Economic Growth

A rising economic tide lifts all boats. Economic growth is essential to a robust housing market in which real estate agents, lenders, and consumers freely engage in commerce. Unfortunately, the federal government has made it incredibly difficult for individuals and families to achieve the American dream. Runaway federal spending is leaving the current and future generations of Americans with overwhelming debt. Total federal debt is approaching $20 trillion and isn’t showing signs of slowing down.

To pay for the government’s irresponsible spending, American families and businesses are saddled with high tax rates and then punished with additional taxation if they chose to save or invest their hard-earned money. Corporate, estate, and capital gains taxes discourage businesses and individuals from saving and investing, posing a significant threat to a robust real estate market.

On top of this, federal regulation, especially in the energy sector, has made the cost of starting and growing a business harder than ever. The sheer number of pages of federal regulations has grown from under 10,000 in 1954 to nearly 80,000 by 2014. This not only makes it more difficult for real estate agents to do their job and serve home buyers with access to credit, but it also shrinks the size of the real estate market which real estate professionals can participate in.

A strong economy — secured by reining in out-of-control federal spending, enacting pro-growth comprehensive tax reform, and peeling back over regulation — is essential to the economic well-being of all real estate professionals and potential home buyers. Congress must take action to cut spending, enact pro-growth tax reform, and reduce government regulation. Doing this will grow the economy and inject life back into the real estate market.

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The Need for Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Background: President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear before the November 2016 election that pro-growth tax reform would…

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Regulatory-Energy Reform

Background: In the last few decades, innovative technologies dramatically expanded the amount of available oil reserves in the United States. U.S. natural gas reserves have…

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Reining in Out-of-Control Government Spending and Debt

Background: Over the last ten years, federal government spending has been at a higher level than it’s ever been in American history. In fiscal year…

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Comprehensive Tax Reform

Background: Our current tax code is 20 years outdated and in desperate need of reform for a number of very important reasons. First, our tax…

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Blog posts

It’s Time to Reform Our Tax Code. Let’s Do Something Historic.

By Paul Ryan, 54th speaker of the House of Representatives. Note: House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke at The Heritage Foundation on Oct. 12. The following…

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Our Tax Code Rewards Bad State Policies and Favors the Wealthy. That Needs to Change.

By Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements at The Heritage Foundation. One of the many reasons we need tax reform is that…

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Who Wins and Who Loses with Tax Reform?

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Communications Advisor and Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal. Let’s be honest, if the tax plan currently being debated in Washington becomes…

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Obama’s Climate Plan Was a Failure on All Accounts

By Nicolas Loris, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform, at The Heritage Foundation. The Trump…

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Some Say GOP Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes. Here’s What They’re Missing.

By Kevin D. Dayaratna, Senior Statistician and Research Programmer, Center for Data Analysis, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, Adam Michel, Policy…

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This Key Change Will Bring Money Pouring Back Into the US

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. President Donald Trump once called our tax code a “giant self-inflicted…

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This Critical Part of Tax Reform Would Help Liberate Small Businesses

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. Americans have always fostered a spirit of entrepreneurship. We take pride…

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A Revised Tax Code Could Make Filing Your Taxes Much Faster, Cheaper

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director, Communications and Grassroots, Heritage Action for America. Keep it simple. This mantra of simplicity has been ignored for far too long…

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How the Current Tax Code Disfavors American Workers

By Scott Asbjornson, executive of AAON, Inc., an HVAC company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. tax code is 4 million words long, so it’s no surprise…

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‘Deregulation Day’ Spotlights Big Changes Trump Is Bringing to Washington

By Diane Katz, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity. Monday is “Deregulation Day” for…

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Conservatives Encouraged by Republican Framework for Tax Reform

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Any tax reforms passed by Congress should give relief to middle class families and small businesses,…

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PRESS RELEASE: Heritage Action Applauds GOP Tax Proposal

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 Washington — Today, Republicans will unveil new details of a sweeping overhaul of America’s tax code. The plan would unleash economic growth, create…

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A tax cut for all Americans

By Dr. Ed Feulner, founder and president of The Heritage Foundation. When you hear the phrase “corporate tax cut,” what do you picture? Middle-class workers, or…

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Full Expensing and Meaningful Tax Reform

By Sutton Truluck, Research Assistant, Heritage Action for America. The Trump presidential campaign and congressional Republicans made numerous promises to Americans throughout the 2016 election…

