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    Budgets, Abortion, and Obamacare: 9 Things House Conservatives Said Today

    The Murray-Ryan budget surfaced Tuesday night, and led the conversation between House conservatives this morning at The Foundry’s Conversations With Conservatives. Missed the event? We’ve compiled an exclusive list of some of their comments below. On the Murray-Ryan Budget Deal: Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC): Now we’ve raised the debt ceiling over … More

    USA vs. YOU: Heritage Expert Testifies on Overcriminalization

    Even Congress doesn’t know how many federal crimes there are — that was the implication at a recent hearing focused on overcriminalization. This past Friday, June 14, the House’s new bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force held its first hearing, which was focused on “defining the problem and scope of over-criminalization and … More

    Morning Bell: The Government vs. YOU

    Every day, more Americans get trapped by big government. In addition to groups targeted by the IRS, upstanding citizens going about their normal lives are suddenly targeted by law enforcement authorities and charged as criminals. Just a few examples: A young girl was fined $535… for rescuing a wounded woodpecker. … More

    Getting More Bang for the Buck from Food Aid

    Proposed changes to food aid programs would allow U.S. tax dollars to feed more people at a lower cost. Representatives Ed Royce (R–CA) and Karen Bass (D–CA) recently proposed legislation that would remove counter-productive restrictions on the use of food-aid dollars while ending a wasteful process known as “monetization.” Monetization … More

    Congress Takes a Positive First Step to Address Overcriminalization

    On Tuesday, Congress took a definite step in the right direction toward addressing the serious problem of overcriminalization by announcing the creation of a bipartisan House Committee on the Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013. The task force, which will be chaired by Representative James Sensenbrenner (R–WI), will consist of … More

    Debt Limit and Tax Reform: Both Important, But On Their Own

      Press reports link the coming debt limit debate with the building effort for tax reform. The debt limit and tax reform are both important, but the connection ends there, as it should. Suggestions that some sort of fast-track procedure for tax reform might be the conservative “ask” in exchange … More

    5 Bipartisan Health Care Reform Options

    Addressing our nation’s overspending problem cannot be done without reforming entitlements, especially Medicare and Medicaid. As Washington remains clearly divided over how to get it done, Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) has outlined 5 health care reforms that are bipartisan. These reforms have had the support of both parties in the … More

    Morning Bell: Will the Senate Minority Be Silenced?

    Life is good when you’re in the majority—and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) seems to believe he’ll be there forever. Reid has already effectively shut down the opportunity for minority Senators to offer amendments to bills. Now he is angling to change the Senate’s rules so that minority members … More

    Morning Bell: Taxes to Rise on Most American Workers

    Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called it “a happy start to a new year.” That probably tells you all you need to know about the fiscal cliff deal that passed the House last night. The bill—which President Obama has promised to sign, though he took off for Hawaii again after the … More

    A Rare Showing of Bipartisanship

    Yesterday, in a rare showing of bipartisanship, the lame-duck Senate passed the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal Act of 2012 by a vote of 92–4. The Senate took up the version of the bill that passed by an overwhelming majority in the U.S. House of Representatives last month, which grants … More