Dan Holler on immigration

Heritage Action VP Dan Holler joined Varney & Co. on Fox Business yesterday to discuss immigration reform.


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Time to Shut Down Chain Migration

Our current family-based or “chain migration” legal immigration system is outdated and prioritizes relatives of…

To Offer Americans an Alternative to ‘Single-Payer’ Health Care, Republicans Must Act This Year

By Robert E. Moffit, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. With his Twitter…

The Senate’s Ugly Budget Deal Would Trample on the Success of Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage…

The Senate’s Ugly Budget Deal Would Trample on the Success of Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The bipartisan budget deal to spend hundreds of billions of dollars over the next two years is worse than you think. Not only would it bust the budget caps that have long kept federal…

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The GOP’s Coming Obamacare Capitulation

By Doug Badger, Senior Fellow, Galen Institute, Marie Fishpaw, Director, Domestic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation, and Mike Needham, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America. Congressional Republicans were elected to repeal Obamacare. They may run this year as the politicians who saved it. Since late last year, GOP leaders have been…

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Good News. Economic Freedom Is Back on the Rise.

By Edwin J. Feulner, Founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation. Good news: For the first time in a while, the United States isn’t just economically stronger. It’s economically freer. How do we know? Check the just-released 2018 “Index of Economic Freedom,” an annual data-driven research project that scores…

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5 Things to Know About Congress’ Latest Budget-Busting Deal

By Justin Bogie, Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Congressional leaders on Wednesday announced their latest budget-busting deal. The plan would provide a much-needed boost to defense spending, but fails in almost all other areas.…

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Kay Coles James on Fox Business Network

Jan. 29, 2018 In his first year, President Trump has adopted 64% of Heritage's policy recommendations. Kay Coles James, President of The Heritage Foundation, discusses the news and previews the State of the Union with Lou Dobbs. *Video published by YouTube.…

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KEY VOTE: “YES” ON PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT (S. 2311)

Heritage Action supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311)​ and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.​ JAN 26, 2018 Next week, the Senate will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311), introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). This legislation would…

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Obamacare Continues to Crush Small Business Owners in 2018

By Whitney Jones, Graduate Fellow, Health Policy, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Lawmakers may have gotten rid of the individual mandate, but the crushing weight of Obamacare still has not been lifted. Thanks to Obamacare, in 2018, some Virginia small business owners and their employees reportedly will…

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Liberals Are Ripping Tax Reform Bonuses. But They Celebrated $40 Under Obama Tax Cut.

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. In late 2011, President Barack Obama’s White House promoted the hashtag #40Dollars to get the word out about an extra $40 per month Americans would save in the temporary payroll tax cut. Less than seven years later, prominent liberals are scoffing at $1,000…

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Time to Shut Down Chain Migration

Our current family-based or “chain migration” legal immigration system is outdated and prioritizes relatives of existing immigrants over highly skilled and other merit-based applicants seeking to come to America. For decades, special interest groups and politicians have resorted to emotional appeals, rather than sound policy, to block needed reforms. During…

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2018 Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges: Competition and Choice Continue to Shrink

By Edmund F. Haislmaier, Preston A. Wells, Jr. Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The 2018 plan year is the fifth year of operation for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, known as Obamacare) health insurance exchanges. For the third year in a row, insurer participation has declined. Obamacare exchange customers…

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The Fatal Conceit of the Government Mortgage Complex

By Norbert J. Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. Debate over housing finance reform has raged for ten years. A favorite argument of those wishing to preserve some version of Fannie and Freddie has been: Without Fannie and Freddie, there is not enough private capital to…

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ICYMI: Professional Sentinel Call 01/18/18

Yesterday, Heritage Action Sentinels came together for our monthly Professional Sentinel Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director. Wesley walked through updates on immigration policy and the government funding deadline at the end of this week, examples of the early benefits…

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Tax Cuts: A New Hope XLV | The Heritage Foundation

