Category: Government

Washington Update for the Week Ending June 16, 2017

NCPA’s legislative director Brian Williams updates us from Washington, D.C. Rep. Steve Scalise. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains hospitalized in critical condition after suffering from a gunshot wound during an attack at a congressional baseball practice this week. Rep. Scalise and several other Republican members of Congress were practicing for the annual congressional baseball […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending June 9, 2017

Comey, Comey, Comey. The collective attention of Washington this week was distracted by the leadup to the Comey hearings, the drama during the Comey hearings, and the aftermath of the Comey hearings. If you haven’t had enough of former FBI director James Comey, here’s more. Infrastructure. This week was supposed to be “Infrastructure Week” according […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending May 26, 2017

NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams gives an update. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on in Washington: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the House-passed American Health Care Act would leave 23 million more people uninsured by 2026. The problem is, CBO is using the same methodology as they did last year (see the […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending May 12, 2017

NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams give us an update. There are so many topics that ought to have occupied the attention of policymakers in Washington this week: Responding to nuclear and conventional threats from North Korea, reforming the byzantine tax code, mitigating the increasing damage inflicted by Obamacare, and liberating small business entrepreneurs to create […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending May 5, 2017

An update from NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams:  This was a busy week in Washington with the President and Congress working together to fund the government and reform Obamacare. Breaking news. The economy created 211,000 new jobs in April and unemployment dropped to 4.4%. The 62.9% labor participation rate is still stubbornly low, but the dismantling […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending April 28, 2017

NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams tells us what’s happening on Capitol Hill. Congress has returned to work after a two-week spring break. Their first order of business this week was to avert a government shutdown.  After last year’s election, Congress passed a temporary funding bill to keep the federal government open until this week.  The […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending April 14, 2017

Congress is in the midst of a two-week recess, so things are quiet on Capitol Hill. But the geopolitical developments in Syria, Russia, China, North Korea, and around the world are keeping the White House busy this week: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was in Washington this week to meet with President Trump, who, a […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending April 7, 2017

An update from NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams: NCPA hosted a successful Capitol Hill briefing last week to release research and educate lawmakers about the economic cost of not repealing Obamacare. The briefing featured IntegraNet CEO Larry Wedekind, NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick, and Beacon Hill Institute President David Tuerck.  Our NCPA expert panel broke […]

Keeping Regulatory Agency Power in Check

On Tuesday, President Trump signed H.J. Res 83, utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to officially and forever invalidate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recent overreach of regulatory authority. The rule, informally referred to as the “Volks” rule, gave OSHA the ability to issue citations to employers for failing to record work-related injuries […]

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 […]