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Friday
May012015

CEI Today: Congress votes on energy, water, Big Labor, chemical safety 

Thursday, April 30, 2015
In the News Today

 

HOUSE VOTES ON ENERGY & WATER - MYRON EBELL 
 

How to Improve the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

 

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for FY 2016 passed by the House Appropriations Committee spends too much, but does move some funding from very bad programs to somewhat less bad programs. 
 
The best thing in the bill is the set of riders that prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the proposed Waters of the United States rule. That rule if implemented would expand federal jurisdiction far beyond what was intended by Congress in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and far beyond the current definition or any reasonable definition of the navigable waters of the United States. > Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell

 

HOUSE VOTES ON LABOR UNION 'OFFICIAL TIME' - TREY KOVACS

 

House vote today on restricting taxpayer give-away to labor unions
 
Should government employees be allowed to conduct labor union work on the taxpayer dime? The House is set to vote today on a plan to prohibit use of funds to pay a Federal Employee for any period of time during which such employee is using official time under U.S. Code. "Spending public funds for the exclusive benefit of a labor union should be illegal," said Trey Kovacs, CEI labor policy expert. "Curbing that practice is an important first step towards making government more accountable to taxpayers on so-called union 'official time'".
 
 

TOXIC CHEMICALS? - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

National Review: How Does the Government Decide What Is — and What Is Not — ‘Toxic’?
 

This week, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee marked up legislation to reform the nation’s law on chemicals — the Toxic Substances Control Act. CEI's Angela Logomasini and Henry I. Miller warn that bad, ill-considered regulations could make food and consumer products less safe. > Read the National Review commentary



ARE STREETCARS AN ANSWER TO AMERICA’S URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS?

 

Two experts on the subject  have two different

 opinions, including CEI's Marc Scribner. This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045. 

 






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 



White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
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Friday
May012015

CEI Today: Patriot Act, regulating clothes driers, deadline for White House petition, and more 

Friday, May 1, 2015
In the News Today

 

PATRIOT ACT

CEI Urges Senate to Reject Reauthorization of PATRIOT Act Amendments
 

CEI and 12 other free-market organizations are urging the Senate to reject the latest attempt to fast-track an unamended reauthorizations of the USA PATRIOT Act without privacy reform. On Thursday, a bill to overhaul the law was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. > Read more

REGULATING CLOTHES DRIERS - SAM KAZMAN

 

Government Spinning Up New Rules for Clothes Driers
 
The Department of Energy is considering updating efficiency rules for residential clothes dryers againCompetitive Enterprise Institute general counsel Sam Kazman says consumers should be trusted to decide which product features they want. “The basic question you’ve got to ask in any proceeding like this is ‘if this new technology and standards are going to be saving people money, then why do they have to force consumers to buy them,’” he said. “There are very questionable savings, they’re not dramatic, but the real thing is… why can’t consumers be trusted to make these decisions on their own? > Read more
 



White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 


HOUSE VOTES ON ENERGY & WATER - MYRON EBELL 
 

How to Improve the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

 

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for FY 2016 passed by the House Appropriations Committee spends too much, but does move some funding from very bad programs to somewhat less bad programs. 
 
The best thing in the bill is the set of riders that prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the proposed Waters of the United States rule. That rule if implemented would expand federal jurisdiction far beyond what was intended by Congress in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and far beyond the current definition or any reasonable definition of the navigable waters of the United States. > Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell






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Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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Christine Hall
Mary Beth Gombita

Keara Vickers

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Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
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Wednesday
Apr292015

CEI Today: Surveillance reform, Big Labor at the docks, Obama's climate agenda, and more 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
In the News Today

 

SURVEILLANCE REFORM - RYAN RADIA

 

Libertarian groups press McConnell on surveillance reform
 
A group of conservative and libertarian groups sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday opposing his proposal to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act without attaching surveillance reform.  
 

The coalition said avoiding reform would leave Congress “subordinate to the administration’s creative reinterpretation” of the law.  > Read The Hill article

 

BIG LABOR - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

Big Labor at the California docks 
 

Amid charges of "wage theft," truck drivers from the docks at Los Angeles and Long Beach reportedly walked off the job Monday, unhappy with their status as independent contractors. 

 

“By twisting terminology, the Teamsters are targeting truckers at California docks for unionization," said CEI labor policy expert Aloysius Hogan. "At the California docks, as at a California recycling plant in a seminal case before the National Labor Relations Board, the Teamsters seek to transform workers into employees. In both cases, Big Labor simply seeks to line their pockets by forcing workers to pay union dues, despite most truckers preferring the greater flexibility and better income opportunity that comes with being independent.”

