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Iowa's Promising Sports Betting Legislation Signed Into Law

On the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize sports betting, the Hawkeye State has delivered another exciting reason to celebrate.

Ex-Im Bank Resurrected by Trump

For the first time since 2015, the U.S. Export-Import Bank can approve deals of more than $10 million, because the Senate confirmed three new members of its board of directors, giving the bank a required quorum needed to approve larger deals. Senators confirmed Kimberly Reed as bank president along with Judith DelZoppo Pryor and former Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) on May 8, 2019.  The three nominees were all picked by the Trump administration.

USPS Losses Deepening; Bold Postal Reform Wallows

The United States Postal Service (USPS) today released its fiscal year (FY) 2019 2nd quarter financial statement and the news is both predictable and alarming. 

Fake News on Healthcare Legislation Coming Your Way Soon

Later this week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will have a floor vote on H.R.

Conservatives Behaving Badly on Drug Pricing

Conservative politicians like to say they are for free markets, competition, and property rights to promote innovation and lower prices of goods.  But when it comes to pharmaceuticals, too many of them go careening off the freedom road to promote socialist policies.  They fail to recognize the years of expensive clinical trials and complicated protocols, the thousands of failed prospects that still must be paid for, and the lengthy Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process to get just one drug into the marketplace. 

RSC Budget Provides Only Clear Path Toward Fiscal Responsibility

The national debt stands at more than $22 trillion, with trillion-dollar deficits right around the corner.  Entitlement spending continues to rise and is projected to make up 60 percent of spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.  Social Security will exceed its income in 2020 for the first time since 1982 and Medicare is set to become insolvent by out in 2026. 

On World IP Day - Celebrating and Protecting Sports and their Brands

Each year, April 26 marks the celebration of World IP Day, when the importance of intellectual property rights and the achievements gained from its protection are recognized.  According to the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) intellectual property (IP) contributes $6.6 trillion to America’s GDP.  In 2019, the World IP Day celebration focuses on sports and the IP that enables past, present, and future athletes to compete and meet their goals.

Benefits of 5G

With all the focus on creating a nationwide fifth generation (5G) network, questions often arise about why it is important for the U.S. to lead in 5G development, the benefits of moving to 5G, and why is there a continual push for more spectrum to be made available for 5G.

Binding Arbitration for Medicare Part B: Price Controls by Another Name

The Trump administration proposed using an International Pricing Index in October 2018 to reimburse providers for drugs administered under Medicare Part B.  These drugs require the involvement of a physician and include, but are not limited to, infused and injectable drugs, some antigens, drugs used with durable medical equipment, and blood clotting factors.  Instead of reimbursing the provider of Part B d

Same Old, Same Old

Sen. Bernie Sanders (i-Vt) re-introduced his “Medicare for All” bill, S. 1129 on April 10 and as of today, the legislation has 14 cosponsors, five of which who are Democratic presidential primary contenders: Sens.

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