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  • This Isn't Brain Surgery

    Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) worked as a doctor for 21 years before coming to Congress. But performing surgery might be easier than the task ahead of him. Burgess has made it his mission to educate House Republicans about health care reform so they feel comfortable talking about it in Washington … More

    Global Museum on Communism to Launch Next Year

    NOTE: Remarks by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez added to the end of this post. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Victims of Communism Memorial, located a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. A ceremony this morning, presided over by Heritage’s Lee Edwards, commemorated the more than … More

    Fire at Heritage Extinguished

    A fire broke out at Heritage’s Capitol Hill headquarters this afternoon as work was being done on the front facade of the building. Black smoke could be seen coming from one of the newly constructed columns shortly before 2 p.m. The fire did not enter the building. However, there is … More

    Farm Bill Fumble Opens Door to Increased Opposition

    Opponents of the farm bill are digging in for a fight. A coalition of nearly 30 taxpayer watchdog groups yesterday wrote lawmakers pleading to reopen debate on a section of the bill dealing with trade. And two Republican senators have vowed to prolong debate despite the long odds they face. … More

    Rube Goldberg Would Appreciate the Lieberman-Warner Bill

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put together a great chart on the regulatory apparatus that would be needed to implement the economy-killing Lieberman-Warner global warming legislation. Not only would this be a massive expansion of government, but it would also have a devastating impact on states.

    What's in Lieberman-Warner Bill?

    As we outlined earlier today, a cap-and-trade policy would pose a grave threat to the U.S. economy. Yet that won’t stop Congress from charging ahead during the first week of June on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008. The Heritage Foundation has secured a copy of a complete substitute … More

    Say a Prayer for Sen. Ted Kennedy

    Those of us at The Heritage Foundation who work just a few blocks from Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) Capitol Hill office were shocked and saddened by the news of his brain tumor. Heritage’s president, Ed Feulner, yesterday wrote to Kennedy wishing him a speedy recovery. May 21, 2008 The Honorable … More

    Blue Dogs Urged to Stand Firm on PAYGO for Entitlement Spending

    With congressional Democrats trying to resolve differences on the war supplemental, the Blue Dog Coalition has yet to crack on its demand that any new entitlement spending be offset under pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules. Today the Concord Coalition weighed in with a letter from executive director Robert L. Bixby urging the … More

    Gates Warns of 'Next-War-itis'

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates addressed journalists today on the state of the American military at a conference sponsored by Heritage and the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs. (Full text of Gates’ remarks are available at the Pentagon website.) Gates has maintained a consistent focus since his first day on … More

    Farm Bill Fails to Cultivate Reform

    Congress had its first chance in six years to reform the economically incoherent farm program. Rather than fix the program, lawmakers irrationally increased subsidies. Below are price increases for the most heavily subsidized crops, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. These five crops are responsible for approximately 90% of … More