Critics on the left have claimed that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would benefit only the wealthiest Americans. They said corporations would hold on to their savings instead of passing them along to their employees. A new analysis has found that 1 million Americans so far have received a…

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“YES” ON BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT (H.R. 4712)

Published by Dan Holler on January 17, 2018 This week, the House will vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). This legislation requires that appropriate medical care be given to any child who survived an attempted abortion, and establishes criminal penalties…

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Conservatives Warn Trump Not to Revive Earmarks If He Wants to Drain the Swamp

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal. Some conservatives are sounding the alarm over reinstating earmarks in Congress, as President Donald Trump voiced support Tuesday for reviving a budgetary practice that critics say feeds cronyism and corruption in government. “I hear so much about earmarks and how there…

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6 Actions States, Federal Government Could Take on Obamacare, Health Care in 2018

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. Many states are eager to reverse the damage from Obamacare in 2018, but in some cases, they will need help from Congress, leading health care experts say. “A lot of states would like to act in 2018, but there is a…

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Trump Signals Support for Internet Sales Tax Over Conservatives’ Objections

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal. A South Dakota lawmaker says President Donald Trump has promised that her bill requiring online merchants to collect sales taxes will be signed into law in 2018. “They all committed to me that we were going to get my bill passed…

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GOP Maps a Road to Nowhere in November

After a productive 2017, House leaders consider bringing back earmarks. Do they remember history? By Mark Walker, Chairman, Republican Study Committee. Despite the constant media portrayal of disarray, 2017 was a productive year for the first unified Republican government in a decade. Not only did we pass a once-in-a-generation tax…

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Trump Tax Cut Is Already Working

By Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. With the recent announcement of Walmart's increasing starting wages and Fiat Chrysler's opening a new plant (with 2,500 jobs) in Michigan, there are now more than a hundred companies that…

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Mike Needham on Fake News

Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham appeared on Fox News Sunday and pointed out the hypocrisy in the liberal media. *To watch this video on YouTube, click here.…

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Repeal Coalition letter to Trump

Yesterday, Heritage Action joined other members of the Repeal Coalition in sending a letter to President Trump. The letter calls on the president to finish delivering on his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. As emphasized in the letter: "Health reform must be the focus of the 2019 budget reconciliation…

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The Reality of Obamacare for the Middle Class Small-Business Owner

By Whitney Jones, Graduate Fellow, Health Policy, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Too often in Washington, political battles overshadow people's reality. As a health policy professional living in D.C., I didn't want to fall into the trap of thinking only about the data. So I…

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A Tax Cut for America

By Edwin J. Feulner, Founder, The Heritage Foundation. Most of the gifts exchanged at this time of year are opened on Christmas Day. But this time around, a big one arrived a few days early: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. You’d never know that if you listen to the…

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House and Senate Should Reconcile Their Bills to Replace Dodd-Frank

By Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. In June, the House passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a comprehensive financial regulatory reform bill that would replace large parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law. Because the Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, passing such a…

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VIDEO: Dan Holler on Tax Reform

Heritage Action Vice President Dan Holler discusses bringing down the top tax rate, the state and local tax deduction, and the individual mandate on Fox Business Network. *To view this video on Heritage Action's YouTube page, click here.…

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The High Tide of Red Tape Ebbs Under Trump’s Ambitious Deregulatory Push

By Diane Katz, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. The Trump administration on Thursday released an ambitious regulatory agenda that commits federal agencies to more than 400 deregulatory actions in fiscal 2018, and to cutting…

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Who Wouldn’t Have Coverage If the Obamacare Mandate Is Repealed

By Robert Moffit, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, and Edmund Haislmaier, Preston A. Wells, Jr. Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The prospect that Congress might zero-out Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty in the pending tax bill has sent Obamacare defenders into flights of pessimistic rhetoric, up…

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In 1 Chart, What’s in the Final Tax Reform Bill

