The Best of the Forge
Washington lawmakers are pushing for a House vote on legislation (H.R. 435 and H.R.2377) that would grant amnesty to those living in the United States illegally in exchange for military service. Having served in the United States Marine Corps, I can attest that this is a misguided approach. Amnesty is wrong and undermines the rule of law by encouraging future unlawful immigration. This proposal would add insult to injury.
“A big part of the definition of “volunteer” is not getting paid to do it.”
The Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris, an economic policy analyst, has had to clarify this definition for some lawmakers who think that the energy efficiency building codes in their bill are still ‘voluntary’ if states and tribal groups are paid to follow them.
Last night, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) 87% asked for a recorded vote on H.R. 2548, the Electrify Africa Act of 2014. McClintock’s concern stems from a provision “quietly tucked into this bill” that would reauthorize the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for three years.
As the Examiner’s Tim Carney suggested earlier this week, this is an attempt to sneak corporate welfare through the House.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was on the House floor Wednesday where she clearly and compellingly explained why she is concerned about the potential creation of a National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall in D.C.
Next week, the Senate is likely to consider the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 2262). Introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 2% and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 30% it claims to promote energy savings in industrial and commercial buildings. The bill provides taxpayer-funded federal incentives to make building and manufacturing processes more efficient, but these “incentives” would burden taxpayers and consumers alike while producing no tangible benefits. They are also duplicative of federal and state efforts.