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  • ‘Understaffed’ Federal Agency Devises New Regulations for Offshore Drilling

    The director of the federal agency responsible for the drilling permit logjam in the Gulf of Mexico has said his agency is too understaffed to address the slowdown in permits — but he now plans to divert his already limited staff resources to the additional regulation of oilfield service providers … More

    In The Green Room: Carl's Jr., Hardee's CEO Shares the Secrets of Job Creation

    Andy Puzder knows a thing or two about job creation. As the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, he’s at the helm of 3,150 Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants across the country and around the world. But, from his perspective, few federal bureaucrats know what he does. That’s why he decided … More

    The Economic Cost of Bad Regulations

    Ohio small-businessman Jack Buschur has a message for Washington about job creation: Get out of the way. In a new video released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Buschur explains how a slow economy and costly compliance with government regulations forced him to lay off 12 workers … More

    Deepwater Drilling Permitting Rate Still Way Below Average

    As gas prices continue to climb — reaching as high as $5.75 to $6.03 a gallon in some places — the Department of the Interior remains stingy with deepwater drilling permits. Since February 2011, the administration has issued an average of just 1.3 deepwater permits per month — a 78 … More

    Rep. Tom Graves: My Constituents Overwhelmingly Support Entitlement Reform

    Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) — a self-described “pro-life, pro-gun constitutional conservative” — never expected to serve on the House Appropriations Committee. As he puts it, he didn’t come to Washington to be “a part of spending money.” Now, even though he serves on Appropriations, he still makes spending cuts his … More

    Senators Ask White House to Abandon Executive Order Limiting Political Speech

    A group of senators is urging President Obama to reconsider a draft executive order to require would-be government contractors to disclose political contributions. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), ranking member on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) yesterday sent a letter signed by … More

    Small-Business Owners in the Gulf Share Similar Hardships

    Nearly a year after the administration first halted oil drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico, stories of economic hardship still surface, all with the same theme: The slow pace of permitting punishes all those whose livelihood depends on the oil and gas industry — even those who had nothing … More

    Former CBO Director: Let Debt Limit Debate Be Short, Sweet and Successful

    The debt limit debate waits for the return of a recess-refreshed Congress, but if conservatives are ready for it, they can leverage the issue to enact spending caps and advance the budget the House passed last week, says former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin. “The Republicans should come back … More

    Morning Bell: Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later

    A year ago today, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico cost the lives of 11 men and threatened untold damage to the ecosystem. It was an unprecedented disaster, and the tragic loss of life it entailed made it all the more imperative that … More

    VIDEO: Obama's Anti-Drilling Agenda Endangers Gulf Coast Economy

    Last year in the midst of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Heritage sent a team to the Gulf Coast to view the clean-up effort firsthand. At the time, the deepwater drilling moratorium was only beginning to disrupt the region’s economy. Today, one year after the oil spill, the … More