Outreach

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, …

Comments on FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on energy storage and distributed energy resources

Pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (the “Commission” or “FERC”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) issued on November 17, 2016, the R Street Institute (“RSI”) respectfully submits these …

R Street and CDT comments to the U.S. Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor provisions

The Center for Democracy & Technology (“CDT”) and the R Street Institute (“R Street”) thank the Copyright Office for the opportunity to respond to its inquiry into the …

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, …

Comments to Taiwan Health Promotion Administration regarding the Tobacco Hazards Prevention and Control Act

We are an American physician with a background in health benefits management and smoking cessation and the head of an influential U.S.-based think tank, the R Street Institute, …

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 …

Coalition opposes H.R. 756, the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2017”

To Members of the U.S. Congress: We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers and consumers nationwide, urge Congress to oppose H.R. 756, the “Postal Service Reform Act of …

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 …

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 …

Comment on FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on primary frequency response

COMMENTS OF THE R STREET INSTITUTE Pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (the “Commission” or “FERC”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) issued on November 17, 2016,[1] the R …

R Street and FreedomWorks comments on Goodlatte & Conyers policy proposal of copyright review

Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers: FreedomWorks and the R Street Institute are pleased to submit the following comments on the Committee’s proposal to modernize and reform the …

Comments to the United States Patent and Trademark office on patent examination

R Street has joined The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and Engine in submitting the attached comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in response to …

SmarterSafer National Flood Insurance Program reform proposal

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides critical insurance coverage to those at risk, is up for reauthorization this year. The program must be reauthorized and reformed …

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 …

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, …

Testimony on Washington state’s anti-rebating law

Madam Chair and members of the committee, my name is Ian Adams and I am a fellow at the R Street Institute – a free-market think tank headquartered …

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 …

R Street joins Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and others in filing amicus brief for Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.

The many briefs in this case expound upon the effects of the patent exhaustion doctrine on various companies and groups. But there is one constituency that correctly claims …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

SmarterSafer comments on private flood insurance standards

SmarterSafer is pleased to submit this letter of comment on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s joint notice of proposed rulemaking on Loans in Areas Having …

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 …

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 …

Memo for media and Hill staff on surgeon-general’s e-cigarette report

To: Media and congressional staff From: Clive Bates, The Counterfactual and Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute Re: Office of the Surgeon General’s forthcoming report on e-cigarettes On Thursday, …

Testimony to House Oversight and Government Reform on agencies’ expenditures of fees

I thank the subcommittee for inviting me to testify on the subject of federal agencies and their self-funding activities. As the committee may know, I co-direct the Legislative Branch …

Letter to Palm Springs mayor on short-term-rental law

I'd like to express concern about the restrictive short-term-rental ordinance the Palm Springs City Council will consider at its Nov. 30 meeting. I write as the Western region …

R Street, CEI and TechFreedom comment on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

See attached pdf. …

CCIR letter to the presidential transition team

The attached letter was sent by the Coalition for Competitive Insurance Rates, of which R Street is a member, to the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump. A robust …

Coalition urges Congress to reject the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016

Dear Member of Congress: We the undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers and consumers, urge you to reject the “Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016” – S. …

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 …

Letter to Oversight Board of Puerto Rico

In response to your request for public comments on the draft Puerto Rico fiscal plan, I respectfully submit the following thoughts. An old friend of mine who ran a …

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 …

Broad coalition expresses concerns about Yahoo! scanning the emails of its users

Dear Mr. Clapper: The undersigned civil society groups write to express our concerns about recent reports of an order issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that compelled …

Bipartisan group of governance scholars urges the Senate to use Rule XXVII to strengthen committees

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Majority Whip Cornyn, Democratic Leader Reid, and Democratic Whip Durbin: The United States Senate is an institution rooted in history and tradition. Its long serving …

Coalition provides comments on California’s proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles

 To:  Mr. Brian Soublet General Counsel California Department of Motor Vehicles Via: LADRegulations@dmv.ca.gov Date: October 14, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments concerning these proposed regulations. We believe the revisions …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Coalition letter on strengthening congressional oversight of the intelligence community

Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi, We write to express our concerns about congressional oversight of intelligence activities. Congress is responsible for authorizing and overseeing these programs. In …

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 …

Letter to Mitch Zeller on FDA e-cigarette rules

The attached letter was co-authored by Clives Bates, director of The Counterfactual.  We were pleased when, in a May 2015 interview in The New York Times, you called for …

Vote YES on H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act

The R Street Institute encourages all members to support passage of H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act. This bill is expected to be considered under suspension of …

Coalition supports Chairman Goodlatte and the House Judiciary Committee’s criminal justice reform efforts

Dear Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, Majority Whip Scalise and Chair McMorris Rodgers: The undersigned organizations and individuals are writing to voice our support for the Sentencing Reform Act …

21 groups oppose Chairman Chaffetz’s Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714)

To Members of the U.S. Congress: We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers and consumers nationwide, urge Congress to oppose H.R. 5714, the “Postal Service Reform Act of …

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. …

Economic reform for Puerto Rico

The attached letter was submitted to the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico. Among the most fundamental of Puerto Rico’s many economic problems is that it …

