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  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2016 by Justin Bogie, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris 2017 House Interior and Environment Bill Makes Policy Strides, Still Spends Too Much

    This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This will be the sixth discretionary spending bill considered by the House this year. The bill would provide $32.1 billion in discretionary budget authority for fiscal year (FY) 2017, about $64 million less than current…

  • Commentary posted May 25, 2016 by Diane Katz FDA's Proposed Rules Would Snuff Out Small Manufacturers Of Premium Cigars

    Julius Caeser Newman was 13 years old in 1888 when he sailed from Austria-Hungary to Baltimore in pursuit of the American dream. With vision, hope and a $50 loan, he built a hand-rolled cigar business that survived the Panic of 1893, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Cuban trade embargo and import competition from lower-cost countries. Today his company, now the…

  • Backgrounder posted May 23, 2016 by James L. Gattuso, Diane Katz Red Tape Rising 2016: Obama Regs Top $100 Billion Annually

    The number and cost of federal regulations increased substantially in 2015, as regulators continued to tighten restrictions on American businesses and individuals. The addition of 43 new major rules last year increased annual regulatory costs by more than $22 billion, bringing the total annual costs of Obama Administration rules to an astonishing $100 billon-plus in just…

  • Backgrounder posted April 28, 2016 by Diane Katz Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Limiting Americans’ Credit Choices

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was established under Title X of Dodd–Frank to “regulate the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the Federal consumer financial laws.”[1] Prior to its creation, authority for some 50 rules and orders stemming from 18 consumer-protection statutes[2] was divided among seven agencies.[3] But…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2016 by James L. Gattuso, Diane Katz 10 Worst Regulations of 2015

    Like streamers raining down upon New Year’s revelers in Times Square, a torrent of red tape was unleashed on the nation in 2015. Literally thousands of new regulations combined with existing ones to infringe on every aspect of daily life. Justified or not, each one imposes an economic burden and chips away at individual freedom. Which regulations were the worst? Here is…

  • Backgrounder posted December 14, 2015 by Diane Katz An Environmental Policy Primer for the Next President

    The nation’s environment has dramatically improved in the four decades since adoption of America’s foundational environmental statutes.[1] It is also true that there could have been even greater improvement at far less cost—economic and social—had lawmakers forgone centralized government control in favor of the transformative powers of market incentives and private…

  • Backgrounder posted December 4, 2015 by Paul Winfree, Daren Bakst, Rachel Sheffield, James Phillips, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb, Roger Severino, Sarah Torre, Lindsey Burke, James Sherk, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Brett D. Schaefer, David Inserra Important Policy Riders for the FY 2016 Appropriations Bills

    The Constitution unequivocally grants Congress the exclusive power to appropriate funds for the “necessary and proper” operations of government.[1] James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 58 that providing budgetary powers to Congress was a critical element in maintaining individual rights: “The power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and…

  • Commentary posted September 25, 2015 by Diane Katz Export-Import bank debate: GE brings good things to hype

    Media outlets across the nation readily accepted the claim this week by General Electric that 500 U.S. jobs, including many from Greenville, would be moved overseas because the Republican-led Congress rejected reauthorization the Export-Import Bank. All of which is nonsense. The real story is that GE, along with Boeing and other top beneficiaries of the government bank,…

  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2015 by Diane Katz Export–Import Bank: Propaganda versus the Facts

    A June 29 posting on The Hill’s Congress Blog carried the headline: “The Arguments for Ex–Im No One Can Rebut.”[1] The author, John Murphy, the senior vice president of international policy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, claimed that, in a recent hearing, “no one was able to rebut my arguments about the indispensable role the bank plays in specific circumstances.”…

  • Issue Brief posted June 10, 2015 by Diane Katz, Veronique de Rugy The End of Ex–Im: No Threat to Exports or Employment

    The charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex–Im) will expire on June 30 unless reauthorized by Congress, which looks increasingly unlikely. Beneficiaries of the bank are issuing dire warnings about a future without export subsidies, in which exports abruptly decline and jobs supposedly disappear. The facts say otherwise. All existing Ex–Im deals would remain intact, and the…

  • Commentary posted May 15, 2015 by James L. Gattuso, Diane Katz Regulating escalators and escalating regulation

    What do restaurant menus, refrigerators, community banks and escalators have in common? All were subjected to yet more federal regulation last year. No fewer than 184 "major" new rules have been imposed since the start of the Obama administration, costing Americans about $80 billion per year in additional regulatory costs. And many more regulations are on the way.…

  • Commentary posted May 11, 2015 by Diane Katz Why we should allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire

    A lot of people in Washington, D.C., don't believe that American businesses can compete in the global market without subsidies from taxpayers. These same folks are pushing for a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a government outfit that doles out export subsidies to a select group of companies. To hear bank officials tell it, small businesses and thousands of…

  • Backgrounder posted May 11, 2015 by James L. Gattuso, Diane Katz Red Tape Rising: Six Years of Escalating Regulation Under Obama

    The number and cost of government regulations continued to climb in 2014, intensifying Washington’s control over the economy and Americans’ lives. The addition of 27 new major rules[1] last year pushed the tally for the Obama Administration’s first six years to 184, with scores of other rules in the pipeline. The cost of just these 184 rules is estimated by regulators to…

  • Issue Brief posted February 24, 2015 by Diane Katz Export-Import Bank Impervious to Reform

    Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some Members of Congress believe that a few legislative tweaks will remedy all that is wrong with the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).[1] In fact, the pending House bill to reauthorize Ex-Im through 2019 is largely a regurgitation of “reforms” previously mandated by Congress—without appreciable effect. The only meaningful way to…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2015 by Diane Katz, James L. Gattuso Growth of regs threatens liberty

    To say that Americans have a regulation problem is putting it lightly. For instance, the government is now setting the serving size of breath mints, and demanding 12-point type on clothing labels. It prohibits dog walkers from strolling with more than four pooches, and requires cat food manufacturers to list calories in “kilocalories per kilogram.” The feds also…