This press release was published November 5, 2014 on Heritage Action for America.

ACRU President Susan Carleson joined with other conservative leaders to declare Tuesday’s election results a victory for America.

The American people sent an unmistakable message to Washington: Voters expect Republicans in Congress to listen and fight for the conservative agenda they ran on.

  • Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran on the full repeal of Obamacare. In most competitive races it was the top issue. Over 40,000 ads against Obamacare were run on behalf of winning candidates. The Republican House and Senate must now keep those campaign promises and use reconciliation to send a bill repealing Obamacare to the President.
  • All but one of the newly elected Republican Senators ran a strong campaign in favor of securing the border and opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.
  • Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran in support of an agenda for hard-working middle class Americans that reduces spending, lowers taxes, and balances the budget-not in support of corporate welfare, bloated government spending bills, and endless debt-ceiling increases.
  • Far from downplaying social issues, every newly elected Republican Senator is pro-life and supports legislation that would protect unborn life after five months of pregnancy. The liberal candidates who painted pro-life candidates as engaged in a “War on Women” were routinely criticized and defeated.

Simply put, successful candidates ran as conservatives and won.

Oppose a Lame Duck Surrender

The Washington establishment is already calling on Republican leaders to capitulate to the Left in the Lame Duck. This means that opportunities to pursue conservative reforms next year will be lost. New and returning Republican members should only vote for Leaders in the Senate and House who commit not to cave-in to President Obama and outgoing Majority Leader Reid in the Lame Duck. The newly elected Republican Congress must have the opportunity to govern and return competence to a broken Washington.

Advancing a Conservative Agenda to Restore the American Dream

The election is over. Now, it is time for our newly elected Congress to do what they told us they were going to do. Conservative policies help people. They will begin to restore our nation.

And while each of our organizations will work toward various elements of this agenda, as a conservative movement we call on the new Republican Congress to enact:

  • A pro-growth agenda for hard-working middle class Americans that balances the budget in 10 years or less without raising taxes, starts over with a tax code that actually works for American families and businesses, ends regulations that increase red-tape and hurt job creation, and makes Congress accurately account for the bills they pass.
  • Fully repealing Obamacare, using congressional authority to halt and expose it, and starting over with real health care reform that respects patients and doctors
  • Passing common-sense and compassionate legislation that protects innocent unborn human life after five months of pregnancy.
  • Upholding the rule of law and Constitution by restoring the power of the states and ending the lawlessness of the Obama Administration and rogue agencies like the IRS
  • Safeguarding our freedoms by ending the assaults on our religious liberty like those we now see in Obamacare, our military, against faith in the public square, and against those who support natural marriage.
  • A defense budget adequate to meet current and future threats to the country, including the threat from Islamists, non-state actors, and sovereign states.
  • Securing the border and ending attempts to grant amnesty to people who break our laws.
  • Expanding American energy through innovation and the market, not government regulation and cronyism

Now is the time for Republicans in Congress to earn the trust that the American people have placed in them.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Former Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable David McIntosh

Former Member of Congress


Mike Needham


Heritage Action for America

Tony Perkins


Family Research Council

Brent Bozell



Mark R. Levin

Erick Erickson



Marjorie Dannenfelser


Susan B. Anthony List

Penny Nance

President and CEO

Concerned Women for America

Gary Bauer


American Values

Colin Hanna


Let Freedom Ring

David Bossie


Citizens United

Herman Pirchner


American Foreign Policy Council

Lt. General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (US Army, Retired)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council

Phyllis Schlafly

Founder and President

Eagle Forum

Richard A. Viguerie

Chairman and Fed Up PAC

Morton Blackwell


Conservative Leadership PAC

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell


Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

Former White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Former White House Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Alfred S. Regnery

Former Publisher

The American Spectator

William L Walton

Vice President

Council for National Policy

The Honorable Bob McEwen

Former U.S. Representative


Ed Corrigan

Former Executive Director

U.S. Senate Steering Committee

Diana Banister


Citizens for the Republic

Brian Baker


Ending Spending

Austin Ruse


Center for Family & Human Rights

Phil Kerpen


American Commitment

Phil Burress


Citizens for Community Values

Allen Roth


Secure America Now

Elaine Donnelly


Center for Military Readiness

Kay Daly


Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Christopher N. Malagisi


Young Conservatives Coalition

Susan Carleson


American Civil Rights Union

Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Christian Adams


Election Law Center

David Denholm


Public Service Research Council

Francis Deluca


Civitas Institute

Jenny Beth Martin


Tea Party Patriots

Sandy Rios

Director of Government Affairs

American Family Association

Paul Caprio


Family Pac Federal