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CSE’s Plan for the 108th Congress
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CSE’s Plan for the 108th Congress

The start of the new year and the 108th Congress are an opportunity to outline Citizens for a Sound Economy’s legislative agenda for this session. Congress faces many issues (extending unemployment reinsurance, passing a continuing resolution to fund the government until the 11 outstanding appropriations bills are passed, reorganizing Senate committees, working on judicial nominations, etc.), but fundamental tax, Social Security, welfare, civil justice reforms and energy legislation that decreases our nation’s reliance on foreign sources of oil, are legislative priorities that must be addressed today.

01/15/2003
Let the American People Be Heard
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Let the American People Be Heard

Often in Washington the political parties engage in fierce battles about small ideas. For example, the Senate right now is fighting over “committee ratios” and last week Congress argued about whether unemployment should be extended for an additional 12 weeks or 18 weeks.

01/15/2003
This Week On Capitol Hill
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This Week On Capitol Hill

Massive Spending Bill Rolling Your Way The Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs this year behind massive running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, but they’ve got nothing on Congress. The folks up on Capitol Hill are preparing an “Ominbus” Appropriations bill for nearly all 2003 discretionary spending. The Omnibus will roll through town carrying all 11 Appropriations bills that the 107th Congress didn’t finish—a total of $385 billion in spending. Despite the bill’s huge size, Senate Democrats are preparing an arsenal of amendments to add even more spending. The Omnibus may also attract a number of legislative “riders” from both Republicans and Democrats that attempt to make changes in non-spending laws like the Clean Air Act and the Energy Regulatory Commission.

01/15/2003
Bush names Teamsters Leaders to Advisory Panel on Trade
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Bush names Teamsters Leaders to Advisory Panel on Trade

President Bush, who has tried to woo organized labor into the Republicans' political camp, on Wednesday named Teamsters President James P. Hoffa to an administration advisory panel on trade. Bush also named Paul Beckner, president of the conservative Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group that advocates lower taxes and less government, to a two-year term on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. The large panel is made up of industry and labor leaders who give advice to U.S. negotiators as they pursue new trade agreements with other nations. The White House has made reaching out to organized labor, traditionally allied with Democrats, a priority. The Teamsters and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters are among a handful of conservative-leaning unions that Bush and his advisers have targeted since taking office almost two years ago. Hoffa, for instance, was a guest of honor at Bush's State of the Union speech last year and worked with the White House on efforts in Congress to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling.

01/15/2003
Why High Tax Rates Lose Revenue
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Why High Tax Rates Lose Revenue

© 2002 Copley News Service, 1/14/2003 Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., says he thinks "the Bush economic plan is a stimulus for the rich and a sedative for the rest." This flippant statement is exactly what you would expect from the class warriors of the left. When Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., opposes President Bush's tax reforms because he says they would mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans and explode the deficit, not only is he wrong, he also gives the left enormous leverage and great political cover.

01/14/2003
Day of Reckoning
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Day of Reckoning

This editorial originally ran in the Dallas Morning News. Welcome, Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and Tom Craddick. Starting today, Texas' government belongs to you and your party. Republicans control the Governor's Mansion, the Senate and the House for the first time since the 19th century.

01/14/2003
Stop Trial Lawyers from Exploiting Iowa’s Legal System!
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Stop Trial Lawyers from Exploiting Iowa’s Legal System!

Trial lawyers run quite a successful business in Iowa. They make money by suing people, businesses, and institutions and then contribute money to politicians that will keep their money making machine alive. For trial lawyers, the greater the number of lawsuits they can bring, the more they will benefit. Our legal system should never be a “bank” for trial lawyers to dip their hands in. Americans realize the civil justice system is in need of reform, and a perfect place to start is with the class action system.

01/13/2003
DHHS numbers don't add up
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DHHS numbers don't add up

This article originally appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on January 12, 2003. By PAT STITH JEAN P. FISHER, Staff Writers Dave Mosley wasn't out to uncover anything when he began asking questions in May 2002 about payments made to hospitals for Medicaid, the state-run health insurance program for the poor. Having been hired recently by the state Department of Health and Human Services, Mosley, 34, said he was merely trying to educate himself. "I just couldn't get some of the numbers that I was looking at to make sense," he recalled.

01/12/2003
No question: US needs this tax cut
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No question: US needs this tax cut

Financial Times This letter ran in the Financial Times on Feb. 11, 2003 February 11, 2003 No question: US needs this tax cut From Mr John J. Castellani and Mr Paul Beckner. Sir, Alan Beattie's report "Dividend tax cut plan faces hurdle in Congress" (February 6) falls short of examining the benefits of President George W. Bush's proposal to eliminate the double taxation of dividends for American taxpayers.

01/11/2003
TTA gets green light
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TTA gets green light

This article originally appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer on Jnaury11, 2003 By VICKI HYMAN, Staff Writer Nearly a decade after the notion was proposed, the Triangle Transit Authority has won federal approval for a 35-mile, $724 million commuter rail line linking Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and Durham.

01/11/2003

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