Conservative Win This Week! (2/15/21)

From Melody Himel Clarke
(202) 716-9738
Senior Regional Coordinator
Heritage Action for America (HAFA)
Follow me on Social Media @TheRightMelody
melody.clarke@heritageaction.com
 
I keep hearing from HAFA Sentinels, and thought you might also be wondering, whether or not your calls, email, letters and social media efforts are being heard. So, I thought it was important to share with you about a small win that conservatives just accomplished this week! Our government relations team shared with me that the Democrats are currently having problems getting needed votes to pass the reconciliation bill – so much so that they have delayed the budget committee vote this week, signaling division and trouble for them. So,YES! As always, your work is having a direct impact in Congress!
 
This bill attempts to spend over the allotted $1.9 trillion on COVID relief (which means the bill can't proceed as-is) and includes a host of unrelated left-wing priorities like raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. They can still potentially get the bill to the floor next week for a vote, but they will have to figure out what to prioritize and what to cut out, magnifying division within their conference. Senators Manchin and Sinema have also indicated some opposition to violating the Byrd rule.

 

All this may feel a bit in the weeds, but this is what winning and blocking the Left’s agenda looks like. It is fracturing and dividing their caucus, slowing down and/or altogether blocking their ability to advance their agenda.

 

The fight certainly isn’t over, and we need to keep up the pressure, especially on the Byrd rule (more on that in the call notes from LAST week below, in case you missed them). But it's important that we recognize and celebrate the small victories!
 
Jane, please reach out to me for help if you want to brainstorm about how you might turn up the pressure on your Senators. We cover this here https://heritageaction.com/blog/reconciliation-and-the-byrd-rule and also in the notes below. Let's make sure that COVID relief sticks to relief.

 

Keep up the good work!
 
Sincerely,
 
Melody
 
Melody Himel Clarke
(202) 716-9738
Senior Regional Coordinator
Follow me on Social Media @TheRightMelody
melody.clarke@heritageaction.com