Heritage Sentinel Weekly Call Notes
Heritage Call Notes June 25, 2018
Congress is in session this week before the week-long July 4th recess. Our new Vice President Jessica Anderson gave us the latest on the House amnesty proposals as well as legislation to watch such as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. If you missed Jessica’s policy update and activist strategy you can watch it here.
Here is what you need to know:
Immigration – Last week the House voted on the first of two amnesty bills. The first, termed the Goodlatte bill, was the more conservative alternative (H.R.4760). Goodlatte failed by a vote of 193-231. The second “compromise” bill – the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act – was punted to this week. It would grant amnesty to 1.8 million illegal immigrants and put them on a path to citizenship (H.R.6136). Congress should instead focus on stand-alone legislation to improve border security, enhance enforcement of our immigration laws, move our legal immigration system toward one that is merit-based, and help solve the family separation crisis without relying on a larger comprehensive bill baked in amnesty. Sentinels should ask their House members to oppose the “compromise” proposal this week. As a separate issue, Sentinels should ask their members to support Rep. Meadows and Sen. Cruz’s Equal Protection of Unaccompanied Minors Act to reunite families separated at the border.>>Statement on Family Separation at the Border
Rescissions – Last week the President’s $15 billion rescission request (H.R. 3) failed a procedural vote in the Senate 48-50, with Republican Senators Susan Collins and Richard Burr voting no. Heritage Action key voted in support of the proposal. More rescissions packages could be on their way. If the Republican Party is truly concerned with excessive spending and long-term debt, passing rescissions is the right first step. There will be similar opportunities going forward—hopefully addressing the bloated fiscal year 2018 Omnibus that was enacted in May.
Healthcare – Last week the Health Policy Consensus Group, a group of conservative leaders including The Heritage Foundation, unveiled a detailed plan for healthcare reform. Each of these reforms are aimed at fixing the rising costs and lack of choice caused by Obamacare. The Consensus Group’s proposal recommends converting much of the federal government’s healthcare funding structure into state block grants, with structural elements specifically designed to increase access, expand choice, and reduce cost. By bringing control over healthcare closer to the patient, the proposal aims to restore choice and competition in the marketplace. This plan will reduce skyrocketing premiums and increase choices that Obamacare eroded. It will also take away the mandate to have a single risk pool, which is a huge victory that will drive the left crazy and fundamentally change the way insurance markets will work in the states. Check out the Health Care Choices Proposal Roll Out event here.
Protecting Faith-Based Adoption – Rep. Mike Kelly and Sen. Enzi have introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (H.R. 1881 and S. 811) which would prohibit the federal government, and state governments who receive certain federal funding, from discriminating against a child welfare service provider that serves families and children according to their “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.” Members of Congress should cosponsor the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act and support the bill as an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill, especially during House LHHS subcommittee markup. See if your Member is cosponsor.
It is all hands on deck to stop amnesty from happening this week. Once you have called your Member of Congress be sure to send our infographic to all your friends and fellow conservatives and urge them to call as well. We can and we must stop amnesty in its tracks.
Please let me know the response from your member of Congress when you contact them on these issues!
Melody Himel Clarke
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator
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