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  • The REINS Act is a Common Sense Step Forward in Regulation Reform

    David Williams on December 5, 2011

    Regulations are crippling American businesses and burdening taxpayers with a bloated bureaucracy to enforce the regulations.  While some regulations are important, it is also critical to make sure that there is a system of checks and balances in the system.  The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would be that safeguard.  The REINS Act may not be as sexy as Bridge to Nowhere or the Solyndra loan scandal, but it is an important piece of legislation that is needed to put the brakes on unnecessary and burdensome regulations.   Before any regulation is imposed on the American people, the REINS Act would require Congress to take an up-or-down vote to approve regulations that have an economic impact of $100 million or more.  The birth of the REINS Act actually goes back to 2009 when Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) offered the legislation after talking to a constituent about excessive regulations.  This week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is urging every member of the House to vote for the legislation (read the TPAPB here).  And, TPA urges everybody to call their member of Congress to tell them to vote for the legislation.  You can find your member here or call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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  • Trick or Treat! Healthcare and the Food and Drug Administration

    on October 28, 2011


    This Trick or Treat highlights Healthcare and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Without a doubt, the biggest trick played on taxpayers was the passage of Obamacare.  As part of Obamacare, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 “experts” to slow the growth of Medicare, was passed.  IPAB will be a board of 15 unelected members who, according to the American Medical Association, would “extend Medicare solvency and reduce spending growth through the use of a spending target system and fast-track legislative approval process.”  In reality, IPAB will be nothing more than a way to ration health care for seniors.  Even though the FDA is “responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation,’ the FDA is quickly becoming the silent killer of the economy and the free market. WARNING!! We repeat, we advise strong parental guidance because some material may not be suitable for children since they are the ones that will ultimately be paying for these tricks.

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  • FCC Should Rethink Cross Ownership Ban

    on August 16, 2011

    Today (August 16) the Taxpayers Protection Alliance filed official comments with the Federal Communications Commission urging them to recognize that the Section 652 cross-ownership ban should not apply to cable operators and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECS).  As part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Section 652 was intended to prevent incumbent LECs, which owned the telephone lines, and traditional cable operators, which owned the cable lines—from merging and thereby controlling the only two wires to a customer’s premises.  There is no indication that Congress intended to restrict transactions between cable operators and the CLECS, especially when the CLEC does not own residential last-mile facilities.  Stronger competition among providers of telephone services will lead to lower prices, better service quality, and increased innovation » Read More
  • TRANSPARENCY ALERT!! Department of Education Shuns Transparency in Favor of New Unnecessary Regulation

    on May 4, 2011

    A critical element in bringing back fiscal responsibility and government accountability is transparency.  When President Obama took office in 2009 he pledged to have “an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”   That is why the Taxpayers Protection Alliance was so dismayed when it found out that the Department of Education (DOEd) may be side-stepping transparency in its recent regulatory actions on gainful employment rules.  DOEd  proposed  “gainful employment” rules which require for-profit schools to prove their graduates are either paying back loans or are capable of doing so.  If not, the schools will lose access to federal student aid.  The process has been a mess, to say the least.  DOEd was supposed to release the regulations in September 2010 but delayed the release because of an overwhelming number of petitions that were opposed to the regulation.

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