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Capitol Comment 236 - The South Florida Re-Study: An $11 Billion Gamble
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Capitol Comment 236 - The South Florida Re-Study: An $11 Billion Gamble

What is the Re-Study? The Central and Southern Florida Comprehensive Review Study ("Re-Study") is a review of the Central and Southern Florida Project (C&SF) that recommends a dramatically reconfigured approach to South Florida’s water policy. First authorized by Congress in 1948, the C&SF today provides fresh water and flood protection to nearly 6 million people in a 16-county region.

06/08/1999
Capitol Comment 238 - Politicians "Playing Doctor" With Medicare
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Capitol Comment 238 - Politicians "Playing Doctor" With Medicare

When politicians try to practice medicine, their remedy is often more dangerous than the disease. The latest Washington proposal to expand government-run health care — this time, Medicare — comes at a time when the main concern should be saving Medicare from bankruptcy.

06/07/1999
The Best Lockbox is a Personal Retirement Account
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The Best Lockbox is a Personal Retirement Account

This week, the Senate will debate its version of the "lockbox" measure intended to put teeth behind Bill Clinton’s rhetorical promise to preserve every penny of the Social Security surplus for Social Security. Congressional leaders believe the lockbox issue will effectively counter Clinton’s demagoguery and clear the way for a tax cut bill this year. While it’s hard to argue with this political calculation, it’s still fair to point out that putting Social Security’s surplus into a lockbox will not improve the long-term health of the system.

06/07/1999
Capitol Comment 233 - Federal Mass Tort Litigation: An Insidious Abuse of Power
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Capitol Comment 233 - Federal Mass Tort Litigation: An Insidious Abuse of Power

"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." - Thomas Paine

06/03/1999
Capitol Comment 235 - New Law Brings More Accountability to Government Regulation
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Capitol Comment 235 - New Law Brings More Accountability to Government Regulation

Summary. Every year, the federal government considers over 4,000 regulations, some of which can cost billions. The scientific and research data used to make decisions about these regulations must be of the highest quality in order to ensure that proposed regulations will actually benefit the public. However, it is often the case that the people who ultimately pay for the research, the taxpayers, do not have access to the research upon which a proposed government regulation based.

06/02/1999
Capitol Comment 235 - New Law Brings More Accountability to Government Regulation
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Capitol Comment 235 - New Law Brings More Accountability to Government Regulation

Summary. Every year, the federal government considers over 4,000 regulations, some of which can cost billions. The scientific and research data used to make decisions about these regulations must be of the highest quality in order to ensure that proposed regulations will actually benefit the public. However, it is often the case that the people who ultimately pay for the research, the taxpayers, do not have access to the research upon which a proposed government regulation based.

06/02/1999
Capitol Comment 231 - Don't Let the Government Mimic Trial-Lawyer Greed
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Capitol Comment 231 - Don't Let the Government Mimic Trial-Lawyer Greed

President Clinton included a provision in this year’s budget that would tax corporations on the punitive damages they pay out for lawsuits. This tax not only makes the federal government an interested party in practically every civil lawsuit in the nation, but also provides trial lawyers another weapon for an arsenal that has wreaked havoc on American businesses for the past 20 years. Punitive damage awards are already unpredictable and unfair. Congress needs to stand up for American workers and families and stop this tax.

05/28/1999
Letter to FCC Chairman William Kennard regarding E-Rate
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Letter to FCC Chairman William Kennard regarding E-Rate

May 26, 1999 The Honorable William Kennard Chairman Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20554 Dear Chairman Kennard: On behalf of our more than 250,000 consumer activists from around the country, I urge you to strongly reject the proposal to increase funding for the E-rate at tomorrow’s open meeting. Anything less would cause direct harm to consumers and is of dubious constitutional merit.

05/26/1999
Capitol Comment 232 - Alabama's First Steps Toward Common Sense Legal Reform
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Capitol Comment 232 - Alabama's First Steps Toward Common Sense Legal Reform

The Alabama Senate began the difficult task of enacting fair and reasonable reform of Alabama’s costly system of civil justice. Specifically, the Senate passed legislation that begins to reform where a plaintiff may bring a lawsuit, amends the rules governing class action lawsuits and puts limits on punitive damages. While these bills themselves will not completely fix our legal system, they do represent a step toward reforming Alabama’s out-of-control civil justice system.

05/20/1999
Letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the sunshine-in-government provision
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Letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the sunshine-in-government provision

May 20, 1999 Dear Appropriations Member: The fiscal year 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act contained a sunshine-in-government provision that would allow the American people to access the federally funded scientific data used to support regulations that have a direct impact on their lives. This sunshine law is absolutely critical in ensuring that government remains accountable to the citizens it serves. We urge you to resist any legislative efforts to weaken or repeal this important law.

05/20/1999

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