Heritage Sentinel Weekly Call Notes

 

 

Call Notes from December 10th, 2018

Thank you to our Government Relations Director Garrett Bess for the legislative update for the week.

Farm Bill—The conference report between House and Senate members was released late Monday night and voted on this afternoon in the Senate (where it passed 87-13). The House is expected to vote on it later this week. Heritage Action released a key vote against the Farm Bill conference report as it lacks the following reforms:

  • Work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents that are on the SNAP program (i.e., receiving food stamps). These well-designed work requirements for food stamp recipients are essential to reduce poverty, government dependence and to improve our labor force
  • Senator Grassley’s “active engagement” amendment which would have curtailed abuse of the farm subsidy program by closing loopholes that allow family members of farm owners, including first cousins, nieces and nephews (who have never even stepped foot on the farm) to receive the subsidies.

Border Wall Funding—A two-week extension to vote on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill gives conservatives more time to advocate for immigration policy riders like full funding for the border wall, internal security enforcement and loophole closures in immigration law. Please use our resources to call your congressman and senators to express the importance of securing the border with these common-sense reforms that Americans demand.

Heritage Action would like to thank Sentinels for their activism and hard work during this lame duck session. It is imperative to pass conservative legislative action items before a liberal majority in the House of Representatives takes office in 2019. It is not without your steadfast and diligent work that we can get this done.

Thank you, Sentinel Nation!

Jessica Anderson
Vice President
Heritage Action

PS. Have a question? Shoot me an email at: J.Anderson@heritageaction.com or reach out to your local regional coordinator.

Call Notes from Monday, December 5th

If you weren’t with us for last night’s Sentinel Call, you can watch it here, but here’s what you missed:

Border Wall Funding—The DHS spending bill deadline is Friday. Early reports indicate that the House will likely move forward with a two-week Continuing Resolution extension punting the spending deadline to December 21st. This provides us with additional time to advocate for a bill that includes common-sense immigration policies such as:

  • Fully funding the border wall
  • Enforcing internal security
  • Closing loopholes in our immigration law
  • Appropriately defining what constitutes “asylum”

We thank Sentinels for their successful calls to members asking them to secure the border and urge you to continue to call about immigration these next two weeks.

CRomnibus—Legislative riders such as wildfire funding, TANF reauthorization, and the Violence Against Women Act may be piled onto the final appropriations spending bill creating a CRomnibus. We should all be vigilant in opposing wasteful spending and instead, push for the strong immigration policies mentioned above.

Farm Bill—While we are still waiting for the House and Senate conference report regarding the Farm Bill, it is likely work requirements will be left off and, worse, the conference report is likely to expand agriculture subsidies. Heritage Action will likely key vote against any edition of the Farm Bill that includes these subsidies and does not include common-sense work requirements that move people from welfare to work.

To wrap things up, last night I was joined on the call by our new Grassroots Director, Janae Stracke. I want to thank you all for your welcoming words of support. Janae comes to us from Concerned Women for America where she was the National Field Director. She is excited to be a part of Heritage Action and Sentinel Nation. Welcome Janae!

Thank you for your commitment to the movement, and let’s get conservative policy passed before the New Year!

Jessica Anderson
Vice President
Heritage Action

PS. Have a question? Shoot me an email at: J.Anderson@heritageaction.comor reach out to your local regional coordinator.

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Action Alert for Week of November 26th, 2018 to December 3rd more info:

Contact Senators Burr, Tillis, and leadership with these messages

1)  Stay in session to confirm all judicial nominees.

 The Heritage Foundation released a helpful tool to track nominations. Heritage Action is urging the Senate to stay in session as long as possible to move as many of these conservative nominees through. Please call your Senators and ask them to confirm the President’s nominees.

2)  Do not pass the Farm Bill if the House food stamp reform provisions are removed.

Senator Thom Tillis R-NC  @SenThomTillis (202) 224 6342

Senator Richard Burr R-NC  @SenatorBurr (202) 224 3154

Leadership

McConnell  (202) 224-2541
Grassley  (202) 224-3744
Cornyn  (202) 224-2934
Thune  (202) 224-2321
Blunt  (202) 224-5721
Graham (202) 224-5972 (in line to be Judiciary chair if Grassley goes to Senate Finance)

Daily Signal:  House GOP Urged to Use Lame-Duck Session to Fund.Border Wall, Make Good on Other Promises Don’t hold your breath!

