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January 27, 2023

Statement from Matt Whitaker on potential protests in wake of the release of body camera footage by the Memphis Police Department

Today, Matt Whitaker, former Acting Attorney General of the United States and Co-Chair of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for Law & Justice, issued the following statement on potential protests in the wake of the release of body camera footage by the Memphis Police Department:

January 27, 2023

Making America the Priority: A preview of the 118th Congress

Featuring a fireside chat between AFPI Executive Director Chad Wolf & U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise.

January 27, 2023

Request for Comments on FLRA Docket No. 0-MC-33, Miscellaneous and General Requirements

January 27, 2023

Requiring Photo Id To Vote Act

A government-issued photo identification (“photo ID”) is a fundamental requirement of an effective electoral system that protects the validity of every legal vote and legal voter. Out of 47 European countries, 46 require photo ID to vote. Photo IDs are regularly required in personal and professional situations to verify that an individual is who they claim to be. Additionally, obtaining a photo ID for voting should be free of cost. This requirement is vital to ensure each voter is properly identified to protect against voter fraud, guarantee fair outcomes, and help restore trust in the results. These measures will help make it easy to vote but hard to cheat.

January 27, 2023

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Ownership of Agricultural Land is a Threat to Mississippi

The CCP DOES NOT have a right to own U.S. agricultural land, but it is taking advantage of our Nation’s vulnerabilities.

January 27, 2023

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Ownership of Agricultural Land is a Threat to South Dakota

The CCP DOES NOT have a right to own U.S. agricultural land, but it is taking advantage of our Nation’s vulnerabilities.

January 27, 2023

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Ownership of Agricultural Land is a Threat to Texas

The CCP DOES NOT have a right to own U.S. agricultural land, but it is taking advantage of our Nation’s vulnerabilities.

January 26, 2023

Kellyanne Conway Praises Utah Legislature for Advancing School Choice for All Students

During National School Choice Week, Utah’s legislature took a major step toward providing parents with the opportunity to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children. Today, the Utah legislature passed a bill that would provide the families of nearly one million children in 163 school districts with education choice.

January 26, 2023

Stakeholder Toolkit: Combating Antisemitism In Your State

Antisemitism has reemerged as an urgent and systemic civil rights issue in the United States in recent years (Belkin, 2022). As researchers at the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) have observed, college campuses are a key locus of the problem—the place in American society where antisemitism’s “proponents feel free to articulate an intellectual defense of the hatred they advocate” and where one finds the “academic case for antisemitism” that justifies growing violence and bigotry toward a religious and ethnic minority (Olidort & Pidluzny, 2022a). Too often, the ideas and habits students learn on campus diffuse with graduates throughout society broadly. One only needs to look at the increasing frequency of attacks against Jewish residents in major U.S. cities—or the social media accounts of influential figures in popular culture—to appreciate antisemitism’s pervasive presence in America today (Contreras, 2022a).

January 26, 2023

The Biden Administration’s New Plan Fails to Solve the Border Crisis

The Biden Administration’s first two years in office corresponded with the two worst years at the southern border in our Nation’s history. In Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022, over 5 million illegal aliens crossed the southern border unlawfully, including known “gotaways,” over 25,000 pounds of fentanyl was seized at the border, and an untold number of illegal aliens and fentanyl successfully made it into American communities undetected by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. The border crisis is not coincidental or unexpected but an inevitable crisis borne of the intentional decision by the Biden Administration to swiftly abandon every successful Trump Administration border policy, including Remain in Mexico, the Asylum Cooperative Agreements, and the use of expedited removal to the fullest extent authorized under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (MPP) (ACA) (8 USC 1225).

January 26, 2023

The Biden Administration, Not Congress, is Responsible for the Border Crisis

Fact Checker: The Humanitarian crisis at the Souther Border.

January 25, 2023

Fact Sheet - H.R. 29, the Border Safety and Security Act of 2023

One of the first bills that the new House majority is scheduled to bring to the floor for a vote is Rep. Chip Roy’s (TX-21) Border Safety and Security Act of 2023. If enacted, this three-page bill would help secure the border, discourage asylum fraud, and deter human trafficking. Failure to pass the policies contained in this bill will undoubtedly result in the continuation of the humanitarian border crisis created by the Biden Administration’s failed policies.

January 24, 2023

Using Executive Action to Secure the Border

The ongoing two-year humanitarian crisis at the Southern border was intentionally created by the Biden Administration’s decision to end the successful Trump Administration border policies. Over the objections of career Border Patrol agents, the Biden Administration halted the construction of the border wall and other key policies while failing to offer replacement policies to deter illegal immigration. Now, instead of implementing a new strategy, the Biden Administration is blaming the “broken system” and faulting Congress for refusing to pass its signature amnesty bill. This is absurd; amnesty is not a solution and would only make the situation on the border worse.

January 24, 2023

Using Executive Action to Secure the Border: In-Depth

The ongoing two-year humanitarian crisis at the southern border was intentionally created by the Biden Administration’s decision to end the successful Trump Administration border policies. Over the objections of career Border Patrol agents, the Biden Administration halted the construction of the border wall and other key policies while failing to offer replacement policies to deter illegal immigration. Now, instead of implementing a new strategy, the Biden Administration is blaming the “broken system” and faulting Congress for refusing to pass its signature amnesty bill. This is absurd; amnesty is not a solution and would only make the situation on the border worse.

January 24, 2023

FACT SHEET: The Strategic Petroleum Reserve—America’s Energy Security Back-Stop

Following the 1970s oil crises, Congress established the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to address “severe energy supply interruptions” through the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975.

January 20, 2023

Former Director of White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to lead America First 2025 Transition Initiative

The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) today announced that Doug Hoelscher, former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President Donald J. Trump, will chair AFPI’s American Leadership Initiative. This initiative is an effort to ensure the next conservative administration is ready to govern effectively on day one and advance an America First agenda on behalf of the American people.

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January 19, 2023

America First Policy Institute Joins Amicus Brief against Veterans Affairs Abortion Policy

January 19, 2023

Secure Our Voting Machines Act

Voting systems are designated as critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security and should therefore be subject to strict regulation regarding component sourcing, manufacturing, and production. This act mandates that states do not use voting machines that contain any part or material sourced from producers of election infrastructure contracting or subcontracting with entities or businesses in countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism by the Department of State as well as the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation. This will ensure better security standards for U.S. critical infrastructure and help restore public trust in elections.

January 19, 2023

Biden must get serious about ending human trafficking

For nearly two years, we have heard a lot of talk from the Biden administration about its commitment to bringing “an end to human trafficking.” President Biden claims his administration is leading the fight to counter it, but the American people know that actions speak louder than words. In just two years, a record 306,000 vulnerable children have been trafficked and smuggled to the border — more than 1.3 times the number over the entire four years of the Trump administration.

January 18, 2023

Op-Ed: Sunny Prices Report Hides Discouraging Reality — Inflation Is Still Here

While the Biden Administration is in a self-congratulatory mood about today’s year-end Producer Price Index (PPI) of 6.2%, a closer look at the data and recent history tells a more complicated and discouraging story.

January 17, 2023

Prohibiting Ranked Choice Voting Act

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), as defined below, is an overly complicated system that is not popular among the vast majority of Americans and often prevents the candidate receiving the most votes from being declared the winner. Studies show Ranked Choice Voting discourages voter participation, adds wait time for results, does not decrease negative ads, puts a greater strain on election workers, and increases voter distrust. Instead of making it easy to vote but hard to cheat, RCV will confuse voters and discourage more citizens from voting. The purpose of this act is to ban RCV in states.

January 17, 2023

Confronting Growing Threats from North Korea

North Korea test-launched a record number of ballistic missiles in 2022 and could conduct a nuclear test in 2023. Our expert panel will examine these threats and discuss the urgency that the Biden Administration adopt a serious policy to address them.

January 13, 2023

AFGE Corruption Warrants Investigation

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)—the largest and most influential federal em-ployee union—has a serious corruption problem. AFGE accounts for more than 1-in-10 federal criminal union corruption convictions over the past decade. AFGE has the highest conviction rate of any public or private sector union over this period. During this time, dozens of AFGE locals have been placed into trusteeship for corruption.

January 13, 2023

American Made Voting Machines Act

This act mandates that electronic voting systems be sourced, manufactured, and assembled in the United States. This will ensure better security standards, make it easier to investigate any machine issues, and help restore public trust in elections. Voting systems are designated as critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security and should therefore be subject to strict regulation regarding component sourcing, manufacturing, and production. If issues arise with a voting machine, it would be easier to discover the cause if the machine hardware and software are created in Birmingham, Buffalo, or Boise, and not Beijing.

January 12, 2023

Defending Your Right to Bear Arms

Fact Checker: Second Amendment. Setting the record straight on some common yet deeply flawed arguments against your second amendment rights.

January 12, 2023

AFPI Impact in 2022

January 12, 2023

Alarm Over TikTok Threat Reaches Critical Mass as Government Responds

TikTok is a short-form video content mobile application controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a subsidiary of Beijing-based ByteDance, Ltd. It serves as an ingenious data-harvesting weapon for the CCP disguised as a social media platform and has become a dominant force in American youth culture.

January 12, 2023

Ranked Choice Voting.

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is an overly complicated system that is not popular among the vast majority of Americans and often prevents the candidate receiving the most votes from being declared the winner. Instead of making it easy to vote but hard to cheat, RCV can confuse voters and discourage more citizens from voting.

January 11, 2023

Department of Defense Rescinds COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Service Members

Today, Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg, Co-Chair of the Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute, released the following statement regarding the Department of Defense rescinding its COVID-19 vaccine mandate:

January 11, 2023

Ensuring Ballots Received By Election Day Act

This model policy would require all ballots, with the exception of military personnel serving overseas and American citizens living overseas, to be received by the close of polls on Election Day. Currently, 30 states require ballots to be received by Election Day, although the deadline hour varies. Other states allow ballots to be received up to 14 days after Election Day. This legislation will decrease the prolonged post-election vote tally, which often leads to public distrust and protracted litigation.

January 10, 2023

HR 27 Prosecutors Need to Prosecute Act

Progressive criminal justice policies simply do not work. They remove accountability from criminal perpetrators and place communities at risk.

January 9, 2023

STATEMENT: House Votes to Defund 87,000 New IRS Agents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The America First Policy Institute today issued the following statement by Linda McMahon, Chair of the Board of the America First Policy Institute, Director of the Center for the American Worker, and former Administrator of the Small Business Administration following the passage of the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act:

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January 9, 2023

Letter to Congressional Leaders in the 118th Congress

January 8, 2023

Biden’s Mexico visit: A change in strategy or more of the same?

President Joe Biden has a unique opportunity to reverse his administration’s legacy of border security failures during the upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City. The United States and Mexico have a shared interest in each country securing its respective borders, but over the past two years, the Biden administration’s failed border policies have inflicted significant harm to both countries.

January 6, 2023

Addressing the Challenges of Recruiting and Retention in-Law Enforcement

Challenges affecting the recruiting and retention of qualified police officers are contributing to rising crime rates and social dysfunction in communities.

January 5, 2023

Requiring Identification for Mail-In Ballots Act

This model legislation requires individuals voting by mail to submit their driver’s license number, the number on their government-issued voter ID, or the last four digits of their social security number to validate that they are whom they claim to be. Signature matching was a reasonable way of vetting mail-in ballots in the past when only 20% of voters submitted ballots by mail, but the heavy increase in mail-in ballots now necessitates more secure identification measures. Voter identification is the foundation of election integrity, for in-person and mail-in voting.

January 5, 2023

America First Policy Institute Expands Economic Team

Four New Economic Leaders Tackle Number One Issue of American Public

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December 21, 2022

Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the Omnibus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The America First Policy Institute today released the Top 10 Reasons that America First lawmakers should reject the omnibus spending deal in the United States Congress.

December 21, 2022

Fatherlessness In South Dakota

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong Nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality—and unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in South Dakota.

December 21, 2022

Fatherlessness In Illinois

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong Nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality—and unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in Illinois.

December 21, 2022

Fatherlessness In North Dakota

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong Nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality—and unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in North Dakota.

December 21, 2022

Fatherlessness In Tennessee

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong Nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality—and unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in Tennessee.

December 21, 2022

Fatherlessness In Oklahoma

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong Nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality—and unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in Oklahoma.

December 20, 2022

Biden’s refusal to act on Title 42 creates ‘state of emergency’ at border, and Nationwide

Our Nation’s sovereignty is on a collision course with an unprecedented surge of illegal aliens that recent drone footage reveals is mobilizing on the Mexican side of the U.S. southern border. On December 21, the government’s ability to immediately turn away illegal aliens at the southern border ends.

December 16, 2022

Voting Machines Are Critical Infrastructure and Should Be Made in America

Voting machines, registration databases, polling locations, and voting storage facilities are designated by the Department of Homeland Security as critical infrastructure.

December 16, 2022

STATEMENT on FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – We applaud the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), particularly its inclusion of key America First priorities – namely, the revocation of the Biden Administration’s ill-conceived COVID vaccine mandate, well-deserved pay increases for our men and women in uniform, and measures to deter China.

December 15, 2022

Statement on Bill of Rights Day

The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) hopes everyone is enjoying the holiday season and spreading Christmas cheer to friends and family. During this time, we also celebrate a gift that Americans received 231 years ago — the Bill of Rights! On December 15, 1791, after crafting our Constitution, the Founding Fathers devised and ratified an equally necessary document — the Bill of Rights. Importantly, the Bill of Rights does not give us the rights mentioned within it but instead acknowledges them as fundamental to a free people and granted by God. Indeed, in drafting these first 10 Amendments, James Madison intended to protect the people from its government, not the other way around.

December 15, 2022

Statement on New Call for Ranked Choice Voting in Georgia

This week, the Georgia Secretary of State signaled his intentions to encourage the state legislature and the Governor to adopt Ranked Choice Voting. Hogan Gidley, Vice-Chair of the Center for Election Integrity, issued the following statement.

December 15, 2022

Restoring Justice and Upholding the Second Amendment

The recent surge in violent crime is making the streets of America increasingly unsafe. In the last year alone, the rates of assault, murder, robbery, and rape have risen anywhere from five to forty percent, coming off unprecedented escalations in 2020 (Colton, 2022). When the state of public safety is in peril, citizens must be able to defend themselves and their families against criminals or those who seek to do them harm. This basic principle is consistent with America’s historic commitment to freedom and equality, enshrined in the Nation’s founding documents.

December 14, 2022

Harnessing the Sun: The Triumph of American Innovation

In December 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented his vision for the future of humanity at the annual summit of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

December 13, 2022

AFPI’s Public Comments on the Department of Labor’s Independent Contractor Rule

RE: Notice of proposed rulemaking: Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (RIN 1235-AA43)

December 13, 2022

FACT SHEET: Why You Need to Understand the ESG Threat

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing is resulting in money managers allocating capital to meet their personal political and social goals rather than prioritizing financial security for their clients.

December 12, 2022

Protecting Due Process on Public University Campuses After the New Title IX Regulation

The Biden Administration’s proposed Title IX regulation will allow universities to revert to the Obama Administration’s deeply flawed framework for investigating sexual misconduct allegations on college campuses.

December 12, 2022

Three Approaches to improving Viewpoint Diversity at State colleges and Universities

A truly liberal education requires the freedom and opportunity to explore a wide range of viewpoints. Exposure to a diversity of perspectives on campus also builds viewpoint tolerance and intellectual humility in college graduates. When students learn that people of goodwill and character can disagree vehemently and still enjoy learning together, we make progress toward improving our public dialogue. Unfortunately, most campuses today are characterized by a Left-leaning viewpoint monoculture.

December 12, 2022

Combating Antisemitism on U.S. College Campuses

The number of recorded antisemitic incidents in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2021 (Anti-Defamation League, 2022a). In recent years, American universities have become increasingly hostile environments for Jewish students and faculty because of policies instituted by the universities themselves and pressure from student groups.

December 12, 2022

Requiring Photo ID to Vote.

A government-issued photo identification (“photo ID”) is a fundamental requirement of an effective electoral system that protects the validity of every vote and voter. Photo IDs are regularly required in important personal and professional situations to verify that an individual is, in fact, whom he or she claims to be.

December 9, 2022

American Jewry and the Search for American Moral Confidence

Recent trends, including a dramatic spike in anti-Semitic attacks in New York City over the last two years and a recent poll that found more than a quarter of American Jewish millennials conceal their Jewish identity due mainly to anti-Israel pressure on campuses, have invited the question of whether it is the end of the American Jewry and what is needed to save it. Bret Stephens and Adam Milstein argue in separate settings, correctly, I believe, that the rise in anti-Israel sentiment can only be turned back by restoring America’s strong bond with Israel, which is key to making America a welcoming home for Jews.

December 9, 2022

Protecting Students’ Expressive Rights on Public College Campuses

Colleges and Universities are failing to protect students' expressive rights.

December 9, 2022

25 State Higher Education Policy Priorities of The America First Agenda

The America First Policy Institute’s Higher Education Reform Initiative works to develop and advance policy reforms that invigorate a competitive higher education marketplace, strengthen protections for free expression on campus, improve viewpoint diversity in the academy, and build civic literacy. As a starting point, the Higher Education Reform Initiative has identified 25 state policy priorities and provided examples of promising legislative initiatives that have recently been passed into law, introduced as bills, or developed as model legislation. They fall into eight broad categories: initiatives designed to (1) improve protections for students’ expressive rights, (2) protect students’ religious liberties, (3) enrich the marketplace of ideas by encouraging viewpoint diversity, (4) guarantee minimum due process rights in sexual misconduct investigations, (5) incentivize innovation and efficiency, (6) improve governance accountability, (7) improve civics literacy, and (8) counteract the pernicious effects of Critical Race Theory. This is a draft resource intended to inform and educate policymakers; all feedback is welcome.

December 8, 2022

The U.S. is Funding China’s Genocide

This October, the United Nations Human Rights Council sparked global outrage as it voted not to discuss accusations of abuses against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China. China claimed a “victory” as the motion for debate on their human rights record was voted down by fellow member states, despite mounting evidence of state-sanctioned brutality (Aljazeera, 2022).

December 7, 2022

America First China Policy Principles in Practice - Center Overview - China Policy Initiatie

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) represents the most comprehensive threat to our national security since the fall of the Soviet Union three decades ago. The essential difference is that the CCP is far stronger economically and culturally and is embedded into nearly every aspect of American life. 

December 7, 2022

State Legislative Priority: Ensuring a Legal Workforce

The ability to obtain a job in the U.S. is one of the primary drivers of illegal immigration. Millions of illegal aliens currently work in the U.S. unlawfully because the existing paper-based Form I-9 verification process is easy to exploit, and human resources personnel are not experts in forged documents. As a result, the wages and job opportunities for many Americans are harmed. Additionally, states are deprived of revenue from the undeclared income paid to illegal aliens. The federal “Commitment to America” policy agenda includes a requirement that workers prove legal status to obtain a job. States can act now to combat illegal immigration and ensure a legal workforce by requiring employers in their state to use E-Verify, a free web-based system that allows them to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. States should also establish criminal and civil penalties for employers who are found to hire illegal aliens, such as mandatory business license suspensions.

December 7, 2022

State Legislative Priority:  International Wire Transfer Fees

High-Level Summary Illegal alien and narcotic trafficking networks typically use international wire transfers to send money out of the country. Trafficking networks favor international wire transfers because these companies lack the oversight of traditional banks, making it easier to structure the transactions to hide their illicit nature. Wire transfers are also the easiest way for illegal aliens to send remittances back home. States can fight back by imposing a fee on all outgoing wire transfers. This fee generates new revenue without raising taxes and makes it more costly for illegal aliens and narcotics trafficking networks to operate within the state. Any fees charged to taxpayers are reimbursed through a tax credit. States could use this additional revenue to cover the uncompensated costs of illegal immigration on schools and healthcare systems, bolster law enforcement funding to combat smuggling and trafficking, or go into the state’s general fund.

December 5, 2022

Ending Putin’s Invasion:  Defining the Direction of U.S. Assistance (Updated - as of day 285 of the invasion)

The earlier version of this Issue Brief (on day 231 of Putin’s invasion) coincided with the publication of the Biden Administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS) on October 12. It also predated the publication of the unclassified version of the Biden Administration’s National Defense Strategy (NDS) (October 27).

December 5, 2022

Bibi’s Return and the Future of U.S. - Israel Relations

Israel just held a historic election – the fifth in four years, resulting in the return to power of Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. Bibi Returns to Israel and the Middle East in a time of transition, with new progress through the Abraham Accords but also new challenges, including a rising threat from Iran and new waves of terrorist violence in Israel.

December 2, 2022

Universal Parental School Choice Act

The Universal Parental School Choice Act creates a scholarship program that provides all children the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of their parents’ choice.

December 2, 2022

Tax Credit Scholarship Act

The Tax-Credit Scholarship Act incentivizes individuals and businesses to donate to nonprofit organizations that provide tuition scholarships to eligible students. In exchange for donations, donors receive a tax credit from the state. Through this process, tax-credit scholarship programs use entirely private funds to offer private school scholarships to families. It identifies student eligibility for the Tax-Credit Scholarship program, establishes administrative and financial accountability measures for scholarship-granting organizations and qualifying schools, and develops procedures for a state agency to oversee it.

December 2, 2022

Part-Time Enrollment Act

The Part-Time Enrollment Act increases new learning opportunities for students, establishes new flexibilities for families, and supports public schools to serve students in new and different ways.

December 2, 2022

Education Savings Accounts Act

The Education Scholarship Account Act allows parents to use the funds that would have been allocated to their child at their resident school district for an education program of the parents’ choosing. It identifies student eligibility as well as approved educational expenses, establishes procedures for parents to apply to the program, and develops procedures for an authority to oversee the ESA program while also providing academic and fiscal transparency measures for participating families, schools, and education providers.

December 2, 2022

Literacy-Based Promotion Act

This bill ensures that a student’s progression from one grade to another be determined, in part, upon proficiency in reading; that district school board policies facilitate reading instruction and intervention services to address student reading needs; and that each student and his or her parent or guardian be informed of that student’s reading progress.

December 1, 2022

AFPI Letter to Congressional Leadership

With the midterm elections behind us, attention in Washington has once again returned to funding the federal government.

November 30, 2022

Elections Systems are Critical Infrastructure and Must Be Protected

Protecting United States critical infrastructure—defined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as “the physical and cyber systems and assets that are so vital to the United States that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on our physical or economic security or public health or safety”—is a necessary component of national security (Humphreys, Shanton, 2020). For decades, presidential administrations have recognized the need for oversight, collaboration, and security surrounding critical infrastructure. While typically critical infrastructure is thought of as emergency services, energy, banking, defense, or the like, it also necessarily includes elections infrastructure (the voting machines, voter registration databases, data management, and physical infrastructures such as polling locations and storage).

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November 29, 2022

RESPECT FOR MARRIAGE ACT

November 29, 2022

Respect for Marriage Act

The Respect for Marriage Act, which is currently under consideration by the United States Senate, would codify same-sex marriage into federal law. Proponents of this legislation argue that it is simply a measure to codify the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. These proponents claim that the law would not undermine religious freedom or infringe upon the freedom of churches to maintain their commitment to traditional marriage.

November 29, 2022

Analysis of H.R. 9240, The Concerned Citizens Bill of Rights Act

The public safety dangers posed by progressive criminal justice policies continue to plague communities across the Nation. The elimination of cash bail, broad non-enforcement policies absent the imprimatur of the legislature, and non-prosecution policies mark just a few of the more nefarious policy prescriptions negatively impacting public safety.

November 29, 2022

What is Constitutional Carry? State Legislation: Permitless Carry

Constitutional carry, or permitless carry, codifies the right of law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun—both open and concealed carry—without a permit and is the primary way states recognize the right to bear arms as an extension of the right to self-defense, not a privilege bestowed by government.

November 29, 2022

Midterm Results: Americans prefer the America First Approach to Criminal Justice

Crime and public safety remained top of mind for midterm voters across the Nation, as many big cities continue to experience a record-high crime wave. The America First policy approach aims to provide safe and secure communities to ensure all Americans can live their lives in peace by supporting law enforcement, holding criminals accountable, and pursuing justice for all.

