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  • Refrigerants Debate Moves to House

    March 13, 2020
    American consumers dodged a bullet when the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act failed to become part of the larger Senate energy package, which has stalled on the Senate floor. Now the House has begun marking up its own version. Both bills would restrict future production of hydrofluorocarbons on the grounds that they contribute to climate change.
  • As Supreme Court Debates CFPB Constitutionality, Agency Accountability Hangs in the Balance

    March 13, 2020
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week over the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and whether, as currently structured, it is too far removed from executive oversight. The outcome of this case has become increasingly important given the Bureau’s continuous efforts to skirt legal accountability and harass businesses into near bankruptcy.
  • Coronavirus and the Limits of "Flash Policy"

    March 12, 2020
    The coronavirus outbreak is serious, and it deserves a serious response. If you’re healthy, help people out. If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, reach out and see if they need anything. If you need help yourself, don’t be embarrassed to ask for it. If you need to cancel travel, work from home, or even self-quarantine, do so. It might be unpleasant, but it’s likely better than the alternative. And, of course, be diligent about washing your hands. But what about public policy? The real meat of Washington’s coronavirus response should focus on the long term, not the short term. Congress should refrain from passing what my colleague Wayne Crews calls “flash policy,” such as a crisis-inspired stimulus package, or bailouts, or rash monetary fixes.
  • Sen. Toomey Defends Capitalism

    March 12, 2020
    This week Sen. Pat Toomey gave an excellent and much-needed speech at the Heritage Foundation on capitalism and its right-leaning critics. Toomey made clear that he anti-market measures promoted by self-described nationalists and populists would be a failure if enacted.
  • Eleven Free Market Groups Submit Joint Comments on Proposed Updated NEPA Regulations

    March 11, 2020
    CEI and 10 other free market organizations submitted comments supporting the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Proposed Updated regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ’s proposed regulations aim to reduce the delays, costs, and litigation risks that routinely beset NEPA reviews and often thwart worthwhile projects.
  • VIDEO: What Did “the Future” Hold for Public Policy in the 1980s?

    March 9, 2020
    The American Enterprise Institute has gone deep into its archives and posted dozens of old videos of roundtables and speeches going back, in some cases, over 40 years. Given the unfair advantage of hindsight, it is fascinating to see which ideas were vindicated and which have been refuted by subsequent events.
  • CEI Comments to FCC on Proposed Reallocation of 5.9 GHz Band

    March 9, 2020
    On March 9, CEI submitted comments to the FCC on its proposal to reallocate a portion of the 5.9 GHz band from Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to unlicensed Wi-Fi. In recent years, the growth of Wi-Fi devices has congested the unlicensed bands immediately adjacent to the 5.9 GHz ITS band, creating tension between the automotive and telecommunication industries.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    March 9, 2020
    Coronavirus continued to spread, the Democratic presidential field significantly narrowed, and the former head of the UAW was charged with embezzlement. Meanwhile, agencies issued new final regulations ranging from electrical shock therapy to spiny dogfish specifications.
  • New York Times' Shoddy Reporting on Agency Skeptic

    March 6, 2020
    The New York Times recently ran an article titled “A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research.” The fact-checkers and editors dropped the ball on this one, beginning with the title.
  • SEC’s Proposed Rules Would Take ETFs out of the Hands of Middle-Class Investors

    March 6, 2020
    CEI recently signed on to a coalition letter encouraging the Securities and Exchange Commission to abandon its plans to further regulate certain financial products and impose additional sales-practice rules between broker-dealers and investment advisors and their clients. These proposed rules would impose an intrusive and burdensome regulatory regime on financial markets and severely limit the ability of everyday investors to freely purchase or sell some publicly traded securities.

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