Res. 71) on a 219-206 vote. Once the House and Senate adopt a joint budget resolution with the appropriate reconciliation instructions, lawmakers will be able to move forward on tax reform.

Action Item: Sentinels should encourage their members of Congress to agree to a budget resolution that allows them to move forward on pro-growth tax reform as outlined by the “Big Six.” Sentinels should encourage their members to support a tax reform package that includes the following principles:

1.) lower and simplify the individual tax rate

2.) lower and simplify the corporate tax rate

3.) permit tax-free entrepreneurship (full expensing),

4.) tax profits only made in the U.S. (territorial system), and

5.) eliminate carve outs for special interests (including state and local tax deduction).  

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/08/tax-reform-toolkit/
Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/08/need-pro-growth-tax-reform/
Heritage Action Myth vs. Fact: http://heritageaction.com/2017/10/pro-growth-tax-reform-myth-vs-fact/
Heritage Action pushes back on special interest lobby: http://heritageaction.com/press-releases/swamp-creatures-attempt-drown-tax-reform/
Heritage Action press release: http://heritageaction.com/press-releases/congress-takes-key-steps-tax-reform/

Healthcare
No Obamacare Bailouts

State of Play: Although Sens. Graham and Cassidy desperately lobbied Senate Republicans to support their legislation that would block grant Obamacare revenue to the states, the plan failed.

Senate Democrats are now urging Republicans to come back to the negotiating table for bipartisan negotiations; however, Speaker Ryan reportedly drew a “red line” against bailing out insurance companies. The Trump administration has signaled its intention to take up Obamacare repeal next year and deny any straight bailout of Obamacare. According to reports, the president may sign an executive order on Thursdayexpanding the ability for individuals to buy less expensive and less regulated health insurance through association health plans.   

Action Item: Heritage Action urged changes to the Graham-Cassidy proposal that would have prevented states from coercing individuals into government-run health plans. These changes were not adopted and with the failure of Graham Cassidy, Sentinels should tell their members of Congress to oppose any effort to bailout Obamacare. Heritage Action will 1) oppose any bipartisan efforts to bailout Obamacare and 2) urge the president to overturn the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)’s 2013-era guidance that authorized illegal insurance subsidies for lawmakers and congressional staff so they wouldn’t feel the full burden of Obamacare.

Resources:

Heritage Action press release on Obamacare: http://heritageaction.com/press-releases/republicans-fail-obamacare/
Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/senate-ahca-activist-toolkit/
Sentinel brief on Obamacare bailouts: https://heritageaction.com/2017/08/no_more_obamacare_bailouts/
Sentinel brief on Obamacare exemption for Congress:https://heritageaction.com/2017/08/end-obamacare-exemption-congress/

 

Immigration
Ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

State of Play: The Trump administration announced an end to DACA with a delayed enforcement date of March 5th, 2018. Ten state attorneys general threatened to sue the administration over the program by September 5th if the President did not rescind the Obama-era program. The six month delay is intended to spur congressional action to address both DACA, but could also become a vehicle to address the broader immigration failures. On Sunday, the administration unveiled a list of 70 immigration-related policies Congress should pursue in conjunction with DACA efforts.

Action Item: DACA should be rescinded permanently. Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to support President Trump’s efforts to end the unconstitutional and illegal DACA program created by President Obama in 2012. Sentinels should encourage Congress to support the administration’s efforts to enforce U.S. immigration laws, secure our borders, and reform our broken legal immigration system. Additionally, the 1986 mistake of trading amnesty (i.e., DACA) now for border security funding later should not be repeated. Congress should pursue meaningful reforms such as ending chain migration and replacing it with a merit based immigration system.

Resources:

Heritage Action toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/09/no-amnesty-toolkit/

 

Welfare
Work Requirements for Food Stamps

State of Play: Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced a work for welfare bill called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2996). Over the past week 14 new members co-sponsored the bill. This legislation would help reduce poverty and government dependency, increase self-sufficiency, and restore families by strengthening the effective and popular work requirements for all able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDS) who receive food stamps (SNAP). Speaker Paul Ryan indicated his support for including welfare reforms in tax reform legislation, stating to the press, in part: “It raises the stakes on some welfare reform that we’re going to do as part of tax reform. So it makes it important that we get those things done.”

Action Item: Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 2996. Click this link http://heritageaction.com/foodstamps/ for a list of cosponsors.

