Andrew Moylan

Letter: Support the “No Regulation without Representation Act of 2017”

Dear Representatives: We, the undersigned organizations representing millions of Americans, write to express gratitude to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner for his introduction of the No Regulation without Representation Act of 2017 and to voice our …

Cuomo’s proposed ‘Amazon tax’ would hit NYers in the wallet

It's hard enough to afford living in New York state with residents already paying the highest combined tax burden in the nation. Even in a region surrounded by high-tax …

Coalition to Congress: Pass pro-growth tax reform in 2017

Dear Speaker Ryan & Chairman Brady: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of your efforts to pass pro-growth tax reform into law in 2017. Given the …

Open letter to the Nebraska legislature: Reject L.B. 44’s unconstitutional tax grab

Dear Nebraska Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Nebraska residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to L.B. 44, …

GOP tax plan would burden Wyoming’s businesses

The following was co-authored by R Street Western Region Director Steven Greenhut. No state voted more lopsidedly for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate than Wyoming, where voters gave President …

11 free-market groups to WY legislature: Reject H.B. 19’s unconstitutional tax grab

Dear Wyoming Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Wyoming residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to H.B. 19, …

R Street opposes Tennessee Department of Revenue Rule 1320-05-01-.129 regarding out-of-state dealers

Dear Chairmen Bell and Faison, On behalf of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank with expertise in internet sales tax law, I write in strong opposition to …

Corporate Income Tax: More trouble than it’s worth

Politics often yields suboptimal policy. In some cases, visible benefits flow to a select group at the expense of the largely invisible broader public. In others, visible costs are imposed on …

Addressing risk in agriculture

The attached agriculture risk report from the Heritage Foundation was compiled with the advice and edits of an Agricultural Risk Advisory Task Force that included R Street Executive Director Andrew …

Free-market groups to Congress: Oppose federal bailouts for Florida’s government-run property insurance plans

Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned groups, we write in strong opposition to H.R. 4947, the misleadingly titled “Homeowners Insurance Protection Act” …

14 free-market groups call on Secretary Lew to address the inversion issue through tax reform

Dear Secretary Lew, On behalf of the undersigned organizations we write to urge you to address the inversion issue by working with Congress to pass tax reform. In addition, …

Roomscore 2016: Short-term-rental regulation in U.S. cities

See the report's full methodology and results at Roomscore.org. In recent years, discussion of the so-called “sharing economy” has dominated local politics in many cities across the country, and …

A tale of two Internet tax bills

Poll after poll demonstrates clearly that Americans oppose Internet taxes. Yet even as Congress is poised to act on a wildly popular bill to bar states from imposing …

45 organizations sign on in bipartisan show of support for permanent ban on Internet Access Tax

Dear Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid, The undersigned organizations, which represent millions of American consumers, strongly support the permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) in …

Ridescore 2015: Hired driver rules in U.S. cities

The attached policy study was coauthored by R Street Digital Director Zach Graves.  R Street researchers last year embarked on an ambitious project to assess 50 of America’s largest …

Support permanent Internet tax freedom – Vote ‘yes’ on H.R. 644

Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of members of our organizations, we strongly urge you to support the conference report to H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation …

Coalition urges repeal of USDA catfish inspection program

Shaun DonovanDirectorOffice of Management and Budget725 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20503 Dear Mr. Donovan, As organizations that represent millions of taxpayers across the country, it is with great concern we …

Adventures in opaque polling

Poll after poll show that ordinary Americans simply don’t cotton to the idea of an Internet sales tax, such as those proposed by the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” …

Coalition urges Congress to reject tax increases

Dear Congressman: As the end of the Congressional session approaches, you will face many calls to raise taxes in order to "pay for" higher levels of spending and debt. …

Coalition opposes the Export-Import bank discharge petition

Dear Representatives: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent, we write to express our deep concern about efforts to resurrect the Export-Import Bank. Ex-Im is …

Voters hate the Internet sales tax

With reports building that there might be an attempt to attach misguided Internet sales-tax legislation to a budget deal or to an extension of the commonsense ban on …

Coalition urges strong opposition to Washington takeover of state gaming rules

Dear Chairman Goodlatte: We appreciate your steadfast support of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution and your leadership in the face of constant threats from both political parties. We …

