CEI Today: Border security, ethanol mandates, Obama EPA, and TSA body scanners


Border Security Amendment Wastes Money, Adds Taxes, Fails to Address the Causes of Illegal Immigration

the Senate voted to approve a major security amendment to the Senate immigration bill (S. 744). The
amendment co-sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., will mandate the completion of the 700 mile border fence and dramatically increase the quantity of border security spending and personnel on the border.

David Bier
, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, called the Hoeven-Corker amendment a wasteful and flawed approach to illegal immigration.  > Read more

> Interview David Bier


Free Market Groups Oppose Natural Gas ‘Fix’ for Ethanol Mandate

Twelve free-market public policy organizations today released a
joint letter urging House Members to oppose H.R. 1959, The Domestic Alternative Fuels Act of 2013. The bill would allow ethanol derived from natural gas to count toward the federal government’s mandatory blending targets established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the EPA’s implementing regulations.

The coalition letter argues that the solution is to repeal market-rigging regulations, not empower another special interest to share in the spoils.

 > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis


New Report Reveals Significant Increase in EPA Actions Under the Obama Administration

A new report released today by the American Legislative Exchange Council shows a substantial increase in the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Obama Administration, which has cost states billions of dollars in compliance fees and millions of jobs lost. The report, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty, is authored by William Yeatman, Assistant Director of the Center for Energy and the Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman






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June 26, 2013: TSA Full-Body Scanner Transparency

CEI, along with former American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall, submitted formal comments to the TSA regarding its proposed rule for using full-body scanners in airports. Fellow in Land-use and Transportation Studies Marc Scribner discusses the TSA’s lack of transparency and the scanners’ ineffectiveness in deterring terrorism.