Testimonies, Speeches and Comments

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.

  • Feb 10, 2017

    Letter to SEC - Conflict Minerals

    Dear Chairman Piwowar,

    On behalf of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), I am submitting this statement regarding the reconsideration of the conflict minerals rule implementation.

    The conflict minerals statute is a microcosm of the Dodd-Frank Act: a costly regulatory monster which not only failed to accomplish its intended purpose, but hurt those it was supposed to help.


  • Feb 07, 2017

    The Negative Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Small Employers and their Employees

    Chairman Chabot, Ranking Member Velázquez, and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments about the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on small businesses and their employees. I am Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at 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.

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) inhibits the growth of small businesses by raising the cost of growing beyond a certain size. This is more pronounced for firms employing low-skilled workers. The ACA’s employer mandate requires firms employing more than 49 workers to offer health coverage that includes an essential benefit package or pay a fine. The fine is $2,000 per worker beginning with the 31st worker. For firms that do not offer health benefits, this means the marginal cost of hiring the 50th worker is $40,000 in penalties on top of compensation costs for the 50th worker [(50 – 30) x $2,000]. Thus, small firms that employ less than 50 workers are unlikely to expand beyond 49 workers — especially if their workers are modest wage earners.


  • Feb 02, 2017

    Three Reasons Why the United States Should Defund the U.N. Palestinian Refugee Program

    Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Smith, and Subcommittee members, thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments about the EMP threat to our nation’s electric grids. I am David Grantham, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas.


  • Jan 26, 2017

    NCPA's John R. Graham House Ways & Means Testimony

    Highlights of John R. Graham's Testimony to House Ways & Means Committee.


  • Jan 25, 2017

    NCPA’s John R. Graham testifies before House Ways & Means Committee on ACA individual mandates

    The individual mandate is Obamacare’s least popular feature. It was the subject of the 2012 lawsuit asserting Obamacare was unconstitutional: Never before had the federal government forced any resident to buy a good or service from a private business. The people lost that argument. Nevertheless, Republicans have pledged to eliminate the individual mandate. This commitment remains good politics. Perhaps counterintuitively, it is also good economics.