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  • News Releases posted June 30, 2016 by Daniel Woltornist Pentagon Says Transgender Policy Based on Constitution, It's Not

    Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the U.S. military is dropping its policy of treating male and female troops according to their biology and replacing it with a policy based on a radical new gender identity. In his speech announcing the change, he argued that the Constitution requires this change to be made. Roger Severino, Director of The Heritage…

  • News Releases posted June 29, 2016 by Justin Posey Heritage Kicks Off Agriculture Policy Series

    Yesterday, Heritage kicked off a critical agriculture policy series, Farms and Free Enterprise: A Blueprint for Agricultural Policy, with a Capitol Hill briefing on regulations and obstacles in agriculture. The event was keynoted by former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary John Block. The lively discussion that followed, on the influence and impact of regulations…

  • Issue Brief posted June 28, 2016 by Curtis S. Dubay CBO Report on Distribution of Income and Taxes Shows Taxes Matter

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its periodic report on the distribution of household income and federal taxes, extending the data series on these figures from 2012 to 2013.[1] This latest edition of the CBO report shows how the enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) and its accompanying tax increases affected taxpayer bills and…

  • News Releases posted June 28, 2016 by Justin Posey Secretary Lew’s Words Don’t Match Reality

    Congress is facing a difficult challenge: what is the best way to help the island of Puerto Rico through its massive debt debacle? The island—$72 billion in debt, not including another $44 billion in unfunded pension obligations—has defaulted on multiple debt payments over the past year and is set for a major default on July 1. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew is…

  • Backgrounder posted June 28, 2016 by Daren Bakst Eliminating and Reducing Regulatory Obstacles in Agriculture

    Too often, federal agricultural policy focuses on helping farmers through massive programs rather than on determining how government itself creates problems for farmers and ranchers. Regulations, in particular, make agricultural production and innovation more difficult by limiting farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to address agricultural risk,[1] work their land, and meet…

  • News Releases posted June 27, 2016 by Marguerite Bowling Supreme Court Decision Chose Profits Over Women's Health

    Following the Supreme Court decision regarding Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, Heritage Foundation experts Roger Severino and Elizabeth Slattery said the Court ignored its own precedents in choosing to protect the profits of the abortion industry over protecting women's health. "Today's ruling is a step backward for women's health," they charge. "The Court was…

  • News Releases posted June 24, 2016 by Harold Kazianis Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

    The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union.  Heritage Foundation expert Nile Gardiner is on the ground in the UK watching events unfold. Gardiner , the head of the Heritage Foundation’s  Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, explains: “This is a victory for sovereignty, economic freedom and self-determination. A sovereign Britain will be a stronger…

  • News Releases posted June 24, 2016 by Justin Posey Tax Reform Plan Could Create Strong Pro-Growth System

    This morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan, along with other House Republicans, unveiled the tax reform portion of their “A Better Way” plan. It would consolidate the current seven tax brackets to three and would set the top tax bracket at 33 percent. The House Republicans’ “plan is an excellent step in the right direction,” Heritage Foundation tax expert Curtis Dubay…

  • News Releases on June 24, 2016 Heritage Experts Advocated for Brexit From the Very Beginning

    Since 2005, when Margaret Thatcher picked The Heritage Foundation to establish the Thatcher Center for Freedom, Heritage experts have advocated for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. This week, the people of the U.K. voted to do just that. “This is a victory for sovereignty, economic freedom, and self-determination,” says Nile Gardiner, director of the…

  • Issue Brief posted June 24, 2016 by Justin Bogie Time to End “Zombie” Appropriations

    A growing problem on Capitol Hill has been the expanding practice of Congress appropriating funds to so-called zombie programs, which are programs that have never been authorized or are operating under an expired authorization. Under House and Senate rules, an appropriation cannot be made for a purpose unless separate authorizing legislation has been passed into law.…

  • Issue Brief posted June 24, 2016 by John S. O'Shea, M.D. Reforming Veterans Health Care: Now and for the Future

    Since 2014, investigations of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have revealed glaring issues with the Administration’s policies and practices, including excessively long wait times and secret waitlists for health care at hundreds of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. A report from a VA whistleblower shows that as many as 238,000 veterans may have passed away before…

  • Issue Brief posted June 24, 2016 by Luke Coffey NATO Summit 2016: Why the Alliance Cannot Afford to Ignore Turkey

    With a focus on Russia’s actions in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe, the July NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, offers an opportunity for NATO to re-focus on another area of recent Russian saber rattling, along Turkey’s borders. NATO needs to agree to a strategy that ensures that its southeastern flank remains secure and recognizes the vital role that Turkey plays for…

  • News Releases posted June 23, 2016 by Harold Kazianis The United States vs. Texas – Supreme Court Has Ruled

    The United States Supreme Court has just ruled on the matter of United States vs. Texas. Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky gives his reaction on this historic decision: “The 4-4 vote in U.S. v. Texas means that the preliminary injunction issued by a Texas federal district court and upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals remains in place. "As result, the…

  • Backgrounder posted June 23, 2016 by Curtis S. Dubay Congress Should Lay the Groundwork for Tax Reform

    The U.S. economy is currently operating below its potential.[1] High taxes on capital and labor, as well as the reduction in the labor force of prime age workers, are keeping the economy from growing faster. Tax reform, by reducing penalties on work and capital formation, allows the economy to grow in size. Under a less complex tax code, valuable resources become…

  • News Releases posted June 23, 2016 by Justin Posey Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action – 9 Things You Should Know

    This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, rebuffed a challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race in its undergraduate admissions decisions. The case was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white Texas resident, who sued UT-Austin after she was denied admission arguing that the school discriminated against her on the basis of race. …