Coalition urges Congress to keep BCA spending limits in place

Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of members we represent, we urge you to ensure that any legislation providing discretionary funding for Fiscal …

Coalition urges Congress to keep BCA spending limits in place

Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of members we represent, we urge you to ensure that any legislation providing discretionary funding for Fiscal …

Free-market coalition to Congress: Repeal the Crude Oil Export Ban

On behalf of our groups and organizations, together representing millions of Americans, we urge you to end the Crude Oil Export Ban. Repealing this antiquated government mandate will …

Coalition to Congress: Support PTC Elimination Act

Dear Representatives, On behalf of the millions of members that our organizations represent, we encourage you to support H.R. 1901, the PTC Elimination Act, introduced earlier this year by …

Solar bailout? Don’t bet on it

Is the U.S. solar energy market in a bubble? Analysis suggesting that the burgeoning industry is overvalued certainly aren't new, and the list of observers who have deigned …

Chaffetz swings and misses with Internet sales tax bill

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is the latest to step up to the plate to solve the vexing question of how to apply sales taxes to purchases made online …

Coalition letter opposing Remote Transactions Parity Act

Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to the so-called Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA). Despite what …

A gambling ban’s federalism problem

Even as the rise of the Internet has driven communications and economic growth to heights previously unimagined, some lawmakers are using that very explosion as pretext to expand …

Questions for the record on Restoring America’s Wire Act

Questions for the Record to Andrew Moylan Executive Director, R Street Institute "H.R. 707, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act" Hearing of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, …

Coalition tells Congress to let the Export-Import Bank expire

Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of our groups and organizations, together representing millions of Americans, we urge you to oppose the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. It unfairly …

Coalition urges Congress to pull funding for the OECD

Dear Senators and Representatives: American taxpayers should not be asked to subsidize international organizations working against U.S. interests. The undersigned organizations, representing the Coalition for Tax Competition, call on …

Testimony on H.R. 707, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act

The attached testimony from R Street Executive Director and Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan was delivered to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations …

Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee: RFS is broken

Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is increasingly recognized as a failed policy in need of attention by the Congress. With the exception …

Letter to U.S. Senate: Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act

Dear Senator, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA). Despite what some …

80 groups support Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015

Dear Congressman Brady and Congressman Bishop: The undersigned organizations support your bill, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. We appreciate your work to lead the country toward a common …

Coalition urges Congress to keep budget promises

Rep. Tom Price, Chairman Committee on Budget U.S. House of Representatives 207 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Price: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and our combined memberships, we urge …

Coalition letter to Congress urging comprehensive tax reform now

Dear Members of Congress: The current U.S. federal tax system is out of date and desperately in need of an overhaul. Current U.S. policies were formulated in the 1980s …

Free-market groups outline requirements for new CBO director

Dear Leaders in the House and Senate, The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in recent years has employed inaccurate and opaque models that impacted political debates and policy outcomes, ultimately …

Our work speaks for itself

One of the more dispiriting trends of the political left in recent years has been the growing tendency to do battle, not by engaging with ideas, but through …

Ridescore 2014: Hired driver rules in U.S. cities

The attached paper was co-authored by Ryan Xue, Evan Engstrom and Zach Graves. Visit R Street's companion website, www.ridescore.org, for an interactive visual presentation of our regulatory scorecard. Over the past several …

Bipartisan coalition sends letter to armed services with final NDAA recommendations

The Hon. Carl M. Levin Chairman Senate Committee on Armed Services Russell Senate Office Building, Room 228 Washington, D.C. 20510 The Hon. James M. Inhofe Ranking Member Senate Committee on Armed Services Russell Senate Office Building, …

Constitution Day message to members of Congress

    Dear Congressional Leaders, We write to urge you to bring to the floor S. 607 and H.R. 1852, the bipartisan Leahy-Lee and Yoder-Polis bills updating the Electronic Communications Privacy …

Small Business Coalition letter to Gov. Christie

  Sept. 15, 2014 The Honorable Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey State House Trenton, NJ 08625 Gov. Christie, We are encouraged by recent movements by the state Legislature calling for the elimination of the …

Letter to Congress: Oppose the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act!

    Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to S. 2609, the so-called "Marketplace and Internet …

Letter to U.S. Senate on permanent Internet tax moratorium

    Dear Senators, On behalf of the undersigned, we encourage you to pass a clean permanent extension of the Internet Tax Moratorium, and commend the House of Representatives on passage …

Open letter to the House and Senate: Keep the caps

  We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans dedicated to fiscal responsibility, urge you to strictly abide by the discretionary budget caps originally established by the Budget Control …

Family Business Coalition letter on the death tax

    Chairman Dave Camp H-208 U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 20515 Congressman Kevin Brady 301 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 CC: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris …

An open letter to the U.S. Congress: Protect taxpayers and empower the states by reforming transportation spending

Dear House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden: With the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) on track to run out this summer, …

Coalition urges sensible spending reforms for NDAA

May 21, 2014 The undersigned organizations may not agree on many things, but we all agree on this: The United States must curb wasteful and ineffective spending at the …

Coalition letter on the National Defense Authorization Act

May 19, 2014 Dear Representative, We are writing you today in support of House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith’s proposed amendment to the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act …

Joint letter on bonus depreciation

May 8, 2014 Dear Congressman: As Congress considers making some important pro-growth tax relief permanent this week, we write with a unified voice to also call for the permanent extension …

30 groups to Congress: Let the Export-Import Bank expire

May 1, 2014 Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of our groups and organizations, together representing millions of Americans, we urge you to oppose the re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank. …

Letter to Ways and Means on Wind Production Tax Credit

April 25, 2014 Congressman Dave Camp Chairman Committee on Ways and Means 341 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Congressman Sander M. Levin Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means 1236 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC …

Scott Rigell tries to resurrect totally discredited Marketplace Fairness Act

I'll say one positive thing about supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act: they're nothing if not persistent. They've been trying to hammer a square peg into a round …

Florida pivotal in Internet tax battle

This piece was co-authored by R Street Florida Director Christian Camara. A misleading piece of federal legislation, called the "Marketplace Fairness Act," passed the U.S. Senate last year. Contrary …

Letter to FCC on process reform

March 31, 2014 Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554 RE: GN Docket No. 14-25 Dear Ms. Dortch, Our organizations share and support the Federal …

Coalition to Congress: Reform agency grant processes

March 28, 2014 Dear Representatives: On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations, we write to urge you to support the Grant Reform and New Transparency …

Family Business Coalition letter to Gov. Cuomo

March 24, 2014 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Governor Cuomo, We are encouraged by your budget, which calls for …

Art sale could benefit retirees

The following piece was co-written by R Street Midwest Director Alan Smith. Next month, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr will release the latest iteration of a plan to restructure …

Mehrens confused about impact of Internet sales tax initiative

Nathan Mehrens is confused about the Internet sales tax issue and the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act," which he praises as addressing a "competitive advantage" enjoyed by online retailers …

Artfully resolving Detroit’s bankruptcy

The attached policy study was co-authored by R Street Midwest Director Alan Smith. For the first three decades of the 20th Century, Detroit was the second fastest-growing city in …

Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee

March 20, 2014 Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member James Inhofe Senate Armed Services Committee United States Senate 228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Levin and Ranking Member Inhofe: We urge …

Testimony to House Judiciary Committee on Internet sales tax

In March 12 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, R Street Institute Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan noted that S. 743, the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), would undermine …

Republicans dip toes in TV reg reform waters

Just when it seemed that Republicans might take the plunge in reforming outdated retransmission consent laws, it sounds like they found the water colder than expected and have …

An open letter to appropriators in Congress: End the budget gimmicks and cut the Pentagon’s slush fund

An Open Letter to Appropriators in Congress: End the Budget Gimmicks and Cut the Pentagon’s Slush Fund February 6, 2014 We are writing you today as a diverse coalition of organizations …

How can businesses ‘regulate their rivals’ in a bill eliminating regulations?

