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Wednesday
Feb032016

US HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE NAMES REP. FRANK GUINTA NEWEST MEMBER 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Budget Committee named Congressman Frank Guinta its newest member today, with House Republicans voting unanimously in support.

 

    Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price welcomed his new colleague. “Congressman Guinta brings a record of fighting for common-sense solutions that will help grow our economy and create jobs. His knowledge and experience will be important parts of our work, putting our fiscal house in order and getting our economy moving,” said Rep. Price (GA06).

 

    “We welcome Frank back to the Committee – and to the battles ahead to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington.”

 

   "I'd like to thank my friends for placing their trust in me,"said Rep. Guinta (NH01), who as Manchester, New Hampshire’s former mayor, introduced four consecutive balanced budgets, cut taxes for the first time in a decade, and brought zero-based budgeting to the city.

 

    This will be his second appointment to the Budget Committee. Rep. Guinta served on the Committee in the 112th Congress."I look forward to joining Mr. Price and fiscal conservatives to scour the federal budget for savings, in order to return hardworking Americans value on their tax dollars,"he said.

 

    Every year, the House Budget Committee creates a 10-year budget plan that guides federal spending, a power granted to Congress under the Constitution.

 

   "We'll also be looking at ways to reform the budget process, whose complexity has contributed to a series of crises, resulting in temporary fixes and higher spending," said Rep. Guinta, also a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

 

    The national debt reached $19 trillion this week, a doubling under the Obama Administration in just over seven years. A primary driver of the debt is Obamacare, explained Rep. Guinta.

 

    He praised the Budget Committee's 2016 plan, which repealed Obamacare, balanced over ten years, and formed the basis of the first joint House-Senate agreement in five years.

 

   "Obamacare fails on both counts – delivering superior health care and budget discipline to grow the economy.  The health care law raids Medicare to pay for itself," said Rep. Guinta."I'm committed to securing seniors' health and retirement programs, while promoting more flexibility, innovation and opportunity for Granite Staters."

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Daily Signal - US Debt Just Exceeded $19 Trillion. Here's How We Got in This Mess

The Daily Signal

Feb. 3, 2016
Good morning from Washington, where spending rarely goes out of style. A trio of Heritage Foundation analysts stands firm: Romina Boccia tells why you should care about a national debt topping $19 trillion. James Roberts warns you're on the hook to bail out corrupt regimes. And, in some good news, Nick Loris thinks you're wise to the ethanol con. Plus: How'd your congressman vote on Obamacare? And how do these conservatives plan to "take back America"?
Commentary

The US Debt Just Exceeded $19 Trillion. Here's How We Got in This Mess.

This is the first time the national debt has ever exceeded $19 trillion. That's more than $58,000 for each person who lives in the U.S. today (including children).

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Find Out How Your Congressman Voted on a Measure Overriding Obama's Veto of Obamacare Repeal Bill

"What we are proving today is if we have a Republican president next year, we will repeal Obamacare and we will replace Obamacare," said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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This State Could Soon Become First to Stop Transgender Students From Using Opposite-Sex Bathrooms

"Federal bureaucrats are threatening to withhold federal funding from schools that do not allow transgender students full, unrestricted access to facilities of the opposite biological sex," warned the lawmaker behind the bill.

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Conservatives to Outline Plan to 'Take Back America'

Two dozen members of Congress will tackle aspects of "a blueprint to take back America" during Heritage Action's Conservative Policy Summit happening today.

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Commentary

Finally, America May Be Catching On to Ethanol Racket

The results of the Iowa caucus proved even Iowans—long seen as fervent proponents of ethanol—don't view Washington's favoritism to it as necessarily still required.

