Expanding Opportunity

Often, under the guise of helping people, politicians and bureaucrats have erected countless barriers that prevent people—especially the least fortunate—from pursuing and achieving their dreams.

The examples are almost endless. These include:

  • an education system that fails to prepare students for participation in the 21st century global economy
  • a criminal justice system that disproportionately affects the poor and minorities
  • poverty-inducing regulations that prevent people from starting businesses or getting good jobs, and
  • a broken tax code that impedes growth

These and other barriers often trap entire communities in generational poverty and dependency. Breaking down these barriers should be one of policymakers’ top priorities.


Aug 17, 2018

Freedom Partners: We Should Work with Trade Partners to Reach Administration’s ‘Zero Tariff’ Goal

Arlington, VA – Today marks the end of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) comment period for the administration’s proposal to level an additional duty on Chinese goods. The proposal would…

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Aug 16, 2018

Tariff Troubles: American Meat Producers See Their Exports Literally Frozen

A blistering volley of retaliatory tariffs from Mexico, Canada and China has taken its toll on the meat industry. A stunning 2.5 billion pounds of beef, pork and poultry are currently…

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Aug 14, 2018

Measuring the Damage of Tariffs

In a little over 100 days, Washington’s steel and aluminum tariffs have garnered more than $1.4 billion in federal revenue. And this is just the beginning. The federal government is…

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Aug 13, 2018

Texas Shows Why Senate Should Pass FIRST STEP Act

Some say everything is bigger in Texas. While this may be an exaggeration, it certainly applies to the big reforms Texas has made to its criminal justice system. The Lone Star State…

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Aug 09, 2018

President Trump is Leading on Criminal Justice Reform; Senate Should Send Him a Bill

President Trump will meet with governors today to discuss criminal justice reform. This comes a week after the president signaled support for including a handful of criminal sentencing reforms to the bipartisan…

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Aug 08, 2018

Freedom Partners: Latest Round of Chinese Tariffs on U.S. Goods Painfully Predictable

Arlington, VA – In response to the administration’s decision to levy a 25 percent tariff on an additional $16 billion of Chinese imports, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced it would retaliate…

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Aug 07, 2018

WATCH: Why Criminal Justice Reform is Good for the Economy

“Our criminal justice system has been a huge barrier to opportunity for people for the last 30-to-40 years,” said Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden.

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Aug 06, 2018

Freedom Partners Commends Senate Bill to Address Tariffs Based on National Security

Arlington, VA – With tariffs already raising the price for steel, aluminum, and threatened against many cars – all under the premise of protecting national security – Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce today applauded new…

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Aug 03, 2018

Statement on Potential Addition of Sentencing Provisions to FIRST STEP Act

Arlington, Va — Today, Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement on new developments to the FIRST STEP Act, bipartisan legislation that passed the House overwhelmingly in May. “We thank President…

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Aug 03, 2018

Freedom Partners Urges Trade Talks as Tariff Threats Grow

Arlington, VA – As China threatens new tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. products, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce warned against the harm from tariffs in a statement today. In addition, the…

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