Contact FreedomWorks

400 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 765
Washington, DC 20001

  • Toll Free 1.888.564.6273
  • Local 202.783.3870

912 Summit - July 2015

912 Summit - July 2015

Get Your Passes to the
9.12 Grassroots Summit

All the Latest

    Everything
  • Blog
  • Events
  • Press
  • Key Votes
  • Podcasts
  • Videos
  • Tweets
  • Photos

In Action

CSE Praises Reversal of Microsoft Decision
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW
Press Release

CSE Praises Reversal of Microsoft Decision

Today, June 28, the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Jackson’s order for Microsoft to be broken up be vacated and remanded to a lower court. Citizens for a Sound Economy, a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots organization with nearly 300,000 members, heralded the Federal Court of Appeals’ decision as a win for consumers. Erick Gustafson, director of Citizens for a Sound Economy’s Center for Consumer Choice issued the following statement regarding the Appeals Court’s ruling:

06/28/2001
Consumer Alliance Urges Congress to Support Affordable Homes, Kill Proposed Hidden Lumber Taxes
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW

Consumer Alliance Urges Congress to Support Affordable Homes, Kill Proposed Hidden Lumber Taxes

A consumer alliance representing 95 percent of all of the lumber use and consumption in the U.S., today appealed to members of Congress to block support for a house bill introduced recently that would force a hidden tax on all softwood lumber purchased in the U.S. that comes from Canada. The bill, H. R. 2181, would impose mandatory trade restraints in the form of quotas and tariff surcharges on all shipments of lumber from Canada into the U.S., similar to the Softwood Lumber Agreement that expired March 31. This amounts to an additional consumer tax on all softwood lumber used in home construction or remodeling, according to the American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH), in a letter to all members of the House of Representatives. The alliance said that this proposed protectionist legislation only continues to hurt consumers, and will further reduce the level of affordable homes across America. "The U.S. producers want to protect their markets and keep prices of softwood lumber artificially high by having the government impose a hidden tax on every purchase of lumber made in the U.S.," said Susan Petniunas, spokesperson for the ACAH, an alliance of 15 leading consumer and lumber user member organizations. "This proposed legislation is the most recent attack by lumber producers on consumers. After the expiration of the five-year quota agreement limiting softwood imports from Canada, the U.S. producers filed countervailing duty and antidumping petitions that would impose a tax of up to 78 percent on all softwood lumber imported into the U.S. "Unfortunately, those proposed duties would add up to $4,000 to the cost of a new home, and, according to calculations used by the U.S. Census Bureau, would knock 1.2 million families out of the housing market -- they could not qualify for mortgages," Petniunas said. "This would dramatically impact first time homebuyers and buyers of manufactured housing, and be counter to the objective of building more affordable housing across our country." H.R. 2181 was introduced by representatives, most of whom come from lumber producing states. "This parochial, protectionist viewpoint does not take into consideration that the jobs in homebuilding, selling and working with lumber, and downstream users of lumber such as window and bed frame manufacturers, outnumber the jobs in producing lumber in the U.S. by 25 to 1," Petniunas said. "It is time that the consumer gets represented, and that affordable housing becomes a priority." Petniunas also pointed out that "a stick is not a stick. Southern Yellow Pine produced in the south is not a substitute in housing construction for Canadian Spruce Pine Fir. These two species are not interchangeable. They do not compete. Both have their own uses in home construction, and homebuyers and remodelers should not be penalized by artificial trade barriers such as those proposed in H.R. 2181." She also said that trying to roll back imports to levels at the end of 1995, as proposed in the bill, "fails to take into consideration the growth in U.S. demand for softwood lumber, the growth in the housing market where most of it is used, and the reduction in availability of such lumber in the U.S." The ACAH is an alliance of 15-organizations, representing approximately 95 percent of softwood lumber use in the U.S. ACAH members include CHEP USA, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Consumers for World Trade, Free Trade Lumber Council, The Home Depot, International Mass Retail Association, International Sleep Products Association, Leggett & Platt Inc., Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, Manufactured Housing Institute, National Association of Home Builders, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, National Retail Federation, and the United States Hispanic Contractors Association.

