Category: Government

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 […]

What Happened in Washington Last Week?

Congress was in the throes of the lame duck session last week and will be this week: The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act this week that increases federal research funding for the National Institutes of Health. Congress added provisions to the bill that combat opioid and other prescription drug addictions, as […]

A Recap of Last Week in Washington, from NCPA’s Legislative Director

Last Friday we saluted our nation’s military veterans, the great men and women who have served our nation in uniform. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to establish a free nation. No other group of people has done more to maintain that pledge than America’s […]

What Will A Lame Duck Congress Address Post-Election? And Other D.C. Updates…

Next week’s election will determine whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Meanwhile, here’s what’s going on in Washington this week: In the final jobs report before the election, the Department of Labor reported an additional 161,000 jobs added to the economy. NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal explains why such […]

What’s Up in Washington This Week?

Congress is still in recess. All eyes are on the election in less than two weeks — and the next several days are certain to be active (especially if you live in a battleground state)!  The Democratic candidate has $172 million to spend, while the GOP candidate only has $73 million, so look for a […]

What’s Up In Washington This Week?

Congress is still in recess, which leaves Capitol Hill looking like a ghost town. That doesn’t mean individual members of Congress aren’t working overtime to get re-elected.  Congressional Republicans are trying to fend off efforts by Democrats to win a majority of seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives (although Republicans are […]

Will Wednesday’s Debate Delve Into Policy, or Am I Asking Too Much?

The last two debates have been dreadfully disappointing as far as the candidates addressing any substantive economic issues.  Based on studies from the NCPA’s Tax Analysis Center, Clinton’s and Trump’s economic plans produce vastly different results.  This is not surprising, of course, since these plans are predicated on different visions for the economy.  Mrs. Clinton wants […]

What’s Going On in Washington This Week?

Congress remains in recess this week as Senators and Representatives are back home campaigning. Sunday’s presidential debate set the stage for a week of bizarre political theater that left my head spinning. I’ve lost track of who’s un-endorsing whom, and the other Republican infighting.  Meanwhile on the Democratic side of the presidential campaign, who is […]