The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge, and mass transit projects across the country – and it’s running out of money. Its revenue source, the federal gas tax, at 18.4 cents a gallon, has not been raised in over two decades. Congress has been kicking this can down the road for years. There are many arguments for a leaner fund, among them, the idea that scaling back the program would force government to prioritize projects and eliminate waste. But proponents of the tax say that it still plays a vital role in supporting infrastructure, and that perpetual shortfalls have led to construction delays and uncertainty. Should Congress raise the federal gas tax?
Executive Director, Colorado Dept. of Transportation
VP of Policy, Reason Foundation
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Sr. VP & Chief Economist, American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Is China’s ascendancy a threat to the U.S.? China’s rise as an economic and military power, coupled with its aggression in the South China Sea, have led some to call for a major rebalance of U.S. policy and strategy. Can China be trusted to act as a responsible global stakeholder? And will they be a long-term ally, or adversary?
Sr. Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Director, Kissinger Institute on China & the U.S.
Former Prime Minister, Australia
Professor of Political Science, U. of Chicago
High-profile cases have recently put campus sexual assault in the spotlight. One question that has repeatedly come up: why are these cases being handled by campuses at all? Title IX requires that every school receiving federal aid must take concrete steps to deal with hostile environments and sexual assault. This leaves colleges and universities with the task of figuring out what policies and procedures to enforce. Proponents say that campus investigations serve a real need, forcing schools to respond to violence and protecting the interests of victims in ways that the criminal justice system may fail. Can schools provide due process for defendants and adequate justice for victims, or do these cases belong in the courts?
Professor, Yale Law School
Dean, CUNY School of Law
Professor, NYU School of Law
Professor, Harvard Law School
In June 2014, the Sunni militant group ISIS declared that it had established a new caliphate spanning territory in Syria and Iraq. Since then, the region under its control has expanded, despite airstrikes and the deployment of U.S. military advisors, and Jihadist groups across the Muslim world have pledged their allegiance. What should the Obama administration’s next steps be? Should the U.S. goal be containment, or can ISIS be defeated?
Co-Founder and CEO, CNAS & Fmr. Under Secretary of Defense
Pres. & CEO, New America Fdn. & Fmr. Dir. of Policy Planning, Dept. of State
Senior Advisor, CSIS & Fmr. Under Secretary of Defense
Professor of History, UVA & Fmr. Counselor, Dept. of State
The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides: “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” And now, the Supreme Court is poised to answer the question of whether this Clause requires States to license marriages between two people of the same sex. The best guess is that the Court will decide the question in late June. Does the Equal Protection Clause require States to license same-sex marriages, or will they decide that marriage should be between a man and a woman?
Chairman, National Organization for Marriage & Professor, Chapman Law
Founder & President, Freedom to Marry & Author, Why Marriage Matters
Professor, NYU Law & Author, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial
Co-Author, What Is Marriage?