CEI Today: Cyber intelligence bill, FDA reform, and energy exports


CEI.org: Free Market Coalition: Amend CISPA to Preserve Freedom, Prevent Gov't Overreach

The House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (“CISPA”). The Competitive Enterprise Institute and TechFreedom have joined with FreedomWorks, Americans for Limited Government, the Liberty Coalition, and Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, in sending a letter to Congress identifying several significant problems with the bill as drafted and urging recommendations to alleviate those concerns.

CISPA aims to help companies defend against cyber attacks by facilitating the sharing of cyber threat information among government agencies and the private sector. Despite the bill's noble intentions, however, it risks unduly expanding federal power, undermining freedom of contract, and harming U.S. competitiveness in the technology sector.
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> Interview tech policy expert Ryan Radia



RealClearPolicy.com: Dick Durbin's Backward Approach to FDA Reform


It is a tragedy when a patient suffers or dies because the drugs that could help him are simply not available. In recent years, the number of vital life-saving drugs on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) “shortage” list has been steadily growing, putting thousands of patients at risk.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently announced his intent to “do something” about the shortage. Unfortunately, his proposed policy will do very little to solve the problem, while his demands to expand the power of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will almost certainly make the problem worse. If Durbin really wants to “do something” about the drug market he should find ways to cut or streamline the FDA’s regulatory approval process to focus on actual risk, rather than simply force companies to do more paperwork and jump through more hoops.  > Read the full commentary on RealClearPolicy.com

> Interview Michelle Minton



Six Reasons Not To Ban Energy Exports*


You know we’re deep into the silly season when ‘progressives’ champion reverse protectionism – banning exports – as a solution to America’s economic woes. Congress should reject proposals to ban exports of petroleum products and natural gas for at least six reasons. > Read the full commentary at Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis


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