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  • Issue Brief posted June 8, 2016 by Justin Bogie Congress Should Look Toward Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill as a Starting Point for Spending Cuts

    This week, the House of Representatives will consider the annual legislative branch appropriations bill, the third of 12 appropriations bills providing discretionary funding for the federal government. This bill provides funding for: Congress; the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP); the Government Publishing Office (GPO); the Government Accountability Office…

  • Factsheet on April 26, 2016 Can Democrats Force a Vote on the Nomination of Merrick Garland?

    Recent press reports suggest that Senate Democrats may seek to use a motion to discharge to force a procedural vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. A motion to discharge gets around the committee process by attempting to bring the nomination directly to the Senate floor. However, motions to discharge are in order only when the Senate…

  • Market Research posted November 23, 2015 by Mark Schreiber, Elizabeth Fender Two-Thirds Say Lawmakers Should Follow Through on Promises

    Source: Online survey using a national representative sample of 879 U.S. voters conducted November 13, 2015 with a margin of error of ±3.3%. American Perceptions Initiative is a project of The Heritage Foundation’s communications team.…

  • Market Research posted November 23, 2015 by Mark Schreiber, Elizabeth Fender Majority Expect and Want Congress to Not Increase Spending

    Source: Online survey using a national representative sample of 879 U.S. voters conducted November 13, 2015 with a margin of error of ±3.3%. American Perceptions Initiative is a project of The Heritage Foundation’s communications team.…

  • Issue Brief posted July 28, 2015 by Curtis S. Dubay The Senate Can Use Tax Extenders as an Opportunity to Improve the Tax Code

    The tax extenders are a group of approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire regularly. Congress has traditionally extended them just as regularly as they expire. Late last year, Congress retroactively renewed them for 2014, which means they are currently expired. The Senate Finance Committee marked up its version of this year’s tax extender bill recently. In that…

  • Commentary posted April 16, 2015 by Arthur Milikh The Obama Constitution

    Sometimes the Left unwittingly throws gems our way. These come in rare moments of exasperation, rather than the usual poise the Left displays. The transformation of America, after all, requires quiet, subtle movements, coordinated with high-minded propaganda. That’s why moments of condescending contempt, accompanied by the Left’s sharpest weapon — mockery — are so…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2015 by Michaela Dodge, Steven Groves, James Phillips Senate’s Iran Nuclear Bill Misses the Point

    Two days ago, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) unanimously passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, a bill that attempts to bolster the congressional role in the Obama Administration’s negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. While the effort is well intentioned, the bill sets up Congress to allow the Administration to act as if it had…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Jim DeMint The Injustice of Amnesty

    President Obama looks set to embark on a power play that will usurp the legislative power of Congress. The lives of untold thousands rest on that decision as well;  if he opts to decree amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in this country, it will encourage millions more to risk a treacherous, unlawful journey across our borders for the same…

  • Commentary posted November 10, 2014 by Genevieve Wood A Big Republican Win: Now Show America Your Agenda

    The midterm elections boiled down to this: The majority of Americans want to checkmate President Obama’s agenda. The voters delivered that message clearly on Tuesday. But now that they’ve done their job, the question is: Will those they elected, the Republicans, do theirs? Most Americans are not happy about the direction of the country and how it is being led. Just a…

  • Commentary posted November 4, 2014 by Genevieve Wood What's Lurking After Election Day?

    In most of America, when someone gets fired for poor performance, they are not allowed to stay on the job another two months. But Washington isn't like the rest of America, and being a member of Congress isn't like most other jobs. On Tuesday, November 4, Americans will elect people to represent them in Washington. In the process, they will also un-elect some current…

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  • Backgrounder posted January 3, 2011 by Brian Darling The Filibuster Protects the Rights of All Senators and the American People

    Abstract: The filibuster in the U.S. Senate protects the rights of Senators to debate and amend legislation, thereby protecting the interest of the American people. The filibuster actually realizes the Founders’ intent that the Senate slow the legislative process “to ensure due deliberation and inquiry” before passing a bill. Current efforts to limit the…

  • Backgrounder posted July 14, 2011 by Ernest Istook Considering a Balanced Budget Amendment: Lessons from History

    Abstract: Attempts at passing a balanced budget amendment (BBA) date back to the 1930s, and all have been unsuccessful. Both parties carry some of the blame: The GOP too often has been neglectful of the issue, and the Democratic Left, recognizing a threat to big government, has stalled and obfuscated, attempting to water down any proposals to mandate balanced budgets. On…

  • Issue Brief posted January 30, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman Senate Immigration Reform: Another Misguided Call for Comprehensive Legislation

    On Monday, a group of Senators know in the media as the “Gang of Eight” announced their plan to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. The so-called bipartisan framework, signed onto by Senators Charles Schumer (D–NY), John McCain (R–AZ), Dick Durbin (D–IL), Lindsey Graham (R–SC), Robert Menendez (D–NJ), Marco Rubio (R–FL), Michael Bennet (D–CO), and Jeff Flake (R–AZ),…

  • Issue Brief posted January 24, 2013 by Luke Coffey Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan Senate Confirmation Hearings: U.S. Policy on Arctic Security

    In the coming weeks, the United States Senate will begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for director of the CIA. All three have been prominent backers of President…

  • WebMemo posted July 16, 2010 by Paul Rosenzweig, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Congress Starts Thinking Seriously About Cybersecurity—but More Thinking Needed

