KEY VOTE: ATR Urges “YES” Vote on Motion to Proceed to Obamacare Repeal


Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Monday, July 24th, 2017, 10:00 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform WILL RATE a vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628 a pro-taxpayer vote

ATR urges a YES vote

Later this week, Senators will have the opportunity to fulfill their promise to the American people and repeal Obamacare by voting yes on the motion to proceed to the House passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). ATR urges a "yes" vote on the motion to proceed to AHCA.

When it was signed into law, Obamacare imposed one trillion dollars in higher taxes on the American people. These taxes directly harm middle class families and small businesses across the country.

“Abolishing Obamacare ends a collection of roughly 20 taxes and that reduces total taxes on all Americans by one trillion dollars over a decade,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Every step towards ending all, most or some of those taxes is helpful to taxpayers and other living things. A no vote on proceeding closes the door on tax reduction as well as reforming health care by expanding Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts.”

By voting “yes” on the motion to proceed, Senators have an opportunity to repeal the following taxes:

-Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.

-Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Tax.

-Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts.

-Obamacare’s Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans.

-Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses.

-Obamacare’s HSA withdrawal tax.

-Obamacare’s 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services.

-Obamacare’s health insurance tax.

-Obamacare’s 3.8 percent net investment income tax on capital gains.

-Obamacare’s 0.9 percent Medicare Payroll tax.

-Obamacare’s medical device tax.

-Obamacare’s tax on prescription medicine.

-Obamacare’s tax on retiree prescription drug coverage.

-Obamacare’s “Cadillac tax” on employer provided health insurance.

 

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Happy Birthday Dodd-Frank…Hope It’s Your Last!

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Posted by Justin Sykes on Friday, July 21st, 2017, 11:17 AM PERMALINK

Today marks exactly seven years since President Obama signed into law the costly and burdensome Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. While the goal of Dodd-Frank Act was to protect financial consumers and “reign in Wall Street” following the 2008 financial crisis, the last seven years have proven that goal has not come to fruition and instead financial consumers, small banks and credit unions have been crushed by this disastrous law.

For America’s financial consumers, the Dodd-Frank Act has failed on all accounts. Misguided provisions such as anti-free market price caps instituted under the Durbin Amendment have all but eviscerated free checking accounts, driven up average minimum deposits and increased monthly checking account maintenance fees.

For instance in 2009, 75 percent of banks offered free checking accounts. Following the passage of Dodd-Frank and the Durbin Amendment in 2010, that number dropped to 45 percent the following year, and has now fallen to under 40 percent today.

According to an April 2017 study by the International Center for Law and Economics, in 1999 the average minimum deposit required in order to avoid fees on non-interest-bearing accounts was $562.27. The minimum fell to $109.28 in 2008. Yet after the Durbin Amendment passed, the minimum skyrocketed to $732.02 in 2012 and stands at $670.74 as of 2016.

Reduced free checking and increased minimum deposits and fees resulting from Dodd-Frank’s Durbin Amendment have proven incredibly regressive for low-income financial consumers and have led to millions of Americans becoming “unbanked.” 

As more Americans are pushed further out the traditional banking system by Dodd-Frank provisions, they have turned to alternative financial products such as prepaid debit cards, which serve a similar function as traditional bank accounts but are seen as more affordable given increased costs on traditional checking accounts due to Dodd-Frank. 

Amounts placed on prepaid cards have grown from $1 billion in 2003 to a projected $112 billion by 2018. According to a 2014 report from The Pew Charitable Trusts, of the estimated 23 million consumers using prepaid cards a quarter were low-income, with a third having annual income below $15,000.  However the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), another creation of Dodd-Frank, is now ironically working to end prepaid debit cards through a rule set to go into effect in 2018. 

Thus not only has Dodd-Frank driven many consumers, especially low-income Americans, out of the traditional banking system, but has allowed the CFPB to outlaw one of the last remaining and affordable financial products they have left. As Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) has stated, “Dodd-Frank has sawed off the bottom rung of the ladder of economic mobility.”

