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The economy is improving and Americans around the country are feeling it. To further this progress and help those who are still struggling, the Trump administration should double down on regulatory reform efforts that are helping ensure that economic opportunity can reach every hardworking family and community. This means continuing to lift government burdens from workers and job creators so that they can create a better tomorrow.
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Will Erdogan be crazy enough to start a regional battle against both the US and Russia on Syrian soil?
Securing America’s Future Act: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the House Immigration Bill
The Securing America’s Future Act (SAFA) is one of several bills that addresses the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, as well as many other aspects of immigration. Ultimately, the legalization offered by SAFA is amnesty. Rather than removing illegal immigrants who have no legal right to remain in the U.S., it rewards law breaking with temporary legal status and work authorization. Heritage Foundation analysts have long held that immigration reform should not be amnesty-centric, and instead focus on much-needed reforms first. SAFA does include many provisions that attempt to make some of these much-needed reforms, while not being an entirely comprehensive piece of legislation. These provisions deserve close consideration on their own merits to see if they are worthwhile and likely to be successful in reforming the U.S. immigration system.
Unleashing Investment or Expanding Federal Control? How Proponents of Limited Government Should Evaluate the Trump Infrastructure Plan
The Trump Administration is poised to release its infrastructure proposal in early 2018. While the details of the plan are unclear, it is expected that the Administration hopes to leverage $200 billion in federal spending to generate a total of $1 trillion in investment when coupled with state, local, and private spending. In crafting such a plan, the inevitable urge will be to funnel additional federal dollars into infrastructure ventures. Lawmakers should resist this urge in favor of structural reforms to the federal infrastructure paradigm. This Backgrounder sets forth key criteria to gauge how well the Administration’s plan adheres to principles of limited government and free markets to drive sound infrastructure investment.
Columbia Basin Project Seeks Federal Infrastructure Funding
The Columbia Basin Development League requested that U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke include the current phase of Columbia Basin Project development in any future infrastructure package considered by the Administration. In a letter sent last week, the League Executive Director Vicky Scharlau said, “Access to Columbia Basin Project water is a fundamental necessity for the economic vitality and sustainability of Eastern Washington, but over 300,000 of the original 1,029,000 authorized acres of productive land are still waiting for infrastructure to supply a reliable source of water”.
FDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, 'the poor man's methadone'
The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products to curb abuse by people with drug addictions. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Tuesday that the agency was taking the “novel” action because of growing concerns that abuse of Imodium A-D and similar medications was adding to the death toll of the nation's opioid epidemic. Loperamide, the generic name for the anti-diarrheal agent involved, is sometimes referred to as “the poor man's methadone.” In large quantities, it induces a cheap, mild high and relieves withdrawal symptoms for drugs like hydrocodone, morphine or heroin.