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The State of Tax Reform in 2016

Posted: September 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm   /   Friends

Tax reform remains a central issue in Washington because of its overwhelming necessity. Tax reform is badly needed to revive the slow-growing economy and increase job creation and wages for American families. The current tax system is a large weight holding the economy back from growing as strongly as it could, thereby suppressing opportunity for […]

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Government Favoritism of Steel Producers Hurts Americans

Posted: September 27, 2016 at 8:23 am   /   Friends

Steel producers in the United States are facing stiff competition from China and other countries, whose high steel production rates are driving down the prices of the product globally. In response, domestic steel producers are lobbying the government to impose restraints on imports. This poses a serious threat to U.S. companies that rely on steel—and […]

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The So-Called “Wage Gap” Is Going Down. And the Numbers Don’t Tell the Full Story.

Posted: September 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm   /   Friends

Time to change those outdated signs, ladies. It’s no longer the case that “women only make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.” According to this year’s annual Census Bureau report, the incomplete “wage gap” figure shows women’s earnings relative to men’s rose for the third straight year in a row, from 77 percent […]

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Utahns Fear Obama Will Heed Environmentalists, Not Them, on National Monument Designation

Posted: September 26, 2016 at 1:28 pm   /   Friends

This past Monday marked the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton using the Antiquities Act to create the 1.5 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. For most Utahns, this date is not a cause for celebration. It’s a source of anger toward what many see as an out-of-touch and overbearing federal government Infamously, […]

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House Conservatives Resort to Spending Plan B to Avoid Government Shutdown

Posted: September 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm   /   Friends

When Congress returns to Capitol Hill on Monday to hammer out a stopgap spending measure, House conservatives plan to introduce a spending safety valve that would eliminate the possibility of a government shutdown. Congress has struggled for months to reach a spending agreement. As the end of the fiscal year approaches and government’s spending authority […]

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Tax Increases Won’t Make the Budget Sustainable

Posted: September 23, 2016 at 7:27 am   /   Friends

In his final budget proposal, President Barack Obama proclaimed that the federal budget is “on a more sustainable fiscal path.” This is simply not true. Over the last two presidential administrations, total debt has grown considerably, along with the risk of a significant financial crisis. U.S. government debt now climbs above $19.5 trillion. When the next president takes office, publicly-held debt will be […]

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In New Spending Bill, McConnell Sides With Liberals, Ignores Conservative Priorities

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm   /   Friends

After voting to proceed to a bill that didn’t exist earlier this week, the Senate has finally produced text of the continuing resolution, a short-term government spending bill. The bill, written behind closed doors by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was brought to the floor late Thursday afternoon, and for the majority of Senate Republicans, […]

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One Lawmaker’s Plan to Rein in Spending and Assert Conservative Principles

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm   /   Friends

Before lawmakers in the House could read the Senate’s plan to fund the government after the end of the month, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was dismissing the measure out of hand, calling it “unconstitutional.” Congress is trying to hammer out a compromise to extend federal funding before the government’s annual spending authority expires Oct. 1. […]

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GOP Senators Side With Democrats to Bail Out Union’s Pension Fund

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:26 am   /   Friends

It’s not every day you see a significant portion of Republican senators supporting a taxpayer bailout—especially for a private union pension plan. But today, six of the 14 Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee joined with Democratic counterparts in favor of a multibillion-dollar bailout of the United Mine Workers of America’s pension and health […]

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