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  • Environmental Red Tape Could Roadblock Green New Deal

    July 30, 2019
    The Green New Deal reads like a progressive’s letter to Santa, a wish list that is, by the admission of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) chief of staff, designed to reorder fundamentally American society along quasi-socialist lines. It’s easy to go on about its faults, but what has been ignored are the obstacles that the nation’s existing environmental permitting system itself sets in the way of the Green New Deal.
  • Department of Justice Creates Frankenstein Imitation of Market Competition

    July 30, 2019
    The Department of Justice’s long-awaited merger approval for T-Mobile and Sprint is good news for consumers on balance, but the conditions required for the agency’s blessing are worrisome for skeptics of large-scale government meddling.
  • Is White House 'Guidance on Compliance with the Congressional Review Act' Restraining Agency Rulemaking?

    July 30, 2019
    At a time of trillion dollar runaway peacetime deficits, big-spenders can take smug comfort knowing that regulation is even less disciplined, especially where ostensibly sub-regulatory guidance documents, notices, bulletins, circulars, interpretations and the like are concerned.
  • If You Vape (Illicit Street Drugs), It May Kill You (Duh)

    July 30, 2019
    Over the last four weeks, eight Wisconsin teenagers have been hospitalized with severe lung damage. The news that vaping caused these illnesses has swept across social media and is, predictably, being used to push for more government restrictions on e-cigarettes. But, what few of these reports have pointed out is that it seems most—if not all—of the hospitalizations were related, not to e-cigarettes, but illicit “street vapes.”
  • CEI Leads Coalition in Support of Bipartisan Passenger Facility Charge Reform

    July 30, 2019
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership supporting the bipartisan H.R. 3791, Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act, which was recently introduced by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
  • Greater Financial Transparency Could Prevent Next Union Scandal

    July 29, 2019
    Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation served indictments to several high level United Auto Workers (UAW) officials, some of who have already pleaded guilty or were convicted, for pilfering millions of dollars that were earmarked to train union members.
  • Guidance Documents of the Week: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Friends

    July 29, 2019
    Guidance documents are statements of policy issued by your favorite alphabet soup of agencies, which more often than not translate into law, despite rarely going through the notice-and-public comment period required of most regulations.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 29, 2019
    Congress has adjourned for its August recess, so the republic is safe for another month. Rulemaking agencies are still on the job, however, and published new regulations ranging from the Army’s real estate handbook to lactic acid tolerance.
  • Major Automakers Cave to California on Trump Auto Rule

    July 26, 2019
    The Washington Post reported on July 25th that Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW North America have “struck a deal with California to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years, undercutting one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive climate policy rollbacks.”
  • House Democrats Announce Alternative to Green New Deal

    July 26, 2019
    Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced on July 23rd the start of a sweeping effort to legislate a 100 percent decarbonization of the economy by 2050. His goal is to piece this bill together in the months ahead, presumably in time to have a ready legislative vehicle should a Democrat defeat President Trump in 2020. 

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