    Recently, Senators Joseph Lieberman (I–CT), Susan Collins (R–ME), and Thomas Carper (D–DE) introduced the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010. This tri-partisan group is the second to offer a cyber solution, the first being a bill introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D–WV) and Olympia Snowe (R–ME), aptly named the Rockefeller–Snowe Cybersecurity Act.…

  • Issue Brief posted January 18, 2013 by Morgan Lorraine Roach, Brett D. Schaefer Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan Senate Confirmation Hearings: U.S. Policy on Sub-Saharan Africa

    Following President Obama’s inauguration, the Senate will hold confirmation hearings for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for director of the CIA. These nominees have strongly supported President…

  • Issue Brief posted August 12, 2013 by Andrew Kloster Senate Immigration Bill May Violate the Origination Clause

    The Senate immigration bill, S. 744,[1] has a major constitutional flaw that should send immigration reform advocates back to the drawing board: The bill appears to violate the Origination Clause of the Constitution. This is such a serious problem that Representative Dave Camp (R–MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued a news release outlining five…

  • Commentary posted October 18, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Good news from Washington -- UN Arms Trade Treaty DOA in US Senate

    Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) released a bipartisan letter this week signed by 48 of their colleagues pledging to oppose the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which Secretary of State John Kerry signed on behalf of the United States in September. This letter makes it clear that the Senate will not ratify the treaty in the foreseeable future.…

  • Issue Brief posted January 16, 2013 by Baker Spring, Michaela Dodge Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan Senate Confirmation Hearings: U.S. Strategic Forces

    In the coming weeks, the United States Senate will begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for director of the CIA. All three have been prominent backers of President…

  • Commentary posted November 24, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. U.N. disability treaty won't protect the rights of wounded veterans

    It has bounced around the Senate for more than a year without winning ratification. Yet supporters of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are back, pushing for yet another vote before senators head home for Christmas. Progressives embrace the treaty as another step toward creating a set of universal standards that will enable all…

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  • Issue Brief posted June 8, 2016 by Justin Bogie Congress Should Look Toward Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill as a Starting Point for Spending Cuts

    This week, the House of Representatives will consider the annual legislative branch appropriations bill, the third of 12 appropriations bills providing discretionary funding for the federal government. This bill provides funding for: Congress; the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP); the Government Publishing Office (GPO); the Government Accountability Office…

  • Market Research posted November 23, 2015 by Mark Schreiber, Elizabeth Fender Two-Thirds Say Lawmakers Should Follow Through on Promises

    Source: Online survey using a national representative sample of 879 U.S. voters conducted November 13, 2015 with a margin of error of ±3.3%. American Perceptions Initiative is a project of The Heritage Foundation’s communications team.…

  • Market Research posted November 23, 2015 by Mark Schreiber, Elizabeth Fender Majority Expect and Want Congress to Not Increase Spending

    Source: Online survey using a national representative sample of 879 U.S. voters conducted November 13, 2015 with a margin of error of ±3.3%. American Perceptions Initiative is a project of The Heritage Foundation’s communications team.…

  • Issue Brief posted July 28, 2015 by Curtis S. Dubay The Senate Can Use Tax Extenders as an Opportunity to Improve the Tax Code

    The tax extenders are a group of approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire regularly. Congress has traditionally extended them just as regularly as they expire. Late last year, Congress retroactively renewed them for 2014, which means they are currently expired. The Senate Finance Committee marked up its version of this year’s tax extender bill recently. In that…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2015 by Michaela Dodge, Steven Groves, James Phillips Senate’s Iran Nuclear Bill Misses the Point

    Two days ago, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) unanimously passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, a bill that attempts to bolster the congressional role in the Obama Administration’s negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. While the effort is well intentioned, the bill sets up Congress to allow the Administration to act as if it had…

  • Lecture posted January 7, 2014 by Mike Lee Defending the Senate’s Constitutional Duty to Advise and Consent to Presidential Appointments

    I’m very grateful for the opportunity to speak about the Recess Appointments Clause today. In the small town of Alpine, Utah, where I live, we speak of little else. It is of great interest to those of us who watch the Supreme Court to see this case get teed up. I was very happy, of course, when the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari to review this…

  • Issue Brief posted August 12, 2013 by Andrew Kloster Senate Immigration Bill May Violate the Origination Clause

    The Senate immigration bill, S. 744,[1] has a major constitutional flaw that should send immigration reform advocates back to the drawing board: The bill appears to violate the Origination Clause of the Constitution. This is such a serious problem that Representative Dave Camp (R–MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued a news release outlining five…

  • Issue Brief posted January 30, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman Senate Immigration Reform: Another Misguided Call for Comprehensive Legislation

    On Monday, a group of Senators know in the media as the “Gang of Eight” announced their plan to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. The so-called bipartisan framework, signed onto by Senators Charles Schumer (D–NY), John McCain (R–AZ), Dick Durbin (D–IL), Lindsey Graham (R–SC), Robert Menendez (D–NJ), Marco Rubio (R–FL), Michael Bennet (D–CO), and Jeff Flake (R–AZ),…

  • Issue Brief posted January 24, 2013 by Luke Coffey Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan Senate Confirmation Hearings: U.S. Policy on Arctic Security

    In the coming weeks, the United States Senate will begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for director of the CIA. All three have been prominent backers of President…

  • Issue Brief posted January 18, 2013 by Morgan Lorraine Roach, Brett D. Schaefer Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan Senate Confirmation Hearings: U.S. Policy on Sub-Saharan Africa

    Following President Obama’s inauguration, the Senate will hold confirmation hearings for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for director of the CIA. These nominees have strongly supported President…

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