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Half Measures Make Ethanol Mandate Worse | Commentary

By Thomas Pyle

Congress Should Promote Fairness in State Sales Taxes | Commentary

By Alan McQuinn

Time for Congress to Focus Seriously on Transportation and Infrastructure | Commentary

In the 1950s, it was a Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who looked into the future and understood that if the United States was to continue to grow and modernize, it needed a strong federal transportation infrastructure. And under his watch he urged the states to work with the federal government to upgrade our roads and bridges, and overcome the “appalling inadequacies” of the nation’s highway network with a federal focus on building a national system of interstate highways.

Congress Can Stand With Veterans by Supporting the VA Accountability Act | Commentary

One year ago, the Obama White House issued a brief but illuminating report detailing why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was failing in its mission to provide timely care to patients.

Senate’s Spending Ban Endangers the Lives of Children | Commentary

By Jeanne Atkinson

How Citizens Can Influence Congress at Town Hall Meetings | Commentary

Now that summer is here, legislators are increasing their scheduling of town hall meetings back in their districts. Recently some myths have emerged about this time honored aspect of our democracy. Some groups are claiming (usually tied to a fundraising pitch), “Congress isn’t listening to citizens” and is holding fewer town hall meetings. This is false.

Congressional Inaction Leaves Military Installations, Communities Stuck at Crossroads | Commentary

Despite action on the National Defense Authorization Act, the threat of sequestration and military spending cuts remain. Missions are being scaled back, force numbers are declining, and communities, states and regions that have long-served as proud homes to our installations continue to take the economic hits.

Strengthen ESEA With Early Childhood Education | Commentary

As Congress debates the reauthorization of our nation’s most important education legislation, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, I’m reminded of the true bipartisan effort Congress has displayed in the past few months. In its endeavors, one issue has particularly emerged as a priority for both Republicans and Democrats, despite major legislative battles and tough funding choices.

Remembering the Importance of Our Ships During Times of Peace | Commentary

By Matthew Paxton

Saving America’s Last Great Wilderness | Commentary

When the Obama administration announced in January it would ask Congress to designate 12.28 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, millions of Americans rejoiced at the prospect of saving one of our last great wild landscapes.

Why ‘Fast Track’ Was Defeated Once — and Why That Was the Right Decision | Commentary

With the effective defeat of the initial vote on the trade bill package, advocates of the trade agreement are making a herculean last gasp effort to get the bill passed on a re-vote. They are castigating opponents as Luddites who favor a new isolationism, diminishing the influence of the U.S. in the world. They claim the bill is a job creator. None of this is true.

Saving America's Last Great Wilderness | Commentary

When the Obama administration announced in January it would ask Congress to designate 12.28 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, millions of Americans rejoiced at the prospect of saving one of our last great wild landscapes.

A Revolving Door for Confidential IRS Information | Commentary

By Dan Epstein

Manufacturers Head to the Hill to Outline Ozone Fears | Commentary

A growing regulatory burden is poised to make this a long summer for the nation’s manufacturers, so we kicked it off by recently bringing our concerns directly to our representatives in Washington.

‘Big Box’ Behemoths Would Crush Small Biz | Commentary

By Hamilton Davison

Propane Goes Beyond the Backyard | Commentary

By Rick Roldan

The Twofold Solution to Protect Our National Forests and Communities | Commentary

Nearly 60 million acres of our national forests are at risk of increasingly destructive wildfires, and experts agree the situation is getting worse each year.

Honoring World War II Merchant Marine Veterans | Commentary

A small group of heroes is walking the halls of Congress this week, proudly sharing memories of the work they and friends long gone did more than 70 years ago to help the Allied forces win World War II.

McCain is Right: Introduce Capitalism to the Defense Department | Commentary

By Seth Cropsey

Spike in West Africa Ebola Cases Shows Need to Address Underlying Health Care Needs | Commentary

On May 20, the World Health Organization reported a substantial increase in the weekly total of new Ebola cases in both Guinea and Sierra Leone and responded by deploying a response team. This comes in the shadow of the success in Liberia that was proclaimed to be Ebola-free in May, the result of a comprehensive response by President Barack Obama and his administration to invest in Liberia’s health care infrastructure. Although a lot of the attention to the U.S. response focused on the role of the American military, our response was actually much more thorough. The United States provided personal protective equipment, funded and trained medical workers, deployed laboratories, supported disease tracing and started a large-scale social messaging campaign to inform Liberians about practices to protect themselves from infection.

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