CEI Today: Dem v Dem on trade, menu labeling, and runaway executive power

Friday, January 31, 2014
In the News Today


Openmarket.org: Schism among Democrats On “Fast Track” to Trade

The trade debate is heating up in the wake of President Obama’s nod to trade in his State of the Union address, the introduction this month of a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, and the on-going negotiation on two major trade deals.

A major schism among Democrats on trade broke out January 29, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in an interview that he was against TPA, commonly known as “fast-track” legislation, which gives the president authority to negotiate trade agreements that are then voted on by Congress without amendments.

Reid’s opposition is in contrast to
President Obama’s endorsement of fast-track authority in his State of the Union address earlier this week.

 > Read more

> Interview Fran Smith


Washington Times: Common sense for restaurant-menu labeling

One major problem with Obamacare that the president failed to mention in his State of the Union address is pending regulations that could make food more costly. The law’s Section 4205 requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to list calorie-content information for each menu item on a board at every establishment.

The costs of this intrusive regulation would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices — the last thing we need in a struggling economy. Some relief may be on the way, though, in the form of bipartisan legislation.  > Read more

> Interview Liz Thatcher


Openmarket.org: Reining in the Executive Branch Bureaucracy

When I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so,” Obama promises. This spend-and-transfer fixation makes Americans poorer and dependent except for the lucky few running things. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

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