Letter to CPUC on fingerprinting requirements

Dear California Public Utilities Commission, On behalf of the R Street Institute, I respectfully would like to offer comments on the commission’s consideration of a rule requiring fingerprinting as …

Letter to California Supreme Court on Hassell v. Bird

The attached letter was co-authored by R Street General Counsel Cameron Smith.  Re: Hassell v. Bird, 247 Cal. App. 4th 1336 (Court of Appeal Case No. A143233) Dear Hon. Justices, The …

R Street response to BEREC on zero-rating and net-neutrality guidelines

  This letter represents a response by R Street Institute to recent public comments on your proposed guidelines for network-neutrality rules. Because R Street interprets some of these comments …

Testimony to House Financial Services Committee on the CHOICE Act

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Waters and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today. I am Alex Pollock, a senior fellow at the …

Coalition calls for open hearings on proposal to expand FBI surveillance authority

Dear Chairman Chuck Grassley and Chairman Richard Burr, The undersigned civil society organizations and trade associations write to urge you to hold open hearings on the Federal Bureau of …

Upward mobility in the on-demand economy

The following remarks were delivered at the June 29, 2016 R Street event "Boost or Barrier? Upward mobility in the on-demand economy." The mutual-fund prospectuses that I quickly direct …

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 …

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 …

Testimony before the Texas House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development

Good morning. My name is Josiah Neeley and I am the Texas director for the R Street Institute, which is a nonpartisan research organization. The R Street Institute …

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 …

Comments on the supplemental guidelines for juvenile registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act

We, the undersigned organizations, represent a diverse and bipartisan alliance called “Just Kids.” Our national coalition is made up of legal experts, child advocates, juvenile justice policy experts, …

Amicus brief for Apple v. Samsung

Five years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit construed a statute in a way that led to one of the most disastrous episodes …

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 …

13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act

Dear Chairman Burgess and Ranking Member Schakowsky: Each day, online review sites encourage millions of Americans to share their experiences and opinions on the businesses and services they depend …

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 …

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. …

Coalition letter in support of OPEN Government Data Act

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings, We, the undersigned businesses, industry groups, civil society organizations, and transparency  advocates, write to express our strong support for the  bipartisan Open, …

Broad coalition supports bill to curtail forum shopping in patent litigation

Dear Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, On behalf of the undersigned civil-society and public-interest organizations, we write to express strong support for …

Bipartisan coalition to Rules Committee: Recommend to Senate that Dr. Carla Hayden be confirmed as Librarian of Congress

Dear Chairman Blunt, Ranking Member Schumer and Members of the Committee: We are organizations, businesses, libraries, coalitions, and associations from across the political spectrum and around the country that …

67 organizations and companies to Congress: Support the Email Privacy Act

Dear Representative, We, the undersigned civil society organizations, companies and trade associations, write to express our support for the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699). The Act updates the Electronic …

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 …

Amicus brief for Impression Products v. Lexmark International

According to the patent exhaustion doctrine, once a patentee sells an article embodying the patented invention, “the patentee may not thereafter, by virtue of his patent, control the …

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” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Testimony on ‘raising the age’ in Louisiana

Thank you Chairman Gary Smith, Vice Chairman Ronnie Johns and the rest of the committee for allowing me to submit the following testimony in support of S.B. 324, …

Encryption: Balancing the needs of law enforcement and the Fourth Amendment

My name is Mike Godwin and I’m director of innovation policy and general counsel for the R Street Institute, a free-market public-policy think tank based in Washington. I’m …

R Street and Center for Democracy & Technology comments to U.S. Copyright Office on safe harbor provisions

See attached PDF. …

Letter to Senate Rules Committee on public access to CRS reports

Dear Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Schumer: We write to urge the Committee on Rules and Administration to schedule a markup of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service …

Letter to Alaska Legislature on e-cigarettes

Dear Alaska State Legislator or Legislative Staff Member: I am a public-health physician who has been involved in tobacco control since the 1970s. I have been a local health …

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, …

Re:Create Coalition comments on DMCA safe harbor provisions

Pursuant to the notice of inquiry published by the Copyright Office (the Office) in the Federal Register at 80 Fed. Reg. 81, 862 (Dec. 31, 2015), later extended …

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 …

Congressional Data Coalition testimony to House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee

Dear Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and Representatives Amodei, Rigell, Jenkins, Palazzo, Farr, and McCollum: Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on legislative branch funding priorities …

R Street comments to FEMA on proposed ‘disaster deductible’

The R Street Institute thanks the administration for the opportunity to comment on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's proposed reforms to the federal disaster-declaration process. We welcome the …

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) …

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 …

Coalition supports Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act

As organizations committed to the availability of information about our government and its transparency, we write to express our support for the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service …

Letter to R.I. Senate Judiciary Committee on S. 2107

Dear Sen. McCaffrey: I am a public health physician who advises the R Street Institute on tobacco-related policy. Detail on my background and how I arrived at my position …

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 …

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 …

Joint brief from libertarian groups on U.S. Copyright Office software study

The attached brief was co-signed by Ryan Hagemann of the Niskanen Center and Wayne T. Brough of FreedomWorks.  The signatories listed below are libertarian organizations whose mission is to engage in …

Free-market groups argue to make CRS reports public

Dear Chairman Miller, Chairman Blunt and Vice Chairman Harper, As a coalition of 12 conservative, free-market organizations we urge you to expand public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) …

Comments to U.S. Copyright Office on embedded software

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization (“think tank”), whose mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets …

R Street to Congress: Support H.R. 2901, “Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act of 2015”

Feb. 24, 2016 Dear Member, We commend the House Financial Services Committee for taking up H.R.2901, Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act of 2015, sponsored by Reps. Dennis Ross …

Fixing South Dakota’s offender registries

My name is Eli Lehrer and I’m here to testify on H.B. 1244. I am president of the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank headquartered in Washington. I …

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 …

Free­-market, pro­-consumer groups support federal anti-­SLAPP legislation

On behalf of the undersigned free­-market organizations, we write to express our strong support for H.R. 2304, the SPEAK FREE Act, and urge you to move it swiftly …

Support streamlined regulation for transportation innovation in Missouri

Dear Missouri Legislator, We urge your support for S.B. 991 and H.B. 2330, which seek to provide a streamlined regulatory paradigm for transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber …

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 calls to open hearings on FISA Section 702

Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers, The undersigned organizations appreciate the promise you made during the debates on USA Freedom to hold hearings on Section 702 of the …

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 …

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., …

Comments to NCUA on association common bonds

Dear Mr. Poliquin, My name is Eli Lehrer and I am president of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank committed to finding real solutions to public-policy problems. I …

Testimony to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on postal reform

My name is Kevin R. Kosar, and I am director of the Governance Project at the R Street Institute, a think tank here in Washington. Some of you …

Coalition letter to House Oversight Committee on NSA surveillance of Congress

Jan. 14, 2016 The Honorable Jason Chaffetz Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Elijah Cummings Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 2471 …

SmarterSafer reform priorities for the National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is up for reauthorization in 2017, and the SmarterSafer coalition believes the program should be reauthorized and reformed to ensure it is …

Comments to FDA on regulating tobacco products as drugs

Summary Recommendations: FDA should redefine smoking as a behavior, not a disease, and regulate all tobacco-related and nicotine-delivery products accordingly. FDA should migrate all regulation of tobacco-related and nicotine-delivery products …

Letter to President Obama on OMB open-government plan

Dear Mr. President: We, the undersigned organizations, are concerned about the failure of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to comply fully with a presidential memorandum on transparency …

Coalition opposes the Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act

Chairman Charles Grassley Ranking Member Patrick Leahy Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate We, the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations, write to convey our significant concerns with …

Free-market groups oppose CISA being added to the omnibus package

Dear Speaker Ryan, We, the undersigned free market organizations, wish to express our deep concern over the extra- procedural revision of three bills related to cybersecurity and information sharing: …

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 …

Coalition letter to White House and Congress on cyber security

Dear President Barack Obama and Members of Congress, The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose the newly negotiated “conference”  legislation that purports to resolve differences between H.R. 1560, which …

Opening comments at ‘The Politics of Star Wars’ event

My name is Eli Lehrer. I'm president of the R Street Institute and I'd like to welcome all of you to our offices. I'm also a huge Star Wars …

Comments to U.S. Justice Department on BP spill consent decree

On Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a final settlement with BP stemming from its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon/Macondo Well oil spill. …

Broad coalition supports ECPA reform

Dear Chairman Grassley, Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Leahy, Ranking Member Conyers and Members of the Committees: We, the undersigned, write in support of a simple principle: that law enforcement …

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 …

Letter to congressional leadership on federal flood standards

Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi, Leader McConnell, and Leader Reid: SmarterSafer, a coalition of environmental organizations, taxpayer advocates, insurance representatives, housing organizations and mitigation experts that advocates for environmentally …

Remarks prepared for Re:Create Coalition briefing

In the sweaty summer of 1787, our Founding Fathers created the oldest working written constitution in the world. This document, as those of us on the political right …

Free speech advocates support CRFA

Dear Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson: Every day, countless Americans use consumer review sites to share their experiences and opinions on the businesses and services they rely upon. …

Free-market groups support CRFA

As free-market organizations, we write to express our strong support for your committee’s ongoing efforts to defend commerce and freedom of expression. In particular, as advocates for a free and …

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. …

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 …

Coalition letter supporting Leahy-Franken amendment to CISA

Dear Senator, We, the undersigned open-government, civil-liberty and privacy groups, write in opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act ("CISA") and to urge passage of the proposed amendments from …

Support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

We are writing to voice our support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123). As conservative and faith-based organizations, we applaud your thoughtful deliberations resulting …

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 …

Letter to President Obama on the right to encrypt

As organizations committed to free markets and limited government, we urge your administration to take a clear stand in support of the individual's right to protect his or …

R Street and Third Way urge declassification of electronic surveillance bill records

Dear Chairman Burr, Chairman Nunes, Ranking Member Feinstein & Ranking Member Schiff, As you well know, Congress plays a vital role in overseeing our nation’s intelligence programs. Beginning in …

Re:Create Coalition urges Congress to modernize Copyright Office

We write today to discuss Copyright Office modernization, an important issue with serious implications for all Americans. We represent all parts of the “information ecosystem”—creators, innovators, users—and, consequently, …

Neeley letter to GCERC on Texas Funded Priorities List

The R Street Institute is encouraged by the inclusion within the initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) released by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) of the six …

Camara letter to GCERC on Florida Funded Priorities List

The R Street Institute is encouraged by the proposed projects contained within Florida's initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) released by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (council). Florida's coast …

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 …

Smith letter to GCERC on Alabama Funded Priorities List

The R Street Institute is encouraged by the eight Alabama-focused projects contained within the initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) released by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (council). …

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 …

Letter to National Park Service on e-cigarette policy

This note is in response to the National Park Service news release dated Sept. 14, 2015, about subjecting electronic cigarettes to the same rules imposed on combustible tobacco …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Call for public access to Congressional Research Service reports

We write in support of expanded public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. Longstanding congressional policy allows members and committees to use their websites to disseminate CRS …

Letter to National Credit Union Administration

My name is Eli Lehrer and I am president of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, with offices in Tallahassee, Fla.; Austin, Texas; …

Free-market groups urge International Trade Commission not to assert authority over digital transmissions

Dear Chairwoman Broadbent, On behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations, we write to express our deep concern about the International Trade Commission's April 9, 2014 decision in investigation 337-TA-833. …

Green Scissors Coalition letter to former Gov. Jeb Bush

Dear Gov. Bush: The Green Scissors Coalition, made up of environmental, taxpayer and free-market groups dedicated to eliminating wasteful spending that harms the environment, applauds your recent comment that …

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 …

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 …

Coalition urges removal of FOIA exemptions from transportation bill

Dear Senators McConnell and Reid: On behalf of the undersigned organizations concerned with government openness and accountability, we are writing to urge the removal from H.R. 22 of the …

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 …

Letter supporting S.B. 602, California seismic retrofit financing

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit think tank headquartered in Washington. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, …

Free-market, taxpayer and consumer groups to Congress: Support the Innovation Act

Dear Representatives, On behalf of the undersigned free-market, taxpayer and consumer organizations, we write to express strong support for ongoing efforts to enact patent-litigation reform in the U.S. House …

Coalition for Tax Competition urges Congress to represent taxpayer voices in the OECD

Dear Senators and Representatives: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is rapidly working to rewrite global tax rules in the name of combating base erosion and profit …

Support civil asset-forfeiture reform in California

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets …

How conservatives should deal with climate change

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Climate of Confusion: How Should Conservatives Think About Climate Change? Co-Hosted by The R Street Institute and National Affairs The Rayburn Building Washington, D.C. July 6, 2015 In 1980, …

Letter to D.C. Council on e-cigarette taxes

My name is Dr. Edward Anselm and I am a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, a D.C.-based free-market think tank that takes a pragmatic approach to …

Letter to Washington House Finance Committee on distributed generation

My name is Ian Adams and I am Western region director of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, with five offices spread throughout …

Letter to California Legislature supporting S.B. 602

The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets …

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 …

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 …

Free-speech advocates support SPEAK FREE Act

Dear Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Chairman Franks and Ranking Member Cohen: Every year, many Americans are sued for speaking out on issues they feel are important to express. …

Coalition letter to Sen. Cardin on private prisons FOIA loophole

We, the undersigned 20 organizations committed to transparency and open government, write to thank you for your concern with the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) …

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, …

R Street urges veto of SB 900

R Street is a free-market think tank dedicated to limited, effective government, free markets and responsible environmental stewardship. One of R Street’s core focus areas is insurance reform …

Free-market groups support Senate patent-litigation reform legislation

We write on behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations to express our strong support for your committee’s efforts to advance patent-litigation reform and applaud your balanced and judicious …

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, …

Comments to Federal Trade Commission on the sharing economy

Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the Federal Trade Commission's Sharing Economy Workshop. I offer the following comments on behalf of the R Street Institute, …

Letter to New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

My name is R.J. Lehmann. I am editor-in-chief, a senior fellow and a co-founder of the R Street Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization headquartered in Washington. I …

R Street urges Texas Legislature to oppose S.B. 900

R Street is a free-market think tank dedicated to limited, effective government, free markets and responsible environmental stewardship. One of R Street’s core focus areas is insurance reform, …

Coalition letter to Senate Judiciary Committee on the PATENT Act

Dear Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy, and Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, We are proud to support the PATENT Act. We believe it is a well-rounded piece of …

Testimony to City of Sonoma on e-cigarette flavoring

Mayor Cook, ladies and gentlemen of the council, my name is Ian Adams and I am the Western region director of the R Street Institute. Thank you for …

Coalition letter supporting the PATENT Act

Dear Sens. Grassley and Leahy, The undersigned organizations represent technology, small business, consumer and the public interests in the area of patent policy. We write to provide our views …

Nitzkin testimony on Delaware HB 5

My name is Joel Nitzkin. I am a public health physician, board certified in preventive medicine as my medical specialty. I have been a local health director, a state …

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 …

Letter to House Commerce Committee on the TROL Act

Dear Mr. Upton and Mr. Pallone, The undersigned organizations represent the small business, consumer and public interests in the area of patent policy. We write in regretful opposition to …

Letter on e-cigarette provisions of Minnesota tax bill

I am a public health physician who advises the R Street Institute on tobacco-related policy. Detail on my background and how I got to where I am today …