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VIDEO: Adam Michel on CNN to Discuss Tax Reform

Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, Appears on CNN's At This Hour with Kate Bolduan…

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Cruz Highlights 7 Ideas for Tax Reform

By Rachel del Guidice, reporter for The Daily Signal. Sen. Ted Cruz thinks tax reform can help the average American. Tax reform is all about…

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Trump’s September Budget Deal Could Move Tax Reform

By Romina Boccia, Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. This week’s budget deal is fiscally irresponsible. But it just may have cleared the…

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Trump’s Budget Deal With Democrats Will Only Worsen Our Fiscal Situation

By Justin Bogie, senior policy analyst in fiscal affairs at The Heritage Foundation. Late Wednesday night, the Senate released the text of legislation that would provide disaster relief…

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Trump Is Right. ‘Our Tax Code Is a Giant, Self-Inflicted Economic Wound.’

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies In his second speech in two weeks on the need for tax…

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Conservatives Should Take Full Advantage of the Debt Ceiling

By Sutton Truluck, Research Assistant at Heritage Action for America. On Sunday, the Trump administration formally requested Congress pair an 18-month suspension of our nation’s…

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3 Ways the US Tax Code Is Killing Our Economy’s Potential

By Sondra Clark, Managing Director of Communications and Grassroots at Heritage Action for America. President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

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Trump Says Tax Reform Could Create ‘Millions and Millions of New Jobs’

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. President Donald Trump hit his campaign themes of bringing back American jobs and raising wages…

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VIDEO: Michael Needham discusses tax reform

Heritage Action for America’s CEO Michael Needham discusses tax reform on Bloomberg TV.…

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OPINION: The key to passing tax reform: Keep it simple, stupid

By Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation. One of the most enduring lessons from the ObamaCare fiasco is…

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VIDEO: Dr. Feulner discusses tax reform and Trump, Congress.

The Heritage Foundation’s President Dr. Ed Feulner discusses tax reform and the relationship between President Trump and Congress on Fox Business Network.…

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Taxes, Regulations Hurt Economy

By David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D, Senior Research Fellow, Labor Markets and Trade at The Heritage Foundation. If bigger government, higher taxes, larger subsidies, more regulations…

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How the Senate’s baseline budget could make or break tax reform

By Romina Boccia, fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michel, policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Tax reform is one of the…

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Over 45 Conservatives to Congress: Support the Employee Rights Act

Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent across all fifty states, we encourage you to co-sponsor…

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VIDEO: IRS Rehires 213 Employees

213—that’s how many employees the IRS rehired after they were dismissed for falsifying documents and avoiding paying their own taxes. How does this happen? To…

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This Key Reform Must Be Central to Any New Tax Plan

By Salim Furth, Research Fellow in Macroeconomics at The Heritage Foundation, and Adam Michael, Policy Analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation.…

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Tax Reform for Investment and Jobs

By Adam Michael, Policy Analyst for the Thomas A. Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation. Fixing a quirk in the U.S. tax code would let businesses…

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America Is Heading Straight Into Its Most Avoidable Crisis Ever

By Justin Bogie, senior policy analyst in fiscal affairs at The Heritage Foundation, and Chase Flowers, member of The Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. In the…

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Farmer Faces Multimillion Dollar Fine For Plowing Fields Without Government’s Permission

By Amy Swearer, visiting legal fellow at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. This week, a federal judge will determine…

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A Conservative View of Trump vs. Amazon

By Dan Holler, Vice President of Heritage Action For America Amazon’s successful business model is “destroying department stores and retailing all over the country,” President Donald…

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These Obama Regulations Make a Strong Case for Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst & Jacob Lubenow, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Congress is pivoting to tax reform,…

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Real Estate Professional Legislative Strategy Call 08/10/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the real estate industry all came together for our monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we heard from Heritage Action’s Wesley Coopersmith, Policy…

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Food Stamp Reform is Necessary for the Budget and Compassionate for the Poor

By Danielle DiQuattro Back in 1996, Congress passed a law adding work requirements to the federal government’s largest cash-welfare program. Although this was a step in the…

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Michael Needham discusses next steps for tax reform

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Conservatives Must Demand Spending Controls in Exchange for Raising Debt Ceiling

By Patrick Tyrrell, Research Coordinator in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform & Anthony B. Kim, Deputy Chief of Staff and Editor of the…

