In February, Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties, testified before theNational Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.The commission heard from both advocates and opponents of reinstating military conscription and possible civilian equivalents. Bandow explained why such a mandatory program would be“more likely to breed cynicism than idealism.”
MIKE LEE INTRODUCES JONES ACT REPEAL
Sen. Mike Lee (R‑UT) introduced a bill in March to repeal the JonesAct, which has been the target ofCato’s Project on Jones Act Reform.The antiquated protectionist law forbids foreign‐built, ‑owned, or ‑crewed ships from transporting cargo between U.S. ports, thus imposing higher shipping costs and particularly harming Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Cato hosted a conference on the Jones Act in December, and a debate from that event can be found in the Policy Forum section of the January/February issue of Policy Report.