The Heritage Agenda 👉 State of the Union 2019: Trump economy is a success story. + Virginia’s governor should step down and let the healing begin. 

The Heritage Agenda 👉 State of the Union 2019: Trump economy is a success story. + Virginia’s governor should step down and let the healing begin. 

The Heritage Foundation
Feb. 04, 2019
Good morning from Capitol Hill. Here is what conservatives need to know this week. President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday. We break down what he is likely to talk about. Nearby in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam is facing calls to step down—including from Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James. Also, in anticipation of Congress’ taking up Trump’s proposed trade agreement with the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Heritage has released a full assessment. Plus, for the second year in a row, Heritage has been named the most impactful think tank in the world. Take notes, we have your conservative policy solutions right here.—Michelle Cordero
State of the Union 2019: Trump economy is a success story.
President Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address Tuesday at 9 p.m. “You can count on him to take the opportunity to celebrate one of his greatest achievements: the economy,” writes Genevieve Wood, a senior adviser, and spokesperson at Heritage. “It is booming by nearly every meaningful measure, and the president has every right to take a large measure of credit for it.” Heritage President Kay Coles James says that you can also count on Trump to talk about immigration and border security. “To grease the skids, he might even suggest ways of funding the wall without adding a penny to the federal budget.”Keep reading James’ commentary and watch her short video.
Virginia’s governor should step down and let the healing begin.
As a young girl growing up in Virginia, Heritage President Kay Coles James experienced racism firsthand. “I know what it looks like and how it feels,” she writes for The Daily Signal. “I’ve also spent a good part of my life defending the rights of preborn children to live and love among us. It’s my personal mission to fight for and defend the value and dignity of human life. Most Virginians share these beliefs. They are repelled by racism, repulsed by the thought of infanticide. This is why Gov. Ralph Northam must resign.” Read more to find out why Northam should set aside his personal ambition, step down, and let the healing begin.
An analysis of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is awaiting action from Congress, but there’s still some important work for lawmakers to do, according to a new comprehensive assessment from The Heritage Foundation. “The USMCA affirms America’s commitment to the innovations and modernizations that make businesses competitive, create jobs, and offer more consumer choice. America should be the leader in preserving North America’s place as a top region for trade,” said Heritage’s James Carafano and Jack Spencer. Read more from Heritage policy experts Tori Whiting and Gabriella Beaumont-Smith about where the agreement hits the mark and where it falls short.
Heritage is the most impactful think tank in the world.
The Heritage Foundation is again ranked as the No. 1 think tank across the globe when it comes to impact on public policy, according to the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s annual think tank index. Heritage also ranked first in the “Best Use of the Internet” category. “Before coming aboard last year as president of The Heritage Foundation, I already knew this organization had been a heart- and mind-winner for a generation. So, it is gratifying to have that truth confirmed,” says Heritage President Kay Coles James. Learn more about the “Global Go To Think Tank Index” and Heritage’s impact.


HAPPENING AT HERITAGE

This week on the “Heritage Explains” podcast, Ambassador Terry Miller, director of Heritage’s Center for International Trade and Economics, explains what economic freedom is and why it withered under President Obama and was revived by President Trump. Listen to the podcast.
Monday at noon, Heritage will host an event to discuss the legality of district court judges issuing indictments against the federal government. U.S. Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams will make opening remarks. Additional speakers include Suzette Malveaux, professor of law at Columbus School of Law; Michael Morley, assistant professor at Florida State University; and Hans von Spakovsky, director of the Election Law Reform Initiative and senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Watch this event live.
Tuesday at 10 a.m., Heritage will host an event discussing the threats to religious liberty in China. Featured speakers include Bob “Xiqiu” Fu, president and founder of ChinaAid; Matteo Mecacci, president of International Campaign for Tibet; Sen-Hong Yang, president of the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights; and Nury Turkel, chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project. Watch this event live.


HERITAGE IN THE NEWS

James Roberts, Heritage’s research fellow for economic freedom and growth, joined Fox Business’ “Countdown to the Closing Bell” to discuss the possibility of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s losing control of his military as well as his country’s economy. Watch the interview.
Terry Miller, director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at Heritage, appeared on One America News Network, to comment on Trump’s economic policies and how they have moved America up in the rankings of economically free countries. Watch the interview.
Edwin J. Feulner, founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation, joined CNBC World to explain how countries are ranked in the Index of Economic Freedom. Watch the interview.
Peter Brooks, a senior fellow for national security affairs at Heritage, joined Fox Business’ “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” to discuss the growing unrest in Venezuela and dictator Maduro’s slipping grip on the military. Watch the interview.
Dean Cheng, a senior research fellow in Heritage’s Asian Studies Center, joinedFox Business’ “FBN: am” to talk about the newest Huawei drama, the new indictments against the company by the U.S. government, and how they factor into the current U.S.-China trade talks. Watch the interview.
Adam Michel, a policy analyst in Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, joined Fox News’ “Fox & Friends First” to discuss how tax hikes on the rich inevitably spread to the middle class as well. Watch the interview.
James Carafano, vice president of Heritage’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, joined Fox Business’ “The Evening Edit” to talk about the breaking news from Venezuela and how the Trump administration has been pressuring Maduro to great effect. Watch the interview.
Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow in Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy, joined Fox Business’ “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” to discuss how international support is increasingly falling to Venezuela’s Juan Guaido and away from Nicolas Maduro. Watch the interview.


POLICY PICTURE

It’s long past time for Maduro to step aside—he is no longer the rightful president and is a usurper of power. Twenty years of corrupt socialist rule has bankrupted the country.
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