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Johnston's heriff pours himself into his work

07/19/2001
Environmental Groups to Look Closely At Future Federal Judges
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Environmental Groups to Look Closely At Future Federal Judges

BY Patty Reinert

WASHINGTON - Worried that President Bush will attack the nation's long-standing environmental protection laws through the courts, a dozen environmental groups announced Wednesday that they will for the first time scrutinize nominees to the federal bench.

07/19/2001
More Than 100 Senate, House Members Urge Bush to Protect Consumer Interests
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More Than 100 Senate, House Members Urge Bush to Protect Consumer Interests

Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. Congress jointly sent a letter today to President George W. Bush, with House and Senate resolutions signed by more than 100 members, urging him to assure that the Administration will protect the interests of consumers and workers from potentially onerous duties being requested by U.S. lumber producers seeking to limit the amount of lumber imported from Canada. The letter applauded the Administration for letting the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) expire on March 31. That five-year agreement set quotas limiting the amount of lumber allowed into the U.S. from Canada. Shortly after it expired, the domestic lumber producers filed requests to the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission asking for countervailing duty and antidumping tariffs that, if imposed, could amount to a 78 percent tax on consumers on every piece of Canadian lumber used in U.S. homebuilding and remodeling. "It is essential that these cases be handled in a fair and transparent manner, with the interests of U.S. homebuyers and lumber users given due consideration as those of the other parties," the letter urged. "We are concerned with the potential damage such duties would impose on our economy," the letter said. "They could raise the cost of a typical new home anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000. U.S. Census Bureau data have shown that a price hike of such magnitude could drive nearly 1.2 million households out of the housing market each year, depriving them of the American dream of home ownership." The letter, signed by a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives led by Senators Don Nickles (R-OK) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Representatives Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the original co-sponsors of the two resolutions, S. Con. Res. 4 and H. Con. Res. 45, which were included with the letter. The resolutions supported the March ending of the SLA, and urges that there not be any new trade restraints on lumber from Canada that would continue to price families out of the housing market, mostly first time homeowners, elderly and those purchasing manufactured housing. "Clearly, the economic health of this nation relies, in part, on a strong housing market, the letter continues. "Creating arbitrary trade restrictions could weaken consumer confidence and have far reaching effects on this sector of our economy." "President Bush has made strong statements supporting the important economic benefits that come from free trade and open markets, and has spoken equally strongly about the need for more affordable housing," said Susan Petniunas, coordinator of the alliance of American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH). "Imposing such taxes on softwood lumber is totally counter to those positions. We are optimistic that American consumer interests, when fairly considered, can prevail." Approximately six million U.S. workers are involved in lumber-using businesses, including home builders, remodelers, lumber dealers, and workers in industries such as wood pallet manufacturers, window frame and bed makers. Workers associated with the consumers of lumber outnumber lumber-producing workers by 25 to 1 in the United States. 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.

07/19/2001
Report on Social Security Out Today
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Report on Social Security Out Today

BY Donald Lambro

The White House commission created to devise a plan to partially privatize Social Security will release a report today, warning that the program will run short of money sooner than people realize unless steps are taken to quickly change the system. A first draft of the interim report, to be submitted to all 16 members of the commission today for their recommendations, focuses heavily on the anticipated payroll revenue shortfalls that will end Social Security's surpluses in 15 years, leading to its bankruptcy by 2038 if reforms are not undertaken by Congress.

07/19/2001
. Consumer Reps Meet with U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Celucci, Trade Minister Pettigrew, MPs, Urging No New Lumber Trade …
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. Consumer Reps Meet with U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Celucci, Trade Minister Pettigrew, MPs, Urging No New Lumber Trade …

Several representatives of U.S. consumer interests are in Ottawa today to meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Paul Celucci, Canadian trade officials including Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew, and Parliamentary leaders, urging that Canada resist negotiating a new trade restraint on softwood lumber exports to the U.S. The delegation represents the 15-member alliance, American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH). The delegation emphasized U.S. consumer support for moving the two countries to free trade in lumber and said that there are more than 100 members of the U.S. Congress who are expressing their support for U.S. consumer interests instead of the protectionist interests of the U.S. industry. Some U.S. forestry companies have filed petitions asking for anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Canadian exports of up to 78 percent. These petitions are under review with preliminary decisions expected by the end of the month. "It is important for Canadians to know that U.S. consumer groups and over 100 members of the Senate and House of Representatives oppose protectionist duties, taxes or quotas on lumber," said Bobby Rayburn, a homebuilder from Jackson, Miss., and vice president/secretary of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) that has 203,000 member firms throughout the U.S. "The trade restraints over the past 20 years have caused major harm to U.S. consumers, especially young and minority households struggling to purchase their first home." Barry Rutenberg, who chairs the NAHB Materials Task Force, and operates his construction company in Florida, also participated in the meetings.

07/18/2001
Let the Taxpayers Rejoice!!!
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Press Release

Let the Taxpayers Rejoice!!!

This Friday, millions of American taxpayers will be mailed tax rebate checks as part of the Bush tax relief plan that Congress passed a few weeks ago. Jonathan Hill, Director of North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy issued the following statement regarding this momentous event: "This Friday, the Treasury Department will begin to send out tax rebate checks to literally millions of American taxpayers. This much needed tax rebate is due to President Bush’s tax relief plan, which passed Congress a few weeks ago.

07/18/2001
Let The Taxpayers Rejoice, Group Says
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Let The Taxpayers Rejoice, Group Says

This Friday, millions of American taxpayers will be mailed tax rebate checks as part of the Bush tax relief plan that Congress passed a few weeks ago. Paul Beckner, president of Citizens for a Sound Economy issued the following statement regarding this momentous event: "This Friday, the Treasury Department will begin to send out tax rebate checks to literally millions of American taxpayers. This much needed tax rebate is due to President Bush's tax relief plan, which passed Congress a few weeks ago.

07/18/2001
Do We Really Need To Raise Taxes?
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Press Release

Do We Really Need To Raise Taxes?

Do we really need to raise taxes? Can’t our governor, legislators, and bureaucrats find a better way? Let’s see what Harlan Boyles and North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry had to say about our current budget challenges.

07/17/2001
Fighter Works to Build Up Coffers
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Fighter Works to Build Up Coffers

BY George Bennett

Seven months after Mary McCarty took over as chairwoman, the Palm Beach County Republican Party has been transformed from a model of ineptitude to a money-raising machine with a beefed-up staff that calls on pricey consultants and pollsters for advice. But while McCarty has been arming the GOP for battle against the county's dominant Democratic Party, some of her biggest fights have been with other Republicans.

07/17/2001
Citizens Call Hand Of Legislators’ Ploy
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Citizens Call Hand Of Legislators’ Ploy

Recently the debate on increasing the tax burden on the hard working families of North Carolina has taken a disingenuous turn. Those who support higher taxes are trying to fool the people into believing they are not raising taxes when, in fact, they are. NEWS & OBSERVER, Saturday, July 14, 2001, "Goal is Balance"

07/16/2001

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