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  • Legal Memorandum posted July 24, 2014 by John Malcolm, Elizabeth Slattery Boehner v. Obama: Can the House of Representatives Force the President to Comply with the Law?

    A‌rticle I of the Constitution vests “All legislative powers herein ‌granted” in Congress, while Article II, section 3 requires that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” But what happens when the President fails to execute the law? Time and again, President Barack Obama has pushed the limits of this duty, acting unilaterally to change or…

  • Commentary posted July 1, 2014 by Stephen Moore The Underappreciated Eric Cantor

    Eric Cantor must have woken up this morning feeling like the Rodney Dangerfield of American politics: I get no respect. In the aftermath of his stunning loss, Mr. Cantor has been attacked from all sides by political Monday-morning quarterbacks — for supposed arrogance, for ignoring his constituents, for being too moderate, too pro-business, not free-market enough, weak…

  • Commentary posted April 17, 2014 by Stephen Moore Who Shrank the Deficit?

    A budget deficit of nearly half a trillion dollars is hardly something to cheer about, but the big decline in federal red ink as a share of our national output has been a stunning achievement. The new April budget update from the Congressional Budget Office tells us that, in 2009, Barack Obama and the Democrats rang up an elephantine $1.3 trillion deficit, which amounted…

  • Commentary posted January 5, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. On immigration, start with what's doable to avoid lasting bitterness

    "Solutions to problems cannot be found in a pool of bitterness.” So proclaimed John Dennis "Denny" Hastert upon his swearing in as the 59th Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1999. Hastert was pledging to look for bipartisan solutions, but it had special meaning for rank-and-file Republicans in the House. As a means of avoiding ruinous bitterness, Hastert vowed…

  • 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…

  • Issue Brief posted December 18, 2012 by Michaela Dodge National Security and Defense: Comparing Congress and The Heritage Foundation's Policy Positions

    To provide for the common defense is one of the primary constitutional responsibilities of the federal government. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a federal law that annually specifies the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense (DOD). In addition to funding, this law can also be a vehicle for good and bad policies. Therefore, lawmakers abuse…

  • Issue Brief posted September 13, 2012 by Paul Rosenzweig Congress Should Not Enable Executive Orders on Cybersecurity

    The discussion over improving U.S. cybersecurity has moved from a debate over different pieces of legislation to speculation and expectation that President Obama will issue an executive order. Congress repeatedly declined to adopt a regulatory approach to cybersecurity, yet the Administration has drafted an executive order that begins the development of a regulatory…

  • Issue Brief posted July 25, 2012 by James L. Gattuso Reforming Regulation: Some Sensible Steps

    Like the weather, regulation is something that everyone likes to complain about, but nobody does anything about it. However, the House of Representatives this week plans to take up over half a dozen measures to reduce red tape. This comes in addition to last year’s passage of measures to require congressional approval of new major regulations (the REINS Act[1]) and to…

  • WebMemo posted December 8, 2011 by Patrick Louis Knudsen Chairman Ryan’s Proposals for Fixing the Budget Process

    To say “the budget process is broken,” as many Members of Congress like to complain, is a little misleading. The regular order of the budget process has not been employed for the past several years[1]—and mostly because of Congress’s inability or unwillingness to use it. But if not broken, the process has indeed broken down, as demonstrated by the Senate’s failure to pass…

  • Backgrounder posted July 14, 2011 by Ernest Istook Considering a Balanced Budget Amendment: Lessons from History

    Abstract: Attempts at passing a balanced budget amendment (BBA) date back to the 1930s, and all have been unsuccessful. Both parties carry some of the blame: The GOP too often has been neglectful of the issue, and the Democratic Left, recognizing a threat to big government, has stalled and obfuscated, attempting to water down any proposals to mandate balanced budgets. On…

  • Backgrounder posted July 14, 2011 by Brian Darling The House and Senate Balanced Budget Amendments: Not All Balanced Budget Amendments Are Created Equal

    Abstract: Republicans in the House and Senate have announced that they will force votes on balanced budget constitutional amendments. While the Senate and House versions of the current BBA are similar, there are some important differences that Members of Congress and the American people need to understand. For example, the Senate version makes it more difficult to enact…

  • Play Movie It's Time to Get to Work Video Recorded on November 3, 2010 It's Time to Get to Work

    They must immediately 1) Cut and Freeze Spending; 2) Repeal Obamacare; 3) Stop the Obama Tax Hikes; 4) Protect America; and 5) Get Control of Government. It's time to get to work. The American people sent a strong message in 2010. They clearly rejected the wasteful spending and growing government that has so far defined the Obama Administration and insisted that our…

  • WebMemo posted October 25, 2010 by Ernest Istook, Michael Franc, Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. Four Immediate Reforms to Change the Culture of Congress

    Summary: Immediately after the congressional elections of November 2, new Members and re-elected Members of both parties will gather to meet (caucus) and vote on new leaders and enact internal party rules. Long before the House adopts its formal rules in January, these internal party rules will determine the allocation of power within Congress between leadership,…

  • Play Movie Stuart Butler discusses the Health Care Bill on WETA Video Recorded on January 9, 2010 Stuart Butler discusses the Health Care Bill on WETA

    Stuart Butler discusses the how the House Health Care Bill is exempting the Unions from being taxed on WETA.…

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