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  • New Federal Labor Directive Holds Unions Accountable to Workers

    September 19, 2018

    Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel’s office issued a directive that provides clarification for when field offices should pursue charges “against unions for ‘negligent’ behavior such as losing an employees’ complaint or not returning phone calls when the worker has questions,” according to a document obtained by Bloomberg Law.

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Should Halt Grants to UN Cancer Agency

    September 19, 2018

    Yesterday, Congress passed an appropriations bill that kept funding intact for the United Nations body known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The House version of the bill originally included a provision that would have placed strings on U.S. funding for IARC. That language was stripped out at the last minute, unfortunately, so now the funding has been retained in the next fiscal year’s appropriations for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education.

  • Elizabeth Warren Imagines Another Ethics Concern at National Labor Relations Board

    September 18, 2018

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is attempting to undermine another case before the National Labor Relations Board. In a transparent political stunt, the senator is pushing an ethics complaint as a means to block the board from administering the National Labor Relations Act.

  • VIDEO: Self-Driving Cars Will Make Traveling Safer and More Efficient

    September 18, 2018

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute is releasing a new video today on automated vehicles (a/k/a self-driving cars) and how they could make our roads dramatically safer. They could, that is, as long as govermnet regulators don't throw up unnecessary roadblocks to their delpoyment. See what Congress can do to get the automated future rolling in this recent blog post.

  • How to Bypass Voters and Push a Climate Change Agenda in 5 Steps

    September 17, 2018

    At the end of last month, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a dramatic new study by Senior Fellow Christopher C. Horner, “Law Enforcement for Rent,” on how political donors are buying influence in the offices of state attorneys general. The infographic below lays out how this process works.

  • To Promote Highway Safety and Innovation, Senate Must Pass AV START Act

    September 17, 2018

    It has now been over a year since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan SELF DRIVE Act by voice vote. Its companion bill, the Senate’s AV START Act, was passed out of the Commerce Committee on a unanimous vote nearly 10 months ago. Since then, the Senate has failed to bring it to a floor vote.

  • New China Tariffs Coming Soon

    September 17, 2018

    Less than a week after signing a bill to reduce some tariffs, the administration is moving to raise others. As soon as today, the Trump administration is expected to announce ten percent tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese goods. They could take effect in as soon as a few weeks, in time for the holiday shopping season. The administration is also reserving the right to adjust the rate upwards to 25 percent in the future. They did not specific the likelihood, criteria, or timetable for such an increase, which is upsetting to longterm investors.

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    September 17, 2018

    It was a slow week for substantive news, aside from President Trump’s surprise signing of the Miscellaneous Tariff Act, which reduces tariffs on about 1,700 goods worth hundreds of millions of dollars, including some goods targeted in Trump’s new China tariffs. Big developments are brewing on other issues from the Supreme Court to NAFTA to a possible government shutdown. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from “certain entities” to moving vegetables.

  • CEI Seeks Communications between National Labor Relations Board and Senate Committee

    September 17, 2018

    A political campaign to obstruct the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from properly administering the National Labor Relations Act is in full swing. Democrats and their union allies have used invented ethics standards in attempts to force Republican board members to recuse themselves from participating in cases.

  • Three States Join California in Raising Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Costs

    September 14, 2018

    Maryland, New York, and Connecticut are following California’s lead in proposing restrictions on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the class of refrigerants widely used in home and car air conditioners as well as the refrigeration equipment in millions of small businesses like restaurants and convenience stores. State legislators and governors are doing so on the grounds that HFCs contribute to global warming. 

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