November 29, 2022

CRT Subverts Public School Education, Deforms Citizenship, and Threatens America’s Future

The teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in classrooms across America has raised the ire of parents—and for good reason. CRT’s principal claim is that America is systemically racist and incapable of racial justice, and its constitutional, legal, and political systems were designed to perpetuate a corrupt white supremacist power structure. CRT is a wholesale ideological assault on the American experiment and disputes its commitment to self-declared founding principles—namely, that “all men are created equal” and should be treated as such under the law. Its ubiquity concerns parents, specifically, and citizens, generally, who object to this vision. 

November 28, 2022

Fentanyl: The Deadly Consequences

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is an extraordinarily potent drug that is devastating communities across our Nation. One potentially lethal dose of fentanyl is only 2 mg—less than a gram of sugar. But Mexican drug cartels, who obtain the precursor chemicals from China, package fentanyl by the kilogram – about the size of a cantaloupe. A kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill up to 500,000 people (DEA, 2022). As a direct result of the failed border strategy of the Biden Administration, a staggering amount of it is flooding into every American community. In fiscal year 2022, enough fentanyl was caught crossing the border to kill 3.3. billion people – or every American 10 times over (CBP, n.d.).

November 28, 2022

Restoring America’s Critical Mineral Supply Chains

Critical minerals are essential to a variety of modern manufacturing industries. While they are often associated with renewable and low-carbon energy, such as the use of lithium in electric vehicle batteries or tellurium in solar panels, they are also used in a variety of high-tech applications, such as military laser systems or cellphone screens. Although the United States relies upon a consistent and predictable supply of critical minerals for domestic industry, China has developed domination of the mining and refining of some of the scarcest critical minerals. Historically, this domination has not been benign. Rather, the Communist regime in China has weaponized its control of critical mineral supply chains to punish and coerce its international rivals. In light of the risk that Chinese control of critical mineral supply chains poses to the economic and national security of the United States, successive presidential administrations and Congress have sought to support American access and production of these minerals.

November 28, 2022

Targeted State Restrictions Are Required to Protect U.S. Agricultural Land from the CCP

China is an adversarial nation with the stated goal of overtaking the United States politically and economically. American agricultural land is a strategic asset providing food security and independence, and U.S. farmers are an essential part of the fabric of our Nation. Meanwhile, securing and dominating world food supply chains is an integral part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which also sees them hoarding computer chips, minerals, and other sensitive commodities. An America First approach to national security emphasizes the centrality of our own economic prosperity and the need to secure our supply chains and ensure national self-reliance to ultimately marginalize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its policies.

November 28, 2022

AFPI’s Top National Security Priorities for the 118th Congress

Implement a border strategy that stops illegal immigration and ends human trafficking, including codifying the Remain in Mexico policy and Asylum Cooperative Agreements that offer arrangements for processing those seeking entry to the United States to do so elsewhere.

November 28, 2022

STATEMENT: Steve Yates on the Ongoing Civil Unrest Across China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute released the following statement in response to the ongoing civil unrest across China.

November 25, 2022

Op-Ed: This Black Friday, Remember Your Local Small Businesses

For millions of Americans, the minute the clock strikes midnight after a big Thanksgiving dinner, the Christmas shopping season begins. For many, this is highlighted by a rush to the nearest big box store early in the morning on Black Friday to beat the lines for the best discount possible.

November 23, 2022

America First Policy Institute Honors Trish Duggan and Vernon and Shirley Hill with Awards at its Second Annual America First Gala Experience at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) hosted its second annual America First Gala at Mar-a-Lago, where America First leaders from around the country participated in dozens of events, with panels led by top experts in their fields, including legends such as Larry Kudlow and Newt Gingrich, discussing the policy prescriptions that will result in putting America First.

November 22, 2022

Chinese Communist Party-Funded Campus Initiatives Undermine U.S. National Security

The CCP seeks to control American campus culture and enforce political alignment among foreign Chinese students.

November 22, 2022

The State of American Small Businesses Post-Pandemic: Identifying Headwinds and Crafting Market-Based Solutions

Small businesses have long been the lifeblood of our Nation’s economy and employ roughly half of America’s workforce today.

November 22, 2022

Protect American Campuses Act

The purpose of this act is to prevent the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from influencing and subverting American public universities through Confucius Institutes (CIs), Chinese Student and Scholar Associations (CSSAs), and any potential successor organizations. The CCP seeks to control American campus culture and enforce political alignment among foreign Chinese students and take advantage of American intellectual products to fuel their technological and military progress. The precise language banning “designated foreign missions of China” and “recruitment or propaganda programs” from operating in public universities ensures that repackaged successor groups to the CIs and CSSAs will be barred.

November 21, 2022

Students for Fair Admissions V. President & Fellows of Harvard College

On October 31, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases about the use of racial preferences in college admissions: Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and a similar case involving a state institution, the University of North Carolina. For more than five hours of questioning—almost unprecedented in the modern era—the justices raised probing questions about the legality of Harvard's practices in particular and the constitutionality of using race as a plus factor in college admissions generally.

November 16, 2022

AFPI Announces Michael Faulkender as Chief Economist

Michael Faulkender will lead AFPI’s charge to unleash prosperity and ensure the greatest economy in the world works for all Americans.

November 16, 2022

Statement on the Respect for Marriage Act

November 10, 2022

An Inflation Nation—Stubbornly High Inflation Persists

The American people continue to suffer from 40-year high inflation rates, as reported in the most recent Consumer Price Index release. 

November 8, 2022

Let’s Put America First and Secure the Border

The American people have been expressing a clear preference for America First policies that have been proven to secure the border over policies that make up an open-border, anti-enforcement, America Last strategy.

November 7, 2022

As the Mexican press disappear, cartels take over and endanger public

As dangerous as the war is for journalists in 2022 in Ukraine, where eight have been killed, the danger closer to home is more severe. In Mexico, 13 journalists have been confirmed killed, and an additional 15 are missing or have been abducted so far this year. Mexico also topped the world list in journalist deaths in 2021 and 2020, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

November 7, 2022

Op-Ed: The United States Can Still Be a Leader on Natural Gas

In 2014, the cover of Foreign Affairs magazine was devoted to the newfound American energy renaissance, dubbing it a “Big Fracking Deal.” Already gaining momentum, the shale revolution provided a glimpse of once unfathomable economic and national security prospects.

November 5, 2022

Op-ed: The left’s radical agenda to sexualize our public schools

Christian and Muslim parents protest content together at Dearborn school board meeting.

November 4, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Scary Education Priorities

The Biden Administration Attacks Honest Education and Parental Rights

November 4, 2022

New Website Launched to help Parents Take Back Control of Their Children’s Education

November 3, 2022

What’s on Your Ballot?

Election Day is quickly approaching, and several states have important ballot propositions on the ballot. Voters will be able to directly decide issues such as non-American citizen voting, ballot drop box use, and more. Election integrity measures are vital to restoring Americans’ trust in elections. Here are the most critical ballot initiatives and how they compare to the Center for Election Integrity’s goal of making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

November 2, 2022

Issue Brief: Distillate Disaster

As the winter heating season closes in, our Nation is increasingly unprepared compared to previous years.

November 2, 2022

After Amini:  Engagement with an Iran in Transition

The current wave of protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini —a 22-year old woman who was imprisoned for violating the regime’s strict regulations on women’s hair covering —have just entered their second month. In fact, protests have been ongoing throughout the country since the Green Revolution in 2009, with notable increases in intensity in 2018-2019 and this past month. The protests come at a decisive time, not only with an aging and reportedly ailing Supreme Leader Khamenei, but also given who is participating in them and the scale of the popular response. One example is Iran’s oil workers, who have gone on strike and joined the protests, chanting “we will destroy everything we built” (Joffre, 2022).

November 1, 2022

Fentanyl Fatalities in Perspective

50 times stronger than heroin found in all 50 States.

November 1, 2022

Fentanyl Q&A: The Pills That Are Plaguing Our Population

10 Questions and 10 Answers.

November 1, 2022

State School Choice Progress Report

November 1, 2022

At-Will Employment in the Career Service Would Improve Mississippi State Government

Mississippi’s civil service laws protect state service employees from removal. Most state employees can only be dismissed “for cause.” If fired, they can appeal their removal administratively and then in the courts. Administrative appeals take an average of six months to complete. These removal protections make removing incompetent or intransigent state employees more difficult. Mississippi partially addressed these problems with a series of incremental and temporary reforms.

November 1, 2022

Xi’s Brazen Power Consolidation Shows Us Why Strengthening America Must Be Our First Priority in Containing Chinese Authoritarianism

The world watched and stomachs collectively churned last Saturday as disturbing footage emerged from the 20th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress, with General Secretary Xi Jinping sitting stone-faced while his predecessor, 79-year-old Hu Jintao, was forcibly removed from a meeting by an aide. The imagery supported the narrative of an old-fashioned public purge carried out by Xi while the state-controlled Xinhua News Agency reported that Hu simply felt ill and needed to rest.

October 28, 2022

WATCH: AFPI Senior Fellow Mike Faulkender Joins Kudlow on Fox Business

Unleashing American energy will revitalize our economy.

October 28, 2022

Biden Administration Releases Its National Security Strategy (NSS): A Comparison

America First vs. America Last

October 27, 2022

Grassroots Toolkit: The Debate About Transgender Participation in Women’s Sports

Are you confused about the outrage over transgender participation in sports? Or don’t even know where to begin the discussion? This toolkit acts as a guide, so you can be well-informed to advocate for your position regarding this important issue.

October 27, 2022

The American People Will Not Benefit From Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting: What Is It?

October 27, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Regulatory Machine Wants to Stifle the Freedom of the American worker

In 2020, California voters repudiated regulators’ efforts to stifle the gig economy, overturning much of Assembly Bill 5, a bill that sought to force independent contractors into full-time employee status.

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content. Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022.

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Wake County School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content. Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022.

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Guilford County School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content. Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your hands to vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022.

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Indianapolis School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022. 

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Palm Beach County School Board Elections 

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022. 

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Pinellas County School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022. 

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Broward County School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022. 

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Scottsdale School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022. 

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Mesa School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022. 

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Chandler School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  Your local school board has the power to reverse these attacks and make sure our children have age-appropriate education materials. The power lies in your vote! Elections take place on November 8, 2022. 

October 26, 2022

Know Before You Go: Peoria School Board Elections

Too many of our schools, with the backing of elected school boards, are working to purposely divide children by teaching them Critical Race Theory (CRT) concepts, like believing that the color of their skin is more important than the content of their character, and sexualizing them by presenting age-inappropriate sexual content.  

October 26, 2022

Issue Brief: Childcare to Support the American Worker

While some parents are able to stay home and care for their children, millions of American families rely on childcare to facilitate work outside the home. In 2021, 32.8 million American families, which equates to approximately 40 percent of the United States, had a child under 18 in their household.

October 26, 2022

Teacher Preparation Programs and Accreditation

To learn more about teacher preparation programs and accreditation, check out the full research report on our website (AmericaFirstPolicy.com)!

October 25, 2022

Statement on the FY22 Record Southern Border Apprehensions

Today, the America First Policy Institute released the following statement from Chad Wolf, AFPI Executive Director, and Chief Strategy Officer, regarding the number of illegal aliens apprehended at the southern border during Fiscal Year (FY) 2022:

October 25, 2022

FY 2022: By the Numbers

The inhumanity of an America last immigration policy.

October 24, 2022

Perspective on The Record-Breaking Fiscal Year 22 Border numbers

2.38 Million Illegal Alien Apprehensions. More than FY17-FY20 Combined.

October 24, 2022

America First Women’s Agenda

Advancing an agenda for all Women & for America. The America First Women’s Agenda envisions a S.A.F.E.1 America. We set forth the following principles as the core of a new movement for women: Security, Affordability, Fairness, and Education. The S.A.F.E. Agenda—researched and branded by Kellyanne Conway—is rooted in the promise of America that belongs to all; it aligns with and will be delivered through the 10 policy pillars of the America First Agenda.

October 21, 2022

Bipartisan “Police Funding” Bill Will do Little to Reduce Crime

Last month’s passage of the Invest to Protect Act of 2022, sponsored by Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05), may provide politicos on Capitol Hill with a constituent-friendly talking point to emphasize their commitment to supporting the police, but it will do little to reduce the rising crime rates afflicting communities across the Nation.

October 20, 2022

Biden’s Negligence Causes North Korea Threat to Surge

Similar to the Biden Administration’s approach to Iran’s nuclear program, its approach to North Korea’s nuclear effort has been an even worse version of the Obama Administration’s. Like the Obama presidency, the Biden Administration has devoted most of its diplomatic efforts to issues other than North Korea—most notably climate change, which was the focus of its recently released National Security Strategy. Biden officials also have been obsessed with negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran and have shown little interest in similar negotiations with North Korea. The primary theme of President Biden’s approach to North Korea’s nuclear efforts has been to repudiate the policies of his predecessor.

October 20, 2022

Biden administration’s problem with Saudi Arabia

President Joe Biden threatened “consequences,” including virtually severing the US-Saudi bilateral relationship over the kingdom’s recent cuts to oil production. It is an extreme position, to be sure, but not a surprising outcome given that he spent his campaign and much of his first two years – including his short visit there over the summer – ostracizing the kingdom.

October 20, 2022

Analysis of H.R. 6448, the Invest to Protect Act of 2022

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6448, the Invest to Protect Act of 2022. A corresponding Senate bill, S. 3860, passed unanimously in August. While the bill will no doubt be touted as a pro-police/crime-reduction funding measure by Congress, the bill falls far short of having any meaningful impact on rising crime rates, nor does it remotely address the generational crisis in recruiting and retention facing police departments across the Nation.

October 20, 2022

The Crimes that are 100% Preventable

Recently, law enforcement discovered that Alberto Santacruz, a convicted felon who shot five people at a birthday party in Las Vegas, is an illegal alien who had been deported at least four times and had previously pled guilty to kidnapping.  

October 19, 2022

Fact Sheet - How Progressive Prosecutors are Undermining Safe and Secure Communities

The effects progressive prosecutors have on major U.S. cities.

October 19, 2022

Progressive Prosecutors Undermine Safe and Secure Communities

The election of Left-wing progressives committed to the radical reformation of the criminal justice system into the positions of district attorney, state and local prosecutor, sheriff, and other authoritative offices within the broader criminal justice system represents a significant threat to public safety and the rule of law itself.

October 18, 2022

Wisconsin Governor’s Vetoes of Education Bills harm Milwaukee’s most underserved Students

Declining education outcomes for all students. Last month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that test scores for grade school students in Wisconsin have been declining since the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 18, 2022

Attorney General as Threat to the Rule of Law

By her words and deeds, New York attorney general Letitia James threatens the rule of law. Her political obsession with former president Donald J. Trump recently culminated in a civil lawsuit against the Queens-born real-estate mogul, his three adult children, and his company. In the complaint, James demands $250 million in damages and an end to the family’s New York business operations.

October 18, 2022

Political Prosecutions: Abusing Discretion in the Service of Politics

Former President Donald J. Trump made his fortune in Manhattan real estate. Jose Alba made his living as a clerk in an Upper Manhattan bodega. The similarities seem to end with a shared connection to New York City, but the two men may have something far more consequential in common: They both offended the political sensibilities of progressive law enforcement actors.

October 17, 2022

The United States Has a Crime Crisis

Crime in America has been on the rise at an alarming rate, and the American people have had enough. This week the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will focus on several critical issues for Americans and the America First solutions to restore law, justice, and safety to our frightened communities. Crime is affecting nearly every community across the country. In fact, just two years ago, only 38% of Americans believed crime posed a threat to their livelihoods. Just one year later, 51% of Americans now believe crime poses a threat to their livelihoods.

October 17, 2022

Systematic Chinese Communist Subversion of American Higher Education

The U.S. prides itself on being an open civil society. The American higher education system is the envy of the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of foreign students who acquire education and training to build a better life and, in many cases, return to make substantial contributions to the improvement of their home countries. While America has long encouraged this desire and has facilitated it through special programs and visas in recent history, the program now faces its greatest challenge yet. Malicious actors from adversarial nations, especially the People’s Republic of China (PRC), have developed strategies to exploit American openness to pursue ends that pose a serious threat to the U.S. national interest.

October 14, 2022

Then vs. Now: By the Numbers

Are you better off now than you were 3 years ago?

October 14, 2022

America First vs. America Last

October 13, 2022

Liberty for Our Agricultural Land Act

Neither the CCP, its members, nor any company or development owned or controlled by a company that is owned, in whole or in part, by, or is a subsidiary of the People’s Republic of China or the CCP or whose principal place of business is located within the People’s Republic of China may own, in whole or in part, or lease, possess, or exercise any control over any agricultural land in this state.

October 13, 2022

Chinese Communist Party Ownership of Agricultural Land is a Threat to America

ADVERSARIAL NATIONS DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO U.S. AGRICULTURAL LAND

October 13, 2022

The Iran protests and the Biden administration’s human rights hypocrisy

The Biden administration has found itself in another awkward diplomatic moment of its own making. In pursuing its nuclear talks with Iran—which include discussions of loosening sanctions—the administration is ignoring the Iranian people protesting against the same regime.

October 12, 2022

Ending Putin’s Invasion:  Defining the Direction of U.S. Assistance (as of day 231 of the invasion)

How much support does Ukraine need to prevail in the face of Russia’s ongoing and brutal military campaign? To what extent have the money and military equipment the United States and other nations provided to Ukraine since late February helped Ukraine win against Russia on the battlefield?

October 11, 2022

Fact Sheet - A Border Crisis by Design

There are laws currently on the books that provide any administration with the ability to secure the border, end human trafficking, and defeat the cartels. The Biden Administration inherited a successful playbook from the previous administration but decided to discard it. The result: A humanitarian crisis on the southern border with deadly consequences.

October 11, 2022

Key Points of the Hospital Price Transparency Act

October 11, 2022

WATCH: Rick Perry Joins Fox News to Discuss the Biden Administration’s Energy Crisis

Rick Perry is the former governor of Texas, 14th secretary of energy, and chair of the center for energy & environment at the America First Policy Institute.

October 10, 2022

The American People Know that the Failure to Secure the Border is the Real Immigration Scandal

The governors of Texas and Arizona bused a few thousand illegal aliens to Washington, D.C., and its Leftist mayor panicked. Despite our Nation’s capital branding itself as a sanctuary city, a jurisdiction that unlawfully impedes federal immigration enforcement, Mayor Muriel Bowser repeatedly requested National Guard assistance. After the Department of Defense denied the third request, Bowser declared a state of emergency for her city of more than 700,000 people.

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October 6, 2022

Hispanic Leadership Conference - Keynote Address

Live from Miami, Florida, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Sponsored by America First Works.

October 6, 2022

Fact vs Fiction: The Southern Border

Disinformation From The Biden Administration. AFPI Experts Set The Record Straight.

October 5, 2022

Statement - On the recent Arrest of Eugene Yu, CEO of Konnech Inc., Elections Software Company

A bombshell arrest follows allegations that a Michigan company specializing in election software in the United States has been storing personal information of American election workers on a server in China. 

October 4, 2022

Faith Leader Toolkit: School Lunch Funding

Across the country, 100,000 schools and residential childcare institutions rely on federal funding through the National School Lunch Program to provide meals to children in need. The school lunch program serves breakfast, lunch, or both to more than 29 million children each day and served approximately 4.9 billion meals in 2019 (before pandemic-related school closures). Unfortunately, recent actions by the Biden Administration indicate that it prioritizes the imposition of a radical gender ideology agenda over the health and nutrition of America’s school children.

October 4, 2022

Abortion In America

The U.S. was founded on the belief that human life is sacred. Radical abortion policies undermine our most essential values. Putting Americans first means rejecting abortion radicalism and protecting the most vulnerable. The below summarizes key findings from AFPI’s research report titled “Who Are the Real Abortion Radicals? A Comparative Perspective” and recent public opinion findings from Scott Rasmussen National Surveys.

October 3, 2022

Timeline of Russia’s Nord Stream 1 & 2 Pipelines

Russia has a long and demonstrated history of using energy as a geopolitical weapon since supply disruptions are a tangible reminder of Russia’s economic leverage over Europe. This Fact Sheet serves to demonstrate the timeline of events following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which indicates a higher probability of pre-meditated sabotage on the part of Russia.

September 30, 2022

Trump Administration’s Transparency in Coverage: Three-month Review and What to Expect in January

The price of healthcare in America has been shrouded for far too long, and efforts to shine a light on the high cost of insurance are finally taking effect. President Trump’s 2019 Executive Order “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare To Put Patients First” directed the Department of Health and Human Services to create a final rule, often referred to as the “Transparency in Coverage Rule,” that required insurers to disclose prices paid by insurers on behalf of enrollees’ healthcare. On July 1, 2022, price transparency advocates celebrated the first phase of implementation of the rule as an important first step to increase cost awareness, spur competition among insurers, and enable plan sponsors to benefit from cost savings by comparison shopping.

September 29, 2022

As Biden and the Squad Saddle Taxpayers with a Student Loan Bailout, Americans Push Back

Following the first federal lawsuit against the Biden administration’s student loan debt bailout plan, “The Squad” held a Capitol Hill press conference to advocate for a “swift and equitable implementation of President Biden’s student debt relief plan.” Also, six Republican-led states sued the administration Thursday in an effort to halt the bailout plan.

September 29, 2022

The 9 on title IX What State leaders need to know and how they can act

The Biden Administration’s proposed changes to Title IX regulations reengineer K-12 and postsecondary education to advance a radical sexual identity agenda, harming students and families, but state and local leaders can fight back!

September 29, 2022

Fact Sheet: Give Parents More Control Of Their Child’s Education: 10 Model Policies To Restore Excellence To America’s Schools

We have a duty to restore transparency and accountability to America’s schools and educate the next generation about our Nation’s foundational ideals of responsible citizenship. These model policies achieve exactly that.

September 29, 2022

The National Association of Scholars and The America First Policy Institute Present: 10 State Policies to Restore Excellent k-12 Public Education in America

Every student and family should have access to excellent education in the United States. We have a duty to educate the next generation on the ideals this Nation was founded upon and prepare them for the responsibilities of citizenship. Unfortunately, debates about education have become partisan, but restoring excellent public education should be a priority for all.

September 28, 2022

Border governors taking action on illegal immigration because Biden administration caused crisis

Biden administration’s immigration crisis is reason border governors sent buses to sanctuary cities

September 28, 2022

Biden Admin Wants Us To Believe Things Are Just Peachy At The Southern Border

While much attention is focused on illegal aliens arriving in sanctuary cities, the real story unfolding is the concerted and choreographed disinformation campaign regarding the security of the southern border. When it comes to the security of Americans and the challenges to ending human trafficking and defeating the drug cartels, the first obligation of the federal government should be to tell the truth. It was a responsibility that I took seriously during my time leading the Department of Homeland Security.

September 28, 2022

Immigration Survey: The Biden Administrations Border Crisis

The American People Reject Failed Immigration Policies

September 28, 2022

In case you missed it: Florida school board election update

Below is a list of School Board election outcomes in the state of Florida in August 2022.

September 28, 2022

Puerto Rico & the Jones Act—The Urgency of Modernizing Energy Policy

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, Hurricane Fiona arrived in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States—with a devastating impact on the lives of more than 3.2 million Puerto Ricans. As a Category 1 Hurricane, Fiona is the first hurricane in the Caribbean and Gulf hurricane season of 2022. The impact of Fiona serves as a reminder of the devastating hurricane that struck Puerto Rico in late September 2017—Hurricane Maria. That Category 5 hurricane left Puerto Rico without a functioning power grid for months, caused billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure, and significant death in the wake of its destruction.

September 27, 2022

STATEMENT: Chad Wolf on the Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the America First Policy Institute released the following statement regarding the Continuing Resolution to fund the Government from Chad Wolf, Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the America First Policy Institute:

September 27, 2022

Playbook for Securing the Border, Ending Human Trafficking, and Defeating the Cartels: Existing Laws the Executive Branch Should Use

An overused trope by many politicians and the media is that our immigration system is “broken.” Those who make this assertion rarely identify with specificity what precisely is broken or offer solutions to fix the immigration system. Instead, “broken immigration system” is largely understood to be a catchphrase that necessitates providing amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the country and sometimes also increasing legal immigration beyond the current 1 million lawful permanent residents our country welcomes every year under current law.