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Conservatives Should Oppose Irresponsible Debt Ceiling Hike

Washington — According to reports, congressional leaders are planning to raise the nation’s debt ceiling without attaching additional reforms to address the structural nature of America’s…

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Republicans Just Made Tax Reform More Difficult

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst This week, the House Budget Committee released its long-awaited budget. It makes progress in some areas, and falls short in others.…

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9 Key Takeaways From the House Budget Proposal

By Justin Bogie, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs After months of delays, the House Budget Committee has released its fiscal year 2018 budget resolution. The…

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CBO Analysis of Trump Budget Shows Need for Entitlement Reform, Pro-Growth Tax Policies

By Justin Bogie, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of President Donald Trump’s budget request last…

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Repealing This Obamacare Tax Would Signal That Tax Reform Is Alive

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst The Senate is seriously considering keeping Obamacare’s 3.8 percent net investment income tax as part of it’s most recent repeal…

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A Pathway for Pro-Growth, Fiscally Responsible Tax Reform

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst and Chase Flowers, member of The Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program. The tax code is in dire need of…

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Three Cheers for Decentralization and Deregulation

By Danielle DiQuattro Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is repealing the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), following President Trump’s executive order to review this…

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How Adding Work Requirements to Welfare Can Benefit Recipients

By Jarrett Stepman, Editor for The Daily Signal Welfare reform is becoming an issue again and the left isn’t happy about it. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, recently proposed…

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Congress’ Inaction on Trump’s Agenda Costs America Nearly 1,000 Jobs Per Day

By Edwin J. Feulner, President of The Heritage Foundation “Drain the swamp!” It was the battle cry of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Many Republican members of Congress echoed that…

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It’s Time to Rethink Flood Insurance

Flood insurance fights are brewing in the House of Representatives. Late this September, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) comes up for reauthorization, giving Congress…

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GOP Wants to Pay for Tax Cuts with a Tax Increase

Last week House Speaker Paul Ryan assured the country that tax reform is still coming despite uncertainty surrounding the repeal and replace of Obamacare. Speaker…

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If Congress Is Serious About Tax Reform, It Should Stop Passing Bills Like This

By Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst House Speaker Paul Ryan doubled down earlier this month on getting tax reform done by the end of…

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New Study Finds Americans Don’t Mind Lower Government Spending Due to Tax Cuts

By Elizabeth Fender, Market Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation & Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst America’s tax code is horribly out of date. Thankfully, Congress…

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Heritage Action Supports Rep. Garret Graves’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Act Of 2017

This week, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2996). This legislation would help reduce poverty and government…

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Phased-In Border Adjustment Tax Plan Is A Non-Starter

Washington — According to reports, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) “floated a five-year phase-in to his controversial ‘border adjustment’ idea on…

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Video: Principles for Tax Reform: A Conversation with the House Freedom Caucus

Watch as members of the influential House Freedom Caucus lay out their principles for tax reform and the path forward in the 115th Congress. https://www.facebook.com/heritagefoundation/videos/10155382490189481/…

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Video: What Happened When These Counties Added Work Requirements

Food stamp participation fell by 85% after this simple reform was put in place in 13 Alabama counties. https://www.facebook.com/TheDailySignalNews/videos/863781147121172/…

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This Key Reform Must Be Central to Any New Tax Plan

By Salim Furth, Heritage Foundation Research Fellow in Macroeconomics & Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst As Congress and the president move toward consensus on…

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House Conservatives Ready to ‘Go Big’ on Tax Reform That Includes Welfare Reform

By Fred Lucas, White House Correspondent for The Daily Signal The House Freedom Caucus wants to “go big” on a tax reform package to include welfare…

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New Data Show That Ignorance of US Tax Policy Fuels Leftward Sentiments

By Elizabeth Fender, Market Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation. With federal Tax Day now here, taxes have been on many people’s minds and have…

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Congress Should Leave the Border Adjustment Tax Behind

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation BAT, RIP? That’s what some people are claiming. And with good reason. The border adjustment tax…

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Trump’s Labor Secretary Is About to Violate the President’s Agenda. Why He Should Delay This Obama-Era Rule.