Coalition letter to Senate leadership on USA PATRIOT Act

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid: As organizations and individuals dedicated to free markets and constitutionally limited government, we write to express our strong opposition to the …

Testimony on fraud in Texas hail claims

Chairman Frullo, members, my name is Josiah Neeley and I am Texas director of the R Street Institute. R Street is a nonprofit, free-market think tank that specializes …

Testimony on Texas Windstorm Insurance Authority reform

Chairman Frullo, members, my name is Josiah Neeley and I am Texas director of the R Street Institute. R Street is a nonprofit, free-market think tank that specializes …

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 …

SmarterSafer letter on federal flood standards

To Whom It May Concern: SmarterSafer, a coalition of environmental organizations, taxpayer advocates, insurance representatives, housing and mitigation groups is pleased to submit comments on the Federal Flood Risk …

Patent coalition says TROL Act doesn’t go far enough

Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members: We, the co-chairs of United for Patent Reform, on behalf of the coalition members represented below, acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the Energy …

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 letter on NSA surveillance reform

Dear Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Chairman Grassley, and Ranking Member Leahy: We urge you to end mass surveillance of Americans. Among us are civil liberties organizations from across …

Testimony on Texas auto franchise rules

Chairman Smith, members, my name is Josiah Neeley and I am Texas director of the R Street Institute. R Street is a nonprofit, free-market think tank headquartered in …

Testimony to Minnesota House Committee on Taxes

My name is Alan Smith and I serve as senior fellow and Midwest director for the R Street Institute. R Street is a nonprofit 501(c)3 institution devoted to …

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 …

Testimony on Oregon carbon-pricing proposals

My name is Ian Adams and I am the Western region director of the R Street Institute. R Street is a non-profit, free-market think tank, headquartered in Washington, …

R Street, ATR urge Gov. Brownback to veto anti-competitive ridesharing legislation

Dear Gov. Brownback, On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform and the R Street Institute, we urge you to veto S.B. 117, which would burden ridesharing services with hostile …

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 to California Senate Health Committee

Sen. Ed Hernandez Senate Committee on Health California State Senate Re: S.B. 140 (Leno) Electronic Cigarettes Chairman Hernandez: My name is Edward Anselm and I serve as medical director for Health Republic Insurance …

Testimony on California Earthquake Authority resolution

Chairman Daly, ladies and gentlemen of the committee, my name is Ian Adams and I am the Western region director of the R Street Institute. R Street is …

Coalition letter to ITC over international digital data transmission

The attached letter to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent from a coalition of 26 organizations and scholars (including R Street) critiques the commission's April 2014 …

Letter on Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code reform

The Honorable Kevin Eltife Chairman, Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee Texas State Capitol Austin, TX 78711 Dear Chairman Eltife: My name is Josiah Neeley, and I am Texas director of the R …

CDC testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee

The attached written testimony was submitted by the Congressional Data Coalition to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee regarding appropriations for open government data as part …

Testimony to Texas House Energy Resources Committee

Chairman, members, my name is Josiah Neeley and I am the Texas director of the R Street Institute. R Street is a non-profit, free-market think tank headquartered in …

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 …

Broad coalition demands NSA surveillance reform

March 25, 2015 We the undersigned represent a wide range of privacy and human rights advocates, technology companies, and trade associations that hold an equally wide range of positions …

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 …

Letter to SBA on Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund

Ash Williams Executive Director Florida State Board of Administration Jack Nicholson Chief Operating Officer Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Dear Mr. Williams and Dr. Nicholson: We the undersigned represent a diverse coalition that is concerned about …

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 …

Testimony to Texas Senate Committee on Natural Resources

Chairman Fraser, members, my name is Josiah Neeley and I am the Texas director of the R Street Institute. R Street is a non-profit, free-market think tank headquartered …

Letter to Minnesota House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee

Rep. Joe Hoppe, Chair Rep. Tim O'Driscoll, Vice Chair Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL Lead Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee Minnesota House of Representatives 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul, MN …

United for Patent Reform coalition letter on the STRONG Act

The undersigned members of United for Patent Reform (UPR) have formed a broad coalition of diverse American businesses to pursue comprehensive solutions to abusive patent litigation. We write …

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 …

Free-market groups support House patent reform legislation

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. United States House Judiciary Committee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations, we write to express our strong …

Oppose the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

Letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from the American Civil Liberties Union, Cause of Action, Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, the Defending Dissent Foundation, …

Letter from 33 groups on copyright reform

The attached letter from 33 advocacy groups urges Congress to take simple targeted steps to curb copyright infringement and frivolous lawsuits, but to avoid regulatory overreach that would …

Testimony to House Legislative Branch Subcommittee on congressional data

The attached written testimony was submitted to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch jointly by members of the Congressional Data Coalition and the Data …

Statement on e-cigarettes at FDA workshop

The attached statement on e-cigarette regulation was delivered by R Street Senior Fellow Dr. Joel Nitzkin to the March 9, 2015 FDA workshop in Hyattsville, Md. …

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 …

Joint statement to House Government Operations Subcommittee on FOIA reform

Attached is the joint statement of the American Library Association, American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative News Media, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the …