September 27, 2022

America First Policy Institute to Host “Hispanic Leadership Conference”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will host the Hispanic Leadership Conference on October 4-5, 2022, in Miami, Florida. This two-day event, which will be co-hosted by Bienvenido and the Hispanic Impact Panel, will feature many of our country’s top conservative Hispanic leaders, including Goya Foods Chief Executive Officer Bob Unanue, Representative Carlos Gimenez (FL), and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (FL).

September 26, 2022

Teacher Education Preparation: How National Accreditation Standards Influence Teaching

Our Nation’s teachers have the unique privilege and responsibility to form the hearts and minds of future generations. How exactly do they obtain that privilege, and who gets to decide whether they are qualified for the task?

September 26, 2022

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve—America’s Energy Security Back-Stop

Following the 1970s oil crises, Congress established the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to address “severe energy supply interruptions” through the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. The SPR is notable as a tool to mitigate short-term supply disruptions but falters in efficacy under long-term disruption scenarios—the latter requires a domestic policy calculus geared toward greater production. As a result of the shale revolution and supportive regulatory policy by the Trump Administration, the U.S. became the world’s largest producer in 2019 and a net exporter of oil. This monumental advancement means that the U.S. needs to rethink the role of the SPR as an emergency tool in an era of American energy independence.

September 24, 2022

Op-Ed: GOP’s New Plan Proves America First Policies Are Making A Huge Comeback. Here’s How

In 1994, it was called the Contract with America. Between 2016 and 2020, it was just known as America First. If you want to return to the policies that worked, there is a simple solution — the policies of the newly released “Commitment to America.” Simply put, it is the policies that put America First.

September 23, 2022

STATEMENT: Brooke Rollins on Rep. Buchanan’s Bill to Make the TCJA Permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) released the following statement from Brooke Rollins, AFPI’s President and CEO, on Representative Vern Buchanan’s legislation to make the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 permanent:

September 21, 2022

FACT SHEET: The Kigali Amendment—More Hot Air

The U.S. Senate will soon vote on the ratification of the Kigali Amendment, a 2016 United Nations climate change treaty targeting the refrigerants essential to running air conditioning and refrigeration as well as building insulation and semiconductor manufacturing—hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

September 19, 2022

The U.S.-Japan Alliance Sets the Standard for Successful America First Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Over the past two decades, Japan has built itself into the diplomatic and military cornerstone of the American-led alliance system in Asia. In the coming years, it must continue its evolution into an indispensable, responsible stakeholder with global influence that transcends Asia and takes its natural place as a potent force for the advancement and protection of democracy and capitalism worldwide.

September 15, 2022

America First Policy Institute Announces Middle East Peace Project

Today, on the second anniversary of the signing of the historic Abraham Accords, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announces the launch of the Center for American Security’s new Middle East Peace Project. This Project will be led by the Director of the Center for American Security, Dr. Jacob Olidort. The Middle East Peace Project will focus and expand upon the success of the groundbreaking Abraham Accords and propose new paths forward to build on these achievements in the Middle East.

September 14, 2022

STATEMENT: James Carter & Mike Faulkender on the August PPI Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute released the following statement on the August Producer Price Index (PPI) release from James Carter, Director of the Center for American Prosperity, and Mike Faulkender, Visiting Fellow at the America First Policy Institute:

September 14, 2022

So Much for Inflation Reduction

In the words of Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary under President Clinton and National Economic Council Director under President Obama, “Today’s CPI report confirms that the U.S. has a serious inflation problem.” The inflation problem is so massive that following the news release this morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 1276 points today, a one-day decline of nearly 4%.

September 14, 2022

Expert insight:  As we remember 9/11, DHS is Forgetting ITS Mission

The anniversary of 9/11 calls to mind the extraordinary loss of innocent American lives and the subsequent sacrifices made by our service members at home and abroad. Though 21 years have passed since the devastating attacks on our homeland and two decades of military involvement, it has been barely more than a year since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This disastrous exit was one that took place far away from U.S. soil but directly exposed our country to national security threats.

September 14, 2022

Union Arbitrators overturn Most Federal Employee Dismissals

Civil service protections make removing federal employees difficult. Dismissed employees can appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), which reinstates employees in just over one-quarter of cases. Unionized federal employees can alternatively grieve removals before an arbitrator. Federal unions help select these arbitrators, and they are even more lenient than the MSPB. New analysis shows arbitrators reinstate employees in three-fifths of cases—more than twice as often as the MSPB.

September 13, 2022

STATEMENT: Mike Faulkender on the August CPI Release

“So much for inflation reduction. Today’s report shows that the inflation fire is still raging. Hardworking Americans continue to suffer under the Biden Administration’s big government blowout spending, and there is no relief in sight.

September 13, 2022

AFPI Submits Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations

RE: Notice of proposed rulemaking: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, Docket ID ED-2021-OCR-0166

September 13, 2022

Is the Government being Weaponized Against You?

Unequally Applying the Law Subverts Justice for All

September 13, 2022

At-Will Employment in the Career Service Would Improve Florida State Government

Florida’s civil service laws protect state government employees from removal. Most state employees can only be dismissed “for cause.” They can appeal their removal administratively and then in the courts if fired. These removal protections make removing incompetent or intransigent state employees more difficult. Florida partially addressed these problems with the 2001 “Service First” reforms.

September 13, 2022

Reforming Florida’s State Career Service

Florida modernized its state government by making supervisors at-will in 2001. These reforms were a success. Several other states have gone entirely at-will. HR directors in these states report this makes their workforces more responsive, flexible, and efficient. Florida can serve Floridians better by making the entire state workforce at-will.

September 13, 2022

Making the Utah Career Service At-Will Would Improve State Government

Utah’s civil service laws give state government employees extensive removal protections. These restrictions make removing incompetent or intransigent state employees more challenging. A series of incremental reforms have addressed these problems by making some state employees at-will, allowing agencies to dismiss them without going through civil service procedures. State officials report these reforms were successful. Other states have expanded at-will employment through part or all of their state workforces. Human Resource (HR) directors in these states report at-will employment improves government operation without evidence of systematic abuses. Utah could make its government work better for Utahns by extending at-will employment to all state employees.

September 13, 2022

Reforming Utah’s State Career Service

One-in-three Utah state employees serve at-will. The remaining workers have civil service job protections that require 8 months for dismissals. Other states have entirely at-will workforces. HR directors in those states report an at-will makes their workforce more responsive, flexible & efficient. Utah could provide better government with at-will employment.

September 12, 2022

21 Years After 9/11, Has DHS lost its Mission?

The America First policy approach towards securing the homeland embraced the mission of counterterrorism, resulting in a series of successful measures that made Americans safer.

September 12, 2022

Renewing our Strength in the Middle East: The Second Anniversary of the Abraham Accords

The America First Policy Institute and the Abraham Accords Peace Institute are honored to invite you to mark the second anniversary of the signing of the historic Abraham Accords agreement between the governments of Israel and its neighbors.

September 12, 2022

Abraham Accords Mindset: A Bold Vision for the Middle East and America

What made the Abraham Accords successful was not simply the agreement on paper, but the embrace of a “mindset” shared by Israel, its Arab neighbors, and America’s leadership.

September 11, 2022

America First in the Middle East: The Middle East Peace Project at AFPI

The America First Policy Institute’s Middle East Peace Project builds on the Trump Administration’s approach to the Middle East, particularly the Abraham Accords.

September 11, 2022

AFPI Introduces Occupational Licensing Reform Initiative to Honor Our Military and the American Worker  

AFPI will be engaging with stakeholders across the country to advance mobility in occupational licensing for all Americans, as such limitations on commerce and opportunity must be addressed as part of its commitment to support these brave and patriotic Americans.

September 9, 2022

PARENT TOOLKIT - The 9 on Title IX What you need to know about the Biden Administration’s proposed changes to Title IX

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, legislation that applies to K-12 and postsecondary schools that received federal funding. Title IX guarantees that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in education and athletic programs on the basis of sex.”

September 9, 2022

The 9 on title IX What you need to know about the Biden administration’s proposed Changes to Title IX

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, legislation that applies to K-12 and postsecondary schools that received federal funding. Title IX guarantees that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in education and athletic programs on the basis of sex.” The law’s legacy has been to equalize education opportunities for women, most famously in collegiate athletics. Title IX also requires schools to investigate instances of sexual harassment. 

September 8, 2022

Biden’s inhumane open-border policies devastate Americans, illegal immigrants

Fentanyl, violent crime plague Americans thanks to Biden's open border policies

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September 8, 2022

Protecting Title 42 Amicus Brief

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September 7, 2022

Election Transparency FAQ

September 7, 2022

What’s in the Draft Nuclear Deal With Iran?

U.S. and European officials negotiated a complex four-stage draft nuclear deal with Iran that reportedly was close to being agreed to in late August.

September 6, 2022

OP-ED: Only American citizens should vote in American elections

In 2014, Samuel Swift-Perez sought asylum in the United States from socialist-controlled Venezuela. Like so many others whose countries of origin are wracked with crime, oppressed by authoritarian governments, and burdened by economic uncertainty, Samuel wanted a better life. He found one in America. Eight years later, he proudly stood before a judge in Kansas City, Missouri, raised his right hand, and took the sacred Oath of Citizenship. His wife was with him, tears in her eyes, as Samuel celebrated the culmination of years of hard work towards this incredible moment.

September 6, 2022

U.S. Infrastructure Security Requires Effective State-level Protection from Chinese Communist Party Ownership

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) entities already own considerable infrastructure and land across the U.S., putting vital systems such as port facilities, energy installations, and adjacent military bases at risk.

September 1, 2022

Statement Ahead of President Biden’s Philadelphia Remarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden pledged during his inaugural address to be a unifying president, and as president-elect, said that “[Trump supporters] are not our enemies. They are Americans.” Tonight, as widely previewed, the Office of the President of the United States will be used, amplified by mainstream news media, to castigate half the country for wanting to put America First.

September 1, 2022

Fact Sheet - Seven Major Problems with the Biden Administration’s Borrower Bailout

MAJOR PROVISIONS OF THE BORROWER BAILOUT: Approximately 43 million borrowers with federal student loan balances will be eligible for $10,000 in loan cancellation if they make less than $125,000 ($250,000 for households). This includes loans that were in default before the pandemic repayment pause. Those who continued making payments during the pause may apply for a refund.

September 1, 2022

Seven Major Problems with the Biden Administration’s Borrower Bailout

President Biden’s student loan bailout transfers debt from college grads to taxpayers, sets a precedent for future waves of bailouts, and adds further fuel to the inflation fire.

September 1, 2022

School Choice in the State of Arizona

Arizona recently passed the most expansive school choice law in the country. HB 2853 opens the state’s education savings account eligibility to all school-age children. Under the legislation, families who wish to opt out of their local public school will receive over $6,500 per year per child for the private school, home-based education, learning pods, tutoring, or any other kind of educational service that would best fit their students’ needs. 

September 1, 2022

Early Literacy in the State of Arkansas

According to the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), in 2019, the average reading score of fourth-grade students in Arkansas was 215. This was lower than the nationwide average score of 219, which is out of a total of 500.

September 1, 2022

State of Arkansas’ Workforce

According to the most recent economic data, Arkansas has a labor force of 1.36 million individuals.[1] As of July, 1.31 million Arkansans were employed, and 44,558 Arkansans were unemployed. The state’s labor force participation rate (LFPR) remained at 57 percent. Since last year, the LFPR has ticked up slightly (0.5 percentage points).

August 31, 2022

STATEMENT: AFPI Center for Law & Justice on President Biden’s Safer America Plan

The America First Policy Institute’s Center for Law and Justice Co-Chairs Pam Bondi, former Florida Attorney General and Matthew Whitaker, former Acting United States Attorney General released the following statement on President Biden’s Safer America Plan: “President Biden’s speech is pure political expediency to propose spending new money on a problem that he and his allies created in the first place. Suggesting that his administration is now committed to supporting our Nation’s men and women in blue is a stark departure from his coddling of the ‘defund the police’ movement of recent years.

August 31, 2022

H.R. 1901, the Stopping Border Surges Act

H.R. 1901 will combat child trafficking by subjecting all unaccompanied alien children to the same streamlined removal process.

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August 30, 2022

National Review of Retaining Election Records from the 2020 Election

The Civil Rights Act of 1960 requires the retention and preservation of “all records and papers which come into his possession relating to any application, registration, payment of poll tax, or other act requisite to voting in such election.

August 30, 2022

The Weaponization of Government is Worse than You Think

The federal government has been increasingly using its authority and power to unequally target groups and individuals based on their political or ideological views.

August 26, 2022

STATEMENT: Ken Blackwell on Arizona Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Arizona Free Enterprise Club

The Center for Election Integrity (CEI) of the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) issued the following statement regarding the Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s victory in court—a ruling which disqualifies unverifiable, illegitimate signatures for the so-called Arizona Free and Fair Elections Act. The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that a significant enough number of signatures were proven to be not properly gathered to qualify the measure for the ballot in November.

August 25, 2022

Hospital Price Transparency Act

The purpose of the model policy is to require healthcare facilities to disclose prices for certain items and services provided by defined medical facilities, provide administrative penalties, and prohibit collective action of debt for noncompliant facilities.

August 25, 2022

Fatherlessness In Arizona

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality. Unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in the state of Arizona.

August 25, 2022

Fatherlessness In Texas

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality. Unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in the state of Texas.

August 25, 2022

Fatherlessness In The National Capital Region

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality. Unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are especially visible in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

August 25, 2022

Fatherlessness and Crime

An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance. In addition, fatherlessness has a negative influence on criminal or delinquent behavior.

August 25, 2022

Fatherlessness In Mississippi

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong Nation. An absent father affects all aspects of a child’s life, from socio-cognitive and socio-emotional development to academic performance and criminality—and unfortunately, the effects of fatherlessness are visible in the state of Mississippi.

August 25, 2022

Op-Ed: Student Loan ‘Forgiveness’ — Another Slight To Blue-Collar Workers

This legally dubious action represents an upward redistribution of wealth from hard-working taxpayers toward the higher-income minority of Americans who have a college degree, all the while doing nothing to solve the ongoing challenge of rising college costs.

August 24, 2022

WATCH: Pam Bondi and Larry Kudlow discuss the Mar-a-Lago raid and America First policies

August 24, 2022

Statement on the Biden Administration’s Student Loan Forgiveness Scheme

This is a huge slap in the face to hard-working Americans who paid off their college loans, didn’t take on loans, or didn’t go to college in the first place.

August 24, 2022

Op-Ed: Biden Has Forgotten America’s Rural Workers

Instead of giving our rural communities the tools they need to advance, the Biden White House has been more focused on catchy names for legislation, like the Inflation Reduction Act, that neither reduces inflation nor provides any actionable support for these hard-working Americans.

August 23, 2022

Former U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands Joins America First Policy Institute as Vice Chair of the Center for Energy and Environment

The America First Policy Institute is delighted to announce the addition of Ambassador Sands to the AFPI team.  As the former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, there are few people who have such a wealth of experience promoting energy policies that put our Nation first.

August 22, 2022

Education As A Civil Rights Issue Of Our Time

ALEC Keynote Remarks as Prepared

August 22, 2022

AFPI Executive Director Chad Wolf Runs Into The Lion’s Den on CNN

August 19, 2022

Ambassador Richard Grenell speaks on collapsed Serbia-Kosovo

August 19, 2022

Director of Center for Election Integrity, Hogan Gidley, Congratulates Governor DeSantis on Florida’s Election Integrity Actions to Stop Voter Fraud

The Center for Election Integrity applauds Governor Ron DeSantis for taking immediate action to stop voter fraud in Florida. The Governor recently created the Office of Election Crimes and Security, and it has now arrested and charged people with casting fraudulent votes

August 17, 2022

Expert Insight: Biden Administration Setting All the Wrong Border Records

It is not a coincidence that all the wrong border records are being set by the current administration. They threw away the playbook they inherited that actually succeeded in addressing these complicated issues and have doubled down on a strategy that doesn’t work.

August 16, 2022

Op-ed: Team Biden’s reckless energy policies hurting American families and businesses

The complete absence of rational policy out of the White House and from many complacent congressional Democrats is failing the American people, and it is making us less resilient as a nation.

August 16, 2022

STATEMENT: Brooke Rollins on President Biden Signing the Big Government Socialism Bill into Law

The Left’s behemoth tax hike and spending law will do nothing to help struggling Americans. It will only make a bad situation worse.

August 15, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Afghan Executive Amnesty Exploited our Immigration Laws and Jeopardizes National Security

After mismanaging the evacuation plan for Afghanistan and the subsequent and swift takeover of the country by the Taliban, the Biden Administration began the mass importation of improperly screened and unvetted Afghans into the United States in blatant disregard of our immigration laws and every American’s desire for safe and secure communities.

August 15, 2022

How the Biden Administration Exploited the Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal to Import Countless Unvetted Afghans into the U.S.

The U.S. offers lawful permanent resident status to Afghan allies who meaningfully contributed to the war effort. The screening and vetting process is extensive as many applicants have derogatory information in their background, past affiliation or association with the Taliban or other malicious actors, and unreliable identity documents. There is also a legitimate concern that the Taliban or other terrorist groups could try to exploit the application process as a means of getting a terrorist into the U.S. to conduct a future attack on the homeland.

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August 12, 2022

STATEMENT: PASSAGE OF BIG GOVERNMENT SOCIALIST BILL

August 12, 2022

Letter from AFPI Chair Linda McMahon to House Leadership regarding Concerns with the Inflation Reduction Act

When I was the Administrator for the Small Business Administration, I very much respected your sincerity and deep commitment to the 33 million small businesses in our Nation, recognizing that they contribute about 41% of our Nation’s economy. I enjoyed our work together and appreciated the bipartisan consideration of the bills which affected not only our small businesses but ultimately the health of our economy. It is with this backdrop that I urge you and your colleagues to consider the short-term and long-term impacts of the “Inflation Reduction Act” on the many hardworking business owners throughout our country, many of whom are still struggling coming out of the pandemic.

August 11, 2022

The Big Government Spending Package Shrinks American Wages and Attacks Small Businesses

Liberals in the Senate, spearheaded by Senators Schumer and Manchin, have passed a massive spending and tax hike bill deceptively titled the “Inflation Reduction Act.” While the premise of this legislation is to reduce inflation, the bill’s substance indicates that the effect is likely to be the opposite. In fact, even the Biden White House has acknowledged that this package would do little to impact inflation—a contention further bolstered by an independent, nonpartisan analysis from the Penn-Wharton budget model, which finds that the bill would lead to modestly higher inflation in the short term.

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August 11, 2022

Supreme Court’s “Remain in Mexico” Decision is Not the Win Open Borders Crowd Think it is

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August 11, 2022

The Number Keeps Growing

More than 360 economists OPPOSE the Left’s Reconciliation Bill

August 11, 2022

STATEMENT: Mike Faulkender on the July PPI Release

In the current economy, businesses are being hit with the double-edged sword of costly overregulation and near-record cost increases and fuel prices.

August 10, 2022

From Scalding to Sizzling: Inflation Remains Too Hot to Handle

Despite inflation remaining near historic highs, the Biden Administration is pressing ahead with its inflationary plans to increase government spending and raise taxes through a massive Big Government Socialism Bill.

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August 10, 2022

Statement on Reconciliation Bill

August 10, 2022

America First Policy Institute and America First Works Highlight Disastrous Effect New IRS Enforcement will have on Low-Income Minority Families

America First Policy Institute (AFPI) and America First Works (AFW), the advocacy arm of AFPI, are releasing a new video highlighting President Biden’s disastrous so-called Inflation Reduction Act and its effect on low and middle-income families throughout America. The bill would weaponize the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in unprecedented ways, adding 87,000 new IRS agents and allocating $45.6 billion for IRS enforcement. Hardworking American families are already struggling with the largest recession in 40 years, and now many will soon be chief targets of IRS audits.

August 10, 2022

STATEMENT: James Carter & Mike Faulkender on the July CPI Release

Americans have received a massive pay cut due to the inflation tax, and the historic price increases on gas, groceries, and housing hit seniors and low-income Americans the hardest.

August 10, 2022

AFPI DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

To drive transparency for the American people, AFPI is requesting all emails between the FBI and relevant DOJ components, and between members of the January 6th committee and their senior staff.

August 8, 2022

Statement from Brooke Rollins, President and CEO, America First Policy Institute

“The action today by Joe Biden’s Justice Department is an unprecedented weaponization of federal law enforcement against a former President of the United States. This marks the third recent election in which the FBI meddled in the outcome – each time against the 45th President of the United States (2016 ‘Russiagate,’ 2020 Hunter Biden Coverup, and now 2022).

August 8, 2022

The Combatting State-Sanctioned Bigotry Act

SEC. 1. DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this [Act]: The term “educator” means a professional employee of any school district whose position requires certification by [certifying body or appropriate section of state code]. Administrators, specialists, and teachers are included within the definition of this term.

August 8, 2022

The On-Cycle School Board Election Act

SEC. 1. DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this [Act]: “school board member election” or “school board election” means the election held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in even-numbered years beginning in 2024.

August 8, 2022

Open Enrollment for New Buildings Act

Short Title This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Open Enrollment for New Buildings Act” (the “Act”).

August 8, 2022

Workplace and Student Enrollment Act

Short Title This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Workplace and Student Enrollment Act” (the “Act”).

August 5, 2022

Border crisis hits home in DC, so Mayor Bowser finally cares

For the past 18 months, our nation has experienced a historic crisis at the southern border fueled by the Biden administration’s immigration policies allowing millions of illegal aliens into the country. Texas and Arizona are ground zero for this border crisis and, over the past 17 months, have been pleading with the federal government to address the record number of illegal aliens and amounts of deadly fentanyl flooding into their communities.

August 5, 2022

Re-Energizing American Diplomacy with Africa & Countering the Left’s Climate Colonialism

The Biden Administration has adopted a policy of supporting “green” energy alternatives in developing countries while actively discouraging almost all activities associated with the oil, gas, and coal industries.

August 4, 2022

FACT SHEET: Big Government Socialism Bill

The Liberals’ “Inflation Reduction Act” should actually be titled the “Stagflation Promotion and Bogus Deficit Reduction Act of 2022.” Despite false promises to the contrary, this bill raises taxes on the middle class, increases inflation, slashes Americans’ wages, decreases Americans’ access to life-saving drugs, kills jobs, and increases energy prices that are already at record highs.

August 3, 2022

STATEMENT: House GOP’s American Security Task Force unveils legislative blueprint to secure the border in the next Congress

On July 29, Leader Kevin McCarthy’s American Security Task Force unveiled its legislative blueprint for securing the border during the 118th Congress. Chad Wolf, former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Executive Director and Chair, Center for Homeland Security and Immigration at the America First Policy Institute, issued the following statement:

July 29, 2022

The America First Agenda

The America First Policy Institute presents the America First Agenda. These policies will make the greatest economy in the world work for all Americans; put patients and doctors back in charge of healthcare; restore America’s historic commitment to freedom, equality, and self-governance; finish the wall, end human trafficking and defeat the drug cartels; deliver peace through strength and American leadership; make America energy independent; make it easy to vote and hard to cheat; provide safe and secure communities so all Americans can live their lives in peace; fight government corruption by draining the swamp; and most importantly, put the American people first!

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July 28, 2022

STATEMENT: The Left’s Latest Reconciliation Bill

July 28, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Recession Has Arrived. Just Don’t Call It That

This recession was induced by the big-government socialism and anti-American energy independence policies of the Biden Administration and liberals in Congress.

July 28, 2022

STATEMENT: Mike Faulkender on the Biden Administration’s Recession

Excessive government spending and declaring war on American energy have caused inflation not seen in 40 years. Now, the American economy saw a decline in economic activity for the second quarter in a row.

July 25, 2022

On-Cycle Election Fact Sheet

Moving school board elections from off-cycle years to on-cycle years would not only make it easier to vote and raise voter participation but would also increase government accountability, save taxpayer dollars, reduce the power of special interest groups, and elect candidates who better represent their constituents demographically and on policy preference.

