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“Our current immigration system is broken, our borders are not secure and we have de facto amnesty in which government picks winners and losers among those who are here illegally, including who is deported or not.

The proposal put forward by the ‘Gang of 8’ in the Senate puts border security first and puts legal immigration ahead of those who are here illegally, with appropriate triggers and penalty fines. It is clear that under the Obama administration none of these things will happen without legislation and that’s why this proposal as described deserves a positive response. We...

We at the American Conservative Union are especially dismayed to see a continuation of the President Obama’s tax and spend policies in the budget he finally released.

This budget pretends to be a "compromise" of spending cuts and tax increases but it's really spending increases now with the “promise” of reductions sometime in the future. Rather than make rational spending reductions, the president’s budget eliminated the agreed-upon spending reductions altogether.  This is more of the same failed tax and spend policies that have produced slow growth and high unemployment. Under his...

The federal government wastes billions of dollars every single year on programs where it has no legitimate role. That is wrong and government needs to be smaller and leaner. ACU believes in the current budget framework supported by conservatives in Congress. Within the fiscal parameters of that budget we also believe in further reductions in other areas to accommodate adequate spending levels in defense and infrastructure. Constitutional conservatives need to fight for legitimate spending in the areas of defense and transportation infrastructure: two delineated areas of federal...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) concluded with Senator Rand Paul winning the CPAC Straw Poll. The Straw Poll was sponsored by The Washington Times and conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates.

Today’s 40th Annual National CPAC was a high-energy three-day conference bracketed by dynamic remarks by top regional and national conservative leaders.

In first place, Rand Paul secured 25% percent of the vote by registered CPAC attendees, followed by Senator Marco Rubio at 23% percent. ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a panel of top thinkers and leaders addressed a crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s a crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C.

Panelists included:

Dr. Whit Ayers, President, North Star Opinion Research

Dan Garza, Executive Director, The LIBRE Initiative

Helen Krieble, Founder and President, The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation

Jenny Korn, Executive Director, American Action Network

The Honorable Raúl...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marco Rubio addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C. Introduced by Al Cardenas, ACU Chairman, Rubio addressed a full room of attendees on a wide variety of issues facing our country.

Senator Marco Rubio:

“There is no tax increase in the world that will solve our debt problem.”  Regarding school choice, he said “Every parent in America should have the opportunity to send their child to the school of their choice.” He went...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservatives gathered for ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C. Introduced by Al Cardenas, ACU Chairman, Paul addressed a full room of attendees, many of them standing through the duration of the speech.

Senator Rand Paul:

“No one person can decide the law; no one person can determine your guilt or innocence.”  He continued his remarks and asked “Mr. President, will you or won't you defend the constitution?”  Regarding the...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson returned to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) stage for the ever-popular “Fight Club 2013: A Liberal & A Conservative Duke it Out,” moderated by Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring. Begala is a CNN Political Contributor and Democratic strategist who frequently appears on CNN’s The Situation Room as well as other programs on all CNN networks. Carlson is a 20-year media veteran with a wide variety of experience in journalism and is currently a contributor to FOX News....

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Tim Scott addressed a group of conservative activists during ACU’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C.

Senator Tim Scott:

“We in America…are a conservative nation” arguing that “We have to grow our economy, not our government.” He discussed the need to “bring fiscal sanity back to Washington, D.C.”  Scott continued his theme on the economy and quoted a personal mentor who said “Having a job is a good thing, creating jobs is a far better thing.”

Scott’s full remarks are...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the American Conservative Union (ACU) kicked off the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2013) in Washington, D.C.  The three-day conference of America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists started with remarks by Al Cardenas, Chairman of the ACU.

Chairman Cardenas:

"CPAC 2013 was President Reagan's favorite conference. He saw it as family.” Continuing, he quoted Reagan saying “those who can't subscribe to principles…let them go.”  Urging unity, he spoke directly to libertarians, members of the...

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