Fred Campbell, executive director of a new group called the Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology, had a curious piece on retransmission consent on The Hill’s Congress Blog …

Letter to the House Energy & Commerce Committee on ethanol mandate

Jan. 27, 2014 The Honorable Fred Upton, Chairman The Honorable Henry Waxman, Ranking Member Committee on Energy & Commerce U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Upton & Ranking Member Waxman: Last year, …

Flood-bill vote could put lives, careers at risk

If a plan to delay the phase-out of some federal flood insurance subsidies is successful, Congress could be setting itself up for a nasty pre-election “October surprise.” Should …

Mike Rogers’ one-half percent

As negotiations in Congress over the so-called "farm bill" continue, Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican representing Alabama's Third District, is seen as a key vote on the small …

Repeal duplicative USDA catfish inspection program in farm bill conference legislation

January 8, 2014 Honorable Debbie Stabenow U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture 328A Russell Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC, 20510 Honorable Thad Cochran U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture 328A Russell Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC, 20510 Honorable Frank …

An open letter to the Congress: Spending smarter on defense can make us stronger

January 8, 2014 Our organizations don’t agree on many issues, but we have come together to ask Congress, as it finalizes the Department of Defense portion of the Fiscal …

Scalise to the retrans reform rescue

I've been working on the issue of retransmission consent, the process by which broadcasters and television service providers negotiate a price for delivering video content to consumers, for …

Eliminate the Corn Ethanol Mandate

Dec. 10, 2013 Dear Congress: Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency, which is charged with implementing and administering the Renewable Fuel Standard, released its proposal for the amount of biofuels that …

Driving a Motor City revival

In the wake of officially receiving approval for bankruptcy protection, Detroit's story has become a familiar one. Once the poster child of America's industrial might and middle-class prosperity, …

Coalition to Congress: Stop preventable waste!

December 3, 2013 Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations, we write to urge you to support the Eliminate Preventable Waste …

Letter to U.S. Senate on National Defense Authorization Act

November 20, 2013 Dear Senator, The undersigned groups strongly object to Amendment #2319 offered by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and supported by Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) …

Obama’s SBA spent $80,000 in taxpayer money on study to promote Internet sales tax

There's wasteful spending and then there's wasteful spending, Chicago-style. File this under the latter. To translate the bureaucrat-ese at the link for you, this is an award notice for …

Hot new national security priority: taxing Internet sales

Wait, what? Yes, according to rumblings on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will once again attempt to attach the Reid-Durbin-Obama Internet sales tax bill known as the Marketplace …

Open letter to House and Senate Republican leadership: preserve the sequester

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell, As you know, the recently passed Continuing Appropriations Act provides the government with funding through January 15, 2014. As Congress considers appropriations for …

Don’t gut flood insurance reform by extending subsidies!

November 7, 2013 An Open Letter to the United States Congress: Don’t Gut Flood Insurance Reform by Extending Subsidies! Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of members of …

Over 100 organizations to Congress: Let the Wind PTC expire!

R Street was one of 102 organizations to sign this coalition letter calling on Congress to oppose extending federal wind subsidies. The organizations listed on the letter are …

Coalition letter to U.S. Senate supporting the REINS Act

Oct. 28, 2013 Dear Member of the United States Senate: We, the undersigned public interest organizations, write to urge you to support the Regulations from the Executive In Need of …

Oppose reform-less Water Resources Reform and Development Act

October 22, 2013 Dear Representative, We understand that H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, will be on the House floor as early as Wednesday, Oct.23. …

An open letter to the United States Congress: Support efforts to curb crop insurance subsidies!

Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of a Sense of the House of Representatives instructing farm …

Conservatives can fight climate change without growing government

From the American Conservative: Rather than acknowledge climate change as a major public-policy issue and draft a serious proposal to deal with it—to counter the left's plan to expand …

Coalition to Congress: End the renewable fuel standard

September 26, 2013 Re:  Renewable Fuel Standard "Reforms" Dear Senator & Representative: It has come to our attention that Congress is considering legislation this fall to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Politicians who support the Internet sales tax face a rude ballot-box awakening

This piece was co-authored by Pete Sepp, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. According to conventional political wisdom, selling a bad tax idea to voters is simple …

Goodlatte’s principles help reset Internet sales tax debate

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., released his long-awaited Basic Principles on Remote Sales Tax yesterday. In seven commendably brief points, Goodlatte lays out the most important …

Support Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act

September 18, 2013 An Open Letter to the House of Representatives: Support Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act Dear Representative, On behalf of the R Street Institute, I write today to express …

Don’t gut flood insurance reform by extending subsidies

September 18, 2013 An Open Letter to the United States Congress: Don’t Gut Flood Insurance Reform by Extending Subsidies! Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of members of the …

Marketplace Fairness Act: bad policy, REALLY bad politics

A new poll released last week by the R Street Institute and National Taxpayers Union found strong opposition across the board to new Internet sales tax legislation like the so-called …

States should freeze new fees on wireless services

July 29, 2013 Dear Member of Congress: We the undersigned groups, representing millions of Americans, urge you to co-sponsor the bi-partisan Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2013, H.R. 2309, which was introduced by Reps. …

Right Side Round Table: How should government respond to climate change?

