Inside Sources: Lawmakers Want the FDA to Remove Vaping Products From the Market Again

House Democrats have asked acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Janet Woodcock to remove all vaping products from the market during an ongoing product approval process, despite evidence showing millions of Americans have used these alternatives to stop smoking traditional cigarettes. However, multiple studies have found that long-term smokers who give up traditional combustible […]

ACI Files Comments with the Department of Labor on the Independent Contractor Rule

Today, ACI submitted comments regarding the Department of Labor’s proposed withdrawal of the Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In our filing, we discuss the detrimental effects of the proposed withdrawal of the prior ruling and its potential impact on 59 million Americans who work as independent contractors. As Americans look for […]

ICYMI: US Postal Service Reform Could Offer USPS Enduring Fiscal Health

ICYMI: President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Steve Pociask recently opined in RealClearPolicy that the U.S. Postal Service needs reform in order to solve its ongoing financial problems. He optimistically notes that both Congress and leadership in agency recognize there is a problem and have expressed willingness to problem solve these issues, […]

Washington Examiner: Biden’s War on Independent Contractors

In the final days of the Trump administration, the Department of Labor issued a rule providing much-needed clarity to millions of people who work as independent contractors. President Joe Biden‘s war on independent contractors further escalated in March 2021 when his Department of Labor announced plans to withdraw the rule. However, if Biden wants to make good on his […]

Preemptions on E-Cigarettes Improve Consumer Health

This January, South Carolina became the most recent state to propose imposing preemptive legislation that would prohibit local municipalities from enforcing flavor bans and restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes. The proposal to introduce a preemption on electronic cigarettes products came after the Myrtle Beach city council banned the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes along […]

Townhall: Biden’s Trojan Horse

President Joe Biden recently released his long-awaited American Jobs Plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure. While a small portion of Biden’s plan is focused on upgrading America’s roads and bridges, the plan also calls to enact the anti-worker PRO Act into law. The American Jobs Plan represents a trojan horse that will enhance union power, deny independent contractors […]

Want Lower Drug Costs? Increase Generic Competition

The list price of prescription drugs has already risen this year an average of 4.5%, with most of the increases coming from drugs that do not have a generic alternative. These price increases impose a greater burden on the 25% of Americans who already struggle to afford their medicines. The Kaiser Family Foundation found in […]

Capping Interchange Fees Won’t Enhance Consumer Welfare

Each year, financial merchants such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and banks process 39.6 billion card transactions in the United States, amounting to 108.6 million transactions each day. To ensure these transactions are processed quickly and securely, financial merchants and banks impose interchange fees on transactions, more commonly known as swipe fees. Last year, merchants businesses paid financial […]

Real Clear Policy: Reform Could Offer USPS Enduring Fiscal Health

The USPS has a variety of issues it must remedy before it can adequately fulfill its mission to provide the nation with reliable, affordable, universal mail service. Nevertheless, if the correct procedures are put in place, the agency will be able to provide consumers with valuable services without financially relying on taxpayers. You can read the full […]

POLICY-ISH TALK: The PRO Act Explained – with Liya Palagashvili

What is the PRO Act? How would it affect independent workers? What are the alternative policies and social safety nets that would make sense and benefit the growing independent workforce? On this episode, Liya Palagashvili, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins Kris to share her perspective on these important […]