Washington, D.C., January 26, 2009—With the incoming Obama administration and the opening of the new Congress, the House and Senate are preparing to embark on an ambitious policy agenda. The Competitive Enterprise Institute today unveiled its 2009 Agenda for Congress, which includes urgent policy matters, including: energy, Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules, corporate welfare, the federal flood insurance program, immigration, e-commerce and net neutrality, cybersecurity, environment policies, food and drug safety, free speech issues.
CEI President Fred L. Smith, Jr. commented:
Now a new Democratic administration comes to Washington, promising “change we can believe in”—and that could be a good thing. The last few decades—of over-spending, over-regulating, and over-intervening—call for considerable change. Only a few years ago, a Republican team roared into Washington with its own ambitious reform agenda—and soon became mired in the bogs of Washington. If the Democrats replicate their Republican colleagues’ mistakes, their honeymoon will be brief.
On the topic of the economy, CEI Vice President for Policy, Wayne Crews, said:
A truly effective economic stimulus program would reduce the “tariffs” on wealth creation. It would free the world’s largest economy from excessive regulation and spending—by freezing both, for starters—and from the undisciplined political money and credit creation at the core of the financial crisis.
As Congress moves forward with these proposals, the policy experts of the Competitive Enterprise Institute will be watching and tracking their progress. For analysis on the costs and implications of this new legislation, contact CEI in the days and weeks ahead.