CEI Today: Net neutrality, Farm Bill, and economics of immigration


CEI.org: Net Neutrality Unconstitutional, Public Interest Groups Tell Appeals Court

On July 23, TechFreedom and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, along with the Free State Foundation and the Cato Institute, filed a brief amici curiae (PDF) with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit arguing that the FCC’s 2011 “Preserving the Open Internet” Order is unconstitutional.

By denying providers their constitutional rights, the groups argue, the FCC’s rule forces consumers to bear the costs of building tomorrow’s networks, foreclosing novel business models in which content companies share part of that burden
.  >Find out more

>Interview Ryan Radia




CEI.org: Farm Bill Boondoggle Won't Cure Drought, Coalition Tells Boehner


Twelve government watchdog groups, including CEI, sent House Speaker John Boehner a letter this morning urging him to hold firm and not give into special interest pressure to schedule a vote on the bloated Farm Bill.

Agricultural interests and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are pushing for fast consideration of a nearly $1 trillion farm and food stamp give-away, saying that farmers need the bill because of the devastating drought and claiming there is no safety net without the new bill.

That’s nonsense, as current and generous crop insurance will take care of most farmers, and there were private alternatives available. > Read the coalition letter on CEI.org

> Inteview Fran Smith



Forbes.com: High-Skilled Immigration Restrictions Are Economically Senseless

Employer discrimination based on national origin has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, yet American immigration law has continued to discriminate in that exact manner. If the government insists on restricting foreign workers’ access to U.S. markets, it should do so on the basis of merit, not nationality. Last week, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) took an important step toward that goal, but it is a flawed one.  > Read the full commentary on Forbes.com

>Interview David Bier






Fred Smith discusses the Law of the Sea Treaty and other treaties.


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CEI's Liberty Week Podcast - Unfunded Mandate Reform


Unfunded mandates are a way for Congress to increase government's size and scope without increasing the deficit. Of course, this just means that state governments and the private sector are footing the bill instead. Research Associate David Deerson explains why past efforts to rein in unfunded mandates failed, and why new legislation that Congress is set to vote on this week could help.

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