• Heritage Foundation Blueprint Would Balance Budget While Cutting Taxes

    Balancing the budget while reducing taxes and prioritizing national defense are the main goals in a blueprint for smarter government spending released Monday by The Heritage Foundation.

    The think tank’s new “Blueprint for Balance” “lays out an agenda both for our long-term governing vision [and] what our conservative policy priorities [are] that we want lawmakers to champion,” Romina Boccia, director of Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, said during a roundtable with reporters to introduce the plan.

    “Overall,” Boccia said, the blueprint specifies “what Republicans especially should be pushing for in the spending bills in order to realize conservative policy priorities and reduce spending in accordance with our values.”

    The Budget Control Act, passed in 2011, sought to curb government spending and control the growth of government programs, capping discretionary spending at $1.07 trillion for fiscal year 2018.… Read More...

  • Equality Act Would Impose Sexual Orthodoxy, GOP Leaders Warn

    Democrats’ “gender equality” bill, a priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, actually would harm Americans if passed and not promote equal rights, Republican opponents said Thursday.

    The legislation, called the Equality Act, is expected to be voted on Friday in the House.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a statement provided to The Daily Signal, called the bill “another mirage” created by Democrats.

    “The Democrats’ latest piece of legislation is another mirage, packaged with a deceiving title, that ultimately chips away at our religious freedoms, would jeopardize Title IX sports programs, and puts our children at risk by eliminating parental consent in life-altering medical procedures,” McCarthy said.… Read More...

  • Raising Budget Caps Is ‘Last Thing We Need’ With $22 Trillion Debt

    Republicans in the conservative House Freedom Caucus are opposing Democrats’ attempts to increase discretionary spending despite a national debt of more than $22 trillion.

    “Our country is $22 trillion in debt,” the group said in a statement released Friday. “The spending caps are one of the few tools left to slow down the runaway growth of the federal budget. We will oppose another deal to blow through these limits.”

    The Budget Control Act, passed in 2011, sought to curb government spending and control the growth of federal programs, capping discretionary spending at $1.07 trillion for fiscal year 2018, which began Oct.… Read More...

  • Would-Be Builder of Border Wall Ready to Do ‘Impossible’

    Would-Be Builder of Border Wall Ready to Do ‘Impossible’

    COOLIDGE, Arizona—The vice president of a family-owned construction company says his firm is competing for one of the nation’s most talked-about contracts because its leaders believe they can do what many say can’t be done.

    “Two years ago, when the president said he wanted to build a wall [from] sea to sea … many people said, ‘It cannot be built, it won’t be built,’” Grant Fisher, vice president of Fisher Industries, told The Daily Signal in an interview.

    But “build the impossible,” Fisher said, is “what we do.”

    Fisher said his company’s $3.3 billion proposal to the Department of Homeland Security is to construct 218 miles of border fence, plus roads and related technology, by June 2020.… Read More...

  • 4 Takeaways From House Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ Hearing

    4 Takeaways From House Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ Hearing

    Democrats pushed their “Medicare for All” legislation in a hearing Tuesday before the House Rules Committee, saying it would provide health care efficiently to all Americans.

    “Full room at the FIRST EVER hearing on #MedicareForAll today,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., tweeted Tuesday. “A tremendous step in ensuring every single person in this country has quality and affordable health care.”

    Jayapal is the House sponsor of Medicare for All legislation, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the sponsor of a similar bill in the Senate.

    Sanders’ Medicare for All Act of 2019 could cost $32 trillion over 10 years and rob 181 million Americans of their private health coverage, asserted Robert Moffit, a senior fellow in domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, in a recent op-ed.… Read More...

  • New Jersey Parents to Rally Against LGBT Education Law

    New Jersey Parents to Rally Against LGBT Education Law

    A rally this weekend will give New Jersey parents an opportunity to oppose a new state law requiring public schools to teach children about the “political, economic, and social contributions” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

    The new law also requires schools to stress such contributions made by disabled persons, but it’s the LGBT education component that prompted organizers to plan the rally.

    “When you teach about George Washington, you don’t teach that George Washington had sex with his wife and what he did; we teach what George Washington did as a president,” Victoria Jakelsky, a political consultant and parental rights activist in New Jersey, told The Daily Signal in an interview Wednesday.… Read More...

  • A Mom’s Fight Against Illegal Immigrant Criminals

    A Mom’s Fight Against Illegal Immigrant Criminals

    Life hasn’t been the same for Mary Ann Mendoza since she lost her son Brandon in 2014 due to a car accident caused by an illegal immigrant. She shares her experience, and how she’d like our country’s border security polices to change. Read the transcript, posted below, or listen to the interview on the podcast:

    We also cover these stories:

    • ISIS is claiming responsibility for the Sri Lanka Easter attack.
    • The brothers allegedly involved in the Jussie Smollett hate hoax are suing his lawyers.
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces plans to name an area after President Donald Trump.

    Rachel del Guidice: We’re joined on The Daily Signal podcast today by Mary Ann Mendoza, who lost her son Brandon in 2014 after his police car was hit by an intoxicated driver who was in the U.S.… Read More...

  • ‘Something Wrong’ When House Must Debate Born-Alive Bill

    ‘Something Wrong’ When House Must Debate Born-Alive Bill

    A South Carolina lawmaker says it is unconscionable that legislation to force a House vote on medical care for babies who survive abortion is so controversial.

