Cronyism Vote in House Today: OPIC
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.
The Republican Party needs to “find the courage to fight for all Americans,” Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham wrote last week, “not just those who today are politically powerful.”
An agenda that stays on offense by empowering Main Street against the special interests that run Washington from their perch on K Street is a minority position in the GOP today. But Mark Twain had it right over 100 years ago: “In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
Heritage Action issued a key vote against the bill and a vote is expected later today.