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  • Backgrounder posted September 6, 2016 by James Wallner, Paul Winfree The Implications of Regular Lame-Duck Sessions in Congress for Representative Government

    Barring exceptional circumstances or strict exigency, Congress should not consider any major legislation or presidential nominations during a so-called lame-duck session—that is, between each November election and January 3, when a new Congress forms. Doing so undermines representative government by weakening the accountability link between the American people and their…

  • Lecture posted September 1, 2016 by Mike Lee Recovering the Senate’s Rightful Role in Foreign Affairs

    I’m honored to be here today to talk about the new climate-change deal President Obama is pursuing, the dangers it poses to the American energy sector and to U.S. sovereignty, and what Congress can and should do about it. Conference of Parties In a few weeks Paris will host the latest round of climate-change negotiations—what’s called the “Conference of Parties”—under…

  • 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…

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  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2013 by Steven Groves The Shameful Selling of the Disabilities Treaty

    Perhaps the American people have come to expect less than straight talk from the White House. But blowing smoke that misleads Americans with disabilities -- including U.S. veterans badly wounded in combat -- crosses a red line even by today's standards. That is precisely what the White House and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are doing in their…

  • Commentary posted January 5, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. On immigration, start with what's doable to avoid lasting bitterness

    "Solutions to problems cannot be found in a pool of bitterness.” So proclaimed John Dennis "Denny" Hastert upon his swearing in as the 59th Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1999. Hastert was pledging to look for bipartisan solutions, but it had special meaning for rank-and-file Republicans in the House. As a means of avoiding ruinous bitterness, Hastert vowed…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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 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…

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  • Backgrounder posted September 6, 2016 by James Wallner, Paul Winfree The Implications of Regular Lame-Duck Sessions in Congress for Representative Government

    Barring exceptional circumstances or strict exigency, Congress should not consider any major legislation or presidential nominations during a so-called lame-duck session—that is, between each November election and January 3, when a new Congress forms. Doing so undermines representative government by weakening the accountability link between the American people and their…

  • Lecture posted September 1, 2016 by Mike Lee Recovering the Senate’s Rightful Role in Foreign Affairs

    I’m honored to be here today to talk about the new climate-change deal President Obama is pursuing, the dangers it poses to the American energy sector and to U.S. sovereignty, and what Congress can and should do about it. Conference of Parties In a few weeks Paris will host the latest round of climate-change negotiations—what’s called the “Conference of Parties”—under…

  • 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),…

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