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Andrew Moylan Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute Climate change absolutely poses a threat to which government should respond, but that action shouldn't entail …

Coalition urges senators make tax reform proposals public

July 26, 2013 Dear Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch, We understand your committee is undertaking comprehensive tax reform.  We write to urge you to make all correspondence with the …

Credit where it’s due

We spend an awful lot of time yelling about what Congress is screwing up. In our defense, it's a target-rich environment. A quick glance at the red ink …

Letter to Congress on 2014 Defense Department appropriations

July 23, 2013 Dear Representative: We, the leaders of our undersigned organizations may not agree on many things, but we all agree on this: The time has come to reduce …

Coalition urges open rule for defense spending bill

July 22, 2013 Dear Speaker Boehner, We understand that the House of Representatives may consider H.R. 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 this week. In a July 11, …

Family Business Coalition letter on tax reform

Dear Chairman Camp and Chairman Baucus, The undersigned members of the Family Business Coalition strongly urge you to make full repeal of the federal estate tax ("death tax") a …

Farm Bill fiasco: Big Ag’s big subsidies

With this month’s passage of a farm bill that doles out tens of billions of dollars in subsidies to agribusiness interests, the Republican-controlled House has signaled that the …

U.S. House blows opportunity for real agriculture reform

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2013) – The R Street Institute today expressed deep disappointment that the U.S. House approved a five-year "split" Farm Bill without any opportunity to consider …

Top 7 farm amendments House won’t be allowed to vote on

From United Liberty: News broke earlier today that the House will proceed with consideration of a “farm only” Farm Bill this week after deciding to split the agriculture and …

The farm bill fiasco

The Farm Bill is on the House floor right now and rumors are flying as to who's voting for it and what's been promised to them. I thought …

An open letter to the House of Representatives: Farm Bill is bad process, worse policy

July 12, 2013 Dear Representative, On behalf of the R Street Institute, I write today to urge your opposition to H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act. …

Seven amendments to improve the Farm Bill

From RealClearPolicy: News broke yesterday that the House will proceed with consideration of a "farm only" Farm Bill this week after deciding to split the agriculture and nutrition portions. …

Support amendment to stop USEC giveaways in energy and water development appropriations bill

July 9, 2013 Dear Representative, On behalf of our members and activists, we urge you to support the amendment offered by Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, to eliminate the $48 million …

Open letter to Speaker Boehner: Ensure open process on ‘farm-only’ Farm Bill!

July 9, 2013 Dear Speaker Boehner, On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the undersigned organizations, we write to commend you for separating the agriculture and nutrition …

Seven top farm amendments the U.S. House might not vote on

From the Heartlander: News broke yesterday that the House will proceed with consideration of a “farm only” Farm Bill after deciding to split the agriculture and nutrition portions. The …

Top 7 farm amendments House won’t be allowed to vote on

News broke earlier today that the House will proceed with consideration of a "farm only" Farm Bill this week after deciding to split the agriculture and nutrition portions. …

Conservative groups urge open process on agriculture bill

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013) – The R Street Institute today joined with 20 other conservative and libertarian groups to urge U.S. House Speaker John Boehner preserve an open …

R Street suggests conservative alternative to Obama climate plan

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today urged conservatives to support market-based alternatives to the flawed climate policy approach outlined by President Barack Obama in …

Fiscal conservative organizations outraged at Farm Bill process

June 19, 2013 Dear Representative: On behalf of the millions of members our organizations represent, we are outraged at the process surrounding the consideration of the Federal Agriculture Reform and …

Letter to House Rules Committee on Farm Bill

June 17, 2013 The Honorable Pete Sessions Chairman, Committee on Rules United States House of Representatives H-312 The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Sessions, On behalf of the R Street …

Joint letter to the House: Reduce wasteful Pentagon spending

June 13, 2013 Dear Representative: We, the leaders of our undersigned organizations may not agree on many things, but we all agree on this: The time has come to reduce …

Landrieu’s attempt to gut flood reforms she voted for spikes Farm Bill improvements

