Caroline Kitchens

Coalition: Support of the Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act

November 16, 2017 Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations, we write to urge your strong support of the Harvest Price …

A National Policy Summit on Farm Bill Reform: Articulating a new vision for farmers, families and the future

With the next Farm Bill looming, House and Senate Agriculture committees seem concerned only with the interests of “Big-Ag.” But other voices across the ideological spectrum—from taxpayers to …

R Street policy study: I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s farm (subsidies) no more

With the Agricultural Act of 2014 set to expire in 2018, Congress will soon begin to negotiate and draft the next iteration of the farm bill, the massive …

Farm-support reform options in the lead-up to the 2018 farm bill

With the Agricultural Act of 2014 (“farm bill”) set to expire in 2018, Congress will soon begin to negotiate and draft the next iteration of the massive piece …

It’s time for the feds to stop micromanaging birth control in the US

It might surprise American women to learn the process most of them have to undergo to access hormonal birth control — which requires an annual screening and a …

For Harry Potter’s birthday, try on the federal affairs Sorting Hat

Today is Harry Potter’s 37th birthday. In honor of The Boy Who Lived and savior of the wizarding world, we had some administration officials and members of Congress …

Letter to House Armed Services Committee: Terminate Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) federal funding

Dear Members of the House Armed Services Committee: As organizations concerned about responsible federal spending, we have long been opposed to continued funding for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication …

What can Washington learn from Sci-fi?

Letter: Support sensible reforms to crop insurance and commodity support programs

Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we urge Congress to follow the president’s lead in supporting strong, sensible reforms to crop insurance and commodity support …

Congress should prioritize small farmers and taxpayers over ‘big ag’

While the chattering classes debate whether the White House or congressional Democrats earned more "wins" in the omnibus spending package released Monday, taxpayer advocates can take comfort that lawmakers …

Making farm supports a safety net again

As part of his Fiscal Year 2018 budget blueprint, President Donald Trump requested a $4.7 billion cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, slashing the department’s budget by …

Justice, Work and Opportunity

Stanton & Greene

15 groups support free-market reforms in federal agricultural policy

To the Members of the United States Congress: The undersigned organizations, representing millions of members, supporters, and activists want to free up farmers and ranchers from excessive federal government …

Coalition opposes Novato City Council proposed tobacco ordinance

We, the undersigned, recognize the negative impacts of smoking and support policies which move smokers towards less harmful alternatives. At the same time, we remain dedicated to preserving …

Pollock to speak at the 30th World Congress of the International Union for Housing Finance

R Street Distinguished Senior Fellow Alex Pollock will speak on a panel at the 30th World Congress of the International Union for Housing Finance. The conference is scheduled …

R Street and TechFreedom urge House to vote YES on H.J. Res. 86

Dear Representative, The R Street Institute and TechFreedom urge all Members to vote YES on H.J. Res. 86, a resolution introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would nullify …

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Does Congress Have the Capacity it Needs in Foreign Affairs?

Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 212-210

56 major conservative groups urge Senate to confirm Gorsuch without delay

Dear Senators: On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations who value freedom and liberty, we write to urge you to support a swift confirmation …

The Future of Truth

Newseum

Free-market groups to Congress: Repeal of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) should be included in tax reform

Dear Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Rep. Brady, and Sen. Hatch: As free-market and taxpayer protection organizations representing millions of Americans, we urge that repeal of the Foreign Account …

Emerging Technologies & Torts of the Future (Menlo Park, CA)

Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel

Trump’s Approach to the Future of the Fuel Economy and Emissions Regulation– And Some Alternatives

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center– Room SVC-215

Building Infrastructure by Walking Across Ideological Lines

R Street Institute

An open letter to the Arkansas legislature: Reject S.B. 140’s unconstitutional tax grab

Dear Arkansas Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including Arkansas residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to S.B. 140 regarding sales …

Concerned healthcare providers respond to New York Department of Health Commissioner’s remarks on e-cigarettes

The following letter was written in response to this bulletin from New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.  Dear Dr. Zucker, We are writing to you as concerned healthcare providers in …

CRU Wine Bar

Policy Happy Hour (SXSW Event)

Surveillance 101

What Will AR/VR Revolutionize Next? (SXSW Panel)

Using Tech to Upgrade Our Criminal Justice System (SXSW Event)

Texas Public Policy Foundation

Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Space for International Cooperation? (SXSW Panel)

Palm Door on 6th

What the Wall Street Journal gets wrong about farming in 2017

With the Farm Bill up for reauthorization in 2018 and legislative debate poised to heat up later this year, there’s been a lot of talk about the plight …

The Cost of Public Employment (Oahu)

1132 Bishop Street #1135

The Cost of Public Employment (Maui)

Maui Country Club

WVU Mountainlair Ballroom

Truth and Consequences: Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Democracy

Trump’s energy policy: Promise or peril?