While the detrimental impact Dodd-Frank has had on American financial consumers is atrocious, it is also the case that Dodd-Frank has drowned U.S. credit unions and community banks in a sea of regulatory costs and an ever-growing compliance burden. According to a 2016 study by the American Action Forum, Dodd-Frank has imposed more than $36 billion in final rule costs and 73 million hours of paperwork.

Unlike their larger competitors, small credit unions and community banks don’t have armies of compliance lawyers or funds available to afford the regulatory burden imposed by Dodd-Frank. It is now the case that one in every four credit union employees time is spent on regulatory compliance, adding up to an additional $6.1 billion in costs for credit unions in 2014 alone. As a result of Dodd-Frank, an average of one small financial institution shutters or is consolidated everyday. 

Thankfully this year House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) has been leading the effort to enact massive reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act in order to protect American financial consumers and small financial institutions. Chairman Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), which passed the House in June 233-186, targets many of the most onerous and costly provisions of Dodd-Frank for reform and repeal. While the CHOICE Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate, it highlights the need for lawmakers to remain focused on reigning in Dodd-Frank.

Thus as the Dodd-Frank Act turns seven years old today lawmakers in Congress should take time to reflect on the disaster Dodd-Frank has become for their constituents and the markets as a whole. 

Happy Birthday Dodd-Frank! Hope it’s your last!

 

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Congress Should Pass the Preserving Taxpayers Rights Act

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Posted by Alex Hendrie on Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 8:00 AM PERMALINK

In recent years, the IRS has proven again and again that it is incapable of doing its job. This failure is due to both the increasing politicization of the agency, as well as the ineptitude of IRS management.

Recently, government watchdog groups have found the IRS mispaid 31% of their employees, gave bonuses to tax delinquent employees, shortchanged taxpayers by $1.2 million, lost track of computers with sensitive taxpayer information on them, and wasted $12 million on an unstable email system.  

One of the strangest blunders by the IRS was the agency’s insistence on hiring Quinn Emanueal, an elite, litigation-only, white shoe law firm to audit tech company Microsoft. The agency did so despite having the capability to handle this audit without hiring private contractors.

Already, the IRS has roughly 40,000 employees responsible for enforcement and auditing. In addition, the agency has access to the services of the office of Chief Counsel or a Department of Justice attorney, both of which would have had the expertise to conduct this kind of work without putting sensitive information at risk.

Instead, the IRS hired a law firm with zero prior experience handling sensitive tax data, leaving taxpayers to foot a $1,000 per hour bill. This unusual decision promoted an investigation from Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) over concerns that the hiring of the firm was wasting taxpayer resources, and that there were significant risks of using private contractors for the examination of records and handling of sworn testimony.

Bizarrely, it was determined that the IRS hiring this outside firm did not break any laws, and it still remains legal for the agency to hire unqualified and expensive outside counsel today. This decision should be troubling for all taxpayers as it shows the lack of protections in place.

Last week, Members of Congress introduced legislation that would fix this problem and ensure sensitive taxpayer information is protected. The “Preserving Taxpayers’ Rights Act,” introduced by Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO) puts in a number of guardrails around the IRS so that the agency cannot abuse or abrogate its duty to taxpayers:

-First, this legislation ensures taxpayers have an explicit legal right to have their case heard by the independent and impartial IRS Office of Appeals. This will ensure disputes between taxpayers and the IRS are addressed in a timely, efficient and cost-saving manner.

-Second, the bill limits the IRS’s ability to designate cases for litigation to situations where tax abuse is a recurring, significant legal issue affecting a large number of taxpayers.

-Third, the bill limits the ability of the agency to use designated summonses to situations where a taxpayer is being uncooperative and refusing to comply with a request to provide information.

-Fourth, and most importantly, the legislation eliminates the IRS’s ability to outsource a taxpayers’ audit to a private entity. This will better protect sensitive taxpayer information and ensure taxpayer funds cannot be wasted.

