The Idea Lab

March 29, 2011 | Issue Post

We continue to endure tough times here in southwest Michigan and across the country.... Unemployment remains high as gas prices hurtle toward $4 a gallon. And yet, despite our economic maladies, there are unelected bureaucrats in Washington furiously working on regulations that will not only circumvent Congress, but will send more manufacturing jobs overseas and increase costs at the pump.

March 23, 2011 | Issue Post

As a former staffer in Ronald Reagan's White House, I fondly remember one of the president's best-known phrases: "It's morning again in America." It was inspirational and hopeful, suggesting the dawning of new opportunities and a better future for all.

March 1, 2011 | Issue Post

Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce begins writing a new chapter in federalism.

We will hear directly from governors about the devastating consequences of Obamacare that loom for their states -- a sobering reminder about the budgetary time bomb the new health-care law represents.

February 17, 2011 | Issue Post

Less than a month ago, President Barack Obama announced a governmentwide review of regulations to remove outdated rules that may be hindering the nation's fragile economic recovery and slowing job creation.

February 15, 2011 | Issue Post

The turmoil in Egypt has not only raised fears of an oil-supply disruption from the Middle East, it underscores our nation's energy vulnerabilities. While not the usual "hot spot" like Iran and Venezuela, Egypt highlights the effect an unforeseen global event can have on prices here at home, especially when a major supply route in the Suez Canal is threatened....

January 31, 2011 | Issue Post

The U.S. House of Representatives recently cast two critical votes that will help create jobs and move our country toward a 21st-century health-care system. One vote was to repeal the flawed and unsustainable law Democrats in Congress and President Obama muscled through last year. The other was to redirect congressional committees -- including the one I chair -- to craft better solutions.