July 25, 2022

On-Cycle School Board Elections Make It Easier to Vote

There are roughly 14,000 school boards across the country, with about 100,000 school board members, and 95 percent of them are elected to their positions (Burke et al., 2021). They represent the largest group of elected officials in the country. However, school board elections—until recent years—have received little attention and experienced very low voter turnout.

July 22, 2022

STATEMENT: Pam Bondi & Matt Whitaker on the Release of Rep. Lee Zeldin’s Attacker

"We are outraged, though not surprised, to learn that the man accused of violently attacking Representative Lee Zeldin at a campaign event in New York yesterday has already been released from custody.

July 21, 2022

STATEMENT: Brooke Rollins on the CHIPS-Plus Bill

“It’s no wonder that our national debt is over 30 trillion dollars with policy proposals like this.

July 21, 2022

Close Calls and Cold Winters—The Ongoing Threat of Russia’s Energy Weaponization

Russia’s Gazprom announced its intent to resume significantly reduced natural gas flows to Europe through its Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Russia stated that exports, already decreased by 60 percent, could see a further reduction of 20 percent by next week.

July 21, 2022

MANY STATES HAVE ENACTED NEW VOTER PROTECTION MEASURES

America First Policy Institute Reveals Which States Improved the Integrity of Their Elections

July 21, 2022

Did You Know The Federal Government is Trying to Pass a $6 Billion Civics Education Bill?

Members of Congress have introduced the Civics Secures Democracy Act (CSDA), which provides $6 billion in grant money to “support educational programs in civics and history.”

July 20, 2022

Biden’s assault on Border Patrol agents continues even though they were exonerated

On Sept. 19, 2021, photographers captured images of Border Patrol agents on horseback patrol trying to prevent illegal aliens from crossing the border near Del Rio, Texas. To any reasonable person, the photos showed Border Patrol agents controlling their horses in rough terrain while trying to prevent the rush of Haitian migrants from getting past them. The only thing "newsworthy" about these photos at the time should have been a visual confirmation of a border crisis driven by eight months of the new administration’s refusal to enforce immigration laws. Instead, the Biden administration jumped to politically convenient yet incorrect conclusions and vilified Border Patrol agents for doing their job.

July 20, 2022

Improving School Safety & Reducing Gun Violence

Improving school safety and fostering safe communities where our children can live and thrive should be a unifying priority for all Americans. This paper outlines America First principles to improve community safety: (1) Adopting school safety best practices (2) Improving access to mental health services (3) Understanding the relationship between culture and violence

July 20, 2022

STATEMENT: Bodega Charges Dropped

The District Attorney’s immediate decision to charge Alba with second-degree murder, despite the video evidence suggesting otherwise, was emblematic of the ‘suspect first, victim last’ mentality pervasive among activist prosecutors in many of our large cities today.

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July 19, 2022

Oped: Biden’s China Tariff Cuts Would Hurt the U.S.

July 19, 2022

Op-ed: Society must re-establish respect for law enforcement

Where policing and public safety stand six years after the tragedies of Dallas and Baton Rouge

July 18, 2022

Statement: Indiana Mall Shooting

Incidents like these are not uncommon but they are deliberately ignored by the mainstream media. In situations such as these, seconds matter. It is imperative that American citizens can protect themselves, their loved ones, and others.

July 18, 2022

STATEMENT: Total Border Apprehensions Surpass Last Year’s Record with 3 Months Remaining in the Fiscal Year

On July 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published data revealing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 207,416 illegal aliens at the southern border in the month of June. Chad Wolf, former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Executive Director and Chair, Center for Homeland Security and Immigration at the America First Policy Institute, issued the following statement:

July 18, 2022

Statement on the House Healthy Future Task Force

For too long, Washington-centric policies have empowered big government bureaucracy and special interests rather than patients and doctors. The Left’s Build Back Better agenda only doubles down on this failed approach. But the House Healthy Future Task Force demonstrates that it does not have to be this way.

July 15, 2022

Op-ed: As he heads to Saudi Arabia, Biden should look to Texas and send a special envoy to Midland

Begging Saudi Arabia for more oil instead of promoting domestic energy producers is the wrong strategy for the Biden White House

July 14, 2022

The Wartime Harvest

Americans were facing higher costs for agricultural goods and food products, well before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and now American farmers must wrestle with the high costs of critical agricultural inputs, like fertilizer. The result is greater strains meeting global demand while ensuring the sustainability of farmers’ livelihoods.   

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July 14, 2022

President Donald J. Trump to Headline the America First Agenda Summit

45th President of the United States Will Lay Out the Policy Agenda for 2022 and Beyond

July 13, 2022

America First Agenda - Program Overview

July 13, 2022

Op-ed: Beware of Energy Isolationism

The SPR is not a price-fixing tool, and it never has been. It is a safeguard against real emergencies, like natural disasters taking U.S. production offline or wars that the United States is actively engaged in.

July 13, 2022

Inflation Cracks 9% as Prices Continue to Accelerate Upward

Americans are used to contending with rising temperatures in the summertime, but the thermometer is not the only gauge registering a heat wave this summer. Inflation remains red hot, with the latest consumer price index (CPI) data coming in at 9.1% year-over-year, as shown in figure 1 above, which also reveals that producer price inflation remains in double-digit territory.

July 12, 2022

Biden’s border policies helping cartels, traffickers flourish

The recent discovery of 53 illegal aliens dead in an abandoned tractor-trailer in the scorching heat of the San Antonio, Texas, summer is the latest example of a failed border security strategy by the Biden administration. Eleven others remain hospitalized. This is the single largest casualty event involving human traffickers and smugglers in our country. There is little doubt that the inaction, mixed messaging, and gross incompetence of the Biden administration led to this tragedy.

July 12, 2022

Center for Election Integrity at the America First Policy Institute Praises Act 88

Act 88 is a new election integrity bill that passed through the Pennsylvania House and Senate with bipartisan support and was just signed by Governor Tom Wolf. This new law prohibits the use of non-governmental private money to administer elections, voter registration, and election preparation and adds transparency measures to voter rolls.

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July 12, 2022

TUNE IN: Ukraine and the Crisis of Food Security, A Conversation with Key Humanitarian Partners

Today’s event at our Washington, D.C., headquarters is part of the America First Policy Institute’s (AFPI) commitment to advance the America First approach to resolving foreign policy crises. One of the most urgent consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is its exacerbation of the global food crisis. America must work effectively with its partners to resolve it.

July 12, 2022

Biden Administration’s Mismanagement of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Demands a Response – a Long-Term Strategy for American Energy Security

The recent news of more than five million barrels of Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) oil being exported to foreign refineries following private sales should come as a shock to Americans, but not for the reasons you think. After all, the cornerstone of oil is its relative fungibility as a commodity—volumes can be readily interchanged with volumes from varying origins.

July 11, 2022

Statement from Ken Blackwell on Signing of Arizona House Bill 2243

Arizona Governor Ducey signed into law Arizona House Bill 2243, which will help ensure Arizona’s voter rolls remain clean, accurate, and current. Comprehensive voter roll maintenance is one of many critical measures needed to ensure integrity in elections:

July 8, 2022

Statement from Ken Blackwell on Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling

Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) released the following statement from the Honorable Kenneth Blackwell, Chair of the Center for Election Integrity at AFPI: “Protecting the chain of custody for someone’s ballot is a critical part of making it easy to vote but hard to cheat.

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July 7, 2022

STATEMENT: SCOTT TURNER ON ARIZONA SCHOOL CHOICE LAW

July 7, 2022

Op-ed: Yes, Biden’s War On The Oil And Gas Industry Is Driving Shortages And High Prices

Destructive policies and rhetoric have caused producers and investors to approach new oil and gas projects with extreme caution.

July 5, 2022

The Impact of West Virginia v. EPA: Reining In the Administrative State

America First Policy Institute (AFPI) celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), No. 20-1530, reversing the D.C. Circuit’s decision and holding unlawful the illegal and destructive Clean Power Plan regulation promulgated by President Obama’s EPA. The Supreme Court decision is a victory for the American people as it returns policy-making regarding key decisions to the people’s representatives in Congress and respects the constitutional principle of federalism rather than vesting those far-reaching decisions with unelected bureaucrats. In doing so, the Court took an important step to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.

June 30, 2022

STATEMENT: AFPI URGES BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO SECURE THE BORDER AFTER BIDEN V. TEXAS RULING ALLOWS FOR MPP TERMINATION

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could terminate Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The MPP is referred to as the “Remain in Mexico” policy and was an effective Trump Administration policy for securing the southern border and combatting human trafficking.

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June 30, 2022

Oped: What Does the End of Roe Mean?

June 30, 2022

AFPI ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF FORMER SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ROBERT WILKIE

Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced the addition of former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie to serve as a Distinguished Fellow in the Center for American Security at AFPI. Wilkie, the ninth former cabinet official affiliated with AFPI since its inception in April 2021, will serve alongside the former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg, and former Chief of Staff of the National Security Council Fred Fleitz.

June 29, 2022

Federal Gas Tax Holiday is a Gimmicky Approach to Biden’s Failing Energy Policy

In a June 22 “Fact Sheet” the Biden Administration deflected blame for the skyrocketing gas prices (which were an entirely predictable consequence of his ongoing war on domestic energy). The Biden Administration called on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax of $0.18 per gallon, a proposal that even President Barack Obama shunned during the 2008 campaign, referring to it as “a gimmick to save you half a tank of gas over the course of the entire summer so that everyone in Washington can pat themselves on the back and say that they did something.”

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June 29, 2022

Dr. Alveda King Joins Fox News to Discuss Dobbs Decision

June 27, 2022

Pastor Toolkit: Abortion and the Dobbs Decision

On June 24, the Supreme Court released its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In its decision, the Court overruled Roe v. Wade and held that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to procure an abortion. This removes the Court from the abortion debate and returns the question of abortion’s legality to the States, where citizens can now act through their state legislatures to form abortion policy through the democratic process.

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June 27, 2022

Statement: SCOTUS Ruling on Coach Kennedy Case

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June 27, 2022

Statement: Coach Kennedy Case

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June 27, 2022

ICYMI - SCOTUS Statements on Roe v. Wade

June 27, 2022

Lessons In Patriotism From Black Heroes Of The American Revolution

By emphasizing that what we have in common (sharing the promise of America) is far less important than our differences (skin color), these efforts serve only to divide us along racial lines and pit Americans against each other.

June 27, 2022

STATEMENT: Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

The pro-life movement is ultimately motivated by love, not only love for the unborn child but love for the mother and the father, as well.

June 24, 2022

STATEMENT: Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

“For 49 years, ‘we the people’ have had to endure a flawed and unconstitutional ruling from the Supreme Court that allowed unelected judges to create a national right to abortion, which ultimately led to extreme actions, like late-term abortions, against the unborn.

June 24, 2022

STATEMENT: Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

“For two years, we have been told to follow the science when it comes to a paper mask on a seven-year-old child, yet not when it comes to a sonogram of a 15-week-old fetus showing a clear image of human life, the baby’s gender, heartbeat, and limbs.

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June 24, 2022

STATEMENT: Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

Today’s historic Supreme Court decision does not mark the end of the near half-century fight for life; it correctly returns this issue to the people’s elected representatives in each of the states.

June 23, 2022

Statement from Matthew Whitaker on Gun Control Package

“All Americans want safer and more secure communities free from gun violence. Unfortunately, the Senate gun control bill drafted behind closed doors and being voted on this week fails to accomplish this goal.

June 23, 2022

America First Policy Institute Launches “American Leadership Initiative”

This initiative will provide a roadmap on policy and personnel and on the all-important process of how things get done in government.

June 22, 2022

Op-ed: Biden’s open borders encourage child trafficking and smuggling

June 22, 2022

Rick Perry Statement on Proposed Gas Tax Suspension

“The Biden Administration’s proposed gas tax suspension is yet another exercise in political theater.

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June 20, 2022

Speaker Series Livestream: The Fight for Life, an America First Analysis of Dobbs v. Jackson

America First Policy Institute Speaker Series Presents: The Fight for Life, an America First analysis of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization featuring the Honorable Brooke Rollins, Dr. Alveda King, Pastor Paula White, Father Frank Pavone and special guest Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)

June 20, 2022

Op-ed: An Encore at the Left’s Energy Theater

June 17, 2022

AFPI Statement on the SEC’s Destructive Climate Disclosure Rule

“Make no mistake: The Biden Administration is unconstitutionally empowering federal bureaucrats to enact its failed and unpopular ‘green’ agenda.

June 17, 2022

Comments by America First Policy Institute on The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Proposed Rule entitled

“The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors” File Number S7-10-22”

June 17, 2022

Statement on May’s Record-Setting Border Apprehensions Including 50 Individuals on the Terrorist Screening Database

The crisis at the southern border continues to worsen as the Biden Administration refuses to enforce our immigration laws. In May, the Biden Administration set another record with 239,416 apprehensions of illegal aliens on the southern border.

June 17, 2022

Statement On President Biden’s Announcement of $1.2 Billion in Additional U.S. Assistance to Ukraine

“President Biden’s June 15 announcement of providing an additional $1.2 billion in aid to Ukraine is irresponsible. The United States should not contribute more assistance to Ukraine until NATO members contribute more, and until there is accountability firmly in place and it is clear that the alliance is fully supporting Ukrainian goals and requirements to bring Russia to negotiations to end its aggression in Ukraine.

June 17, 2022

The Left’s Abortion Radicalism in Action: Attacks on Pregnancy Resource Centers Across America

After the leaked draft of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion was published by Politico in early May, abortion has once again taken center stage in American politics, and the Left’s radical pro-abortion extremism shows no signs of abating. From state-level codification of the “right to abortion,” to taxpayer funding for abortion providers, to calls for federal legislation guaranteeing abortion up to the point of birth, to dialogue of keeping the baby “comfortable” while the mother and doctor determine if it is kept alive post-birth, the advocates on the Left have proven themselves to be extremists in the abortion debate.

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June 17, 2022

Fathers Matter (Pass it on)

Fatherhood is foundational to strong families, and strong families are essential to a strong Nation. But the effects of America’s current fatherlessness epidemic are felt across many aspects of American society. To fix this problem, we must first speak openly about the problem of fatherless children.

June 16, 2022

Congress: Make Expensing of Machinery and Equipment Permanent, ASAP

Some of the most economically beneficial features of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) were enacted on a temporary basis to hold down the revenue cost during the 2018-2027 budget window. These provisions are due to expire over the course of the next few years, unless extended by Congress.

June 15, 2022

Op-ed: Radical Abortion Policies Do Not ‘Follow The Science,’ Or The American Conscience

June 15, 2022

What Can Be Done to Help America’s Small Businesses

Last week, Dr. Michael Faulkender, Visiting Fellow at the America First Policy Institute, testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and discussed some of the challenges facing American small businesses. Dr. Faulkender’s full written testimony can be found here. An abbreviated version of it is below.

June 15, 2022

AFPI Demands Iowa School District Stop Indoctrinating Students with Critical Race Theory

The America First Policy Institute stands with the brave parents of Baxter Community School District, and across the Nation, who are saying no more to the un-American indoctrination of our children.

June 15, 2022

Op-Ed: Historic $5 gas exposes Biden’s energy delusion

Spiking pump prices part of administration's open hostility to American energy infrastructure

June 14, 2022

AFPI Statement on May’s Producer Price Index Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute issued the following statement from James Carter, Director of the Center for American Prosperity, after the release of the May 2022 Producer Price Index report:

June 14, 2022

Perils of ESG Investing

Over the last decade, a growing craze in investing has been the ESG movement—investing in companies based on their Environmental, Social, and Governance practices. Such practices differ depending on whose definition one is using, which is part of the problem, but this generally involves a firm’s activities to reduce its carbon footprint (E), its attention to diversity and inclusion (wokeism) among its stakeholders, particularly its employees (S), and the practices of its leadership and Board of Directors (G).

June 12, 2022

Who Are the Real Abortion Radicals? A Comparative Perspective

In the 50 years since Roe v. Wade determined that the point of fetal viability was the compelling factor for the interest in potential life (then thought to range from 24 to 28 weeks gestational age), the medical community has made remarkable strides in recognizing the biological reality and humanity of a baby in the mother’s womb. Despite these advances, U.S. federal and state abortion policies have increasingly embraced expanded access to abortion and increased availability of late-term abortion.

June 11, 2022

AFPI Statement on Gasoline Prices Breaking $5.00 per Gallon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) issued the following statement from former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Chair of the Center for Energy Independence:

June 10, 2022

UN High Commissioner hands CCP propaganda victory, enables human rights abuses

On May 28, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet returned from a 4-day tour of China, the first such visit in 17 years. Bachelet, a former President of Chile for the Socialist Party, handed a propaganda victory to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and missed an opportunity to highlight and condemn human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region.

June 10, 2022

As Summer Begins, No Relief Yet from the Biden Price Hike and Inflation Tax

Just released data shows that inflation has reached a 40-year record high, with the consumer price index (CPI) rising by 8.6% year-over-year in May. Gas prices rose by $0.45 per gallon in May alone and have more than doubled since January 2021, with nearly half of that increase occurring before Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.

June 10, 2022

AFPI Statement on May’s Consumer Price Index Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) issued the following statement from James Carter, Director of the Center for American Prosperity:

June 9, 2022

STATEMENT on Security of Supreme Court Justices

“Throughout his career, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been an advocate for truth and justice. We applaud law enforcement officials in Montgomery County, Maryland for their swift intervention to protect him and his family.

June 8, 2022

Venezuela’s False Promise

Biden’s Reckless Strategy for Global Energy Security Plays into the Hands of America’s Adversaries.

June 7, 2022

Op-ed: La falsa promesa de Venezuela

June 7, 2022

Op-ed: America needs its Gulf allies

June 3, 2022

Statement on House Republicans Energy Plan – “Will Help Unleash American Energy” as opposed to “more finger-pointing and inaction.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) issued the following statement from former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Chair of the Center for Energy Independence

June 3, 2022

AFPI Statement on May Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Statement from Michael Faulkender, Visiting Fellow at the America First Policy Institute, and former Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury:

May 31, 2022

FACT SHEET: Joe Biden’s Economic Op-Ed: Who Does He Think He Is Fooling?

May 31, 2022

Biden’s Intelligence Disclosures: An Escalatory Approach to Russia

Throughout Russia’s unwarranted invasion of Ukraine, many experts have opined regarding the role of the United States. The primary question is whether the U.S. should intervene with direct military force against Russia. Four months into the invasion, the United States and European allies have refrained from direct military engagement in Ukraine. However, the Biden Administration's information warfare against Russia — leaking both credible and noncredible intelligence to the media as a deterrent  — is taking this war on a dangerous course that could potentially bring the United States into a direct military conflict with Russia.

May 31, 2022

A national takeover of the home appraisal industry represents a dangerous expansion of the federal government

The Biden Administration and Members of Congress are laying the groundwork for a federal takeover of the home appraisal industry in the name of “equity.” A stable housing market is key to the prosperity of the middle class, and history shows that government interventions have led to severe consequences for America’s housing market before—particularly those made in the pursuit of “equity.” The left’s interest in overhauling America’s appraisal process is especially dangerous because it relies on the false assumption that racism is the cause of disparities in home values for minority groups.

May 27, 2022

Expert Insight: Russia and China Veto of U.N. Security Council Resolution on North Korea’s Recent Missile Tests a Sign of Biden Administration’s Incompetence

On May 26, 2022, China and Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution sponsored by the United States that would have increased sanctions on North Korea in response to a surge in its ballistic missile tests this year.

May 27, 2022

Statement from AFPI President and CEO Brooke Rollins on Memorial Day

“This Memorial Day, America honors the heroic warriors who laid down their lives for their country and the cause of freedom.

May 26, 2022

New CBO Analysis: Biden’s Economic Disaster Exacerbates Budget Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office published its latest Budget and Economic Outlook and the economic projection is a disaster for Joe Biden.

May 26, 2022

Persecution of 90-year-old Catholic cardinal underlines fragility of CCP, points to opening for America First tactics to contain Communist oppression

An effective America First foreign policy means employing a whole-of-government approach, using all tools relevant to the challenge, with a preference for minimizing military deployment and financial expenditure. Internal weaknesses and contradictions, as well as dissident groups and figures, should be leveraged to contain tyrannical governments. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is an essential example of an authoritarian regime with presumed total control over a state, but in recent months its popularity and moral strength have shown signs of frailty.

May 26, 2022

America First Policy Institute Statement: Georgia Primary Breaks Voter Turnout Records

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) issued the following statement from Chair of the Center for Election Integrity Kenneth Blackwell after reports voter turnout in the Georgia primary broke records, disproving the far Left’s message that the Election Integrity Act of 2021 would “suppress the vote.”

May 26, 2022

Issue Brief: Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022

Sponsors and proponents of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 argue that it is designed to authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the federal government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism. This legislation was introduced after the January 6, 2021, security breach at the U.S. Capitol and was revived following the recent Buffalo, NY massacre.

May 26, 2022

Wet Blankets and the Looming Formula Shortage

Economies may soon confront the very real possibility of further fuel shortages with dire consequences for food security.

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May 25, 2022

AFPI 2022 Annual Policy Summit

The America First Movement kicked off the first annual America First Policy Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, to tackle the most critical issues facing our country, discuss solutions, and, most importantly, chart a path for the future with a promise to America.

May 23, 2022

Selection of America’s Next Top Cop to Regulate Firearms

The importance of selecting a qualified applicant for the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is no small task. The mission of the ATF is to protect the public “…from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and the diversion of tobacco products; regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives; and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety, and industry partners” (DOJ, 2021). Correspondingly, in the agency’s values statement, the ATF highlights the goal of upholding the U.S. Constitution (ATF, 2022).

May 23, 2022

AFPI Statement on WHO’s World Health Assembly Annual Convening

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, America First Policy Institute issued the following statement from Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Keith Kellogg, Co-Chair, Center for American Security and Former Governor Bobby Jindal, Chair, Center for a Healthy America, regarding the World Health Organization (WHO) convening in Geneva.

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May 19, 2022

AFPI Speaker Series: The Systematic Dismantling of American Border Security ft. Rep. Jim Jordan

Join Keynote Speaker U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan along with AFPI’s own the Honorable Chad Wolf and former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan, on the border crisis.

May 19, 2022

Statement from AFPI on the “Unconscionably Excessive” Price-Fixing Measures — Market Distortion is an Invitation for Recession

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act. The bill would empower the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on whatever it deems to be “unconscionably excessive” price increases within the fuels market.

May 18, 2022

Murderous Cartels, Illicit Drugs, and Human Trafficking: The Threat and Atrocity of America’s Porous Southern Border

Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) / Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) represent a clear and present danger to stability in Mexico and Central America and have wide-spread secondary and tertiary impacts on the United States.

May 18, 2022

The Cartels of Mexico: Death, Drugs, and Depravity from America’s Porous Southern Border

More than 2 million illegal immigrants breached the U.S. border in 2021. This record number of apprehensions and the additional hundreds of thousands of “gotaways” is alarming on many levels, as is the Biden-Harris Administration’s apparent indifference to the crisis. At times, the Biden-Harris Administration almost seems to be actively trying to make the situation worse. For example, they have spent over $2 billion of taxpayer money to break border construction contracts to prevent the border wall from being built. And earlier in April 2022, they announced, even in the face of objection by those on both sides of the aisle, that they planned to rescind the Title 42 policy, which has allowed Border Patrol to expel illegal border crossers due to the ongoing pandemic immediately. This move will likely bring an additional 90,000 illegals into the U.S. each month that are currently subject to removal.

May 18, 2022

Marc Lotter joined Real America’s Voice to discuss school choice and news of the day

May 18, 2022

STATEMENT: Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg on Finland and Sweden NATO Application

“America First does not mean America alone. It means strengthening and modernizing our alliances, which is why we support Finland and Sweden applying to join NATO to ensure the safety of their nations.

May 18, 2022

Testimony Before the Communications and Technology Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives

Chair Hoitenga, Vice Chairs Damoose and Coleman, and members of the Communications and Technology Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives thank you for inviting me to testify. My name is James Sherk. I am the director of the Center for American Freedom at the America First Policy Institute.