Click here to email Congress in a last ditch effort to get funding for President Trump’s wall!

 

Sentinel Call Notes November 20th, 2018

House Leadership Elections—Next week, Democrats will hold leadership elections. Currently, Nancy Pelosi is facing opposition from her own party for Speaker, although no other Democrats have formally announced a run for Speaker. Pelosi stands in stark contrast to the President’s agenda and the division within the Democratic Party exposes the need for a governing mandate from conservatives for 2020. Heritage Action is unpacking the divide among Democrats to create a strong strategy for next year.

Lame Duck Strategy—The Senate’s lame duck agenda should focus on passing as many of the 100 judicial nominees presented by President Trump as possible and finishing legislative business of the year. The Heritage Foundation released a helpful tool to track nominations. Heritage Action is urging the Senate to stay in session as long as possible to move as many of these conservative nominees through. Please call your Senators and ask them to confirm the President’s nominees.

  • Farm Bill—In 2018, the House and Senate passed two different version of the Farm Bill. The major difference is in the House version that includes work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents receiving food stamps (SNAP). Of the 10 million able-bodied adults using SNAP benefits, this provision simply asks 2 million to work 20 hours a week to be eligible for food stamps. This would reduce the cost and strain our current welfare system is under and help Americans better their lives through work. Heritage Action encourages Sentinels to contact their senators and push for these work requirements.

Heritage Action wishes you and your family a warm and happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your commitment to conservative values, and keep up the good work!

Jessica Anderson
Vice President
Heritage Action

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Sentinel Call Notes November 19, 2018

1) Farm Bill – we are hearing that it is looking like none of our three priorities will be included in the conference report, which will means we will most like be working to BID. Those are:
1) work requirements
2) Grassley Amendment
3) WOTUS amendment
As we stated in the Sentinel Brief“conservatives should oppose the Farm Bill conference report if the House food stamp reform provisions are removed.” Some members may push back that this puts re-authorization in Democrats hands. But one argument is that it lets them own the bad policy – rather than Republicans owning a ridiculous bill because the House and POTUS caved on work requirements. We want to begin reminding folks of our three priorities to be able to show the contrast when the conference report comes out.
2) Nominees – There are rumblings that the Senate may adjourn around 12/7 – instead of the scheduled 12/14. This means that up to 7 circuit and 40 district nominees will not get confirmed this Congress. It also means that Judiciary will not have Neomi Rao’s nomination hearing on 12/12 (she has been nominated to replace Kavanaugh on DC Court of Appeals). It’s important that the Senate in session through at least 12/14. They arguably could stay until 12/21 or through the holidays, if needed, until all judicial nominees are confirmed. The Senate needs to be hearing to confirm all remaining nominees before adjourning for the year. In addition to your own Senators, it sounds like Senators that would be most helpful for them to be hearing from activists are (basically leadership):
McConnell
Grassley
Cornyn
Thune
Blunt
Graham (in line to be Judiciary chair if Grassley goes to Senate Finance)
We are working on calls to action for the larger Sentinel Nation, but wanted to give you all a more detailed read-in.

Sentinel Call Notes November 12, 2018

Election Results—Although it’s disappointing that Republicans lost the House, it isn’t a surprise looking at past presidential midterms results. Here are some numbers to consider:

  • 1994 – President Clinton: Republicans gained 54 House seats and 8 Senate seats.
  • 2006 – President Bush: Democrats gained 31 House seats and 6 Senate seats.
  • 2010 – President Obama: Republicans gained 63 House seats and 6 Senate seats.
  • 2018 – President Trump: Democrats gained 32 House seats, but Republicans flipped three seats and will likely pick up a net gain of 2 Senate seats.

Furthermore, the incoming Democratic majority will face gridlock as Republicans continue to hold the majority in the Senate and the White House. It is also clear that the liberal left has fractured the traditional Democratic party into factions without a clear mandate.

Lame Duck Session—With Congress back in session, there are 18 legislative days left and there is plenty to do in this short time. Our number one priority is pushing Congress to include conservative immigration policy riders like border security and internal enforcement funding in the DHS appropriations bill. We are urging sentinels to continue calling their representatives and demanding they protect our borders.

Please take a few minutes to read our full list of “lame duck” priorities and call your Member today.
Thank you for your commitment to conservative values, and keep up the good work!

Jessica Anderson
Vice President
Heritage Action

PS. Have a question? Shoot me an email at: J.Anderson@heritageaction.comor reach out to your local regional coordinator.