These reforms will ensure that the IRS is not able to abuse the auditing process, and that they must instead follow a system that is transparent, efficient, and protects sensitive taxpayer information.

Reigning in power and eliminating provisions that encourage abuses of power to happen are the critical first steps to reforming the IRS. ATR urges all Members of Congress to support this commonsense, bipartisan legislation and encourages its swift passage. 

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ATR Statement in Support of House FY 2018 Budget Resolution

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, 7:00 AM PERMALINK

ATR President Grover Norquist released the following statement following the release of House’s FY 2018 Budget Resolution:

“The House budget is the vehicle for lawmakers to pass generational pro-growth tax reform. Congress should move forward to pass tax reform based on the principles outlined by President Trump. The House budget also lays out an aggressive plan to eliminate spending, rein in the deficit, and reduce taxes now and in the long-term.”

[To View ATR's Letter of Support for the FY 18 Budget Propsosal Click Here]

Highlights of the FY 18 Budget Proposal:

-The proposals balance the budget in ten years.

-The budget achieves $6.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.

-The budget calls for reducing government-wide improper payments of $700 billion.

-The budget also calls for more than $200 billion in spending reduction through reforms to mandatory spending.

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IRS Destroyed Laptops Containing Critical Records, says Inspector General

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Posted by Elizabeth McKee on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 2:25 PM PERMALINK

The IRS failed to adequately store, backup, and search official records for use in Freedom of Information requests and other litigation, according to a new report released by the Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration. Performing an independent audit, TIGTA found:

 The IRS’s current e-mail system and record retention policies do not ensure that e-mail records are saved and can be searched and retrieved for as long as needed. Additionally, repeated changes in electronic media storage policies, combined with a reliance on employees to maintain records on computer hard drives, has resulted in cases in which Federal records were lost or unintentionally destroyed.

In particular, the IRS destroyed laptops containing critical records – even when those records were requested for use in pending litigation. In one instance, TIGTA notes:

We found that when an employee separated from the IRS in August 2014, the employee left his laptop with his secretary. That employee was under a litigation hold to ensure that relevant evidence was preserved for use in litigation. However, without a policy in place to ensure that laptops of separating employees under litigation holds were maintained, that laptop was sent to the IT organization for standard sanitization and disposal.

After Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011, the hard drive was shredded into quarter-size pieces and sold for scrap. In the process, 24,000 Lerner emails – which may have shed light on the IRS conservative targeting scandal – were lost.

Even when the IRS updated its policies and began saving employee hard drives, it failed to record who had used which hard drives. “Without this correlation,” reports TIGTA, “successfully completing a search for specific e-mail or other electronic information residing on a disposed hard drive would be highly unlikely and could result in destroyed records.”

Although the IRS stores 32,000 laptops and hard drives, it does not keep a detailed inventory. “This condition makes it difficult for the IRS to locate the electronic records of separated employees if needed to respond to FOIA requests or other official inquiries,” writes TIGTA.

This lack of an inventory reduces government transparency by making it impossible for taxpayers to exercise their rights guaranteed by the Freedom of Information Act. Nonetheless, the IRS continues to store thousands of laptops full of inaccessible information – even as it purchases new laptops that will eventually end up in the same place. Not only does the IRS violate taxpayer rights, but it does so in a way that wastes taxpayer dollars.

Upon publication of the TIGTA report, Rep. Kevin Brady, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Rep. Vern Buchanan sent a letter urging IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to remedy the agency’s failed electronic recordkeeping procedures. The legislators write:

The lack of an electronic mail system that is compliant with Federal records management requirements and could allow the IRS to retain and search the records of current and separated employees is unacceptable.  Failure to retain and produce records reduces transparency, inhibits Congressional oversight, and opens the IRS to judicial sanctions during litigation.  TIGTA's findings are also symptomatic of the IRS's shambolic information technology modernization efforts. 