May 17, 2022

Statement on Police Week

Today, the America First Policy Institute issued the following statements in support of our Nation’s law enforcement during National Police Week.

May 16, 2022

AFPI Announces Renee Hudson as Chief Government Affairs Officer

Today, America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced Renee Hudson as its new Chief Government Affairs Officer.

May 16, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Fox Business to discuss Putin’s “Victory Day” speech

May 16, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business to discuss the latest on the border crisis

May 16, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Newsmax to discuss the Buffalo shooting and the latest on the border crisis

May 15, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Fox & Friends to discuss the Buffalo shooting and the border crisis

May 12, 2022

To strengthen America and weaken the CCP, billion-dollar U.S. university endowments must divest from Chinese firms

America First means deploying all elements of American statecraft to protect America’s interests and ensure its security, with economic pressure representing a primary tool. U.S. investment in mainland China has the harmful effect of helping to fund a Communist Party regime that undermines our geopolitical position. In addition, our rule of law, civil society, and respect for human and individual rights set our constitutional republic apart, and it gives us the strength to confront the authoritarian communist government of China. Our most affluent and generously endowed universities are damaging our security and making a mockery of higher education and their own humanitarian pretenses by bankrolling the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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May 11, 2022

High Inflation Continues to Hurt American Families

This morning’s inflation report and last week’s jobs report are yet another reminder that President Biden’s policies are failing the American people.

May 11, 2022

America First Policy Institute: Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the America First Policy Institute issued the following statement from President and CEO Brooke Rollins after the United States Senate failed to codify Roe v. Wade into law.

May 11, 2022

Correcting the Record on Job Creation

The Claim: “Biden was buoyed by strong numbers earlier in the day [Friday, May 6] that showed the U.S. added 428,000 jobs in April, more than expected and the 12th straight month of job gains in excess of 400,000. Manufacturing has seen the largest 15-month job gain in 15 years, he noted.” (Reuters, May 7, 2022)

May 10, 2022

Maintaining America’s Superpower Status

A Series on Restoring America’s Credible Deterrence After Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine.

May 10, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Newsmax to discuss the record levels of drugs pouring across the border

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May 10, 2022

Case Update: President Trump’s Legal Team Prepares an Amended Complaint in Lawsuit Against Twitter

Over the weekend, the Northern District of California Court, Judge James Donato presiding, granted Twitter’s Motion to Dismiss. The Judge ruled that plaintiffs, including President Donald J. Trump, can file an amended complaint by May 27, 2022. The amended complaint is in the process of being finalized by this date. While President Trump’s lawyers predicted this case was postured to be heard and ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court, the case filings will be amended, and the case will continue to be considered by the District Court. The legal team understands an appeal is likely inevitable, and are prepared to continue this fight to protect our First Amendment rights against unconstitutional discrimination and censorship.

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May 8, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day from the America First Policy Institute!

May 6, 2022

Stories of our Nation’s Founding Wives

Examination of the Founding Fathers’ lives shows complete and total sacrifice on the part of all involved. When Patrick Henry famously declared, “give me liberty or give me death,” he truly meant it. However, while everyone knows the sacrifices of individuals like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Alexander Hamilton, the sacrifices of the most important people in their lives, their wives, often go unnoticed. In reality, these women made tremendous contributions that helped form the exceptional country that we live in today. 

May 4, 2022

The European Union Announces Plan for Phased Ban of Russian Oil and Refined Products—America Must Meet the Moment

May 4, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Mornings with Maria to discuss the historic border crisis

May 3, 2022

Linda McMahon joined Neil Cavuto to discuss record inflation and small businesses

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May 3, 2022

The America First Agenda Podcast Episode Four: The China Threat with Jack Posobiec

Join AFPI Executive Director, Chad Wolf, as he sits down with Jack Posobeic. Chad and Jack discuss the imminent and very real threat that China poses to our way of life. Tune in for a perspective you won't hear anywhere else.

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May 2, 2022

STATEMENT: AFPI on Leaked Court Opinion

WASHINGTON, D.C.— AFPI’s President and CEO, Brooke Rollins, released the following statement on the leaked court opinion:

May 2, 2022

Chad Wolf discusses the disaster at the border with Stuart Varney on Fox Business

May 2, 2022

The New Terrorist Wave Sweeping Israel: How is This Year Different from Others?

Several aspects of the current wave of violence sweeping Israel since early March make it different from the violence that took place roughly this time last year. It also may point to broader changes in the Middle East that will impact American interests.

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April 28, 2022

America First on the Crisis in Ukraine

AFPI’s national security team and CEO Brooke Rollins host Senator Ted Cruz for a national security discussion on the crisis in Ukraine.

April 28, 2022

The Biden Recession Is Coming

This morning, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) confirmed what many have been fearing: the U.S. economy is potentially entering a recession. The BEA’s just released advanced estimate of gross domestic product (GDP)—the value of all goods and services produced domestically—for the first quarter of 2022, which came in at a decline of 1.4% (on an annualized basis) relative to the fourth quarter of 2021.

April 27, 2022

Issue Brief: Explaining Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and The Need for an America First Approach

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brazen invasion of Ukraine is just the latest manifestation of the damaging weakness the Biden Administration is projecting on the world stage. Over the course of the first year of the Biden Administration, the credibility of American deterrence has eroded due to the debacle of America’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the failure to secure the southern border, and a less than serious policy obsessed with climate change. On the threat from Russia, President Biden ceded America’s leadership to Europe, removing strong policies like the Nord Stream II sanctions that the Trump Administration had imposed and instituted restrictions on critical intelligence sharing with Ukraine that it is only now weighing lifting over 2 months into the war.

April 26, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss the latest on Ukraine

April 25, 2022

Chad Wolf joined America Reports to discuss the end of Title 42 and the growing crisis at the border

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April 25, 2022

White-Cain And Bondi: Here’s Why One Christian Coach’s Religious Freedom Case Is So Important To All Americans

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that will decide if Americans have the right to express their religion freely, as it considers the case of Joe Kennedy, a high school football coach and veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

April 22, 2022

America First Policy Institute Applauds the American Governor’s Border Strike Force Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C.— America First Policy Institute released the following statement regarding the 26 Republican governors, led by Governor Doug Ducey (AZ) and Governor Greg Abbott (TX), forming the American Governors’ Border Strike Force. 

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April 21, 2022

Kellyanne Conway Joins the America First Policy Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced Kellyanne Conway, Former Counselor to President Donald J. Trump, as the Chair of its Center for the American Child. 

April 21, 2022

Marc Lotter joined Newsmax to discuss Trump’s interview with Piers Morgan and news of the day

April 19, 2022

AFPI Statement on the Biden Administration Final NEPA Rule that Will Delay Infrastructure, Increase Energy Costs, and Cement a Legacy of Build Back Never

President Biden’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced its final rule reversing critical reforms of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The historic, common-sense reforms accomplished during the Trump Administration modernized the complex, costly, and overly burdensome regulatory environment. These reforms maintained environmental standards and were critical to reducing excessive delays in the permitting process that led to crumbling infrastructure and misallocated capital.     

April 19, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Cavuto: Coast to Coast to discuss the latest on Ukraine

April 19, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss the latest on Ukraine

April 15, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Varney on Fox Business to discuss Russia & Ukraine negotiations

April 14, 2022

Op-Ed - Top Trump WH Staffers: We Want to Arm Ukraine to the Teeth - Why Won’t Biden Do It?

As former Trump administration national security officials who deeply believe in an America First approach to U.S. national security policy, we have been on television almost every day discussing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

April 14, 2022

NEW POLLING: Biden Administration is Wrong at the Border and on Masks on Airplanes

The America First Policy Institute today released new polling data from Scott Rasmussen, which shows the American people disagree with the Biden Administration’s plans to end Title 42 removals of illegal immigrants due to the threat of COVID-19. Voters — especially those who regularly fly commercial airlines — also oppose the continuation of mask mandates on airplanes.

April 13, 2022

Jack Brewer joined Fox Business to discuss BLM’s $6 million mansion and the importance of fatherhood

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April 13, 2022

Happy First Birthday AFPI!

The America First movement needed a home and one year ago, it got one—right here at the America First Policy Institute. What a difference one year makes.

April 12, 2022

STATEMENT from former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker on NY Shooting

Statement from Matt Whitaker, Co-Chair of the Center for Law and Justice at the America First Policy Institute and former Acting Attorney General of the United States.

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April 12, 2022

The Biden Price Hike Continues its Assault on Americans’ Wallets

Inflation is America’s top economic concern, and the latest data confirms that they are right to be worried. With each passing month, inflation continues to climb, and the latest 8.5% year-over-year increase for the consumer price index (CPI) has yet again broken 40-year-old records. It is important to remember that the last time inflation was this high, it was on its way back down, not still on the ascent with no relief in sight.

April 11, 2022

Myths Versus Facts School Choice in Iowa

Iowans support school choice. FACT. Polling shows that 62 percent of Iowans surveyed believe that education dollars should follow students to a school of their choice. A majority of Iowa citizens believe no child should be forced to go to a school based on their zip code. Parents should be free to choose the school that best fits the educational needs of that specific child.

April 11, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Sunday Night in America to discuss his recent border trip and the ongoing crisis

April 11, 2022

Can Americans Afford Spring Break in Joe Biden’s America?

For the first time in a couple of years, COVID-19 mandates and restrictions have lessened to the point people can travel again. But can American families afford their spring break trips to warmer locales or see friends and family given 40-year-high inflation and record-high prices for gasoline?

April 10, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Sunday Night in America to discuss his recent border trip and the ongoing crisis

April 7, 2022

Biden’s far-left approach to ‘health’

People should not expect the Biden administration to solve problems with the healthcare system anytime soon. In fact, the president’s 2023 budget exacerbates some healthcare challenges. Policies contained in Biden’s budget continue to cater to a far-left agenda and perpetuate leading from behind on COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have mismanaged their response to recent COVID-19 variants and handed down confusing, inconsistent guidance on masking, quarantining, and testing. As a result, trust in the CDC has declined from 69% in April 2020 to 44% in January 2022. Instead of implementing increased oversight at the CDC, the Biden administration proposes to give $9.9 billion of discretionary funding to "build up capacity." This is a $2.8 billion increase over the 2021 enacted level and is proposed at a time when the agency is performing a sweeping review of its processes. A better approach would be to restore confidence and enhance pandemic preparedness through responsible use of public health dollars.

April 7, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Not Supremely Qualified

April 6, 2022

The deliberate plan behind the border crisis

We are in the midst of the single worst immigration crisis that our country has ever experienced. This past fiscal year saw the highest number of illegal apprehensions on record, and we are on pace to exceed that number in 2022. Even more disturbing is the recent decision by the Biden administration to end Title 42, a public health emergency order, which undoubtedly will result in an additional surge of illegal immigrants to the border. Accompanying the huge rise in illegal crossings has been more human trafficking and a massive influx of drugs and other contraband that is contributing to an opioid crisis that is not only further devastating communities but enriching Mexican cartels.

April 6, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Mornings with Maria to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

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April 6, 2022

Biden’s Supreme Court nominee doesn’t define ‘woman,’ and devalues them all

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom the Senate will soon vote on, failed to answer Sen. Martha Blackburn’s question, "Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?" Jackson, an Ivy League law school graduate, has served her community as a Supreme Court clerk, a District Judge, and a Court of Appeals Judge. Despite these qualifications, Jackson was unable to offer a response to the simplest of questions, on the meaning of the word "woman." 

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April 5, 2022

Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Review: Missed Opportunity to Put America First

The recently released budget from the Biden Administration is misaligned with the priorities of the American people, including more government spending in a time of 40-year-high inflation and high energy prices. Instead of embracing freedom and equality, the budget embraces a bigger government, equity, and social justice. Below, please find policy analysis from the America First Policy Institute’s policy experts highlighting some key takeaways from the proposed FY23 budget.

April 5, 2022

WOLF: Biden Admin Pulled The Plug On Title 42. Now America Is In For A Reckoning

The Biden administration has announced it will withdraw Title 42, a public health order that has allowed the U.S. to control the spread of COVID-19 in border facilities and protect U.S. communities and law enforcement agents from the virus, in a little over 50 days from now. There is no doubt that this authority has saved countless lives over the past two years and helped preserve medical resources along the border, particularly early in the pandemic.

April 5, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Mornings with Maria to discuss the latest on the border crisis

April 5, 2022

Testimony on Ohio House Bill 441

Chair Hudson and members of the Civil Justice Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives, thank you for inviting my testimony. My name is James Sherk. I am the director of the Center for American Freedom at the America First Policy Institute (AFPI). My work at AFPI focuses on protecting Americans from traditional and emerging threats to their freedom. Prior to joining AFPI I served as a Special Assistant to President Trump on the White House Domestic Policy Council. In that role I led the White House inter-agency working group on combatting Big Tech censorship, including the development of what became Executive Order 13925 on Preventing Online Censorship.

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April 4, 2022

Op-ed: Europe needs a Mitchell Plan, not a Marshall plan

As President Biden looks to provide Europe with viable options for energy security and enable our allies to join a sanctions effort that would bring the Russian petrostate to its knees, he has summoned the spirit of America’s foremost pioneer of transatlantic relations, George C. Marshall. However, a more fitting pioneer would be George P. Mitchell.  

April 4, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Fox News to discuss the consequences of the removal of Title 42 at the border

April 4, 2022

America First Foreign Policy Principles in Practice

What is America First foreign policy? America Independent and Strong. America First requires an America that is independent and secure, ensuring first that America’s supply chains and economy are stable and strong and its people are safe.

April 4, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined Fox Business Tonight to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

April 4, 2022

DHS-DOJ Joint Rule Latest Deliberate Attempt to Dismantle the Immigration System

The Biden Administration’s ongoing humanitarian and national security crisis at the Southern border is not the result of incompetence but rather a systematic and deliberate attempt to deconstruct the United States’ lawful and orderly immigration system. If this seems difficult to believe, recent comments by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas should remove any doubt, as he proudly declared that the Biden Administration had “fundamentally changed immigration enforcement.” Sadly, the Secretary was accurate in his statement.

April 2, 2022

Biden blames Putin and US oil companies for the rising prices making Americans’ lives miserable, but the TRUTH is that runaway inflation is his own fault

If one listened to President Joe Biden's speech on Thursday, they may come away with the idea that there are two villains behind the severe economic pain that Americans are experiencing.  According to Biden, it is the fault of Vladimir Putin and American oil companies that gas prices are at record highs. 

April 1, 2022

STATEMENT: FMR DHS Acting Sec. Chad Wolf on Centers for Disease Control Decision to revoke Title 42

April 1, 2022

Op-ed: America Shouldn’t Compete Against China With One Arm Tied Behind Its Back

The Senate recently passed a bill intended to bolster America’s technological and industrial capacity as we compete against China. The bill, called the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, began as a serious, bipartisan effort to meet one of our country’s greatest challenges.

April 1, 2022

Issue Brief: Biden Administration Inflation & Oil Markets

Our present oil market woes have their roots in pandemic-induced demand reduction, quicker than anticipated demand recovery, and underinvestment stemming from anti-fossil climate policies. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the West’s response are serving as contributing factors—not the origin. Developing a strategy to alleviate market pressures will require the Biden Administration to resist interventionist tendencies and promote an unhindered energy market.

April 1, 2022

American families feel like they’re falling behind. They’re right.

Today’s jobs report reinforces the setbacks American workers have endured this past year. While the report shows that an additional 431,000 jobs were filled in March and the unemployment rate fell to 3.6%, it also shows that hourly wages have only risen 5.6% in the past year. Inflation through February has been measured at 7.9% and the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) next week is likely to show that price increases again outpaced wage increases, particularly given the pressure on energy prices. Overall, this means that in inflation-adjusted terms, working has 2.3% less purchasing power than a year ago.

April 1, 2022

The Latest Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release Demonstrates the “Consequence and Peril” of President Biden’s War on Fossil Fuels

The Biden Administration has announced its third release of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, amounting to a record 1 million barrels per day of oil beginning in May 2022 and lasting 6 months, totaling an overall release of 180 million barrels.

March 31, 2022

Meet Anonymous Airman #7 of AFPI’s Lawsuit against the Biden Department of Defense

Eastern Europe is being ravaged by war. An old enemy has resurfaced. At a time when America needs its best, highly trained men and women in uniform, especially those specifically trained in Russian, the Biden Administration is kicking many out—even those we invested years and millions of dollars in preparing for exactly this adversary and this moment.

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March 31, 2022

Unleashing U.S. Energy Dominance Livestream Discussion

Join Keynote Speaker U.S. Senator John Barrasso along with AFPI’s own the Honorable David Bernhardt & the Honorable Fred Fleitz for a discussion on unleashing U.S. energy dominance.

March 31, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joins America’s Newsroom to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

March 30, 2022

Op-ed: Just Say No to Rejoining TPP

March 29, 2022

Statement from Scott Turner, Chair, Center for Education Opportunity

“I congratulate Florida leaders on the passage of HB 1557. The Parental Rights in Education bill ensures kindergartners will not be taught gender ideology and empowers parents to be involved in their child’s emotional and physical health...

March 29, 2022

Evaluating the Biden Administration’s Budget Proposals

The Biden Administration released its fiscal year 2023 budget proposal yesterday. How does it compare to the president’s first budget? How should we evaluate the new budget? While some of the individual policies underlying the president’s budget may hold merit in and of themselves, we can get a reasonable sense of the overall budget’s merit by asking and answering 11 questions.

March 29, 2022

Biden is to blame for rising gas prices. America needs to expand energy production.

Gasoline prices had already hit a record high the morning that President Joe Biden announced a ban on Russian energy imports on March 8. The last time average gas prices topped $4 a gallon was in 2008, when George W. Bush was president. At that time, the White House worked with the Department of the Interior to expand American energy production. By contrast, the Biden administration has been curbing oil and gas drilling. This means that today’s pain at the pump is unlikely to disappear anytime soon.

March 29, 2022

The Pro-Life Movement Is the Real Pro-Woman Movement

When the Texas Heartbeat Act took effect in September of last year, pro-abortion activists predictably reacted with cries of hysteria. Critics falsely painted the bill as an “anti-choice” enormity, intentionally and maliciously designed by lawmakers to deprive innocent women of their right to healthcare. The abortion industry went so far as to describe this life-saving bill as a “diabolical scheme” designed with “an extra dose of cruelty.”

March 29, 2022

Team Biden’s strategic plan to erase womanhood

Promising to unify the nation through big government-sponsored gender equity and women’s rights, President Biden stated: “This moment demands a bold and united response — a commitment to do more than just rebuild to a status quo that wasn’t working for women and girls, but rather to build back better.”

March 26, 2022

Op-Ed: How the Left Is Using Ukraine to Discredit Trump and ‘America First’

America First means keeping America out of unnecessary wars promoted by the liberal elite for nation-building in which we have no strategic interests.

March 25, 2022

Evaluating the Biden Administration’s Budget Proposals

According to press reports, the Biden Administration is preparing to release its fiscal year 2023 budget on Monday, March 28. While it’s impossible to weigh the merits of the president’s budget before it is made public, it’s not too early to begin thinking about how we should evaluate it once that happens.

March 25, 2022

Chad Wolf joined the National Report on Newsmax to discuss border security and immigration

March 24, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports to react to President Biden’s speech at NATO

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March 23, 2022

The America First Agenda Podcast Episode Three: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg and Fred Fleitz

Join AFPI Executive Director, Chad Wolf, as he sits down with Lt. General Keith Kellogg, Co-Chair of AFPI's Center for American Security, and Fred Fleitz, Vice Chair of AFPI's Center for American Security. Chad, Lt. General (Ret.) Kellogg, and Fred discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine and where American security stands today. Tune in for a perspective you won't hear anywhere else.

March 23, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined Fox News @ Night to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

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March 23, 2022

The Urgent Need to Restore American Energy Independence

President Biden’s anti-American energy policies are being felt by every American and exploited by America’s enemies. Routinely relying upon American competitors and adversaries alike for resources while enacting policies that increase our energy and economic dependence on them leads to higher prices and uncertainty for hardworking families.

March 22, 2022

Keeping America Great Is Key To The China Challenge

During the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the U.S. consistently overestimated the Soviet regime’s abilities and underestimated its threat.

March 21, 2022

Pro-Worker, Pro-Family Policies Are Pro-Women

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s worth examining the significant role women continue to play in America’s workforce today. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw a sharp decline of women in the workforce. By April 2020, the female unemployment rate peaked at 16.1 percent, while the unemployment rate for men was 13.6 percent.

March 17, 2022

Op-ed: Biden’s Nuclear Deal With Iran Is Set To Be Even More Disastrous Than Obama’s

Russia’s demand for a sanctions exemption is the only thing stopping the new, deeply flawed nuclear deal from going forward.

March 17, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss Russia and Ukraine

March 16, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Fox and Friends to discuss threats from China and border security

March 16, 2022

You Can Oppose School Covid-Vaccine Mandates without Opposing Vaccines

Two New York City officials recently called on Mayor Eric Adams to require full Covid vaccination next school year as part of the standard vaccination requirements for public schools. Democrats such as Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe don’t think parents should have a say in what schools teach their children, and many also want those same schools to override parents’ role as their children’s first and most important caregivers. Yet mandatory Covid-vaccination policies for schoolchildren worry 53 percent of parents, and 76 percent of parents are concerned about long-term effects of the Covid vaccine in children.

March 15, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

March 15, 2022

The Need to Refocus International Efforts on Traditional Air Pollutants

Much can and should be made of how the flawed Paris Agreement—which President Biden reentered—and more broadly, the overweening international focus on climate, distracts and detracts from issues of critical importance across the board, ranging from prosperity to energy to security, with exceedingly little to show for meeting any climate goals.

March 15, 2022

Producer Price Inflation Hits Double Digits

This morning’s release of the Producer Price Index (PPI) for February 2022 demonstrated that the inflationary pressures caused by the Biden Administration have continued. In February, prices for producers jumped another 0.8%, generating a 12-month producer inflation rate of 10.1%, tying the record set in December 2021.

March 15, 2022

State Health Policy Issue Brief: Increasing Hospital Price Transparency Compliance in States

Hospital price transparency requires hospitals to make standard charges for medical items and services available and accessible to the public. The goal is to reduce opacity in the healthcare system and empower consumers with information to choose the care that is best for them.

March 14, 2022

Biden’s HHS Undermines Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Our Declaration of Independence enumerates three cornerstone guarantees to all citizens: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Once a hallmark of our Nation, these cherished principles, particularly the right to life, lay under cultural assault. Without protecting the guarantee to life, we surrender the remaining two core American values.

March 14, 2022

Celebrating Women’s History Month through the Accomplishments of Women

The idea of women’s suffrage was a radical concept in the eyes of previous generations, but American culture was altered by decades of brave women entering public life. In the first decade of the 1900s, a teenage girl born in Manhattan and hailing from Oyster Bay, New York, Alice Roosevelt, grew of age in the spotlight of the Washington, D.C. press, where she emerged to be one of the most important political power brokers of the 20th Century. 

March 14, 2022

The Children of Ukraine

The escalation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is impacting Ukraine’s entire school-aged population. There are now 5.7 million girls, boys, and adolescents between 3–17 years of age, with no or severely disjointed access to education.

March 11, 2022

Free speech and the Bible on global trial

Led by America’s example, Western countries have shined as a global refuge for free expression and religious liberty, standing in contrast to the many authoritarian governments that act as paternalistic gatekeepers of their citizens’ speech. 

March 10, 2022

Sarah Bloom Raskin’s Radical Climate Change Agenda for the Federal Reserve

President Joe Biden recently nominated Sarah Bloom Raskin to serve as Vice Chair for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board. If confirmed, Raskin would be put in charge of regulating the U.S. financial system and become a pivotal voice in setting interest rates for our Nation’s banks.

March 10, 2022

Judging the Omnibus by the Numbers

Six months into FY2022, Congress has yet to send a single appropriations bill to President Joe Biden for his signature. Instead, Congress has relied on temporary continuing resolutions to avoid a government shutdown while it worked behind closed doors on legislation to provide permanent funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.

