To help fight and rapidly respond to the coronavirus pandemic facing our nation, the Trump administration and state and local governments have suspended over 400 rules and regulations. These have included lifting rules to streamline testing, allowing state reciprocity for medical licenses, relaxing HIPAA requirements to allow for telemedicine, permitting non-hospital sites to be used for patient care, and even waiving restrictions for distilled spirits companies to produce much needed hand sanitizer. These are just a handful of the many burdensome rules and regulations that have been waived. Perhaps we ought to consider whether many of them were necessary in the first place. As we hopefully move beyond the current crisis in the near future, we must reconsider regulatory policies that have been proven to reduce innovation and efficiency.

Join us for a conversation with two esteemed United States Senators, as we discuss the possibility of permanently removing some of these regulatory barriers, especially in the areas of healthcare and occupational licensing.

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The Heritage Foundation is leading the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission and recently made a set of recommendations—one of which includes ensuring that front line clinicians are able to share emerging information in real time. Each day, these clinicians are developing new understandings about the disease and how best to treat it, but are struggling to get the information out to other providers in real-time to help fight this crisis. What have these frontline clinicians learned? How are these clinicians sharing their experiences with one another? How can this information be collected, disseminated and used to update “best practice” treatment guidelines? Are there immediate steps the government can take to make an impact with COVID-19? Please join us for a discussion with frontline and clinical experts in the field.


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States are facing severe fiscal pressures stemming from the unprecedented self-imposed economic freeze, with many quickly depleting rainy day funds. To help states and municipalities avoid the immediate consequences of the plunge in tax revenue, the Federal Reserve is purchasing massive amounts of state and local debt. The federal government has stepped in to help with the jump in state health care spending. Now, some state politicians are warning of steep budget cuts without a massive federal government bailout. Left unsaid is that even a 10 percent cut in state government budgets would leave many with higher inflation-adjusted, per capita spending than before the last recession. Join us as our experts examine the situation facing the states, the problem of local government insolvency, and the repercussions of increased involvement by the federal government and the Federal Reserve.


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Young people lose heart early on. Trapped in government-run schools, they learn that America is a nation of imperialism, greed, and racism. Rarely do they hear the truth: that America is the freest, most prosperous nation on Earth—the only nation founded on the concept of human liberty. They learn that perpetual oppression is their fate, and that their only chance at success is through the benevolence of the state or through violent resistance. This is the narrative both of revisionist historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and of The New York Times’ new 1619 Project.

Join us and learn about innovative platforms and engaging curricula that reaffirm, illuminate, and explain the founding principles of our government, traditional values, economic freedom, and individual liberty regardless of race, creed, or class. Become equipped with strategies to advocate against policies that support curricula and secondary resources that overtly challenge and reject American history, the history of our institutions, and traditional American values.

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In the face of a worldwide pandemic, America is responding to the ongoing public health crisis on a massive scale to mitigate the impact of the virus in our communities. Meanwhile, civil society has risen to the challenge to support fellow Americans in need. In the pro-life community, pregnancy resource centers continue to serve mothers and families facing an unplanned or challenging pregnancy. Issues of life and conscience continue to play a large role in the federal government’s legislative response. And in courts across the country, an ongoing debate about whether or not elective abortion is “essential” healthcare changes by the day. Join us for an expert panel’s in-depth discussion about current topics in the pro-life policy movement as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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In an attempt to mitigate economic damage from the COVID-19 shutdowns, the Federal Reserve has injected more than $2 trillion of newly created fiat currency into the economy. Since the end of February, the central bank has expanded its balance sheet from just over $4 trillion to more than $6.6 trillion. Rather than limit itself to relying on its usual tools such as lending directly to financial institutions through its discount window, the Fed is lending directly to businesses, directly purchasing corporate bonds, and purchasing state and local government bonds. Join us for a conversation about these developments—and what they mean for our economic future.


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As society opens up and economic activity returns, American history offers important lessons. Today we are still seeing how the massive federal reforms implemented from the top-down by experts and bureaucrats, like those put in place during the Great Depression, often harm rather than help the most vulnerable. How can we ensure our path forward restores opportunity and the pursuit of prosperity for all? With millions of Americans out of work, can government action restore employment faster than the free market? Join us as we offer a clear-eyed look at history and how its lessons apply to today.

This session is brought to you in partnership with Heritage’s Resource Bank Meeting, our annual conference for leaders of conservative movement organizations. Due to the global pandemic causing a cancellation of the in-person meeting, we are pleased to be able to offer this content in an online forum to a much broader audience.

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The U.S. Postal Service is in deep trouble and potentially faces the real risk of going bankrupt this year, with taxpayers left to pay the tab. Despite declining mail volume, many Americans depend on the Postal Service to deliver to them essential goods from food to medicine. Private delivery companies move a lot of packages, but don’t go to every household in the country. Some suggest the U.S. Postal Service is too big to fail, while others point at successful privatization of postal services in other countries as a viable option. Something we can all agree on is that the Postal Service’s finances are unsustainable and reform is critical. Join us for an engaging discussion with three experts on the current state of the Postal Service and its possible future.


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The Heritage Foundation’s 2020 Index of Economic Freedom features a special focus section on free trade, which included four chapters on the most important trade topics of the day. Our two speakers are the authors of the Index trade chapters on digital trade and World Trade Organization reform, topics that each present their own challenges to trade freedom. Digital trade is the fastest growing means for individuals around the world to exchange goods and services, but there are also growing efforts to restrict or tax this method of exchange. The future of the World Trade Organization is in question as its dispute settlement mechanism is currently crippled and countries propose reforms to the system. Join us for a discussion on these two trade issues and their impact on trade freedom in the U.S. and around the world.

