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Friday
Sep162011

US Rep. Frank Guinta statement on House passage of the "Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act" 

(Washington – September 15, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) released the following statement after today’s passage of H.R. 2587, The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act.  It was approved in a 238-186 vote and now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration:

“This bill will help create jobs and put more Americans back to work.  It does that by removing burdensome regulations that allow the National Labor Relations Board to order the closure or relocation of American workplaces.  The federal government shouldn’t have the ability to capriciously intrude into the affairs of the private sector by dictating where a private business can establish its workforce.  That’s not only bad government, it’s bad business, too, because it leaves companies facing uncertainty and unpredictability.  This important legislation removes barriers to job growth and restricts the federal government’s intrusion into the private sector.”

Background:  Earlier this year, the NLRB filed a complaint against the Boeing Company for creating work in South Carolina and sought to force Boeing to transfer the work to a unionized facility in Washington.

H.R. 2587 amends the National Labor Relations Act to prohibit the NLRB from ordering any employer to relocate, shut down, or transfer employment under any circumstances, and further eliminates an extreme enforcement remedy.  It also preserves more than one dozen alternative remedies to hold employers accountable for unlawful labor practices and limits the NLRB’s authority in all cases that have not reached a final adjudication before the board.  Furthermore, H.R. 2587 fosters a positive environment for job creators to develop their businesses in the state that offers the best opportunities for growth and job creation.

Thursday
Sep152011

NHDP - Hypocrisy Alert: Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien and Republican Deputy House Speaker Pam Tucker

Concord, NH - During today's session, Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien and his Deputy Pam Tucker introduced a bill to create a committee to review the Local Government Center with "the same investigative powers as the general court." [Bill Text] But just twelve months ago, both O'Brien and Tucker voted against giving state government investigative powers in this matter.  [Roll Call][Bill Text]

 

"Speaker O'Brien must have been taking a page out of the Mitt Romney campaign playbook," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "He is now co-sponsoring legislation that previously he voted against.  Despite this flip-flop, Speaker O'Brien has been incredibly consistent with one message to the people of New Hampshire, that he cannot be trusted."

 

"The situation with the Local Government Center is a serious issue, and involves millions of dollars of taxpayer money," continued Kirstein.  "But the reasoning behind this legislation is at best unclear and appears to a publicity stunt more than anything.  It sets an unrealistic deadline for the new committee it creates to issue a report.  If O'Brien and Tucker want a do-over, they should be apologizing to voters not introducing redundant bills 12 months late."

Thursday
Jul142011

ALG Blasts House for Defeating Repeal of Light Bulb Ban

July 12th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement condemning the House of Representatives for rejecting a repeal of the de facto federal ban on light bulbs that begins to take effect in Jan. 2012:

"Because the bill repealing the de facto federal light bulb ban was brought up under suspension of the rules, it required two-thirds to pass, and failed to meet that threshold as Democrats united to keep the ban in place.  One has to question House Republican leadership's commitment to getting government out of the way when it cannot even find a way to let individuals choose what kind of light bulbs they want, free of federal dictates. 

"Was this a parliamentary miscalculation? Or was Republican leadership deliberately trying to kill this bill? Unless Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor bring up this bill again under a clean rule requiring a simple majority vote to pass, then the American people will be left with but one conclusion: Republican leadership actually supports the federal ban on light bulbs.

"It is time to stand up for the American people.  This vote was a meaningless gesture.  Either the House's failure to repeal the federal light bulb ban was incompetence, or opposition.  Neither is acceptable to the American people."

Attachments:

"ALG Urges Repeal of Light Bulb Ban, Cites Poll Showing 58 Percent Opposing Bans," Americans for Limited Government, July 11th, 2011 at http://getliberty.org/content.asp?pl=10&sl=5&contentid=714 .

Friday
Jul012011

American Principles Project - NY Sun- A First Step to Sound Money

Dear Monetary Policy Observer,

The following editorial recently published in the New York Sun is an interesting piece in support of the Sound Money Protection Act currently being introduced in the Senate.  The article goes over the 'tax' on savings inherent in the current burdens on legal tender, as well as the need (and growing consensus at the state and national level acknowledging this need) for addition efforts to counter the effects of a rapidly devaluing dollar.  An excerpt is below or you can read the full article here.

Nicholas Arnold
American Principles In Action
http://www.americanprinciplesinaction.org

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Here’s a hypothetical situation. Suppose you had $1.5 million. At today’s gold price that would buy approximately 1,000 ounces of gold. Suppose now that President Obama, the Congress, and the Federal Reserve began managing the American economy in such a way that by the end of President Obama’s second term, the dollar was back to where it was when President George W. Bush began his first term. Were that to happen, your $1.5 million could purchase 5,660 ounces of gold.

So, do you think you should have to pay taxes on the increase in the value of your money?

If the idea strikes you as crazy, let us refer you to the legislation introduced today at the Senate by James DeMint, Rand Paul, and Michael Lee. It’s called the Sound Money Promotion Act, and The New York Sun is happy to lay claim to being the first newspaper to endorse it. The measure, as it is characterized in a press release posted by Senator DeMint, would remove the tax burden on gold and silver coins that have been declared legal tender by either the federal government or state governments.

Friday
Jun242011

US Rep Bass Amendment to Preserve Medicare Passes Committee

WASHINGTON – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today passed an amendment offered by Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) that ensures the Committee will oppose any plans that end Medicare and will work on proposals to preserve the program and save it from bankruptcy in 2024.

Bass’ amendment, which passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 28-0 with nine voting present, was offered to the Committee’s Semi-Annual Committee Activity Report, which summarizes the Committee’s recent work and provides a transparent and accountable review of the Committee’s future plans.

Bass said:

“My amendment ensures the Committee will oppose any plan that attempts to end Medicare, stresses our commitment to not changing benefits for those 55 and older, and ensures that we will seek solutions to protect the program for future generations.  Doing nothing to protect and preserve the program is not an option, as some on the other side of the aisle may believe. 

“The Medicare program is facing serious challenges.  The Medicare Trustees, an independent and nonpartisan group, has forecasted that Medicare will be bankrupt by 2024.  And under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare will be allowed to go bankrupt and seniors’ health care decisions will be left to an unelected board of bureaucrats who will decide how to reduce expenditures for the program through the rationing of care.  This Committee is committed to continuing the discussion and finding solutions that ensure Medicare is preserved and protected for current and future retirees.”

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Bass is a member, has primary jurisdiction over Medicare Part B and D.

The text of Bass’ amendment follows:

“The Committee will recommend opposition to proposals that result in ending Medicare.  The Committee will also recommend support for proposals to repeal provisions that provide an unelected, 15-member body to ration care for those 55 and older, and will recommend proposals to ensure that Medicare does not go bankrupt in 2024.”

http://bass.house.gov