Founded by Ambassador Nikki Haley, Stand for America is an advocacy group promoting public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture, and national security.

2019: The Year of the People

Reflecting on the past year

The end of a year is the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and learn some important lessons. Looking back on 2019, I want to highlight a particularly strong trend: The power of people using their voices to affect change. Read More


Week of December 21st

What we're standing FOR: The will of the people

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Move over Time Magazine. We have our own person of the year and no offense, it’s much better. In 2019, we salute all the people who have used the power of their voices to stand up for themselves. From Hong Kong, to Iran, to Bolivia, to Venezuela, protestors in these countries risked their lives to make their voices heard.

Even in the United Kingdom, conservative Boris Johnson’s victory last week was a resounding win for democracy. The people voted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum and refused to take no for an answer. Three and a half years later, voters in the U.K. demanded that their government listen to them – and they won decisively.

Our elected leaders in Congress could learn some important lessons from our people of the year. Read Ambassador Haley's blog post here.

What we're standing AGAINST: Kicking the can down the road

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For the umpteenth time, Congress approved a trillion dollar spending bill without a formal budget while our national debt continues to climb. The $1.4 trillion, 2,313 pages long bill increased spending by $49 billion and was negotiated in secret, preventing House members from even reading it. Surprise, surprise – it’s filled with wasteful spending. Here are some doozies:

→ 💰 $1 billion in new foreign aid without a debate about who is getting the money.

→ 💰 Increased spending for almost every government agency and pay raises for federal employees, but no new funding for border security. The Democrat-controlled House agreed to give about $7 billion less for border security than the White House asked for, and refused to increase funding for our overwhelmed immigration agencies.

→ 💰 A $7.25 million increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and $25 million for Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.

What’s the big deal: The normal budget process – which Congress hasn’t implemented in 20 years – allows members to read, debate and offer amendments to the various spending bills. It also gives the public the opportunity to contact their members of Congress and voice their opinion. That is how government is supposed to function. The alternative is what we now have… dysfunction.

What’s the solution: Some congressional members have introduced legislation to enact a “no budget, no pay” policy. If Congress doesn’t pass a budget resolution by April 15 of that year, members don’t get paid. Sounds good to us!

We are standing AGAINST: More anti-Semitism

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We know – we’re starting to sound like a broken record, but sometimes, broken records are exactly what our society needs. As anti-Semitism increases, we will continue to sound the alarm until everyone hears it. This kind of hatred has no place in America – or the world.

The latest: Last week, we wrote about the horrific shoot-out in Jersey City that targeted a Jewish supermarket. This week, Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Joan Terrell-Paige justified the attack, calling Jews “brutes” in a Facebook post. When asked if she regretted it, she responded, “no, I don’t.”

It gets worse: While many prominent elected officials condemned Terrell-Paige’s remarks and called on her to resign, some came to her defense.

The bottom line: Anti-Semitism is an insidious virus – it starts out on the fringes of society, but if we don’t stamp it out, it will spread and consume us.

What we're smiling about: LOVE

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Talk about #marriagegoals. The world’s oldest couple – ages 106 and 105 – celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. 🎉

Week of November 23rd

What we are standing FOR: Freedom for Iran


Ambassador Nikki Haley used her voice at the United Nations to speak out against the Iranian regime's brutality. And she did not hesitate to call them out this week as Iranian authorities resorted to violence, murder, and internet blackouts to crack down on nationwide protests.

→ Why people are protesting: Protests broke out after the government imposed rations on fuel and cut fuel subsidies, causing fuel prices to shoot up by 50%. This was the last straw for Iranians struggling under a collapsing and corrupt economy – where money is used to fund terrorism instead of taking care of the Iranian people.

→ How many people were killed: As of Tuesday, Amnesty International reported 106 people in 21 cities have been killed, though it fears the number could be higher. The Iranian government has not released a toll, but claimed Amnesty’s numbers were “baseless allegations and fabricated figures.”

→ Why it matters: Iran lies a the center of a violent spider web spread across the Middle East, propping up terrorists in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. This week’s protests were the largest and widest spread in years, leading to a swift and heavy-handed crackdown by authorities. We support the Iranian people continuing to use the power of their voice againt the regime’s corruption, human rights abuses, and economic failures.

What we are standing FOR: Freedom for Hong Kong

As violence against the Hong Kong protestors reached new heights, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate overwhelmingly passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act – legislation more than 6,000 Stand For America members urged Congress to pass through our petition drive.

The bill requires the U.S. government to confirm that China is maintaining Hong Kong’s autonomy in order for Hong Kong to continue receiving special trade status – an arrangement that benefits the Chinese government.

