The Heritage Foundation
Oct. 1, 2018
It’s another big week on Capitol Hill. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now faces a full Senate vote, after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance his nomination. First, though, he will face another FBI investigation. You can follow the latest developments at DailySignal.com. Here is what else conservatives need to know. Without Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court will kick off its fall term today. Heritage experts have a preview of some of the most important cases that will come up. Also, Congress passed a major spending bill last week, signaling that it has no interest in restoring any fiscal sanity. Plus, Heritage names Barb Van Andel-Gaby to serve as chairman of the board of trustees. Take notes, we have your conservative policy solutions right here. —Michelle Cordero
New Supreme Court term starts today, without Kavanaugh.
Today, the Supreme Court will kick off its 2018-2019 term. On the horizon are battles over war memorial crosses, Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, employment discrimination, and more. “This term also will mark the dawn of a new era at the court with the retirement of longtime swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy and the possible confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” writes Heritage legal fellow Elizabeth Slattery. Read Heritage’s preview of the cases on the Supreme Court’s 2018–20....
Congress has lost interest in restoring fiscal sanity.
Congress passed a major spending bill last week. The package crammed $855 billion, or 89 percent of fiscal year 2019 funding, into one bill, “far from regular order,” said Justin Bogie, a senior policy analyst in Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. “After years of passing massive continuing resolutions and omnibus bills, Congress seems to have lost interest in restoring fiscal sanity, cutting spending, addressing border security, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and defunding Planned Parenthood ... The passage of this bill is especially discouraging given President Trump said he would never sign a bill like this again.” Read more from Bogie and check out Heritage’s Federal Budget in Pictures.
Heritage names the first woman to serve as chairman of the board of trustees.
Last week, Heritage formally installed Barb Van Andel-Gaby as the new chairman of its board of trustees. Van Andel-Gaby is the first woman to serve as chairman of the board of trustees. “I have had the blessing of calling Barb a friend for many years and know few people who are better prepared for the challenge and the opportunity to chair the Heritage board of trustees,” said Kay Coles James, president of The Heritage Foundation. “Barb and her entire family have had a generational impact on policy and countless lives through their prosperous businesses and their generosity.” Read more about Heritage’s board of trustees and Van Andel-Gaby.


HAPPENING AT HERITAGE
Heritage announced one of the largest gifts in the think tank’s 45-year history: a $43 million bequest from the estate of Judge Allison and Dorothy Rouse. Learn more
This week on the “Heritage Explains” podcast, Bruce Klingner, a senior policy analyst in Heritage’s Center for Asian Studies, talks about what the United States’ role in brokering a peace deal should look like, and why we should not rush into signing "peace declarations." Listen to the podcast
Kicking off Season 3 of the “SCOTUS 101” podcast, Heritage legal fellows Elizabeth Slattery and John-Michael Seibler preview a few cases the justices will hear in their first week back. Also, an interview with 10th Circuit Chief Judge Tim Tymkovich, who talks about Ukrainian dishes and skiing with Neil Gorsuch. Listen to the podcast.
Monday at noon, Daniel Darling, vice president of communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and author of several books, will discuss one of Christianity’s best gifts to the world: human dignity. Watch the event live.
Thursday at 9 a.m., Sen. Joni Ernst, R.-Iowa, will give the keynote address at Heritage’s launch event for it’s 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength. Watch the event live.
Thursday at noon, as part of the “Preserve the Constitution” series, Heritage will host a discussion on the controversy surrounding Harvard University as it faces allegations that it is limiting the number of Asian-American students at the university. Featured speakers include Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow at Heritage’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute; John Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Roger Clegg, president and general counsel at the Center for Equal Opportunity; Alan Gura, founder and principal of Gura PLLC; and Alex Jiayu Zhong, founder and president of the Association for Education Fairness. Watch the event live.


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