The U.S. Senate ground to a halt yesterday amid a hailstorm of objections to various Farm Bill amendments, both germane and non-germane to the legislation. Roll Call had …

Study from free-market groups shows how – and why – conservatives can reform Pentagon budget

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2013) --  Is it possible to defend America’s national interests and defend taxpayers' wallets at the same time? According to a joint report released today …

Defending America, defending taxpayers

PDF Download Text As conservative organizations, the R Street Institute and National Taxpayers Union believe strongly in a robust national defense. However, our groups also believe strongly in …

Oppose Landrieu Farm Bill Amendment #1113: Gutting flood insurance reforms

June 3, 2013 Dear Senator, On the heels of increasing the insolvent National Flood Insurance Program’s borrowing authority by $9.7 billion as part of the Superstorm Sandy supplemental spending package, …

Study from free-market groups recommends $1.9 trillion in Pentagon savings

WASHINGTON (June 3, 2013) -- As lawmakers begin discussing the National Defense Authorization Act in earnest this week, many in Washington are wondering, is it possible to defend …

Marketplace Fairness Act supporters write facepalm-worthy letter

Last week, a coalition ostensibly made up of four groups (Let Freedom Ring, American Majority, 60 Plus, and Americans for Job Security) released a letter (PDF) urging support of the …

No one has a ‘right’ to be subsidized

In a new blog post, our friend Daren Bakst at the Heritage Foundation argues against returning to the Reagan administration policy of linking federally subsidized crop insurance to …

Yes, the Marketplace Fairness Act does authorize a sales tax audit bonanza

The so-called “Marketplace Fairness Coalition,” one of a half-dozen groups using big-box retailer cash to organize support of Internet sales tax legislation, sent a very interesting letter last …

Support the bipartisan Assisting Family Farmers through Insurance Reform Measures Act (AFFIRM)

May 15, 2013 Dear Representative, The undersigned organizations urge you to support the Assisting Family Farmers through Insurance Reform Measures (AFFIRM) Act recently introduced by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and …

Farm policy: The “terrible twelve” (that actually relate to farming)

Washington’s Farm Policy is a nearly trillion dollar tangle of agriculture subsidies, welfare payments and environmental patronage. There is tremendous need for reform. Current subsidy programs are rooted …

Coalition letter to senators on the sugar program

Dear Senator, Over the next several weeks, policymakers in the House and the Senate will be marking up provisions for the 2013 Farm Bill. This year, greater attention will …

R Street laments Senate passage of so-called ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today expressed disappointment at U.S. Senate passage of S. 743, the Internet sales tax bill known as the "Marketplace …

Top 10 Bogus Arguments for the Marketplace Fairness Act

From The Blaze: Whenever there are tens of millions of dollars worth of lobbying muscle behind a piece of legislation, folks seem willing to say just about anything to …

Yes, the Marketplace Fairness Act does authorize a sales tax audit bonanza

The so-called "Marketplace Fairness Coalition," one of a half-dozen groups using big-box retailer cash to organize support of Internet sales tax legislation, sent a very interesting letter yesterday …

R Street policy statement on crop insurance reform

As Congress returns for a second attempt at crafting fiscally responsible food and farm policy, it should ensure that basic limitations to taxpayer liability are applied to federally …

Top 10 bogus arguments for the Marketplace Fairness Act

Whenever there are tens of millions of dollars worth of lobbying muscle behind a piece of legislation, folks seem willing to say just about anything to make a …

Senate shuts off debate on ill-conceived Marketplace Fairness Act

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today lamented today's cloture vote by the U.S. Senate closing off debate on S. 743, the Internet sales tax …

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee on ECPA Amendments Act

April 22, 2013 The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee The Honorable Charles Grassley Ranking Member Senate Judiciary Committee Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley, We, the undersigned companies and organizations, are writing …

Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act

April 19, 2013 Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to S. 743, the so-called "Marketplace …

REMINDER: Conservative groups oppose so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act”

After a sham vote during the debate over its budget resolution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has apparently decided to engage ludicrous speed on the egregiously flawed legislation known …

Senate water bill deserves serious scrutiny

April 10, 2013 Dear Senator: We write urging greater scrutiny of misguided and potentially costly provisions in S.601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013. It is our understanding that …