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Commentary

Your Tax Dollars Will Fund the Next Global Bailout

Corrupt, oil-cursed countries have caught the whiff of "free" money and are getting in line to seek International Monetary Fund bailouts.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

CEI Today: Chipotle's problem, Operation Choke Point, abusive lawsuits, and more 

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
In the News Today

CHIPOTLE'S MARKETING HYPE - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


The Chipotle Effect: When Companies Believe Their Own Hype


It's about what happens when corporate marketing becomes more important that the product itself, and it can only be fixed by understanding what a company like Chipotle exists to accomplish in the first place. > Read more 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT

Bill Aims to Stop Operation Choke Point Happening Again


Choke Point is an attempt to use federal supervisory powers to intimidate providers of financial services to businesses that are deemed unacceptable by bureaucrats, even though they are perfectly legal. Rep. Leutkemeyer has introduced a bill to prevent federal banking agencies from using the tactics involved. > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

ABUSIVE LAWSUITS - RYAN RADIA

CEI Joins Coalition Supporting Bill to Curb Abusive Lawsuits Targeting Free Speech


The SPEAK FREE Act would curtail frivolous lawsuits brought to chill protected speech and stifle criticism about matters of public concern. These lawsuits, known as “strategic lawsuits against public participation”—or SLAPPs—are brought by plaintiffs to punish speakers they dislike, even though the speech is protected by the First Amendment. > Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia

RIGHT TO WORK VOTE - IVAN OSORIO

West Virginia: Prospect for a Right to Work Majority


West Virginia may soon become the nation’s 26th right to work state—making the number of right to work states a majority for the first time. For workers, it will mean greater protection of their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association.> Read more


> Interview Ivan Osorio

 

    

 

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Senate Republican Caucus - NH Sen Sanborn introduces balanced budget constitutional amendment  

Restricts annual budget spending above revenue received

 

Concord, NH – Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) introduced CACR 27, a constitutional amendment that would require New Hampshire’s operating budget expenditures not to exceed revenue received each year.

 

Senator Andy Sanborn, the bill’s prime sponsor, issued a statement following the introduction of the legislation to the Senate Finance Committee.

 

 “The people of New Hampshire continue to be disappointed at the out of control spending we see from politicians.  Despite campaign pledges of fiscal responsibility, once elected, we see an inability or unwillingness to spend frugally, and only to the extent that revenue comes in.  With a National deficit of over 19 trillion dollars looming and knowing the Governor of New Hampshire needed to enact two executive orders to cut over spending in the past year, this is the clearest message telling us that we need to codify in the state's constitution, and meet our citizens’ expectations to operate within a balanced budget every biennium,” said Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford)

 

 “This legislation would allow voters to weigh in on amending New Hampshire’s constitution to require that a balanced budget be enacted, and does not spend above revenues received each year,” said Sanborn.

“Amending the state’s constitution with this requirement is a common sense measure ensures a greater level of fiscal responsibility is enforced for years to come in New Hampshire.”

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the NH House 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

NH Federation of Humane Organizations and The Human Society of the United States, State House cafeteria

7:30 – 10:00 a.m.       Legislators will have an opportunity to speak with the leaders of the state’s nonprofit animal shelters and to learn about the work of the Humane Society of the United States. 

A continental breakfast will be provided.

 

THE FRIEDMAN FOUNDATION, Upham Walker House, 18 Park St., Concord

11:45 a.m.       Representatives from the Friedman Foundation and Heritage Foundation will discuss the current status of school choice around the nation and new choice innovations that have been

launched in some states. Lunch will be provided.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Additional executive session on pending legislation as necessary.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1618, relative to debt adjustment services.

10:15 a.m.      HB 1473, relative to small loans.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1105, establishing a committee to study third party mortgage processors.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1139, establishing a committee to examine state protections from financial fraud.

11:30 a.m.      HB 1491, relative to trust fund interest.

1:15 p.m.        HB 1111, relative to securities advisory councils and committees.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1169, prohibiting bank fees for on-line accounts.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1600-FN, prohibiting the possession of a flame thrower.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1635-FN, relative to the theft of a firearm during a burglary.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1305, relative to the use of an ignition interlock device after a license suspension.

1:30 p.m.        HB 1598-FN, relative to the penalty for driving while intoxicated, third or subsequent offense.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB

9:30 a.m.        HB 1371, establishing a committee to study education savings accounts for families of special needs students.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1457, establishing a code of professional ethics for New Hampshire teachers.

10:45 a.m.      HB 1323,  relative to nonrenewal of a teacher's contract.

11:15 a.m.      HB 1458, relative to social media policies for educational institutions.

12:45 p.m.      HB 1408-FN, relative to a school building inventory.