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 …

THR statement to Preventive Medicine 2015 conference

The attached statement on tobacco harm reduction was delivered by R Street Senior Fellow Dr. Joel Nitzkin to the Preventive Medicine 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. …

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 …

Testimony to Utah House Business and Labor Committee

Chair Peterson, ladies and gentlemen of the committee, my name is Ian Adams and I am the Western region director of the R Street Institute. Thank you for …

Letter to NAIC Sharing Economy Working Group

The attached comments were sent to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Sharing Economy Working Group in response to the group's draft white paper TNC Insurance Principles for …

Testimony to the Florida House Business and Professions Subcommittee

As Florida director of the R Street Institute, one of my responsibilities is to identify emerging free-market issues in my state and suggest to our national office in …

Support Montana’s warrant-for-content bill

Dear Austin Knudsen, Debby Barrett, Chuck Hunter, and Jon Sesso: We, the undersigned companies and organizations, are writing to urge speedy consideration and passage of Montana House Bill 444. …

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 …

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 …

Letter to Oregon Legislative Assembly about HB 2546

I submit this comment and request to amend H.B. 2546 in my capacity as a public health physician and my role as senior fellow for tobacco policy with …

Coalition letter on FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act

Feb. 5, 2015 Sen. John Cornyn Sen. Patrick Leahy Rep. Darrell Issa Rep. Elijah Cummings Dear Sens. Cornyn and Leahy and Reps. Issa and Cummings: The undersigned organizations announce their support for the …

Amicus brief in Google v Hood

Amici Curiae submit this brief because the stakes of this case go well beyond the particular burden the attorney general's investigation may place on one service provider. This …

ECPA letter to U.S. House

January  22,  2015 The Honorable Robert W. Goodlatte Chairman House Judiciary Committee The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. Ranking  Member House  Judiciary  Committee We, the undersigned companies and organizations, are writing to urge speedy consideration of …

Letter to Virginia General Assembly on transportation network companies

January 22, 2015 Virginia General Assembly 1000 Bank Street Richmond, VA 23219 Dear Members of the Virginia Legislature, We applaud the General Assembly’s initiative to advance full legalization of transportation network companies (TNCs) …

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 …

Letter to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on SOPA

December 22, 2014 Jim Hood Mississippi Attorney General Walter Sillers Building 550 High Street, Suite 1200 Jackson, MS 39201 Dear Attorney General Hood: According to recent news reports, your office, in active coordination with the …

Coalition urges Congress to revive Massie-Lofgren surveillance amendment

The Honorable John Boehner Speaker of the House U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 December 4, 2014 Dear …

Testimony to House Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance

R Street Senior Fellow Don Brown testified today before a House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance hearing on "Opportunities for a Private and Competitive Sustainable Flood …

How the EPA should modify its proposed 111(d) regulations to allow states to comply by taxing pollution

The attached piece was co-authored with Michael Wara and Marta R. Darby of Stanford University. I. Introduction The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exercising its authority under section 111(d) …

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, …

A modest proposal to the e-cigarette community

    At the Sept. 24, 2014 IQPC ECig USA Industry Conference in Las Vegas, I opted to abandon my previously anticipated presentation in favor of the following, based on …

Presentation to Ecig USA Industry Conference

  The attached presentation was delivered by R Street Senior Fellow Joel Nitzkin at the IQPC Ecig USA Industry Conference, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Sept. 23-25, 2014. …

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 U.S. Congress on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

    The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington DC 20510 Dear Leader Reid, We write to urge you to bring to the floor S. 607, the bipartisan Leahy-­Lee bill updating the Electronic …

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 Senate on USA FREEDOM Act

    Majority Leader Harry Reid Minority Leader Mitch McConnell U.S. Senate Chairman Patrick J. Leahy Ranking Member Charles E. Grassley U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Dianne Feinstein Vice Chairman …

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 …

Letter to FCC on Comcast-Time Warner merger

    Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 VIA ELECTRONIC COMMENT FILING SYSTEM Re: Comcast - Time Warner Cable, MB Docket 14-57 Aug. 21, 2014 Dear Commission Members: On behalf of the …

R Street testimony to Houston City Council on ridesharing

      Remarks by Steven Titch Associate Fellow, R Street Institute Re: Legalization of ride-sharing services Houston City Council meeting Aug. 5, 2014 Good Afternoon, I would like to thank the City Council for the opportunity …

Letter to Houston City Council on transportation network companies

    Houston City Council City Hall Annex 900 Bagby Street First Floor Houston, TX 77002 July 31, 2014 Dear Honorable Council Members, By approving the proposal to allow vehicle-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft to operate, …

Letter to Gov. Nixon on veto of tobacco harm-reduction bill

July 31, 2014   Gov. Jeremiah Nixon P.O. Box 720 Jefferson City MO 65102 Re: Veto of Missouri Senate Substitute for S.B. 841 Dear Gov. Nixon, As a public health physician, with …

Coalition urges Congress to support updated USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685)

Majority Leader Harry Reid Minority Leader Mitch McConnell United States Senate Chairman Patrick J. Leahy Ranking Member Charles E. Grassley U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Dianne …

