The Heritage Foundation’s president and top policy experts are helping to shape the conversation at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), taking place on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., this week.
Heritage President Kay Coles James asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a series of questions during a wide-ranging discussion at CPAC that touched on the Trump administration’s policy goals, the prospects for school choice, options for military families, and the status of First Amendment freedoms in educational settings.
“For too many decades,” Americans have had a “singular focus on going to a four-year college or university,” DeVos told James during their exchange before a crowd of several thousand attendees. “But there is a multitude of pathways [with] many opportunities beyond high school.”
James also led a conversation with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta about his role in the Labor Department, tax cuts for Americans, and more.
"Tax cuts that brought us more jobs, higher wages, employee bonuses, thank you for the part that you played in that," said James. "We would like to think at the Heritage Foundation we played a small part in helping to develop that policy and helping to shepherd it through."
"How important do you think tax reform is in creating jobs in this country?" asked James.
"I would ask that question to the more than four million Americans that have thus far received a bonus, an increase in their retirement savings, four million Americans and counting," said Acosta.
In addition to James, seven other Heritage Foundation employees are participating on panels and featured speeches. They include Stephen Moore, a distinguished visiting fellow in Heritage's Project for Economic Growth; John Malcolm, vice president for Heritage's Institute for Constitutional Government; Paul Winfree, director of Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Richard A. Aster fellow; Romina Boccia, deputy director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Grover M. Hermann research fellow; Jeff Smith, research fellow in Heritage's Asian Studies Center; Genevieve Wood, senior communications advisor and senior contributor to The Daily Signal; and Kelsey Harkness, a senior news producer at The Daily Signal.
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