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 […]

Don’t Gut the Texas Workers’ Comp System

President Trump has some lofty goals for his first year in office, but during his first month in office, he spent ample time undoing many executive orders ushered in by the Obama administration. One particular area of concern was some controversial rules and actions from the Department of Labor.  Former Labor Secretary (now the Democratic […]

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 […]

Bloomberg-Funded Soda Tax Study Does Not Answer the Relevant Questions

Yesterday, I received an email from Health Affairs linking to some new studies that will run in their upcoming print edition.  One of them, “In Mexico, Evidence Of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax,” caught my eye for obvious reasons.  First, using soda taxes to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks, […]