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Fixing the federal policy on e-cigs will save lives

Unless something changes soon, the doomsday clock will strike midnight on the e-cigarette industry. Thanks to regulations finalized in August 2016 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), …

Some women simply don’t like Hillary Clinton’s politics

We've all heard the claim that sexism holds women back. But what if there is a deeper, more insidious force preventing women from reaching high levels of office? …

R Street leads coalition supporting the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation (MERIT) Act

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our support for H.R. 559, the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation …

The man who knew: The life and times of Alan Greenspan

132 organizations support the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017

Dear Senator Thune and Congresswoman Noem: The undersigned organizations support your bill, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017. We appreciate your work to lead the country towards a common …

Seeing through Protectionism: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in the Health Sector

United States Capitol, Room HC-5

Coalition urges Trump administration to preserve the member business-lending rule of the National Credit Union Administration

Dear President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, As conservative, libertarian, and free-market organizations concerned about government regulatory overreach, we applaud the steps you and your transition …

Short Term Rentals: Are they compatible with residential communities? Are efforts to limit them an affront to property rights?

Chapman University, Argyros Forum 208

13 free-market groups urge Congress to amend the FDA’s deeming rule for e-cigarettes

We, the undersigned organizations dedicated to free markets and innovation, urge you to amend the Food and Drug Administration’s Deeming Rule, which heavily restricts the development and availability …

Does Congress Have the Technology It Needs to Govern?

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center– Room SVC 203-02

CHIEF

Le Hackie Awards and New Years Party #3

Making Congress great again

It hasn’t exactly been a smooth first week for the Republican-controlled 115th Congress. On Monday, House Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics—only to reverse their …

Reforming the Administrative State—and Reining It In

Hoover Institution

R Street letter to Vice President-Elect Pence on FDA e-cigarette regulations

Dear Vice President-Elect Pence: The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C., endorses the prompt roll back of the August 2016 U.S. Food and Drug …

The Erosion of Ownership in the Digital Age

The Internet of Things You Don’t Own (SXSW Panel)

Get a Warrant: The 4th Amendment and Digital Data (SXSW Panel)

South by Southwest, Austin Convention Center

Boom! Bringing Back Supersonic Flight (SXSW Panel)

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226

The Conservative Case for Juvenile Justice Reform

Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385

Harm Reduction: How Pragmatic Policy Can Improve Public Health

When Lawmakers Clash with Technology

Legislative Branch Reform: Then and Now

Dirksen Senate Office Building

More than a dozen groups oppose the Surface Transportation Board’s efforts to re-regulate the freight rail industry

Dear Chairman Thune, Chair Fischer, and Ranking Members Nelson and Booker: We write today to strongly oppose efforts to re-regulate our nation’s freight rail industry currently being considered by …

Dr. Edward Anselm’s comments to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness regarding e-cigarettes

Dear Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness: My name is Dr. Edward Anselm. I am a medical expert currently serving as director for Health Republic Insurance of …

Green Scissors Coalition urges Senate Finance Committee to let energy tax breaks expire

Dear Chairmen Hatch and Brady and Ranking Members Wyden and Levin: The Green Scissors coalition writes to you with deep concerns regarding attempts to extend a suite of energy …

DEA’s kratom battle another misstep in war on drugs

In their infinite wisdom, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is expanding the war on drugs this week to include kratom, a medicinal plant seen by many as a …

Open letter to Congress: Free trade is essential to American prosperity

Members of Congress: On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of our free-market organizations, we write to express our strong support for free trade. Though it has …

Over 35 groups to Congress: Oppose riders to fast-track loans from crony export-import bank

Dear Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Ryan: On behalf of our groups and organizations, together representing millions of Americans, we urge you to oppose efforts to ease …

Americans don’t benefit from ‘safety nets’ for farmers

Libertarians and small-government conservatives have myriad gripes with U.S. agricultural policy, but many would agree that it’s appropriate to provide a “safety net” for farmers. Arguments for government …

Dr. Joel Nitzkin comments to the New Zealand Ministry of Health on e-cigarette regulation

The attached consultation on policy options for the regulation of electronic cigarettes was submitted to the New Zealand Ministry of Health. …

New FDA vaping regulations will harm public health

Going back to the nation's founding, cigarette smoking has wreaked havoc on U.S. public health and contributed to an astronomical death toll. According to the Centers for Disease …

Growing a better farm safety net

Congress is not scheduled to reauthorize the farm bill until 2018, but the farm lobby is already signaling its strong resistance to reform. To combat constant lobbying and …

What the GOP platform gets right about agriculture

Regardless one's thoughts on the 2016 Republican Platform’s planks on international trade, marriage equality, immigration and so many other issues, libertarians and small-government conservatives should be cheered that …

Food insecurity and national security

No one would deny that a vibrant and stable agriculture economy is important for national security. Across the globe, unstable food supplies are associated with turmoil, crime and …

