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Capitol Comment 270 - The 4(d) Rules for Salmon in the Pacific Northwest
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Capitol Comment 270 - The 4(d) Rules for Salmon in the Pacific Northwest

During 1999, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) added several evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of salmon and steelhead to the Endangered Species List. Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), full "take" prohibitions apply automatically upon listing for species considered "endangered." Species considered "threatened," however, are covered by what is called a

03/17/2000
Capitol Comment 271 - A First Step Into Privacy: Finding a Free Market Perspective in the Constitution
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Capitol Comment 271 - A First Step Into Privacy: Finding a Free Market Perspective in the Constitution

The hottest technology issues in the last Congress revolved around the relationship between the federal government and electronic commerce. Delving a little bit deeper into this relationship, elected officials and regulators alike are concluding that privacy is the next big issue.

03/17/2000
Capitol Comment 272 - Telecommunications Mergers: Who's on First?
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Capitol Comment 272 - Telecommunications Mergers: Who's on First?

Just when a glut of telecom mega-mergers has us wondering who's minding the antitrust store, along comes a report from a Justice Department commission recommending that the traditional antitrust authorities should take control of merger approval back from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). What's up with that?

03/13/2000
Capitol Comment 269 - Pull the Plug on Unauthorized Spending
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Capitol Comment 269 - Pull the Plug on Unauthorized Spending

Republican House and Senate leaders are under tremendous pressure from Bill Clinton and many of their colleagues to bust the discretionary spending caps established by the 1997 balanced budget agreement. But the leadership has a weapon that, if they are willing to use it, could undermine many of Clinton’s pet initiatives while tempering the spending frenzy of their colleagues. All the leadership needs to do is enforce the congressional rules that prohibit spending money on unauthorized programs.

03/09/2000
Capitol Comment 268 - H.R. 644: Price Controls for Seniors' Prescription Drugs
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Capitol Comment 268 - H.R. 644: Price Controls for Seniors' Prescription Drugs

House Democrats, led by Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine), have introduced the Prescription Drug Fairness for Seniors Act of 1999 (H.R. 664). More recently, they filed a petition to force a vote on the bill. By instituting price controls through the back door, the bill inflicts rationing on seniors, forces higher medical costs on everyone else, freezes the development of new cures, and means higher taxes for us all.1

02/22/2000
Capitol Comment 267 - H.R. 1495: Kennedy-Style Tax-and-Spend Liberalism at its Finest
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Capitol Comment 267 - H.R. 1495: Kennedy-Style Tax-and-Spend Liberalism at its Finest

Congressional liberals have stepped up their campaign for a big government program to control seniors’ access to medicines. They recently filed a petition to force a vote on H. R. 1495. This bill is the house version of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) “Access to Prescription Medications in Medicare Act of 1999,” a universal entitlement program that would dramatically increase Medicare costs.1 Under the bill, also known as S. 841, Medicare would pay most of the prescription costs for all retirees through Medicare Part B (see table).

02/22/2000
Capitol Comment 266 - The ACEA Agreement: Reopening the Kyoto Café
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Capitol Comment 266 - The ACEA Agreement: Reopening the Kyoto Café

In July 1998, the European Commission and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) negotiated an agreement intended to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars. At the heart of this agreement is a commitment by ACEA to increase automobile fuel-efficiency by nearly 30 percent.

02/09/2000
Capitol Comment 266 - The ACEA Agreement: Reopening the Kyoto Café
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Capitol Comment 266 - The ACEA Agreement: Reopening the Kyoto Café

In July 1998, the European Commission and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) negotiated an agreement intended to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars. At the heart of this agreement is a commitment by ACEA to increase automobile fuel-efficiency by nearly 30 percent.

02/09/2000
Capitol Comment 265 - Scrap the Code: Good Politics and Good Policy
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Capitol Comment 265 - Scrap the Code: Good Politics and Good Policy

"Scrap the Code" is becoming a silent mantra in the early stages of the presidential primaries. Most candidates have heard this popular mandate from the public and have responded by making substantive proposals for, or at least paying lip service to, a fairer, flatter tax system. In classic grassroots style, the presidential candidates are being pulled toward this issue. Tax reform, once considered dead with the failed 1996 presidential race of Steve Forbes, is now a legitimate issue four years later.

01/31/2000
Capitol Comment 264 - The Internet: Do the Candidates Get It?
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Capitol Comment 264 - The Internet: Do the Candidates Get It?

The Republican debates have always provided an ample opportunity for voters to learn where candidates stand on tax issues. What is new this year is an emphasis on taxation of the Internet and electronic commerce. It appears the candidates are just beginning to hear the message from voters: We need a new tax code that respects the modern family and encourages the emerging digital economy.

01/14/2000

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