EX-IM BANK. The fight against the Export-Import Bank is heating up on and off Capitol Hill (sub. req’d):
The call to inaction was echoed by several other speakers on hand representing Heritage Action for America, Americans for Tax Reform and FreedomWorks, among others. The coalition of conservative groups strongly oppose the reauthorization of the institution designed to help U.S. companies finance goods for sales overseas, which they call anachronistic, a slush fund, corporate welfare and “cronyism.”
The Monday gathering in the Rayburn House Office Building also kicked off what is expected to be a coordinated campaign to push lawmakers — especially Republicans who have the majority in the House — to reject the Ex-Im Bank’s reauthorization. The Obama administration is backing a five-year extension for the bank, along with a lift to its lending cap to $160 billion through September 2019.
ENERGY. The Senate is working on an energy efficiency bill this week that would harm taxpayers and consumers and trying to add amendments to the bill that will bolster support (sub. req’d):
The Senate this week will continue to try to work out an amendment deal that will allow it to pass the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill ( S 2262 ), which has been stalled for nearly three years. The sponsors are Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 2%, and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 28%.
Analysis: This week the House will vote on a resolution to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Lerner has been at the center of the IRS scandal involving the agency’s improper targeting of conservative beliefs for their political beliefs.
LEFTIST FEMINIST PROPAGANDA ON THE NATIONAL MALL?
While NWHM claims a nonpartisan agenda, there is no mechanism in place to ensure that the museum is not used as a platform to promote liberal propaganda (even if that museum is still in its infancy). The women typically celebrated by federally monitored or federally commissioned institutions are of the “progressive era” or the “sexual liberation movement” (consider particularly the characters and events promulgated by Smithsonian institutions or nationalized educational programs). These figures glorify the elements of women’s history that have furthered disrespect for human life, destruction of the family unit and general harm to the wellbeing of women.
SHAHEEN-PORTMAN. A vote on the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill is expected next week. The Heritage Foundation explains the bill’s many flaws:
Hailed as a kumbaya moment between Democrats and Republicans to help Americans reduce energy use and save money, the federal government’s paternalistic micromanagement of America’s energy choices through regulations and taxpayer-funded “incentives” overrides the preferences of Americans and makes us worse off.
Many of the provisions in Shaheen–Portman are simply not the role of the federal government, and are duplicative of past and present federal and state efforts. Congress should limit the federal government’s role in promoting efficiency to entirely voluntary programs, with no strings attached, and promoting efficiency within the federal government.