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert A costly and burdensome rule issued by the Obama administration is set to go into effect Friday, barring…

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Congress Should Reduce Federal Farm Aid

By Daren Bakst, Heritage Foundation Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy Imagine an industry coming to Congress asking to have taxpayers provide them financial support whenever they…

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4 Reasons Trump Was Right to Pull Out of the Paris Agreement

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy &  Katie Tubb, Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst for the Thomas A. Roe Institute for…

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Video: President Donald J. Trump​’s 5 Best Quotes from the Paris Agreement Announcement

Watch the video below to see President Trump's best quotes as he fulfilled a major campaign promise to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. https://www.facebook.com/TheDailySignalNews/videos/857699934395960/…

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President Trump Rejects Obama’s Climate Agenda, Exits Paris Agreement

Washington – President Trump is set to announce his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement today, following through on a key campaign promise. Heritage…

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How America Can Get Its Fiscal House in Order

By Romina Boccia, Deputy Director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation The United States is on a dangerous spending path.…

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Video: Why Washington Hates Trump’s Budget

The Trump Administration released its budget proposal this week. Watch the video below to learn more about Trump's plan to cut spending and unleash economic…

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9 Key Takeaways From Trump’s First Budget

By Justin Bogie, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs & Salim Furth, Heritage Foundation Research Fellow in Macroeconomics & Adam Michel, Heritage Foundation Policy…

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Trump Must Resist Pressure From Foreign Leaders to Cave in on Global Warming

By Dan Holler, Vice President of Heritage Action for America President Donald Trump has arrived in Italy for the G-7 summit, where foreign leaders will…

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Trump Budget Puts Taxpayers First

Washington — This morning, the Trump Administration unveiled its FY 2018 budget proposal called “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The budget includes $3.6 trillion…

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Here’s What’s in Trump’s ‘Taxpayers First’ Federal Budget

By Fred Lucas, White House Correspondent for The Daily Signal The Trump administration will respect taxpayers, balance the budget, return the country to 3 percent economic…

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Who Wins and Who Loses Under These 8 Big Government Policies

By Patrick Tyrrell, research coordinator in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis It’s clear that many big government policies are creating winners and losers…

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Heritage Action Supports Rep. Gary Palmer And Sen. Mike Lee’s Agency Accountability Act

Earlier this year, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Agency Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 850 & S. 299). This legislation would…

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Heritage Action Signs Letter Asking President Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement

A host of free-market groups have penned a letter asking for President Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Paris…

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Heritage Action Signs Letter Calling For Fiscally Responsible Infrastructure Package

In light of President Trump’s plan to invest $1 trillion towards America’s infrastructure, Heritage Action has signed on to a coalition letter outlining principles to…

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Time for Trump to Fulfill Promise and Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy & Brett Schaefer, Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs President Donald Trump has…

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Congress Has Ceded Too Much Authority to Agencies. This Bill Would Restore a Healthy Balance.

By Justin Bogie, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs Congress’ power of the purse is one of its bedrock responsibilities listed in Article 1…

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President Trump’s Simplifications to Tax Code Are Key to Economic Growth

Last week President Trump unveiled his plan for the “biggest individual and business tax cut in American history.” However, it still didn’t take long for…

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Key Vote: “No” On FY17 Omnibus Spending Bill (H.R. 244)

This week, the House and Senate will consider the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (H.R. 244), a 1,665-page omnibus spending package that would fund the…

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Massive Spending Bill Fails to Meet Conservative Priorities

By Justin Bogie, Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst in fiscal affairs & Rachel Greszler, Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst in economics and entitlements Early Monday morning, congressional negotiators released…

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Put America First by Fixing the Tax System

By Adam Michel, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation Tell someone that the U.S. tax system needs to be fixed, and you’re not likely to…

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11 Ways Trump Has Rolled Back Government Regulations in His First 100 Days

By Rachel del Guidice, Daily Signal reporter As President Donald Trump reaches his 100th day in the White House on April 29, he will have…

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Out-of-control Government Spending Harms Taxpayers

By Diane Katz, Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at the Heritage Foundation President Trump’s proposed cuts in discretionary spending have prompted a frenzy of dire…

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The Most Taxing Time of the Year

By Edwin J. Feulner, Former President of The Heritage Foundation, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center How does tax season make you feel? Angry? Tired?…

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How to Talk Taxes in Simple Terms

By Beverly Hallberg, President of District Media Group If you’re in need of a great dinner party topic, try taxes. We pay taxes, we complain…

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Here Are 6 Reasons to Lower the Corporate Tax Rate Immediately

