OBAMA CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA
Marlo Lewis: In his address [Tuesday]at Georgetown University, President Obama is expected to lay out a climate change action plan featuring carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits for existing power plants, tougher efficiency standards for homes and appliances, and more renewable energy development on public lands. There are strong reasons to oppose each element of this plan. > Read more
Myron Ebell: We have major concerns these regulations will put people out of work, hurt the economy and drive up costs for consumers,” said Ebell. “That the president has chosen to avoid the legislative process shows he knows the American people and their representatives in Congress would not accept his jobs-killing, anti-technology, Washington-knows-best thinking.
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SUPREME COURT & NLRB APPOINTMENTS
CEI Experts Welcome Court's Decision to Rule on NLRB Case
Case Also Could Affect CFPB's Richard Cordray, Whose Appointment CEI Is Challenging
Legal and labor policy experts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute said today they are pleased the Supreme Court has accepted a case that challenges President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and expect a favorable outcome. "The Supreme Court should reject President Obama’s radical interpretation of the Constitution’s recess appointments clause,” said Hans Bader, senior attorney and counsel for special projects at CEI.
“Whatever the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the NLRB appointments almost certainly will apply to the appointment of Cordray,” said John Berlau, senior fellow for finance and access to capital at CEI.
Matt Patterson, who leads CEI’s labor policy team, said the case provides the court “an opportunity to preserve and protect the balance of power between the political branches” and that he hopes the ruling will “help bring some stability and predictability to our battered and bruised business community.” > Read more
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> See also: The End? The Supreme Challenge to the NLRB
The End? The Supreme Challenge to the NLRB
America's Future Foundation presents:
What’s Next for the Marketplace Fairness Act?
Featuring CEI's Jessica Melugin
In May, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill purporting to level the playing field between brick and mortar stores and online businesses by requiring Internet retailers to charge consumers state sales taxes across the 50 states. Some supporters say this will bring in “lost” revenue owed by out-of-state vendors and encourage growth of traditional retail, while opponents argue it’s an unconstitutional money grab by politicians that will hurt small businesses through high compliance costs. > RSVP & more info
NO CARBON TAX
CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. > View the coalition letter