The Best of the Forge
In a symbolic but telling vote, a whole bunch of United States Senators supported what may become known as the “shop China bill.”
During the Senate’s vote-a-rama, 75 Senators supported the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act. Many Senators inaccurately believed the bill was about “fairness.” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), however, explained the “international implications” of the scheme are anything but fair:
“What concerns me, especially after the legal analysis I received from the Congressional Research Service, is I think the way this bill is going to work, people are going to end up calling it the shop Canada bill or maybe the shop Mexico bill or, what is even more ominous, the shop China bill.”
The bill, more frequently referred to as an “Internet Sales Tax” bill, would place costly burdens on retailers and allow states to impose taxes in a way that favors their local businesses over out-of-state firms, who have no representation in the taxing state.
It’s time to tell your Representative to support the Salmon Rule.
In a recent Op-Ed, Rep. Salmon laid out the details of the rule:
From this point forward, I will vote against the rule for bills that increase spending without offsetting spending cuts and encourage my other conservative colleagues to do the same. Similarly, if House leadership brings any more bills to the floor without first securing the support from the majority of the GOP conference, I will take the same action.
Debate and discussion are integral parts of being a member of Congress. But according to reports, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) wants to beat down any opponents of amnesty. Apparently he thinks that is the only way he can pass a reckless comprehensive immigration bill.
He cautioned Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) specifically against (sub. req’d) “undermining the panel’s process as it seeks to take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul.”
Sen. Leahy’s letter stated:
I hope it is not your intention to discredit the process we undertake in the Judiciary Committee before we begin… I intend to proceed to comprehensive immigration reform with all deliberate speed.
In a response, Sen. Sessions replied (sub. req’d):
Chairman Leahy effectively informed Committee members that he has every intention of moving on a rushed timetable that would make it impossible for lawmakers or the public to properly assess a bill of this magnitude.
“The free market, American competitiveness and individual liberty are necessary for our economy to succeed and nation to prosper,” said Tim Chapman, Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Action for America. “We are excited to join Digital 4th in supporting reforms that help American companies compete in the global marketplace. ECPA reforms will not only help protect the individual freedoms we are guaranteed by the Constitution, but also ensure our laws continue to encourage success in our technology and cloud computing industries.”
If something is dysfunctional – especially a government program – it only becomes a larger problem when you expand it without first reforming it. Expansion of a program doesn’t automatically make the program work.
That is precisely what the Obama administration, most Democrats in Congress and a handful of Republican governors have done with Medicaid under Obamacare, though. It is a broken, flawed program, and they have expanded it, making it an even bigger problem than before.
That is why the first piece of legislation Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) has introduced in the 113th Congress is The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act (H.R. 1404).