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the most sweeping update to the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years. The recently released conference report would lower taxes on business and individuals,…

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5 Myths About Tax Reform, and Why They’re Wrong

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, and Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. Next week, the House and Senate will take their final votes on tax reform. The president’s goal is to sign…

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Improving the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A Path for the Conference Committee

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. The House and Senate each passed slightly different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two versions now head to a conference committee where select lawmakers from both chambers will work towards one unified bill.…

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Michael Needham on Bloomberg weighing the pros and cons of the Senate and House tax bills

Heritage Action for America CEO, Michael Needham, joins Bloomberg's "Balance of Power" to discuss the differences between the House and Senate tax reform bills on Dec. 11, 2017. *To view this content on the Heritage Response Room YouTube account, click here.…

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ICYMI: Professional Sentinel Call 12/07/17

Last week, Heritage Action Sentinels came together for our monthly Professional Sentinel Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director. Wesley walked through updates on tax reform, government funding, CFPB, and replacing Dodd-Frank. Matt provided action items for Sentinels on legislative priorities. If…

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This Small Business Owner Doesn’t Want Handouts for Being a Woman in the Construction Industry. She Wants Tax Reform.

By Kelsey Harkness, Senior News Producer at The Daily Signal. SPRINGFIELD, Missouri—Mary Beth Hartman has never called herself a feminist. “But I do believe that women can compete with men, and I don’t believe that we have to be out there beating our chest or our drums, or doing a…

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How Licensing Laws Protect Special Interests at the Expense of Everyone Else

By Timothy Kilcullen, Member, Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation, and Salim Furth, Research Fellow, Macroeconomics, Center for Data Analysis, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. New data compiled by the Institute for Justice shows just how far states have overreached in regulating professions. The…

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Seniors Face Return of Obamacare Tax in 2018

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. The clock is ticking for the return of an Obamacare tax that opponents say will hit older Americans on fixed incomes particularly hard, costing them an extra $500 per couple. Congress hasn’t taken action to delay or eliminate the tax before…

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Conservatives Push for 20% Corporate Tax Rate

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal. Following a report suggesting the corporate tax rate in Republicans’ final tax reform bill could be higher than 20 percent, some conservatives are making the case again for the 20 percent rate. “If we want to see wage growth to help America’s families,…

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In Charts, How These 7 Taxpayers’ Bills Would Change If Tax Reform Were Enacted

By Rachel Greszler, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. How will you fare if the GOP tax plan is enacted? Well, on net, most Americans will see a significant tax cut under the proposed plans from Republican lawmakers, including virtually all lower- and middle-income workers…

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In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Both bills are a big improvement to America’s out-of-date tax code and could boost the economy by…

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Heritage Explains 023: The History of Lower Tax Rates

History has proven that when tax rates are reduced, the economy grows and living standards increase. Tax rates were slashed dramatically during the 1920s. Because of this, personal income tax revenues rose from 1921-1928 by more than 60%. In the 1960s President Kennedy proposed across-the-board tax rate reductions. Again revenues…

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Debunking the Left’s Myths on Net Neutrality

By James Gattuso, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, Expert in Financial Regulation at The Heritage Foundation. The end of the world is nigh. That at least is the message being spread by last-ditch defenders of the Obama-era “network neutrality” rules, which Federal Communications…

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The Senate Voted to Kill Obamacare’s Individual Mandate. Why That Was a Wise Call.