In addition to losing and destroying employee hard drives, the IRS also fails to back up sensitive emails to a shared network drive. “Although interim policy requires that e-mail be archived for IRS executives,” TIGTA notes, “we found four executives from our sample of 20 who were not archiving e-mails as instructed. All four were members of the IRS Senior Executive Team.” TIGTA also cites a 2016 report by User and Network Services identifying “23 executives whose e-mail accounts were not configured to archive their e-mail when they assumed their executive position.”

Although federal law requires government agencies to honor FOIA requests within 20 days, the report says that some FOIA cases at the IRS took as long as 2.5 years to close. Reviewing a sample of 35 FOIA cases, TIGTA found that 30 cases took longer than the required 20-day limit, and the average case took 212 days to close.

Even when the IRS closes an FOIA case, there is no certainty that they attempted to search for all relevant records. Examining a sample of 30 closed FOIA cases, TIGTA found:

The IRS did not follow its own policies that require it to document which employees searched for responsive records and what criteria were used in the search. Without this information, the PGLD [Privacy, Governmental Liaison, and Disclosure] office was unable to document that an adequate search was performed.

In addition, our case review found four instances in which the IRS did not search for all responsive records.

It is particularly unlikely that the IRS will search the computer of a separated employee – even if that computer contains information that pertains to a FOIA request. TIGTA says:

IRS efforts in response to requests for records do not consistently search records of separated employees. For example, in one of the litigation cases we examined, the IRS did not search for records associated with one of 11 employees who had separated. In October 2014, the Department of Justice, on behalf of the IRS, filed a document with the court stating that 11 former IRS employees’ laptop hard drives were “likely unavailable” for electronic discovery of evidence. However, in our search, we found that, according to the IRS inventory system, one hard drive was listed as in-stock at the time the court document was filed and thus could have been searched to determine if records were still available.

Previous testimony from TIGTA revealed that the IRS failed to search five of six possible sources for Lois Lerner’s emails. If anything, the TIGTA report reveals that the loss of the Lerner emails was not a unique incident. The IRS has consistently failed to store, backup, and search employee hard drives and email exchanges, and taxpayers have consequently been prevented from accessing critical federal records.

 

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One Way to Reform the IRS is Through Passing the Refund Rights for Taxpayers Act

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Posted by Virginia Birkofer on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 1:41 PM PERMALINK

In recent years, the IRS has proven itself to be one of the most dysfunctional federal agencies. It is not surprising that the agency is extremely unpopular. In the last several years, official watchdogs have found the agency has failed in its responsibility to taxpayers on multiple occasions.

For instance, in the past few years, the Inspector General has found that the IRS has mispaid 31% of their employees, blocked public access to their trials, given bonuses to tax delinquent employees, shortchanged taxpayers by $1.2 million, lost track of computers with sensitive taxpayer information on them, and wasted $12 million on an unstable email system to name a few instances demonstrating incompetency. 

Clearly, there is need for reform that ensures the agency treats taxpayers with respect. One law that can be changed is 26 U.S. Code § 6511, which gives taxpayers just three years to claim a refund from the IRS when they overpay. If they fail to claim the refund in this time period, any money becomes the property of the government. In contrast, 26 U.S. Code § 6502, gives the IRS an entire decade to correct tax mistakes. This is patently unfair given that it is these federal bureaucrats entire job to audit taxes.

To address this discrepancy, Congressman Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) recently introduced “The Refund Rights for Taxpayers Act,” legislation that ensures taxpayers and the IRS have the same amount of time to correct any mistake that results in the payment of either too much or too few in taxes.

The Refund Rights for Taxpayers Act allows taxpayers to claim overpaid taxes from the IRS for seven years. It also reduces the time the IRS has to collect additional taxes from taxpayers to seven years.

This is a simple, yet important solution to ensuring that bureaucrats will be held to the same standards that everyday Americans are held to.

Moreover, reducing the time period the IRS has to collect back taxes will also guarantee that the agency is held to the high standard that the American people expect.

