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Jack Kemp Condemns Senator Hillary Clinton’s Call for Tax Increase
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Jack Kemp Condemns Senator Hillary Clinton’s Call for Tax Increase

Yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton argued that Congress should increase taxes by delaying the tax rate reductions enacted into law this summer, reconfirming her previously stated view that, “If we hadn’t passed the big tax cut last spring . . . we wouldn’t be in the fix we’re in today.” Empower America co-director Jack Kemp responded:

12/10/2001
Jack Kemp Condemns Senator Hillary Clinton’s Call for Tax Increase
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Jack Kemp Condemns Senator Hillary Clinton’s Call for Tax Increase

Yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton argued that Congress should increase taxes by delaying the tax rate reductions enacted into law this summer, reconfirming her previously stated view that, “If we hadn’t passed the big tax cut last spring . . . we wouldn’t be in the fix we’re in today.” Empower America co-director Jack Kemp responded:

12/10/2001
North Carolina CSE Story 2001
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North Carolina CSE Story 2001

12/07/2001
The Impact of Social Security Reform On Low Income Workers
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The Impact of Social Security Reform On Low Income Workers

Because the poor are disproportionately dependent on Social Security for their retirement income, they will be among those most affected by any reform of the troubled retirement program. Traditional reforms, such as raising taxes or cutting benefits, will leave low-income workers worse off. However, allowing workers to save and invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in individual accounts may avoid or offset potential benefit cuts, without increasing taxes.

12/06/2001
Consumer, Disability and Public Policy Leaders Demand Universal Broadband Access
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Consumer, Disability and Public Policy Leaders Demand Universal Broadband Access

Consumer, disability, and public policy groups, representing a diverse cross-section of the nation's interests, are calling on Congress to pass a law aimed at ensuring broadband access for all Americans. Representatives from over 71 organizations are visiting Washington this week to meet with Members of Congress to encourage passage of H.R. 1542, the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2000, co-sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and the Commerce Committee's ranking Democrat John Dingell, (D-MI). The groups, representing the disabled, women, African-Americans, Latino-Americans, rural residents, business, and consumers in general, stated the tremendous value that broadband access has for their constituents and the ability of Tauzin- Dingell to deliver total access.  Rural Americans, Latino and African-Americans throughout the United States will benefit from the passage of this legislation that promises to ensure the deployment of broadband services in their underserved communities throughout the United States. According to reports from NTIA and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Latino and African American households are only half as likely to own a computer as white households and approximately 2.5 times less likely to have Internet access from home than white households.  "By offering incentives for the deployment of high speed Internet access to rural and underserved, low-income urban communities, it creates the necessary market conditions for providers to deploy the much needed infrastructure to minimize the Digital Divide. In addition, the legislation fosters competition between all carriers who provide broadband services, offering a win-win scenarios for consumers, especially for Latinos throughout the United States," said Rick Dovalina, President, League of United Latin America Citizens (LULAC).  "Many small cities, and especially those far from large urban centers, are underserved by telecommunications providers. This important legislation provides incentives for carriers to enter our communities and offer a portfolio of services that can enhance the lives of our citizens. Currently, approximately 40% of the City Halls in the state of Georgia do not have access to the Internet, representing a digital divide in our houses of government. Small businesses, households and local governments will all benefit from this legislation," said Mayor Chuck Burris, Stone Mountain, Georgia.  "The Grange believes that rural Americans deserve access to the same basic public and commercial services that urban Americans enjoy. Advanced telecommunications services, such as high speed Internet access is one of those basic services. However, misguided government regulation is keeping those of us in rural areas from taking full advantage of E-commerce," stated Leroy Watson, Legislative Affairs Director, National Grange.  Small and minority-owned businesses would benefit from the reduced costs of online access. Over seventy percent of small businesses are home-based, and lack affordable choices for broadband communications.  "The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001 will provide the type of deregulation necessary to ensure the playing field is leveled so all American businesses have access to all the Internet has to offer. That is why GrassRoots Impact is encouraging the passage of H.R. 1542. One national high speed Internet policy, rather than fifty state policies, will facilitate the development of a broadband infrastructure and the availability of advanced high speed Internet services," said TerryNeese, Co-Founder GrassRoots Impact, Inc. and Co-Founder and President, Women Impacting Public Policy.  Discussing consumer benefits and advantages to the US economy, Esther Shapiro, a long-time consumer activist, as well as Citizens for a Sound Economy spoke on the benefits of Tauzin-Dingell.  "We need to keep the focus on consumers in the broadband debate. It is about getting advanced services to all Americans as quickly as possible. When we have full deployment, all Americans can enjoy the life-enhancing opportunities of broadband. We need legislation, like the Tauzin-Dingell bill, to bring broadband to consumers all over America," said Esther Shapiro, Former Director, City of Detroit, Office of Consumer Affairs.  "The stagnation of the American economy is directly attributable to the slowdown in high tech capital investment. Consumer spending remains robust, but the Internet equipment industry, which accounted for a third of economic growth since 1995, is in recession. Over capacity in equipment has deflated prices and forced layoffs. H.R. 1542 would remove the artificial regulatory barrier to capital spending and provide a much-need boost to this industry and the economy as a whole," said Erick Gustafson, Director, Center for Consumer Choice, Citizens for a Sound Economy.

