Among Rep. Bachus’s list of experts were Indiana University Professor Donna Nagy, Jack Maskell of the Congressional Research Service and Robert Walker, who formerly served as a lawyer on the House Ethics Committee. All three argued that current laws are fine as written. However, when Enforcement Division Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission Robert Khuzami was asked whether the SEC had ever brought action against any member of Congress or congressional staffers for insider trading, Mr. Khuzami confessed that if they had he wasn’t aware of it.(Read More)
This hearing will be the first of many oversight hearings on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The focus of this hearing will be on how litigation has driven the ESA to the detriment of species and taxpayers. Saving endangered species is an important and worthy goal, yet the ESA statute’s deadlines and other provisions foster lawsuits that undermine its effectiveness and help environmental organizations use taxpayer dollars to sue the federal government. Regrettably, millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent by federal agency attorneys either defending litigation over the ESA or on actions to avoid anticipated litigation. This is precious money that could be used to recover species or to ensure policies that will balance species with economic activity and jobs
. If you would like to have input on this, call your congressman/woman and let them know how you feel.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday outlined a new Democratic propoPost Tagssal to expand a payroll-tax cut for employees while tweaking how the bill is paid for in a nod to Republican concerns.
Democrats will scale back a bill rejected in a Senate vote last week by eliminating proposed payroll-tax benefits for employers. The new bill will leave in place a proposal to cut the payroll-tax rate for employees from 4.2 percent to 3.1 percent, Democrats said. That will lower the cost of the plan from $265 billion to $180 billion, in an attempt to address GOP concerns about the measure’s overall cost.
Do you realize that the more congress cuts the Pay-roll tax, the more money tey are taking out of our Social Security accounts. Tell them to STOP.(Read More)
Americans who follow the workings of our government–even if only casually–presumably know that the Republican Party took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 2010 elections. We need to tell them before the next election that they were
sent to Washington DC to STOP THE SPENDING repeat TO STOP THE SPENDING. (Read More)
If you want to know how much things have changed since 2008 watch this video.(Read More)