Policy Papers

May 11, 2021

Unemployment Benefits Should Not Stand in the Economy's Way

KEY TAKEAWAYS Businesses cannot find enough workers, even though millions of Americans are unemployed. Some businesses say overly generous unemployment benefits that pay more than some jobs are contributing to the problem. As more Americans are vaccinated and the economy recovers, it is essential that businesses be able to hire the workers they need to meet growing demand.  Despite millions of Americans being unemployed due to the COVID economic shutdowns, businesses are reporting that... Continue Reading


May 7, 2021

April 2021 Jobs Report

Unemployment Rate: 6.1 percent Jobs Created: 266,000 Employment and Unemployment The Department of Labor reported the unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage point to 6.1% in April. Nonfarm jobs increased by 266,000 in April. In February and March, job creation was weaker than first reported. The department revised the change in nonfarm jobs for those months down by a net 78,000 jobs.       The U-6 unemployment rate, a broader measure that includes part-time and... Continue Reading


April 30, 2021

Democrats' Tax Hikes Will Hurt Recovery

KEY TAKEAWAYS President Biden has proposed a mammoth $2 trillion tax hike − in the midst of an economic recovery − to pay for Democrats’ spending spree. Biden’s tax increases would slow economic growth, reduce wages, and undermine American competitiveness. The pre-COVID U.S. economy was thriving due to pro-growth policies like the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. President Biden’s tax increases would cripple the economic recovery. The 2017 Republican tax reform... Continue Reading


April 29, 2021

COVID-19 Update

KEY TAKEAWAYS More than half of all U.S. adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and more than one-third are fully vaccinated. The U.S. is administering about 2.7 million vaccines doses per day. The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the value of American innovation and what can be achieved when the federal government works with the private sector. These partnerships have produced effective treatments and testing for the COVID-19. More than half of the United States adult... Continue Reading


April 29, 2021

Semiconductors: Key to Economic and National Security

KEY TAKEAWAYS U.S. manufacturing of semiconductors, which are critical to our economic and national security, has fallen from 37% of global output in 1990 to 12% in 2020. China aims to be the global leader in chip manufacturing by 2030 and is massively subsidizing its semiconductor industry in an attempt to get there. The Defense Department has tried to buy computer chips from secure, domestic producers. But the companies that participate in DOD’s Trusted Foundry Program are at risk of... Continue Reading


April 26, 2021

Democrats' Student Debt Forgiveness Favors High Earners

KEY TAKEAWAYS Democrats are pushing to cancel $50,000 in student debt for borrowers. This would be unfair to Americans who did not go to college, paid off their student loans, or worked during school to avoid borrowing. Targeted programs already exist that make student loan payments manageable for borrowers with low incomes, even forgiving debt entirely after a certain amount of time of payments. People with higher incomes, including doctors and lawyers who borrowed for their education, would... Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

The Democrats' Plan to Pack the Supreme Court

KEY TAKEAWAYS Senate and House Democrats have introduced legislation to pack the Supreme Court, expanding the number of justices from nine to 13 in order to guarantee liberal victories at the court. The Biden administration also created a commission comprised almost exclusively of law professors to review proposed changes to the Supreme Court. A recent poll found just 26% of Americans support packing the Supreme Court, compared to 46% who oppose it. Last week, Democrats in the Senate and House... Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Biden "Infrastructure" Plan Shatters Bipartisan Tradition

KEY TAKEAWAYS The United States faces significant challenges in water and transportation infrastructure − areas where the federal government has traditionally focused its limited resources.  Congress has historically passed bipartisan legislation to improve our nation’s infrastructure; it should build on this history to address the country’s most critical needs. Instead, Democrats are pushing a partisan, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink spending bill paid for with massive... Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

S.1: Unnecessary and Unpopular

KEY TAKEAWAYS Democrats have said that S.1 is necessary to increase voting rights, particularly for minorities, but overall turnout in the 2020 election was 66%, the highest share of eligible voters since 1900, and most states had their highest turnout in 40 years. Minority voters were especially likely to say the election was run and administered well: 88% of Black voters, 76% of Asians, and 68% of Latinos. Polls have found strong opposition to key provisions of S.1, with 77% supporting the... Continue Reading


April 19, 2021

Practical and Legal Problems with D.C. Statehood

KEY TAKEAWAYS Democrats in the House and Senate have proposed granting most of the land in the District of Columbia to a new state, to be called “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.” The remaining federal District of Columbia would still have three electoral votes, with the president and his family potentially being the only voters awarding those votes. The plan would provoke thorny constitutional issues and create a new state very different from current states. In the push to... Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

