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?

Rob Bluey, vice president of communications and executive editor of The Daily Signal, spoke with Shannon Bream on “Fox News at Night” about the White House Social Media Summit he attended on Thursday

“Altogether, attendees at the summit have half a billion social media followers and are reaching people directly without a media filter. That’s why their concerns about the implications of bias and censorship are so important,” said Bluey. “Heavy-handed government regulation is not the answer. Everyone who cares about free speech, regardless of their political beliefs, should want social media companies to be responsive to their users, not government. There’s evidence the market is working and social media companies are responding.”

The Heritage Foundation, along with its multimedia news outlet The Daily Signal, has a significant presence on all of the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. These platforms have helped Heritage reach millions of people across the globe with its timely policy research and analysis on public policy issues.

Listen: Rob Bluey on Social Media Bias: Government Can’t Solve This Problem

If you had been present at the summit, what issue would you have brought up regarding the current social media climate?

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