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  • Backgrounder posted October 30, 2014 by David S. Addington Ebola: Dallas and New York City Experiences Drive Governments to Change Practices

    The federal government and several state governments have changed a number of practices since a Liberian citizen infected with Ebola virus disease in West Africa traveled to Dallas, Texas, where two nurses who provided medical services to him contracted the disease, and a U.S. citizen infected with Ebola in West Africa traveled to New York City. The Centers for Disease…

  • Issue Brief posted October 17, 2014 by David S. Addington Ebola: U.S. Government Civilian and Military Assistance in West Africa

    The U.S. government has substantial efforts under way in West Africa to provide humanitarian assistance to combat the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease and thereby also help prevent the spread of Ebola elsewhere. U.S. government civilians under the direction of the U.S. ambassador, and U.S. military personnel under the Commander of the Joint Force Command (JFC), work…

  • Issue Brief posted October 15, 2014 by David S. Addington Ebola: The Basics

    The spread of the Ebola virus raises substantial public health concerns in the United States and abroad. With the proper leadership and use of available resources, the U.S. can address these concerns effectively. Appropriate U.S. government humanitarian assistance to address the Ebola situation in West Africa, and measured and coordinated deployment at home of federal,…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2013 by David S. Addington House Cybersecurity Legislation: A Small Step, but Flaws Need Correction

    Congress has begun to consider cybersecurity legislation in earnest for the 113th Congress. The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider shortly H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The bill addresses the growing problem of foreign powers infiltrating U.S. public and private computer systems to steal valuable information. The bill…

  • Backgrounder posted March 27, 2013 by David S. Addington Encouraging Lawful Immigration and Discouraging Unlawful Immigration

    From its inception, the United States of America has recognized the vital importance of lawful immigration to the nation. Such immigration brings important economic and cultural benefits both to the United States and to the immigrants. Americans rightly incorporate into their lives and celebrate the values of America, including individual freedom, limited government, and…

  • Backgrounder posted April 6, 2012 by David S. Addington Congress Should Not Authorize States to Expand Collection of Taxes on Internet and Mail Order Sales

    Abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1992 decision in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota protects out-of-state businesses in the Internet era from overreaching by revenue-hungry states. The Court’s decision prevents a state from forcing an out-of-state business to serve as the state’s sales tax collector if the business has no physical presence in the state and…

  • Issue Brief posted March 14, 2012 by David S. Addington Federal Budget: What Congress Must Do to Control Spending and Create Jobs

    As the national debt races toward $17 trillion and nearly 13 million Americans search fruitlessly for work, America needs bold changes from its leaders. Congress must get federal spending and borrowing under control and get out of the way of job creation in the private sector. The goals of conservatives are clear: Congress should drive down federal spending,…

  • Commentary posted February 7, 2012 by David S. Addington End These Health Mandates Now

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as the “Obamacare” statute, tramples on religious liberty and makes it likely that employees of many religious institutions will lose their group health insurance. Americans have already taken the Obama administration to the Supreme Court over the “Obamacare” individual mandate, which purports to exercise…

  • Backgrounder posted January 23, 2012 by David S. Addington Government’s Proper Role in Creating Jobs: Top Five Actions to Take

    Abstract: America needs jobs. A government committed to free enterprise, limited government, and individual freedom, and not to more borrowing and spending, can properly help. To help unleash the private sector to invest and create jobs, Congress should promptly take five specific actions: enact the New Flat Tax, free America's energy resources, grant effective free trade…

  • Backgrounder posted October 13, 2011 by David S. Addington Congress Should Promptly Repeal or Fix Unwarranted Provisions of the Dodd–Frank Act

    Abstract: Congress enacted the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 in the wake of a financial crisis followed by a serious economic recession. Regrettably, many of the provisions of the Dodd–Frank Act contravene basic American principles and inhibit rather than advance economic growth. Congress should review the Dodd–Frank Act and repeal or…

  • WebMemo posted September 30, 2011 by David S. Addington Congress Should Repeal or Fix Section 404 of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act to Help Create Jobs

    Americans need jobs. The private sector of the American economy will create jobs when government removes the obstacles it has placed in the way of job creation and when the demand for goods and services rises. The government should promptly review the vast increase in government regulation of the economy that has occurred in recent decades and modify or repeal statutes…

  • WebMemo posted September 22, 2011 by David S. Addington Congress Should Halt FAA Plan to Destroy the Privacy of Noncommercial Flights

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation needs to collect substantial information about aircraft flying in U.S. airspace in order to ensure safety in air travel. The FAA also must share flight data with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and law enforcement authorities to assist them in protecting the…

  • Play Movie David Addington on Obama's Jobs Speech on Bloomberg News Video Recorded on September 9, 2011 David Addington on Obama's Jobs Speech on Bloomberg News

    David Addington discusses Obama's jobs speech.…

  • Play Movie David Addington on the Debt Deal on FBN Video Recorded on August 5, 2011 David Addington on the Debt Deal on FBN

    David Addington discusses the debt deal.…

  • Play Movie David Addington on the Debt Deal on CNBC Video Recorded on August 3, 2011 David Addington on the Debt Deal on CNBC

    David Addington discusses the debt deal.…