By Robert Moffit, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Obamacare’s individual mandate to buy federally standardized health insurance is a tax, courtesy of the Supreme Court’s elaborate exercise in creative writing: National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012). Legislators should judge a law by its results, not by good…

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The Differences House, Senate Will Have to Resolve to Advance Tax Reform Bill

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal. Following the Senate’s 51-49 early Saturday morning vote to pass Republicans’ tax reform overhaul, the legislation will move to conference where the House and Senate will work to resolve their differences. “I think the differences are pretty minor between the two bills and I…

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After Months of Inaction, Senate Republicans Must Seize Chance to Pass Tax Reform

By Mike Needham, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America. After nearly 11 months of careening from one disappointment to another, Congress is on the verge of a major breakthrough on tax reform. I won’t begrudge you if you’re pessimistic, but past performance does not always indicate future results. And…

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ICYMI: Professional Sentinel Call 11/16/17

Earlier this month, Heritage Action Sentinels came together for our monthly Professional Sentinel Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director. Wesley walked through updates on tax reform, including differences between the House and Senate proposals, and highlighted areas for improvement. Matt provided…

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No, Republicans Are Not Leaving Small Businesses Behind

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The Senate Finance Committee passed a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last week, which now heads to the full Senate floor for a vote. Some claim the bill leaves behind small and pass-through…

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Planned Parenthood Is in Deep Trouble With the Law. This Could Be a Turning Point.

By Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List. We are living through a remarkable time in history. Almost daily, those in influential positions who once appeared untouchable are falling out of popular favor as their abuses are exposed. Earlier this month, one particularly corrupt institution was dealt back-to-back blows: Planned…

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The Perfect Coda for Cordray’s Tenure: Nullifying the Payday Lending Rule

By Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. Richard Cordray, the first official director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will step down at the end of November. That’s great news because now the Trump administration can insert its own director and implement its own policy agenda.…

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CFPB Deputy Director Is Challenging the President’s Authority. Here’s Why Her Arguments Are Flawed.

By John G. Malcolm, Vice President for the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been a political hot potato since the day it was created as part of the legislative response to the 2008 financial crisis. A brainchild of then-Harvard law professor (now…

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Q&A: FCC Chairman Explains Why He’s Ending Obama’s ‘Heavy-Handed Internet Regulations’

By Rob Bluey, Senior Vice President, Communications at The Heritage Foundation, Editor in Chief at The Daily Signal. The Federal Communications Commission will vote in December on a proposal to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. Shortly after publicly announcing the news, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spoke to Daily Signal Editor-in-Chief…

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Why Eliminating Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Should Be Part of Tax Reform

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. Obamacare’s individual mandate survived the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling on the Affordable Care Act solely because the court interpreted the insurance requirement as a “tax.” But now that Republicans in the Senate have included repealing—or zeroing…

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Memo for the Movement: Congress Must Prioritize Responsible Spending in Year-End Deals

A PDF version of this memo, signed by Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and other leaders in the conservative movement, can be found here. Memo for the Movement Congress Must Prioritize Responsible Spending in Year-End Deals November 20, 2017 Washington, D.C. For years, conservatives have been sounding the alarm on…

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The Stupid Party gets smart

By Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. Republicans have long been known as “the stupid party.” They do stupid things, like waiting until mid-November to pass a must-pass tax cut that should have been done by April.…

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Democrats in Meltdown Mode as Obamacare Individual Mandate Moves Toward Extinction

By Emily Miller, award-winning journalist and author of the book "Emily Gets Her Gun" about gun control policies. Democrats, of course, oppose the tax cuts moving through Congress. They believe government knows better how to spend your money than you do. But what has really got their goat is eliminating the Obamacare…

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Q&A: Rep. Jim Banks Talks About the Benefits of Tax Reform

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., spoke to The Daily Signal’s Genevieve Wood earlier this month, before the tax reform bill passed the House, about how eliminating the state and local tax deduction will benefit middle- and working-class families. Below is a transcript of the conversation, edited for style and clarity: Wood:…

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How the GOP Tax Bill Will Affect the Economy

By Parker Sheppard, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation, and David Burton, Senior Fellow, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The House passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday, a bill that would reform the tax…

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Repeal HIT on consumers and small businesses

By David Burton, Senior Fellow in Economic Policy, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. After a one-year moratorium, a new Obamacare tax will kick in this January. As a result, premiums for individual and small group health insurance plans will…

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Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize California’s spending addiction

