Washington, D.C.—The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a brand new report about the heavily-subsidized solar industry titled, From Washington to Wall Street: How Government Policies are Skewing Solar Investments (click here). TPA concludes that Big Solar’s heavy reliance on risky financing schemes, combined with government handouts, is creating conditions that could generate a “bubble” in the solar market just as Washington policy produced the housing and financial collapse. This report is another one in the series analyzing the impact of government solar subsidies and preferential treatment on taxpayers and consumers. The new report also contains a link (click here) that details the generous solar subsidies by state.
At midnight on June 30, 2015, the authorization for the Export-Import Bank expired. That means that the 80-year old organization is no longer authorized to make loans. This was a major victory for taxpayers. But, the fight is not over because there is talk that Congress will try to reauthorize the Bank when they return from their 4th of July recess. The following op-ed appeared in Townhall a week before the authorization ran out:
President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and big business make unlikely bedfellows — but there they are, all snuggled up. Together, they have lined up in opposition to allowing the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank to expire at the end of this month, as it’s currently set to do. The trio have turned to alarmist “economic catastrophe” messaging to garner support for this behemoth of corporate welfare, while free market conservatives and small government advocates have been urging for the bank’s wind down.
TPA Reaction to SCOTUS Obamacare Decision
Taxpayer Group Slams Decision to Keep Subsidies, Urges Full Repeal
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) slammed the United States Supreme Court after a disappointing ruling in King v. Burwell. This ruling on Obamacare is bad for taxpayers and the whole country. Obamacare has been a flawed and failed piece of legislation from the beginning. Today, the Supreme Court deepened the pain of working families as millions of Americans continue to pay for a program that has forced people onto lower quality plans, forced families to lose their preferred coverage, put the privacy of the public at risk, and will cost taxpayers over $1 trillion in just the next decade alone.
Even with this disappointing ruling, TPA will continue to call for a full repeal in the House and Senate so that Washington can encourage incentive-based, private sector solutions to healthcare that will lower costs and provide greater access for all Americans who need quality health care in this country. Obamacare isn’t the answer, and after the continued failure of many key components of the law, bipartisan repeal of specific provisions of the bill, and record unpopularity there should be no doubt that this program needs to end.
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Taxpayers Protection Alliance Leads Coalition Urging Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Legislation
(Washington) - Today a coalition of 22 organizations sent a letter to the United States House of Representatives urging passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.
Joined by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), and Reps. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) at a press conference, the organizations expressed the urgency of passing TPA.
“The United States desperately needs TPA legislation in order to finalize trade agreements while Congress maintains oversight and control,” said David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance President. “It’s important to remember that this legislation would not only help Congress keep the current Administration in check, but this is a six-year agreement that will be critical for the passage of trade deals through the first term of the next president.”
Several of the organizations that signed on today’s letter previously sent a similar to the Senate, before TPA legislation passed in that chamber by a vote of 62-37. “In strong, bipartisan fashion, the Senate voted for the passage of TPA legislation. The House needs to follow suit so that America’s businesses, small and large, can compete on a level playing field in the world’s largest markets. We need to lead international trade negotiations, and TPA is essential for doing so.”
The House is expected to vote on the legislation before the July recess.
The letter in its entirety can be found here.
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Taxpayers Protection Alliance President slams upcoming vote by the Federal Communications Commission on President Obama’s net neutrality rules
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), a national taxpayer watchdog group representing concerned citizens all across the country, criticized plans by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to vote on new rule making regarding net neutrality and reclassification of the Internet under Title II. The new rules reflect proposed plans from the Obama Administration that would undercut the very essence of an open Internet and stifle innovation and commerce, while harming taxpayers and consumers. TPA President David Williams slammed the proposal in a statement released today: “The proposal coming from the White House and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is completely antithetical to the innovative nature that has been a hallmark of the Internet for nearly two decades. There is absolutely no rationale for moving forward with an aggressive regulatory approach to keep the Internet open.” Williams also talked about the harm to taxpayers and the economy, noting that, “Reclassification of the Internet could lead to new taxes, which would be a disaster for taxpayers, consumers, and businesses at time when there are already massive taxes on telecommunications.”
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