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5 Points

Communications • October 2, 2014

For the past several months, Speaker of the House John Boehner has traveled the country to discuss his “Five Points for Resetting America’s Economic Foundation.” These five points are simple and straightforward: ·      Address the debt. ·      Reform the tax code. ·      Fix the legal system.  ·      Rein in excessive regulations. ·      Strengthen education. …

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Health Care > Families | Health Care | Regulation

Three strikes and you’re out, Obamacare.

Communications • September 2, 2014

While the numerous Obamacare computer glitches, complicated applications, and security breaches have been significant setbacks to Americans, what Obamacare is doing to the economy is more than annoying – it’s downright detrimental. In a Forbes’ article over the Labor Day weekend, health care expert Avik Roy outlined three big reasons the economy is still weak, six years after the …

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House versus Senate – by the numbers.

Communications • July 17, 2014

By the time you read this, the graphic above may need to be updated. That’s because the House continues to address the priorities of the American people. Below are four bills the House passed this week and what they mean for you: 1. H.R. 5016 – Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015. This is the 7th …

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Accountability > Oversight | Regulation

10 things to keep the IRS in check

Communications • July 16, 2014

One of the government’s most powerful agencies has recently proven to be one of the  most incompetent and corrupt as well. That’s right, we’re talking about everyone’s favorite – the IRS.  So this week, House Republicans addressed the agency’s misconduct through the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 5016). Here are 10 things H.R. 5016 will do to …

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Fast Facts on the Regulatory Burden

Policy • February 25, 2014

Fast Facts: The Regulatory Burden The estimated cost of federal regulations in the United States is $1.806 trillion annually, a figure that amounts to 11.6 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).[1] In 2013 alone, federal regulators imposed an additional $112 billion in indirect costs to the economy.[2] In addition, the paperwork burden rose …

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Policy Feature Issue: Patent Trolling and Its Many Victims

Policy • December 4, 2013

The patent system is a vital part of our national identity, stimulating American ingenuity and enhancing our global competitiveness.  Innovation is so entrenched in U.S. history that the Framers included safeguards for inventors in the Constitution.  Traditionally, patent holders have asserted their patents against those who produce infringing technologies.  But in recent years, abusive patent …

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Policy Feature Issue: Hydraulic Fracturing – Benefits & Barriers

Policy • November 20, 2013

America’s recent domestic oil and shale gas revolution is largely attributable to innovations in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.  These technological advances have unlocked vast domestic oil and gas reserves that were historically inaccessible.  The impact of these technologies can’t be overstated: they have transformed the U.S. from a nation dependent on natural gas imports …

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Policy Feature Issue: Proposed EPA Regulations Threaten to Drive Up Electricity Prices

Policy • October 30, 2013

On September 20, 2013, the EPA announced proposed greenhouse gas standards for new fossil fuel-fired power plants.[1]  If finalized, it will mark the first time a uniform national standard on power plant carbon dioxide emissions has been imposed.  The proposed regulations create separate emissions limits for new natural gas plants and for coal fuel-fired plants.[2]  …

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Opportunities > Regulation

Policy Feature Issue: Regulations Burdening Families and Businesses

Policy • July 31, 2013

Federal regulations have an enormous impact on families, small businesses, and the overall economy, yet the costs they impose are difficult to comprehend.  Costly regulations touch many aspects of our lives: the price we pay for groceries, the cars we drive, and the appliances we are allowed to use in our kitchens.  As Americans continue …

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Policy Feature Issue: EPA Regulations under President Obama

Policy • July 9, 2013

Policy Feature Issue: EPA Regulations under President Obama  Since 2009, the Obama Administration has proposed or finalized thousands of pages of costly regulations, including many that impact the energy sector.[1]  In some cases, the regulations impose costs of more than $1 billion each.[2]  Collectively, their combined impact on energy costs and on the overall U.S. …

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