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We all rely on online communities to work, socialize, and learn. From the largest social media sites to the smallest message board, online platforms are central to our right to assemble and speak out. SESTA and FOSTA would put all of us at risk of being shut out of those spaces. …

SB 1336 – Pharmacy benefit managers

March 7, 2018 Bill description: SB 1336 would regulate the practice of pharmacy benefit managers. Rating: -2 Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market? 
 Pharmacy benefit managers are private companies

Will Congress Pass a Bloated Farm Bill?

Chris Edwards Federal spending is on a tear. The February budget deal hiked
discretionary spending by $300 billion over two years, and rapid
growth in entitlement programs continues unabated. The government
will spend $1 trillion more next year than it collects in revenue,
and rising amounts after that. The gusher of red ink is remarkable
given that we are in the ninth year of economic expansion.
Republican control of the House, the Senate, and the White House
is failing the test of fiscal sanity. Another trial for
policymakers will be a new farm bill, which is on the agenda
because some current farm programs expire in September. In his
latest budget, President Trump proposed cuts to farm subsidies, but
congressional agriculture committees may try to move ahead on
legislation devoid of any reforms.
After the 1996 farm bill made reforms, every farm bill since
— 2002, 2008, 2014 — went in the opposite direction and
increased subsidies. The 2008 bill was so bad that even
big-spending President…

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