Conservative Action Project Coalition Letter to Congress: 2018 Legislative Agenda

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January 5, 2018 9:33 am

As Republican congressional leadership and the President prepare their legislative agenda for 2018, the Conservative Action Project Steering Committee calls on them to prioritize several key issues.

  • Finish repealing Obamacare. Now that the individual mandate is gone, Congress must do what they promised for the last eight years and repeal the law in its entirety, including its associated regulations. This must be the focus of the 2019 budget reconciliation instructions. Under no circumstances should health insurance companies be given billion dollar bailouts.
  • Do not provide amnesty to illegal immigrants. Congress should not provide amnesty to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Moreover, any proposal dealing with immigration reform should be given transparent debate and deliberation in Congress — not stuffed into a thousand-page omnibus spending bill.
  • Confirm President Trump’s nominees. Over 500 of the President’s nominees are still awaiting confirmation by the Senate. Both Presidents Bush and Obama had substantially more confirmations at the same time in their respective terms. The Senate must begin working full weeks — rather than the 2.5-day weekly work schedule they keep now — to provide timely confirmation to the President.
  • Support fiscally responsible policies. Republicans have promised responsible actions toward the debt and deficit for decades, and they should not walk away from that now. The spending policies outlined in President Trump’s budget begin to whittle away at years of fiscal neglect. Republican leadership should make action on those policies a consistent focus of their agenda in 2018.

These priorities are in line with those outlined by President Trump in his contract with the American voter. We urge the congressional leadership and the President to recall the promises they made to voters, and to make 2018 the year they focus on keeping them.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Former Member (SC)
United States Senate

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

David Bozell

Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

William L. Walton
CNP Action, Inc.

Adam Brandon

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Rachel Bovard
Former Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee

Thomas E. McClusky
March for Life Action

Wesley Denton
Former Communications Director
Senator Jim DeMint (SC)

Thomas Fitton
Coalitions for America

The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
President, Council for National Policy

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council