→ What happens now: The bill must now be signed into law. Once that happens, the United States will make it loud and clear to the Communist Chinese government and the world that we support the Hong Kong protestors’ fight for freedom – we #StandwithHongKong.

We are standing AGAINST: Bias on college campuses


It’s no secret that college campuses are liberal bastions where anti-conservative bias runs wild. And this week, a new poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics confirms it. According to the poll, only 35% of young Republicans feel “comfortable sharing political views” with their professors, while 54% of young Democrats and 51% of young Independents feel comfortable sharing their views.

With its new student program, Stand For America has made student outreach a priority. Nikki Haley recently hosted a video conference call with college journalists who shared stories about having to choose between a good grade and being forthright about their conservative beliefs.

Speaking to college students around the country, Ambassador Haley encourages our next generation to speak up for what they believe in, even when it’s hard.

We are standing AGAINST: Congress not doing its job


After months of stalling – and then saying last week that a deal was “imminent” – Speaker Pelosi now says she doubts the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement will pass the House this year.

→ What it is: An update to the decades-old NAFTA trade agreement, USMCA would create fairer rules for trade with America’s two largest trading partners, Canada and Mexico. It would make American businesses more competitive, add $62.2 billion to the U.S. economy, and create 176,000 jobs.

→ What happened: A year after all three countries came together to sign the trade deal, congressional action has been stalled by the left over demands for changes, even though they haven’t been clear about what those changes are. Now, with only eight business days left in Congress and after months of claiming the House was on a “path to yes,” Speaker Pelosi is reversing course.

→ Why it matters: Even members of the Speaker’s own caucus are upset about the lack of action from House leadership. They know that the USMCA is critical to jobs and economic growth. It’s something Congress can do that will actually make a difference in the lives of Americans.

We are standing AGAINST: Chinese theft

It’s no secret that China routinely engages in intellectual property theft, ripping off American research and technology. But it’s worse than that. This week, a new congressional report found that this piracy is funded by taxpayer dollars. Wait, what?

China’s “Thousand Talents Program” recruits and pays Chinese scientists to work at U.S. universities and agencies with the explicit purpose of funneling sensitive research back to the Chinese government. Many of these Chinese nationals work in U.S. government agencies or at universities where they receive U.S. grants.

→ How bad is it? Very bad. 10,000 Chinese nationals worked at the Department of Energy’s National Labs in 2018, but other agencies were not immune, including NIH, the State Departmment, National Science Foundation, and Department of Commerce. Many of these agencies are ill-equipped to track and investigate breaches.

→ Read more: The Wall Street Journal has the details or read the 109-page report here.

Nikki Haley has warned that it’s time to take China seriously. After decades of wishful thinking on America’s part, China isn’t interested in democratizing or liberalizing. Its leaders are only interested in protecting the Chinese Communist Party.

October 24, 2019

Update on our Hong Kong Petition!

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We delivered thousands of your petitions to the Senate asking that they pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which recently cleared the House.

And today we received these thank you videos from two of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Marco Rubio, and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch. Read More

- Ambassador Nikki Haley

October 16, 2019

Adding Up Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Agenda

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"Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute added up all of Sanders’ expensive proposals and found that, in total, Sanders is proposing $97.5 trillion in new spending over the next ten years."

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- Ambassador Nikki Haley

October 9, 2019

Lessons from Georgetown: We can do better

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"There are moments when we need to step back, take a deep breath, and remind ourselves that there is more at stake in this country than scoring political points. One such moment occurred this week..." Read More

- Ambassador Nikki Haley

September 20, 2019

2,000 reasons to be hopeful about the next generation

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"I have great faith in the next generation of conservatives and all of us have a responsibility to ensure their success. These young people are ready to use the power of their voices. When they are educated with good facts, they will make the right decisions. Unfortunately, many of them face intimidating environments on their campuses. That’s why showing them our support, through events like the Houston Youth Summit, is one of the most important things we can do." Read More

- Ambassador Nikki Haley

Week of September 3rd

What we are standing FOR: The Future for Young Americans

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This past week, a new poll was released showing a stark drop in young Americans’ feelings on the importance of patriotism, religion, and having a family. Less than half of young Americans viewed patriotism as an important value.

This is what Stand For America is fighting for. We cannot write off this generation, we need to amplify our values and lead the conversation. Too often, younger Americans are hearing about socialism and free stuff without regard for the future. They need to hear the truth. They need to know how decisions today will affect the entirety of their life. And we should never be afraid to defend our American values.

We are optimistic about the future for these young Americans because they are engaged and learn from facts. Watch Nikki Haley explain why she is hopeful about the next generation.

What we are standing FOR: America's Allies in Asia

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Amb. Nikki Haley writes in Fox News that Chinese aggression in Hong Kong would be unacceptable and would require consequences for how America deals with China.

