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    Taxpayer-Backed Loans to Foreign Companies Split Hill's Republicans

    With a deadline looming on the future of the taxpayer-funded U.S. Export-Import Bank,  congressional Republicans remain split on whether to reauthorize the bank’s charter. The 80-year-old Ex-Im Bank, which provides foreign companies with loans to encourage them to buy from American companies, has come under fire for promoting corporate welfare and cronyism … More

    EXCLUSIVE: This Congressman Calls Export-Import Bank 'The Face of Cronyism'

    What’s wrong with helping people in other countries buy American? Well, a lot if you’re loaning them U.S. taxpayer money to do it. As Congress gets ready to debate keeping the Export-Import Bank, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) tells The Foundry why he believes the Ex-Im Bank is “the face of … More

    Senate Plan to Replace Fannie, Freddie Faces Skepticism from House Critic

    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee said he is skeptical of a forthcoming Senate proposal that would replace mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new government regulator. In an exclusive interview with The Foundry today, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said the Senate plan, announced yesterday, … More

    Conservative Coalition Forces Delay of Flood Insurance Bill

    House leaders scrubbed a vote today on a bill to continue taxpayer subsidies of flood insurance for private property owners, after criticism from a coalition of conservatives that the measure blocks reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program enacted in 2012. The Foundry reported Tuesday evening that 28 members of … More

    How to Free the Housing Market from Government—and Lower Your Mortgage Payments

    President Obama said something truly great in his State of the Union Address this year. He told Congress: [S]ince the most important investment many families make is their home, send me legislation that protects taxpayers from footing the bill for a housing crisis ever again, and keeps the dream of … More

    Too Big to Fail: Some Questions for the House Financial Services Committee

    Tomorrow, the House Finance Committee, chaired by Representative Jeb Hensarling (R–TX), is holding a hearing on one of the most damaging legacies of the 2008 financial crisis: the “too big to fail” doctrine. Simply put, the doctrine holds that some firms are so essential to the functioning of the U.S. … More

    Chart of the Week: Your Share of the National Debt Is Growing Rapidly

    The newly formed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction holds its first meeting this week. The 12-member panel will gather at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for an organizational session, then meet again on Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a hearing on “The History and Drivers of Our Nation’s Debt and … More

    Washington in a Flash: GOP takes on Iowa

    Republican presidential candidates are gearing up for the first Iowa presidential debate tonight. FOX  News and The Washington Examiner are presenting the debate, which will take place at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The event leads into Saturday’s Iowa Republican Party Ames Straw Poll, which can be a pivotal moment … More

    Where Are the Jobs, Mr. President?

    Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is convinced that President Obama has no viable plan to revive the economy and reduce unemployment. Two years after the failed stimulus and a year since the administration’s “summer of recovery,” the unemployment rate now stands at 9.1 percent. Without much hope coming from the White … More

    Stop the Spending Now

    Federal spending is out of control. Even President Obama knows it.  To really stop the madness, Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Mike Pence (R-IN), and John Campbell (R-CA) have proposed a simple solution – a constitutional amendment capping federal spending at 20 percent of the economy. Their proposal puts the debate … More