Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit 2014 / K. Harris

Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit 2014 / K. Harris

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint this morning called on leaders of both parties in the House and Senate to drop their “ham-fisted” tendency to club each other with huge bills such as Obamacare and take a fresh look at how concrete conservative solutions can improve the lives of all Americans.

“Instead of wasting time forcing the country into one-size-fits-all policies, take the opportunity to genuinely consider the ideas we discuss here today,” DeMint said in remarks opening the all-day Conservative Policy Summit convened at Heritage by its political action arm, Heritage Action for America.

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DeMint added: “I am confident that these ideas, if allowed to inform our laws, and our way of governing, will make that first great stride toward the three things we all wish to achieve: a strong economy, a strong society, and a strong America.”

DeMint noted that the policy summit, subtitled “An Agenda to Unite America,” is set to include speakers and topics such as Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on encouraging private investment in housing while dissolving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on transforming the welfare state;  and Senator Tim Scott ( R-S.C.) on expanding school choice for parents and their children.

In his own opening remarks, Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham said it’s time for “bold ideas” and not more of the “status quo” that serves corporate and labor interests and not everyday Americans.

“Washington, D.C., is a town where good ideas go to die,” Needham said.  “We are here to advance a bold agenda for all Americans. There is a status quo bias in this town and we are committed to breaking it.”

The event is streaming from Heritage Action’s website until its conclusion at 6 p.m.

This story was produced by The Foundry’s news team. Nothing here should be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of The Heritage Foundation.