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Watch Chairman Al Cardenas discuss the fiscal cliff debate between Congress and the White House with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC's Morning Joe from December 13, 2012.

Let me introduce you to Paul, a highly skilled immigrant who came to this country in 1962. When he landed in New York City, he was stranded. He had spent most of his assets traveling to the U.S., leaving him without enough money to travel from New York to Oregon, where he was scheduled to begin his Ph.D. program. But he had a vision of a better life for his family, so he didn’t despair. After a frantic call, he was wired the money to make the trip across the country.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced its ACU Ratings of the Ohio General Assembly during an event in Columbus, Ohio, honoring The Buckeye State’s true conservatives. The nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization began a new initiative to expand the highly touted ACU Congressional Ratings program to state legislatures, grading members on their votes on key conservative issues. The Ohio 2012 State Legislative Ratings Guide is now available online at conservative.org.

“On behalf of the American Conservative...

"On behalf of the American Conservative Union, I urge South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to make history and appoint Representative Tim Scott to the United States Senate. A strong conservative leader, Rep. Scott has an ACU rating of 96 and was elected as one of two members chosen by his colleagues to represent the 85 member Republican freshmen class at the leadership table."

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"On behalf of the American Conservative Union, I offer heartfelt congratulations to Senator Jim DeMint on his new role as the President of The Heritage Foundation. With a lifetime ACU Rating of over 97%, he has been an indispensable conservative leader in the Senate and we look forward to continuing to work with him to advance the important cause of liberty and limited government. Whether the issue has been preserving our economic freedom, standing up for the rights of the unborn or preserving American exceptionalism and protecting our national security, Jim DeMint has been there for...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced its ACU Ratings of the Florida Legislature during an event in Tallahassee, Florida, honoring the Sunshine State’s true conservatives. The nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization began a new initiative to expand the highly touted ACU Congressional Ratings program to state legislatures, grading members on their votes on key conservative issues. The Florida 2012 State Legislative Ratings Guide is now available online at conservative.org.

“On behalf of the American...

Dear Republican U.S.Representatives and Senators:

You are entering into a period of testing.

In the House, the nation elected in 2012 one of the largest Republican majorities in the past 100 years.  You have a mandate to fight for conservative principles that is arguably much broader than the one that narrowly reelected President Barack Obama claims to have for his leftist agenda.

Of course, House Republicans alone cannot pass a law, but united you can stop any bill which violates the principles you publicly committed to support.

In the Senate, you have more...

The federal government does not have a revenue problem.  It has a spending problem.  Four years of trillion dollar deficits, massive increases in government regulation and the threat of higher taxes have given the United States the weakest recovery from a recession since World War II.  There is no economic reason that higher taxes need to be part of a solution to the so-called “fiscal cliff” and the American Conservative Union will oppose any effort to raise taxes that will prevent increased revenue that comes from economic growth.

For the better part of three decades, Americans for...

New research produced by Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP), the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government and the American Education Foundation (AEF) finds state and local governments are carrying over $7 trillion in debt.  The new 'State of the States' report also offers nonpartisan analysis on the FY 2011 finances and budgets of four U.S. states: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania – and shows an end to federal fiscal stimulus is causing states to close widening budget gaps by cutting funding in education, infrastructure and other key programmatic...

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