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  • News Releases on February 13, 2016 Heritage Foundation Mourns Passing of Justice Scalia

    WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 13, 2016 -- The Heritage Foundation today paid tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death at age 79 comes after nearly 30 years of faithful service on the U.S. Supreme Court. "I am greatly saddened by the passing of Antonin Scalia, who was a great friend and one of the most outstanding justices on the Supreme Court," said Edwin Meese III, former…

  • Issue Brief posted February 12, 2016 by Nicolas Loris President Obama’s Budget Takes Wrong Direction with Energy Policy

    President Obama recently released his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request. Although his budget is dead on arrival in Congress, the requests in it provide an important look into the progressive view on energy policy. Much like other proposals and actions put forward during President Obama’s Administration, the budget request would tax and regulate out-of-favor sources of…

  • Backgrounder posted February 11, 2016 by Edmund F. Haislmaier The Obama Administration’s Design for Imposing More Health Care Mandates

    On September 8, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights published in the Federal Register a proposed regulation entitled “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities,” interpreting and implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).[1] The text of section 1557 references existing statues prohibiting…

  • Backgrounder posted February 10, 2016 by Daren Bakst A Primer for the Next President on Reducing Washington’s Role in Agriculture

    At the outset of the next Administration, the President should bring attention to the overly expansive role the government plays in agriculture. The farm bill, which is reauthorized approximately every five years, is the centerpiece of agricultural policy. Instead of waiting until 2018, when the next farm bill legislation will likely be introduced, it is critical to get…

  • News Releases posted February 9, 2016 by Paul Winfree Heritage Statement on President Obama's Proposed Budget

    “Our debt now stands at $19 trillion—more than $125,000 for every tax-filing household in America. Americans who balance their own budgets understand that our nation is on an unsustainable spending path. Today, the President submitted another unserious budget that does nothing to stop Washington’s reckless spending and debt. Congress must act now by cutting wasteful…

  • Backgrounder posted February 9, 2016 by Matthew Ladner, Ph.D. Power to the People: Putting DC Parents in Charge of K–12 Education

    Washington, DC, Public Schools (DCPS) receives $29,000 per pupil—the highest per pupil revenues in the nation. Despite improvement, DCPS ranks near the bottom of American urban districts, with a majority of students failing to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for success in life. What educational improvement has occurred in the Washington, DC, public school…

  • Legal Memorandum posted February 8, 2016 by Alden Abbott Time to Eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    On July 24, 2015, in State National Bank of Big Springs v. Lew,[1] the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that an Oklahoma bank had standing to challenge the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created by the Dodd–Frank Act.[2] In so holding, the appeals court noted that the CFPB “has already exercised … broad…

  • Backgrounder posted February 8, 2016 by Robert Rector, Rachel Sheffield, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D. Maine Food Stamp Work Requirement Cuts Non-Parent Caseload by 80 Percent

    In 2015, the U.S. government spent over $1 trillion on means-tested welfare aid, providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income individuals. The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest means-tested welfare program.[1] The number of food stamp recipients has risen dramatically from about 17.2 million in 2000 to 45.8…

  • Issue Brief posted February 5, 2016 by Walter Lohman Top Five Political-Security Priorities for the Asia–Pacific in 2016

    The Obama Administration’s formulation of American commitments to Asia, the “rebalance” or “pivot,” has had its successes and shortcomings. 2016 should serve as a time for the Obama Administration to deliver as best it can on the unfinished pieces of its Asia policy and thereby set the table for its successor to implement its own energetic formulation. In so doing, the…

  • News Releases on February 3, 2016 Heritage Foundation Names Gleba to Board of Trustees

    WASHINGTON, FEB. 3, 2016—Michael W. Gleba has been elected to serve on The Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The Washington D.C.-based think tank has been a leading conservative voice in public policy for more than 40 years. Mr. Gleba is Chairman/CEO, Treasurer and Trustee of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization supporting…

  • Issue Brief posted February 2, 2016 by Riley Walters The 81st Terrorist Plot Against the U.S. Since 2001

    On January 26, 2016, Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged with possession of machine guns and a silencer.[1] According to the criminal complaint, Hamzeh, a 23-year-old Milwaukee resident, was intent on targeting a nearby Masonic temple to show “nobody can play with Muslims.”[2] This is the third Islamist-inspired domestic terrorist plot or attack in 2016 and the 81st since…

  • Issue Brief posted February 2, 2016 by Jason Snead, John-Michael Seibler Purposeless Regulation: The FAA Drone Registry

    Revised and Updated February 4, 2016 Economist Milton Friedman was onto something when he said that “[o]ne of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”[1] Because of its severe criminal penalties and dubious purpose, the Federal Aviation Administration’s new drone owners’ registry might become a classic example of…

  • Issue Brief posted February 1, 2016 by Brian Slattery Top Five Modernization Priorities for the Coast Guard in 2016

    Congress showed progress in 2015 by helping the Coast Guard reach its modernization requirements, such as the allocation for a ninth National Security Cutter (NSC) and an increase in the overall acquisition, construction, and improvements (AC&I) account over what the Obama Administration requested. Yet the Coast Guard has a long way to go in recapitalizing its forces.…

  • Issue Brief posted January 29, 2016 by Ana Quintana Top Priorities for U.S. Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016

    In 2016, Congress has a unique opportunity to improve America’s foreign policy toward Latin America. For the first time in the 17-year rule of Venezuela’s Socialist Party, the opposition has taken control of the National Assembly. As part of the anticorruption movement sweeping the region, former Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina was peacefully forced to resign after…

  • Issue Brief posted January 28, 2016 by David Inserra, Riley Walters 80 Islamist Terrorist Plots: The U.S. Needs to Redouble Its Counterterrorism Efforts

    It is less than a month into 2016, and two terrorist plots have occurred, one foiled and the other successful. Additional information has become available regarding a case from December 2015, resulting in another addition to The Heritage Foundation’s list of terrorist plots and attacks. The FBI’s release of more information in December about the shooting at two…