China Looks to Seize the 21st Century

KEY TAKEAWAYS China is challenging the United States militarily, geopolitically, and economically to supplant an open and democratic system in favor of one that advances the interests of the Chinese Communist Party. China’s economic aggression includes IP theft, state support for key industries, forced technology transfers, and wide use of cyber operations to conduct economic espionage. China and the U.S. are locked in a competition that in some ways is already beginning to define the... Continue Reading


April 14, 2021

Key Players in Cybersecurity

KEY TAKEAWAYS Congress established the Senate-confirmed position of national cybersecurity director to help unify the work of dozens of federal agencies with cybersecurity responsibilities. Responding effectively to the SolarWinds cyberattack and other threats will require significant coordination and communication among government agencies and the private sector. Cybersecurity operations by the Department of Defense and intelligence community focus on our adversaries overseas, while other... Continue Reading


April 12, 2021

S.1 Is Not the Voting Rights Act

KEY TAKEAWAYS Leading Democrats have frequently compared S.1 to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ignoring sweeping differences between the two, both in substance and legislative process. The VRA, which prevents states from discriminating against minorities, passed with broad bipartisan support, and each of the five major updates were bipartisan. S.1 contains many provisions unrelated to voting, as well as dozens of half-baked ideas that states will struggle to implement before the next... Continue Reading


April 8, 2021

March 2021 Biden Border Crisis Report

Southwest Border Encounters March 2021: 172,331 Change from 2020: +137,871 Breakdown of Southwest Land Border Encounters, March 2021    Single Adults: 99,659 (up 275% vs. March 2020) Unaccompanied Alien Children/Single Minors: 18,890 (up 486% vs. March 2020) Family Unit Aliens: 53,623 (up 1,057% vs. March 2020) U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 172,331 encounters in March, up 71% from February and up 400% from March of 2020. The number of unaccompanied children rose... Continue Reading


April 2, 2021

March 2021 Jobs Report

Unemployment Rate: 6.0 percent Jobs Created: 916,000 Employment and Unemployment The Department of Labor reported the unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage point to 6.0% in March. Nonfarm jobs increased by 916,000 in March. In January and February, job creation was stronger than first reported. The department revised the change in nonfarm jobs for those months up by a combined 156,000 jobs. The U-6 unemployment rate, a broader measure that includes part-time and discouraged workers,... Continue Reading


April 1, 2021

Obamacare Expansion Through "COVID Relief"

KEY TAKEAWAYS Democrats’ partisan $2 trillion “COVID emergency” law included significant expansions of the Affordable Care Act. It raises subsidies for people who are currently eligible and adds payoffs for higher-income people Obamacare originally deemed too wealthy. Democrats are likely to try to make these temporary policy changes permanent, moving them a step closer to their goal of a single, government-run health care system for all Americans.  The so-called... Continue Reading


March 26, 2021

The Pro Act: Bad for Workers, Bad for Businesses

KEY TAKEAWAYS The Democrats’ “Protecting the Right to Organize” Act would sabotage the economic recovery just as businesses are trying to make it past the pandemic and Americans are trying to return to work. The bill’s policies would curb workers’ choices, threaten jobs, and increase costs on employers. These include overriding state right-to-work laws, limiting Americans’ freedom to work as independent contractors, and allowing boycotts at businesses not... Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Understanding the Monthly Jobs Report

KEY TAKEAWAYS The U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report provides information on unemployment, job gains, earnings, labor force participation, and other characteristics of America’s workers. DOL bases the report on two surveys: one of business and government agency payrolls, and one of households. Each month, the Department of Labor releases an update on the country’s employment situation, or “jobs report.” The report draws on data from a survey of about... Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Growing the Welfare State in the Name of COVID Relief

KEY TAKEAWAYS What American workers need is an open economy, a bridge of support as the economy rebounds, and a federal benefit structure that does not serve as a disincentive to return to work. Democrats’ $1.9 trillion spending law is a massive expansion of the federal welfare state, with direct government support decoupled from need and disconnected from the dignity of work. This radical expansion of the federal government’s income support is made worse by a looming benefit cliff... Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

What is Infrastructure?

KEY TAKEAWAYS Infrastructure is fundamental to America’s economy and our ability to move people and goods freely and efficiently. The federal government has historically invested in transportation and water infrastructure. Democrats should work with Republicans to address our nation’s most immediate infrastructure needs before expanding the scope to include unrelated pet projects and policies. Infrastructure is a building block of America’s economy and our ability to move... Continue Reading


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