Ambassador Haley also warns that America's Asian allies could be at risk: "If [China] pays no price for crushing Hong Kong, China might decide it can afford to use force to also take control of Taiwan."

We are standing AGAINST: The UN Overseeing our Border

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In a town hall this past week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called for the UN to oversee our southern border with Mexico.

"So we have to bring in the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees – an agency that has the expertise and the training to handle massive flows of refugees humanely."

- Rep. Ilhan OmarThe UN has serious issues. Just last month, it voted to condemn Israel as the world's only women's rights violator, with votes from countries that actually violate women's rights like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. The UN has no place to tell us how to treat people humanely.

We are standing AGAINST: Praising China's Communist Government

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Bernie Sanders praised China’s Communist government, saying they have done more to address extreme poverty "than any country in the history of civilization."

Bernie Sanders loves to criticize American capitalism, but praises it in China. Let's be clear -- China's Communist government pulled people from extreme poverty through free-market reforms, NOT through socialism.

Week of August 23rd

What we are standing FOR: The Right to Work

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On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders announced a plan to eliminate "Right to Work" laws which exist in 26 states. From 2012-2017, Right to Work states had three times more manufacturing job growth than forced union states. Sanders' plan would limit the ability of states to make laws that encourage job and wage growth for their people. Americans should have the freedom to work in whatever job they want without pressure to join a union. 

What we are standing AGAINST: A Rising Minimum Wage

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New York City businesses are struggling with the rising minimum wage. Very small businesses with fewer than 10 employees will be forced to pay a $15 wage by the end of this year. Several business owners and leaders spoke with the Wall Street Journal about the problems the minimum wage regulation has caused, including business closures and cut backs on worker hours.

We are standing AGAINST: Praising Socialist Dictators

A group of teachers with the Chicago Teachers Union took a trip to Venezuela and came back praising dictator Nicolas Maduro, seemingly ignoring his record of starving his own people and conducting a sham election that has kept himself in power. 

As one Chicago Tribune columnist said in her rebuke of the teachers, "The teachers must not have seen areas of Caracas where families occasionally dig through rubbish for food, where women sleep on cardboard boxes outside of grocery stores hoping to bring home cornmeal, where ATMs are empty, hospitals are barely staffed and where tuna fish and flour are luxuries."

A few more interesting things...

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1. Twitter banned over 900 fake accounts being used by the Chinese government to spread propaganda against the Hong Kong protests.

2. Iran showed off a new missile defense system, which mirrors a Russian system. The Iranian ground forces started "massive" war drills on Thursday.

3. Amb. Nikki Haley's tweet on a demand by Russia and China for a U.N. Security Council meeting (see above image)

Week of August 16th

What we are standing FOR: The protestors in Hong Kong


The people of Hong Kong are protesting their own government in an attempt to protect themselves from the Chinese Communist government. The legislative body in Hong Kong, which was set up years ago to be pro-China, recently considered a bill that would allow for extradition to China. The protestors want that bill completely withdrawn. Tensions have risen with police using tear gas and force against peaceful protestors. The Chinese military has been spotted moving into a city just across the border from Hong Kong. We stand with the protestors in support of their freedom. 

We are standing FOR: The well-being of our law enforcement

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Police and law enforcement officers across the country are in need of our support. The New York Police Department is facing a horrific crisis of officers committing suicide. Since the beginning of June, seven lives have been lost in the NYPD. On Tuesday, someone shot into two ICE facilities in San Antonio. It is the fourth anti-ICE shooting in about a month. And on Wednesday in Philadelphia, six officers were shot and injured in a shootout -- thankfully all of them are expected to be okay. Our law enforcement should know that they have our support. 

We are standing AGAINST: Medicare for All

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Liberal politicians are pushing for “Medicare for All” which would eliminate all private insurance, cost $93 trillion, raise taxes on almost all taxpayers, and could cause delays in medical procedures. We put together an infographic to explain Medicare for All.

A few more interesting things...

1. Tens of thousands of people protested in the streets of Moscow to demand fair elections.

2. Venezuela's dictator Nicolas Maduro is jailing and torturing members of his own military that he suspects want to overthrow him.

3. A Chinese corporation called Huawei -- the largest telecommunications company in the world -- spied on opponents of African government leaders.

