Category: Government

Great Moments in Government Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Donald Trump’s proposed “skinny budget” was released today.  Of course, the outrage and howls of indignation have begun.  Already, there are Twitter hashtags referencing cuts to programs for the poor (#Mealsonwheels is trending) and “hair on fire” claims that people and puppies will die because of EPA cuts, education cuts, public television cuts, and of course, the […]

Health Care Reform Bill a Hard Sell in D.C. This Week, and Other News

From NCPA Legislative Director Brian Williams: If you are in Washington on March 15, stop by our Capitol Hill briefing where we will analyze the new health reform bill. NCPA experts will break down the pros and cons of the American Health Care Act, the positive economic effects that will happen after we repeal Obamacare, […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending March 3, 2017

NCPA will hold its first health reform briefing of the year on Capitol Hill on March 15. NCPA experts will explain our 12 fundamentals of health reform, particularly the benefits of changing tax policy to help people buy health insurance. We will also provide cost estimates for doing health reform the right way.  If you […]

With a New EPA Administrator, Automakers Are Seeking a Rollback of CAFE Standards

 With the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as President Trump’s new EPA Administrator, automakers have been quick to pursue a relaxation of the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.  CAFE standards regulate that each manufacturer’s fleet of new vehicles has an average fuel economy above a certain level. These standards originated in 1975 as a […]

What Happened in Washington, D.C. This Week?

Congress went on recess this week, allowing Senators and Representatives to go home to their states and districts. Several town hall meetings featured some angry exchanges between the elected leaders and what seems to be a mixture of organized left-wing protesters and some sincere complaints against any apparent action to fix or repeal Obamacare. By […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending February 17, 2017

Today marks four weeks since President Trump was sworn in. In that time he has signed 23 executive orders, signed five bills into law, seen 12 members of his cabinet confirmed, nominated one justice to the Supreme Court, fired one acting attorney general, asked for the resignation of his national security advisor, and sent 168 […]

Things Are Happening Fast in Washington, Says NCPA Legislative Director

NCPA Legislative Director Brian Williams reports from D.C. Breaking news– Today, the Trump Administration announced that the economy created 227,000 jobs last month. Obama-era economists were only expecting 175,000 jobs.  The workforce participation rate is up 0.2% as well, which is another sign that folks are starting to go back to work. Breaking news– Today, […]

Are “Deficit Hawks” Prepared for Trump’s Proposed Spending Cuts?

It’s amazing how those who cared little for spending deficits during Obama’s presidency have suddenly become deficit hawks just hours before Trump’s inauguration.  (Paul Krugman, are you listening?) The national debt is now $20 trillion, double what it was eight years ago.  In all fairness President Obama was not responsible for all of this due to mandatory spending […]

What Happened in Washington Last Week?

  Last week concluded the Second Session of the 114th Congress. The First Session of the 115th Congress kicks off on January 3, 2017.  They intend to get to work right away on a budget resolution to repeal Obamacare, cancel as many harmful Obama-era regulations as possible, and begin the confirmation process for the Trump Administration […]

Let’s Scrap Pension Systems Altogether

The Dallas Police and Firefighter pension system is a mess.  As with many big-city pensions that run the risk of bankruptcy, there are many factors that have contributed to the underfunding of the pension system: A generous system that allows workers to take lump sums from their pensions while remaining on the job (this is […]