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  • Factsheet on May 27, 2015 ICD-10: A Costly and Complex Health Care Coding System Needs Reform

    New Disease Coding System Scheduled for October 2015 The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a system of diagnostic codes for reporting disease, identifying global health trends, and collecting global statistics. Since the 1980s, the U.S. has linked this system of diagnostic codes to reimbursement for health care services. On October 1, 2015,…

  • Factsheet on April 14, 2015 The House Medicare SGR Deal: Not Paid For & Not Permanent

    H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, otherwise known as the Boehner-Pelosi “doc fix” deal, would replace the flawed sustainable growth rate formula, which mandates a 21 percent cut in Medicare physician payments. The need to fix the sustainable growth rate is widely recognized, but Congress must fix it using reforms that…

  • Factsheet on March 30, 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Protecting All Americans’ Fundamental Freedom

    Protecting All Americans’ Fundamental Freedom All Americans should be free to live and work in accordance with their beliefs without fear of government coercion or penalty. Broad and Bipartisan Support for RFRA In response to the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, which narrowed protections for the free exercise of religion,…

  • Factsheet on March 10, 2015 Congress Should Protect Religious Freedom in the District of Columbia

    On March 6, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser transmitted to Congress two pieces of legislation that will seriously infringe on conscience rights and religious freedom in the District. Congress now has 30 legislative days to review the bills and can issue a Resolution of Disapproval on both bills to protect religious freedom in our nation’s capital. Issue: Two…

  • Factsheet on February 19, 2015 Disability Trust Fund Exhaustion Calls for Reforms, Not a Bailout

    SSDI: State of Play Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) is the federal entitlement program that provides monthly cash benefits to eligible disabled individuals and their families. In 2014, nearly 11 million disabled workers and their eligible spouses and children received DI benefits. Disabled workers receive an average of about $1,150 per month from…

  • Factsheet on February 19, 2015 Disability Trust Fund Exhaustion Calls for Reforms, Not a Bailout

    SSDI: State of Play Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) is the federal entitlement program that provides monthly cash benefits to eligible disabled individuals and their families. In 2014, nearly 11 million disabled workers and their eligible spouses and children received DI benefits. Disabled workers receive an average of about $1,150 per month from…

  • Factsheet on December 4, 2014 The Jones Act’s Costly Impact

    The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires that vessels used for domestic shipping must be built in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and at least 75 percent crewed by U.S. citizens. U.S. law allows shippers to transport goods domestically on cars, trucks, aircraft, or rail cars built in other countries. Just not ships. Costly…

  • Factsheet on December 2, 2014 Can Congress Use Spending Bills to Address President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration?

    President Obama’s Executive Actions[1] President Obama’s executive actions would defer the deportation of as many as five million illegal immigrants and allow them to apply to work in the country legally. The actions would largely be administered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security.…

  • Factsheet on November 12, 2014 Lame Duck Threats in 2014

    “They [lame ducks] are free, for two months and at taxpayer expense, to vote for whatever they please…without their constituents being able to do anything about it.” —Jim DeMint Members Representatives and Senators who have either announced their retirement or been replaced by voters are known as “lame ducks.” Unlike their colleagues, they are free from public…

  • Factsheet on November 4, 2014 An Immigration Checklist: 10 Areas of Reform that Congress Should Demand of the President

    The United States immigration system is broken. While there are important reforms that Congress can make, it is essential that the executive branch first prove that it is willing to faithfully administer the current law in 10 ways: Remove all executive directives that contradict and override existing immigration laws. The Obama Administration has failed…

  • Factsheet on August 1, 2014 Respecting Conscience Rights of Adoption and Foster Care Providers

    Foster Care and Adoption Policy Should Put the Best Interests of Children First Roughly 400,000 children spend time in the U.S. foster care system every year, about 100,000 of them seeking adoption into a loving family. Many of these children bounce from home to home, never adopted, and enter adult life without the emotional, relational, and financial support…

  • Factsheet on July 28, 2014 Facts About the Export-Import Bank

    The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) Provides Taxpayer Subsidies Primarily to Multinational Corporations More than 80 percent of the bank’s financing benefits major firms, including the Boeing Company (market capitalization exceeding $91 billion). In the past five years, the aviation giant has profited from 197 Ex-Im deals totaling $48 billion. In fiscal year 2013…

  • Factsheet on July 21, 2014 Which Way for the Highway Trust Fund?

    Background on Highway Trust Fund The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) was created in 1956 to finance the construction of the interstate highway system, which was largely completed by the early 1980s. The current 18.4 cents per gallon gasoline tax, 24.4 cents per gallon diesel tax, and related fees pay for a portion of current highway and transit spending. Moving Ahead…

  • Factsheet on June 24, 2014 Reforming Mandatory Minimum Sentences: The Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410

    Smart on Crime, Not Soft on Crime Drug dealing is harmful to society and threatens public safety. Drug dealers should be punished. Current harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses have resulted in too many low-level drug offenders taking up valuable space that ought to be occupied by individuals who pose the greatest threat to public safety.…

  • Factsheet on May 12, 2014 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage

    Policymakers should reform the mortgage finance market by first recognizing that no single type of loan will be best for all borrowers at all times. What You Will Hear Several groups have argued that eliminating the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a terrible idea because it would imperil the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM). …