Analysis: This week the House may consider the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. This bill would delay and remove necessary reforms made by the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). When Congress reauthorized the NFIP in 2012, it required the phase out of subsidies on insurance premiums so that policyholders would eventually begin paying actuarially sound rates. Repealing reforms to NFIP further inhibits any path forward to an authentic private flood insurance market.
In October, President Obama nominated her to serve as the next Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for the Department of Interior. A vote on her nomination has been held up in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee – and for good reason.
While two committee hearings on Suh’s nomination have raised significant concerns about her qualifications, Suh’s recorded sentiments are the real concern. For example, prior to her work at Interior, Suh facilitated environmental grants with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and later the David and Lucille Packard Foundation where she opined :
Americans have reason to be outraged and alarmed that the Internal Revenue Service has targeted conservative organizations in an effort to prevent their political expression and stifle their First Amendment rights. New IRS rules proposed in November of 2013 may lead to even more chilling and censoring of political speech.
Can a political party that refuses to challenge the most vicious mischaracterizations of its views win at a national level? The Republican Party seems intent on finding out.
The Republican Party–the allegedly conservative party–claims to stand for economic freedom. The 2012 Republican Party platform proclaims, “We are the party of maximum economic freedom and the prosperity freedom makes possible.” How is it consistent with the principles of economic freedom–that a worker should be free to set his own wage requirements–to say that government can force an individual to work a job that violates their personal religious principles?
Yet the rush to trample economic and religious freedom in an effort to save face with The New York Times was breathtaking. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who used to be one of the great champions of freedom before he became a Senator, said he hoped Gov. Jan Brewer would veto the religious freedom legislation. Sen. John McCain followed suit.
Last year, some lawmakers were pushing for the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act. It anything but fair, and though the issue died down in 2013, it’s trying to rear its ugly head again this year.
On March 4, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to explore alternative solutions to the Internet sales tax issue.