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  • Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Appeals Board Reform

    November 7, 2019
    The Trump administration has placed a high priority on shortening the delays and cutting the red tape holding back many private sector development projects. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed reforms to its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is another useful step towards this goal.
  • Trade Developments on Export-Import Bank and NAFTA/USMCA

    November 7, 2019
    America’s trade policy landscape has some big events on the horizon. The House of Representatives will vote next week on Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill. The Trump administration has signaled opposition to it, making it unlikely to become law. The administration favors Ex-Im renewal, but likely wants it to be more bellicose towards China.
  • Tobacco 21: Feel-Good Policy Could Backfire

    November 6, 2019
    Amid an outbreak of “vaping-linked” lung illnesses, a campaign of fear against vaping has reached a frenzied peak. For years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), health groups, and lawmakers have been sounding the alarm over rising numbers of adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes once a month. The lung injuries, occurring predominantly in young people and apparently entirely related to vaping black market cannabis, has only escalated the panic.
  • Proposals for and Problems with International Drug Reference Pricing

    November 5, 2019
    Healthcare costs remain top of mind in American politics. Polls consistently show that healthcare is one of, if not the top, priority for voters heading into the 2020 election cycle. Politicians and other policymakers face a looming crisis with healthcare expenditures. Medicare and Medicaid, the federal single-payer programs for the elderly and indigent, comprised over a quarter of all federal spending in 2018. This share is rising.
  • Free-Market Groups Support Trump Light Bulb Reform

    November 4, 2019
    The Bush and Obama administrations imposed a number of restrictions on light bulbs, but the Trump administration is pushing back on behalf of consumers. Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and 13 other free-market organizations filed a comment with the Department of Energy (DOE) in support of these efforts.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    November 4, 2019
    Washington had one of its best weeks in recent memory. The Nationals won the World Series, and Congress is taking the next two weeks off. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from the new Domestic Hemp Production Program to snack font size.
  • Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Update

    November 1, 2019
    It is busy a time right now in the Export-Import Bank reauthorization battle. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced a new bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for the next 10 years. It would attempt to improve Ex-Im’s image not by reforming the agency, but by changing its name. Her bill for the proposed Export Finance Agency was marked up in committee on Tuesday, but is unlikely to pass. Ex-Im’s charter is currently set to expire on November 21, when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) ends.
  • A Federally Funded Witches' Brew of Dangerous Advice

    October 31, 2019
    Halloween is the one day of the year kids enjoy being a little spooked. But what would you think about a taxpayer-sponsored effort to frighten parents 365 days a year? The federal government funds a network of activists that spew needlessly alarming information about chemical risks to children. Not only is this year-round fear fest no fun, it pushes a slew of harmful—and even dangerous—advice.
  • Twitter's Ban on Political Ads Has No First Amendment Implications

    October 31, 2019
    Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey announced that the social media platform will ban all political advertising. This comes on the heels of Facebook’s recent announcement that the company won’t fact check political ads on their platform. Whichever tack tech companies take with their privately owned platforms, there are no First Amendment implications. The First Amendment prevents only the government from making laws that abridge freedom of speech.
  • The Unmeasured Costs of Federal Agency Liberation from Congress, Self-Funding, and Permanence

    October 30, 2019
    In considering the overall costs of regulation, little attention is given to the intractability of the administrative state itself. Congress shows little appetite for restraining agencies and, unfortunately, once established, Republicans may be more prone to seek to run the agencies than to eliminate them.

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