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  • Backgrounder posted November 17, 2000 by Angela Antonelli Road to Hague: A Desperate Effort To Salvage A Flawed Climate Change Treaty

    More than 160 nations are gathering at The Hague in the Netherlands through November 24 to reach final agreement on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Clinton Administration, led by Vice President Al Gore, had agreed to the Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions in December 1997 at the…

  • Executive Memorandum posted September 27, 2000 by Angela Antonelli, D. Mark Wilson Tapping Oil Reserves Won't Solve America's Risky Energy Dependency

    High gasoline prices and concerns about the supply and price of home heating oil this winter are key issues this election year. Nationwide, prices for all grades of gasoline are 21.8 percent higher than they were last September, and August home heating oil prices were 63.3 percent higher than a year ago. Although drivers have seen gasoline prices moderate from…

  • Backgrounder posted July 19, 2000 by D. Mark Wilson, Angela Antonelli Overtaxed at the Pump: What's Behind the High Gas Prices

    Rising gasoline prices have become a key issue across America this election year. Nationwide, prices for all grades of gasoline jumped 41.7 percent just since June of last year, reaching a record high average of $1.71 per gallon by the middle of June 2000.2 In some regions, particularly in the Midwest, motorists struggled with even greater price hikes as the price…

  • Backgrounder posted May 9, 2000 by Gregg VanHelmond, Angela Antonelli Why CARA is Fiscally Irresponsible and a Threat to Local Land Use Decisions

    Representative Don Young (R-AK) introduced H.R. 701, the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA), in February 1999 to establish an off-budget dedicated trust fund for the acquisition and protection of land. The bill authorizes placing more than $42 billion of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil royalties into the trust fund over the next 15 years to enable federal and…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 21, 2000 by Angela Antonelli, D. Mark Wilson Why Congress Should Cut the Gas Tax

    Gas prices have been soaring. According to the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, gas prices--which have increased by as much as 50 percent in the past year--are likely to continue to rise into the summer, if not beyond. This price increase is hitting many Americans hard, and they are pleading with Congress and the President for…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 1, 2000 by Angela Antonelli How to Sustain Prosperity In An Era of Budget Surpluses

    The United States is enjoying the longest peacetime expansion of the economy in its history, and with it a record surge of tax revenues that has lifted the federal budget into surplus. The question of what to do with this extra revenue consumes public discourse. How the Congress and the President choose to use the surplus can, in fact, undermine the very prosperity…

  • Testimony posted February 22, 2000 by Angela Antonelli The Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulation

    Dear John: Enclosed are my comments on the report by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) entitled "Draft Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulations," made available through a notice published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2000 (65 FR 1295-1296). OMB's draft third report to Congress on the costs and benefits of federal…

  • Backgrounder posted November 1, 1999 by Angela Antonelli The Levin-Thompson Proposal: How Regulatory Improvement Veers Off Track

    On March 25, 1999, Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Fred Thompson (R-TN) introduced S. 746, the Regulatory Improvement Act of 1999. In the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee report accompanying the bill (S. Report 106-110), the committee states that this legislation would "promote more open, better informed, and more accountable regulatory decisions."1 Since 1994,…

  • Executive Summary posted November 1, 1999 by Angela Antonelli Executive Summary: The Levin-Thompson Proposal: How Regulatory Improvement Veers Off Track

    On March 25, 1999, Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Fred Thompson (R-TN) introduced S. 746, the Regulatory Improvement Act of 1999. The impetus behind this initiative is a concern about the increasing number of expensive, one-size-fits-all rules with diminishing returns--regulators chasing smaller and smaller risks at greater and greater costs--and the lack of…

  • Testimony posted September 10, 1999 by Angela Antonelli Public Access to Research Data

    Public Comment to: F. James Charney Policy Analyst Office of Management and Budget Dear Mr. Charney: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Clarifying Changes to Proposed Revision on Public Access to Research Data (the "Shelby amendment" pursuant to Public Law 105-277 "to require awarding agencies to ensure that all data produced under an…

  • Testimony posted July 29, 1999 by Angela Antonelli Rural Water Project Financing

    Testimony before the Committee on Resources - United States House of Representatives Chairman Doolittle, Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. This…

  • Testimony posted March 24, 1999 by Angela Antonelli Regulatory Right to Know Act of 1999

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affaris - Committee on Government Reform - United States House of Representatives Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify on the Regulatory Right to Know Act of 1999 (H.R. 1074). I am Angela Antonelli, Director of The Thomas A.…

  • Testimony posted March 20, 1999 by Angela Antonelli Mandates Information Act of 1999

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process Committee on Rules - United States House of Representatives Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify on the Mandates Information Act of 1999. I am…

  • Backgrounder posted October 7, 1998 by Angela Antonelli The One Percent Budget Showdown: Clinton's Veto Threats In Perspective

    As fiscal year 1998 comes to a close, Congress and the President still have considerable work to do to reach an agreement on most of the 13 annual appropriations bills. In light of this, on September 17, 1998, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that allows the federal government to continue to operate until October 9, 1998 (FY 1999), at FY 1998 spending…

  • Executive Summary posted June 26, 1998 by Angela Antonelli BG1192es:Two Years and 8600 Rules: Why Congress Needs an Office ofRegulatory Analysis

    Since 1994, Congress has taken modest steps toward improving the federal regulatory system through such laws as the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, the Congressional Review Act (CRA), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Regulatory Accounting Reports. Yet, despite these good intentions, the number of…