Directors of DNI, NSA, and FBI come to Heritage

Earlier today, Heritage hosted the Directors of the DNI, NSA, and FBI to discuss America’s security.

Specifically, they discussed the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which provides invaluable information on non-U.S. people oversees. Some estimates say that Section 702 is responsible for more than 25 percent of all current intelligence collected.

The program is so crucial to America’s security that Congress should reauthorize Section 702 in its current form before the deadline at the end of this year.

Learn more about what FISA enables and watch the remarks below:

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What are the top three security threats facing our nation today and what do you think should be done to solve them?

Influencing tax reform

Fair, functional tax reform could forever change the direction of this country.

At this historic moment, your support has enabled Heritage to play a major role in this opportunity to reform the tax code for the first time since 1986.

We’ve been working to lead all lawmakers in our direction to bring about conservative tax reform.

As an example of that influence, Thursday, the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, came to Heritage to speak on tax reform.

Watch his remarks below:

Tax reform is a critical issue that is needed to give new life to our economy and put more money back in the pockets of the taxpayer.

Heritage has long advocated for a robust tax reform overhaul and will continue to show the need for major change on this issue.

Sound tax reform should achieve:

  • Lower individual and business tax rates
  • Establish the right tax base
  • Eliminate the bias against savings and investment
  • Eliminate tax preferences
  • Simplify the tax system and make it more transparent so taxpayers fully understand how much they pay to fund the federal government

If a fair and functional tax reform is decided on, America could shed its current system, which leaves families struggling to get ahead.

Do you believe Congress will pass a conservative tax reform plan?

What’s next for Iran’s foreign policy?

The Obama administration created a nuclear deal that failed to moderate Iran’s aggressive foreign policy.

Now, the Trump Administration must decide whether to certify Iran’s compliance with that deal. They have until October 15 to make a decision.

Heritage has been pushing to decertify the Iran deal for years and has provided the research needed to prove this is the right decision.

On Thursday, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs James Phillips hosted an event titled “U.S. Iran Policy: What Next?” to examine what needs to happen to the Iran deal.

The event consisted of a panel discussion where Heritage and national security experts agreed that in order to hold Iran accountable for its aggression and hostility and block its path to a nuclear weapon, the Iran nuclear deal must be de-certified.

Watch the full event below:

Phillips has been providing the key research and arguments for why the Iran Deal needs to be de-certified for years. He recently wrote a report titled “Time to Decertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement”, where he further defined why we need to end the Iran Deal. He wrote:

“It is increasingly difficult to argue that it is vital to the national security interest of the United States to continue granting billions of dollars of sanctions relief that will strengthen a rogue regime that leads chants of “Death to America”; exports terrorism; threatens U.S. allies; harasses U.S. Navy warships in the Persian Gulf; defies U.N. Security Council Resolutions on ballistic missile tests, arms imports, and arms exports; and arrests innocent American citizens to hold as hostages.”

Soon, the Trump Administration will reveal the conclusions reached in its Iran policy review. Those conclusions will determine the decision made on October 15.

How do you think the Administration should deal with the flawed nuclear agreement?