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COVID-19 has taken the world by a storm, but none are more deeply affected than the world’s most vulnerable. Refugees and the internally displaced, individuals living under authoritarian regimes, and others living in countries with limited healthcare resources are facing, in some cases, life or death situations. While many countries battling their own domestic fight with COVID-19 are tempted to turn inwards, the U.S. as a global leader in the promotion of freedom has a responsibility to galvanize attention and partnership to ensure that the world’s most needy are receiving the assistance they need during the pandemic. Join us to learn about the unique challenges faced by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the impoverished in North Korea, and the marginalized in China.

 

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The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission is partnered with the Leadership Institute for a digital town hall to present the commission’s latest recommendations and take questions from participants.

 

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As Russia and China advance their nuclear forces and North Korea and Iran continue to pursue nuclear capabilities, the U.S. nuclear arsenal slowly decays. Deterioration of the nuclear enterprise has become so serious that a failure to deliver systems like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent or the W80-4 warhead on time could result in a critical gap in the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

In the new book from the Center for Security Policy Press, Growing Challenges for America’s Nuclear Deterrent, nine national security experts examine the threat to the U.S. nuclear arsenal and what it takes to deter nuclear attack, assure U.S. allies and partners, achieve U.S. objectives if deterrence fails, and hedge against future threats. On May 5, hear three of these expert contributors, Fred Fleitz, Dr. Matthew Kroenig, and Dr. Michaela Dodge, discuss the nuclear force necessary to deter, fight, and win a nuclear conflict.

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Ready or not, COVID-19 swept across the globe and utterly changed the landscape of the world’s workforce. For those accustomed to a shared physical workspace, this disease has changed where we do our work—now, primarily from home—and how we communicate with one another. Now that most Americans have been subject to stay-at-home orders for over a month and are adjusting to the new normal of remote work, it’s a good time to assess the situation. How can managers support their dispersed teams so that they don’t simply survive, but actually thrive in this time?

Join us for a virtual conversation with a panel of managers experienced in leading remote teams.

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May 4th, 2020 marked 40 years since the day that the federal Department of Education opened its doors. The cabinet-level agency is no longer in its infancy; Americans have four decades of data on academic outcomes by which to measure its impact on our children. Teachers and school leaders also have 40 years by which they can measure the Department’s impact on their working lives. Taxpayers have the billions of dollars they have financed to assess the impact of the Department through an economic lens. What is the history of the Department and its legacy forty years after its creation? What should the future hold for the Department of Education? Join us for a discussion with education experts on this notable anniversary.

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The COVID-19 crisis has changed the lives of all Americans. With mandated social-distancing, restrictions on in-person worship and church services, closures of most non-essential businesses in the domestic economy, and limitations on travel overseas and between states, some wonder what gives the government the ability to restrict our individual liberty and when it should stop. Is the Constitution simply a parchment barrier in times of crisis? Or are these brief limitations on liberty necessary and beneficial in worldwide pandemic? Join us for a discussion with two constitutional law experts, Harmeet Dhillon and Eugene Volokh, as they debate how to strike the right balance of liberty and safety during the current pandemic.


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As America faces new challenges caused by COVID-19 and the need to “flatten the curve” by limiting large gatherings, the Heritage Foundation will be hosting a webinar conversation featuring Jewish, Catholic, and Evangelical perspectives on how faith can inspire hopeful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

Join us to hear how Americans are relying on their faith, living out their beliefs, and loving their neighbors during this time of social distancing. Our featured speakers will also reflect on how America’s communities of faith have responded to past crises and how they are responding to this pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis with widespread media coverage. Most governments have been transparent about the COVID-19 situation in their country, but not much has been officially reported by the governments of Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The reports that have been released raise serious questions about their accuracy. What are the current total of sick, infected, and fatalities in these countries? How are their governments responding? These are the questions being asked right now to national governments by the public.

Join us for a conversation with a group of experts on the current COVID-19 situation in Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

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With the New START arms control agreement between the United States and Russia set to expire in less than one year, the Trump Administration must soon decide whether to extend the treaty or let it expire. On the one hand, extending New START would continue the nominal restrictions on U.S. and Russian deployed delivery systems and strategic warheads, and mutual U.S./Russian onsite inspections. On the other, New START does not limit Russia’s large stockpile of battlefield warheads nor its new ‘exotic’ nuclear delivery systems, including a nuclear torpedo and nuclear-powered cruise missile. Opponents of extension also argue that New START’s limited verification regime provides less than satisfactory confidence that Russia cannot violate the provisions. The Trump Administration has also expressed a desire to negotiate an improved arms control agreement with Russia that also includes China, which has been aggressively modernizing its nuclear forces. What are the arguments for and against extension? Does the United States have sufficient leverage to negotiate a better agreement? What would Russia do if no longer constrained by New START? On April 23, hear arguments on both sides of the debate and join what will be an informative discussion on how the Administration should proceed.

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Since mid-March Congress, the administration, and state governors all took exceptional actions to curb the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that originated in China. Restrictions aimed at enforcing social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19 have led to stay-at-home orders and the temporary closure of schools, universities, and businesses deemed non-essential, with the economy experiencing a steep and sudden downturn as unemployment rolls are swelling. Lawmakers have passed several policies aimed at providing relief, including the largest public relief package in U.S. history: The CARES Act. Join Heritage Foundation experts for a timely conversation on how COVID-19 is impacting the U.S. economy, which policies are helping and which are hurting, and what’s next for facilitating an economic recovery after the public health crisis is contained.

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What are the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in American society? What does it mean to be a part of one of the greatest enterprises in human history? In his latest book, Author Wilfred McClay answers these questions and invites everyone to learn how ideals drove America’s creation and success. Please join a discussion with the author, hosted by The Heritage Foundation’s Angela Sailor.

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