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  • Issue Brief posted July 29, 2014 by Brett D. Schaefer, Charlotte Florance, Anthony B. Kim Congress Should Upgrade the African Growth and Opportunity Act

    The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee will convene a timely hearing on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on July 29. The hearing takes place at a critical juncture for America’s engagement with Africa. AGOA, first enacted under President Bill Clinton and amended and extended by legislation three times under President George W. Bush, enjoys broad…

  • Issue Brief posted July 28, 2014 by Romina Boccia Congress Should Fund Wildfire Suppression Without Creating a New Spending Loophole

    As part of a request to authorize $615 million in emergency deficit spending for wildfire suppression and rehabilitation in 2014, President Obama also asked Congress to fund 30 percent of wildfire suppression costs by creating a new spending loophole in the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA). Although Congress should appropriate sufficient funding for wildfire suppression,…

  • Issue Brief posted July 28, 2014 by David Inserra Immigration Working Group Recommendations Fall Short

    Representative Kay Granger (R–TX) recently released the Border Crisis Working Group’s recommendation on what should be done to deal with the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the southwest border.[1] While some of the recommendations are sound, others fall short, and some merely recycle flawed ideas of the past. Most important, however, the…

  • Backgrounder posted July 28, 2014 by Edmund F. Haislmaier, Drew Gonshorowski New Obamacare Enrollment Data: Employer-Based Coverage Declines

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a series of monthly reports on exchange performance during the initial open enrollment period (October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014) for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as Obamacare. However, the data HHS provided are insufficient for determining either the number of…

  • News Releases on July 24, 2014 Statement on the death of John Blundell

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014— Statement on the death of John Blundell, former executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, who died on Tuesday, July 22.  “All of us at Heritage were deeply saddened to learn of John Blundell’s passing,’ said Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “John was a tremendous believer in the Transatlantic Partnership,…

  • Legal Memorandum posted July 24, 2014 by John Malcolm, Elizabeth Slattery Boehner v. Obama: Can the House of Representatives Force the President to Comply with the Law?

    A‌rticle I of the Constitution vests “All legislative powers herein ‌granted” in Congress, while Article II, section 3 requires that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” But what happens when the President fails to execute the law? Time and again, President Barack Obama has pushed the limits of this duty, acting unilaterally to change or…

  • Issue Brief posted July 24, 2014 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. IMF Wants U.S. Taxpayers to Shoulder More Risk

    The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) report on its 2014 Article IV consultation with the United States highlights the importance of securing a safer financial system. The IMF’s policy recommendations would, however, achieve the opposite while putting U.S. taxpayers at risk. IMF Report Gets Housing Finance Wrong For starters, the IMF report states the U.S. should…

  • News Releases on July 24, 2014 Heritage Mourns Loss of John Blundell

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014— Statement on the death of John Blundell, former executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, who died on Tuesday, July 22.  “All of us at Heritage were deeply saddened to learn of John Blundell’s passing,’ said Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “John was a tremendous believer in the Transatlantic Partnership,…

  • Issue Brief posted July 23, 2014 by Brett D. Schaefer, Ambassador Terry Miller U.N. Repeating Past Mistakes in New Sustainable Development Goals

    The United Nation General Assembly is poised to adopt a new set of development criteria called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September.[1] The SDGs are intended to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire at the end of 2015. Like the MDGs, the SDGs will involve a number of objectives that will be used by the U.N. to guide and measure…

  • News Releases on July 23, 2014 Heritage Foundation Releases First Annual “Index of Culture and Opportunity”

    Washington, DC, July 23, 2014—Numerous social and economic trends are at work, shaping and re-shaping America.  And now they’re being tracked—in the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released today by The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. The Index tracks 31 cultural and economic indicators—from the marriage rate and religious…

  • Backgrounder posted July 23, 2014 by Nicolas Loris Energy Exports Promote Prosperity and Bolster National Security

    W‌ith the wealth of U.S. natural resources and the recent growth in domestic energy production, the United States is in a position to export more energy. Free trade is imperative to a free society because it fosters economic growth and improves human well-being. Policymakers should treat energy like any other good or service that is traded freely around the world by…

  • Issue Brief posted July 22, 2014 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Dakota Wood, Luke Coffey After the Malaysian Airlines Atrocity: 10 Ways the U.S. Should Respond to Russia’s Role in Ukraine

    Evidence is mounting that Russian-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine were responsible for the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane, with the loss of 298 lives. This was an act of barbarism by separatists who are armed, funded, and trained by Moscow. It follows from Russia’s illegal invasion, occupation, and annexation of Crimea and its attempts to dismember…

  • Backgrounder posted July 17, 2014 by Mario Loyola Sugar Shakedown: How Politicians Conspire with the Sugar Lobby to Defraud America’s Families

    Early in the 20th century, a way of life for most of America’s farmers came to an end. Industrialization was reaching the countryside, dramatically increasing farm productivity and putting downward pressure on prices. Against that backdrop, dramatically declining exports after World War I and during the Great Depression pushed American farms into bankruptcy by the…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2014 by David Inserra Border Crisis: Emergency Budget Request Misses the Mark

    President Obama recently requested $4.3 billion in emergency funding, with $3.7 billion to deal with the immigration crisis at the border. While there may be a need for extra funding to handle the influx of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) and families, this does not mean that Congress needs to break the Budget Control Act (BCA) spending caps. Instead, Congress should…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2014 by David Inserra Children Illegally Crossing the U.S. Border: Responding Requires Policy Changes

    In the past several months, the issue of immigration has been dominated by the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and families crossing the border. These unlawful immigrants are primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Immigration policies that are selectively enforced and not properly administered—together with high levels of crime and endemic rates…