The House of Representatives voted to raise the federal minimum wage on Thursday. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 – more than doubling the current rate of $7.25. According to the Congressional Budget Office, increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 has the potential to boost the wages for millions of workers by 2025 – but could also eliminate up to 3.7 million jobs.
Requiring businesses to pay more for the same quality and amount of labor always forces them to cut back somewhere else. Most often, they cut their number of workers.
Heritage labor expert Rachel Greszler sat down with The Daily Signal to discuss the effects of doubling the federal minimum wage. “To boil it down, you could say, what would happen if your mortgage more than doubled, or your rent?” Greszler said. “There would be serious consequences. You would have to cut down on other expenses, you may have to find a new home, some people would be left homeless – and it’s the same scenario with more than doubling the federal minimum wage.”
Listen to the full discussion here.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that he would not take the bill up in the Senate.
Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and contributor to The Daily Signal, takes a look at how the minimum wage debate is used by politicians, and how lawmakers can
truly help the lowest income earners. Read her article here.
How can conservatives better communicate the danger of raising the federal minimum wage?

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks at a “Restoring Federalism” event Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation. (Photo: Willis Bretz for The Heritage Foundation)

On Wednesday, Heritage hosted a half-day symposium, entitled “Restoring Federalism: Giving Power Back to the States.” In a truly federalist system, states would be far freer than today to manage their own affairs. But decades of Big Government overreach has shifted power away from states to Washington.

Leaders speaking at the symposium included acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who noted that there is growing suspicion of Big Government among young people. “If you ask young people, ‘Give me a list of things that government, writ large, does extraordinarily well,’ it’s a fairly short list,” he said. Mulvaney added that we should take advantage of the opportunity to build support for federalism among the next generation.

Other speakers included Russ Vought, former Heritage Action for America vice president – now acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Also speaking were Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt; Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Deputy Assistant to the President Doug Hoelscher; Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodger, R-Wash.; and state and local officials.

Watch the full event here.

Listen on the Heritage Events podcast.

From The Daily Signal: Broad Skepticism of Big Government Is Good for Federalism, Mulvaney Says

How can conservatives better promote federalism in America?

The Saturn V rocket image is projected on the east side of the Washington Monument to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. (Photo: by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Tomorrow, on Saturday, July 20, America will celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the United States becoming the first nation to land a man on the moon.

Lee Edwards, Ph.D., distinguished fellow in conservative thought at Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and a leading historian, reflects on what the moon landing meant for America – then and now.

“Let us proclaim, without embarrassment, that America, and only America, had the requisite leadership, scientific community, and resources to make it possible for Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong to take that giant leap for mankind,” says Edwards. You can read his full article here.

From Heritage President Kay Coles James: 50 Years After Apollo 11 Moon Landing, America Is Once Again Asserting Leadership in Space

From The Daily Signal: The Legacy of the Moon Landing

Check out Heritage’s Space Policy Issue Page

What is the “next frontier” for America?

This week, Heritage had 79 total print mentions and op-eds. Make sure you check out some of the best press clips of the week:

Mike Gonzalez: “Unfortunate Retreat” By Pres. Trump on Census Citizenship Question

Nile Gardiner: Europe Needs “To Wake Up to the Reality” of the Iranian Threat

Dean Cheng: North Korea Spinning Threats Against U.S. As Successful

Check out the full list of media hits here.

What kind of stories do you want to see more of in our Best in the Press section?


President Donald Trump spoke about America’s environmental leadership in the East Room of the White House. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

President Donald Trump invited several Heritage Foundation leaders to the White House this week for a major policy address on America’s environmental leadership. Trump spoke about his administration’s accomplishments and the environmental concerns facing the United States.

Trump cast aside the idea that government “fix-all” solutions proposed by the Left, such as the Green New Deal, would help the environment. Those proposals would massively expand Washington’s control over Americans’ lives. Trump stated that big government policies and heavy-handed regulation from the federal government would kill the economy without making a dent in global temperatures.

These are positions that have long been promoted by Heritage Foundation policy experts, including Nick Loris, deputy director of Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow in environmental policy, who attended the event.

“Economic freedom and higher levels of prosperity equips people with the necessary resources to protect the environment,” said Loris. “Countries with greater economic freedoms have cleaner environments and greater environmental sustainability.”

Also invited to Trump’s speech were Heritage’s Tommy Binion, vice president of government relations; Mike Howell, senior advisor to executive branch relations; and Bridgett Wagner, vice president of policy promotion.

Read more about Heritage’s presence at the president’s environmental speech here

In your opinion, what is the state of environmental issues, and where should conservatives focus beyond stopping big government intervention?

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