Restoring Federalism: Giving Power Back to the States

Event The Constitution
Event The Constitution

July 17, 2019 Restoring Federalism: Giving Power Back to the States

Leading government officials at the federal and state level examine policies to promote cooperative federalism on an array of fronts.

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019

8:50 am - 12:30 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC



Welcome – 8:55 a.m.
Dr. Kim Holmes
Executive Vice President, The Heritage Foundation

Followed by
Panel I – 9:00 a.m.

Federalism from the State and Local Perspective
The Honorable Mark Brnovich

Arizona Attorney General
The Honorable Aric Nesbitt
Michigan State Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore
The Honorable Ken Ivory
Member, Utah House of Representatives
Hans von SpakovskyModerator
Senior Legal Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Moderated Discussion – 10:00 a.m.

Federalism and the Trump Administration

The Honorable Mick Mulvaney
Acting Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President, The White House
The Honorable Kay Coles James
President, The Heritage Foundation

Panel II – 10:30 a.m.
Federalism from the Executive Branch Perspective
The Honorable David Bernhardt

Secretary, United States Department of the Interior

The Honorable Andrew Wheeler
Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency
The Honorable Russ Vought
Acting Director, Office of Management & Budget, White House
The Honorable Doug Hoelscher
Deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House
Tommy Binion –Moderator
Vice President,GovernmentRelations, The Heritage Foundation

Panel III – 11:30 a.m.
Federalism from the Congressional Perspective
The Honorable Ron Johnson
United States Senator (R-WI)
The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers
United States Representative (R-WA)
The Honorable Rob Bishop
United States Representative (R-UT)
Rick DearbornModerator
Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Federalism, The Heritage Foundation


Registration and continental breakfast open at 8:00 a.m.


The Heritage Foundation is hosting a half-day symposium to highlight the importance of promoting good federalism. Bringing together the leading voices in our government and key thought leaders, we will discuss what more can be done by the Administration, what opportunities we might have in Congress to advance principles of federalism, and how outside groups and state officials might best help advance the cause of freedom.

Join us for a half-day symposium, with leading government officials at the federal and state level, as we examine policies to promote cooperative federalism on an array of fronts.

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