By Timothy Doescher, Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation & Karl Keyzer-Andre, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. At close to 40 percent…

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Cotton Producers Already Clamoring for Farm Bill Subsidies

In preparation for the next farm bill expected to hit Congress in 2018, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine some of…

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Government Funding Won’t Address Western Water Issues

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Sometimes, members…

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Trump’s Sweeping Executive Order on Climate Policy Has Been Sorely Needed

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy As promised, President Donald Trump has issued an “energy independence” executive order to undo…

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Next Farm Bill Shouldn’t Play Favorites With Energy

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation scholar in Energy, Environmental & Regulatory Issues The House Agriculture subcommittee on commodity exchanges, energy, and credit is holding a…

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Trump’s Big League Conservative Budget Request

Washington — This morning, President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled the outlines of an America First Budget. The administration’s budget request calls for roughly a 10…

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Q&A on Trump’s WOTUS Executive Order

By Heritage Foundation scholar Daren Bakst & Daily Signal editor Daniel Davis In light of President Donald Trump’s executive order that should put an end…

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Don’t Look To The Export-Import Bank To Create Jobs

Last week President Trump took a detour on his way to a weekend rally in Florida stopping at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. Trump…

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This Little-Used Tool Could Help Congress Undo Years of Government Overreach

By Paul J. Larkin Jr., Senior Legal Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation In Washington, there is a saying that regulators never met a rule…

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Supreme Court Nominee Concerned With Unchecked Power of Federal Agencies

Following President’s Trump’s nomination of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, leftist groups continue to grasp at straws hoping for a legitimate reason…

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Republican Cultural Elites Proposing Carbon Tax

This week, a group of Republicans publicly called for a substantial new carbon tax. These leaders, uniting under the banner of the “Climate Leadership Council,”…

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Restore Housing Decisions to Local Communities

As cabinet appointees are confirmed and begin their new roles, the Trump administration has ample opportunity to reduce the size and scope of government regulation…

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New Small Businesses Face $83,019.23 Regulatory Cost in First Year Alone

By Gloria Taylor The National Association of Small Business released the results of their Small Business Regulations Survey this week. The survey confirms that out…

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What Economic Recovery? 95 Million Americans Out of the Labor Force

By Gloria Taylor In the remaining weeks of his Presidency, Obama has been quick to tout his economic legacy. Yet the last job report of…

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Congress Should Repeal the Death Tax

This Wednesday, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced legislation to fully repeal the federal estate and gift tax named the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 198).…

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REINS Act Will Check Executive Overreach, Restore Constitutional Balance

By Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) As a new Congress begins, Republicans have made it clear that regulatory reform is a priority that puts the interest of…

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Freedom Caucus Releases List of Regulations for Trump to Gut

By Gloria Taylor Last month, the House Freedom Caucus dropped a new report outlining 228 rules and regulations for the Trump Administration to tackle in…

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Drain the Swamp? This Energy Bill Is More Big Government Paternalism

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Expert in Environmental and Regulatory Policy Time is running out for negotiations between the Senate and House of Representatives on…

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Tax Reform a “First Priority” Under the Trump Administration

President-elect Donald Trump has been making a number of administrative appointments over the last few weeks. On Wednesday, President-elect Trump nominated a former Goldman Sachs…

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U.S. District Court Halts Overtime Rule Just in the Nick of Time

The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas halted the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule just as it was…

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Grave Digging in Iceland, Tofu in Convenience Stores: Your Tax Dollars at Work

By Rachel del Guidice The national debt is expected to hit $20 trillion early next year. Sen. James Lankford has a few ideas to start…

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Three Key Reforms for Federal Water Policy

By Daren Bakst, Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy at the Heritage Foundation For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of…

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The Federal Regulations That Affect Your Thanksgiving Foods

By Diane Katz, research fellow in regulatory policy at the Heritage Foundation This being the fourth Thursday of November, we turn our attention to the…

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The Pathway Out of Paris

By Nicolas Loris and Steven Groves, The Heritage Foundation As climate negotiators work out the details of the Paris Agreement on global warming in Marrakech,…

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Return of Earmarks Would Boost the Ruling Class

By Mike Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America Banning congressional earmarks was one of the signature accomplishments of House Republicans over the last several…

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Federally Mandated Paid-Leave: Bad for Employers and Workers