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/07/snap-activism-toolkit/
Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/welfare-reform-work-requirements-food-stamps/
Heritage Action key vote co-sponsorship: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/co-sponsorship-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-reform-act-2017-h-r-2996/

 

Labor
Fighting Labor Union Bosses

State of Play: Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723 & S. 1774 ). This legislation would protect workers from union pressure by putting power back in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members.

Action Item: Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 2723 and S.1774. Click this link http://heritageaction.com/era/ for a list of cosponsors.

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: https://heritageaction.com/2017/07/employee-rights-act-era-toolkit/
Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/empowering-workers-not-labor-unions/
Heritage Action key vote co-sponsorship: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/co-sponsorship-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-reform-act-2017-h-r-2996/

 

Abortion
Defending life

State of Play: With pro-life majorities in the House and Senate, and a president who has committed to defend innocent life, Congress has the opportunity of a generation to pass key pro-life legislation. Last week, the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This legislation would protect unborn children by preventing abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain. Heritage Action key voted the bill and released a key vote co-sponsorship of the Senate companion bill (S.1922).

Action Item: Sentinels should tell their members of Congress to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect women and unborn children from gruesome late-term abortions performed after 20 weeks. Sentinels should ask their senators to cosponsor the senate bill.

Resources:

Heritage Action key vote: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/yes-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act-h-r-36/
Heritage Action cosponsor key vote:http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/co-sponsorship-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act-s-1922/

 

 

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October 2, 2017 Call Notes

Thank you for being a Heritage Action Sentinel and jumping in when it matters! You take action because you know you can make a real difference.  We know your time is limited, below you will find a few easy, quick and important ways you can impact Congress.

First, this week is the kick off to Tax Month at Heritage Action. Over the course of the month there are four primary ways for you to make your voice heard in the tax reform fight!

 

  1. Share – Over the course of Tax week we will doing Facebook Lives, artiles for the Daily Signal and creating graphics specifically for tax reform. 

  2. Tweet! This week on Wednesday from 1-3 ET we will be joining together on Twitter to tweet directly at our lawmakers to make sure they know that we want the final version of the bill to be as conservative as possible to truly help American Families. 

  3. Write letters to the editor – Over the course of the month, we are asking all Sentinels — (that means YOU) to write a letter to the editor to your local paper.

Writing a letter to the editor is an effective way to get your message out. Letters to the editor are an impactful way to share your message with your local community. Letters to the editor are also a powerful tool to reach your member of Congress. If you mention your member of Congress in your letter, often Congressional staff will include the “clipping” from your letter in the daily press clips that the member of Congress will read each morning.

4. Plan an event in your district Sentinels across the country are using this month a concentrated time to set up a meeting with their congressman if they are back in district or to ask the district office staff if you can have a meeting.

I will be standing by to offer any assistance you might need. I’m happy to review or help with your letter to the Editor or find other Sentinels in your district to go with you to meet your Congressman or their staff on these important issues.

In Liberty,
Melody Clarke
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

(202) 716-9738

@TheRightMelody 

melody.clarke@heritageaction.com

 

Call Notes for this week are below and can be found on the Sentinel HUB at this link: http://heritageactionsentinel.com/call/sentinel-weekly-action-guide-tax-reform-defending-life-and-obamacare/

Have a great week!

Capitol Hill Update:

The House and Senate are both in session this week. The fiscal 2018 budget resolution is the primary issue on this week’s agenda, with the House voting on their version Thursday and the Senate Budget Committee marking up its version throughout the week. On Tuesday, the House will vote on pro-life legislation that would protect unborn children by preventing abortions 20 weeks after fertilization.

 

Core priorities for this week:

  1. Tax Reform:Tell lawmakers to support the tax reform plan released by the “Big Six.”
  2. Obamacare:Tell senators to oppose any straight bailout of Obamacare, including the Alexander-Murray proposal.
  3. Immigration:Tell lawmakers to support President Trump’s efforts to end DACA, secure our borders, and reform legal immigration. 

 

Abortion

Defending life

 

State of Play: With pro-life majorities in the House and Senate, and a president who has committed to defend innocent life, Congress has the opportunity of a generation to pass key pro-life legislation. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This legislation would protect unborn children by preventing abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain.

 

Action Item: Sentinels should tell their members of Congress to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) to protect women and unborn children from gruesome late-term abortions performed after 20 weeks.

