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Capitol Comment 171 - Free Trade: Fast Track to Prosperity
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Capitol Comment 171 - Free Trade: Fast Track to Prosperity

On September 16, President Clinton finally introduced his legislative proposal for renewing fast track authority to negotiate trade agreements. This authority, which expired in 1994, would allow the president to negotiate trade pacts that Congress must approve or disapprove by a simple up or down vote. Therefore, members of Congress — and the special interests who attempt to influence them — could not amend trade agreements during the legislative process.

10/13/1997
Comments Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities of the President’s Advisory Commission on
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Comments Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities of the President’s Advisory Commission on

Chairman Thomas, Commissioners, good afternoon. My name is Michael Cannon and I represent Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan consumer group with 250,000 members. Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation believes consumer choice and competition among health care and coverage providers are the keys to consumer protection. These tools enable consumers and health coverage providers to discipline those providers who fail to offer a quality product.

10/07/1997
Stealth March of ClintonCare
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Stealth March of ClintonCare

In 1994, faced with the horror of having government bureaucrats make their health care decisions for them, the American public rejected the Clinton health care plan. On September 15, President Clinton told a union audience of his failed health care plan, "What I tried to do before won't work. Maybe we can do it another way. That's what we've tried to do, a step at a time until eventually we finish this."

10/07/1997
Consumer Group Questions CNN's Objectivity, Credibility
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Consumer Group Questions CNN's Objectivity, Credibility

CNN's abrupt pulling of ads criticizing the proposed UN global warming treaty deals a serious blow to the network's reputation as an objective news source, a market-oriented consumer advocacy group charged today.

10/03/1997
Consumer Group Hails Votes as Major Victories for Public Health
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Consumer Group Hails Votes as Major Victories for Public Health

Citizens for a Sound Economy hailed today's votes by the Health and Environment Subcommittee to move Food and Drug Administration modernization to the full Commerce Committee. By voice vote, the subcommittee approved three separate bills to improve how the FDA regulates food (H.R. 2469), drugs (H.R. 1411) and medical devices (H.R. 1710).

09/17/1997
National Testing
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National Testing

As printed in the Washington Post, September 15, 1997 The debate about voluntary national testing for fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math has until now been dominated by two views. One view has been voiced by some conservatives and Republicans, notably Rep. Bill Goodling, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. They oppose national testing under any condition. The other view is that of the Clinton administration, which has its own national testing scheme.

09/15/1997
A TORT CLAIM FOREVER CHANGES 1 FAMILY
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A TORT CLAIM FOREVER CHANGES 1 FAMILY

Reprinted with permission from The Orlando Sentinel As I sat in my car on a dark and narrow road, I watched Cheryl walk up the road until she became a speck on the edge of my headlights. She stopped when I flashed the lights. It was an odd exercise, but we were recreating an accident scene, and Cheryl represented a dead man. I was a driver who may have killed him. I had been sued by a family who was accusing me of killing their son in a motorcycle crash. We went out to that dark road hoping to revive our memory of that horrible night.

09/10/1997
Capitol Comment 167 - EPA Ups Expected Cost of Air Quality Standards to $46 Billion
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Capitol Comment 167 - EPA Ups Expected Cost of Air Quality Standards to $46 Billion

In April, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted that it overestimated the benefits from the new air quality standard for fine particulate matter, lowering its estimates of annual reduced premature mortality from 20,000 to 15,000. Now the EPA says implementing the standards will cost more than its original estimate of $8.5 billion annually; its final Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) for the new standards contains an annual cost estimate of $46 billion.1

08/27/1997
Consumer Group Reacts to President's Global Warming Speech: A Tax by any Other Name Smells Just As Foul
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Consumer Group Reacts to President's Global Warming Speech: A Tax by any Other Name Smells Just As Foul

Global warming mania went into overdrive today as President Clinton unveiled his plan to deal with the as yet unproven threat of global warming, a market-oriented consumer advocacy group charged today.

08/22/1997
Issue Analysis 58 - Alice in Insuranceland: The NAIC's Model Law on Domestic Abuse
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Issue Analysis 58 - Alice in Insuranceland: The NAIC's Model Law on Domestic Abuse

For many months, a NAIC1 working group has been drafting model legislation aimed at preventing unfair discrimination against victims of domestic violence. Current efforts are focused on provision of homeowner's and other types of property and casualty insurance. Similar legislation is being debated in many state legislatures and has been introduced in the U.S. Congress.2

08/12/1997

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