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Friday, September 22, 2017

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Today I want to start by giving you a quick update on where health care reform stands.  GOP leadership in the Senate is deciding whether or not to bring the Graham-Cassidy bill to the Senate floor for a vote next week before September 30.  This bill falls short of fully repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a new patient-centered system, but it does include significant improvements over current law by repealing the individual and employer mandate tax penalties, providing Medicaid reform, and empowering states to design health care subsidies and insurance rules that work for their residents. Read my colleague's analysis of this bill.

President Trump continues to work to drain the swamp with his Reorganization Initiative. Read how my colleague Rachel Greszler testified in front of the Senate, and how the two Blueprints published by Heritage are directly influencing the initiative in our first article below.

Next, my colleague Kevin Dayaratna’s research is getting noticed by left-leaning groups--and they are not happy with his candidacy for the EPA's Science Advisory Board. Read about their reaction and the impact Dayaratna has already had on refuting the claims of climate change in the second article today.

Tax reform continues to be a key issue we are focusing on this Fall. In the third article, find out where tax reform stands, how it affects you, and what needs to change.

On Thursday, America’s top law enforcement professionals joined Heritage to discuss top issues facing law enforcement today. You can watch a video of the event, which includes a keynote given by the former New York City Police Commissioner, and read through key takeaways in the final article today.

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Onward!

Ed Feulner

Heritage’s role in President Trump’s reorganization initiative

by Anne Mulrooney

Cutting the federal government back down to its proper size is critical to changing Washington for the better.

Last week, Heritage Research Fellow Rachel Greszler testified in front of the Senate on the President’s reorganization initiative. Grezler works in Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis as an expert in economics, budget, and entitlements.

The President’s initiative draws heavily from two Blueprint plans created by Heritage. The first is an analysis of federal departments and agencies, and the second is on pathways to reform and cross-cutting issues.

Both Blueprints recommend eliminating agencies, merging offices, and passing responsibilities from federal to local governments.

On our Mass Ave podcast, Greszler explained the President’s initiative:

"It means getting rid of inefficiencies, duplications, waste, and looking at the government comprehensively and saying, ‘Is this something that the Constitution says? Is this something the Federal government should be doing, or would it be better to leave this to state and local governments, or the private sector?"

Greszler believes government re-organization is a key step toward restoring limited government.

In the podcast she went on to say:

"This is an opportunity to focus the federal government on its core, constitutional functions; to eliminate unnecessary, ineffective, and wasteful programs and agencies; to fix the federal government’s significantly flawed personnel policies; and to make the government work better for taxpayers."

What government programs and agencies would you suggest be reorganized or eliminated?

Heritage expert is viewed as threat to climate change proponents

by Anne Mulrooney

The President isn’t the only one reading research from Heritage. The left-leaning magazine, The Scientific American, is also paying attention.

Last Thursday, The Scientific American named Heritage expert Kevin Dayaratna as a candidate to be feared by proponents of climate change concerns.

The article stated that:

"A number of people who reject the findings of mainstream climate science are being considered by the Trump administration for spots on EPA’s Science Advisory Board, a voluntary but influential panel that reviews science used in environmental regulations."

Regarding Dayaratna’s role:

"Kevin Dayaratna, a statistician at the conservative Heritage Foundation: His report was cited by Trump as a reason to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. It claimed that the agreement could shrink U.S. gross domestic product by $2.5 trillion within two decades."

On June 2, President Trump announced the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. His decision was greatly influenced by a report written by Kevin Dayaratna, a Senior Statistician and Research Programmer in Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, titled “Consequences of Paris Protocol: Devastating Economic Costs, Essent....

Now, the Trump administration is considering new members for the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, which reviews scientific findings used in environmental regulations.

Kevin Dayaratna is one of those candidates.

With people like Dayaratna on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, global warming alarmists will be forced to contend with reason and facts.

How great of a role should government play in environmental regulation?

Will tax reform pass Congress this Fall?

by Steven Lawrence

Tax reform is one of the most important legislative priorities for Congress and the administration this fall. Good tax reform will unleash economic growth, creating greater opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

This week, the communications team at Heritage released a video on the impact of tax reform on an average, middle-class American family.

You may remember the “Life of Julia” video the Obama administration created, showing how Julia would live a happy and productive life thanks to the hand of big government.

Heritage decided to correct the record and show what a burden the cost of government is on Julia and her family and why tax reform will benefit her and all Americans.

Watch the video below:

Tax reform for Julia

Tax reform is a critical issue that is needed to give new life to our economy and put more money back in the pockets of the taxpayer.

Heritage has long advocated for a robust tax reform overhaul and will continue to show the need for major change on this issue.

Sound tax reform should achieve:

  • Lower individual and business tax rates
  • Establish the right tax base
  • Eliminate the bias against savings and investment
  • Eliminate tax preferences
  • Simplify the tax system and make it more transparent so taxpayers fully understand how much they pay to fund the federal government

Read more on where tax reform stands in Congress and some of the la...

How might tax reform impact you?  Do you feel like the current tax system is fair and balanced?

Law enforcement in America

By Anne Mulrooney

At Heritage we actively seek to bring people together to find solutions to the most pressing issues of the day. One of those pressing issues is law enforcement.

Yesterday, Heritage hosted an event titled Policing in America: Lessons from the Past, Opportunities for the F...

The former Police Commissioner of New York City, William Bratton, gave the keynote address while the police chiefs of both Baltimore and Washington, DC were in attendance.

You can watch the event below:
Policing in America

The creation of law is only half the battle; enforcement of law ensures success, and it’s no easy task.

What about law enforcement in America do you think needs to change? How do we make that change possible?

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The GOP swamp critters will do everything they can to obstruct this administration. I don't see how anything gets passed at this point. 

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