America is in the midst of a pivotal moment. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns have devastated local economies and dramatically shifted how and where we work, learn, buy, sell, and make things. These challenges have exposed dysfunctional government institutions and outdated policies.

Members of the 117th Congress have an opportunity to restore legislative power and advance a resilient economic recovery. In the biennial report, Free to Prosper: A Pro-Growth Agenda for the 117th Congress, CEI experts outline concrete economic policy proposals that promote long-term resilience and systemic reform.

Join CEI for a discussion of the forthcoming report with featured remarks delivered by Senator Rand Paul. Following, CEI experts Sean Higgins, Iain Murray, and Ryan Young will join CEI President Kent Lassman for a discussion of key reform priorities for the upcoming term that encourage regulatory accountability, labor market flexibility, and trade liberalization.

Honorable Rand Paul, M.D., U.S. Senator, Kentucky

Sean Higgins, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Iain Murray, Vice President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Ryan Young, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Kent Lassman, President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

**For our regular guests, please note the earlier timing this week.


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Senator Rand Paul is one of the nation’s leading advocates for liberty. As a fierce advocate against government overreach, Dr. Paul has fought tirelessly to return government to its limited, constitutional scope. Dr. Paul is a devoted husband and father of three that is currently living with his family in Bowling Green, Ky., where Dr. Paul owned his own ophthalmology practice and performed eye surgery for 18 years.

Sean Higgins is a research fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute specializing in labor and employment issues. Prior to joining CEI, he covered the intersection of politics and economics as a journalist for two decades, as senior writer for the Washington Examiner, Washington correspondent for Investor’s Business Daily and a contributor to publications like The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Reason and National Review Online.​

Iain Murray is vice president for strategy, director of the Center for Economic Freedom, and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is the author of bestselling books, “The Socialist Temptation,” “The Really Inconvenient Truths” and “Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You.” He has written extensively on free markets and the environment, labor policy, finance, the European Union, and trade.

Ryan Young is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on regulatory reform, trade policy, and antitrust regulation. He writes the popular “This Week in Ridiculous Regulations” series for CEI’s OpenMarket blog.

Kent Lassman hosts and moderates the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Online Event series. His day job as CEI president and CEO involves managing the organization’s operations and overseeing strategy for policy, communications, and development. Since CEI’s Online Event series began in early 2020, Lassman has interviewed policymakers and leading thinkers, including Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), then-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, National Review’s Kevin Williamson, and Harvard’s Cass Sunstein. 

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