Politicians in both the Democrat and Republican parties have indicated support for federally mandated paid-leave. While on the surface this may sound like a good…

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Obama’s 6 Biggest Domestic Policy Blunders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MwheHhoPpA After almost eight years in power, it’s a good time to ask: What has the Obama administration wrought? Watch this video by the Daily…

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Heritage Action Opposes Special Tax Breaks for Renewable Energy

Members of Congress will return to Washington, D.C. after the Presidential election on November 14th for a lame-duck session of Congress. Historically speaking, politicians use…

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Rising Red Tape Near Top of Small Business Fears

By Jessica McBirney and James Gattuso, The Heritage Foundation Far from equipping small businesses “with the tools and resources they need to succeed,” government actions…

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The Government Just Spent $168 Billion More Than the Year Before

By Romina Boccia, Research Fellow on federal spending and debt at the Heritage Foundation New numbers on federal spending are in from the Congressional Budget Office,…

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Obama Fair Housing Rules Open Door to Unintended Consequences

By Salim Furth, Ph.D. Research Fellow, Macroeconomics at the Heritage Foundation The Obama administration is pulling on both ends of the rope in the tug…

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Obama’s New Death Tax Threatens Family Farms and Businesses

Special Guest Blog: Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) We all knew President Barack Obama’s lame-duck presidency would be bad, but for the millions of Americans who…

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The State of Tax Reform in 2016

By Curtis Dubay, Heritage Foundation Economic & Tax Expert Tax reform remains a central issue in Washington because of its overwhelming necessity. Tax reform is…

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Video: What Pro-Growth Tax Reform and Conservative Health Care Reform Should Look Like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ev9fB2UU0 Watch Heritage Foundation scholars Paul Winfree and Ed Haislmaier, along with CEO of Juniper Research Group Chris Jacobs, discuss the impact that an outdated tax…

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Unleash America’s Energy Resources

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in the month of August, roughly 30,000 less than the 180,000 jobs many economists predicted. The unemployment rate was…

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Obama shows what not to do on climate policy

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Energy & Environmental Expert President Obama sets off for his final Asia trip as commander in chief this week, and…

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Clinton’s Small Business Plan is More Government

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will roll out her plan to make American small businesses great again, or in her words: “to support small businesses…

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Why Real Estate Professionals Should Care More about Economic Growth than the U.S. Homeownership Rate

The U.S. homeownership rate recently fell to its lowest level since the Census Bureau began tracking the figure in the mid-1960s. At 62.9 percent, many…

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Should the Federal Government Regulate Greenhouse Gases?

Heritage Action recently joined energy groups and other conservative organizations in sending a letter to Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) thanking him for introducing his latest…

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House Passed Interior-EPA Spending Bill a Mixed Bag

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a $32.1 billion Fiscal Year 2017 Interior-EPA spending bill (H.R. 5538) by a vote of 231 to 196.…

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National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Does More Harm than Good

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship earlier this month, the vice chairman of the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Insurance…

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FAA Issues New Regulations on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just made it harder for real estate professionals to use drones when buying or selling property. Set to take effect…

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How Tax Reform can Improve Home Affordability

According to a national 2016 How Housing Matters Survey, commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation, 81 percent of respondents believe housing affordability is a problem while…

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Blueprint for Pro-Growth Tax Reform Released

Last Friday, House Republicans released a blueprint for comprehensive tax reform as part of the GOP’s larger campaign reform agenda named “A Better Way.” While…

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Heritage Action Praises Tax Reform Task Force

Washington — Today, the House Republican’s tax reform task force released its policy recommendations. Last December, Speaker Paul D. Ryan promised to “show what we would…

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Government Regulation Driving Up the Cost of New Home Construction

A new study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) concludes that the average cost for home builders to comply with local, state,…

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House Passes Legislation Expanding Consumer Choice in Flood Insurance Marketplace

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2901 – Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act introduced by Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL). Passed by…

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Senate Fails to Defund Waters of the U.S. Rule

Last week, the Senate failed to pass an amendment preventing the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from using federal funds…

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Congress considering energy bill that would expand federal ownership of private land

The U.S. Senate is set to debate and consider the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012) over the next few months. One provision…

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President Obama’s latest budget: A bad deal for real estate professionals

This month, President Obama released the 8th and final budget of his presidency. Unfortunately for realtors, his budget includes a number of proposals that if…

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