Today, the House is scheduled to vote on the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act of 2013 (H.R. 1022), which is on the suspension calendar. Introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), the bill — which did not go through the committee process — would “create a number of taxpayer-supported government programs to extract and recycle domestic rare earth minerals” to “address price volatility for rare earths.” While Congress may be justified in gathering information through basic research on energy-critical elements, subsidizing mining, production, or refinement of rare earth elements is not justifiable and would have adverse effects on markets in the future.
The approach in H.R. 1022 is misguided. The Heritage Foundation explains rather than creating a new government program and subsidizing “technologies the private sector won’t invest in without a handout, the government should open access to the 13 states where rare earths lie and establish an efficient regulatory pathway that provides companies the certainty needed to extract REEs.”
Rather than create an expensive new government program, Congress should deregulate the market for rare earth elements and energy-critical elements.
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A recurring theme among Export-Import Bank supporters is that, at its heart, it’s all about small business.
One Tallahassee small business owner was completely candid about his negative experience with the Export-Import Bank, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Ron Conroy of Verdicorp is more than happy to see the bank’s authorization expire on Sept. 30.
Tallahassee-based Verdicorp, which makes heating and air conditioning systems, used the program once — to insure sales to a foreign buyer in case the purchaser defaulted. That didn’t happen.
Verdicorp owner Ron Conroy says he has no plans to use the bank again because he said bank officials are more interested in helping larger companies.
“If you send them aircraft, they’re very good. (But) anything less than $10 million, they don’t want to (deal with) you. They say they do but they don’t,” he said. “For the country, it’s worth having. But for smaller companies, it’s useless.”
Conservative accountability goes beyond casting a vote. Building a society in which freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and the civil society flourish requires a sustained effort. That is why we have compiled a non-exhaustive list of upcoming townhalls, all of which provide excellent opportunities to discuss important issues with members of Congress.
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A recent memo
from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirms that major “pull factors” for the current crop of illegal entries includes previously “successful migration attempts.” In other words, the President’s blatant refusal to enforce the law has, as anticipated, resulted in the more than 50,000 unlawful immigrants flooding the border.
Prominent among the administration’s lawless decrees is a program initiated in June 2012 known as DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Under this policy, Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are instructed to practice “prosecutorial discretion” towards unlawful minors apprehended in the U.S., granting them de facto amnesty. It is this implied promise by the President that unaccompanied alien minors will not be returned home that has led to the current influx.
The influx of unaccompanied minors along the southwest border, mostly entering from Central America, is in large part the result of the Obama Administration’s selective enforcement of immigration law. If congressional action is to be more than a face-saving political gesture, it must address the President’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“DACA must go,” explains the Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano: