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    The Gang of Eight Immigration Bill, Explained in One Infographic

    Senators return to Washington next week to debate the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration bill. Heritage President Jim DeMint has said the bill is “unfair, it costs too much, and it’s going to make the problem worse.” We’ve put together an infographic that explains some of the major problems with … More

    Time to Rethink Federal Highway Trust Fund Spending

    The Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which funds most surface interstate transportation programs, from roads to bridges, faces insolvency in a few short years. In a House Budget Hearing today, one witness—Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation—offered lawmakers a near-term solution akin to what The Heritage Foundation has proposed: Recommit HTF … More

    Morning Bell: Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?

    Americans are waking up today to the worst “case of the Mondays” they’ll have all year: It’s Tax Day. Most Americans dread Tax Day, and for good reasons. Beyond the huge tab Americans pay to the government, the tax code is so complex that it’s difficult to figure out what … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Fake Budget Marketing Exposed

    President Obama is marketing his new budget by saying it has “more than $2 in spending cuts for every $1 of new revenue.” Is this true? In a word, no. In fact, his spending increases and advertised spending cuts cancel each other out—leaving only a massive tax increase. The President … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Things to Know About the Obama Budget

    President Obama finally released his budget yesterday—more than two months late. Heritage experts immediately went to work analyzing the mounds of new spending on education, manufacturing, “clean energy,” infrastructure, and small business. But the President didn’t stop at more of the same failed stimulus and Solyndra-type policies. He also piled … More

    The Obama Budget: Heritage Experts' Analysis

    Minimum Wage President Obama’s budget proposes raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour. This would hurt the very workers the President wants to help. When the price of something rises, people—both consumers and employers—purchase less of it. Americans responded to the higher cost of gas by driving less. Businesses … More

    Federal Taxpayers Get Billed for $1 Million Bus Stop

    Is a luxurious bus stop worth $1 million? Commuters boarding buses at the newly constructed stop in Arlington County, Virginia, don’t seem to think so, as CNN reported. According to one rider, “This is cute, but cute ain’t warm. Cute ain’t dry.” While $1 million can buy the stainless steel … More

    Federal Disaster Relief Spending Out of Control

    The world’s second-largest reinsurer, Swiss Re, reports “that natural catastrophes and man-made disasters cost the insurance industry $77 billion in 2012.” The report noted this figure covered “more than 300 catastrophes and disasters caus[ing] the loss of 14,000 lives and $186 billion.” These disasters included many of the 112 events … More

    Morning Bell: Jim DeMint's First Day As Heritage President

    Dear patriots, Today is my first full day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and the first thing I want to do is thank my predecessor Ed Feulner for the institution he has built over the past 36 years. The second thing I will do is tell you that we … More

    $1.2 Billion in Cash Goes to Energy Projects, Despite Sequestration

    Despite a fiscal cliff and sequestration worries, more than $1.2 billion in cash payments for energy projects (in lieu of tax credits) have been issued by the Department of Treasury and Department of Energy since January 1, according to documents from the U.S. Treasury. Through February 14, $1,254,769,726 was distributed … More