06/28/2001
Jeffords' Pensions Adviser Jumps to House
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW

Jeffords' Pensions Adviser Jumps to House

BY Jennifer Yachnin

While a number of Sen. Jim Jeffords' (I) staff have remained in the Vermonter's office following his recent party switch, one aide has jumped to the House. Kathleen Quint Black, who teamed up with Jeffords in March 2000 and served as pension policy adviser to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which Jeffords formerly chaired, moved to Rep. Sam Johnson's (R-Texas) office in June.

06/28/2001
CSE Praises Reversal Of Microsoft Decision
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW

CSE Praises Reversal Of Microsoft Decision

Today, June 28, the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Jackson's order for Microsoft to be broken up be vacated and remanded to a lower court. Citizens for a Sound Economy, a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots organization with nearly 300,000 members, heralded the Federal Court of Appeals' decision as a win for consumers. Erick Gustafson, director of Citizens for a Sound Economy's Center for Consumer Choice issued the following statement regarding the Appeals Court's ruling:

06/28/2001
HMO Bill Endures First Test in Senate
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW

HMO Bill Endures First Test in Senate

BY Maria Recio, Jackie Koszczuk

WASHINGTON - The patients' bill of rights survived its first test in the Senate on Tuesday, despite opposition from conservative Republicans, managed care companies, business groups and President Bush. Texas emerged center stage in the debate as a Democrat-led effort defeated a key amendment by Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, that would have exempted employers from lawsuits.

06/27/2001
Tax Harmonization American-Style
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW
Press Release

Tax Harmonization American-Style

Copley News Service, 6/26/2001 There's an extraordinary plot afoot in the nation's capital to stifle tax competition among states, reverse Supreme Court precedent, circumvent constitutional limitations on states' taxing authority and seriously undermine federalism.

06/26/2001
News Conference
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW

News Conference

EVENT: NEWS CONFERENCE - SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE SUBJECT: Senate Republican Conference sponsors a news conference to discuss the effects of limitless lawsuits on the health care system. LOCATION: Senate Swamp, U.S. Capitol -- June 26, 2001 PARTICIPANTS: Sen. Phil Gramm, R-TX; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX; Paul Beckner, president, Citizens for a Sound Economy

06/26/2001
Senate Republican Conference
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW

Senate Republican Conference

ORGANIZATION: Senate Republican Conference - sponsors a news conference to discuss the effects of limitless lawsuits on the health care system. TIME: 3 p.m. LOCATION: Senate Swamp, U.S. Capitol CONTACT: Christian Myer, 202-224-2928 PARTICIPANTS: Sen. Phil Gramm, R-TX; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX; Paul Beckner, president, Citizens for a Sound Economy

06/26/2001
Sharkman' to Appear at D.C. Press Conference on Patients' Bill of Rights
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW

Sharkman' to Appear at D.C. Press Conference on Patients' Bill of Rights

News Advisory: On June 26, Citizens for a Sound Economy's (CSE) "Sharkman" will appear at a press conference with CSE President Paul Beckner and Senators Phil Gramm (R-Texas), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), and Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.). The press conference is being held in the Senate Swamp to voice opposition to the Patients' Bill of Rights legislation in its current form. Sharkman will attend the press conference to continue his fight to end lawsuit abuse. Sharkman, who was interviewed extensively during the 2000 election season by all major networks and dozens of newspapers and radio stations, led the charge in 2000 to end lawsuit abuse. Because the Patients' Bill of Rights, in its current form, equates to nothing more than an invitation for trial lawyers to sue, Sharkman has decided to rejoin the fight to end lawsuit abuse. Who: Sharkman, CSE President Paul Beckner, and Senators Phil Gramm, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Tim Hutchinson What: Press conference opposing the current form of Patients' Bill of Rights legislation When: June 26, at 3 p.m. Where: Senate Swamp at the U.S. Capitol

06/25/2001
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: More Deception From Tauzin-Dingell Opponents
null
http://d7.freedomworks.org.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/thumbnail/s3/te_social_media_share/fw_default_0.jpg?itok=mX_C44GW
Press Release

Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: More Deception From Tauzin-Dingell Opponents

There is a myth going around Capitol Hill that H.R. 1542, “Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act” would repeal Section 251 of the Telecom Act of 1996. This bit of rhetoric, like much else that has come from opponents of this Tauzin-Dingell bill, is completely false.

06/22/2001

Pages