The Potential Revision of NEPA Could Lead to Millions of Dollars Saved on Federal Projects 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  INTRODUCTION  On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing to discuss the “Building United States Infrastructure through Limited Delays and Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act of 2023”. The BUILDER Act aims to increase efficiency through permitting reform by reducing repetitive and lengthy processes while focusing on environmental protection … Continue reading


Searching for Common Ground between Energy Security and Environmental Justice 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on February 7, 2023, titled Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains. During this hearing, the committee discussed 17 proposed bills. Several bills aim to remediate shortages and high prices by addressing the importance of American energy by creating waivers to … Continue reading


Is the FCC correctly expanding its role or overreaching for power?

Executive Summary  On January 23, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission released a proposed rule that would change data breach laws. While the FCC has long regulated Consumer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) at the direction of Congress in Section 222 of the Communications Act of 1996, the Commission now seeks to expand its role and increase … Continue reading


FTC Restitution Authority Under Review this Supreme Court term

Congress has laid out three clear paths for Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement actions. First, the FTC has authority to promulgate rules making particular “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” unlawful.[1] If the FTC can establish in federal court that a business knowingly violated such a rule, with actual or constructive knowledge, the FTC can … Continue reading

Politics / Regulation

The Future of Regulations Suspended During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many agencies suspending their regulations to assist both the economy and public health.[i] The pandemic and economic stagnancy have drawn attention to the undue burden that many regulations place on growth and development.[ii] Many have wondered how necessary various regulations are, and whether they should endure after the pandemic … Continue reading

Healthcare / Regulation

How to Lower Health Care Costs: A Webcast from The Hamilton Project

The goal of this webcast, held on March 10, 2020, was to explore how competition, regulation, and reduced administrative expenses can help lower health care costs, strengthen the health care sector, and drive economic growth in the United States. In the United States health care sector, administrative costs are high and competition is generally low— … Continue reading

Regulation / Technology

Say Yes to Supersonics 

The age of supersonic transport has returned. This time around, advocates want it not only to succeed but also to become the new way of commercial air travel. This post will provide the history of supersonic transport, the current efforts, and the regulatory hurdles that need to be conquered to make supersonic transport a reality again.   History   The first breakthrough in supersonic transport occurred … Continue reading

Labor Force / National Labor Relations Board / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The American Franchise at Risk

On September 13th the House subcommittee on Worker Protection and the subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a congressional joint hearing to consider the Save Local Business Act. The proposed bill seeks to define joint employers as those who have “actual, direct, and immediate control” over employees and to roll back the Obama … Continue reading

The CRA, Regulation Day, and the Pathway for Regulatory Repeal
Politics / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

The CRA, Regulation Day, and the Pathway for Regulatory Repeal

The phenomenon of “Midnight Regulations” — the high volume of rules issued as a lame duck President’s term winds down — has been well documented by the American Action Forum, as have Congressional attempts to curb the Midnight trend. Building on that analysis, we decided to investigate the effect of a 1996 law that was … Continue reading