Lori Sanders

For Congress, there’s a flood of work to do

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of the Texas coast, heartbreaking images flood our television screens of families struggling to stay safe amid rising waters. It’s too …

Testimony: Renewable Fuel Standard Program – EPA

Good morning, and thank you for the opportunity to share the views of the R Street Institute with you this morning. The R Street Institute is a pragmatic, …

Coalition to Senate Banking: Require the GAO to assess buy-out options for high-risk flood properties in NFIP

July 19, 2017 The Honorable Mike Crapo Chairman Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Sherrod Brown Ranking Member Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Washington, D.C. 20510   Dear Senators …

Letter to White House: Support the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

June 19, 2017 Mr. Gary D. Cohn National Economic Council The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. Gary Cohn: Our organizations represent insurance businesses, engineers, fiscal conservatives, and non-profit organizations. …

Coalition to House Financial Services Committee: Support effort to reform and reauthorize NFIP

Committee on Financial Services U.S. House of Representatives 2129 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 June 14, 2017 Chairman Hensarling, Ranking Member Waters and members of the Financial Services Committee: We write to …

Letter to New Mexico Governor: Veto proposed internet sales tax

Dear Governor Martinez, On behalf of the R Street Institute, we urge you to veto H.B. 2, which seeks to expand New Mexico’s taxing authority beyond its borders to …

LETTER: Open Letter to the United States Senate – Support the Working Families Flexibility Act (S. 801)

Dear Senators: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of the Working Families Flexibility Act (S. 801). The legislation is a positive step toward allowing employers …

Letter: Support the Working Families Flexibility Act

Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180). The legislation is a positive step toward …

Even if they confess ‘hypermasculinity’ or offer women respect, men can never win

The internet is abuzz this week after this Washington Post profile of the second lady, Karen Pence, revealed that Vice President Mike Pence maintains a policy of never dining alone with …

An Open Letter to the Hawaii Legislature: Reject S.B. 620

Dear Hawaii Legislator, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, including Hawaii residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to S.B. 620, which would require online platforms located outside …

An Open Letter to the Kansas Legislature: Reject H.B. 2400

Dear Kansas Legislator, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, including Kansas residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to H.B. 2400, which would require online platforms located outside …

An Open Letter to the Georgia Senate: Reject H.B. 225

Dear Georgia Senator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Georgia residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition H.B. 225, which …

An Open Letter to the Minnesota Legislature: Reject S.F. 1164

Dear Minnesota Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Minnesota residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to SF 1164, …

An Open Letter to the North Carolina Legislature: Reject S.B. 81

Dear North Carolina Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of North Carolina residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to …

An Open Letter to the Maryland Legislature: Reject S.B. 855 and H.B. 1213

Dear Maryland Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Maryland residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to House Bill …

12 organizations support rolling back harmful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau midnight regulations

Dear Member of Congress: We support H.J. Res. 73 because it will block the burdensome and disastrous new rules promulgated in the waning months of the Obama Administration by …

An Open Letter to the Utah Legislature: Reject S.B. 110

Feb. 27, 2017   Dear Utah Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Utah residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to …

An Open Letter to the Georgia Senate: Reject H.B. 61

Dear Georgia Senator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Georgia residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to H.B. 61, …

An Open Letter to the North Dakota Legislature: Reject SB 2298

Dear North Dakota Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including North Dakota residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to S.B. 2298, …

An Open Letter to the Indiana House of Representatives: Reject S.B. 545

Dear Indiana Representative, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Indiana residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to S.B. 545, …

An Open Letter to House Financial Services: Repeal the Durbin Amendment

Dear Chairman Hensarling, On behalf of the undersigned free market organizations and taxpayer advocates, we write to urge you to maintain the provision that repeals the Federal Reserve’s price …

An Open Letter to the New Mexico Legislature: Oppose H.B. 202 and S.B. 264

Dear New Mexico Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of New Mexico residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to …

Protect Families and Businesses from Unnecessary Tax Increases: Enact the Global Trade Accountability Act

February 2, 2017   To Members of Congress: We the undersigned free market organizations, representing millions of hardworking Americans, urge you to support S. 177, the “Global Trade Accountability Act,” introduced …