 

OBAMA'S CLIMATE AGENDA - WILLIAM YEATMAN 
 

The Unbearable Lightness of Obama’s *Passion* for Mitigating AGW

 

President Obama took congressional Republicans to task for blocking his climate agenda. But opposition to climate policy is robustly bipartisan in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. Indeed, if all issues enjoyed the bipartisan support that does opposition to climate change mitigation policy, then no one would ever whine about D.C. being dysfunctional.  > Read more 


> Interview William Yeatman

 

FED'S INTEREST RATE HIKE - RYAN YOUNG

Washington Examiner: Easy come, easy go

Instead of constantly and unpredictably tinkering with interest rates, money supply, exchange rates, and other variables, central banks should pursue a humbler monetary policy. This would emphasize an honest, stable, and predictable price system that creates a better environment for those private sector engines of growth. Central banks can manipulate economic indicators in the short run, but long-term prosperity doesn't come from monetary policy. It comes from private sector innovation and entrepreneurship." > View the Washington Examiner commentary)

 



ARE STREETCARS AN ANSWER TO AMERICA’S URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS?

 

Two experts on the subject  have two different

 opinions, including CEI's Marc Scribner. This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045. 

 






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 





White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Gombita

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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Tuesday
Apr282015

CEI Today: EPA transparency, commercial drones, questioning Dr. Oz, and more  

Monday, April 27, 2015
In the News Today

 

EPA TRANSPARENCY - CHRIS HORNER
 

The Hill: EPA reveals more than 1,000 pages of texts, phone records from chief

 

The Obama administration revealed late Thursday more than 1,000 pages of text messages and cell phone records from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy.
 

The records, which agency officials also sent to House Republicans, are in response to allegations from House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that McCarthy used text messaging to avoid having communications recorded and subject to public records requests.  > Read The Hill article by Timothy Cama

> Interview Chris Horner

 

COMMERCIAL DRONES - MARC SCRIBNER

 

CEI Submits Comments to FAA on Small Drone Certification and Operations Proposed Rules

The FAA is poised to regulate commercial drones, but CEI transportation policy expert Marc Scribner warns against mandates and bans that impact important technologies and consumer benefits. > Read more
 

QUESTIONING DR. OZ - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Who Dares Question the Mighty Oz?
 

No one is trying to deprive Dr. Oz of his right to free speech. The doctors listed on the letter are simply exercising their own right to free speech—and that includes speaking truth to the powerful Oz. They shined a light on Oz’s often questionable, TV-publicized, health advice for good reasons, as many others have done so.
 
And apparently, shining a light on Oz’s questionable approaches did some good. It prompted eight of Dr. Oz’s colleagues from Columbia University to speak out as well in a USA Today commentary. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

 

REGULATING YOUR IRA - JOHN BERLAU

 

Obamacare for Your IRA

A new regulation would let the government decide what you can invest in -- for your own good, of course. > Read the NRO commentary

> Interview John Berlau

 



ARE STREETCARS AN ANSWER TO AMERICA’S URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS?

 

Two experts on the subject  have two different

 opinions, including CEI's Marc Scribner. This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045. 

 






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 



White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Gombita

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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Tuesday
Apr282015

CEI Today: Chemical regulation, EPA Clean Power Plan, PATRIOT Act, and more 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
In the News Today

 

CHEMICAL REGULATION - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

TSCA Reform Debate Is Not about Public Safety
 

Congress is poised to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but CEI chemical policy expert Angela Logomasini warns against changes that will needlessly and wastefully over-regulate low-risk chemicals.

 

Unfortunately, the TSCA bill on the table will eliminate the requirement that the agency apply the least-burdensome approach when regulating chemicals. > Read more 

 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN 
 

E&E News: McConnell, McCarthy to face off in budget hearing

 

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will come face to face this week with one of the most powerful political opponents of her agency's Clean Power Plan when she visits Capitol Hill to make her case for fiscal 2016 funding.
 
The administrator will testify Wednesday afternoon before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.  > Read the E&E report


> Interview an expert
 

PATRIOT ACT

The Daily Dot: Libertarian groups say 'hell no' to Mitch McConnell's Patriot Act renewal
 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to renew the USA Patriot Act, the controversial law giving the government sweeping surveillance powers, without any reforms, but libertarian groups are putting him on notice.
 
A coalition of these groups, including the conservative heavyweights FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and TechFreedom, sent a letter on Monday to McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid arguing against a "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act. > Read The Daily Dot report

 



ARE STREETCARS AN ANSWER TO AMERICA’S URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS?

 

Two experts on the subject  have two different

 opinions, including CEI's Marc Scribner. This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045. 

 






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicatedto the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 



White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Gombita

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human AchievementHour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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