The President's Message

The President's Message

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How do we protect both the health and the livelihoods of Americans as we emerge out of this coronavirus outbreak? Heritage President Kay C. James shares recommendations from the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission.

Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James joined Rep. Dan Crenshaw's podcast Hold These Truths to unpack the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission's latest set of recommendations to safely reopen America.

The data from across the country makes it clear that the coronavirus has disproportionately impacted minority communities. Heritage President Kay C. James released this message—encouraging common-sense health and safety measures.

Kay C. James joined Newsmax to discuss how the National Coronavirus Commission has a plan to save lives & livelihoods as we work to reopen America. 

Kay C. James joined Newsmax to discuss how the National Coronavirus Commission has a plan to save lives & livelihoods as we work to reopen America.

Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James joined Fox Business on April 16, 2020 to discuss how to reopen American and that the left shouldn't hold relief for small businesses hostage.

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Preventing Online Censorship Executive Order
Free speech in an open marketplace of ideas is one of America’s bedrock principles, and the internet has made an enormous contribution in advancing robust public debate. Read the statement.

Communist China Again Shows It Cannot Be Trusted
This is a sad day for this city of 8 million people, and it is one that became inevitable given the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Hong Kong. Read the statement.

Houses of Worship Essential, Should Open Safely
President Trump’s recognition of the essential role that churches, synagogues, and mosques play in American society is consistent with our Constitution and our history. Read the statement.

Regulatory Relief Executive Order Is the Right Step for Economic and COVID-19 Recovery
Government bureaucracy should not inhibit our public health response and economic recovery. This executive order rightly prioritizes the American people over bureaucracy. Read the statement.

Do Not Bail Out States For Years of Fiscal Mismanagement
At a time when huge spending bills marked “coronavirus relief” are easily passing Congress with little scrutiny, poorly run states are asking unscrupulous members of Congress to slip in taxpayer bailouts to rescue them from years of their own fiscal mismanagement. Read the commentary.

Heritage President Joins Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s Podcast ‘Hold These Truths’
Government can’t and shouldn’t be in a position to ‘force’ us to wash our hands, to ‘force’ us to wear masks, ‘force’ us to social distance. But if we accept personal responsibility and do those things on our own, we can see that we can get this country up and running again far quicker. Read the statement.

Mothers Have an Impact That Goes Far Beyond Their Families
With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s a fitting time to talk about the essential role that mothers and the institution of the family play in America’s ability to thrive as a nation. Most mothers may not even realize that their role has an impact that goes far beyond their own families—a role so pivotal to society that it’s truly one of the most significant things they will do in their lives. That’s not hyperbole, and the research bears it out. Read the commentary.

Coronavirus PSA
Despite some minority communities’ frustration or past experiences that may lead to a mistrust of those in government, I want to encourage folks to still take proper precautions during this time of uncertainty. Read the statement.

Recommendations for Recovering From the Coronavirus Crisis
We don’t have to choose between lives and livelihoods. In fact, the two are inextricably bound: A nation decimated by COVID-19 cannot have a functioning economy, and a catastrophic loss of jobs wreaks horrific damage on both mental and physical health. Read the commentary.

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Russ Vought to Lead OMB
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Applauding Choice of Mark Meadows as White House Chief of Staff
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On Heritage Action
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On the State of the Union
Conservatives Want to Hear About New Success in 2019 State of the Union
2020: The State of Our Union Has Never Been Better

Congratulating Edwin Meese III on Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Honoring the Memories of Those We Lost on 9/11
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On Mark Esper's Confirmation as Secretary of Defense
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On Independence Day
2019: A Nation Worth Lauding
2018: Read the statement

On The Heritage Foundation’s Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship
2019: Journalist Mollie Hemingway

On Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment's Passage in the House
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On Receiving Legacy Award from U.S. Dream Academy
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On the 70th Anniversary of NATO
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On Nomination of Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board
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On Neomi Rao’s Confirmation to Federal Bench
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On Andrew Wheeler Confirmation to Lead EPA
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On President Reagan's Birthday
Happy Birthday, President Ronald Reagan – Your Legacy Is With Us, Even Today

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Our Nation Is Not Yet Cleansed of Racism. Here’s What We Should Do.

On Veterans Day
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On the Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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On the 2018 Midterm Elections
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Conservatives Will Keep Fighting for Solutions That Are Good for America

On the 73rdAnniversary of V-J Day
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On Dr. Kiron Skinner
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Ambassador Nikki Haley: A Profile in Courage
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On Brett Kavanaugh
On Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination
Brett Kavanaugh Has Proven that He’s Faithful to the Constitution
On Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

ADAPT Protest and Meeting
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Virginia Library’s Women in History Program
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Women’s History Month
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On 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage


On the Death of George H.W. Bush
On the Death of Richard DeVos
On the Death of John McCain
On the Death of Rev. Billy Graham
On the Death of Barbara Bush
On the Death of Charles Krauthammer
On the Death of David Koch

Kay Coles James

Kay Coles James

May 22, 2018