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    Time to Eliminate Fannie and Freddie, Not Replace Them

    Bloomberg News is reporting that Senators Tim Johnson (D–SD) and Mike Crapo (R–ID) have completed a bill that will finally eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That’s good news because the former housing government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) were deemed insolvent in 2008 and have remained under Federal conservatorship ever since. … More

    Climate Change: Greenpeace 'Dropout' Schools His Former Employer

    Patrick Moore, ecologist and former prominent Greenpeace member who helped found the organization, had some strong words regarding anthropogenic climate change in a recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works, Subcommittee on Oversight: There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are … More

    Congress and Obamacare: Another Escape Hatch for Members and Staff

    If Members of Congress and staff don’t like being enrolled in Obamacare, they can retire. If they qualify as retirees, Members and staff can then continue to get their health insurance coverage in the popular and successful Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the largest group health insurance program in … More

    Real Life D.C. Is Too Similar to House of Cards

    In the Netflix series “House of Cards,” a bunch of corrupt politicians collude behind closed doors, using parliamentary tricks to rule against the interests of a population they disdain. Needless to say, the show has been a resounding hit in Washington D.C., where real-life legislators have been using smoke and … More

    Focus on Eliminating Housing GSEs, Not Giving Them a Duty to Serve

    As Congress continues to delay shutting down the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, affordable housing advocates are ramping up the pressure on the federal government to fund “housing for the poor.” These groups may have good intentions, but their way of thinking is typical of the dangers … More

    The Sneaky Way Three States Are Getting Around a New Food Stamp Reform

    Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program. In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp … More

    President Obama’s Budget Shows the Need for FEMA Reform

    In President Obama’s newly released budget request, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives a $941.5 million increase, largely driven by an $812 million increase to the Disaster Relief Fund. While responding to major disasters is an important government responsibility, regrettably, FEMA is responding not just to major catastrophes but … More

    First Filibusters, Now Blue Slips: A New Fight over Judicial Nominations

    Senate Democrats triggered the “nuclear option” to effectively eliminate the filibuster for executive and judicial nominations last year. Now another Senate tradition may be next up on the chopping block: the use of “blue slips.” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D–VT) stated, “As long as the blue-slip process is … More

    Four Bold Ideas from CPAC’s Immigration Panel

    Can there be meaningful immigration reform without citizenship? For many on yesterday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) panel, the answer seemed to be no. But Heritage’s Derrick Morgan spoke eloquently about supporting immigration for our country while upholding the rule of law and America’s tough but fair naturalization process. Here … More

    Boehner Is Right to Call for Allowing Natural Gas Exports to Ukraine

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) rightly called for the immediate easing of restrictions against the export of U.S. natural gas to Ukraine this week. Currently, exporting natural gas to most countries requires a lengthy and arduous Department of Energy approval. In a statement the Speaker said: Ending this de facto … More