By Dan Holler, Vice President, Heritage Action for America. Buried within the more than 74,000 pages of our nation’s tax code lies a special tax deduction that allows state and local governments with excessively high taxes to shift part of the burden to taxpayers in other states. In other words,…

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Congress Is Putting Itself in a Straightjacket on Tax Reform

By Bill Walton, Host of "Common Ground with Bill Walton" and Trustee of The Heritage Foundation. It’s beginning to look like Republicans in Congress are going to squander yet another opportunity to do something big to boost the economy. Our pro-prosperity president wants a pro-growth tax package, but our Republicans…

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Bill Would Protect Pro-Life Nurses Like These 3 Women

By Ian Snively, Member, Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Pro-life members of Congress have introduced legislation to protect health care providers from being compelled to provide abortions under threat of losing their jobs. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., held a press conference on the House Triangle outside the U.S.…

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Congress Could Soon Face a Budget Fight. Here’s How Lawmakers Can Rein in Spending.

By Romina Boccia, Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Two thousand seventy-five dollars. That’s every American’s personal share of the fiscal year 2017 budget deficit. The total deficit? Six hundred sixty-six billion dollars. It’s the American people…

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The Ethanol Mandate Promotes Swamp Dominance, Not Energy Dominance

By Nicolas Loris, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform at The Heritage Foundation, and Samantha Block, Member, Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Washington is known for political arm-twisting. There’s a good reason for that. It too often works,…

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How Tax Reform Would Simplify Taxes for Tens of Millions

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow, Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. Lawmakers have long championed a system that allows Americans to fill out their tax returns on a postcard. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposed by Republicans in Congress could help turn that vision into a reality for most…

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5 Ways to Improve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would provide tax relief to millions of Americans, and has the potential to facilitate significant economic growth. The proposal is pro-growth and pro-worker, but leaves much of the…

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Solid Ideas in all Three Treasury Reports — Here Are A Few More

By Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. Treasury has now released three of the four reports due under President Trump’s Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System. The first covered depository institutions. The latest reports address (1) capital markets and (2) asset management and insurance companies. The…

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PRESS RELEASE: HOUSE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL TAX REFORM PLAN

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 Washington — This morning, the House Ways and Means Committee released preliminary legislative text of a sweeping overhaul of America’s long outdated tax code. Similar to the framework announced in September, the plan would slash the corporate and pass-through rates by 15 percentage points each, simplify the individual…

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VIDEO: Dan Holler on FBN’s “Varney & Co.” talking about the GOP tax plan

Dan Holler, Vice President of Heritage Action for America, joined Fox Business Network Stewart to discuss tax reform on November 2, 2017. The House Ways and Means Committee released it's preliminary legislative text of a sweeping overhaul of America’s long outdated tax code earlier that day. *To view this video on…

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GOP’s Top Tax Writer Says Obamacare Mandate Could Be Repealed in Tax Plan

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says Republican’s tax plan unveiled Thursday could potentially include a repeal of the individual health care mandate in Obamacare. “The president feels very strongly about including this at some step before the…

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The Ugly Consequences of Single-Payer Health Care

By Robert Moffit, Senior Fellow, Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. The late, great Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman said it best: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Friedman’s pithy proverb reminds us that there is also no “free health care.” It’s a timely reminder, as Sen.…

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Small Business Owner in Trump Country Explains Why Tax Reform Will Help the 99%

By Kelsey Harkness, Senior News Producer at The Daily Signal. SEDALIA, Mo.—As Republicans prepare to unveil the details of their major tax reform proposal this week, a small business owner in America’s heartland is speaking out about how her and her employees could benefit. “The 1 percent that keeps being…

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How Keeping the Property Tax Deduction Could Backfire on the Middle Class

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. On the eve of the release of their tax reform proposal, GOP leaders are considering keeping the property tax portion of the state and local tax deduction as part of their plan. This “compromise” could end…

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Keeping the Death Tax Would Make No Sense at All

