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  • Monthly Archives: November 2011

    Appropriations Tracker: Monitoring FY 2012 Spending Bills

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    The Heritage Foundation yesterday launched its fiscal year (FY) 2012 Appropriations Tracker, which monitors the progress of appropriations bills as they move through the House and Senate. The tracker will be updated regularly to reflect the most recent status of these discretionary spending bills as they progress through each chamber. … More

    Speaker of the House Draws a Bright Red Line: No More Defense Cuts

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    The U.S. military has already contributed more to debt and deficit reduction than any other federal agency. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH), recently sent a clear message to the congressional “super committee” charged with producing additional debt reduction plans: The defense budget has already coughed up enough. Noting—correctly—that … More

    Hutchison: Measure to Block Internet Regulation Is a Jobs Bill

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    The Senate is slated to take up a resolution of disapproval next week that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the Internet. With the economy still dominating the national political agenda, Senate Republicans are pointing to the measure’s expected impact on job growth. Net Neutrality regulations, explained Sen. … More

    The Big Issues Behind the Obamacare Challenge

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    “Are you serious? Are you serious?” then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) famously replied when asked where, specifically, the Constitution granted Congress the authority to mandate that every American purchase health insurance coverage. The question was very serious, it turns out, even if Pelosi’s intent was sarcasm. Four federal … More

    Book Review: Democracy Denied

    Democracy-Denied

    In his new book Democracy Denied, Phil Kerpen, vice president at Americans for Prosperity, unravels the extraordinary power grab by the Obama Administration with startling detail. Kerpen explains how Obama is getting his leftist agenda passed without the consent of Congress—and how Congress can stop him. From regulatory czars to … More

    CLASS Dismissed: Long-Term Care Program Examined in Hill Hearing

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    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation and Subcommittee on Health held a hearing last week on the future of the unsustainable, poorly designed CLASS program now that it’s on life support (though it still has a heartbeat). As Heritage analysts have already pointed out, there is … More

    National Security Debate Moves to Nov. 22

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    The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and CNN are pleased to announce that the presidential debate on foreign policy and national security co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation will take place in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The national security debate, a landmark first for AEI and Heritage, moved … More

    Politicians Forget Why We Need A Strong Balanced Budget Amendment

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    The purpose of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution (BBA) is to limit the size and scope of the federal government.  Some politicians seem to have forgotten that goal. According to USA Today there are 18 pending proposed amendments to the Constitution that purport to be balanced budget constitutional … More

    Is America a Democracy or a Republic?

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    According to the Wall Street protesters, American representative government has failed and therefore they are replacing it, “Since we can no longer trust our elected representatives to represent us rather than their large donors,” the Zuccotti Park occupiers explain, “we are creating a microcosm of what democracy really looks like.” … More

    Nuclear Weapons Worth More Than the U.S. Is Spending

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    A recent New York Times editorial is turning one of the significant nuclear weapons’ benefits for the U.S. national security on its head, charging that the nuclear weapons budget is “bloated.” This is simply incorrect. Nuclear forces have been very cost effective relative to conventional forces and historically have consumed … More