 

Resources:

Heritage Action key vote: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/yes-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act-h-r-36/

 

Taxes

Pro-Growth Tax Reform

 

State of Play: Republican leadership represented by the “Big Six” released an outline of their tax reform plan last week. Heritage Actionpraised the GOP tax reform framework as pro-growth since it lowers the corporate rate, moves to a territorial system, permits full and immediate expensing, cuts individual taxes, and calls on Congress to end special interest carve outs. This plan will increase wages, create jobs, and grow the economy. Republicans in Congress plan to use the fiscal year 2018 budget reconciliation tool to pass pro-growth tax reform without Democrat support by the end of the year. More details will be forthcoming, but before the process moves much further, the House and Senate must agree to a budget resolution which unlocks the reconciliation instructions.

 

Action Item: Sentinels should encourage their members of Congress to agree to a budget resolution that allows them to move forward on pro-growth tax reform as outlined by the “Big Six.” A tax reform package that does this should include the following principles:

1.) lower and simplify the individual tax rate

2.) lower and simplify the corporate tax rate

3.) permit tax-free entrepreneurship (full expensing),

4.) tax profits only made in the U.S. (territorial system), and

5.) eliminate carve outs for special interests.

 

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/08/tax-reform-toolkit/

Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/08/need-pro-growth-tax-reform/

Heritage Action Myth vs. Fact: http://heritageaction.com/2017/10/pro-growth-tax-reform-myth-vs-fact/

 

Healthcare

No Obamacare Bailouts

 

State of Play: Although Sens. Graham and Cassidy desperately lobbied Senate Republicans to support their legislation that would block grant Obamacare revenue to the states, the plan failed last week. Senate Democrats are urging Republicans to come back to the negotiating table for bipartisan negotiations; however, Speaker Ryan reportedly drew a “red line” against bailing out insurance companies. Sens. Alexander and Murray, the chairman and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reportedly resumed talks on bailouts after Republicans decided not to vote on Graham-Cassidy and could unveil a plan this week. The Trump administration has signaled its intention to take up Obamacare repeal next year and deny any straight bailout of Obamacare.

 

Action Item: Heritage Action urged changes to the Graham-Cassidy proposal that would have prevented states from coercing individuals into government-run health plans. These changes were not adopted and with the failure of Graham Cassidy, Sentinels should tell their members of Congress to oppose any effort to bailout Obamacare. Heritage Action will 1) oppose any bipartisan efforts to bailout Obamacare and 2) urge the president to overturn the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)’s 2013-era guidance that authorized illegal insurance subsidies for lawmakers and congressional staff so they wouldn’t feel the full burden of Obamacare.

 

Resources:

Heritage Action press release on Obamacare:

http://heritageaction.com/press-releases/republicans-fail-obamacare/

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/senate-ahca-activist-toolkit/

Sentinel brief on Obamacare bailouts: https://heritageaction.com/2017/08/no_more_obamacare_bailouts/

Sentinel brief on Obamacare exemption for Congress: https://heritageaction.com/2017/08/end-obamacare-exemption-congress/

 

Immigration

Ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

 

State of Play: The Trump administration announced an end to DACA with a delayed enforcement date of March 2018. Ten state attorneys general threatened to sue the administration over the program by September 5th if the President did not rescind the Obama-era program. The six month delay is intended to spur congressional action to address both DACA, but could also become a vehicle to address the broader immigration failures.

 

Action Item: DACA should be rescinded permanently. Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to support President Trump’s efforts to end the unconstitutional and illegal DACA program created by President Obama in 2012. Sentinels should encourage Congress to support the administration’s efforts to enforce U.S. immigration laws, secure our borders, and reform our broken legal immigration system. Additionally, the 1986 mistake of trading amnesty (i.e., DACA) now for border security funding later should not be repeated. Congress should pursue meaningful reforms such as ending chain migration and replacing it with a merit based immigration system.

 

Resources:

Heritage Action toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/09/no-amnesty-toolkit/

 

Welfare

Work Requirements for Food Stamps

 

State of Play: Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced a work for welfare bill called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2996). This legislation would help reduce poverty and government dependency, increase self-sufficiency, and restore families by strengthening the effective and popular work requirements for all able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDS) who receive food stamps (SNAP). Speaker Paul Ryan indicated his support for including welfare reforms in tax reform legislation, statingto the press, in part: “It raises the stakes on some welfare reform that we’re going to do as part of tax reform. So it makes it important that we get those things done.”

 

Action Item: Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 2996. Click this link http://heritageaction.com/foodstamps/ for a list of cosponsors.