12/06/2001
Non-Profit Groups Join to Blast State AGs over Microsoft Case
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Non-Profit Groups Join to Blast State AGs over Microsoft Case

Yesterday at a press conference sponsored by Frontiers of Freedom, leaders from several non-profit public policy groups gathered to discuss the motives of the nine states that recently chose to break ranks with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and press on in the Microsoft anti-trust case. Attorneys General in ten other states once also pursuing Microsoft have recently decided to follow the DOJ lead and settle their cases.

12/06/2001
U. S. Consumer Groups Applaud New World Trade Organization Panel To Investigate U.S. Commerce Department Duties on Canad…
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U. S. Consumer Groups Applaud New World Trade Organization Panel To Investigate U.S. Commerce Department Duties on Canad…

Consumer groups in the U.S. applauded a decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) today to establish a dispute settlement panel to investigate a formal complaint by Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision imposing countervailing duties of 19.3 percent on softwood lumber imports is illegal. American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH) spokesperson, Susan Petniunas, said: "The Commerce Department has clearly ignored the significant negative impact of these duties, and related antidumping duties, on consumers, in favor of a handful of U.S. forestry companies. Our legal analysis shows that the actions are illegal, and we are confident that the neutral WTO panel will find the same." The panel is composed of representatives of three neutral countries and would be expected to return a binding decision as early as six months from now. Canada is expected to also see a panel established to examine Commerce's imposition of 12.6 percent antidumping duties soon. Petniunas said that the action also is illegal, and that the WTO is expected to agree, overturning them.

12/05/2001
Congress holds a news conference to discuss consumer, economic and accessibility issues surrounding H.R.1542.
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Congress holds a news conference to discuss consumer, economic and accessibility issues surrounding H.R.1542.

LOCATION: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building -- December 5, 2001 PARTICIPANTS: Charlie Crawford, executive director, American Council of the Blind; Erick Gustafson, director, Center for Consumer Choice, Citizens for a Sound Economy; Gabriela Lemus, Center of Policy and Legislation, League of United Latin American Citizens; Terry Neese, co-founder, GrassRoots Impact, Inc.; Esther Shapiro, former director, Office of Consumer Affairs, Detroit, MI CONTACT: Jennifer Silberman, 202-263-2933

12/05/2001
Congress - holds a news conference to discuss consumer, economic and accessibility issues surrounding H. R. 1542.
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Congress - holds a news conference to discuss consumer, economic and accessibility issues surrounding H. R. 1542.

TIME: 1:30 p.m. LOCATION: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building CONTACT: Jennifer Silberman, 202-263-2933 BILL-NO: H. R. 1542 Retrieve Bill Tracking Report Link to Full text of Bill

12/05/2001
Recession…What Now?
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Recession…What Now?

America is in recession, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced last week. To many, this may be stating the obvious, given the layoffs and economic slowdown after September 11th. What may not be as obvious, however, is the fact that the recession was well underway before the terrorist attacks. Looking at crucial economic data such as industrial production, real income, employment, and wholesale-retail trade, the NBER puts the start of the recession in March 2001. This ended a ten-year economic expansion, and the downturn has only been compounded by the economic uncertainty generated by terrorism. As in past recessions, Washington is brimming with proposals to jump-start the economy. Yet beyond getting the incentives right, there is little that Washington can do to boost the economy.

12/04/2001

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