The President's Message

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More about Kay Coles James

Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James joined Fox News on August 6, 2019, to discuss her personal experience with welfare and the impact of liberal policies on inner cities. Read her commentary here.

Kay Coles James joined Fox News, Thursday, May 2, to talk about her recent experience as part of Google's AI board, the Left's attacks on her as a conservative, and the need for the Left to truly practice the tolerance and open-mindedness it preaches. Watch the rest of the interview here.

Heritage President Kay Coles James shares how Heritage is fighting the pervasive ideologies and policies of socialism with hundreds of Heritage Foundation supporters in New York City. 

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Defining the Principles of Conservatism
As the left continues to push policies like Medicare for All, free college tuition, open borders, and depleting the strength of the military, conservatives must counter these policies with a strong voice. We must convince more and more people that our ideas work better and can assure a more free and prosperous future for all Americans. If we don’t do that, and more Americans succumb to the false promises of the statists, we soon won’t recognize America. Read the commentary.

Washington Needs to Ensure the Prosperity of Future Generations
Lawmakers should capitalize on this period of strong growth. It is an opportunity to rein in endless spending and to pay down the national debt. Washington sadly continues to swipe the national credit card and stick future generations with the bill. The gross national debt is at an unsustainable $22 trillion. Read the commentary.

Baltimore's Undeniable Truths—I Grew Up on Welfare. Here's What I Know
You may not like the messenger, but embedded in the recent political dust-up about the crime, poverty, and despair in Baltimore were some undeniable truths. If nothing else comes out of this latest debate, the bright light is now shining on a very inconvenient reality: Liberal policies have failed the people of Baltimore and inner cities everywhere. Read the commentary.

On Washington’s Out-of-Control Spending
President Trump’s pro-growth agenda brought our economy back to life, creating opportunities for all Americans, especially lower-wage workers. Instead of capitalizing on this historic growth and using it as a chance to rein in out-of-control spending and balance the budget, Washington continues to swipe the national credit card and stick future generations with the bill. Read the statement.

When Britain and America Stand Together
The partnership between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher of the 1980s marked a golden age in the “special relationship” between the United States and the U.K. The United States and Britain now have an opportunity to return to that era with Mr. Johnson’s ascension to prime minister, his close relationship with President Donald Trump, and the values they share for our two countries. Read the commentary.

Mark Esper "An Outstanding Choice" For Secretary of Defense
The Heritage Foundation is proud to have played a part in Secretary Esper's early career, when he served as the chief of staff to Heritage's founder, Dr. Ed Feulner. We think he is an outstanding choice for this critical post. Read the statement

On Policy

Budget and Spending


Crime and Justice




Energy Economics



Farm Bill

Government Spending


International Relations


Poverty and Inequality

Religion and Civil Society

School Safety Initiative


Space Policy

Tax Cuts

Welfare Reform

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

Kay Coles James

Kay Coles James

May 22, 2018