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Congress Should Learn from States on Civil Asset Forfeiture

The Ohio Legislature recently joined the growing ranks of states to pass civil asset forfeiture reform. More than a year in the making, both chambers passed, by overwhelming margins, House Bill 347, which, in most instances, requires a criminal conviction for the state to permanently seize property from an individual.

12/12/2016
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How to Fix the Broken Appropriations Process? Televise It.

Once again, regular order has broken down on Capitol Hill.

11/18/2016
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The Lamest Duck of All: Republicans Shouldn't Push for Internet Sales Tax

The election might be over, but politics isn’t. As a lame-duck president, Barack Obama will use his remaining days in office to push any outstanding policy proposals, either through Congress, also now a lame duck, or by executive order.

11/17/2016
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One Way to Reduce Regulations? Give States the Power to Reject Them.

The current session of Congress, much like the ones that preceded it, has been filled with gridlock, recycled policy debates and little progress on the challenges facing our nation.

10/12/2016
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Harry Reid's Petty Politics Block Giving Sick 'Right to Try' Treatments

"If they saw what it does to somebody who was a healthy mom with a good career and great friends, and then all of a sudden this different path you can’t come back from, they would all say, 'what can I do to help?'"

10/05/2016
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House Conservatives Are Winning

If one listens to the narrative advanced by rent-seeking, parasitic Washington political establishment, conservatives were “trounced,” as one publication put it, in Republican congressional primaries this cycle. This narrative could not be further from the truth.

09/14/2016
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House Freedom Caucus Should Support Justice Reform This Fall

BY Jason Pye and Nathan Leamer

Recently, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gave a much-needed boost to efforts in the House of Representatives to pass criminal justice reform, telling NPR that he expected to have a package ready for votes in September. Once a subscriber to the purportedly “tough on crime” policies which characterized Congress’s approach to justice, Ryan changed his tone in recent years as he toured impoverished communities and learned of the stigma which comes with a criminal record.

08/30/2016
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Time for Congress's Spending Decisions to Go on the Record

Under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the House of Representatives has been engaging in a review of the rules of the House through Organizational Task Force meetings and the House Rules Committee. This is a needed and courageous exercise. Citizens of all political backgrounds can agree that Congress needs to reform the way it works. A key way for that to happen is to make sure committees hold recorded votes on big-ticket items before they come to the House floor for a vote.

08/14/2016
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It's Time to Vote on Revised Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

BY Adam Brandon and Todd Cox

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA) was introduced in the Senate with considerable fanfare last October. But seven months later, it still hasn’t come to the Senate floor for a vote.

05/24/2016
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House Appropriations Voice Votes Allow Members to Avoid Accountability

The House Appropriations Committee has so far considered five of the 12 appropriations subcommittee spending bills. Not a single one of these bills received a recorded vote at full committee. Nearly $700 billion of spending that will come from the taxpayer, and increase our debt, was approved without a single member of the committee being put on the record with a vote during full committee consideration. As the appropriations process continues in the House, the chairman of the committee, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), and the ranking member of the committee, Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), should either request a recorded vote on their own initiative or encourage one of the committee members to do so.

05/20/2016

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