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  • Monthly Archives: April 2011

    Tales of the Red Tape #5: Calorie Counts Forced Down Our Throats

    Coca-Cola Vending Machine

    You’re too fat, and vending machines are to blame. The government says so and is doing something about it. To temper the snack food cravings we are supposedly incapable of controlling, Congress is forcing vendors to post the calorie counts of vending machine items. Thus, we’ll supposedly pick the healthier … More

    House Members Demand Leadership from Senate to Avoid Shutdown

    Congressman Crawford

    This morning a number of House Republicans, joined by Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Mike Lee (R-UT), met outside the Senate to demand action from their Senate colleagues and the White House to prevent a government shutdown. The press conference, one of six over as many days, is designed to … More

    New Analysis Reveals Obamacare Will Cost More Than Expected

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    When Obamacare was passed into law, its proponents touted the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis showing that it would reduce the deficit. A lot has changed since then. Heritage research reveals that “a close examination of what CBO said, as well as other evidence, makes it clear that the deficit reduction … More

    Opponents of DC School Voucher Program Can't Get Facts Straight

    In a sweeping victory for school choice, a bill to reauthorize and expand the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) passed in the U.S. House last Wednesday. During what turned out to be an at times intense debate on the House floor prior to the vote, legislators spoke passionately about … More

    We Need a Permanent Fix to the EPA’s CO2 Regulations

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    Realizing the costs and folly of instituting a massive greenhouse gas regulatory regime, Members of Congress stopped cap-and-trade legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions, most notably carbon dioxide (CO2), from becoming law in the last Congress.  But their job is not complete. Now unelected bureaucrats at the EPA are attempting … More

    No Fair Play In Microsoft's Complaint Against Google

    Microsoft complaint against Google

    Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) alleging unfair business practices by Google. The EC is the very same government body that hounded Microsoft for years on antitrust allegations, culminating in the company’s loss of intellectual property and billions of dollars in fines. That Microsoft now seeks … More

    Morning Bell: Showdown Over A Shutdown

    It has been more than 40 days since the House passed a budget for 2011, cutting spending by $61 billion. The task was left undone by the previous Democrat-controlled Congress, the first time since 1974, an embarrassing feat for a body charged with holding the purse strings. Today that task … More

    Ryan Budget Critics Incorrectly Attack Heritage Analysis

    Except in Jeopardy!,  questions usually come first, followed by answers. Likewise, when criticizing public policy studies and their underlying methodologies, it typically helps to see the policy study and methodology used before one embarks on criticism. Today at 8:37 a.m. ET, Matt Yglesias of the Center for American Progress’ Think … More

    Congress and White House Must Stand By Decision On 9/11 Trials

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    Following Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Monday that the United States would try  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators in military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, The Heritage Foundation’s Senior Legal Fellow, Cully Stimson, testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the 9/11 trials. Stimson’s message? The right … More

    As the Budget Debate Unfolds, It's Time for Grown Ups

    Rep. Paul Ryan - Path for Prosperity

    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R, WI) has proposed a budget for grown ups. Washington’s big spenders have responded with the tired clichés we expect from defenders of big government: “Pulling the rug out from under seniors,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D, MI). “Waging war on American workers,” says Rep. … More