Happy New Years!

Thanks to your tremendous help and support, American Freedom Builders had a great year in 2014! We now look forward to even greater success in 2015.

Our goal is to expand our influence, build a support infrastructure for freedom-loving activists and to help identify new leaders across the country. With the upcoming presidential primaries next year, you can count on American Freedom Builders to lead on important issues, to continue to advocate for limited government issues and to advance the causes that conservatives care about.

Thanks to your tremendous help and support, American Freedom Builders had a great year in 2014! We now look forward to even greater success in 2015.

Our goal is to expand our influence, build a support infrastructure for freedom-loving activists and to help identify new leaders across the country. With the upcoming presidential primaries next year, you can count on American Freedom Builders to lead on important issues, to continue to advocate for limited government issues and to advance the causes that conservatives care about.

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year. We want to hear from you about the issues you’re working on! If there’s a local or state issue we can weigh in on, send us an email to AFBOhio@gmail.com.

We’ll be ramping up our digital and social media efforts for the new year. As we host events or issue updates, we’ll post them on Facebook and Twitter. Join in the conversation with us by liking us on Facebook or by following us on Twitter.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON

The November elections delivered a strong rebuke of the Obama Administration’s failed policies. In race after race across the country, voters elected fiscal conservatives over candidates who were seen as closely aligned with President Obama. The elections yielded a net gain of 13 seats for House Republicans and a whopping 9-seat gain in the Senate that gave Republicans the Senate Majority for the first time since January 2007.

With Republicans in control of the House and Senate, Congress is now expected to move long-stalled, legislative initiatives to grow the economy and create jobs that Democrats had stalled and obstructed in the Senate for the past few years. Republicans campaigned on many of these key issues and we anticipate Congress will address the following legislative initiatives in the new Congress:

Keystone Pipeline: President Obama and the Left have consistently opposed proposals to complete construction of the Keystone Pipeline. Republicans in Congress campaigned on this issue last year and are expected to pass legislation to finally move this project forward.

Tax Reform: At over 78,000 pages, the federal tax code is unworkable and creates barriers to business growth and job creation. Look for emails and social media updates from AFB in the coming months about Congress’s attempts to implement true tax reform that will deliver important and needed tax relief for millions of taxpayers and job creators.

Immigration Reform / Executive Overreach: In late 2014, President Obama issued an illegal, executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. His unilateral move bypassed Congress and has prompted many Members of Congress to warn about executive overreach. This upcoming year will be an opportunity for Republicans in Congress to intensify their oversight of the Obama Administration and hold President Obama accountable.

The Supreme Court and other federal courts are also expected to consider several key cases in the coming year as well, including:

King v. Burwell is a lawsuit challenging a decision by the IRS to impose ObamaCare taxes on employers in certain states, and to provide other tax expenditures, even though the statute doesn’t authorize these taxes. This case will be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Texas v. United States is a lawsuit challenging the executive amnesty issued by the Obama Administration. More than 25 states have joined this lawsuit arguing that the Federal government is illegally ignoring federal law and that amnesty will impose significant fiscal costs on the states in terms of additional welfare, healthcare and education spending as well as impose significant long-term criminal justice costs. This case has been filed in the federal district court.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN KEY LEGISLATURES AROUND THE COUNTRY

There will be a lot of action in the states this legislative cycle. Here are just a few of the states we’ll be watching in the coming months:

Iowa – Prior to the 2014 election, Democrats held a 26 to 24 advantage in the State Senate. Despite a closely fought election, the make-up of the Senate remains unchanged.

New Hampshire – Despite a nasty fight this past year in the State House Republican Caucus, conservatives hope to drive an agenda in 2015 to counteract democratic Governor Maggie Hassan.

Nevada – In November, Republicans swept control of the state legislature giving Governor Sandoval a unique opportunity to govern with Republicans in control. Unfortunately, squabbling in the Assembly threatens that control.

South Carolina – Then-Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty to six counts of a nine-count indictment in late 2014, and the state legislature is now preparing for another round of possible new indictments. New Speaker Jay Lucas has led the charge on passing ethics reform in the Palmetto State.

Ohio – The legislature’s biggest task in the upcoming session is to approve a biennial budget. Will they follow Governor John Kasich’s budget recommendations in his upcoming State of the State, or will legislative leaders strike off on their own? Two key issues this legislative session will be whether or not to fund Medicaid expansion and how to address charter schools.

Vermont – Citing crushing levels of tax and devastating economic impact, Governor Peter Shumlin abandoned his plans to implement a single-payer health care system. Shumlin said, “In my judgment, the potential economic disruption and risks would be too great to small businesses, working families and the state’s economy.” Conservatives have repeatedly warned about those risks at both the state and federal level.

Interested in attending one of the 34 State Inaugural Balls? Learn more about the events and reserve your tickets here.

If you have any big issues in your state that you would like us to highlight in upcoming issues, please send us an email.

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