CEI Today: Trade, Ex-Im Bank, absent from regulation report, and more

Monday, June 15, 2015
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House TPA Rejection Protects the Past at the Expense of the Future

The House is poised to vote - again - on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Unfortunately, there has been some misinformed criticism, in Congress and elsewhere, of so-called “fast track” legislation. Under TPA, the President has the authority to negotiate trade agreements if certain criteria established by Congress are met. Then Congress reviews the agreement and the implementing legislation and has to vote on the bill with no amendments allowed. > Read more

> View a recent press conference about the TPA vote

> Interview Fran Smith



American Spectator: Abolish Ex-Im Bank, Don't Reform It

The bank, Ex-Im for short, cannot be effectively reformed for two reasons. First, Congress has no appetite for substantive changes. Second, corruption and favoritism are inevitable consequences of Ex-Im’s very mission. As such, Congress should let the agency’s charter expire. > Read the American Spectator commentary

> Interview Ryan Young



How Many Significant Regulations Escape Congress' Notice?

The Spring 2015 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions was released in late May, presenting recently completed actions and ongoing priorities of the federal bureaucracy. It covered 3,260 rules and regulations in the pipeline. Shortly after the Agenda appeared, the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping new Clean Water Rule on nationwide permitting on private property was released and got a lot of attention in the news. It’s known as the Waters of the United States rule, and promises huge burdens on landowners and farmers who have no “navigable waters” on their property. Yet, when I glanced at the list of economically significant rules in the Unified Agenda, this heavyweight wasn’t listed among them. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


Union Official Time Breeds Corruption



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