1:15 p.m.        HB 1497,  relative to the limits on disclosure of information used on college entrance exams.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1558-FN, requiring the university system of New Hampshire to examine the disposition of children in state custody.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1246-FN, relative to speech-language assistants; HB 1357, relative to the duties of the department of cultural resources; HB 1416-FN,relative to funding for state criminal background checks; HB 1433-FN,establishing the office of ombudsman in the department of state; HB 1671-FN,establishing an office of inspector general; HB 1699-FN-A-L, establishing a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the bureau of emergency medical services to develop a training program for fire and emergency medical services personnel and making an appropriation therefor; HB 1213-FN, repealing athletic trainer license requirements.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

FINANCE - DIVISION I, Room 212, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 626-FN-A, authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy infrastructure corridors.

10:30 a.m.       Work session onHB 626-FN-A, authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy infrastructure corridors.

11:00 a.m.       Work session onHB 636-FN, relative to forfeiture of property.

1:00 p.m.         Work session onHB 1670-FN, relative to public employee suggestions for cost-savings measures.

1:45 p.m.         Work session onHB 585-FN-A, (New Title) relative to penalty assessments.

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS, Room 205, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1629-FN, relative to disqualifying members of certain groups from receiving public assistance.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1681-FN, relative to hypodermic syringes and needles containing trace amounts of controlled drugs.

1:15 p.m.        HB 1698-FN, relative to an integrative approach to substance abuse disorders.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1276, relative to a taxpayer's application for a property tax abatement.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1306, allowing periodic payments of judgments to include assignment of wages.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1569-FN, relative to volunteers under the department of resources and economic development.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1582-FN, relative to judicial salaries.

1:30 p.m.        HB 1249, providing that persons who provide false or misleading information in an abuse or neglect proceeding shall be guilty of the crime of false swearing.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

LEGISLATIVE ADMINISTRATION, Room 307, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Executive session onHB 1531, permitting the legislature to open the state house on weekends.

9:30 a.m.        HB 1233, relative to the right of attendance by general court members at legislative proceedings.

9:50 a.m.        HB 1234, relative to the seal of the general court.

10:10 a.m.      HB 1319, relative to seating assignments of members of the house of representatives.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1465, relative to recording of roll calls of legislative committees.

10:50 a.m.      HCACR 25, relating to legislation. Providing that bills dealing with assessments, rates, and taxes shall originate in the house of representatives.

11:15 a.m.      HCACR 20, relating to the veto of bills. Providing that a three-fifths vote of both houses of the general court be required to override a veto.

                        Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

9:30 a.m.        HB 1262, relative to the application of zoning ordinances to home-based businesses.

9:50 a.m.        HB 1263, authorizing municipalities to use form-based codes as an alternative zoning regulation.

10:10 a.m.      HB 1315, adding mixed-use development to the definition of business and industrial facility.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1439-L, requiring regional planning commissions to file an annual report.

10:50 a.m.      HB 1533, relative to noise level limitations for permanent machinery.

11:10 a.m.      HB 1500, relative to default budgets for the purpose of setting tax rates.

1:00 p.m.         Executive session on HB 1129, relative to approval of fees established by the register of deeds;HB 1164, relative to contributions by a city to the county or state;HB 1384, clarifying powers of commissioners of deeds; HB 1390,relative to municipal authority to restrict where registered sex offenders live;HB 1513, relative to the duties of registers of probate; HB 1587,relative to limitations on capital reserve funds of counties.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

9:30 a.m.        HB 1349, relative to the location of the Merrimack county superior court.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 305, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Work Session onHB 1589-FN, prohibiting the transportation of exotic aquatic weeds.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1104, relative to electric renewable energy classes;            HB 1133, relative to the maximum amount of a customer deposit which may be required under rules of the public utilities commission;HB 1134, relative to open access to broadband infrastructure; HB 1140,relative to financial responsibility for gas transmission pipelines; HB 1148,relative to pipeline capacity contracts; HB 1155, relative to providing choice of meters to customers of utilities;HB 1174, relative to energy sources for new natural gas transmission compressor stations;HB 1320, relative to assignment or transfer of an operating permit issued by the department of environmental services;HB 1362, requiring telephone notice where an electrical outage is expected to exceed 4 hours;HB 1472, relative to the siting of certain new pipelines and storage vessels;HB 1691-FN, making certain changes to the renewable portfolio standard;HB 1146, relative to certificates of site and facility; HB 1470-FN,permitting additional site evaluation committee membership from towns or cities affected by an application.