Encryption backdoors aren't worth the price

Jan 8, 2016

There are no easy answers when it comes to keeping Americans safe and protecting civil liberties. The American people have a right to be secure in their persons and property. Thieves need to be found before they steal again. Murderers need to be brought to justice. Terrorists need to be stopped before they launch an attack. In order to provide security, sometimes government needs to intrude on a person’s privacy.

Don't Tie the Next President's Hands on Education

Dec 15, 2015

As Ronald Reagan advised, conservatives should be ready to take half a loaf when they can get it, and then come back for the other half later. Unfortunately, the Every Student Succeeds Act that Congress passed this week prevents conservatives from doing exactly that. And it enshrines some pretty terrible education policy into law in the meantime.

A Second Start for Head Start

Nov 30, 2015

Nothing is more important to the future of our society – nor more critical to fulfilling our national commitment to equal opportunity – than the care and upbringing of the next generation. This is not a concern that cuts along partisan lines. Both sides of the ideological divide endeavor to craft public policies aimed at strengthening families, supporting parents, and giving every child a fair shot at the American Dream.

Pay Up, and Up, and Up: Developing Nations Set to Make Demands at Climate-Change Talks in Paris

Nov 20, 2015

‘What will it take to get an agreement in Paris?” That’s the question on the minds of environmental activists, U.S. State Department officials, and foreign bureaucrats as we approach the latest round of United Nations climate-change negotiations in France’s capital city.

Let’s Be Honest About the Debt Limit

Oct 22, 2015

Here we go again. The federal government has predictably maxed out its credit card for the fifth time in the last four years. The Treasury Department now insists there will be “catastrophic economic consequences” unless the debt limit is raised by November 3.

Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation

Oct 15, 2015

The Republican establishment’s failure of leadership over the years is no excuse for conservatives’ failure of imagination now. Conservatives have to start working immediately on our own agenda of prudent but disruptive institutional innovation, so that regardless of who the next Speaker is, he or she will walk into the job with a blueprint for success.

Democrats Used Reconciliation to Pass Obamacare. We Should Do the Same to Repeal It

Oct 2, 2015

Patient costs are up. Access to doctors is down. Co-ops are going bankrupt, and insurance companies have already asked Uncle Sam for a taxpayer-funded bailout. Five years have passed since former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) infamously admitted, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Americans now know what was hiding in Obamacare. And they don’t like it.

The conservative case for criminal justice reform

Oct 2, 2015

This Thursday, after months of hard work, a bipartisan group of senators and I introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015. Most people, including many conservatives, might think criminal justice reform is a progressive cause, not a conservative one. But, like many pearls of conventional wisdom, this is simply untrue.

A Bad Deal and a Dangerous Precedent

Sep 11, 2015

Now is the time to make clear — to the White House and to the American people — that the Senate understands, and plans to defend, its rightful role in the treaty-making process.

A conscience vote on Planned Parenthood

Sep 8, 2015

In truth, Congress no longer approves the annual federal budget line-by-line — keeping this, cutting that, fixing the other. Rather, we budget by what is called a “continuing resolution,” or “CR.”