Members of Congress and the current administration can demonstrate their commitment to reforming the IRS and protecting taxpayers by supporting and co-sponsoring the Refund Rights for Taxpayers Act.

[ATR’s letter of support for the Refund Rights for Taxpayers Act can be found here.]

 

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RESPECT Act Suspects the IRS isn't Playing Fair

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Posted by Kyle Loeber on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 12:03 PM PERMALINK

Imagine running a small, cash-only business for 40 years when Internal Revenue Service agents arrive at the door one morning. They inform you of $33,000 seized from your accounts due to the agency’s suspicion that a crime occurred.

Carole Hinders experienced this first hand and many other law abiding citizens are fighting IRS civil asset forfeiture policies right now. This practice allows law enforcement to take money from individuals who have not been convicted of a crime. Last week, however, major legislation unanimously passed through the Ways & Means Subcommittee that will mark a significant shift in the way the IRS can abuse civil asset forfeiture.

In order to combat IRS overreach, Rep. Roskam (R-IL) and Rep. Crowley (D-NY) introduced the Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Tools, or RESPECT Act. The legislation “revises the authority and procedures that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses to seize property that has been structured to avoid Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reporting requirements.” It also requires the IRS to find individuals who were affected and make them aware of their rights.

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist has come out in support of this legislation. According to Norquist, “HR 1843 [RESPECT Act] would bar the IRS from performing these seizures unless they have a real underlying crime to justify their actions.”

Under authority of the IRS Criminal Investigation unit (CI), the federal government seized $17.1 million in 2016. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) also asserted that “current law does not require that the funds have an illegal source” to be eligible for forfeiture. Highlighted on page three of the above TIGTA report, findings show there has been a serious mishandling of civil asset forfeiture policy.

There are clear implications with laws that simply do not conform to the constitution. Americans have a right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Taking assets from citizens without sufficient evidence creates a slippery slope in which the government places the onus on law abiding taxpayers and business owners. Reporting from the New York Times in 2014 unveiled “the government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.” The IRS holds unilateral power to employ civil asset forfeiture under current law and the RESPECT Act aims to curb this exploitation of average Americans.

For too long the IRS has disregarded the financial realities of everyday small businesses. Eliminating explicit overreach through legislation is the least Congressional leaders can commit to for those that lay the foundation of the American economy. Americans for Tax Reform encourages lawmakers to support the RESPECT Act as a first step towards defending vital constitutional rights.

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ATR Submits Comments on Need for Tax Reform to Senate

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Posted by Alex Hendrie on Monday, July 17th, 2017, 4:13 PM PERMALINK

ATR president Grover Norquist today submitted comments to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in response to the Committee’s June 16 request for feedback on tax reform.

[The full document can be found here]

Pro-growth tax reform has not been signed into law since 1986. Today, the code is outdated, complex, and burdensome. U.S. tax policy is also restricting economic growth and impeding the ability of American businesses to compete internationally.

The tax code is more than 75,000 pages long, and has almost tripled in size in the past three decades. Americans spend more than 8.9 billion hours and $400 billion complying with the code every year. This complexity makes it difficult, if not impossible, for Americans to file their taxes by themselves.

In addition, the code suppresses the economy by restricting the growth of new jobs, increasing the cost of capital, and discouraging innovation.

Over the past decade, the economy has struggled at just two percent GDP growth as the country has experienced the worst recovery in the modern era. The Congressional Budget Office projects that under current policies, two percent growth will continue into the next decade.

The outdated tax code also places American businesses at a disadvantage relative to foreign competitors. According to one study, the U.S. business climate is so uncompetitive that American companies have suffered a net loss of almost $200 billion in assets over the last decade.

Foreign companies are able to expand at a far greater pace, largely because they are based in countries with tax codes that are more favorable to investment and innovation. If the corporate rate was just ten points lower, U.S. companies would have instead experienced a net gain of $600 billion in assets over the same period.