By Kevin Dayaratna, Senior Statistician and Research Programmer, Center for Data Analysis, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Congress is set to unveil more details of its tax reform proposal…

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ICYMI: Professional Legislative Strategy Call 10/19/17

Earlier this month, conservatives working in the business and real estate community all came together for our monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy Manager, and Matt Lauer, Grassroots Director.  Wesley walked through updates on tax reform. Matt provided action items for Sentinels on legislative…

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VIDEO: Michael Needham on GOP Tax Plan

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham discusses the Republican party and their tax reform proposal on Fox News Sunday.…

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Why Trump Should Keep NAFTA’s Investment Protection Provisions

By James M. Roberts, Research Fellow, Economic Freedom and Growth at The Heritage Foundation. President Donald Trump’s trade representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, stirred up some controversy last week when he called for a five-year “sunset” provision to be included in the North American Free Trade Agreement. He asserted that investor-state dispute settlement features in U.S.…

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Tax Reform Means Higher Pay for Americans, Council of Economic Advisers Predicts

By Casey Ryan, Member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Lowering the corporate tax rate will spur economic growth and encourage business owners to invest more in their businesses,  leading to higher wages for employees, according to a new report from the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.…

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The Senate Voted to Protect Banks, but It’s Actually a Win for You

By Norbert Michel, Director, Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. January marked the start of the first serious effort at federal deregulation in decades. Yet the massive pile of Dodd-Frank rules has remained largely untouched—until last week. On Tuesday night, the Senate exercised its power under the Congressional Review…

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Conway, McMorris Rodgers Tout Tax Reform to Minority Entrepreneurs

Casey Ryan, Member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. A counselor to the president and the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference told a gathering of minority entrepreneurs that the GOP tax reform plan would have “real people impact” and ease the burden on employers, enabling them…

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Why Adding a New Top Income Tax Rate Is a Bad Idea

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. One of the most critical ingredients in “pro-growth” tax reform is lowering tax rates for everyone. Conservatives have championed this goal for a long time. But now, as tax reform approaches nearer and nearer, some Republican lawmakers…

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146 in Real Estate Industry Buck National Group by Backing GOP Tax Plan

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for the Daily Signal Nearly 150 real estate professionals from 34 states Monday urged congressional Republicans to pass their tax reform package, saying it would “unleash economic growth, create jobs, and increase wages.” In a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

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Don’t Believe False Reports That Say Eliminating The SALT Deduction Would Cost The Average Taxpayer Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in the Institute for Economic Freedom at The Heritage Foundation. Some politicians are determined to retain a special tax deduction that allows state and local governments to levy excessive taxes on their residents by shifting part of the burden to federal taxpayers in other states.…

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Here’s How We’re Making Real Progress Toward Tax Reform

By Senator Mike Lee, Republican from Utah. It’s not every day that good news comes out of Congress, but last week the United States Senate made firm progress on tax reform that included a strong bipartisan message that the final legislation must include real tax relief for working families. Make…

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VIDEO: Tax Code Enables Reckless State Spending

As Congress works on tax reform, it is worth noting how politicians and interest groups use the code for their benefit often at the expense of others. Some of the worst abusers are the states. *To watch this video on The Daily Signal YouTube account, click here.…

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Deduction for State and Local Taxes Stunts Economic Growth, Group Warns

By Ian Snively, Member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Congress should get rid of federal taxpayers’ deduction for state and local income taxes because it ends up costing most taxpayers billions of dollars, an organization that advocates state-level reforms says in an open letter to lawmakers. Removing the…

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Here’s How the Tax Code Helps Rich Taxpayers in Big Government States Pay Less

By Jarrett Stepman, Reporter for The Daily Signal. As Congress works on tax reform, it is worth noting how politicians and interest groups use the code for their benefit often at the expense of others. Some of the worst abusers are the states. One of the most overlooked issues with…

