A Valentine’s Day Wish for Free Trade

Americans saved more than $16 million on roses last year thanks to U.S. trade policy toward Colombia. Under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), many products from Colombia are exempt from U.S. import tariffs. Colombia is the biggest supplier of cut flowers to U.S. consumers, and the ATPA exempts Colombian roses from the 6.8 percent […]

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South Carolina Bill Would Nullify Islamic Law in State Courts

Columbia, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina proposal would prevent the state’s courts from enforcing foreign law, including Islamic Sharia law, though Muslim advocates say it could essentially ban religion from mundane matters such as weddings and even burials. The bill makes no reference to a specific religion or country, though its sponsors acknowledge they […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: Arguments for Individual Mandate’s Constitutionality Don’t Hold Up

In the wake of federal Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that Obamacare’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to further examine the issue. The individual mandate forces Americans to purchase a level of insurance deemed appropriate by the federal government or else pay a fine. Heritage’s legal experts write that […]

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Senate Investigation Slams Pentagon on Fort Hood

The Senate Homeland Security Committee headed by Senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins issued a report claiming that the Fort Hood massacre could have been prevented had the military authorities acted on the information that they possessed.  A combination of bureaucratic sloth and political correctness prevented the proper measures. While the report came down on […]

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House and Senate Cloakroom Report: February 7th-11th

Analysis provided by Heritage Action for America House Cloakroom Report: February 7th – 11th Analysis: The House returns from their district work period week to discuss a variety of issues. Deliberations will begin on the Continuing Resolution package under the guidelines that the House Budget Committeeunveiled last week and what spending cuts will need to be made. […]

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CIFTA: Treaty Without a Purpose

The Organization of American States (OAS) is an enthusiastic backer of its CIFTA treaty, the Spanish-language abbreviation for the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. President Clinton signed CIFTA in 1997, but it has not been ratified by the Senate. That is fortunate, for […]

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Obamacare In Serious Condition

A large number of Senators went on record tonight opposing ObamaCare.  The House spoke on a bipartisan basis on a measure to fully repeal the President’s health care law by 56 votes last month.  Just yesterday, a Florida federal court issued a decision declaring the individual mandate, and the whole law, unconstitutional.  If one of […]

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I’m Just a Bill, Yes, I’m Only a Bill: The Constitutional Way to Make Laws

Under the Progressive notion of a “living” Constitution, almost every aspect of the Constitution has been subject to reinterpretation.  One section that would seem to defy a new interpretation, however, is Article I, Section 7, Clause 2 – or the “Presentment Clause” – which clearly outlines the process by which a bill becomes a law. […]

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