This Week on America’s Business


House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) leads this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” outlining the priorities in the $825 billion stimulus bill and making the case that its passage will restore the U.S. economy, creating jobs in the process.

Representative Clyburn says, “We think that we have been very conscious of what it takes to assist American businesses stand back up and to help get our economy moving again.”

Included in the stimulus package is funding to support adoption of information technology in health care.  Joel White, executive director of the Health IT Now! coalition, details the funding provisions and make the case that IT investment can improve health care quality.

Passed last year in response to lead-contaminated toys from China, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act includes strict testing requirements for children’s products — mandates that are prohibitively expensive for small businesses.  Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has been covering the law’s business-killing excesses at his popular website,  He joins us to discuss the law’s many problems.

The Maryland Manufacturers Alliance of Maryland has released a new report, “Manufacturing in Maryland – The Cornerstone of Shared Prosperity.” Gene Burner, President of the Alliance, is here to talk about what Maryland is bringing to table in terms of manufacturing, and how the state could promote this important sector of the economy. Think energy and taxes.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”

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