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Trump Says ‘I Can’t Support Bailing Out’ Insurance Companies Profiting From Obamacare

By Robert Donachie, Reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he could not support the bipartisan proposal to shore up Obamacare and stabilize the health insurance markets through 2019. “I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I…

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Trump: Tax Reform ‘Will Lift Our People From Welfare to Work’

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. President Donald Trump promoted his tax reform plan at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club, and also touted American values, the Constitution, and “God-given rights.” “We will lift our people from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty…

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VIDEO: The Historic Choice on Tax Reform

Tax reform is about more than updating our policies to meet the times. It is a chance to forever change the direction of our country. Will America remain saddled with a tax system rigged for the wealthy and the well-connected that leaves families struggling to get ahead? Or will we…

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PRESS RELEASE: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CANCELS ILLEGAL OBAMACARE INSURER SUBSIDIES

OCTOBER 13, 2017 Washington — Following a “thorough legal review,” the Trump administration announced last night that it “believe[s] that the last Administration overstepped the legal boundaries” by distributing Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies without a congressional appropriation. As a result, the Trump administration “will discontinue these payments…

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Our Tax Code Rewards Bad State Policies and Favors the Wealthy. That Needs to Change.

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. One of the many reasons we need tax reform is that our current system encourages bad economic policy at the state level and subsidizes wealthy individuals. You heard that right. The tax deductions for state and…

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It’s Time to Reform Our Tax Code. Let’s Do Something Historic.

By Paul Ryan, 54th speaker of the House of Representatives. Note: House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke at The Heritage Foundation on Oct. 12. The following has been adapted from his remarks. Thank you, Dr. Feulner, and thank you to The Heritage Foundation for having me. The very first thing I want…

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Starting a New Business Shouldn’t Be This Hard

By Timothy Kilcullen, Member, Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation, and Salim Furth, Research Fellow, Macroeconomics, Center for Data Analysis, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. A new National Bureau of Economic Research study has quantified the impact of America’s generation-long decline in business startups, and the…

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Promise Kept: Trump Administration Protects Americans’ Religious Freedom

By Emilie Kao, Director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. The Justice Department fulfilled President Donald Trump’s promise to provide clear guidance on the administration’s commitment to restore robust protection of religious freedom across all federal agencies and executive departments Friday. This…

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Obama’s Climate Plan Was a Failure on All Accounts

By Nicolas Loris, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform, at The Heritage Foundation. The Trump administration is dismantling President Barack Obama’s climate legacy piece by piece, and this week it’s taking an axe to arguably the biggest piece. In an…

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Who Wins and Who Loses with Tax Reform?

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Communications Advisor and Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal. Let’s be honest, if the tax plan currently being debated in Washington becomes law, there will be winners and losers. The question is, how will it affect you? The GOP plan to reform America’s tax code is, as…

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Some Say GOP Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes. Here’s What They’re Missing.

By Kevin D. Dayaratna, Senior Statistician and Research Programmer, Center for Data Analysis, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, and Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation.…

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6 Takeaways From the Senate Budget Proposal

By Justin Bogie, Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, and Frederico Bartels, Policy Analyst, Davis Institute for National Security…

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This Critical Part of Tax Reform Would Help Liberate Small Businesses

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. Americans have always fostered a spirit of entrepreneurship. We take pride in pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. Unfortunately, our complicated and restrictive tax code is limiting innovation and growth in this country. One of the…

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This Key Change Will Bring Money Pouring Back Into the US

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. President Donald Trump once called our tax code a “giant self-inflicted wound.” He’s right—and one of the worst aspects of our broken code is the “worldwide” system of taxation. Under current tax law, U.S. businesses are…

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‘Deregulation Day’ Spotlights Big Changes Trump Is Bringing to Washington

By Diane Katz, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity. Monday is “Deregulation Day” for the federal government as declared by President Donald Trump, and thus is an opportune time to deliver the findings of The Heritage Foundation’s latest tracking…

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