Week of August 9th

Hong Kong protesters target airport as China takes aim at U.S. diplomat

The Washington Post - After weeks of escalating warnings alleging a covert U.S. role behind the protests in Hong Kong, the tone in Communist Party-backed media outlets is turning darkly acrimonious, with publications attacking a U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong and releasing her personal information. Read More

Miami’s Venezuelans applaud latest sanctions against government of Nicolás Maduro

Miami Herald - President Trump’s executive order imposing a tough, new sanctions on the Nicolás Maduro regime is being praised by Venezuelans in Miami, who hope it will “asphyxiate” the Venezuelan government financially and foster the long yearned for transition to democracy. Read More

Acknowledging Trump’s robust economy

The Washington Post - This week, economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin said, “Democrats are not talking about the economy, because they have nothing to say.” Read More

The Truth About Medicare for All {INFOGRAPHIC}

Stand for America - The truth about Medicare for All: every American would be forced on to government-run insurance. Over 170 million Americans would lose their private insurance. See Infographic

Week of August 2nd

Washington Post: Sanders, Warren’s Ideas Lack ‘Factual Plausibility’

The Washington Post editorial board took aim at 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Ma.) for pushing policies the editors consider implausible or wrongheaded. Read More

How China Tries To Take Its Totalitarian Social Control Tactics Global

The Federalist - Recent incidents in Australia and New Zealand are a chilling reminder of the long arms of Chinese censorship and its impact on Western institutions. Read More

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Top Diplomat

New York Times - Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned that a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2025 could put up to 3.7Officials described the foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who worked closely with the Obama administration, as being part of a “propaganda arm.” Read More

Harris’s “Medicare for All” Plays Us for Suckers

National Review - In a lame attempt at triangulation, she describes her plan as permitting private insurance to co-exist alongside an all-encompassing federal single-payer entitlement. Read More

Week of July 26th

Nikki Haley Blasts UN Council for Condemning Israel’s Record on Women’s Rights

“It amazes me how the U.N. condones votes like these,” Haley tweeted. “It is a total mockery of human rights to allow Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and Yemen to name Israel as the world’s only violator of women’s rights.” Read More

Labor charge alleges Sanders campaign management retaliated against union activities

An anonymous unfair labor practice charge against Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign alleges that at least three staffers were fired from the team for their involvement in organizing and labor activities, according to a redacted copy of the charge obtained by Bloomberg Law. Read More

Rashida Tlaib Calls For $20 Federal Minimum Wage

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned that a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2025 could put up to 3.7 million Americans out of work. The damning report, however, did not deter radical Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from calling for an even higher — and therefore more damaging — federal minimum wage of $20 per hour. Read More

Iran seizes two British tankers and makes a huge mistake

There will be furious embarrassment in the British government this evening over Iran's seizure of two British oil tankers today. One of those tankers is British-flagged, and the other is British-owned. Read More

I Went to a Socialism Conference. Here Are My 6 Observations

The 2019 Socialism Conference, which had the tag line “No Borders, No Bosses, No Binaries,” contained a cross-section of the most pertinent hard-left thought in America. Read More

Week of July 19th

How to Confront an Advancing Threat From China

To counter Chinese threats to U.S. vital interests, the United States must mount not just a "whole of government" response but a "whole of nation" response. Read More

FaceApp challenge: Privacy experts warn over using Russian ‘ageing’ app

The viral FaceApp challenge has seen 80 million internet users worldwide ‘artificially age’ their faces in smartphone images using an AI-powered app. Read More

Sanders: Medicare for All Will Cost $40 Trillion Over 10 Years

"Sanders has previously said he would raise taxes, including for the middle class, that people would be happy to pay more taxes under his healthcare plan, and that "there will be pain" in a transition to a single-payer system." Read More

Network of Chinese Concentration Camps for Uighurs Uncovered

Open source project finds 124 camps where Uighurs forcibly 'reeducated'. Read More

I Went to a Socialism Conference. Here Are My 6 Observations

The 2019 Socialism Conference, which had the tag line “No Borders, No Bosses, No Binaries,” contained a cross-section of the most pertinent hard-left thought in America. Read More

Week of July 11th

The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not and never can be “democratic.” Read More

VIDEO: Countries accepting US aid, but voting against America

Nikki Haley and her team put together a book in order to identify those countries that would happily take foreign aid from the U.S., but then turn around and vote against America. Read More

California Gov. signs legislation extending health care to undocumented immigrants

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) signed a state budget into law Tuesday making California the first state in the nation to offer health coverage to some immigrants without legal status under its Medicaid program. Read More

‘Shameful’: Nikki Haley Torches Rashida Tlaib for Voting Against Border Aid Bill

Nikki Haley blasted freshman firebrand Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) as “shameful” for complaining about the ongoing border crisis after voting against an emergency aid bill. Read More

Trump responds to Iranian uranium enrichment: 'Sanctions will soon be increased'

“Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching,’ in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration. Read More

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests

The Chinese-ruled city’s biggest crisis in decades is dead and the government work on the legislation has been a “total failure”, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam. Read More