Washington, D.C. – House Government Oversight Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz and the committee’s Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings, introduced a congressional discussion draft for postal reform legislation last Wednesday. Following $56.8 billion in financial losses since 2007 and $125 billion in unfunded liabilities, the proposed legislation is intended to provide financial relief for the financially troubled agency. TPA released a statement last week reacting to the the proposed legislation.
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House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
Comprehensive tax reform is long overdue. In fact, the last time there was comprehensive tax reform (1986) Ferris Bueller's Day Off was the number one movie in the United States. Tax reform is not only long overdue, but it is also an important component to jump starting the economy. A terrible jobs report, rising costs, stagnant wages for working families, and a Congress that seems to be paralyzed with inaction much of the year give credence to the message that elected officials need to come together and fix the broken tax code. There is a plan to fix to tax code. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) unveiled a tax reform blueprint (click here) that will serve as the platform for a meaningful conversation on tax reform. The goal is to get the ideas for how tax reform can be done in Congress on the table, and keep the discussions going this year. And then, in 2017, lawmakers can put a real, bipartisan plan together that the House and Senate can send to the White House. Some of the important components of the tax reform blueprint include: a fairer and simpler code for individuals and small businesses, lowering the corporate tax rate, and repealing the Death Tax.
The power of federal agencies continues to expand every day with more and more regulations being passed and implemented. With regulations flowing out of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one federal agency that hasn’t been spotlighted as much is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). But, don’t let their lack of publicity be misleading because the NLRB is currently waging a war against businesses. Now, the courts must decide on a costly regulation that could change the definition of the term “employee” forever. In August of 2015, by a vote of 3-2, the NLRB moved to hold the Houston-based waste management firm Browning-Ferris responsible for the treatment of contractors that were hired out of California through a staffing agency. The ruling declared Browning-Ferris should be considered a "joint employer" with Leadpoint Business Services, a Phoenix-based staffing agency. This decision ran contrary to decades-old precedent on what the traditional definition is for an employee. Many have warned that it could (and would) have implications for small and large businesses in the future.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a list of earmarks stuffed into the fiscal year 2017 Senate Defense Appropriations Act. TPA combed through the Bill and found 235 earmarks totaling $10.1 billion (click here to see the full list). As with the House version, there were many familiar wasteful projects that once again found their way into the Senate bill. Failed programs like the F-35, the Littoral Combat Ship, and the Abrams Tank all had earmarked money included in the Senate bill. The continued waste at the Pentagon shows the real need for more transparency. It is becoming increasingly clear that Congress is continuing to earmark money for their pet projects even though there is an earmark ban in the House and Senate.
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This article originally appeared on Real Clear Policy on June 12, 2016
With the continued bloat of the federal government, it’s not hard to find examples of redundancy. When the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, mistakes are made, efforts are duplicated, and taxpayers wind up paying the price. There is, perhaps, no better example of this phenomenon than a newly minted United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish regulation program. The program tasks USDA with regulating and inspecting domestic and imported Siluriformes fish, including catfish, before these products end up on retail shelves and restaurant menus — a reasonable and necessary aspiration for food safety. The problem? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already inspects imported seafood. The best way to strengthen food safety is to streamline seafood inspection in one agency — the FDA — that already has the know-how to do the job, not by fracturing the process into two separate agency programs.
This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) submitted comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Negotiated Service Agreements (NSAs). TPA continues to call for reforms at the United States Postal Service (USPS) as there is much work to be done. The recent reported second quarter loss of $2 billion shows that the USPS’s fiscal predicaments continue to be troubling, adding to the massive debt that the agency has accumulated in recent years. It is critical that the USPS get their financial books in order, seat a full Board of Governors, and begin to work with Congress and the White House to start moving towards real reform.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the House moves closer a final vote on more than $500 billion fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations Act, it is important to remind lawmakers of the waste that is in the bill. TPA combed through the legislation and found 235 earmarks totaling $11.1 billion (click here to see the full list) that were not requested by the Pentagon and inserted by members of Congress. These earmarks show that Congress’ self-imposed earmark ban is nothing more than a lie to taxpayers. There were many familiar wasteful projects on the list, including the F-35, the Littoral Combat Ship, and the Abrams Tank. All of these programs have been notorious for their waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars and have not been requested by the Pentagon.
Washington, D.C.- Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit came out with their long-awaited decision regarding net neutrality. And, the news was bad for taxpayers and consumers as the District Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) power grab of the Internet known as Net Neutrality. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has long since warned against increased regulatory measures on the Internet noting that the Internet has thrived because government has, up until now, kept a light regulatory touch on the Internet. Quick reacting business and free market forces will keep the Internet thriving, not slow unresponsive government bureaucracies. A new regulatory regime for the Internet would stifle innovation and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in a newly created bureaucracy. In response to this decision, TPA President David Williams issued the following statement.
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been criticized (rightfully so) when it comes to how the agency has been treating taxpayers and taxpayer information. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) strongly believes that the agency that enforces tax law should be working for the taxpayer, not instilling fear in them. Keeping that in mind, combined with recent revelations of just how widespread the IRS targeting scandal was, TPA sent this letter, signed by over 90 organizations, to the House yesterday calling on Congress to support H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). The legislation would eliminate the Schedule B form for 501(c) organizations, which includes identifiable information of contributors to 501(c) organizations. This information is irrelevant to the routine handling of 501(c) organization tax filings and will help make tax compliance easier. The IRS doesn’t need the form, and eliminating it will help to curb possible targeting in the future.
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This article appeared in The Daily Caller on June 8, 2016
As the Obama administration winds down, the tenure of Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will go down in history as a bewildering and frustrating abuse of taxpayer money. For eight years, the White House has put all its efforts into headline-grabbing climate change proposals, but its environmental legacy here at home has been marked with scandal and neglect. McCarthy’s EPA has waged war on good faith players in the private sector, while turning a blind eye to appalling public sector scandals where state and local government entities poisoned entire communities.