Green Scissors Coalition letter to new members of the US House of Representatives

Dear Member: We, the member organizations of the Green Scissors coalition, congratulate you on your election to the United States House of Representatives. Founded in 1994, the Green Scissors campaign …

Tax reformers must take care not to kill reinsurance market

During the 2016 presidential election, one theme from President-elect Donald Trump rang louder than any other: the importance of keeping jobs in America and finding ways to encourage …

R Street’s priorities for the next administration

The incoming Trump administration will inherit numerous challenges that must be dealt with in year one, such as overwhelming shortfalls in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and debt …

Support H.R. 5983, the Financial CHOICE Act

September 22, 2016 Dear Representative, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our support for H.R. 5983, the Financial CHOICE Act, introduced by Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas …

The shrinking market of midsized farms

Americans enjoy a sense of collective national pride about the agricultural economy. The notion evokes mental images of proud farmers who provide our “amber waves of grain” and who weathered the …

R Street to the Senate: Top 5 reasons to support PROMESA

With additional Puerto Rican defaults probable on July 1, just a week away, the U.S. Senate faces a pressing vote on how best to resolve Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis. While no …

R Street and Americans for Tax Reform urge the Senate to pass H.R. 5278 (PROMESA)

June 21, 2016 Dear Senator, On behalf of the undersigned free market organizations, we urge you to vote “Yes” on the House-passed H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and …

The mythical ‘savings’ of the 2014 farm bill

Shortly after the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was unveiled, text of the legislation, which promised to raise the nation’s debt limit and set spending levels through September …

Free-market groups support American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016

Dear Chairman Brady, On behalf of our organizations, we write in support of your legislation, the “American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016,” which would revise and improve the process …

Free-market and environmental groups to Congress: Support crop insurance reforms in the 2017 Budget

March 3, 2016 Dear Member of Congress, As taxpayer and environmental advocates, we write to express our unified support for the cuts to the federal crop insurance program outlined in …

Taxpayer advocates and industry to Congress: Oppose the president’s proposal to alter reinsurance tax provisions

February 9, 2016 Dear Chairmen Brady and Hatch and Ranking Members Levin and Wyden: The undersigned members of the Coalition for Competitive Insurance Rates and others are writing to express …

20+ Conservative Organizations to South Dakota Legislature: Oppose Online Sales Tax Proposal

February 2, 2016 Dear South Dakota State legislator: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of citizens we represent, we write in strong opposition to the online sales tax …

20+ conservative organizations to Utah State Legislature: Oppose online sales tax proposal

January 27, 2016 Dear Utah State legislator: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of citizens we represent, we write in strong opposition to the online sales tax proposal …

Broad coalition urges support for H.R. 4350, bipartisan legislation to repeal harmful cybersecurity provisions

Dear Representative, On behalf of civil liberties and government accountability organizations from across the political spectrum, we encourage you to support H.R. 4350, introduced by Reps. Justin Amash, R-Mich., …

Transportation bill would undo billions in crop insurance savings

The FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) is aptly named, but for all the wrong reasons. The process for getting to final passage for the federal transportation …

Free-market groups to Congress: Continue risk corridor’ restrictions

Speaker Paul Ryan H-232, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20515 Majority Leader Mitch McConnell S-230, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell, As you begin negotiations over legislation to continue government …

An open letter to Congress: Beware of reinsurance tax hikes as ‘pay-fors’

Dear Member of Congress: As the 2015 session winds down, lawmakers are seeking a variety of "pay-fors" to offset the costs of legislation whose passage is deemed urgent. Although …

Free Market Groups to Congress: Support Agriculture Savings through Modifying the Standard Reinsurance Agreement

Oct. 28, 2015 Dear Member of Congress, While each of our organizations' positions differ on the myriad components of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015, we write with one voice …

Open letter to House and Senate on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

On behalf of our organizations' members across the country, we urge you to create a path forward for miscellaneous trade bills (MTBs) in H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation …

Let’s reclaim the glory of being a ‘maker’

The following piece was co-authored by R Street State Projects Director Cameron Smith.   As summer draws to a close, millions of parents will drop their children off at schools …

More than 80 orgs to Missouri Legislature: Right-to-work benefits states

Dear Members of the Missouri State Senate and General Assembly: We represent organizations from across the country dedicated to promoting worker freedom. Our organizations’ nonpartisan analysis shows that increasing …

Protect taxpayers from another Fannie/Freddie bailout

We, the undersigned organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans fed up with government spending and overreach, urge members of Congress to pass H.R. 1673, the Enterprise …

55 orgs to Missouri Legislature: States benefit from right-to-work

Dear Members of the Missouri State Senate and General Assembly: We represent organizations from across the country dedicated to promoting worker freedom. Our organizations' nonpartisan analysis shows that increasing …

Letter to Congress: Support the PREPARE Act

On behalf of the undersigned free-market and taxpayer organizations, we urge you to join Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., and Leonard Lance, R-N.J., in supporting the Preparedness and Risk …

SCOTUS’ mercury decision probably won’t end EPA overreach

Conservatives have spent the past month rejoicing over the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to appropriately account for industry costs when deciding to …

Letter to House Education and the Workforce Committee on workforce mobility

Dear Committee Members, On behalf of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with offices in five states, I write to urge your support …

Coalition letter to OMB on evidence-based budgeting

We want to thank you, once again, for the important steps the Obama administration has taken over the last seven years to increasingly drive taxpayer dollars toward evidence-based, …

How EPA’s ethanol cut could hurt taxpayers

Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting the Renewable Fuel Standard's corn-ethanol mandate by 3.75 billion gallons from 2014 to 2016. This naturally prompted pushback from the …

Coalition statement on World Press Freedom Day

On May 3, the United Nations will celebrate “World Press Freedom Day,” even though the organization has an abysmal track record of press freedom. In October last year, at …

Free-market groups support fast-track trade authority

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell: On behalf of the free-market, taxpayer advocacy, and limited government grassroots and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade …

Coalition urges reform to milk-pricing rules

Dear Secretary Vilsack: As consumer and taxpayer organizations that represent millions of Americans, we are pleased to offer these comments in response to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Notice …

Top 5 findings on the environmental harms of crop insurance subsidies

We at R Street do a lot of warning that our nation’s misguided crop insurance supports, in combination with the disastrous Renewable Fuel Standard, are distorting land and …

Free-market groups urge senators to support the Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act

Dear Senators, On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the organizations below, we urge you to support Sen. Mark Kirk and Sen. Steve Daines’ recently introduced “Small …

It’s time for real competition in solar markets

Fights are playing out across the states as regulators try to navigate the introduction of rooftop solar into energy markets. Over the last few years, numerous pieces of legislation …

Addressing the real drivers of the explosion in food stamps

The U.S. House may not be able to agree on much when it comes to the size and scope of federal programs, but one thing has been clear …

Green Scissors letter to Secretary Moniz on FutureGen 2.0

Secretary Ernest Moniz Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20585 Feb. 25, 2015 The Green Scissors coalition, made up of environmental, taxpayer and free-market groups dedicated to eliminating wasteful …

Support the Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act

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 Subsidy Prohibition …

States would be better stewards of most federal lands

Tell the typical American that the federal government controls 640 million acres of land (close to 28 percent of the nation's total area), and you're likely to get …

America should learn from the German job-training model, but not copy it

The U.S. labor market may finally be picking up steam, but when it comes to our structural labor problems, big questions about stagnant wages and underemployed workers remain. Will …

Ryan’s opening bid

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled his draft "opportunity agenda" in a speech this morning at the American Enterprise Institute, offering a plan broad and bold enough to give …

Transportation reform debate is out of gas

With the impending shortage in the U.S. Highway Trust Fund, claws have come out across the political spectrum. Grassroots activists decry what they see as wasteful spending on …

Open letter to Congress: Support amendments to reform crop insurance

June 11, 2014 An Open Letter to the United States Congress: Support Amendments to Reform Crop Insurance Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, we urge …

WORKING PAPER: Conservation in the 113th Congress

With no major storm events and few environmental catastrophes in the United States in 2013 or thus far in 2014, it's been easy for policymakers to lose a …

Let’s Move: A better approach to poverty

The following piece was co-authored by R Street President Eli Lehrer. President Obama's State of the Union speech brimmed with ideas to increase upward mobility and spur job creation—most …

SOTU: Obama defines the challenge, but misses the solution

For those who care about wage stagnation, alleviating poverty and increasing income mobility, the president's speech Tuesday night was a mixed bag. Granted, it's difficult to delve deep …

Geographic mobility as a cure for income mobility

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched the "War on Poverty" during his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is widely expected to revisit that …

Moving to work

The following piece was co-authored by R Street President Eli Lehrer. Between 1776 and 1890, when the U.S. Census Bureau famously declared the frontier closed, Americans who found themselves …

Why Christians (and Americans) should support A&E’s Duck Dynasty decision

The past 24 hours have seen lots of hand-wringing over cable channel A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the hit show "Duck Dynasty," for controversial …

Shining a light on federal advertising

News broke this week that insurers plan to spend more than $500 million in coming months to market the healthcare plans available on the Obamacare exchanges. This will …

(Un)happy Thanksgiving, from USDA’s family to yours

Every Thanksgiving, our pre-dinner routine is the same. We trek out, mile-long list in hand, to our local grocery store, prepared to fill our buggies with every food …

New energy for the farm bill

I’ve written several times criticizing the efforts of the House on the farm bill, highlighting the myriad ways in which the House’s agriculture supports are far too generous, …

Does the right need to call a ceasefire on the safety net?

American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks recently claimed the right needs to declare a ceasefire on the safety net, a controversial statement for the leader of what is …

Comments to EPA on greenhouse gas emissions

The following comments by R Street Policy Analyst Lori Sanders were delivered at the Environmental Protection Agency's Nov. 7 public listening session on regulation of carbon emissions from …

What does it take to be a federally subsidized ‘farm manager’?

I've written before on one of the more egregious aspects of federal farm payments, namely that they frequently go to those who aren't actually farming. I last wrote …

Letter to farm bill conferees

Oct. 28, 2013 Dear Farm Bill Conferee, I write on behalf of the R Street Institute to urge your support for two important crop insurance reforms in any farm bill …

Georgia Republicans to the poor: ‘We can’t hear you now’

If you want to reduce fraud and abuse in a government program, you can figure out the sources and experiment with reasonable solutions. Or you can do what …

Sept. 24 telepresser on flood insurance

Our friends at the Union of Concerned Scientists, who recently published a fascinating report on how climate change and rising sea levels could impact the flood insurance, held …

The farm bill: best if used by Sept. 30

Lost in the noise regarding the impending government shutdown is a separate deadline Congress faces on Sept. 30 – the expiration of the farm bill. While there’s been …

Lehmann on farm policy’s impact on duck hunting

R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann sat down this week with our friend Steve Stanek of the Heartland Institute to discuss his recent paper on U.S. Department of …

Urban ‘farmers’ reap taxpayer dough

Many pundits and analysts have framed the farm bill, with its ever-growing spending on farm programs and nutritional assistance (or SNAP, previously known as "food stamps") to be …

Opportunities for the expansion of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act of 1982

Current government policy incentivizes behavior that both harms the environment and wastes taxpayer dollars. Rooting out these policies and finding ways to dampen their negative effects offers an …

August recess closes without closure on farm bill front

August is the one time the concerns of outside-the-beltway Americans are heard consistently in Washington, as major news outlets relay messages from congressional town hall meetings across the …

Don’t forget the poor

The following piece was co-authored by R Street President Eli Lehrer. After five decades of liberal antipoverty programs that have produced only failure and futility, it is more than …

Gay marriage isn’t the only way conservatives can stand up for equality

Two recent Huffington Post pieces on gay marriage at the state level highlight an interesting contrast for Republican supporters of the cause. On Monday, the outlet reported that, …

Libertarian populism’s female problem

From The Huffington Post: In the search for a fresh GOP narrative after 2012′s losses, "libertarian populism" has emerged as perhaps the most viable alternative, partially because it already …

Libertarian populism’s female problem

In the search for a fresh GOP narrative after 2012's losses, "libertarian populism" has emerged as perhaps the most viable alternative, partially because it already has a few …

Senate moves to make its ag reform intentions clear

The future of the farm bill may be in limbo, but fortunately, unlike their House counterparts, the Senate is using this waiting period to push for further agriculture …

House convenes ‘Stop Government Abuse Week’

This week, the U.S. House will consider ten bills aimed at curbing government abuse, covering topics such as the IRS' involvement in health care, customer service standards for …

It isn’t the McDonald’s budget that’s out of touch; it’s the media

From Townhall.com: Last week, the Northeast-corridor media ran wild with pithy derision over an effort led by McDonald’s and Visa to provide McDonald’s employees with financial planning tools and advice. The budget assumes a two-income …

House members who receive farm subsidies vote against cutting them

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., released a report yesterday illustrating the latest Republican hypocrisy. The report profiles 14 Republican congressmen who receive federal agriculture subsidies. Each member voted for …

It isn’t the McDonald’s budget that’s out of touch; it’s the media

Last week, the Northeast-corridor media ran wild with pithy derision over an effort led by McDonald's and Visa to provide McDonald's employees with financial planning tools and advice. …

Farm Bill folly: The real way the bill harms the poor

A long line of representatives from the Congressional Black Caucus came to the floor July 11 to stand in opposition to the House's agriculture-only Farm Bill, which passed …

Do House Republicans really want reform?

From Townhall.com: As much as I never like to question anyone’s intentions, I finally find myself asking this week, do House Republicans really want to reform Washington?... …

Do House Republicans really want Farm Bill reform?

From United Liberty: As much as I never like to question anyone’s intentions, I finally find myself asking this week, do House Republicans really want to reform Washington?... …

Do House Republicans really want reform?

As much as I never like to question anyone’s intentions, I finally find myself asking this week, do House Republicans really want to reform Washington? Perhaps it was naïve, …

To pass farm bill, GOP leadership needs to allow serious cuts to farm programs

Hands are wringing all over Capitol Hill now that the House farm bill failed to pass. Much ink will be spilled trying to figure out how and why …

Lies, damn lies and crop insurance

The fact that outlandish misinformation flies around Capitol Hill as various groups fight to keep their subsidies is nothing new. But sometimes, the misinformation is so misleading and …

Republicans Fail to Rein in Wasteful Farm Bill Spending

From United Liberty: Lori Sanders is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute. Posted with permission from the R Street Institute. …

PRESS BRIEFING: Farm subsidy programs in House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2013) -- Representatives from Environmental Working Group, American Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Black Farmers …

Expect the Farm Bill to cost a lot more than advertised

From United Liberty: Lori Sanders is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute. Posted with permission from the R Street Institute. …

Expect the Farm Bill to cost a lot more than advertised

With pressure in the Senate to pass the Farm Bill this week (they approved cloture this morning) and showmanship killing any consideration of further amendments, things aren’t looking …

What Farm Bill reforms are still possible?

The Senate’s Farm Bill deliberations should wrap up next week, with final approval coming after this week’s recess. That makes this a good time to take stock of …

Some rare good news on crop insurance reform

I wrote earlier this month about the record high losses taxpayers incurred due to the 2012 drought, highlighting an excellent study by Bruce Babcock that showed how premium …

Our massive sugar subsidy is not so sweet for consumers or most farmers

Imagine a market where the government controls both the price of goods and how much producers can sell, and where excess goods are bought up by the government …

American sugar: A not-so-sweet deal

With the Farm Bill renewal debate rapidly approaching, one undeniable candidate for pruning is the federal sugar program. Currently, the federal government controls almost every aspect of sugar …

2012 crop insurance payouts were more than double farmers’ losses

The verdict is in – crop insurance, as currently structured, results in massive overspending on the part of the federal government. Just how much overspending? According to a recent …

Electronic privacy law is due for an update

As the intense debate over S. 743, the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act," progresses in the Senate, Internet activists and privacy advocates should remember that the MFA isn’t the …

Conservatives need a ‘head start’ on income inequality

No one doubts the unfortunate outcomes that many children from lower-income households face: lower high school  and college graduation rates, reduced earnings and higher rates of out-of-wedlock birth, …

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