March 10, 2022

Re-establishing our Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - America First Policy Institute (AFPI) released the following statement after reports that inflation increased 7.9% in the past twelve months, hitting the fastest rate of inflation since 1982. The report also contained the highest prices ever recorded for everyday items such as chicken (+13.2%), lunchmeat (+11%), baby food (+8.4%), and pet supplies (+7.5%). This provides yet another example of the Biden Administration’s continued efforts to advance economic policies that are depleting the American people’s wallets and sabotaging our Nation’s wealth and security. 

March 10, 2022

Unleashing American Energy

President Biden's anti-American energy policies are being felt by every American and relished by America's enemies.

March 10, 2022

Americans’ Inflation Nightmare Continues

Inflation has surged with a vengeance since the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act went into effect in early 2021, exacting a steep toll on Americans’ pocketbooks.

March 9, 2022

America First Policy Institute Statement on Congressional Omnibus Proposal

Today, America First Policy Institute (AFPI)’s President and CEO, Brooke Rollins, released the following statement regarding the reckless $1.5 trillion, 2,700-page spending package making its way through Congress.

March 8, 2022

AFPI FILES LARGEST RELIGIOUS LIBERTY VACCINE LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF AIR FORCE MEMBERS FACING DISCHARGE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute’s (AFPI’s) Constitutional Litigation Partnership (CLP), in partnership with the Alliance for Free Citizens, filed a lawsuit on behalf of 36 members of the United States Air Force against the Biden Administration and the Department of Defense for their refusal to grant religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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March 8, 2022

AFPI LAUNCHES NEW COLOR-CODED INTERACTIVE MAP RATING STATES’ ELECTION INTEGRITY LAWS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The America First Policy Institute’s Center for Election Integrity today unveiled a new color-coded, interactive online map that allows Americans to see how secure voting laws are in every state.

March 8, 2022

Rick Perry joined Cavuto Live on Fox to discuss the energy crisis and oil restrictions from Russia

March 8, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Jesse Watters Primetime to discuss Russia and Ukraine

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March 7, 2022

The America First Agenda Podcast Episode Two: Larry Kudlow

Join AFPI Executive Director Chad Wolf as he sits down with one of our Nation’s top economists and former Director of the National Economic Council — Larry Kudlow. Chad and Larry discuss their thoughts on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the need for energy independence, 40-year high inflation, and more… Tune in for a perspective you won't hear anywhere else.

March 7, 2022

Center for Election Integrity Launches Color-coded Interactive Map Comparing States’ Key Election Laws

To help clarify where states stand with their voter protection laws, CEI has developed an interactive, color-coded map that allows anyone to see where their state election laws stack up in comparison with other states.

March 7, 2022

Hogan Gidley joined Kudlow on Fox Business to discuss election integrity

March 4, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

March 4, 2022

America First Policy Institute Statement on February Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, Jim Carter, Director of the Center for American Prosperity at the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), released the following statement on the real impacts of the current administration’s policies on hardworking Americans:

March 3, 2022

AFPI Files Amicus Brief in the United States Supreme Court to Support Coach Fired for Praying After Game

America First Policy Institute’s (AFPI) Constitutional Litigation Partnership (CLP), in conjunction with AFPI’s Center for 1776 and Center for Opportunity Now, filed an Amicus Curiae with the United States Supreme Court.

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March 3, 2022

The state of Joe Biden’s United States

March 2, 2022

America First Policy Institute Launches Opportunity Now Tour

ATLANTA, GA - Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), alongside Civil Rights Leader Dr. Alveda King and NFL Great Jack Brewer, launched its two-day tour in Atlanta, Georgia, championing the ideas of AFPI’s Center for Opportunity Now. This initiative harnesses the power of revitalization by expanding opportunity in economics, education, criminal justice, healthcare, homeownership, and fatherhood. 

March 2, 2022

Chad Wolf reacts to President Biden’s State of the Union address on Fox & Friends

March 2, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined Fox News Live to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

March 2, 2022

Center for Opportunity Now

March 2, 2022

The Promise of Opportunity Now

Opportunity is a concept deeply rooted in the core of the American experience. Whether it was the early American settlers or the small business owners of today, it is the undeniable promise of our great country. It is why the name is tied to legislative concepts like Opportunity Zones and socio-economic initiatives like Opportunity Now, with each seeking to ensure that this critical American ideal reaches beyond race, creed, and color.

March 2, 2022

Opportunity Now Profile for Georgia

The America First Policy Institute’s (AFPI) Center for Opportunity Now began with a simple goal in mind: harness the power of revitalization by expanding opportunity in economics, education, criminal justice, healthcare, homeownership, and fatherhood. By championing these pillars of opportunity through smart policy initiatives, America’s forgotten communities can be set on the path to self-sufficiency and independence. 

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March 1, 2022

373 Economists Agree: Build Back Better is Wrong for America

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February 28, 2022

2022 State of America’s Safety

February 28, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined the Faulkner Focus to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine

February 28, 2022

Op-ed: Trump’s Abraham Accords continue to rack up wins

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February 27, 2022

2022 State of the American Dream

The Biden Administration has prioritized everything and everyone ahead of the American people. By putting the American people last and failing to perform his fundamental duty to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, President Biden is eroding the American dream. His policies on crime, immigration, the economy, and big government socialism are taking away our jobs, dignity, and lives.

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February 24, 2022

2022 State of America’s Border and Security

The Biden administration’s failed border policies are tearing down the sovereignty of our Nation by giving cartels free rein of our border and incentivizing immigrants to cross illegally. It’s an unprecedented crisis that requires a deliberate enforcement strategy that produces results, rather than the status quo that has endangered border communities, law enforcement officers, and everyday Americans.

February 24, 2022

True Equality is Enforcing Law and Order

Many have heard of the “broken windows theory,” which states that visible signs of crime and civil disorder create an urban environment that fosters greater crime and disorder. The theory is not complicated. If a government cannot prevent minor crimes like graffiti or broken windows, how can it begin to tackle and solve serious crimes, such as rape or murder? This is but one of the common-sense policies that Rudy Giuliani ran on, successfully becoming Mayor of New York City.

February 24, 2022

State Health Policy Issue Brief: Removing Restrictions to Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance in States

Short-term, limited-duration (STLD) insurance plans are temporary insurance plans sold by insurance companies that are in effect for a predetermined amount of time, from as little as 1 month to up to 3 years. Because they are classified as temporary plans, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exempted-short term plans from many requirements.

February 24, 2022

America First Policy Institute’s Pennsylvania Act 77 Amicus Brief

February 24, 2022

National Marriage Week

What defines a successful, healthy, and thriving nation? It’s not a nation’s gross domestic product, nor is it a nation’s eco-friendliness score. It’s not even free-market capitalism. One key measuring stick to use is marriage.

February 24, 2022

AFPI on America’s Security and Standing in the World after Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine

February 23, 2022

Steve Yates joined Fox Business to discuss the latest on Russia and Ukraine, China and Taiwan

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February 23, 2022

2022 State of America’s Economy

I doubt the American people will hear much about it during the State of the Union, but Joe Biden’s presidency is costing people dearly. It costs Americans more for gasoline, groceries, and just about every other product. Americans are staring at empty store shelves and must be thinking ‘it wasn’t like that just a few short years ago. Big government socialism has utterly failed. Americans are paying the price.

February 23, 2022

The Wages of Tax Reform Went to America’s Workers — and that’s why Trump’s Tax Cuts Should be Made Permanent

With inflation at its highest rate since 1982, if Democrats really care about our Nation’s “working” class, they will support making the Trump tax cuts permanent. Before the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), anemic economic growth had become the new normal. Workers were permanently on the sidelines, and American manufacturing was a thing of the past. The message from the Obama White House was, in short: Get used to it. President Obama even said a “magic wand” didn’t exist to fix the economy.

February 22, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Hannity on Fox News to discuss Russia and Ukraine

February 21, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss Russia and Ukraine

February 21, 2022

Matt Whitaker joined Mornings with Maria on Fox Business to discuss the Durham report

February 20, 2022

Freedom Fact Sheet: Presidents’ Day

WHAT IS IT? Presidents’ Day honors all who have served as President of the United States of America. It is officially titled Washington’s Birthday.

February 18, 2022

The Biden Administration has Given up on Black America and Our Dreams

Biden has not pursued the sort of policies that lift Black Americans to self-sufficiency and independence.

February 18, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Special Report on Fox News to discuss Russia and Ukraine

February 17, 2022

Steve Yates joined Fox Business to discuss China’s accusation of U.S. exaggerating Russia tensions

February 16, 2022

America First Policy Institute Applauds Florida House for Unanimously Passing Bill Addressing the Fatherhood Crisis

The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) today joined Florida Speaker of the House Rep. Chris Sprowls (R - Palm Harbor) and Senate President Wilton Simpson (R - 10th District) in support of House Bill 7065, a bill targeting the growing crisis of fatherless children in the state and our Nation.

February 16, 2022

Op-ed: How to Counter Biden’s National Security Incompetence in 2022

America’s enemies have been watching this unprecedented deterioration of American global leadership and are preparing to cash in.

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February 16, 2022

The America First Agenda Podcast Episode One: AFPI President and CEO, Brooke Rollins

Join Chad Wolf as he sits down with America First Policy Institute President and CEO — and former White House Domestic Policy chief — Brooke Rollins. Chad and Brooke discuss their time in the Trump White House, and Brooke shares her thoughts on what's next for the America First movement … and herself. Tune in for a perspective you won't hear anywhere else.

February 16, 2022

Celebrating Black History Month with AFPI’s Dr. Alveda King, Jack Brewer, & Gov. Phil Bryant

February 16, 2022

Building Back Stagflation

Our elected leaders must accept that inflation is a monster of their own making, and stop fanning the flames with ever-higher levels of government spending.

February 15, 2022

Fatherlessness and Its Effects on American Society

At the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), we are motivated by a simple truth: American greatness relies on the strength of American families. A genuinely “America First” vision understands that families are at the very core of society—stable families form stable communities, and stable communities create a stable Nation.

February 15, 2022

Toolkit: Protecting Your Taxpayer Dollars in the Classroom

The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened tensions over the teaching of racial and social issues have made curriculum, school boards, and education transparency a top priority among grassroots, parents, students, and politicians alike. Grassroots (citizen activists in a community) must have the tools they need to advocate for transparent and quality spending of their tax payer dollars. 

February 15, 2022

America First Policy Institute Statement on January Producer Price Index Report

February 14, 2022

Jack Brewer’s Fatherhood Initiative

February 14, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined America Reports on Fox to discuss increased tensions in Ukraine

February 14, 2022

Chad Wolf joined Fox Report Weekend on Fox News to discuss border security and immigration

February 11, 2022

BREWER And YATES: Putting America First Requires Resisting China’s Systemic Racism

While many Americans often hear about China’s storied culture and history dating back thousands of years, that is not the China we are dealing with today under Communist Party leadership. As Americans celebrate Black History Month and root for Team USA at the Olympics, we think this is an important time to take a closer look at the intersection of China, sports and race.

February 11, 2022

Op-ed: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Increasingly Looks Inevitable

Until yesterday, I didn’t believe Russian President Vladimir Putin would order a Russian invasion of Ukraine. When reports surfaced of the 100,000 Russian troops along the Ukrainian border in November of 2021, I was convinced the Russian troop build-up was just leverage that Putin planned to use to win concessions from the United States and NATO and ultimately divide NATO.

February 11, 2022

Promising to nominate a Black woman would be illegal in any other setting

Employment discrimination is disallowed everywhere but the corridors of power. President Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States would be considered illegal in any other setting. Employment discrimination based on sex and race is disallowed everywhere but the corridors of power. Perhaps that’s why a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll showed only 23% of Americans supported Mr. Biden’s plan to only consider Black women for this post, while ignoring all other qualified candidates.

February 10, 2022

America First Policy Institute Statement on Inflation Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, following the release of January’s Consumer Price Index report, Jim Carter, Director of the Center for American Prosperity at the America First Policy Institute issued the following statement:

February 10, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Inflation Tax Continues to Take a Bite Out of Americans’ Paychecks

February 9, 2022

Vaccine Update: Religious Exemption Database

After President Biden’s illegal vaccine mandate for federal employees was struck down in court, the administration turned to another equally intrusive measure in pursuit of its state-mandated vaccination agenda: the construction of a federal database tracking workers who request a religious exemption from the vaccine.

February 9, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox to discuss Russia and Ukraine

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February 8, 2022

The America First Agenda Podcast

The America First Agenda Podcast is your must-listen destination for the latest news analysis and excitement that characterizes the America First movement. Join AFPI Executive Director Chad Wolf, as he sits down and shares his views with the thinkers, the activists, and the ordinary Americans who are taking our country back. The America First Agenda Podcast is a production of the America First Policy Institute, a nationwide movement of Americans who are working hard every day to make sure that our country fulfills its founding promise.

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February 8, 2022

CASE UPDATE:  PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM RESPONDS TO FACEBOOK’S MOTION TO DISMISS

February 7, 2022

The Key To Prosperity

The Commerce Department recently reported that the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 6.9% last quarter. While that may sound like fantastic growth, dig beneath the topline number and you find that arcane economic statistics can be, and often are, misleading.

February 7, 2022

Pam Bondi joined Kudlow on Fox to discuss the freedom convoys and Go Fund Me lawsuit

February 4, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined Shannon Bream on Fox News to discuss the overnight raid in Syria where U.S. forces killed the leader of ISIS

February 4, 2022

America First Policy Institute Statement on January Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released January’s jobs report, resulting in an unexpected gain of 467,000 jobs. In response to the data, Jim Carter, Director of the Center for American Prosperity at the America First Policy Institute released the following statement:

February 4, 2022

Americans Return to Work as Biden Administration Work Disincentives Expire, but Jobs Remain Over 7 million Below Trend

The U.S. economy created 467,000 jobs in January 2022 as the American people demonstrate their resilience in the face of omicron and return to work following the expiration of the work disincentives in the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act.

February 4, 2022

Expanding Obamacare subsidies will cause even more inflation

In 2021, inflation soared to 7% . We feel it at checkout counters, gas pumps, and in healthcare costs. The Build Back Better Act, currently stalled in the Senate but still looming in the legislative background, would encourage already sky-high health insurance premiums to rise even higher, making more people reliant on taxpayer subsidies to afford insurance.

February 3, 2022

Jack Brewer joined Americas Newsroom on Fox News to discuss the issue of fatherless homes in America

February 3, 2022

David Bernhardt joined Larry Kudlow on Fox Business to discuss infrastructure

February 3, 2022

Russia and Ukraine – What Happens Next, and Why It Matters

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February 3, 2022

America First Policy Institute Launches China Policy Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) launched the China Policy Initiative and announced the appointment of the Honorable Steve Yates as Chair.

February 3, 2022

States Have the Power to Restore Faith in Our Electoral System - Will They Use It?

The faith, trust, and confidence in our election process has been in steep decline for decades. Concerns over hanging chads and dimpled ballots from 2000’s presidential election may now have been replaced with questions about photo ID and drop boxes – but the overall result is the same: The American people simply don’t trust the outcome of elections.

February 3, 2022

States Have the Power to Restore Faith in Our Electoral System - Will They Use It?

The faith, trust, and confidence in our election process has been in steep decline for decades. Concerns over hanging chads and dimpled ballots from 2000’s presidential election may now have been replaced with questions about photo ID and drop boxes – but the overall result is the same: The American people simply don’t trust the outcome of elections.

February 2, 2022

Democrats’ Hypocrisy on Election Security Exposed

Hogan Gidley, director for election integrity at America First Policy Institute, said the montage shows the hypocrisy of Democrats today who want to silence those — particularly among supporters of President Trump — who raise valid concerns about election integrity.

February 1, 2022

KING: Black history is American history

Black History Month should remind us that we should never forget our past, yet moving ahead, our focus must be on uniting as one America

February 1, 2022

Tales From the Swamp: How Federal Bureaucrats Resisted President Trump

American democracy operates on the principle of government by the consent of the governed. Americans regularly elect the president and Members of Congress. However, difficult-to-fire career employees with entrenched job security—not political appointees who serve at the discretion of the President—perform most federal work. These employees’ jobs do not depend on election outcomes. Career employees thus exercise federal power without adequate transparency and democratic accountability.

February 1, 2022

DeSantis is right: A state election crimes agency will make elections more secure

The Left and their liberal media allies love to point to the low number of election crimes prosecuted as proof that there is little to no voter fraud. They claim these low figures prove we have secure elections and that we do not need election integrity reforms.

February 1, 2022

BLACKWELL: Black History as American History

Today, Americans of all stripes are constantly bombarded with an insidious propaganda campaign against our shared history. From Critical Race Theory to ripping down historical statues, our national story is being rewritten as irredeemably sinful. These efforts have taken a particularly racialized characteristic by implying that Black history is somehow distinct from, or in opposition to, “American history” itself, rather than an integral part of it.

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January 31, 2022

Op-Ed: Governors are in Washington, but are they equal partners?

President Biden is scheduled to meet with the nation’s governors during their annual trip to Washington today. Unfortunately, it seems Mr. Biden views governors as more of a political and constitutional inconvenience than a true partner. In August of last year, Mr. Biden said governors should “get out of the way” if they disagreed with how the federal government responded to COVID-19. Yet, just one month ago, Mr. Biden reversed his position and said: “there is no federal solution” to the COVID-19 response. Our Founding Fathers recognized the need for a healthy state-federal partnership. Given our shared challenges, the White House needs to nurture this crucial partnership to serve the American people.

January 31, 2022

Issue Brief: The Inflationary Impact of Expanded ACA Subsidies on Health Insurance Premiums and Alternative Options to Put Americans First

President Biden’s banner policy plan, the Build Back Better Act, otherwise known as the “Big Government Socialism Bill” (BGSB), is being advertised as a solution to a top concern of many Americans—the rising cost of health insurance premiums. The bill passed the House of Representatives on November 19, 2021, but does not have the votes to pass in the Senate in its current form. In reality, the bill’s healthcare provisions would do nothing to solve some of the worst problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the trend of rising healthcare costs with no guarantee of better access to care.

January 31, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports to discuss the Russia and Ukraine situation

January 31, 2022

AFPI Announces Jim Carter Will Direct Its Center For American Prosperity

January 30, 2022

Op-ed: Will Biden Defend America Against Surging Missile Threats?

The United States needs a bipartisan strategy to defend U.S. adversaries’ increasing missile capabilities.

January 28, 2022

AFPI’s Director of the Center for Election Integrity (CEI), Hogan Gidley, issued the following statement regarding today’s Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decision – declaring Act 77 unconstitutional

“Pennsylvania law is clear – allowing no-excuse mail-in voting requires a change to Pennsylvania's Constitution. That did not happen with Act 77. As a result, today, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court correctly declared Act 77 unconstitutional, which is a step in right direction to ensure voters are protected in Pennsylvania.

January 28, 2022

Inside the Economic Numbers: Despite Growth, Significant Headwinds Remain

Yesterday’s GDP release continues to show that the American economy is recovering from the COVID pandemic, largely thanks to the Trump Administration’s success with Operation Warp Speed of realizing three vaccines within a year of the onset of the pandemic and the quick implementation of fiscal aid from the CARES Act. The pandemic recession was by far the shortest on record, and the economy continues the expansion that began in May 2020.

January 28, 2022

Op-Ed: Ukraine is Europe’s problem, not ours so why is Biden wasting American energy on a fight that’s none of our business instead of tackling the true threat from China

Afghanistan in 2021 and Ukraine in 2022 stand out for their profound shock and the strategic importance of President Biden's failure in those two settings. Both are flashpoints in understanding what is fast coming together to be President Biden's 'America Last' foreign policy.

January 28, 2022

Biden and His Clown Car Have Failed America!

Politico reached out to me for a conservative perspective on Joe Biden’s first year in office, but when I hit their favored president too hard, they proved yet again that the establishment media continue to cover for this failed president as shills for Democrats and the far left.

January 27, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Fox News at Night to discuss Russia and Ukraine

January 27, 2022

Op-Ed: A call to renew the Black-Jewish bond

In these bonds, we find more than mere speeches or coincidental get-togethers. We find a deep and joint commitment to combating racism and fighting antisemitism.

January 27, 2022

Federal Labor Relations Authority’s Small Victory for Immigration Enforcement

It is rare to report good news these days, especially with the Biden Administration’s total standdown on homeland security and immigration enforcement. But last week, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) decertified a union representing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) immigration judges (IJs). As a result, immigration cases should theoretically now move more quickly through DOJ. While positive, the ruling nevertheless shows why America’s civil service system desperately needs reform.

January 26, 2022

Rick Perry joined Mornings with Maria on Fox Business to discuss the energy crisis

January 26, 2022

America First Policy Institute Adds Marc Lotter as Chief Communications Officer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - America First Policy Institute (AFPI) today announced Marc Lotter as Chief Communications Officer.

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January 25, 2022

BREAKING: AFPI LITIGATION WIN

Biden Administration Admits Defeat to the Vaccine Mandate and Backs Down, Withdrawing its Rule

January 25, 2022

Op-Ed: Biden’s war on American energy made us dependent, again

Biden has come into office, and after one year, we have seen a 4 percent surplus of domestic oil and gas production fall to a 4 percent oil and gas deficit.

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January 24, 2022

Op-Ed: Evaluating Joe Biden’s First Year as President

There was a moment at the first Trump-Biden debate, on September 29, 2020, in Cleveland, when the contours of the American future were laid bare. After a brief verbal wrangle over the socialist propensities of a future Biden administration, the Democratic challenger pushed back. "The party is me," Joe Biden said, in his best l'état, c'est moi mode, "Right now, I am the Democratic Party." President Donald Trump shot back: "they're going to dominate you, Joe. You know that."

January 21, 2022

Op-Ed: Why the New Congressional Abraham Accords Caucus Matters

At a time of intense partisan divisions in Washington, D.C. the launch last week of a Congressional Abraham Accords Caucus was a very welcome development, indicative of bipartisan support for continuation and expansion of one of the most significant foreign policy achievements in decades.

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January 21, 2022

Op-Ed: We should all be able to agree on equality

Today, tens of thousands of people from across our Nation will come together and march to the steps of the Supreme Court to celebrate the gift of human life. They share a vision that one day, all of humanity will rejoice in the beauty of life beginning in the womb. They believe that all are equal under the law—both those marching and the ones for whom they are marching. 

January 21, 2022

Op-Ed: Work, March, Pray for Our Post-Roe Generation

God’s word and science agree — human life begins in the womb. For decades, the flawed ruling of Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973),  has denied pre-born babies the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

January 20, 2022

Biden Expands the Role of Government in Healthcare

Just 1 year into his term, President Joe Biden has made a systematic effort to expand the role of government in healthcare resulting in fewer choices for Americans. Biden’s campaign promised to make healthcare more affordable through an agenda of broader government support, sometimes called the “Affordable Care Act 2.0.” This doubled down on the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama/Biden Administration’s healthcare agenda that failed to keep many promises. We now know that the ACA more than doubled premiums in the individual market, and Americans have fewer choices of insurers, meaning less access to doctors and hospitals of their choosing.

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January 20, 2022

The Leadership of the America First Policy Institute Provided the Following Reactions and Insight Into the State of America One Year Into the Biden Administration

January 20, 2022

Op-Ed: Biden: It’s Not Who Can Vote, But Who Gets to Count the Vote

It is a shocking statement that could easily be attributed to a third world dictator. When asked about election legislation this week, the president of the United States of America stated, “It’s not who can vote, but who gets to count the vote. Who counts the vote—that’s what this is about.” 

January 20, 2022

Progressives Are the New Regressives

For more than a century, progressives have politically positioned themselves as the protectors of the poor. Whether it was safeguarding consumers from harmful products and workers from unsafe labor conditions or advocating for higher wages for lower-income workers, progressives have proclaimed themselves the advocates of those left behind by society’s advances. 

January 20, 2022

BREAKING CASE UPDATE: PRESIDENT BIDEN’S DOJ FILES MOTION TO INTERVENE IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S LAWSUIT AGAINST FACEBOOK

President Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a Motion to Intervene in President Donald J. Trump’s class action lawsuit against Facebook, supporting the Constitutionality of Section 230.

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January 20, 2022

Biden’s DOJ Backs Facebook’s Censorship of President Trump

President Joe Biden’s reversal on Facebook and Section 230 comes after the Big Tech giant infamously ran interference on behalf of his 2020 presidential campaign.

