Posts tagged ‘House’

December 20, 2011

Clean Air Act & the Anti-Regulation Movement – Part 1

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Amidst the congressional back and forth to extend payroll tax cuts, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives presented its alternative last week to the failed Senate bills. The primary source of contention is how to pay for the extensions. The GOP led the charge demanding a path to pay for what are, essentially, middle class tax cuts yet have made no such demand to offset the  cost of tax breaks for the highest earners. Democrats’ plans placed a surcharge on incomes over a million dollars (now removed through a compromised Senate bill) while the House paid for theirs through entitlement cuts, federal employee wage freezes and cutting 10% of the federal workforce. The caveat to the Republicans’ bill is the inclusion of two unrelated provisions. The first pushes Keystone Pipeline construction forward while the second limits the EPA’s recent industrial broiler standards and bans the agency from implementing them in the future.

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November 15, 2011

The Daily Scoop: Congress pushes back on healthier school lunches

One has to ask what the US House is contemplating when an action like this is taken given the growing childhood obesity rate in this country and the disturbing rise in diabetes. What is the chamber’s argument against these standards beyond a goal to reduce government control? When does addressing the long-term health of the nation’s children override pledges to reduce the size of government? When does shortsighted political gamesmanship give way to substantive solutions to national problems? When will that time arrive?

In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration’s efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.

The final version of a spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards the Agriculture Department proposed earlier this year. These include limiting the use of potatoes on the lunch line, putting new restrictions on sodium and boosting the use of whole grains. The legislation would block or delay all of those efforts.
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November 4, 2011

The Forgotten 15: Job Creation through Deregulation

Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling, in this past Republican weekly address, introduced into the current political lexicon, The Forgotten 15, a reference to 15 pieces of House legislation awaiting perusal in the Senate. Offered as a counter to the President’s criticism of the GOP’s inaction on his Jobs Bill, Schilling and other Republicans throughout the week, touted this legislation as job creation through deregulation.

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