    “Something’s wrong in America when we’re dealing with this and having [to] even debate this,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., said on the sixth installment, published Thursday, of a new podcast from the House Freedom Caucus.

    Using a procedural tactic know as a discharge petition, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.,  Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., and other pro-life lawmakers are trying to force a floor vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

    The legislation would require medical professionals to give the same care to a baby who survives an abortion as they would to any other baby of the same age, as well as to take the baby to a hospital.… Read More...

  • $22 Trillion in Debt Not ‘Sustainable Trajectory,’ House GOP Leader Says

    $22 Trillion in Debt Not ‘Sustainable Trajectory,’ House GOP Leader Says

    Restoring fiscal sanity to Congress is a matter of national security, the chairman of the House’s largest Republican caucus says.

    “It’s not a sustainable trajectory,” Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said of a national debt that has topped $22 trillion.

    “It’s not when we have military officials, the Pentagon officials, the top brass come in and testify to Congress under oath,” Johnson said. “They always say when they’re asked the question, ‘What is the No. 1 threat to national security?,’ they say debt is not a sustainable trajectory for the country. We have to address it.”

    Johnson, joined by Rep.… Read More...

  • The Pivotal Gun Case Likely Going to the Supreme Court Explained

    The Pivotal Gun Case Likely Going to the Supreme Court Explained

    Could the manufacturer of the gun used in the tragic Sandy Hook shooting be sued? That’s what’s at stake in a new case that the Supreme Court has been asked to hear. Heritage Foundation legal expert Amy Swearer breaks down this case, plus what needs to be done to make our schools safe. Read the transcript, posted below:

    Rachel del Guidice: Remington, a gun manufacturer in North Carolina, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case after the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the manufacturer could be held liable for the deaths at Sandy Hook since the shooter used a Remington gun.… Read More...

  • Citizenship Question Used on Census for 175 Years, GOP Report Shows

    Citizenship Question Used on Census for 175 Years, GOP Report Shows

    A new report from House Republicans shows a citizenship question appeared on the U.S. census in one form or another for nearly 175 years, and argues that its addition to the 2020 census should not be controversial despite Democrats’ objections.

    “Every decennial census from 1820 to 1950 inquired about citizenship,” the minority staff report released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform says, adding:

    From 1970 to 2000, the long-form census—sent to a segment of the population—inquired about citizenship. Since 2005, the Census Bureau has asked 3.5 million Americans about their citizenship every year.

    Those census appearances cover almost 175 of the 229 years since the first U.S.… Read More...

  • Overreaching Big Government Is ‘Nothing New,’ Sen. Mike Lee Says

    Overreaching Big Government Is ‘Nothing New,’ Sen. Mike Lee Says

    A leading Senate conservative says the aim of his new book is to remind Americans of the importance of the nation’s founding documents in responding to government overreach.

    “The book is my latest effort in an attempt to make clear to the American people that what we’re facing today with overreaching big government is nothing new,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a New York Times best-selling author, said of his new book.

    Lee made his remarks on the fifth installment of the House Freedom Caucus’ new podcast series hosted by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.

    Lee’s book, “Our Lost Declaration: America’s Fight Against Tyranny From King George to the Deep State,” is set for release April 23 and is available for preorder on Amazon.… Read More...

  • Pro-Life Activists Lobby House to Force Vote on Born-Alive Abortion Bill

    Pro-Life Activists Lobby House to Force Vote on Born-Alive Abortion Bill

    Conservative grassroots activists are lobbying House lawmakers to sign a petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a bill that would protect babies born alive after an attempted abortion.

    “It is not right to have babies aborted,” said Jeff Balek, who was born blind in 1980 at 26 weeks’ gestation, late in the second trimester of a regular 40-week pregnancy.

    Balek, who traveled to Washington from South Carolina with his parents, Tom and Linda Balek, is one of more than 50 “sentinels” associated with Heritage Action for America who visited Capitol Hill from across the country.

    The sentinels, who help advance Heritage Action’s priorities, in this case are asking lawmakers to sign a discharge petition on the abortion bill led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep.… Read More...

  • 4 Ways Democrats Are Responding to Mueller Report

    4 Ways Democrats Are Responding to Mueller Report

    Democrats are considering next steps following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which found that Donald Trump and his associates did not conspire with Russia to win the presidency.

    Mueller transmitted the results of his 22-month probe Friday to Attorney General William Barr without seeking any more indictments.

    Barr, in a letter Sunday to House and Senate committee leaders, said Mueller found no evidence linking the Trump campaign to Russian interference in the election and made no determination of whether the president sought to obstruct justice by impeding the probe.

    Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, after considering evidence compiled by Mueller’s team, decided that Trump had not attempted to obstruct justice.… Read More...

  • Star of 'Unplanned' Hopes Film Changes Hearts, Minds

    Star of ‘Unplanned’ Hopes Film Changes Hearts, Minds

    Ashley Bratcher, star of the new movie “Unplanned,” recently sat down with The Daily Signal to talk about the film, which opens Friday. It tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director who left the nation’s largest abortion provider in 2009 after a conversion experience. You can listen to the interview with Bratcher on the podcast or read a lightly edited transcript below.

    Rachel del Guidice: We’re joined on The Daily Signal Podcast today by Ashley Bratcher. She’s the lead actress in the movie “Unplanned.” The movie tells the story of Abby Johnson, the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic director who in 2009 left Planned Parenthood due to a change of heart.… Read More...