Tax reform is an opportunity to address all of these problems, and reach economic growth of at least three percent. Reforms that should be implemented include:

  • A 15 percent tax rates for all businesses.
  • Tax cuts and simplification for families.
  • Moving to a territorial tax system for individuals and businesses.
  • Implementing full business expensing.
  • Repeal of the death tax and gift tax.
  • Lower capital gains taxes.
  • Expanding tax-preferred savings accounts.
     

[ATR’s full submission can be accessed here]

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Over 65 Groups Against Obama FCC Internet Regulations

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, July 17th, 2017, 12:32 PM PERMALINK

Today, more than 65 organizations and individuals concerned about government overreach joined a coalition urging the FCC to turn away from stifling Title II regulation and return to a light touch regulatory framework for governing the Internet. 

Think tanks, advocacy organizations, and individuals from across the country joined together in opposition to these rules, including: Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, Governor Paul LePage, ALEC, TechFreedom, Alabama Policy Institute, The Buckeye Institute, Citizen Outreach, Florida Center Right Coalition, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, Granite State Taxpayers, The Heartland Institute, Independence Institute, Maine Center Right Coalition, Maryland Taxpayers Association, Montanans for Tax Reform, Montana Policy Institute, New Hampshire Center Right Coalition, Public Interest Institute, Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, and Rio Grande Foundation.

The coalition wrote:

Imposing Title II regulations on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) means the Internet experience will no longer be shaped by consumers — but instead by government.  Rather than being able to respond to what American households want and need in terms of content, advances in technology, information access, and delivery methods, the Internet experience would be determined by regulators who would have control over rates, types of services, and service footprints. Title II also opens the door to new meddling by state and local governments. Congress created the “information service” classification in Title I precisely to avoid this outcome.”

Innovation and investment require that government’s role be clear, consistent and limited. The “general conduct standard” invented by the Title II order is hopelessly vague. When asked what this standard meant, Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler simply said: “we don't really know." This is really no standard at all, because it leaves the regulator with unchecked discretion. No business can plan its investments under such uncertainty or threat of arbitrary enforcement.

Low barriers to entry increase competition and thereby promote reliable Internet access. Far from “clamping down on big guys,” looming legal uncertainty about how the FCC will regulate the Internet hurts small Internet providers most — those that connect people in unserved and underserved areas. The coming next few years will see the deployment of 5G wireless technology, which avoids the huge expenses of wiring the “last mile.” This could fundamentally change the competitive dynamics of the broadband market, erasing the line between wireless and wireline services, and driving an unprecedented level of competition, at least in most markets. Discouraging such new entry would only harm consumers. 

We urge the FCC to return to the demonstrated success of the light touch regulatory model. The Internet thrived nearly twenty years under a “Hands off the Net!” bipartisan consensus against Internet regulation.  We urge the FCC to return to that approach. Ultimately, it is Congress alone that should decide how to update communications law.”

Click here to see the full list of signatories and text of the coalition comments submitted to the FCC.

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Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017

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Posted by Kyle Loeber on Monday, July 17th, 2017, 10:24 AM PERMALINK

ATR president Grover Norquist and a team of bipartisan lawmakers have introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017. The legislation calls for a clean audit of the Department of Defense, aiming to bring its finances in line with the rest of the federal government.

At a press conference on June 27th, the bipartisan group called for government accountability while expressing their full support of the armed services. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said in a statement, “No one can justify wasting the dollars that should be spent on our men and women in uniform, and the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017 will ensure that we are able to efficiently and effectively support our military at home and abroad.”

Last week Norquist and Rep. Burgess have released an op-ed in USA Today explaining the situation facing the DOD. With a budget of $600 billion, the American people deserve to know where their taxpayer dollars are going. This new legislation will ensure government commitment to military readiness while also providing answers to the public.

Efforts to audit the Pentagon have seen renewed enthusiasm after the 2016 election. DOD’s new Undersecretary of Defense, David Norquist, testified in his Senate confirmation hearing that he supports a full audit.

 

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