The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later

Smaller Government or Business as Usual?

Date and Time
May 20, 2004 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
1st floor/Wintergarden
Featuring Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House; Dick Armey, Former House Majority Leader; Ed Crane, Cato Institute and Thomas Edsall, The Washington Post.

In 1994, Republicans gained control of Congress for the first time in 40 years. They promised to change the way Congress did business and to restore America to its founding principles by making government smaller and more accountable. Their Contract with America laid out both the goals of the revolution and specific policy proposals to reach those ends. The general theme of the Class of 1994 was to restrain “government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money.”

To mark this 10th anniversary, the Cato Institute will hold a conference to examine the successes and failures of the Republican revolution. What hurdles and setbacks did the new majority face? Was any progress made in reforming the tax code, regulation, Social Security, welfare, health care, and other federal policies? Do Americans have less government and more liberty after 10 years of Republican rule? Or have Republicans lost their zeal for reform and become a new establishment party?

8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Panel 1

Overview of the Revolution

Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House

Dick Armey
Former House Majority Leader

Ed Crane
Cato Institute

10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Panel 2

Politics, Elections, and Congressional Reforms

Thomas Edsall
The Washington Post

Major Garrett
Fox News

John Samples
Cato Institute

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Panel 3

Economic Policy—Budget, Taxes, Trade

Stephen Moore
Club for Growth

Chris Edwards
Cato Institute

Daniel Griswold
Cato Institute

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Panel 4:

Social Policy—Social Security, Welfare, Education

Michael Tanner
Cato Institute

David Salisbury
Cato Institute

Ron Haskins
The Brookings Institution
Dr. Haskins’ PowerPoint Presentation

1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Panel 5

Regulatory Policy—Telecom, Energy, Environment

Clyde Wayne Crews, Jr.
Cato Institute

Jerry Taylor
Cato Institute

Robert Atkinson
Progressive Policy Institute