Category: Government

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 […]

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 […]