Conservative Group Urges Trump, GOP to Fight Obamacare, Illegal Immigration

President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress should support and prioritize conservative policies this year, including killing off Obamacare and standing tough on illegal immigration, a conservative action group says.

The Steering Committee of the Conservative Action Project (CAP) released a memo calling on both the legislative and executive branches to prioritize specific policies as the White House readies its legislative agenda for 2018 ahead of Trump’s State of the Union address on Jan. 25.

The memo highlights four key initiatives.

  1. Finish repealing Obamacare: Congress and the Trump administration should repeal Obamacare and all of its remaining regulations. The conservative activists also say the government shouldn’t offer health insurance companies “billion-dollar bailouts.”
  2. Refuse to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants: There should be no amnesty for illegal immigrants, including through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Any immigration-reform legislation should be debated openly and transparently, the conservative group adds.
  3. Confirm Trump’s nominees: In order to speed up the process of confirming the president’s judicial and executive branch nominees, the Senate should increase its workweek from just 2.5 days a week to a full workweek, the CAP Steering Committee says.
  4. Support fiscally responsible policies: Republicans have long talked about restoring responsible budgetary and spending policies, and they should take advantage of having a president whose budget outline are hospitable to that goal. 

Twenty individuals and organizations were behind either the creation of the memo or took part in sponsoring it. They include Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund; Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks; and Lisa B. Nelson, CEO of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Mike Needham of Heritage Action for America and Becky Norton Dunlop of The Heritage Foundation signed it as well. 

Click here to view the full memo and list of sponsors.

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