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Knowing When to Say NO
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Knowing When to Say NO

Weekly Summary – Due to July 4th, the House and Senate will be in recess this week. After the amount of last minute wrangling and finagling the House engaged in last week, they deserve a break! Congressman Bill Thomas, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee pulled off two ‘squeaker’ votes last week, passing two different pieces of legislation with only one vote margins. The first was a bill to strengthen the House’s negotiating position as they begin to conference the trade bill with the Senate. Earlier this year, the House passed a clean Trade Promotion Authority Act to provide President Bush with the ability to negotiate trade deals. Unwilling to allow President Bush this victory, Majority Leader Daschle decided to bog the measure down on the Senate side with tons of ancillary legislation. They added a Trade Adjustment Act, which in addition to spending billions and billions more, would for the first time, provide health benefits to displaced workers.

07/01/2002
Spending Moves Forward While Tax Cuts Languish
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Spending Moves Forward While Tax Cuts Languish

As the number of days in the legislative calendar dwindle, the priorities of Congress become more apparent. Not surprisingly, efforts to boost spending are far more prominent than attempts to lower taxes. While the long-term survival of President Bush’s tax cuts remains in question, the Senate has approved an emergency supplemental spending bill for 2002 of $31.5 billion—almost $5 billion more than the administration had requested. The difference is largely highway spending and other pork related items. Despite highly publicized hand wringing over the return to deficit spending, Congress is a creature of habit; tax cuts have fallen by the wayside as politicians push spending levels ever higher.

06/11/2002
Shocking New Pork Barrel Spending!
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Shocking New Pork Barrel Spending!

This Week: After a one-week respite, Congress starts up again this week. The Senate is expected to begin consideration of the supplemental spending bill. If the supplemental is not ready for consideration, then the Senate will begin debating S. 625. Broadly defined as hate crimes legislation, S 625 would expand current hate crime laws to allow federal prosecution of crimes that target victims based on gender, sexual orientation or disability.

06/03/2002
Loan Money For Rural TV
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Loan Money For Rural TV

BY McGregor McCance

The federal farm bill signed into law this week plants seeds that may produce local television signals for rural satellite television subscribers. Included in the massive bill is $80 million in loan guarantees designed to encourage companies to launch satellites that could bring local channels to more subscribers. Most satellite TV subscribers cannot get local channels over a dish. They must rely on regular TV antennas, which often can't clearly pick up local TV stations in rural areas.

05/16/2002
President Should Have Vetoed Farm Bill
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President Should Have Vetoed Farm Bill

© 2002 Copley News Service, 5/15/2002 President Reagan once accused Congress of spending like a drunken sailor and immediately had second thoughts: "But that would be unfair to the drunken sailor. At least he's spending his own money." Well, Congress has fallen off the wagon again, spending taxpayers' money with abandon and stupidity in the farm bill it sent to President Bush, who signed it in a 12-minute White House ceremony yesterday. The new law constitutes a 10-year, $190 billion (estimated) raid on the Treasury, but that is the least of its problems.

05/15/2002
Worse Than Drunken Sailors
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Worse Than Drunken Sailors

Stephen Moore is president of the Club for Growth. This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on May 13, 2002.

05/13/2002
Are the Foxes Watching the Henhouse?
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Are the Foxes Watching the Henhouse?

This Week – The House plans to take up several measures this week. The first will be a resolution disapproving the President’s recent decision to impose steel tariffs. House Joint Resolution 84, “Disapproving the action taken by the President under Section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974,” does not have any legislative power to stop the decision but expresses opposition. The House also expects to take up House Joint Resolution 87, the ”Yucca Mountain Repository Site Approval Act,” to approve the site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for the development of a repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, pursuant to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. Finally, the House anticipates the debate of H.R. 4546 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003. This bill would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2003 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction and to prescribe military personnel strengths.

05/06/2002
LEGISLATORS NEED TO CONTROL SPENDING AND MAKE TAX CUTS PERMANENT!
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LEGISLATORS NEED TO CONTROL SPENDING AND MAKE TAX CUTS PERMANENT!

Soundbite: As the politicians debate the annual budget resolution, they need to remember that despite the devastating effects of September 11, Americans remain committed to fiscal discipline. In an effort to further their own political aims, many Members of Congress use this process as an opportunity to push unnecessary, pork barrel projects. Further, some members of Congress, such as Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), want to pay for their bigger spending appetites by increasing Americans’ tax burden. He has already called for repealing portions of the tax cuts that President Bush signed into law last June; we cannot let this tax increase happen. Members of Congress need to know that they cannot get away with spending billions of dollars of your hard earned dollars on more unnecessary government programs and raising taxes on Americans.

05/01/2002
Red Ink Rising
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Red Ink Rising

Even before the appropriators have their way with the spending bills for 2003, new studies suggest that the deficit for 2002 may exceed $100 billion. With revenues coming in lower than forecasts and congressional spending advancing at a record pace, taxpayers need to take Congress’ calls for fiscal responsibility with a grain of salt. These days, fiscal responsibility appears to mean a secure stream of tax revenues, not a more prudent approach to federal spending.

04/30/2002
Memo to Congressional Leaders
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Memo to Congressional Leaders

Six years ago, Congress took a courageous step to phase out almost all agricultural subsidies. The Freedom to Farm Act of 1996 had the promise of:

04/30/2002

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