Broad coalition urges Congress to create Committee to Reduce Government Waste

April 3, 2013 The Honorable Pat Roberts109 Hart Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510 The Honorable Jeff Duncan116 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515 Dear Senator Roberts and Congressman Duncan, We write to encourage …

Support Begich-Flake Amendment #254

Dear Senator, The undersigned organizations urge you to support Begich-Flake amendment #254 to the Senate Budget Resolution to bring transparency to the federally subsidized crop insurance program. Federal taxpayers spent …

Don’t tax the Internet

Senate Republicans will face a fork in the road this week when Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., forces a vote on a measure paving the way for expanded state …

The ‘deficit-neutral reserve fund’ game to corner conservatives on Internet Sales Taxes

Later this week, the Senate is likely to vote on a "deficit-neutral reserve fund" amendment regarding internet sales taxes, couched in terms of state sales and use tax …

An open letter to the United States Congress: Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act

Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to S. 336, the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act.” …

R Street, EWG host Hill briefings today on crop insurance reform

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2013) – The R Street Institute and the Environmental Working Group will be hosting a pair of Capitol Hill briefings today to discuss the case …

An open letter to President Obama and the Congress: Spend less, and spend smarter at the Pentagon

We, the leaders of the undersigned organizations, may not agree on many things, but we all agree on this: The time has come to reduce wasteful and ineffective …

Groups from across spectrum call on Congress, Obama to find Pentagon savings

WASHINGTON (Feb. 27, 2012) --  Leading advocacy groups from across the political spectrum—conservative taxpayer and tea party groups, centrist government watchdogs and progressive mobilizing and anti-war organizations—released a …

Harvest real savings by reforming agricultural policy

February 14, 2013 Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations, we write urging you to take common sense steps to reform federal supports …

Conservatives should run, not walk, away from so-called ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’

Despite what its supporters claim, the reintroduced “Marketplace Fairness Act” is bad news for conservative principles and limited government. If it were to pass, it would tear down …

No federal bailouts for government-run property insurance plans

Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned groups, we write in strong opposition to any legislation to establish a so-called “national catastrophe fund.” …

Defense savings strengthen our economic security

February 6, 2013 Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the undersigned organizations and our combined memberships, we urge you to help protect our nation’s economic security by pursuing a …

Jan. 29 letter on the Immigration Innovation Act

Dear Leaders Reid and McConnell, We write to urge your colleagues to support the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013. America's immigration system is in need of reform, especially with …

The ‘open for business’ tax plan

It’s not hard to find people in Washington who say they favor something called “fundamental tax reform.” President Barack Obama, for example, loves talking about the idea. In …

Don’t let states tax beyond their borders

Current federal legislation, called the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate and the Marketplace Equity Act in the House, would undermine basic taxpayer protections, create an unleveled playing …

The ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of the Fiscal Cliff

With the end of the year fast approaching, the conversation about how Congress should address the “fiscal cliff” is heating up. If Washington fails to act, the New …

Internet Sales Tax Threat Grows Larger

The threat of Congress passing damaging Internet sales tax collection legislation grew larger this week, as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has filed his Marketplace Fairness Act as an …

Record drought leads to…lower crop insurance premiums?

The Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, the entity which administers crop insurance for farmers across the country, just released word that premiums are actually going down for a …

A tax hit list for the 113th Congress

As Congress ponders whether it can reach agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," this paper argues that, in addition to identifying credits, deductions, and exemptions that could …

88 organizations to Congress: “Let the Wind Production Tax Credit expire!”

An open letter to every member of Congress from 88 organizations, including R Street, opposing reauthorization of the wind production tax credit. …

The room is getting smokier on Internet sales taxes

I recently wrote about what I called the "smoky room" strategy to pass Internet sales tax collection legislation in Congress. I worried out loud about an effort by …

Stadium subsidies: dumb idea or dumbest idea?

The multi-billionaire owner of minor league baseball's Reno Aces (everyone's heard of them, right?) wants city and county taxpayers to fork over $1.5 million per year to pay …

Open letter to the U.S. House: No federal bailouts for government-run property insurance plans

A coalition of eight free-market and taxpayer groups, including R Street, today sent an open letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives warning that the recently …

The smoky room strategy on Internet sales tax collection

In my first post here at R Street, I'm going to continue beating a drum that I spent a lot of time pounding in my prior work at the National …

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