Speaker of the House John Boehner laid out his agenda for restoring the U.S. economy to greatness.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) — the policymaking arm of the Federal Reserve — wound up a two-day meeting yesterday.
The Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to ensure health insurance coverage of children whose parents’ incomes exceeded the Medicaid eligibility cutoff, and typically to offer a richer set of benefits.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and the rapid worsening of the financial crisis that began in late 2007. Consistent with its style-over-substance approach to policy, the White House National Economic Council used the occasion to tout the state of the economy and its regulatory response to the crisis.
In an event that went largely unnoticed, this past Thursday the House passed H.R. 3522, the “Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2014." Its passage was notable for three reasons. First, on the substance, it would allow insurers to offer any small group health insurance plans that they offered in 2013 through 2018.
AAF polling shows that Americans are deeply concerned about the cost of college, but they have little interest in having either the federal or state governments trying to solve the problem.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on a bill to provide funding for the federal government through December 11, 2014.
The president has announced that he will defer executive action on immigration reform until after the November election. There are two explanations for this decision.
The impact of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) on growth and jobs has been the subject of an enormous amount of speculation. The $2 trillion of new spending over the next decade exacerbates the already-dangerous federal debt trajectory; hardly a pro-jobs strategy.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler recently challenged industry and government “to do everything in our power to ensure that the United States has the world’s most dynamic and competitive broadband ecosystem.” He also asserted that there were insufficient “competitive choices for most Americans...three-quarters of American homes have no competitive choice for the essential infrastructure for 21st century economics and democracy.”