News Releases posted September 23, 2016
Obama's Misguided National Security Climate Directive
This week, the Obama administration issued a policy memo directing the Defense Department and others to “ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans.” Heritage Foundation defense policy expert Dakota Wood criticized the directive as “misguided.”
“The President's emphasis on climate…
News Releases posted September 22, 2016
Heritage Experts Pan Senate Continuing Resolution
The Senate’s proposed continuing resolution (CR) trades bad policy and ballooning debt for a dangerous Zombie Congress during the lame-duck session.
On the Lame Duck Congress:
“The lame-duck session is the most unaccountable period of legislating, resulting in shady, backroom deals and undermining the fundamental nature of representative democracy by weakening the…
News Releases posted September 20, 2016
New Zika Funding in CR is Raise to Planned Parenthood
As the Senate nears a deal to fund the government, Heritage Foundation’s Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, argues the proposed funding plan for fighting the Zika virus is “essentially a raise” to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“It’s shameful that Planned Parenthood and its congressional allies were…
News Releases on September 20, 2016
Obama's speech fails to address refugee crisis
President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly today, defending his foreign policy of selective engagement. He also hosted a refugee summit with U.N. leaders, bypassing Congress, to discuss commitments to admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees to the U.S. through resettlement or other legal pathways.
“This continues a pattern of President Obama using the U.N. to…
News Releases posted September 20, 2016
Short-Term Spending Bill Will Only Make Matters Worse
As Congressional leaders near a deal on a short-term spending resolution, The Heritage Foundation’s Michael Sargent issued this warning:
“Lawmakers have us mired in almost $20 trillion in debt — nearly double what it was when President Obama took office. And a continuing resolution only makes matters worse.
“A short-term measure, like what is being proposed in the…
News Releases on September 19, 2016
Three Heritage Experts Testify Before Congress in One Day
Lawmakers frequently call on Heritage Foundation scholars to testify before congressional committees to share their knowledge on specific issues. On Sept. 14, three Heritage experts from the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy testified on some of today’s most pressing issues.
David Inserra, a policy analyst in homeland security and cybersecurity…
News Releases posted September 14, 2016
Senate to Approve More Obama Judges
Republicans currently hold the majority but that has not stopped liberals from gaining control of 70% of US appeals courts. This marks a significant shift as liberals only controlled 1 of 13 circuit courts when Obama took office.
And soon, the Senate may approve even more liberal judges, even though the practice has been to stop nominee approvals in the final months of…
News Releases on September 14, 2016
Heritage Expert Helps Shape Supreme Court Nominee List
From the moment Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly in February, Heritage Foundation scholars have been at the forefront of the debate over the Supreme Court vacancy. That now includes influencing the list of potential replacements being considered by Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presidential nominee.
Trump’s list of 11 potential justices includes five…
News Releases on September 13, 2016
Trump Uses Heritage Research in Plan to Rebuild America’s Weakened Military
Heritage’s Index of U.S. Military Strength was thrust back in the headlines Thursday, when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out his plans to rebuild America’s weakened military.
Speaking to a crowd at the Union League of Philadelphia, Trump called for a substantially larger force across the board: Army troops totaling 540,000, 36 battalions for the…
News Releases posted September 13, 2016
Heritage Expert on New Census Bureau Poverty Numbers
The Census Bureau is out with new numbers today that show the nation’s poverty rate affects 43.1 million Americans. Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Robert Rector says there are several facts about America’s poor that the Census data leaves out of its official release.
“Poor households routinely spend $2.40 for every $1.00 in income that the Census says they…
News Releases posted September 8, 2016
Taxpayers to Bailout Extravagant Union Promises?
Thousands of active and retired coal miners have descended on Washington, D.C. today as a part of a rally organized by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). They’re here to ask Congress to bail out the union’s massively under-funded pension plan—a bailout that could cost taxpayers up to half a billion dollars per year.
This morning in National Review, Heritage…
News Releases on September 8, 2016
Keep the Goalkeeper in Place; Extend US Control of the Internet
Today U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivered a floor speech warning of the dangers of not extending the current contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which expires at the end of this month. Next week, the Senate Judiciary oversight subcommittee he chairs will hold a hearing on the plan.
“If the Transition happens as planned by…
News Releases on September 7, 2016
Presidential Candidates Will Need to Know How to Rebuild U.S. Military
Presidential candidates will tonight answer questions about commanding a military that is not able to adequately provide for America’s national security needs during NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum.”
Also this week, Politico broke the story of a memo from senior Pentagon officials to the Secretary of Defense laying out how the Pentagon could “play hardball” against a…
News Releases posted September 7, 2016
Harry Reid's Last Power Grab
Congress is back from its seven-week summer recess, but many Americans may soon wish the lawmakers had stayed on vacation. Some members of Congress already anticipate going on an end-of-year spending binge—on the taxpayers’ dime, of course. All they need to do is wait until the elections are over and a “lame duck” session is held.
It used to be that lame-duck sessions…
News Releases posted September 6, 2016
Heritage Mourns Loss of Phyllis Schlafly
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2016 -- Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Founder Ed Feulner issued the following statements on the death of Phyllis Schlafly on Monday.
Perhaps best known for her work to prevent the federal government dictating gender roles to state and local governments, Schlafly was described as a "gracious warrior" by Heritage President Jim…