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Heritage Action Warns: House GOP Leadership Could Bring Back Earmarks

“Any attempt to roll back the longstanding ban on congressional earmarks — the lubricant that empowers politicians to cut bad deals — would amount to a rebuke of those voters,” says Michael Needham, the chief executive officer of Heritage Action.

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The Farmer’s Plight Part 3: Bad Trade Deals and Worse Actors

A historic agriculture crisis requires debt acceleration, price drops and misguided federal policy. When it comes to naming misguided policy, it doesn’t take farmers long — especially cotton farmers — to cite “that damned Brazil deal.”

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Heritage Action: Boehner Resignation Shows People’s Voices Reaching D.C.

House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation is an indication that the American people are being heard in the Washington, Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Michael Needham says

“Americans deserve a Congress that fights for opportunity for all and favoritism to none,” Needham said. “Too often, Speaker Boehner has stood in the way. Today’s announcement is a sign that the voice of the American people is breaking through in Washington.”

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House Republican Leaders Cancel Vote To Fund Susan G. Komen – Major Donor to Planned Parenthood

The cancellation of the vote comes in the wake of an investigative video released Tuesday morning by pro-life group Center for Medical Progress which depicted Planned Parenthood’s chief medical officer speaking about how to abort a baby intact in order to be able to harvest its body parts for sale. Funding to the breast cancer group would likely have benefited Planned Parenthood, leading Heritage Action to object to a vote on it.

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House Votes To Reauthorize No Child Left Behind

Many in the GOP reportedly refrained from voting until the last minute and some changed their votes under pressure from Republican leadership. Only one conservative amendment, introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) was adopted, by a vote of 251-178, that would allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing.

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Politico: Senate No Child Left Behind Amendments ‘Hashed Out Behind Closed Doors By Democrats’ Over Civil Rights Issue

It’s worth noting that in the half-century since the ESEA was passed as part of Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” billions of dollars have been spent – by both Democrat and Republican administrations – on education and so-called “helpful” programs for “disadvantaged” children, and yet Democrats are still fighting for more federal control and federal programs and subsidies in order to “close the achievement gap.”

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Heritage Action Will Score Fast-Track Vote

The conservative group is warning that it will be scoring the upcoming vote on providing President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals. “Absent ironclad public commitments from Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that the Export-Import Bank will not be reauthorized, Heritage Action will key vote against H.R. 1314,” the group warned Wednesday.