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    Response to Club for Growth’s Chocola: Let’s Not Raise Taxes with the Extenders

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, the estimable Chris Chocola, former congressman from Indiana and current president of the Club for Growth, writes that Congress should allow all of the so-called tax extenders to expire. The tax extenders are a collection of roughly 50 tax-reducing policies that regularly expire and, just … More

    Federal Agency Loses Money Selling Government Reports. The Catch? They’re Already Free

    A federal agency selling government reports that are otherwise free is the target of a new bill meant to curtail government waste. “With a money-losing profit model only the government could design, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) sells free government reports to other federal agencies and the public—at a … More

    Constructive Small Business Expensing Bill Introduced

    Representatives Pat Tiberi (R–OH) and Ron Kind (D–WI), both Ways and Means Committee members, have introduced the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4457). This legislation would make permanent section 179 expensing and allow businesses to deduct up to $500,000 annually in expenses incurred buying machinery, equipment, … More

    To Lead HHS, Obama Picks Overseer of Government Shutdown Decisions

    President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services led the federal government’s response during last year’s “shutdown”—which included officials erecting barricades around open-air monuments. Sylvia Mathews Burwell—who was deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, among other roles—currently serves as Obama’s director of the Office of … More

    Sebelius Resigns as HHS Secretary After Obamacare's Shaky Start

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, nine days after President Obama trumpeted the news that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for Obamacare by the first deadline despite a near-calamitous rollout of the health care law under her leadership. Some White House watchers noted at the time … More

    In Wake of Contempt Vote for IRS's Lerner, House Democrats Lash GOP

    Democrats on a House committee probing improper targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service hit back at today’s 21-12 party-line vote that former IRS official Lois Lerner should be held in contempt of Congress. In twin releases, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) –ranking member of the Committee on Oversight … More

    Fact: Compromise Has Expanded Government

    “[C]onservatives make two simple claims: Most policies under debate are liberal, and Republican leaders sacrifice conservative principles when they compromise. History shows they are right on both counts.” So argues political scientist Matt Grossman of Michigan State University in a recent Washington Post column, relying on coded data spanning all … More

    Getting Your Neighbor's Mortgage Off Your Lawn

    Did you know you are probably responsible for your neighbors’ mortgage payments? What? Heritage expert Norbert Michel explained: Nearly all new residential mortgages are currently being guaranteed by Fannie [Mae] or Freddie [Mac] because these companies buy mortgages from banks and then sell investments backed by the mortgages. And because … More

    Will IRS Targeting Send Someone to Jail?

    It’s time to talk tough on the IRS—after all, it’s tax season. But the sad reality is, the investigation of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups has gone nowhere. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said this week that “Somebody at the IRS violated the law. Whether it was Lois Lerner … More

    Conservatives Vent on House Vote for Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ [VIDEO]

    House conservatives were put off by leadership’s hastily scrambled voice vote to prevent deep cuts in reimbursement to physicians who treat Medicare patients, several lawmakers said today. Speaking at the monthly Conversations with Conservatives panel,  Republican members of the House of Representatives argued that their leadership had promised them a … More