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This Week in Brussels
President Trump has an opportunity to lead on important issues facing NATO. The U.S. must renew its leadership role in NATO, including reinforcing and strengthening measures decided upon at the Warsaw Summit to bolster collective defense; press allies to commit to robust defense spending and proper investment in equipment; reaffirm commitment to NATO’s open-door policy in Brussels; and renew NATO’s commitment to support the ongoing Resolute Support mission.
Trump's Budget Cuts
President Trump’s budget is expected to call for an end to the Community Development Block Grant program. The New York Times reports that the program has helped people, but Heritage expert Robert Rector says "The program is largely a slush fund for large urban cities.”
FCC to Revisit Obama-Era Internet Rules
Today’s vote by the FCC is welcome news. They voted to revisit the Obama-era rules which expanded government authority into the internet. Chairman Pai’s leadership has been instrumental in beginning to rein in the overreaches of the Obama administration, restoring freedom and providing greater access to the internet. Government involvement in the internet almost universally slows innovation and performance. Rolling back these regulations permanently will not be easy, but if done right, it will ensure an open and free internet for years to come.
Public Debt at 66-Year High
Due to unchecked federal spending, publicly held federal debt is at its highest level since World War II and is projected to nearly double in 30 years.
Fixing Infrastructure Without Breaking the Bank
“Crumbling roads, decrepit bridges, obsolete airports. Politicians often paint a hyperbolic picture of America in disrepair. It helps drum up support for a politically appealing twofer offer: to fix the nation’s aging infrastructure and put Americans back to work. It sounds good. But history shows that big-spending programs typically produce lackluster results for both infrastructure quality and job creation,” says Heritage expert Michael Sargent.
Let the Great Debate Begin
This week on "Mass Ave" we talk about President Trump's first overseas visit. Also, Heritage expert Melanie Israel looks at the state of play with Planned Parenthood funding.
Did you know: Entitlements and interest on the debt are set to consume every dollar of taxes paid in just 20 years.