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Covid Relief Bill Provides Relief for New Moms

Among the lesser reported elements of the Covid-19 relief bill making its way through Congress this month are several improvements to Medicaid to bolster health insurance coverage for low-income individuals. One specific provision would allow states to extend Medicaid coverage to women for up to a full year after giving birth. Newborns in the U.S.…

The President’s address to Congress is an opportunity to highlight Covid-19 treatments

The United States broke records with the swift development and distribution of new Covid-19 vaccines, but after the Trump administration’s hydroxychloroquine debacle, the focus on treatments was pushed to the side. President Biden has acknowledged that even with the new vaccines, the Covid-19 pandemic will likely linger throughout the year. To save lives, we’ll need…

Biden should ease access to key opioid treatment

From May 2019 to May 2020 the CDC reported over 81,000 overdose deaths from opioids in the United States, the biggest annual death toll to date. In a belated effort to mitigate the crisis, the Trump administration changed regulations to make it easier to access the opioid treatment drug buprenorphine in the waning days of…

PPI Statement on the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to dramatically expand investment and access to apprenticeships with the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 under the leadership of Rep. Bobby Scott. This legislation had been passed in November in the last Congress, however, the Republican Senate Majority failed to take up the bill…

Trump Pollster: Witness for the Prosecution?

Donald Trump reportedly plans to defend himself in the Senate impeachment trial by rehashing his bogus “stolen election” claims. To debunk this noxious myth, the prosecution has a new witness it can call: Trump’s own pollster. Tony Fabrizio oversaw polling for the former president’s 2020 campaign. He’s just issued an unsparing post-mortem on how Trump actually lost to…

Beyond “Buy American”: Why U.S. Manufacturing Needs A National Resilience Council

We strongly support President Biden’s signing of the Executive Order beefing up Buy American provisions for federal purchases. The executive order would use "the full force of current domestic preferences to support America’s workers and businesses. But much more needs to be done, since domestic manufacturing is much weaker than most people realize.  Most important,…

A Day of Deliverance and Hope

Presidential inaugurations are usually festive occasions in which Americans celebrate the orderly and peaceful transfer of power to new political leaders. With the coronavirus pandemic raging and thousands of troops on guard to deter violence by deranged followers of Donald Trump, that’s not exactly the mood in Washington today. Overshadowed by these grotesque legacies of…

10 Questions About Trump, Big Tech, and Free Speech

Twitter permanently banned Trump. Facebook suspended his account for at least two weeks. Apple and Google pulled the Parler app from their app stores. Amazon booted Parler off AWS. Stripe stopped processing payments for the Trump campaign’s website. These decisions, among others, have sparked a renewed debate over the power that Big Tech companies have…

The Latest in Social Science Research

Earlier this month, I attended the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), organized by the American Economic Association, on behalf of PPI. The three-day conference featured hundreds of presentations and papers on economics and social science research and was held virtually this year, sparing me a frigid trip to Chicago. The three…

PPI Applauds President-Elect Biden’s Ambitious Agenda to Get the Pandemic Under Control

America, it appears we have a real president again. President-elect Joe Biden yesterday unveiled an ambitious agenda for getting the pandemic under control, helping jobless Americans recover through the Covid recession, throwing a lifeline to millions of small businesses, strengthening the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens, and opening public schools. PPI applauds the…