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, …

Letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Oppose CISA

June 26, 2014 Chairman Dianne Feinstein U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Washington, DC 20510 Vice Chairman Chambliss U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Washington, DC 20510   Dear Chairman Feinstein, Vice Chairman Chambliss, and Members …

The reinsurance tax and TRIA: A recipe for massive taxpayer liabilities

Proposed taxes on "affiliated reinsurance" transactions sought by the Obama administration and some members of Congress would restrict trade and could make it impossible to transfer the costs …

Comments to FDA on e-cigarette deeming regs

This note is in response to the April 2014 FDA Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0189 requesting comment on proposed regulations for extending the authority of the FDA Center on Tobacco …

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 …

Testimony on Michigan ticket freedom bill

Testimony on House Bill 5108 Alan Smith, R Street Institute Midwest Director Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee Good afternoon Chairman Richardville and members of Senate leadership constituting the …

Conservatives support Smarter Sentencing Act

June 5, 2014 The Hon. Harry Reid U.S. Senate 522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Sen. Reid: We are writing to urge you to advance the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410), …

Letter to Chairman Leahy: Don’t kill prospects for real patent reform

May 22, 2014 The Hon. Patrick Leahy Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy: On behalf of the R Street Institute, we urge you to reconsider your recent …

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 opposes Section 303 of the FIRST Act

The Hon. Lamar Smith Chairman, Committee on Science, Space and Technology The Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space and Technology CC: Members of the Committee on Science, Space, …

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 …

Letter to Congress on USA FREEDOM Act

Speaker John Boehner Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi United States House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor Minority Whip Steny Hoyer United States House of Representatives Chairman Pete Sessions Ranking Member Louise Slaughter Committee on Rules United States …

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 Judiciary Committee on patent reform

April 29, 2014 The Hon. Patrick Leahy Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Hon. Chuck Grassley Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking …

Coalition letter on H.R. 4301 to Judiciary Committee

April 28, 2014 Hon. Bob Goodlatte Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives 2138 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Hon. John Conyers, Jr. Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of …

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 …

Letter to USPTO on crowdsourcing design patents

April 24, 2014 Nicole Dretar Haines Senior Legal Advisor Office of Patent Legal Administration U.S. Patent and Trademark Office P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 Re: Docket No. PTO-P-2014-0013 The R Street Institute – a non-profit, …

Testimony to U.S. House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Chairman Fleming, Ranking Member Sablan, and distinguished subcommittee members, My name is Christian Camara and I am the Florida director and a co-founder of the R Street Institute.  We …

Free-market groups support Senate patent reform efforts

The Honorable Patrick Leahy The Honorable Charles Grassley United States Senate Judiciary Committee Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations, we write to express our …

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 …

Letter to Congress and White House on bulk data collection

President Barack Obama The White House Attorney General Eric Holder United States Department of Justice Majority Leader Harry Reid Minority Leader Mitch McConnell United States Senate Speaker John Boehner Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi United States House of …

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 …

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 …

Green Scissors letter on expansion of Port of Palm Beach

Col. Alan M. Dodd District Engineer Jacksonville District United States Army Corps of Engineers  701 San Marco Blvd Jacksonville, FL  32207-8175 RE:  Response to Final Integrated Feasibility Report …

Congressional Data Coalition letter to House Appropriations Committee

Dear Chairman Cole, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and members of the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee: We write on behalf of the  Congressional Data Coalition, a coalition formed in …

Letter to Washington Legislature on e-cigarettes

Dear Speaker Chopp,­­­ In the next few days, you and your colleagues will again consider measures that impose significant new taxes on e-cigarette products and will serve to make …

Coalition concerned about changes to Unlocking Consumer Choice Act

February 25, 2014 Dear Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, We the undersigned organizations and individuals are extremely disappointed in the addition of a poison pill amendment to …

Response to ANR fact sheet: Electronic cigarettes and secondary aerosol

This note is in response to the so-called “fact sheet” entitled “Electronic Cigarettes and Secondhand Aerosol” produced by Americans for Nonsmokers Rights (ANR) February 20, 2014 [1] in …

Support the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

Dear Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Democratic Leader Pelosi, and Democratic Whip Hoyer: We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to encourage the House to consider the bipartisan Access to …

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 …

Letter to Gulf Coast governors on RESTORE Act

Jan. 30, 2014 Dear Govs. Perry, Jindal, Bryant, Bentley, and Scott - As you know, Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities and Revived Economy Act, better known …

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, …

SmarterSafer letter to Speaker Boehner on flood insurance reform

The Honorable John Boehner Speaker U.S. House of Representatives H-232 The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 January 23, 2014 Dear Speaker Boehner, In light of your comments last week about the need to modify the Biggert-Waters …

Testimony to Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee

Testimony of Alan Smith, R Street Institute Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Michigan House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee Good morning Chairman Heise, Vice Chairs Graves and Oakes and members of the Criminal …

Free-market groups express concern over offshore reinsurance tax

Jan. 17, 2014 Dear Sen. Baucus: On behalf of a broad spectrum of groups supporting free markets and sound tax policy, we write to express our deep concern regarding proposals …

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 …

Letter to the South Carolina PEBA Tobacco Surcharge Study Committee

PEBA Tobacco Surcharge Study Committee c/o Communications Department PO Box 11661, Columbia, SC 29211-1661 Dec. 26, 2013 Members of the Committee: My name is Eli Lehrer and I am president of the R …

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 …

Letter to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

This memo urges USPSTF to expand their consideration of options for smoking cessation to include tobacco harm reduction, alternative health education interventions not involving use of pharmaceuticals, and …

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 …

Support the Innovation Act!

