Heritage Sentinel Call Notes

If you will be attending CPAC in Florida next week, be sure to let your regional coordinator know! We’d love to meet you, and keep you posted on any opportunities to meet fellow Sentinels at the conference.

On this week’s call, Vice President Garrett Bess gave a look-ahead on upcoming legislative fights, and Sentinel Katie Spee shared about the work Sentinels have been doing in Georgia to strengthen election integrity laws in their state. You won’t want to miss her update.

Opposing Biden's Nominees

In 2009, following President Obama’s election, Senate Republicans followed long-standing precedent, deferring to a new president’s cabinet picks and allowing them to be quickly confirmed despite serious policy differences. When President Trump was elected, Senate Democrats refused to return the favor, slow walking President Trump’s nominees. Conservatives can’t play softball again with extreme nominees.

Heritage Action has flagged three nominations, two who have yet to be confirmed.

  • Neera Tanden: Director of the Office of Management and Budget. A key proponent of the Affordable Care Act and the current head of the Center for American Progress, she has been central to the most extreme left-wing policies. Read Heritage Action’s key vote NO. The vote on her confirmation is expected to occur next week.
  • Xavier Becerra: Director of Health and Human Services. As California Attorney General, he worked to overturn other states’ laws restricting late-term abortions. He sued the Little Sisters of the Poor in an attempt to force nuns to pay for access to contraception that violated their closely-held religious beliefs. He has promoted single-payer healthcare, among other far left policies. Heritage Action will key vote NO on his nomination. Confirmation hearings for his nomination will begin soon, with a vote on the floor likely in the next 3 weeks.

>> TAKE ACTION: Urge your senators to vote NO on both nominees. For more information, check out Heritage Action’s toolkit.

Amnesty Bill

This week, President Biden and Democrats are expected to introduce the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The bill would give citizenship to nearly every one of America’s 11 million immigrants by the end of the decade. Estimates have indicated the real number of illegal immigrants is likely actually over 22 million. It would also put 400,000 individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), 600,000 farmworkers, and 640,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the fast track to citizenship. This would give over one million illegal immigrants citizenship and the right to vote by the next presidential election.

Americans want an open economy but not open borders. Read and share Jessica Anderson’s op-ed on this bill. We will share more details as they become available, as well as strategy and tools for conservatives to fight back against this amnesty legislation. Stay tuned.

Equality Act

The House is expected to vote on the Equality Act next week. While the new bill number has not yet been assigned for this Congress, the bill is expected to be reintroduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Heritage Action will be key voting NO on this bill, and Sentinels should urge their member of Congress to oppose this legislation.

The Equality Act would force women and girls to share bathrooms, locker rooms, dormitories, and other private places with biological men who “identify” as women. Parents would lose the right to decide the best medical care for a child suffering with gender dysphoria and would be stripped of custody of their children. Employers and businesses would face more regulation and lawsuits, and it would make it harder for organizations and charities with faith-based values to operate and exist. Read more about this bill in Heritage Action’s toolkit.

>> Take Action: Contact your congressman, and urge them to vote NO on the Equality Act.

Election Integrity

Sentinel Katie Spee shared an update on the work of numerous Georgia Sentinels over the last few weeks. In January, a number of them put their heads together, and began contacting their state lawmakers.

Check out saveourelections.com for the list of recommendations their team of Sentinels leaned on for conversations with their state lawmakers for evaluating bills in their state.

Janae Stracke
Grassroots Director
Heritage Action