 

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/07/snap-activism-toolkit/

Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/welfare-reform-work-requirements-food-stamps/

Heritage Action key vote co-sponsorship: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/co-sponsorship-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-reform-act-2017-h-r-2996/

 

Labor

Fighting Labor Union Bosses

 

State of Play: Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723 & S. 1774 ). This legislation would protect workers from union pressure by putting power back in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members.

 

Action Item: Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 2723 & S.1774. Click this linkhttp://heritageaction.com/era/ for a list of cosponsors.

 

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: https://heritageaction.com/2017/07/employee-rights-act-era-toolkit/

Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/empowering-workers-not-labor-unions/

Heritage Action key vote co-sponsorship: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/co-sponsorship-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-reform-act-2017-h-r-2996/

 

Debt Limit

Fighting for Spending Cuts

State of Play: Earlier this monthCongress passed the Pelosi-Schumer-Trump debt ceiling deal which suspended the debt ceiling untilDecember 8th without any changes to our nation’s spending problem. Heritage Action key voted against the bill. Because Treasury will be able to use “extraordinary measures” starting December 9th, the actual debt ceiling deadline is unlikely to be until early 2018.

 

Action Item: Sentinels should tell their members of Congress that any increase in the debt limit should be paired with reforms that begin addressing the structural nature of America’s annual deficits and deliver on candidate Trump’s promise to “start paying down our $19 trillion in debt.”

 

Resources:

Heritage Action key vote: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/key-vote-no-pelosi-schumer-trump-debt-ceiling-deal/

P.S.: Please let me know if you submit a letter to the Editor on these issues or if you set up a meeting with your Representative or their staff on Tax Reform or any other issues! Again, I’ll be standing by to help you!

Sept 25th Call Notes

The House and Senate are both in session this week. The Senate will not consider the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. The House will consider legislation to extend the Federal Aviation Act (FAA) for six months, make changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and provide a 2017 tax reduction for hurricane victims.

Our special request to you this week is for your immediate Letters to the Editor urging action on pro-growth tax reforms. We have put together a special tax reform toolkit with sample tweets, phone messages and even a sample letter to the Editor which you can personalize. Here is the link for the Tax Reform Toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/08/tax-reform-toolkit/

Core priorities for this week:

  1. Obamacare: Tell senators that states shouldn’t be able to use Graham-Cassidy block grants to force individuals into government run health care schemes.

  2. Tax Reform: Tell lawmakers what the conservative priorities are within the tax reform debate.

  3. Immigration: Tell lawmakers to support President Trump’s efforts to end DACA, secure our borders, and reform legal immigration.

Thank you for your continued activism! Please let me know what you are hearing from your members of Congress so that we can adjust our strategy accordingly.

I will be standing by to answer questions!

Melody Clarke 
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator
(202) 716-9738

Follow us on Twitter: @Heritage_Action and me, @TheRightMelody.  Our hashtag is #Haction.

melody.clarke@heritageaction.com


September 25th: Sentinel Weekly Action Guide

 

Healthcare
No Obamacare Bailouts

State of Play: Sens. Graham and Cassidy are desperately lobbying Senate Republicans to support their legislation that would block grant Obamacare revenue to the states, for the purpose of insuring their uninsured populations. This plan would allow states to receive federal waivers from Obamacare regulations responsible for increasing health care costs. On Friday, Sen. McCain announced opposition to this plan, but updated text unveiled Sunday suggests a vote could occur this week. Senate Democrats are urging Republicans to come back to the table for bipartisan negotiations, but Speaker Ryan reportedly drew a “red line” against bailing out insurance companies. Some Senate Republicans are urging the FY18 budget resolution to include language that would keep the FY17 reconciliation bill alive after the supposed September 30 deadline.

Action Item: Heritage Action is urging changes to the Graham-Cassidy proposal that would prevent states from coercing individuals into government-run health plans. In the likely event that this proposal fails, Sentinels should tell their members of Congress to oppose any effort to bailout Obamacare. Heritage Action will 1) oppose any bipartisan efforts to bailout Obamacare and 2) urge the president to overturn the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)’s 2013-era guidance that authorized illegal insurance subsidies for lawmakers and congressional staff so they wouldn’t feel the full burden of Obamacare.

