How Congress Should Fight the Obama Administration’s Massive Regulations

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Under the Obama administration, regulations are out of control.  The Obama administration added 184 new major rules that cost over $80 billion dollars a year — and there are 126 more to come. That’s according to a new Heritage report: Red Tape Rising: Six Years of Escalating Regulation Under Obama.

“In many respects, the need for reform of the regulatory system has never been greater,” write Heritage experts James Gattuso and Diane Katz.

So how can Congress curtail these ever-increasing massive regulations? Gattuso and Katz have a few suggestions:

  1. Put Congress, not unelected bureaucrats, in charge of approving new major regulations.
  2. Require Congress to evaluate the impact of these rules before they go into effect.
  3. Make sure regulations will expire.
  4. Review the “independent” agencies that make these rules
  5. Require that regulations are based on facts and necessity, not politics.

You can read more on these and other suggestions here.

How do you think Congress should curtail massive regulations from the executive branch?

Hillsdale College President Pays Tribute to Ed Feulner

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Earlier this week at The Heritage Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Leadership Celebration, Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn paid a special tribute to former Heritage President Ed Feulner.

Arnn presented Feulner with a book by Winston Churchill, a first American edition. Arnn told him that there’s something Ed has in common with the men in Churchill’s book: “They’re all great, they did something significant.”

Watch the entire video of the Larry Arnn’s speech below.

Audio: DeMint and Feulner on Heritage Legacy and Future

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Last week, The Heritage Foundation hosted an exclusive call for Heritage members with Heritage president-elect Jim DeMint and Heritage President Edwin Feulner. During the call, Feulner and DeMint took member questions about Heritage’s 40-year history and DeMint’s plans for the future.

Listen to the audio of the one hour call in MP3 format. 

James Carafano to Lead Heritage’s Foreign and Defense Policy Team

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James Carafano. Photo: Chas Geer

Heritage Foundation expert James Carafano will lead Heritage’s team of foreign and defense policy analysts, Heritage’s Board announced today.

As Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, Carafano will replace Kim Holmes, who has led the team for nearly 25 years. Holmes will be taking on a new role as Distinguished Fellow of the Heritage Foundation.

Carafano, an expert on defense, intelligence and homeland security issues,  will also assume the title of Director of our Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. Continue Reading »

Webcast Wednesday: Arthur Laffer on the Failure of Liberal Policies

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Economist Arthur Laffer will speak tomorrow to Heritage Foundation members in Minneapolis about the failure of stimulus spending, the looming Taxmaggedon tax hikes, and the upcoming elections.

This event will be broadcast live online for our members at 9:15 p.m. Eastern.

Laffer, who popularized supply-side economics, gained prominence while serving on President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board. He has since been an advocate for free markets and conservative economic policy.

Watch this webcast live online from Minneapolis on Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. Eastern.

Istook Live! Exclusive Heritage Member Preview


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Heritage Foundation distinguished fellow Ernest Istook has been at the forefront of American politics since he won his first election in Oklahoma in 1982. He later served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before coming to Heritage in 2007. Today, he frequently fills in as a host of several major national talk radio programs and writes weekly opinion columns for Newsmax, Human Events and the Daily Caller.

In the coming weeks, Istook will be launching Istook Live!, a conservative talk radio program broadcast from The Heritage Foundation’s offices discussing the day’s most relevant topics and featuring conservative leaders as guests.

Before the show officially launches, Istook wanted to give an exclusive preview to Heritage Foundation Members. If you would like exclusive information and access to Istook Live!, sign up on the form below to be the first to hear about special guests, opportunities to call in with your questions and comments, and station launch information.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch on How to Reform Medicaid

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In an event at The Heritage Foundation last week, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) outlined his comprehensive plan to reform Medicaid, one of the three big programs driving America’s spending problem.

Medicaid,  Hatch explained, was originally designed to provide a safety net for the poor, but it is now an entitlement cushion for a quarter of the American population.  The program, he said, is a “massive target for waste, fraud, and abuse.” And it is no longer fulfilling its own objectives.

So, what positive change is needed to make this system functional? State flexibility.

Hatch explained that there is clear evidence that the states know best what kind of health care their residents need. Governors and state legislators understand the needs, culture and values of their respective states. And yet, the federal government continues to micromanage health care – even requiring states to ask permission before making small adjustments.  

The goal of any Medicaid reforms should be two-fold: save money and improve care for patients. Some states have already begun innovative solutions that are positioning them to take the lead on improving healthcare. Why not allow other states to pursue their own paths to success?

The critical flaw of Medicaid is that it treats people who are poor as though they are incapable of taking care of themselves. Hatch is determined to get the program back on track and promote personal responsibility for future generations.

Heritage’s Brian Blase pointed out last month that Medicaid spending is spiraling out of control and imposing crushing burdens on the states. Read all Heritage research on Medicaid on

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