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January 20, 2022

Biden’s First Year of Immigration Failures

January 20, 2022

An Examination of the First Year of Biden’s Presidency

Today marks 1 year since President Biden’s inauguration. Unfortunately for the American people, his presidency is shaping up to be a historical disaster. Over the last 12 months, the policies put forth have made Americans less secure. Below are some of the most egregious examples of what the Biden Administration has done to weaken America’s standing and set-back American families.

January 19, 2022

AFPI’s Center for Election Integrity Director Hogan Gidley issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate voting to stop the Freedom to Cheat Act

January 19, 2022

Fred Fleitz joined John Bachman Now on Newsmax to discuss Russia and Ukraine tensions

January 19, 2022

Holocaust Remembrance and America’s Fight Against Anti-Semitism

Next Thursday, January 27, is the 77th anniversary of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. In 2005, the United Nations designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, “in memory of the victims of the Holocaust” and “to develop educational programs that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.” Learning the lessons of the Holocaust requires understanding the ideology of anti-Semitism that not only motivated its planners but which also persists today.

January 19, 2022

Op-Ed: Civil Rights: Prophets and Preachers vs. Politics, Riots

Every year, during the holiday season for the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and subsequently during the time frame for the March for Life, some have questions abouth this writer's family heritage. One question which requiring an answer now is the focus of this message. "Why is there so little attention given to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's role as prophet and preacher?"

January 18, 2022

General Kellogg joined Kudlow to discuss national security and tension between Russia and Ukraine

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January 18, 2022

Case Update: President Donald J. Trump’s Legal Team Responds to YouTube’s Motion to Dismiss

Last night, President Donald J. Trump’s legal team filed their Response to YouTube’s Motion to Dismiss and their Reply in support of President Trump’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

January 18, 2022

Freedom Fact Sheet: The Constitution of The United States of America

The below definitions are frequently used keywords in the Constitution of the United States. Knowing these definitions allows for a deeper understanding of this important founding document.

January 18, 2022

Freedom Fact Sheet: The Bill of Rights of The United States of America

In this fact sheet, we will define key words in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution

January 17, 2022

Pam Bondi joined Hannity on Fox News to discuss the surge of violent crime in America

January 17, 2022

Dr. Alveda King joined America Reports on Fox to celebrate the ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

January 17, 2022

Dr. Alveda King Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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January 17, 2022

Op-Ed: Words my uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., would share in our troubled times

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

January 14, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss the Russia and Ukraine situation

January 14, 2022

Chad Wolf joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss border security and immigration

January 14, 2022

Op-Ed: Let Dr. King’s Holiday Ring for Freedom — Each Year, Every Day

Each year, from Jan. 15 - 22, many Americans and others, globally, remember the legacy of my uncle The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They pause to carefully reflect not only on my uncle's continually guiding legacy, they also ponder deeply the sanctity of life — in its entirety.

January 14, 2022

Op-Ed: Failing as Predicted: Joe Biden’s Presidency is shaping up to be a historical disaster.

Barack Obama once said—allegedly but plausibly—that Democrats should never underestimate Joe Biden’s ability to foul things up. Actually, he didn’t say “foul,” but this is a family publication.

January 14, 2022

Op-Ed: Ending the COVID-19 emergency

This is a pivotal moment in the two-year pandemic. Omicron has created record-high daily cases, but severe outcomes are fewer, ushering in a new phase — the likely transition to endemic status. Emergency order expiration dates are looming. Unless renewed, the public health emergency order should end on Sunday, and the national emergency declaration expires on March 1.

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January 13, 2022

The United States Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

AFPI's Constitutional Litigation Partnership (CLP) filed a lawsuit in November on behalf of two small businesses in North Dakota challenging the constitutionality of the Biden Administration’s OSHA ETS. When the 6th Circuit lifted the stay of the OSHA ETS, AFPI filed a Response in Support of Emergency Application for Writ of Stay with the United States Supreme Court.

January 13, 2022

Rick Perry: What I’ve Got in Common with Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams and I have a lot in common. We’re both proud Southerners. We both hail from the only two states with schools that beat the Crimson Tide this season. We both think Joe Biden made the wrong VP pick. We both believe we won gubernatorial elections. Of course, only one of us is right on the last point — but as an Aggie, I respect the power of a healthy self-esteem. We now have one more thing in common: We both skipped the Biden-Harris phony election-reform show in Atlanta.

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January 12, 2022

Chad Wolf becomes AFPI’s Executive Director & Chief Strategy Officer

Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced the newest addition to its leadership team — Chad Wolf will serve as Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer.

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January 12, 2022

The Importance of the Filibuster and Its Long-Standing Tradition in the United States Senate

The filibuster has long been a tradition in the United States Senate that dates to Congress’ first session in 1789. Since its inception, the filibuster has been a defining feature of the Senate’s processes and procedures, with its intended purpose being to protect the minority party’s rights and ensure broader consensus than required in the House of Representatives.

January 12, 2022

Back to the Future with the Highest Inflation in Four Decades

Tax Day is still a few months away, but thanks to a 7.0 percent inflation rate in 2021—the worst since 1982—the average American worker has already been hit with an $855 inflation tax over the last 12 months, with low-wage families and seniors on fixed incomes the most vulnerable to this stealth tax increase.

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January 11, 2022

AFPI Statement: Dr. Alveda King & Ambassador Ken Blackwell on Biden-Harris Speech Regarding the Freedom to Cheat Act

President Biden’s and Vice President Harris’s speech in Atlanta today was an insult to all Americans, especially those in the African American community. We were deeply involved in the wars that started and ended the Civil Rights movement in this country. The President and Vice President’s misguided insistence on the ignorant, false claim that America is somehow stuck in the 1960s is disgusting, dangerous, and an affront to all the sacrifices and great successes this country’s brave Civil Rights pioneers made.

January 11, 2022

Op-Ed: President Biden is blaming everyone else for surging inflation

Americans paid more for everything this Christmas, from toys to turkeys. But this “Bah, humbug” reality didn’t start with the Christmas season. Only 1.4 percent when Joe Biden took the presidential oath last January, year-over-year inflation has come in at 5 percent or more for 7 consecutive months. We know inflation is a growing problem because President Biden has repeatedly gone out of his way to shift the blame away from his administration.

January 11, 2022

Dr. Hassett to Lead AFPI’s Board of Academic Advisors

January 11, 2022

Where is President Biden on Human Trafficking?

The Biden Administration is missing in action when it comes to combating the heinous crime of human trafficking. While President Biden signed an unprecedented number of executive orders in his first 100 days, none of them pertained to human trafficking. Overall, since taking office, the Biden Administration has done almost nothing of substance or new to combat this heinous crime that afflicts Americans and America’s children every day, as well as millions trapped in slavery around the world.

January 11, 2022

Op-Ed: The Freedom to Cheat Act: The Radical Left’s Latest Attempt to Undermine Our Democracy

Democrats in Congress are unable to move forward on their massive spending bill because of bipartisan opposition. Polling showed President Biden’s Big Government Socialism Bill was wildly unpopular with the American people. That is no surprise when you consider it did not address any of the significant issues facing American families today like sky-high gas prices, rising food costs, spikes in violent crime, and a shortage of products because of a failing supply chain.

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January 10, 2022

Case Update: President Donald J. Trump’s Lawsuit Against Big Tech

Today, President Trump’s legal team filed their Response to Twitter’s Motion to Dismiss and their Reply in support of President Trump’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

January 10, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined The Evening Edit on Fox to discuss national security

January 9, 2022

Meatpackers Are Biden’s Latest Inflation Scapegoat

President Biden has found a scapegoat for rising inflation: the meat industry. Mr. Biden claimed last week that meatpackers—who handle the processing, packaging and distribution of meat raised by farmers and ranchers—are price-gouging, driving a surge in consumer prices for beef, chicken and pork. As they say in cowboy country, Mr. Biden’s claim is all hat and no cattle. Unable or unwilling to acknowledge the problems actually driving inflation, Mr. Biden is proposing solutions based on the same failed policies that got us into this inflationary mess in the first place.

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January 7, 2022

Stumbling into the New Year with More Disappointing Jobs Growth

After a disappointing month in November, the U.S. economy added even fewer jobs in December and was more than 50 percent below expectations. In total, payrolls only rose by 199,000 jobs as compared to forecasts of 422,000 jobs.

January 7, 2022

Op-Ed: Biden’s Vaccine Idolatry is Not Working

January 6, 2022

What does Covid-19 Relief Funding Mean for Children?

January 6, 2022

Op-Ed: January 6, 2021: My view from the White House

The Select Committee was more concerned with 'getting Trump' than finding lessons.

January 5, 2022

Fred Fleitz Joins AFPI’s Center for American Security

January 5, 2022

Op-Ed: Yes, the Biden Administration DOES Have a Magic Wand for Energy Prices

It’s been a few winters since gas prices were at the top of Americans’ list of concerns. But the pain many of us are feeling at the pump—and the drastic increase in home heating costs expected this winter—has changed public sentiment on energy policy.

January 5, 2022

Op-Ed: Alveda King Sends Staunch Challenge—and Warning—to Liberal Politicians

Finally, the anti-American agenda of critical race theory (CRT) is being exposed, and its devout followers should take note.

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January 4, 2022

BREAKING UPDATE: Federal Court Issues Stay Against Vaccine Mandate for Navy SEALs

Yesterday, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a Preliminary Injunction against Biden’s federal vaccine mandate for Navy SEALs who were seeking a religious exemption. Judge Reed O’Connor, the U.S. District Court Judge presiding over the case stated: “The Navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect. The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exemption to the First Amendment… and there is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”

January 4, 2022

Steve Moore joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss the Big Government Socialism Bill

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January 4, 2022

Survey: Sen. Manchin Gains Support after Opposing the Big Government Socialism Bill

Washington, DC – The Save America Coalition, a group opposed to the radical far-left policies in the Big Government Socialism bill, released a new survey today showing support for Senator Joe Manchin increased after his opposition to the Big Government Socialism Bill.

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January 4, 2022

ANDY PUZDER JOINS AMERICA FIRST POLICY INSTITUTE AS SENIOR FELLOW

January 4, 2022

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox News to discuss Soleimani & Iran Nuclear Deal

January 3, 2022

Op-Ed: President Biden may have finally realized that shutting down America over COVID is the wrong move, as commonsense ‘red state’ governors have known all along

January 3, 2022

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Mornings with Maria on Fox News to discuss national security

January 2, 2022

Chad Wolf joins Fox News Live to Discuss Border Security & Immigration

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December 30, 2021

Emergency Stay on Vaccine Mandate 🚨

(Washington, D.C.) - In response to the decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to lift the stay issued by the Fifth Circuit, the America First Policy Institute’s (AFPI) Constitutional Litigation Partnership (CLP) filed a Response in Support of Emergency Application for Writ of Stay with the United States Supreme Court in partnership with Alliance for Free Citizens.

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December 29, 2021

President Biden plays checkers while Putin plays chess

Unfortunately, it may be too late for Biden to learn how to play chess. 

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December 24, 2021

Op-Ed: Christmas in America

Christmas is so much more than just a celebration. It's hope and joy—it's a spirit.

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December 22, 2021

Supreme Court Case Update on Vaccine Mandates

December 22, 2021

Statement: President & CEO Brooke L. Rollins on the 4th Anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)

December 22, 2021

Happy 4th Anniversary TCJA

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December 22, 2021

How the Conservative ‘Save America Coalition’ Helped Kill Build Back Better

In September, Moore joined with Larry Kudlow and Brooke Rollins, who is president and CEO of the America First Policy Institute, to launch the Save America Coalition — a collection of roughly 70 conservative groups that held meetings twice a week to strategize.

December 20, 2021

SAVE AMERICA COALITION STATEMENT: Big Government Socialism Bill Loses Democrat Support

December 20, 2021

Pam Bondi Joined ‘Hannity’ on Fox News to discuss DC’s new State of Emergency and mask mandate

December 20, 2021

AFPI Amicus Brief - West Virginia v. EPA

December 20, 2021

Democrats Shouldn’t Build Back Bitter

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December 19, 2021

Senator Manchin Delivers Christmas Early

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December 17, 2021

America First, Always

December 16, 2021

Issue Brief: The Big Government Socialism Bill Jeopardizes the Future of Prescription Drugs for Americans

President Biden and House Democrats are touting H.R. 5376, the “Build Back Better Act,” which passed the House of Representatives on November 19, 2021, as a supposed solution to high drug costs in Medicare. The bill, commonly referred to as the “Big Government Socialism Bill” uses expansive price controls, such as price negotiation and inflation caps, that will likely lead to less innovation, fewer generic drug approvals, and higher launch prices for new medicines.  

December 16, 2021

Matt Whitaker joined Shannon Bream on ‘Fox News at Night’

December 15, 2021

Freedom Fact Sheet

In this fact sheet, we will define key words in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution and look deeper into the meaning of this powerful document.

December 15, 2021

The Rights Reserved to the States

The Tenth Amendment, the last approved in the Bill of Rights, has been referred to as “but a truism that all is retained which has not been surrendered.” United States v. Darby, 312 U.S. 100, 124 (1941). And while the Amendment serves in part as a rule of construction, its final place in the Bill of Rights is an appropriate reminder of the critical nature of the national government as one of limited and delegated powers.

December 15, 2021

Runaway Inflation and The Big Government Socialism Bill

After hitting a thirty-one year high in October, the inflation rate outdid itself in November by reaching a thirty-nine year record of 6.8 percent. Not since 1982 have prices risen at so rapid of a rate, but unlike in 1982, when inflation was rapidly coming down from a double-digit peak, the rate of inflation in 2021 has been continuously on the rise for almost the entire year with no signs of abating.

December 15, 2021

The President that Stole Christmas

After a year of COVID-induced shutdowns and restrictions that destroyed livelihoods and ruined holidays, most Americans were hoping to have a “normal” Christmas this year. Unfortunately, the lack of leadership and active policy malpractice from President Biden and his Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, has put this wish in jeopardy. The actions of the Biden Administration have only worsened the labor shortage and the supply chain bottleneck that the American economy has faced.

December 15, 2021

Rights Retained by the People

The Ninth Amendment made its way into the Constitution as a response to the Federalists’ concern that the inclusion of a Bill of Rights would be used to argue against rights not listed.

December 14, 2021

No Law and No Order, The Policies of the Left

Liberal policies allow crime to run rampant and criminals to run the streets. Statistics released earlier this week prove the point, as twelve major cities across the United States have broken their annual homicide records.

December 13, 2021

Hogan Gidley joined ‘Fox Business Tonight’ with Sean Duffy

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December 10, 2021

AFPI Statement on Historic Inflation Rates

December 10, 2021

Will High Inflation Wreck The Federal Budget? Inconceivable!

Inflation is everywhere these days. Only 1.4% when Joe Biden took the presidential oath last January, year-over-year inflation has now come in at five percent or more for seven consecutive months. Last month, in fact, inflation jumped to 6.8% — the highest since June 1982!

December 10, 2021

Covid-19 Relief Funding For K-12 Education - The Essential Role of Integrity and Accountability

COVID-19 negatively impacted millions of K-12 students across the Nation, and students with pre-existing education challenges were disproportionately impacted. School closings and distance learning/teaching amid the coronavirus crisis resulted in significant learning loss for students.

December 9, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Neil Cavuto on Fox Business

December 7, 2021

The Anti-tyranny Case for a Smaller Federal Government

President Joe Biden’s almost-year in charge of the federal executive branch has provided America with the best and strongest argument yet for a dramatically smaller federal government.

December 7, 2021

Pam Bondi joined Fox News Primetime with host Tammy Bruce

December 7, 2021

The deadly consequences of emboldening criminals and undermining police

In the summer of 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent considerable resources to protect federal facilities in Portland, Ore., from violent protesters after state and local political leadership failed to stop the violence.

December 7, 2021

Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined ‘Mornings with Maria’ on Fox Business

December 6, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox News

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December 6, 2021

Op-Ed: Supporting America’s Heroes Who Continue to Hold the Line – In Spite of It All

The year 2020 is one most people will never forget due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but an even more insidious virus was also infecting communities all across America — a movement to defund the police.

December 6, 2021

School Board Member Toolkit - Curriculum Adoption

School board members make up the largest group of elected officials in the country. There are approximately 100,000 school board members across nearly 14,000 school districts who represent more than 51 million children. School board members play a critical role in the improvement, accountability, and transparency of America’s schools.

December 6, 2021

Protections From Punishments

The Eighth Amendment limits the government’s powers of detention and punishment.

December 6, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Mornings with Maria on Fox Business

December 5, 2021

The Historical Amendment

The Seventh Amendment – resting on similar historical foundations as the broad trial rights guaranteed by the Fifth and Sixth Amendments – both preserves the right of a jury trial in common law civil cases and places the factual determinations of those trials beyond judicial reexamination on appeal.

December 4, 2021

STATEMENT: AFPI President and CEO Brooke Rollins on Bob Dole’s Passing

December 4, 2021

Chad Wolf joined Fox News Live

December 2, 2021

Another Month of Disappointing Jobs Growth Delivers a Lump of Coal to America’s Workers

Jobs growth in November 2021 dropped by over 60 percent relative to October and fell far short of expectations.

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December 1, 2021

Op-Ed: The hard truths of abortion and the sanctity of human life

It's time for America to speak up for the voiceless.

November 30, 2021

Protecting the Role of State and Local Law Enforcement in the Nation’s Collective Effort to Prevent Terrorism

The role of state and local law enforcement efforts in identifying and preventing acts of terror expanded greatly in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, but is under attack today.

November 30, 2021

Abortion Myths v. Truths – The U.S. Supreme Court’s relook at Roe v. Wade

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments that may overturn Roe v. Wade. This landmark lawsuit challenge, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, may prove to undo the atrocious decision the Court made nearly 50 years ago, which led to millions of lives lost due to abortions.

November 30, 2021

Pam Bondi joined Hannity on Fox News

November 30, 2021

Op-Ed: States are the last line of defense against Big Tech

While the Biden administration appears uninterested in combating online censorship, that doesn’t mean conservatives are powerless to do anything about it. States can act, and they must if they hope to protect First Amendment freedoms.

November 29, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined ‘America Reports’ on Fox News with John Roberts

November 29, 2021

Twenty Years After 9/11: Strong Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Collaboration Remains Essential in the Fight Against Terror – But It’s Under Attack

Now is not the time to recede from federal, state, and local law enforcement partnerships that have been essential to keeping America safe in the twenty years since 9/11.

November 29, 2021

In Rittenhouse’s Case, Against the Court of Public Opinion, Justice Prevails

On far too many occasions, the court of public opinion has tried to determine an individual’s fate rather than the established rule of law. Last week, that was not the case. A young man, under relentless assault for false and unfounded accusations, maintained his freedom. Kyle Rittenhouse acted in defense of his life during the riots that shook Kenosha last year, and last week’s verdict is testament to the judicial system in which our citizens can still have faith.

November 28, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News

November 24, 2021

AFPI, TPPF, CEI, and Heritage Action File Comments Opposing the Biden Administration’s Move to Reverse Historic NEPA Permitting Reforms Made by Trump Administration

November 24, 2021

The Rise and Fall of the Right to a Jury Trial

The Sixth Amendment establishes the right to a jury trial in criminal cases. While the Amendment ranks as one of the longest in the Bill of Rights, its protections can be categorized into three “clusters of rights” which each protect different interests.

November 24, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joins ‘The Evening Edit’ on Fox Business with Elizabeth MacDonald

November 23, 2021

Election integrity starts with voter ID

It is now more difficult to eat out a restaurant in New York City than it is to vote.

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November 23, 2021

On 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving, the Biden Administration attempts to destroy religious freedom

The Biden Administration’s barrage against our Constitution and the freedoms it so sacredly bestows, particularly religious freedom, is unconscionable and un-American.

November 23, 2021

Linda McMahon joined Fox Business Tonight to discuss the supply chain crisis and rising inflation

November 23, 2021

Secretary David Bernhardt joined ‘Rob Schmitt Tonight’ on Newsmax

November 22, 2021

Amicus Brief to Support Navy Seals with Vaccine Religious Exemptions

November 22, 2021

Using Executive Action to Secure the Border

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November 22, 2021

Top 13 Reasons Americans Oppose the Big Government Socialism Bill

November 21, 2021

Another Way Biden Pushes Gasoline Prices Up

November 19, 2021

Case Update: AFPI’s Lawsuit Against the Biden Administration’s Vaccine Mandate on Private Businesses

November 19, 2021

States can provide Obamacare relief without repeal

November 19, 2021

Wasteful Spending, Carve-outs for Special Interests, Tax-Breaks to the Wealthy

November 17, 2021

In Biden’s World, Parents are the Threat

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November 17, 2021

Op-Ed: The anti-American agenda of President Biden’s nominees

November 16, 2021

Biden Policies Hamper Infrastructure Projects

November 16, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox News

November 16, 2021

Questioning Kamala with Chad Wolf on OAN’s The Real Story

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November 16, 2021

The best is yet to come…

November 15, 2021

General Kellogg joined ‘Coast to Coast’ on Fox Business

November 15, 2021

Preventing Big Tech Censorship: How States Can Defend Free Speech Online

November 12, 2021

School Choice Advances in States

November 12, 2021

Putting Americans last: Biden’s immigration payout

November 12, 2021

One-Pager - Learning and Employment Records, a Pathway for Restoring America’s Workforce

November 12, 2021

Learning and Employment Records, a Pathway for Restoring America’s Workforce

November 11, 2021

Inflation is Continuing to Rapidly Erode Americans’ Paychecks

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November 11, 2021

Gen. Keith Kellogg: Veterans can remind us of how to love our country, again

Veterans can remind us of how to love our country, again. I am proud to be of their ranks.

November 11, 2021

Lt. General (Ret.) Kellogg joins Kudlow on Fox News

November 10, 2021

Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined Fox Business Tonight with David Asman

November 9, 2021

AFPI’S CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION PARTNERSHIP FILES LAWSUIT WITH ALLIANCE FOR FREE CITIZENS TO CHALLENGE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL OSHA VACCINE MANDATE

November 9, 2021

The Trump Republicans’ Lessons for Democrats

November 9, 2021

Biden’s Vaccine Tyranny Threatens National Security, Public Safety

November 9, 2021

Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined Rob Schmitt Tonight on Newsmax

November 8, 2021

Governor Rick Perry joined ‘Kudlow’ on Fox Business

November 8, 2021

Administrator Andrew Wheeler joins ‘Cortes & Pellegrino’ on Newsmax

November 8, 2021

Anti-Family Policies in the Big Government Socialism Bill

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November 7, 2021

President Donald J. Trump’s Remarks at the America First Experience & Gala

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November 5, 2021

AFPI Announces Alveda King as Chairman of the Center for the American Dream

November 3, 2021

LETTER: Supporting BIF is Gateway to Big Government Socialism Bill

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November 2, 2021

Congratulations Gov. Elect Youngkin!

