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    Cloakroom: December 2 – December 6

    House Major Floor Action: H.R. 3309 – The Innovation Act Major Committee Action: The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled “The Health Care Law: The Effect of the Business Aggregation Rules on Small Employers.” The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Evaluating the Role of FERC … More

    First Step to Mitigating EMP Threat Is Discussing It

    The InfraGard National ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) Special Interest Group (SIG) will host the event “Mitigating High-Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure” on December 6. The symposium will focus on EMP and other realistic physical and cyber threats to the U.S. infrastructure, as well as ways to address them. An EMP is … More

    Disabilities Treaty Would Not Benefit Disabled Veterans

    The Administration has been pressuring the Senate to approve the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by claiming that the CRPD would benefit disabled American veterans traveling overseas. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Heritage’s James Carafano observes: There is no evidence that … More

    Black Friday Spending Spree (in Washington)

    American shoppers aren’t the only ones getting ready to spend big this holiday season. In Washington, members of the budget conference committee are considering several options that could increase spending by up to an additional $100 billion. What’s standing in their way is sequestration: the automatic spending cut mechanism President … More

    U.S. Military Faces Huge Cuts in Europe

    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), has acknowledged that his funding will shrink by 20 percent due to cuts to the Department of Defense (DOD). This comes on the heels of the Obama Administration removing two Army Brigade Combat Teams from … More

    Help Typhoon Victims by Making U.S. Food Aid More Flexible

    The New York Times reports that debate over the shape of a U.S. government program to help millions of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has “reignited a long-running argument in the United States—the world’s largest food aid donor—over how America supplies food in its $1.4 billion international food … More

    When Counting Electrical Grid Threats, Count EMP

    The North American Electric Power Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) latest test of the U.S. electrical grid left out an important component: testing the U.S.’s ability to withstand an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The purpose of the two-day test was to gauge the response and recovery times from physical and cyber-attack scenarios. Although … More

    GSE Reform: Housing Finance Experts on the Future of Fannie and Freddie

    Nearly five years after one of the largest federal government bailouts in American history and the enactment of a colossal federal regulatory law (Dodd–Frank), policy leaders still wrestle with the question: How to end government guarantees in the U.S. housing finance system? To address this issue, Heritage analysts John Ligon … More

    Obamacare: How the Cost-Sharing Subsidies Produce Limited Access to Providers

    Many middle-class Americans will be harmed by the design of Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income exchange enrollees. Though relatively little attention has been given to this feature, understanding it is crucial to accurately projecting the results of its implementation. Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Ed Haislmaier has studied this feature of … More

    Baucus Heads Wrong Way on Important Part of Tax Reform — Again

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) continues to release draft proposals on important parts of tax reform. His latest draft proposal is a deeply troubling plan. Baucus proposes to change the way businesses deduct the cost of their capital expenses—things such as machinery, equipment, structures, property, and … More