Dear Representatives, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, which seeks to strengthen the patent system …

Letter to U.S. House supporting the Innovation Act

December 3, 2013 The Honorable John Boehner Speaker United States House of Representatives The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Dear Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi: The broad-ranging group of undersigned …

Letter to federal banking regulators on flood insurance

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 12 CFR Parts 22, 172 [Docket ID OCC-2013-0015] RIN 1557-AD67 And FDIC, NCUA, Farm Credit Administration and Federal Reserve Board Re: Comments on "Loans in Areas …

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) …

Testimony to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance

The attached testimony was delivered by R Street Institute Associate Fellow Ernst Csiszar to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance at a Nov. 13, 2013 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Letter to Kathleen Sebelius and Richard Durbin on e-cigarette flavoring

Dear Secretary Sebelius and Senator Durbin: I write to you as a public health physician self-employed as a policy consultant. I have been a local health director, state health …

Letter to Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health

Oct. 1, 2013 Sen. John F. Keenan, Senate Chair Joint Committee on Public Health General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts Dear Chairman Keenan, My name is Eli Lehrer and I am …

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 …

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 …

Statement from Dr. Joel Nitzkin on Duluth e-cigarette ordinances

The attached letter to the City Council of Duluth, Minn. is in response to introduced ordinances that would extend restrictions on smoking in indoor and outdoor areas to …

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. …

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 …

Coalition supports amendment to defund illegal surveillance

Dear Member of the U.S. House of Representatives: We write to urge you to vote yes on the bipartisan Amash-Conyers amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of …

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 …

Digital Due Process Coalition letter on civil investigations

We write to express our concerns about a proposal that would grant federal regulatory agencies authority to require web-based email service providers, cloud service providers and other Internet …

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. …

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 …

End fossil fuel giveaways in energy and water bill: Vote yes on Speier amendment to end wasteful subsidy

July 10, 2013 Dear Representative, On behalf of our members and supporters, the Green Scissors Coalition urges you to support the amendment offered by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., to eliminate …

Comments to Federal Insurance Office on natural catastrophes

June 21, 2013 Director McRaith, The R Street Institute welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Federal Insurance Office’s study of natural catastrophes and insurance. R Street is a non-partisan, …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Reinsurance collateral modernization in Texas

The Texas Legislature is considering changes to its reinsurance collateral rules based on the updated Credit for Reinsurance Model Law promulgated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. …

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 …

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.” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Comment to FDA on e-cigarettes: A public health perspective and plea for common sense

If properly regulated and promoted, e-cigarettes have the potential to substantially reduce risk of tobacco-attributable illness among current smokers; enhance future total abstinence from tobacco use; and do …

Taxpayers won’t harvest farm bill savings

December 7, 2012 Dear Member of Congress, It is the height of fiscal irresponsibility to include a five-year reauthorization of agricultural programs as part of a deficit reduction package to …

Nov. 29 SmarterSafer letter on flood insurance

SmarterSafer.org -- a coalition that includes R Street as well as industry, environmental and taxpayer groups that favor fiscally and environmentally responsible public policy solutions to the problems …

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. …

Testimony to Texas Joint Committee on Oversight of Windstorm Insurance

In testimony scheduled for an Oct. 19 hearing of the Texas Legislature's Joint Committee on Oversight of Windstorm Insurance, R Street Texas Director Julie Drenner proposes lawmakers limit …

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 …

SmarterSafer.org letter on the Taxpayer Protection Act

A coalition of leading taxpayer advocates, environmental groups, insurers, reinsurers and others -- including R Street -- submitted the attached letter to every member of Congress, urging them …

Property insurance objectives in Texas’ 2013 legislative session

The attached is a preliminary outline of issues the Texas Legislature should address with regard to property insurance and, in particular, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, during the …

Medicare auction reform: Testimony to U.S. House Small Business Committee

R Street Associate Fellow Peter Cramton offered the attached testimony before a Sept. 11, 2012 hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business on the subject of …

Remarks on Florida perspective regarding state insurance pools

This testimony was provided Sept. 12 by R Street Florida Director Christian Cámara to the Texas Legislature's Joint Interim Committee to Study Seacoast Territory Insurance on the State …

Comments to Federal Insurance Office on global reinsurance markets

These comments from R Street President Eli Lehrer were offered in response to the Federal Insurance Office's request for input on a forthcoming study of the breadth and …

Testimony to Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce

In testimony delivered July 10, 2012 to the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce, R Street President Eli Lehrer discusses the state of the homeowners insurance market …

May 9, 2012 testimony to Senate Banking Committee

This written testimony from R Street Public Affairs Director R.J. Lehmann was submitted on behalf of the Heartland Institute to the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy …

November 2011 comments to Federal Insurance Office

These comments were submitted in November 2011 by R Street President Eli Lehrer and Public Affairs Director R.J. Lehmann to the U.S. Treasury Department's Federal Insurance Office in response …

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