Passing on the Conservative Republican Study Committee Newsletter. This is an information packed one. BB
RSC Media Activity – Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
- Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02): Washington’s Budget Blunders; The Daily Caller, February 23.
- Rep. Steve King (IA-05): True Economic Stimulus Can be Achieved with FairTax; Omaha World-Herald, February 25.
RSC Legislative Activity – RSC members have made it a priority to introduce productive, conservative alternatives to the Democrats’ reckless agenda.
- Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) has introduced H.R. 4653, the Accurate Accounting of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Act. This bill would force the federal government to acknowledge the cost to taxpayers of the continuing bailout of Fannie and Freddie.
- Rep. Connie Mack (FL-14) has introduced H.Res. 1124, calling on Congress to approve the free trade agreements the U.S. has signed with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.
Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their big-government, anti-taxpayer agenda.
- If Speaker Pelosi can corral the votes she needs, the House may consider the $15 billion “jobs” bill recently passed by the Senate. A number of House Democrats have balked at the legislation (hopefully because they realize it won’t actually do much to promote job creation).
- In the wake of last week’s health care summit/photo-op, Democrats are currently strategizing on how to pass their government takeover of health care using the budget reconciliation process.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives last week.
- Last week, the House passed H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. This bill would unconstitutionally create a separate, race-based government specifically for Native Hawaiians.
- The House also passed H.R. 2701, the Intelligence Authorization Act, last Friday. The bill was pulled from the House floor on Thursday after Republicans discovered a provision slipped in by Democrats which would have created new criminal offenses targeted solely at our intelligence community interrogators. This very broad and vague language would have further crippled our already hog-tied interrogation capabilities had it not been removed from the bill. Interestingly, no Democrat was willing to publicly explain or justify the provision on the House floor.
· Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue