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Cato: The National Flood Insurance Program, Zoning Regulations, and Hurricanes: Lessons for Lawmakers

09/25/2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Featuring Ike Brannon, Visiting Fellow, Cato Institute; R.J. Lehmann, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; Ryan Maue, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Vanessa Brown Calder, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.

This September, Congress will work to reauthorize the expiring National Flood Insurance Program (NFIB). This effort comes on the tail of the worst flooding in Texas history after Hurricane Harvey dropped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of rainfall around the Gulf Coast causing catastrophic damage to both lives and property.

In this environment, what should Congress understand as it undertakes reforms to the flood insurance program? The magnitude and depth of the program’s insolvency, arbitrary actuarial standards, and restrictive competitive road blocks all bedevil the effective operation of the NFIB. Are there promising avenues for reforms that would allow market forces to enhance the stability and reliability of consumers’ insurance needs?

What about flooding itself—what impact does climate change have on the need for flood insurance in the first place? Can we expect more frequent and more dangerous storms in the future? Further, what role do local and regional zoning regulations have on impervious ground conditions and water absorption? Our esteemed panel will answer these questions on hurricanes, floods, and their aftermath, as well as offer suggestions for what Congress should, and should not, do regarding future disaster mitigation efforts.

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AEI: The Senate filibuster: Tool of mass obstruction or key to deliberation?

09/28/2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The Senate filibuster and the threat of its use have grown in importance since the early 20th century. But has it grown too powerful? Has the filibuster strayed too far from its roots in promoting deliberation and protecting the voice and prerogatives of the minority, becoming instead a tool that obstructs the will of the majority? Has it become, as President Trump has argued, an “archaic” rule, “forcing bad decisions,” or is the filibuster here to stay? As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said, to abolish the rule would “fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time. We’re not going to do that.”

Please join AEI as a panel of scholars and experts discuss the merits and drawbacks of maintaining, reforming, or abolishing the Senate filibuster.

Join the conversation on social media with @AEI on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


1:45 PM

2:00 PM
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

2:10 PM
Peter Hanson, Grinnell College
Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia School of Law
James Wallner, R Street Institute

Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

3:00 PM

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