WASHINGTON — Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James today made the following statement on the accomplishments of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence over the past four years:
“I would like to thank President Trump and Vice President Pence for the many successes they achieved for this country. Despite a global pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn, an agenda-driven media, and a Congress bent on impeachment, they leave office having accomplished many consequential policy victories for the American people.
“Three conservative justices were confirmed to the Supreme Court and over 200 judges were appointed to federal benches across America. The administration cut taxes and regulations, giving rise to a historic economic expansion and the lowest unemployment rate in five decades. The administration supported law enforcement, enforced our immigration laws, moved toward an immigration system focused on American needs instead of those of illegal aliens. America became an energy exporter and less reliant on foreign sources. The administration prioritized veterans’ care, worked to rebuild our national defenses, withdrew from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, and eliminated terrorist leaders who threatened the American people. And they brokered some of the most important peace deals in the Middle East in our lifetimes.
“While the last four years have produced many accomplishments, America still faces threats from within and from abroad. The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, violent unrest in our streets, runaway federal spending, the push for more socialist policies, and the erosion of civic institutions are just a few of the serious threats we face.
“The Heritage Foundation will continue to develop solutions to address these and other issues, and we’re prepared to make our case to the Biden administration and Congress. At the same time, we’ll also fight against proposals to raise taxes on American families. We’ll push back against efforts to create government-run health care or pass an economy-killing Green New Deal. And we’ll fight any attempt to pack the Supreme Court to remake it into just another political body.
“The Heritage Foundation has fought for the interests of the American people for nearly 50 years and through 12 presidential elections, no matter who occupies the White House or who holds the majority in Congress.
“This is no time for conservatives to lose heart. We must get up, dust ourselves off, and take up the fight once again to preserve the country we love. The principles that made this country great have not been lost. Instead, we must work together to rekindle them in the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens, especially in our younger generations.
“Today, like every day, The Heritage Foundation continues its mission to help ensure that America remains a land of unprecedented opportunity and the freest, most prosperous nation the world has ever known. I can assure you, Heritage will never stop fighting for America.”