Eliminating federal waste means swimming upstream

Advocates for fiscal responsibility often find, when it comes to killing even the most wasteful and unnecessary programs, they must swim upstream. As a case in point, consider …

Farmers feed the world

As the U.S. Senate debated the farm bill in 2012, one of the measure's authors – Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. – took to the floor to defend it …

20 groups support the House Tax Reform Working Group’s Blueprint

Dear Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to applaud the efforts of the House Tax Reform Working Group. The Blueprint you have …

80+ groups support H.R. 5053 and eliminating the IRS Schedule B form for 501(c) organizations

June 13, 2016 Dear Member, As organizations that represent the interests of millions of taxpayers across the country, we write in support of H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and …

Some Ag Committee members draw millions in farm subsidies

Who benefits from farm subsidies? R Street long has been critical of our federal farm-support system, a massive boondoggle that disproportionately funnels taxpayer dollars to wealthy agribusinesses rather …

Letter to Congress: Oppose Congressman Scalise’s resolution on carbon taxes

Dear Member of Congress, Congressman Scalise (R-LA1) has sponsored a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the economy of the United …

Coalition letter on the USDA catfish inspection program

Dear Senator Ayotte, As organizations that represent millions of taxpayers across the country, we write to support your efforts to repeal the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish …

Coalition opposes Section 236 in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill

Dear Representative, We, the undersigned groups, representing professional floodplain managers, insurance companies, fiscal conservatives, and environmental groups oppose inclusion of Section 236 in the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development …

Coalition of 17 free-market groups urges Congress to reject DOL overtime rule

Members of Congress: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the millions of Americans we represent, we write to express our strong support for S. 2707 and H.R. 4773, …

Green Scissors coalition urges U.S. Department of Energy to withdraw funding from the Texas Clean Energy Project

Dear Secretary Moniz: The Green Scissors coalition is deeply concerned by the U.S. Department of Energy’s ongoing support for the Texas Clean Energy Project. As a coalition of free-market, …

36 groups to Energy and Commerce Committee: Hold hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard

Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone: The undersigned organizations encourage you, as soon as possible, to hold a Committee hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We believe …

Capping premium subsidies won’t kill crop insurance

The federal crop insurance program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA), serves as the largest single source of federal support for farms …

Free-market groups to Energy and Commerce Committee: Move quickly to pass HR 2058

Dear Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone and Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, On behalf of the undersigned, we urge you to move quickly to pass legislation (H.R. …

R Street Institute urges Congress to vote yes on H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act of 2015

Dear Representative, The R Street Institute urges all members to vote yes on H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act of 2015, sponsored by Reps. Dennis …

Broad coalition to House Financial Services Committee: Oppose federal bailout fund for state-run insurance programs

Dear Chairman Hensarling: As a coalition of leading taxpayer advocates, environmental organizations, housing and mitigation groups, and insurance interests, we write to urge your opposition to a bill recently …

Billionaire ‘farmers’ rake in big taxpayer bucks

When it comes to agriculture subsidies, the farm owners who need your money least are the ones getting the heftiest government payouts. Analysis published this week by our friends …

R Street urges House Appropriations Committee to pass amendment changing predicate date for tobacco-related products

Dear Chairman Rogers and Members of the Committee on Appropriations, R Street Institute is a free-market think tank focused on a pragmatic approach to public policy challenges. As advocates …

Senate could sneak wasteful energy subsidies into FAA reauthorization

What does the Federal Aviation Administration have to do with renewable-energy subsidies? Not much, except that senators are trying to sneak extensions of expiring green-energy tax credits into …

15 groups to Congress: implement a regulatory cost budget

Dear Members of Congress, The undersigned organizations call on Congress to implement a regulatory cost budget to address federal regulations, which frequently have the effect of tax increases. Like …

Wind PTC’s creator says credit’s end is nearing

As we’ve said before, the federal wind-energy production tax credit (PTC) is a wasteful and harmful subsidy that has lived far beyond its expiration date. Last week, new …

111 groups support a Senate vote on Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015

Dear Senator McConnell: The undersigned organizations support a Senate vote on H.R. 1105, the House passed Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. The House of Representatives passed Congressman Brady’s (R-TX) …

Dispatching the federal government’s ‘zombie’ spending

Congress spent $310 billion last year on more than 250 programs that were no longer authorized. This week, the House Republican Conference took important steps to kill these …

Coalition to Congress: Support the Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act

Dear Chair McMorris Rodgers: On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of our organizations, we write in support of the Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act of 2016. Your legislation is needed …

Slaying the dragon of occupational licensing

It’s rare to see Republicans and Democrats united on solutions to address poverty. But when it comes to reining in excessive occupational licensing laws, both sides are starting …

Free-market groups to Congress: Don’t grant IRS authority to license tax preparers

March 8, 2016 Dear Representative: The 12 undersigned organizations together ask Congress to oppose H.R. 4141 and similar efforts to grant the IRS new powers to license tax preparers. As …

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