Statement Congressional Hearing to Explore Mandating a Two-Person Crew Size Rule for Freight Rail

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure plans to hold subcommittee meeting on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials called Examining Freight Rail Safety. The following is a statement by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) on Congressional efforts to impose a two-person crew size. The meeting will examine rail safety but also congressional efforts […]

Sideloading: Why is Congress Risking Consumer Security?

Every day, millions of American consumers will download mobile applications from either Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store. These applications, or apps for short, allow consumers to do everything from play games to purchase stocks. Despite the immense benefits these stores provide consumers, lawmakers in Washington D.C. and in statehouses across the country […]

A Menthol Flavor Ban Would Have Unintended Consequences

Most Americans will have likely heard about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new plan to prohibit all menthol cigarettes and flavored cigar sales in the United States. The plan, which is already being described as the biggest cigarette crackdown since the 1960s, would effectively ban one of the most popular tobacco items on the […]

The Economic Standard: Wildfires Are Exacerbated by Poor Forest Management Practices

It is time for elected officials to begin focusing their attention on substantial reforms to forest management that integrate the best practices of the U.S. Forest Service and experts in their field of study. Mechanical tree thinning and controlled burns could do much to cut down on the level of destruction currently inflicted on U.S. […]

Inside Sources: New Developments on the Antitrust Front

Consumers and small businesses should be alarmed by the increased probability that AICOA could become law. Not only would self-preferencing be prohibited, a practice that provides consumers with the opportunity to buy goods at the lowest price, but businesses could find it harder to access the millions of consumers who shop on online platforms every day. The […]

ACI Files Comments with the FDA Regarding a Proposed Tobacco Standard That Would Prohibit Menthol Products

Dear Sir or Madam, My name is Edward Longe, and I am a Policy Manager at the American Consumer Institute. The American Consumer Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization with the mission to identify, analyze, and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings. We share the […]

Is Student Debt Forgiveness Welfare for the Rich?

In a press conference last month detailing new “targeted” student loan forgiveness, President Biden floated the possibility of canceling much larger amounts of student debt for some Americans in the future. The Biden Administration has already committed to expanding loan forgiveness eligibility for several existing federal programs, which the Department of Education estimates is worth […]

Coalition Letter in Opposition to TRIPS Proposal

Today, a group of 41 policy organizations submitted a letter to the World Trade Organization concerned about a proposal that would undermine intellectual property rights and benefit foreign rivals likeCommunist China. The proposal would waive IP protections for COVID-19 vaccines that exist underthe Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). You can read […]

The Economic Standard: New Congressional Effort to Crack Down on Big Tech

The past year has seen multiple attempts by Congressional leaders to pass antitrust bills that penalize big tech companies for their size, completely disregarding business conduct or the effects on consumers. The latest antitrust bill to be introduced comes from Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, a known critic of big tech who has claimed large tech […]