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.

  • Mar 24, 2004

    Testimony before the House Select Committee on State Health Care Expenditures, Subcommittee: Interim Charge 5 (ERS-TRS)

    Madam Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you about ways to slow the rising cost of health care and increase choice among enrollees.


  • Feb 12, 2004

    “Vision for Health Care”

    Twenty years ago the House Ways and Means Committee voted on whether to cap the deduction of fringe benefits by employers. That vote fell two votes short of establishing a limit that would have focused tax relief on those needs that were deemed most important for the dollars assigned.


  • Feb 04, 2004

    America's Private Retirement System: The Need for Reform

    The current tax law has a bias against saving and investment. That bias retards capital formation and reduces productivity, employment and wages. In general, income that is spent on consumption is taxed once, but income that is saved is taxed as many as four times.


  • Feb 07, 2003

    Statement before the Democratic Policy Committees of the U.S. Congress

    Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the administration's budget request for FY 2004. I would just like to emphasize at the outset that I am not an administration official and do not in any way speak for the administration. Furthermore, while I am generally sympathetic with the administration's philosophy, I don't necessarily support every particular of its budget priorities. I am here speaking only for myself and not on behalf of the National Center for Policy Analysis, the Bush Administration, the Republican Party or anyone else.


  • Feb 14, 2002

    Statement before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate

    Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to testify this morning on the question of raising the debt ceiling. I would like to make three main points. First, the debt subject to limit is a declining portion of the federal government's total indebtedness. Second, the debt held by the public is a declining portion of the debt subject to limit. And third, there is no evidence that changes in any measure of debt have a significant impact on interest rates.