November 2, 2021

Op-Ed: The importance of 1776 today more than ever

November 2, 2021

The Costs and Burdens of Inflation and Its Relationship to Policy

November 1, 2021

Op-Ed: Biden’s Federal Bureau of Intimidation

November 1, 2021

Critical race theory resegregation is undoing all of MLK’s gains

November 1, 2021

Op-Ed: The Toll of Critical Race Theory on Our Children

October 30, 2021

AFPI Statement: Andrew Wheeler on Biden Administration’s Disastrous Climate Policies

October 29, 2021

Save America (and American Energy), Kill the Bill

October 29, 2021

Loudoun County is putting children in harm’s way

October 29, 2021

AFPI Announces Addition of Whitaker as Co-Chairman for AFPI’s Center for Law & Justice

Today, America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced its newest addition—Matthew Whitaker—as AFPI’s new Co-Chairman of the Center for Law & Justice. Whitaker will serve alongside former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

October 29, 2021

Statement from Save America Coalition’s Co-Chairman Steve Moore on the Big Government Socialism Bill

October 27, 2021

Judicial Protections and Judicial Expansions

October 26, 2021

Pam Bondi joined ‘Kudlow’ on Fox Business

October 26, 2021

The Big Government Socialism Bill’s Harm to Small Businesses Across America

October 26, 2021

Twenty Years Later: The Current and Future Course of America’s War on Terrorism

October 26, 2021

Big Government Socialism Bill and Small Businesses

October 26, 2021

Op-Ed: Big Tech May Be Canceling More Than Just Your Voice

October 25, 2021

VIDEO: Chad Wolf joined America Reports on Fox News with John Roberts

October 25, 2021

Biden Administration’s Answer to Energy Costs: Even Higher Prices

October 25, 2021

Op-Ed: Freedom Waters Will Break Through Biden’s Authoritarian Mandate Wall

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October 21, 2021

Op-Ed: Why local school board elections are so important

October 21, 2021

Op-Ed: The Existential Threat of CRT: State-Sponsored Racism

October 20, 2021

VIDEO: Linda McMahon joined Dana Loesch

October 20, 2021

Trump to Headline ‘America First’ Policy Summit

October 19, 2021

THE TOP 25 COMMON-SENSE STATE ELECTION INTEGRITY REFORMS

October 19, 2021

STATEMENT: AFPI’S PRESIDENT & CEO BROOKE ROLLINS CONGRATULATES HERITAGE FOUNDATION ON NAMING KEVIN ROBERTS AS NEW PRESIDENT

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October 19, 2021

Invasive IRS Provision in the Big Government Socialism Bill: Six Problems for American Families

October 19, 2021

The Reality Behind the Biden Administration’s Talking Points

October 19, 2021

Op-Ed: Our military and the alarming disappearance of accountability

October 19, 2021

Op-Ed: Setting The Record Straight On Trump’s COVID Response

October 19, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joins Fox & Friends

October 19, 2021

STATEMENT: AFPI’S PRESIDENT & CEO BROOKE ROLLINS CONGRATULATES TPPF ON NAMING GREG SINDELAR AS NEW CEO

October 17, 2021

Op-Ed: Critical race theory is already in schools. It’s up to parents to fight it.

October 15, 2021

Ambassador Lighthizer joined Kudlow on Fox Business

October 14, 2021

Op-Ed: Congressional Democrats’ thirst for amnesty will not die

October 13, 2021

Op-Ed: Biden Puts Job Security Over Airport Security

October 13, 2021

Supporting Working Parents, Not Providing Free Income, Is the Way to Help Families Get Ahead

October 12, 2021

WARFIGHTING AND MILITARY READINESS AFTER THE POST 9/11 WARS

October 12, 2021

RECONCILIATION ROUNDUP: Policies to Wreck America

We as congressional Republicans have an urgent duty to tell the truth about what’s REALLY in the Democrats’ $3.5T big government socialist takeover and warn the American people what’s coming.

October 11, 2021

THE ERA OF GREAT TRAGEDY ACCOUNTABILITY

U.S. Policy Toward China after the Outbreak of COVID-19

October 11, 2021

VIDEO: Chad Wolf joined America Reports on Fox News

October 9, 2021

Statement: AFPI’s Chairman, Center for Homeland Security and Immigration, Chad Wolf on Biden Administration Canceling Border Wall Contracts

October 8, 2021

VIDEO: Brooke Rollins joined Fox News at Night

October 8, 2021

Job Growth in September Stalls, Marking the Worst Month of Growth in 2021

October 7, 2021

CASE UPDATE: PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S LAWSUIT AGAINST BIG TECH

This morning, Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction in the Big Tech lawsuit against Facebook, Inc., and Mark Zuckerberg.

October 7, 2021

Op-Ed: House tax bill subsidizes union political campaigns

October 6, 2021

Constitutional Litigation Partnership: Facebook Chooses Profit over Youth Mental Health

October 5, 2021

VIDEO: Chad Wolf joins Eric Bolling on Newsmax to discuss immigration and border security

October 1, 2021

Voting in School Board Elections Parent Toolkit

There are roughly 14,000 school boards across the country and about 100,000 school board members. Of these school board members, 95 percent are elected to their positions. They represent the largest group of elected officials in the country.

September 29, 2021

In The News: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg — Week of August 29

September 29, 2021

CHSI Post: The Biden Administration Expands the (Illegal) Central American Minors Program

September 29, 2021

America’s pro-work, pro-family consensus is under attack

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September 28, 2021

Read the Entire Big Government Socialist Spending Bill Before Voting

September 28, 2021

Op-Ed: Democrats’ reconciliation amnesty push puts Americans last

September 28, 2021

Executive Summary: Achieving a Healthier America

Center for a Healthy America - Achieving a Healthier America

September 28, 2021

Investing in our Most Critical Asset, the American Worker

America requires a multifaceted talent development ecosystem that meets the needs of young adults entering the workforce for the first time, those poorly served by the education system, and mid-career adults in need of reskilling or retraining. Success in any of these endeavors requires close coordination and cooperation between program providers and employers. Moreover, it requires the availability of economic opportunity and a willingness of employers to hire. The Trump Administration sought to expand economic opportunity and pathways to family-sustaining jobs through a combination of economic growth, employer engagement, and the elimination of structural barriers. Thus far, the Biden Administration’s strategy has focused on public spending that lacks a clear plan for helping Americans return to work and, in some cases, actively discourages it. To build a more prosperous and inclusive economic future, it is critical that all levels of government collaborate with job creators to improve how public resources are used to benefit American workers.

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September 28, 2021

Looking Forward - An America First Workforce Agenda

Promoting Multiple Pathways to Career and Educational Opportunities

September 27, 2021

Center for the American Worker - Center Overview

Promoting Multiple Pathways to Career and Educational Opportunities

September 27, 2021

Two-Pager - The Case for Alignment of Education and Workforce Systems

The path to restoring America’s greatness can be paved by strengthening the preparedness of our Nation’s workforce. America’s public and private sector leaders need to ensure that education and workforce policies are seamlessly aligned and oriented toward the benefit of American workers.

September 27, 2021

The Case for Alignment of Education and Workforce Systems

The Case for Alignment of Education and Workforce Systems

September 27, 2021

Quick Read: The Folly of Free Community College for All

How federally-funded free community college puts tax payers on the hook without ensuring better educational and job outcomes for students

September 27, 2021

Center for American Prosperity Overview

The economic success of the Nation is driven by the individual will and genius of free men and women aspiring to achieve their dreams and further prosperity for themselves and their families. Our Nation declared its independence in part because of a system of commerce that did not put the prosperity of Americans first and hindered, rather than embraced, the individual aspirations of Americans. In establishing a new nation in such form to affect the “Safety and Happiness” (U.S., 1776) of American citizens, our Founding Fathers sought to unleash the power of entrepreneurship and free enterprise so that Americans “who are possessed of the spirit of Commerce—who see and who will pursue their advantages, may atchieve (sic) almost anything” (Washington, 1784). The America First Policy Institute’s Center for American Prosperity is dedicated to advancing public policy that puts the prosperity of American citizens first, to restoring and preserving the American free enterprise system, to defending American workers and their families, to promoting growth that lifts up forgotten communities, and to celebrating the innovative spirit of the American people.

September 27, 2021

Big Government Reconciliation Bill’s Labor Provisions Undermine Workers’ Freedom

Congressional leaders want to use the budget reconciliation process to enact sweeping changes in labor law. Reconciliation bills cannot be filibustered and can therefore pass on a party-line vote. Congressional rules limit reconciliation bills to measures that affect taxes or spending. Congressional leaders are trying to fit these labor policy reforms into this framework. If they succeed, the reconciliation bill will severely undermine worker freedom. The reconciliation bill’s labor provisions include:

September 27, 2021

Op-Ed: Reconciliation Bill Makes Small Businesses an Offer They Can’t Refuse

September 27, 2021

STATEMENT: CHAD WOLF ON THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S ATTACK ON U.S. BORDER PATROL

September 24, 2021

AFPI ANNOUNCES ROBERT LIGHTHIZER AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN TRADE

September 24, 2021

REIMAGINING CHILD CARE IN AMERICA

September 24, 2021

Trump calls on Florida judge to help reinstate his YouTube account - New York Post

Former President Donald Trump on Monday asked a Florida judge to issue a preliminary injunction in his case against YouTube that would compel the company to reinstate his access to the platform.

September 24, 2021

Two-Pager: Reimagining Child Care in America

As the country emerges from COVID-19 and begins setting new policies to keep children and teachers safe, it is the perfect time to reimagine early childhood education. States need to examine the current early childhood systems and build upon those successes. All 50 states have early learning standards for infants and toddlers as well as for preschool through third grade. Policymakers have an opportunity to build on the lessons learned over the last year and make long-lasting changes to improve our Nation’s early care and education system Doing so will require a holistic approach. Recognizing that children learn at all times and in all places, policymakers can engage parents in designing policies and strategies that support families’ needs for child care while also ensuring we do not create more government dependency for child care. Stated best by Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Professor James Heckman, “To foster the skills of American children, we have to help America’s families.”

September 23, 2021

Engaging with Local School Boards

Local school district boards are supposed to report to the voters in their local communities— that means YOU!

September 23, 2021

Tips for Meeting with Local School Board Members

School board member information is typically posted on the website (if you cannot find the individual’s email or phone number, you can call the district line), and many members will take time to meet with you or a small group of parents.

September 22, 2021

Issue Brief: Expanding Medicaid Would Have Unintended Negative Consequences

Though advertised as a $3.5 trillion package, the fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation bill may have a true cost more than 50% higher than that—$5.5 trillion—according to analysis from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.1 Among other proposals that together seek to significantly expand the federal government’s role in healthcare, the bill proposes a new federal Medicaid program beginning in 2025 in states that have not expanded Medicaid.2 The program would be fully federally funded and operated by the Department of Health and Human Services through contracts with third-party entities (such as Medicaid managed care organizations) to provide health benefits.3

September 20, 2021

Why U.S. Energy Policy Must Promote American Energy Dominance

September 20, 2021

VIDEO: Chad Wolf joined America Reports on Fox

September 20, 2021

Issue Brief: Expanding Medicare Would Fail Seniors Who Depend on the Program

The fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation bill has an advertised price tag of $3.5 trillion but a possible true cost of $5.5 trillion according to analysis done by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.1 The bill proposes to significantly expand the Medicare program by adding new benefits for dental, vision, and hearing for enrolled seniors.2 Though not yet included in the reconciliation bill language, lowering the eligibility age from 65 to 60 has also been considered and would likely increase the price tag another $200 billion.3,4 This provision currently exists as a stand-alone bill in the House.5 This issue brief presents high- level points and supporting research for each issue.

September 19, 2021

In The News: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg — Week of September 19th

September 18, 2021

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Cavuto Live on Fox

September 17, 2021

Biden Administration Moves on to Censorship to Conceal Border Failure

September 17, 2021

AFPI ANNOUNCES NEW COALITION TO SAVE AMERICA

September 17, 2021

I respected Mark Milley ⁠— but he has damaged our democracy

September 17, 2021

The Constitution: What is it?

September 17, 2021

Freedom Fact Sheet: The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America

In this fact sheet, we will define key words in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution look deeper into the meaning of this powerful document.

September 17, 2021

Constitution Day Messages from the Team at the America First Policy Institute

September 17, 2021

ALL ABOARD! AMERICAN CIVILIANS GO TO SPACE

September 16, 2021

STATEMENT: CHAD WOLF ON AUGUST BORDER APPREHENSION NUMBERS

September 16, 2021

Announcement: Former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will chair AFPI’s Center for the Environment

September 16, 2021

The Inequality of Equity Both Past and Present

September 16, 2021

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was a signature piece of legislation passed and signed into law in 2017 (Radnofsky, 2017). It helped usher in fast, noninflationary growth that benefited all Americans, but particularly those at the lower income rungs. A reversal of some of the most important provisions of this Act would likely have severe negative consequences for the U.S. economy, especially for those households who gained the most after TCJA became law and who had been most disadvantaged prior to 2017. Small businesses, the driver of new job creation, also would disproportionately suffer.

September 15, 2021

STATEMENT: LT. GENERAL (RET.) KEITH KELLOGG ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS

September 15, 2021

VIDEO: Pam Bondi joined ‘Wake Up America’ on Newsmax

September 14, 2021

Op-Ed: Democrats’ reconciliation bill could stop Americans from becoming their own boss

September 14, 2021

VIDEO: John Zadrozny joined OAN’s “The Real Story with Natalie Harp”

September 11, 2021

Kellogg, Ratcliffe, Wolf: U.S. faces new threats 20 years after 9/11 thanks to disastrous Afghanistan exit

September 10, 2021

A New Generation of Lost Hope: America’s Exit and the New National and Humanitarian Crises

September 10, 2021

STATEMENT: AFPI’S CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTER FOR A HEALTHY AMERICA, FORMER GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL, ON BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S VACCINE MANDATE

September 10, 2021

Critical Race Theory in Schools: Why You Should Be Concerned

What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)? A theory is an idea that has not been proven. CRT is a theory that describes all the history and laws of the United States as racist. Saying that they work to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and non-whites, especially African-Americans.

September 10, 2021

Critical Race Theory in Schools: Why You Should Be Concerned - Spanish

¿Qué es la teoría crítica de la raza (CRT)? CRT, por su nombre en inglés, es una idea política que enseña que la historia y las leyes estadunidenses son basadas en el racismo. La teoría describe que las leyes de los Estados Unidos funcionan para crear y mantener desigualdades sociales, económicas y políticas entre blancos y no-blancos, especialmente afroestadunidenses.

September 9, 2021

STATEMENT: AFPI’S PRESIDENT & CEO, BROOKE ROLLINS, ON BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S VACCINE MANDATE

September 9, 2021

Op-Ed: President Biden’s War against Work

September 9, 2021

In Afghanistan, We Must Not Forget About Those Still Left Behind

September 9, 2021

Parent Toolkit: Advocating for Quality Curriculum

September 9, 2021

VIDEO: John Zadrozny joined American Agenda on Newsmax

September 9, 2021

Critical Race Theory Parent Tool Kit - Spanish

September 8, 2021

AFPI Celebrates HBCU Week

September 8, 2021

ICYMI: WSJ: The Danger of Expanding Medicare

September 8, 2021

AFPI’S CENTER FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY COMMENDS TEXAS GOVERNOR & STATE LEGISLATURE FOR SIGNING INTO LAW COMMON SENSE ELECTION REFORMS

September 7, 2021

Center for Election Integrity Center Overview

Every Legal Vote is Equal to Every Other Legal Vote, Not More, Not Less.

September 7, 2021

In The News: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg — Week of September 5th

September 6, 2021

Employment Surges in July but Inflation Continues to Erode Wage Gains for Americans

In the first month in which half of states have phased out pandemic supplements to unemployment benefits, job growth soared. Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in the month of July, the economy added 943,000 jobs while the unemployment rate plummeted by 0.5 percentage point to 5.4 percent, the lowest rate since the recovery from the pandemic began.

September 3, 2021

AFPI’S CENTER FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY COMMENDS TEXAS STATE LEGISLATURE FOR PASSING COMMON SENSE ELECTION REFORMS

September 3, 2021

College Football: The Great Uniter

September 3, 2021

Critical Race Theory Is Not What The American People Want

September 3, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Shannon Bream on FOX

September 2, 2021

Some in Congress Want Bookkeepers and Secretaries to Be Personally Liable for Oil Companies’ Royalty Payments

September 2, 2021

Gold Star Mom Censored by Big Tech

September 2, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Varney & Co on Fox

September 2, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined America Reports on Fox

September 2, 2021

America is Less Secure Today: How Our Adversaries Are Gaining Strength

September 1, 2021

Center for American Freedom Overview

Defending American Freedom

September 1, 2021

AFPI ANNOUNCES CHAIR OF THE CENTER FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER

September 1, 2021

The Forgotten Political Theory of the Third Amendment

The Third Amendment has been described as the “forgotten” amendment, “languish[ing] in comparative oblivion” to the rest of the revered Bill of Rights (Bell, 1993). The Supreme Court has never decided a case based on it nor even determined if it has been incorporated by the states (McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742, 765 n. 13 (2010)). On a deeper look, however, the Third Amendment has a more extended historical pedigree than nearly any of its peers and reveals a critical political theory of republican government important to the Founders and essential to the passage of the U.S. Constitution.

September 1, 2021

An Amendment by Trial

In a sense, the Fourth Amendment – perhaps the most cited amendment in modern American trial practice – originated in an argument at trial. In 1761, venerated colonial attorney James Otis offered an argument “Against Writs of Assistance” – general warrants that allowed customs officials to search premises for smuggled contraband on any suspicion – in a trial brought to challenge writs requested in Massachusetts. Otis had resigned his official position as Advocate-General of the colony in order to take up the cause against the writs.

September 1, 2021

The Folly of Free Community College for All

How federally-funded free community college puts taxpayers on the hook without ensuring better educational and job outcomes for students.

September 1, 2021

The Biden Administration’s Proposed Global Minimum Tax

Outsourcing America’s Sovereignty and Undermining Its Economic Edge

September 1, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joins Martha MacCallum to discuss Afghanistan

August 31, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joins Harris Faulkner on “The Faulkner Focus” on Fox

August 30, 2021

The Secret History of the Second Amendment as an African-American Civil Right

The inherent right to bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment has provided critical protections for the civil rights of African Americans through American history.

August 30, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Kellogg joined American Agenda on Newsmax to discuss the situation in Afghanistan

August 30, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Kellogg joined “Your World” on Fox

August 30, 2021

VIDEO: Chad Wolf joined Elizabeth MacDonald on Fox’s “The Evening Edit”

August 30, 2021

One-Pager - Investing in the American Worker

America requires a multifaceted approach to talent development that meets the needs of young adults entering the workforce for the first time, mid-career adults, and those poorly served by the education system in need of reskilling or retraining. Policymakers at the state and federal level have the dual responsibility of helping American workers dislocated by the pandemic return to work and while also partnering with job creators to build a workforce development infrastructure that prioritizes the skills necessary for the 21st-century economy. Close collaboration between program providers and employers ensures learners and jobseekers acquire in-demand skills and facilitates a faster, more seamless entry into the workforce. Strong economic fundamentals increase labor market demand and incentivize employers to engage closely with education and training providers and adopt human resource policies that benefit workers.

August 27, 2021

Op-Ed: Lawmakers’ Latest ‘Infrastructure’ Scheme Is a Takeover of American Health Care

August 27, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Kellogg joined Sinclair’s ‘The National Desk’

August 26, 2021

We Should Celebrate How Far We Have Come From 1965

August 26, 2021

STATEMENT: LT. GENERAL (RET.) KEITH KELLOGG ON TRAGIC ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN

August 26, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Kellogg joined “Kudlow” on FBN

August 25, 2021

STATEMENT: CHAD WOLF ON SCOTUS REINSTATING ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ POLICY

August 25, 2021

Op-Ed: The Danger of Expanding Medicare

August 25, 2021

VIDEO: Linda McMahon joins Maria Bartiromo on FBN regarding President Trump’s Class Action Lawsuit

August 24, 2021

AFPI ANNOUNCES FORMER LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL TO JOIN AS CHAIR OF CENTER FOR A HEALTHY AMERICA

August 24, 2021

CLP CASE UPDATE: PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S LAWSUIT AGAINST BIG TECH

August 24, 2021

Price Transparency: Bigger than Healthcare for Patients and Doctors

August 24, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Kellogg joins America’s Newsroom on Fox to discuss the latest on Afghanistan

August 23, 2021

STATEMENT: BROOKE ROLLINS, AFPI’S PRESIDENT & CEO, ON THE BUDGET RESOLUTION

August 23, 2021

STATEMENT: KEN BLACKWELL, AFPI’S CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTER FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY, ON HR

August 23, 2021

Op-Ed: America deserves better than what Congressional Democrats are offering

August 23, 2021

Center for a Healthy America Overview

In the United States, the healthcare system exposes serial and chronic policy failure like almost no other area of governance. This is largely because its incentives are all wrong. Rather than improving health and health outcomes for Americans, the healthcare system is directed toward the benefit of well-connected firms, special interests, and big government. The U.S. leads the world in medical and scientific innovation, which benefits Americans and the world, but our healthcare system is fractured (Roy, 2020). The America First Policy Institute’s Center for a Healthy America seeks to realign incentives toward the primary outcome our healthcare system should deliver—a healthier America that values individuals, choices, and liberty at its core.

August 22, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Mark Levin on Fox to discuss current events in Afghanistan

August 19, 2021

AMERICA FIRST POLICY INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES MAJOR NATIONAL EFFORT TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS

August 19, 2021

VIDEO: Linda McMahon joined The National Desk

August 19, 2021

VIDEO: Hogan Gidley joined Wake Up America on Newsmax

August 19, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) General Kellogg joined Harris Faulkner on Fox News

August 19, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Cortes and Pellegrino on Newsmax

August 19, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joined Natalie Harp on OANN to discuss the latest on Afghanistan

August 19, 2021

VOTER ROLLS

The Center for Election Integrity’s goal is to ensure each American citizen’s legal vote has the same value as any other American citizen’s legal vote. No more, no less.

August 19, 2021

THE CASE AGAINST MASS–MAIL IN BALLOTS

August 19, 2021

VOTER ID: EASY TO VOTE AND HARD TO CHEAT

August 18, 2021

Fighting for the Forgotten Woman

August 18, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. General (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joins Fox and Friends

August 18, 2021

Op-Ed: The Lesson of Afghanistan: Our Military Must Remain Focused on Its Mission

August 18, 2021

First look: Trump alumni plan voting group

August 16, 2021

Statement: General Kellogg, John Ratcliffe, and Chad Wolf on the Latest In Afghanistan

August 12, 2021

Op-Ed: Biden’s Race to Undo Trump Environmental Reforms Violates Public Trust

August 11, 2021

Blog: House Oversight Republicans Demand Hearing on Border Security, COVID-19, and Title 42 Implementation

August 11, 2021

VIDEO: Brooke Rollins joins Shannon Bream on Fox News

August 11, 2021

VIDEO: Chad Wolf joined American Agenda on Newsmax

August 10, 2021

Blog: America needs a real infrastructure plan, and this legislation doesn’t cut it.

August 9, 2021

Statement: Brooke Rollins, AFPI’s President & CEO, on the Flawed Infrastructure Bill

August 9, 2021

Op-Ed: Texas Has A Sovereign Obligation To Protect Its Citizens With Border Enforcement

August 9, 2021

Op-Ed: The Biden administration values unions over care for our veterans

August 9, 2021

Op-Ed: Republicans Will Own Inflation from Infrastructure Trap

August 9, 2021

Op-Ed: Woke Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Fail Inmates, Communities

August 6, 2021

America now has a ‘One China, One Taiwan’ policy: TIFA and TIPA will Strengthen it

The Biden administration continues to build on the Trump team’s unprecedented efforts to deepen U.S relations with Taiwan.   Without either administration explicitly declaring it, their combined policies have effectively transformed Washington’s ritualistic “One China” formula while paying it deferential lip service.  The Trump and Biden teams have instituted policies that de facto nullify one of the “three nos” Bill Clinton affirmed during his 1998 visit to Beijing: no Taiwan independence; no two Chinas; no one China, one Taiwan; no participation in most international organizations (actually four nos). 

August 5, 2021

VIDEO: Pam Bondi joins Newsmax, Wake Up America

August 3, 2021

Blog: National Environmental Protection Act Reform Comments

August 3, 2021

Op-Ed: China Olympics 2022 – COVID cover up by country’s leaders means they should forfeit games

August 3, 2021

The True Palladium of Liberty

August 2, 2021

Hogan Gidley, Director of the Center for Election Integrity, Issues Statement Regarding Dept. of Justice Threats to State Governments

August 1, 2021

VIDEO: Lt. Gen (Ret.) Keith Kellogg joins Fox Business Tonight

July 30, 2021

AFPI & TPPF: BIDEN ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO THWART CRITICAL PERMITTING REFORM—SIDESTEPPING FEDERAL TRANSPARENCY AND CRIPPLING THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE

July 29, 2021

VIDEO: Hogan Gidley joins OANN on The Real Story with Natalie Harp

July 27, 2021

AFPI ANNOUNCES CHAIR AND DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR ELECTION INTEGRITY

July 25, 2021

VIDEO: Brooke Rollins joined Steve Hilton on Fox News