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/senate-ahca-activist-toolkit/

Sentinel brief on Obamacare bailouts: https://heritageaction.com/2017/08/no_more_obamacare_bailouts/

Sentinel brief on Obamacare exemption for Congress: https://heritageaction.com/2017/08/end-obamacare-exemption-congress/

How to Ensure that the Graham–Cassidy Bill Expands Markets and Choice in Health Care—Not Government Programs: http://www.heritage.org/health-care-reform/report/how-ensure-the-graham-cassidy-bill-expands-markets-and-choice-health-care/

 

Taxes
Pro-Growth Tax Reform

State of Play: Republican leadership represented by the “Big Six” will release an outline of their tax plan this week. A leaked draft of the plan showed a corporate tax rate of 20%, a small business tax rate of 25% and a top marginal rate of 35%. The current U.S. tax code is a significant obstacle to economic growth, job creation and higher wages for Americans workers because it suppresses business creation and expansion, is far too complex for the average citizen, and is full of crony carve outs and exemptions for the well-connected. Republicans in Congress plan to use the fiscal year 2018 budget reconciliation tool to pass pro-growth tax reform without Democrat support by the end of the year. In order to do so, the House and Senate must first agree to a budget resolution which triggers reconciliation instructions.

Action Item: Sentinels should encourage their members of Congress to agree to a budget resolution that allows them to pass pro-growth tax reform that creates economic growth, job creation, and higher wages for American workers. A tax reform package that does this should include the following principles:

1.) lower and simplify the individual tax rate

2.) lower and simplify the corporate tax rate

3.) permit tax-free entrepreneurship (full expensing),

4.) tax profits only made in the U.S. (territorial system), and

5.) eliminate carve outs for special interests.

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/08/tax-reform-toolkit/

Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/08/need-pro-growth-tax-reform/

 

Immigration
Ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

State of Play: The Trump administration announced an end to DACA with a delayed enforcement date of March 2018. Ten state attorneys general threatened to sue the administration over the program by September 5th if the President did not rescind the Obama-era program. The six month delay is intended to spur congressional action to address both DACA, but could also become a vehicle to address the broader immigration failures.

Action Item: DACA should be rescinded permanently. Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to support President Trump’s efforts to end the unconstitutional and illegal DACA program created by President Obama in 2012. Sentinels should encourage Congress to support the administration’s efforts to enforce U.S. immigration laws, secure our borders, and reform our broken legal immigration system. Additionally, the 1986 mistake of trading amnesty now for border security funding later should not be repeated. Congress should pursue meaningful reforms such as ending chain migration and replacing it with a merit based immigration system.

Resources:

Heritage Action press release: http://heritageaction.com/press-releases/ending-daca-constitutional-appropriate/

Heritage Action toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/09/no-amnesty-toolkit/

 

Welfare
Work Requirements for Food Stamps

State of Play: Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced a work for welfare bill called theSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2996). This legislation would help reduce poverty and government dependency, increase self-sufficiency, and restore families by strengthening the effective and popular work requirements for all able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDS) who receive food stamps (SNAP). Speaker Paul Ryan indicated his support for including welfare reforms in tax reform legislation, stating to the press, in part: “It raises the stakes on some welfare reform that we’re going to do as part of tax reform. So it makes it important that we get those things done.”

Action Item: Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 2996. Click this link http://heritageaction.com/foodstamps/ for a list of cosponsors.

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017/07/snap-activism-toolkit/

Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/welfare-reform-work-requirements-food-stamps/

Heritage Action key vote co-sponsorship: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/co-sponsorship-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-reform-act-2017-h-r-2996/

 

Labor
Fighting Labor Union Bosses

State of Play: Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723 & S. 1774 ). This legislation would protect workers from union pressure by putting power back in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members.

Action Item: Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 2723 & S.1774.Click this link http://heritageaction.com/era/ for a list of cosponsors.

Resources:

Heritage Action activist toolkit: https://heritageaction.com/2017/07/employee-rights-act-era-toolkit/

Sentinel brief: http://heritageaction.com/2017/06/empowering-workers-not-labor-unions/

Heritage Action key vote co-sponsorship: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/co-sponsorship-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-reform-act-2017-h-r-2996/

 

Debt Limit
Fighting for Spending Cuts

State of Play: Earlier this monthCongress passed the Pelosi-Schumer-Trump debt ceiling deal which suspended the debt ceiling until December 8th without any changes to our nation’s spending problem. Heritage Action key voted against the bill. Because Treasury will be able to use “extraordinary measures” starting December 9th, the actual debt ceiling deadline is unlikely to be until early 2018. 

Action Item: Sentinels should tell their members of Congress that any increase in the debt limit should be paired with reforms that begin addressing the structural nature of America’s annual deficits and deliver on candidate Trump’s promise to “start paying down our $19 trillion in debt.”

Resources:

Heritage Action key vote: http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/key-vote-no-pelosi-schumer-trump-debt-ceiling-deal/