The Agenda -> U.S. military power is dwindling rapidly + Speaker Paul Ryan and the historic choice on tax reform

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The Agenda -> U.S. military power is dwindling rapidly + Speaker Paul Ryan and the historic choice on tax reform

The Heritage Foundation
Oct. 11, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the devastating wildfires in California. Here is your weekly insight. Heritage’s Center for National Defense has released its fourth annual Index of U.S. Military Strength, providing shocking facts about the state of our military. Heritage experts continue to explain why tax reform is great for America and welcome Speaker Paul Ryan to the building this week to discuss the GOP’s efforts. Plus, the Trump administration is set to announce whether it will certify that Iran is complying with the terms of the Iran deal. Heritage experts explain the fundamentally flawed agreement and why decertification is a necessary first step. Take notes, we have your conservative policy solutions right here. —Augusta Cassada, Digital Content Producer, Heritage.org
U.S. military power is dwindling rapidly.
Heritage’s Center for National Defense has released its fourth annual Index of U.S. Military Strength, which examines the global operating environment, the threats facing the United States, and the military’s ability to respond to those threats and protect our interests and our allies. The U.S. military has steadily suffered under the effects of overuse, along with budget cuts and sequestration. How bad is it? Dakota Wood, senior research fellow in Heritage’s Center for National Defense and editor of the index says, “Every one of the service branches is today smaller and in worse shape than when Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011. It will take years to repair the damage.” Read Wood’s Fox News commentary and browse the index to find out which branch is suffering the most and who is America’s greatest threat.
Speaker Paul Ryan and the historic choice on tax reform.
Republicans continue to push for more details of what the final tax plan will include. Last week, the Senate Budget Committee passed a budget resolution that could fast-track the reconciliation process for tax reform legislation. Heritage policy analyst Adam Michel explains, “The average American household will share the benefits of a corporate rate cut through higher wages.” On Thursday, Speaker Paul Ryan will join Heritage President Ed Feulner to speak about tax reform and the efforts to deliver more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks to American families and workers.
It’s time to decertify the Iran nuclear deal.
This week, the Trump administration is expected to announce whether it will certify that Iran is complying with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran deal. It could refuse to certify that Iran is in compliance with the deal, which would then give Congress the opportunity to reimplement sanctions against Iran. Heritage expert Jim Phillips explains, “Decertification is the necessary first step in holding Iran accountable for its aggressive foreign policy, and permanently blocking its path to a nuclear weapon. It gives European allies an incentive to seek a better nuclear deal, and signals Iran that it will pay a rising price if it continues its hostile policies and nuclear weapons ambitions.” Read his report on why it is time to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement.


HAPPENING AT HERITAGE

On this week’s Mass Ave podcast, Daily Signal contributor Jarrett Stepmandiscusses the history of Columbus Day and where the left gets it wrong. Also, Genevieve Wood is back as the “Ask the Expert” guest to discuss the current political climate and when she thinks Republicans will secure a major legislative victory. Listen to the podcast.
Heritage experts Romina Boccia and Adam Michel talk tax reform with Heritage trustee Bill Walton on his “Common Ground” podcast. Boccia is deputy director of Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and the Grover M. Hermann research fellow. Michel focuses on tax policy and the federal budget as a policy analyst. Listen, watch, and read more.
Tuesday at noon, Heritage hosted a panel to discuss the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and to debate what waters should be regulated by the federal government. Panelist included Daren Bakst, a research fellow in agricultural policy at Heritage, and Reed Hopper, a senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation.Watch the event.
Tuesday at noon, Heritage hosted a discussion on the to-be-heard Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and why people who believe in traditional marriage are not bigots. Speakers included Emilie Kao, director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at Heritage; Kelvin Cochran, former Atlanta fire chief; Ryan Bomberger, founder and chief creative officer of the Radiance Foundation; and Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon senior research fellow in American principles and public policy for Heritage. Watch the event.
Wednesday at noon, a panel will be held at Heritage discussing gender dysphoria in children. Tackling topics like the “transgender moment” and gender identity in children, Heritage welcomes speakers Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of American College of Pediatricians; Dr. Paul Hruz, associate professor of pediatrics, endocrinology, cell biology, and physiology at Washington U. Med; andDr. Allan Josephson, professor and division chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Louisville. Watch the event live.
Thursday at 8:45 a.m.Speaker Paul Ryan will join Heritage President Ed Feulner to speak about tax reform and the efforts to deliver more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks to American families and workers. Watch the event live.
Thursday at 10 a.m., Heritage will host a panel of experts to discuss the rising problem of young Americans being unable to join the military due to lack of education, obesity, or record of serious crime. Experts include Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb.; Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commanding general for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command; and retired Lt. Gen. John “Mick” Bednarek, member of Mission: Readiness. Watch the event live.
Thursday at noon, Heritage will hold a panel to discuss the Trump administration’s plan for the Iran deal. Speakers include David Albright, president of Institute for Science and International Security; Nile Gardiner, director of Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and Bernard and Barbara Lomas fellow; and Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Watch the event live.
Thursday at 2 p.m.Luhut Pandjaitan, coordinating minister for maritime affairs in Indonesia, will be speaking about shared interest and concerns of Indonesia and America. He will be outlining the important nexus of economics and security in U.S.-Indonesia engagement. Watch the event live.
Friday at 8:30 a.m., Heritage will host a discussion on the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and why this provision is necessary. Speakers include Daniel Coats, director of national intelligence; Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency; and Christopher Wray, director of Federal Bureau of Investigation. Watch the event live.


HERITAGE IN THE NEWS

Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at Heritage, discusses the latest news on North Korea on MSNBC’s “Live with Alex Witt,” and on Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.”
James Carafano, the vice president of Heritage’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, discussed the Iran deal and why it is bad for the United States on Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.”Watch the interview.
Nile Gardiner, director of Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and Bernard and Barbara Lomas fellow, discussed the Iran deal on Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.” Watch the interview.
Ed Feulner, founder and president of The Heritage Foundation, discussed tax reform on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.” Watch the interview.


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