March 2019
CNP Action, Inc. presents the March edition of Heard Around the Hill . This monthly publication provides updates and news about what is happening on Capitol Hill, plus events and projects sponsored by Conservative groups around the country.
Reining in Reckless Washington Spending
On Monday, March 11, White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought presented to Congress President Trump's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget of the United States Government. It addresses wasteful Washington spending (balances the budget in 15 years, saving $2.7 trillion), strengthens our southern border (funds 722 miles of border wall with a new $8.6 million request), promotes a healthy American economy and maintains a strong national defense. For more information, click on the links below:

Will the Senate Also Disapprove President Trump's National Emergency Designation for the Southern Border? It Appears So.
On Tuesday, February 26, the House voted 245-182 to pass a resolution of disapproval for President Trump's national emergency declaration . Tomorrow, March 14, the Senate will take up the measure, and they appear to have the votes to pass it as well.

Conservative Partnership Institute Policy Director Rachel Bovard points out in her Washington Examiner piece, The Border Is Flooded with Fraudulent Families. When Will Congress Do Something About it? , that according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data , there were 76,103 apprehensions at the southern border in the month of February, the highest number of apprehensions in a single month since April 2008, and a 97 percent increase since last year. Rachel concludes by writing, "By CBP's own estimation, the border is in crisis.... Congress continues to fuss about executive overreach and the appropriateness of President Trump's national emergency declaration while ignoring the central issue - our southern border is overwhelmed."
House Democrats Priorities in the Months Ahead
House Democrats are fulfilling their 2018 midterm campaign promises by rolling out bills H.R. 1 through 10. Both H.R. 8. and H.R. 1 have passed the House.

H.R. 8 expands background checks on gun purchases to include online and gun show sales. According to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), it will not do anything to address violent crime but will surely create problems for law-abiding gun owners and prospective gun owners.

H.R. 1 is a massive government overhaul to update voting rights, campaign finance and ethics laws. The Conservative Action Project released a Memo for the Movement with over 100 signers highlighting that this bill causes sweeping and irrevocable damage to the free speech privacy and integrity that are central components to free and fair elections in America. Also, The Heritage Foundation published a fact sheet. Below is a video from the Republican Study Committee (RSC) Action Team to push back against H.R. 1 (Democrats call the bill "For the People Act," however, it is more like "For the Politicians Act").
In Case You Missed It...The #WalkAway Movement Explained on Mark Levin's Show
Mark Levin and Brandon Straka
Founder of the #WalkAway Movement Brandon Straka recently sat down with Life, Liberty & Levin Host Mark Levin. You will not want to miss this interview.
President Trump Fulfills CNP Action, Inc. Request!
President Trump and Leadership Institute
Field Representative Hayden Williams
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), President Trump brought Leadership Institute Field Representative Hayden Williams on stage to use him as an example of the need for protected free speech on college campuses. Hayden was punched in the face on the campus of University of California at Berkeley for helping conservative students organize a new conservative group. To protect free speech, President Trump announced he would soon sign an executive order requiring colleges to take measures to protect our Constitutional right to free speech if they want to continue receiving federal money. This happens to be an action step that was developed during an Action Session at a past Council for National Policy (CNP) meeting!

CNP Action, Inc. hosts Action Sessions at each CNP meeting to provide attendees with actionable information to help make a difference on a variety of important issues. Below are the titles of the most recent Action Sessions. If you would like to review the action steps, simply click on the links.

FRC Action Honors Congressional Members
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4) and
FRC President Tony Perkins
FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council (FRC), hosted their annual True Blue Awards Reception. During this event, 276 men and women in Congress were honored for standing up for the values of America and scoring a perfect 100 percent on the FRC Scorecard.
SPN Seeks Criminal Justice Reform Work
During the month of March, State Policy Network is collecting writings and resources about criminal justice reform, occupational licensing or any related topic to share with state think tanks working on these issues. Please email updates@spn.org if you have materials. For more information, please view this flyer.
SPN President and CEO
Tracie Sharp
The next Heard Around the Hill will be issued on April 10. If you would like to submit information to be included in this publication, please send your submission to Sherri Francescon before 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, April 5.

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Sherri D. Francescon
Managing Director, CNP Action, Inc.