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  • Commentary posted November 29, 2016 by Paul Winfree, Brian Blase How to Repeal Obamacare: A Road Map for the GOP

    Over the past few years, pundits have dismissed the Republican Party’s chances of repealing and replacing Obamacare. But with President-elect Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday and the GOP’s successful effort to keep control of Congress, conservatives now have a real chance to eliminate the health care law. The question is how to do it. Three years into its implementation,…

  • Backgrounder posted November 23, 2016 by Michael Sargent End of the Runway: Rethinking the Airport Improvement Program and the Federal Role in Airport Funding

    Airports are the backbone of America’s aviation system, serving almost 900 million domestic and international passengers in 2015—far more than those of any other country.[1] That number is expected to grow significantly: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects the total number of enplanements to grow to 1.2 billion by 2036.[2] The federal government has spent…

  • Issue Brief posted November 23, 2016 by Daren Bakst Three Key Reforms for Federal Water Policy

    For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have been overreaching when it comes to the implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This statute, built on the idea of cooperation between the federal government and states,[1] has instead become a tool to expand federal power and reduce states’ ability to manage their…

  • Testimony posted November 21, 2016 by Nicolas Loris The Federal Land Freedom Act: Empowering States to Regulate Energy Will Yield Better Economic and Environmental Results

    My name is Nick Loris. I am the Herbert & Joyce Morgan Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. I want to thank the Members of the Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources for this…

  • Issue Brief posted November 21, 2016 by Michael Sargent Building on Victory: An Infrastructure Agenda for the New Administration

    President-elect Donald Trump has stated that infrastructure will be one of his top priorities upon taking office, and many in Congress have signaled a willingness to act on infrastructure. However, the Trump Administration and Congress should evaluate the needs of the nation and make structurally sound reforms rather than rushing to pass an infrastructure package focused…

  • Backgrounder posted November 16, 2016 by Katie Tubb, Nicolas Loris Five Reasons to Sunset the Land and Water Conservation Fund

    The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have begun conferencing energy legislation that is fraught with unnecessary government intervention into private-sector economic and environmental affairs. One major point of contention in the Senate’s version is the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The original intention of the LWCF was…

  • Backgrounder posted November 16, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb Allow Energy Tax Credits to Expire

    Two dozen technology-specific, energy-related tax provisions expire at the end of 2016, including subsidies in the form of tax credits for coal, natural gas, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.[1] By transferring the tax burden from these politically connected industries to everyday Americans, Washington is not only increasing unfairness in the tax code but also…

  • Commentary posted November 3, 2016 by James L. Gattuso, Diane Katz Red Tape on the Upswing

    How much do federal regulations cost? That question has been debated for decades. The truth is that nobody knows for sure. But we do know the cost is very high—and new rules are being added to the pile at a disturbing rate. According to figures we have compiled, 43 major regulations—imposing more than $100 billion in new, annually recurring regulatory costs—were adopted…

  • Issue Brief posted November 3, 2016 by Daren Bakst, Rachel Sheffield Getting the Facts Straight on School Meals and Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    The House and the Senate might soon consider child nutrition bills[1] that would reauthorize the infamous Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.[2] Both bills would maintain a new provision that gives free meals to students regardless of family income (i.e., universal school meals), leave intact (with some minor tweaks) the prescriptive federal school meal standards, and…

  • Issue Brief posted October 31, 2016 by Curtis S. Dubay Analyses of 2016 Candidates’ Tax Plans Demonstrate That Dynamic Scoring Is Now Mainstream

    In a significant victory for proponents of better tax policy, dynamic scoring has replaced static scoring as the preferred method for estimating the effect of changes in tax policy by tax policy experts across the ideological spectrum. The final step in this process was taken when the Tax Policy Center (TPC) dynamically scored the tax plans of presidential candidates…

  • Commentary posted October 25, 2016 by Daren Bakst Removing regulatory obstacles in agriculture

    Discussions about agricultural policy usually focus on how the federal government should help farmers. However, the other side of the equation is also critical. How does the federal government intervene in ways that makes it more difficult for farmers to farm their land? Through what seems like an endless number of regulatory obstacles, the federal government is making…

  • Backgrounder posted October 24, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb Colorado’s Discovery of Massive Oil and Gas Reserves: A Case for Local Energy and Environment Policy

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) discovered this past June that Colorado has 40 times more technically recoverable natural gas resources than previously estimated. The discovery makes Colorado’s Mancos Shale in the Piceance Basin the second-largest known shale reserve in the country (after Pennsylvania), assessed by the USGS with over 66 trillion cubic feet of gas, 74…

  • Legal Memorandum posted October 24, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Nicolas Loris The Climate Change Inquisition: An Abuse of Power that Offends the First Amendment and Threatens Informed Debate

    Last March, a coalition of state attorneys general, “AGs United for Clean Power,” announced they would be investigating any company that challenges the unproven scientific theory of man-induced, catastrophic climate change.[1] After the announcement, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker moved—almost immediately—to subpoena ExxonMobil (as well as the…

  • Commentary posted October 20, 2016 by Romina Boccia Social Security in jeopardy

    Social Security's trust fund will be depleted by the time today's newborns graduate from high school. Today's lawmakers know it, but they have yet to do something about it. Recently, the AARP, the Heritage Foundation, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare participated in a public discussion of Social Security in Pueblo.  The goals of that…

  • Testimony posted October 6, 2016 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. FDIC Insurance and the Brokered Deposit Market: Not a Recipe for Market Discipline

    Testimony before Committee on Financial Services, Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee U.S. House of Representatives September 27, 2016  Chairman Neugebauer, Ranking Member Clay, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify at today’s hearing. My name is Norbert Michel and I am a Research Fellow in Financial Regulations at…