Testimonies and Speeches

The NCPA has a highly effective office in Washington, D.C. that sponsors Capitol Hill briefings, conferences and testimony by NCPA experts before congressional committees. The NCPA serves as a source of "outside the Beltway" thinking for Capitol Hill deliberations.

  • Sep 17, 2014

    Ways & Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures

    “Strengthening Private Employer Pension Plans”

    On February 4th, 2009, before another Committee in this House, John C. Bogle, founder and former chief executive of The Vanguard Group, testified:

    "Our nation's system of retirement security is imperiled, headed for a serious train wreck. That wreck is not merely waiting to happen; we are running on a dangerous track that is leading directly to a serious crash that will disable major parts of our retirement system. Federal support-which, in today's world, is already being tapped at unprecedented levels-seems to be the only short-term remedy. But long-term reforms in our retirement funding system, if only we have the wisdom and courage to implement them, can move us to a better path toward retirement security for the nation's workers."

    In this context, wisdom means that we have made the investment necessary to unconditionally know-our-stuff!
    And courage means that our unalienable sense of ethics and morality empowers us to do the right thing.

    Read the full testimony.


  • Jul 29, 2014

    Testimony to the House Committee on Ways and Means

    Subcommittee on Social Security

    Chairman Johnson and Other Distinguished Members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security,

    It is an honor to testify to you today about Social Security. I view Social Security as a fantastic, yet catastrophic success. The system has been a lifeline for generations of Americans who would otherwise have spent their retirements in abject poverty. And it has provided essential disability insurance, survivor insurance, divorce insurance, spousal dependency, child dependency, and parent dependency insurance.

    Read the full article.


  • Jun 18, 2014

    Risky Business – But For Whom?

    Taxpayers Deserve To Know Their Exposure To Shortfalls In Obamacare’s So-Called Private Health-Insurance Exchanges

    Chairman Jordan and Members of the Committee, I am John R. Graham, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. I welcome the opportunity to share my views and look forward to your questions.

    Read the full article.


  • Mar 12, 2014

    Most of the Benefits of a Minimum Wage Increase Would Not Go to Poor Households

    Chairman Harkin and members of the Committee, I am David R. Henderson, Research Fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. I welcome the opportunity to share my views and research findings on proposals to raise the minimum wage.


  • Feb 26, 2014

    Popular Medicare Drug Plans are Under Assault

    Chairman Pitts and members of the committee, I am Devon Herrick, Senior Fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. We welcome the opportunity to share our views and research findings on the current state of Medicare drug plans.