CEI Today: events on Farm Bill, cell phone unlocking, plus opinions on carbon tax, cutting red tape


Farm Subsidy Programs in House Farm Bill
Representatives from Environmental Working Group, American Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Black Farmers Association, U.S. PIRG, and Defenders of Wildlife will hold a Capitol Hill briefing for accredited journalists and congressional staff on Monday (June 17) to discuss their concerns with the farm subsidy programs in the House version of the 2013 farm bill.
What: House Farm Bill press conference
When: 11:00 a.m. ET Monday, June 17
Where: Cannon House Office Building, Room 210
Who: Environmental Working Group, American Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Black Farmers Association, U.S. PIRG, and Defenders of Wildlife
Please RSVP ssciammacco@ewg.org if you plan to attend.


> Interview Fran Smith

> Coalition Urges Policymakers to Reform the “Terrible Twelve” of Farm Policy



Globalwarming.org: Is a Carbon Tax a Conservative Idea Whose Time Has Come? Thoughts on the R Street – Heartland Debate


Do carbon taxes pick winners and losers? Do R Street and Inglis believe in “pixie dust”? What is the conservative energy agenda? Is a carbon tax an efficient climate policy? Is a carbon tax an efficient air pollution policy? What about the social costs of carbon mitigation? Conservative policy or dumb politics? > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis


CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.

> View the coalition letter


Rep. Adrian Smith: Cutting Red Tape to Unleash Economic Growth

The time and money spent keeping up with federal rules is a major burden on our economy.  American families and small businesses struggle to comply with the growing number of federal regulations even when they do not realize it.  The true cost of regulatory compliance is often hidden in the price of products, energy, and even health care.

A new report by Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute shines a light on the growing regulatory state and its true cost to our economy.  At the end of 2012, the number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations hit an all-time high of 174,545.  Last year alone, the government enacted 1,172 new regulations; 16 percent more than were completed in 2011.
> Read more














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What Should Congress Do about Cell Phone Unlocking?

Should copyright law stop you from unlocking your cell phone? Join TechFreedom and CEI on June 17 for a lunch discussion. Opening remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. > RSVP

June 13, 2013: Deirdre McCloskey Wins CEI’s Julian Simon Award

Deirdre McCloskey, a distinguished economic historian and author of many books, including The Rhetoric of Economics, The Bourgeois Virtues, and Bourgeois Dignity, will receive CEI’s Julian Simon Memorial Award on June 20 at CEI’s annual dinner. CEI Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about how McCloskey’s work embodies the same joie de vivre and optimistic spirit that animated Simon’s thought.