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Senate Votes on Sen. Paul’s Amendment to Fix Nation’s Infrastructure Problem

March 23, 2013 in Politics & Elections

This morning, the U.S. Senate voted on a series of amendments to S.Con.Res.8, the Budget Resolution. Among these amendments was one introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, which would provide $16 billion in funding towards infrastructure projects for structurally deficient interstate bridges, through offsets in foreign assistance and the Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Budget. The amendment, No. 382, failed passage with a vote of 26-72.

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Senate Votes on Sen. Paul’s Amendment to Fix Nation’s Infrastructure Problem

March 23, 2013 in Politics & Elections

This morning, the U.S. Senate voted on a series of amendments to S.Con.Res.8, the Budget Resolution. Among these amendments was one introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, which would provide $16 billion in funding towards infrastructure projects for structurally deficient interstate bridges, through offsets in foreign assistance and the Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Budget. The amendment, No. 382, failed passage with a vote of 26-72.

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State vs. Parent: The Crowding Out of Choice

March 23, 2013 in Blogs

By Robin Koerner When welfarism fails most spectacularly, it is usually because it attempts to treat a perceived social or economic problem without understanding — let alone undoing — its cause. Often, this treatment of symptom only serves to mask the cause, establishing it more firmly in society, typically distorting incentives and having unintended consequences that often do more harm than good.

The British government (a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats) seems determined to prove this point in one of the most disturbing ways seen in recent times.

Many British families face the difficulty of extremely expensive childcare, which, for many, has become a necessity rather than a choice, as parents find themselves unable to bring up their children on only one income. This was not true for our grandparents’ generation.

Rather than make any attempt to address the economic causes of the loss of this fundamental option for British parents, and then to do something about them (which would almost certainly involve a reduction in the public spending that transfers wealth away from private individuals, either through corresponding taxation or dilution of the buying power of private individuals), the British State has recently announced that it will treat the symptom by providing parents with a benefit in the form of vouchers of up to GBP 1200 (almost $2000) a year for childcare — but only if both parents are working.

When did such a policy become even thinkable — let alone acceptable?

Let us be clear what this policy is and what it is not. It is absolutely not an incentive to have children or to facilitate parenting. (In the UK, these already exist in the form of tax breaks for dependents and universal credits for all parents, regardless of their employment status).

Rather, this “childcare voucher scheme” is the State’s economically incentivizing absentee parenting: It is to make the remarkable statement, through the allocation of public resources, that the State has an interest in having both parents away from their young child for most if its waking hours. And perhaps it does, if it calculates its interest only in the amount of tax collected, but such a calculation is to mistake the well-being of people with the weight of the Treasury’s coffers — a mistake that denies the very raison d’etre of the State …read more
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Senate Votes on Sen. Paul’s FY2014 Budget: A Clear Vision to Revitalize America

March 23, 2013 in Politics & Elections

This evening, the U.S. Senate voted on a series of amendments to S.Con.Res.8, the Budget Resolution, including one introduced by Sen. Rand Paul. The amendment, known as A Clear Vision to Revitalize America, would balance the budget in five years, reform entitlement programs, and significantly reduce spending. The amendment, No. 263, did not pass the Senate with a vote of 18-81.

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Sen. Paul Introduces REINS Act to Budget Resolution

March 23, 2013 in Politics & Elections

On Thursday, March 21, Sen. Rand Paul introduced Amendment 376, to S.Con.Res.8, the Budget Resolution, known as the REINS Act, or Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013. The REINS Act, which passed in the House of Representatives in the previous Congress and was introduced by Sen. Paul in the Senate as well, would require Congress to approve every new major rule proposed by the Executive Branch before it can be enforced on the American People. Click HERE to read the bill, which currently has 21 co-sponsors, in its entirety.

‘If Congress is to impose regulations and laws on U.S. citizens, it is important that those citizens are made aware of how they come to be. The REINS Act effectively constrains the President’s authority by limiting the size and scope of rule-making permissions,’ Sen. Paul said.

‘Once major rules are drafted, they must be approved by both chambers of Congress and only then can the rules go into effect. The REINS Act will successfully accomplish cutting the red tape and opening the regulatory process to scrutiny. I believe keeping the President and government accountable is not only important, but vital to maintaining America’s freedom for generation to come.’ he continued.

A companion version of the REINS Act was introduced in the House in January by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.).

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Sen. Paul Introduces Amendment to Redefine “Navigable Waters”

March 23, 2013 in Politics & Elections

On Thursday, March 21, Sen. Paul introduced Amendment 380 to S.Con.Res.8, the Budget Resolution, which would enable Congress to redefine the term ‘navigable waters’ using the Scalia language of the Rapanos v. United States (2006) plurality opinion. The amendment clarifies that waters must actually be navigable or ‘permanent, standing, or continuously flowing bodies of water that form geographical features commonly known as streams, oceans, rivers and lakes that are connected to waters that are navigable-in-fact.’

‘Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that the size of the federal government must be reduced, and with the imposition of such regulatory abuse, it is no wonder why. Americans are being treated as subjects of a regulatory administrative state rather than citizens of a free nation. This amendment will restore common sense to federal jurisdiction over navigable waters and place reasonable limitations on agencies that have grown wildly out of control,’ Sen. Paul said.

In the 112th Congress, Sen. Paul introduced similar legislation, the Defense of Environment and Property Act. Joining Sen. Paul as one of the nine co-sponsors on the original legislation, and offering support for the current amendment, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today added:

‘I appreciate Senator Paul’s efforts to more clearly define the term ‘navigable waters’ to prevent regulatory overreach,’ Sen. Lee said. ‘Without this clear definition, EPA regulators can claim the authority to control the desert regions of Utah because they contain dry washes with no running water.’

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