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Trump's Economic Approval Rating Exceeds Average Of His Five Predecessors

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Friday, August 17th, 2018, 3:10 PM PERMALINK

President Trump’s handling of the economy has given him a higher economic approval rating than the average of his five predecessors, a new Gallup poll shows. 

“He has averaged a 48 percent approval rating for handling the economy thus far in office, which exceeds the combined average 45 percent economic approval for his five immediate predecessors across their entire terms." Gallup states.  "In the six times Gallup has measured Trump approval on the issues, the economy has either been his best issue or tied for his best."  

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, 90 percent of wage earners have higher take-home pay. And companies of all sizes are already giving bonuses and raises and expanding the scope of their operations. 

The U.S. added 213,000 jobs in June. African American unemployment went down to 5.9 % - the lowest number since records started in 1972. Hispanic unemployment fell to an all-time low of 4.6 %, and more women joined the workforce than ever before. 

Take a look at a list of over 700 examples of tax reform good news from mom-and-pop corner stores to large corporations. 

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Lopez: Carbon Taxes Hurt Low-Income Families And Seniors The Most

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Friday, August 3rd, 2018, 4:10 PM PERMALINK


Mario H. Lopez: President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund spoke at ATR's no-carbon-tax event on July 25. He said:

“We promote public policy that furthers liberty, opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. A key component of that mission is opposing policies that make it more difficult for ordinary Americans to make economic progress and to provide for themselves and their families. I am here today because sadly carbon taxes do have a profound negative effect. What else would you expect from a policy that aims to increase taxes staggering $800 billion of the next ten years starting in 2020. The question isn’t really what prices are rising from a carbon tax, but what prices won’t go up from a carbon tax? We are talking about raising the cost of electricity, gasoline, airfares, manufactured products, transporting food and anything else that uses energy which is pretty much everything.”

Lopez also mentioned the disastrous effects of a carbon tax -- like the one being pushed by Congressman Carlos Curbelo -- on senior citizens, low-income households, and jobs:

”Carbon taxes hurt low-income families and seniors the most, simply because energy costs are a bigger part of their family budget. A carbon tax is basically a subsidy for the elitist. Then there is the effect on jobs: One aspect of this is that the more expensive energy is in America, especially for manufacturing companies, the more likely it is for them to shift business operations and therefore jobs overseas.”


See also: 

Tim Andrews: The Carbon Tax Was an Economic and Electoral Disaster in Australia -- A Cautionary Tale for the U.S. 

Scoop: Details of the Job Crushing Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill

Yikes: Curbelo's Carbon Tax Bill Provides "Travel Expenses" for UN-style "National Climate Commission"

Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill Pays "Experts and Consultants" Up to $164,200 Per Year

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Would Hike Household Energy Bills by $688

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Threatens 300% IRS Fines for "Any person who fails to comply"

You might lose your job due to Curbelo's carbon tax but don't worry, he'll "retrain" you

ATR Statement on the Passage of Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon-Tax Resolution

Hillary Clinton Memo Shows Carbon Tax Devastating to Low Income Households

Hillary's campaign manager on a carbon tax: "To be clear: it's lethal in the general, so I don't want to support one."

Center for American Progress Founder: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."

Even Left-Leaning Washington State Voters Rejected a Carbon Tax

KEY VOTE: ATR Urges "YES" Vote on Scalise-McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

41 Conservative Groups Support Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

Canadians Revolt Against Trudeau's Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Vermont Republican Defeated Carbon-Tax-Supporting Democrat

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Australia's Carbon Tax Politicians Were Quickly Voted Out of Office


Florida State Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce: Curbelo's Carbon Tax Bill Will Hurt Florida’s Families

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, 1:00 PM PERMALINK

The massive carbon tax being pushed by Congressman Carlos Curbelo will raise the cost of household goods, raise the price of energy, and harm families, as noted by Julio Fuentes, President, and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Fuentes urged Curbelo to drop his push for the carbon tax.

In an open letter published in the Miami Herald, Fuentes wrote:

At a time when gasoline prices in the Sunshine State are already up nearly 70 cents a gallon from a year ago, a bill is about to be introduced in Congress that would tack on a nickel per gallon in new taxes now — and then raise them again every year.

On July 23, Congressman Carlos Curbelo was scheduled to introduce a bill that would also impose new taxes on the fuels that provide more than 80 percent of Florida’s electricity. The new tax also would apply to a host of products that go into building and construction materials, appliances, and household items found in just about every American home.

Energy touches every aspect of our lives. And I see firsthand how increased energy costs impact Florida’s families, our local businesses and the economy at large.

The fundamental purpose of a carbon tax is to make certain kinds of energy — gasoline, diesel, coal and natural gas — more expensive. From there, it becomes a question of what the government does with the money from its new energy tax. In this case, part of the revenue is to replace existing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel.

But the new tax would be bigger. And beyond energy, it would put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in charge of deciding which manufacturing industries also have to help pay for the federal highway program.

The U.S. is poised to become a net energy exporter — which means more American jobs, lower energy prices, and more money in families’ pocketbooks.

I urge Congressman Curbelo to reconsider introducing a new, regressive energy tax and instead focus on policies that would boost our nation’s energy supplies and fix our infrastructure and transportation challenges.



See also: 

Tim Andrews: The Carbon Tax Was an Economic and Electoral Disaster in Australia -- A Cautionary Tale for the U.S. 

Scoop: Details of the Job Crushing Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill

Yikes: Curbelo's Carbon Tax Bill Provides "Travel Expenses" for UN-style "National Climate Commission"

Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill Pays "Experts and Consultants" Up to $164,200 Per Year

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Would Hike Household Energy Bills by $688

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Threatens 300% IRS Fines for "Any person who fails to comply"

You might lose your job due to Curbelo's carbon tax but don't worry, he'll "retrain" you

ATR Statement on the Passage of Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon-Tax Resolution

Hillary Clinton Memo Shows Carbon Tax Devastating to Low Income Households

Hillary's campaign manager on a carbon tax: "To be clear: it's lethal in the general, so I don't want to support one."

Center for American Progress Founder: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."

Even Left-Leaning Washington State Voters Rejected a Carbon Tax

KEY VOTE: ATR Urges "YES" Vote on Scalise-McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

41 Conservative Groups Support Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

Canadians Revolt Against Trudeau's Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Vermont Republican Defeated Carbon-Tax-Supporting Democrat

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Australia's Carbon Tax Politicians Were Quickly Voted Out of Office

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Norquist: “Carbon doesn’t pay taxes — families pay taxes, people pay taxes, taxpayers pay taxes"

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Monday, July 30th, 2018, 2:00 PM PERMALINK


Grover Norquist spoke at Americans for Tax Reform's anti-carbon-tax press conference on July 25.

Norquist said:

"We have seen this debate around the country for decades. The Gasoline tax was on the ballot in Arkansas, with Mr. Huckabee as Governor. It was voted down 80 to 20 in Arkansas. Republicans also may save a bunch of House seats that Democrats were hoping to win in California because on the ballot is a measure to repeal the Democrat's energy tax, the Democrats gasoline tax that was passed just last year and in November all the people of California will be able to say no. Even liberal California is expected to slap that down hard."

On the proposed carbon tax by Representative Carlos Curbelo, Norquist said:

"The $275 in taxes that the congressman from Florida (Rep. Curbelo) admitted to is per capita. Try and get your ten-year-old to pay his or her $275. It’s $688 per household. That is a lot of money to many people. Some of the stories that have been in the paper of people that are only $400 away from not being able to pay their bills. Now we have somebody talking about hitting those families with $688 - to start with and then 2% every year + CPI. It’s bad on paper, it’s worse when people have to live with it."

Carbon tax pushers gloss over who actually bears the brunt of the carbon tax: You and your family will pay the bill. 

As Norquist said during the press conference, “Carbon doesn’t pay taxes — families pay taxes, people pay taxes, taxpayers pay taxes."


See also:

Tim Andrews: The Carbon Tax Was an Economic and Electoral Disaster in Australia -- A Cautionary Tale for the U.S. 

Scoop: Details of the Job Crushing Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill

Yikes: Curbelo's Carbon Tax Bill Provides "Travel Expenses" for UN-style "National Climate Commission"

Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill Pays "Experts and Consultants" Up to $164,200 Per Year

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Would Hike Household Energy Bills by $688

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Threatens 300% IRS Fines for "Any person who fails to comply"

You might lose your job due to Curbelo's carbon tax but don't worry, he'll "retrain" you

ATR Statement on the Passage of Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon-Tax Resolution

Hillary Clinton Memo Shows Carbon Tax Devastating to Low Income Households

Hillary's campaign manager on a carbon tax: "To be clear: it's lethal in the general, so I don't want to support one."

Center for American Progress Founder: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."

Even Left-Leaning Washington State Voters Rejected a Carbon Tax

KEY VOTE: ATR Urges "YES" Vote on Scalise-McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

41 Conservative Groups Support Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

Canadians Revolt Against Trudeau's Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Vermont Republican Defeated Carbon-Tax-Supporting Democrat

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Australia's Carbon Tax Politicians Were Quickly Voted Out of Office


Does Curbelo really want to be in company with carbon-taxing socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Monday, July 30th, 2018, 11:25 AM PERMALINK

In a recent episode of The Daily Show, socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for a carbon tax. Just like Rep. Carlos Curbelo did earlier this month. Ocasio is a huge supporter of various new taxes and tax hikes to fund her socialist agenda.

She said: "Now if we implement a carbon tax on top of that [all other taxes she suggested before] so that we can transition and financially incentivize people away from fossil fuels, if we implement a carbon tax, that's an additional amount of, a large amount of revenue that we can have." 

The similarity to Curbelo's language is remarkable, as he talked about transitioning people by retraining them after they lost their jobs due to the terrible impact of his carbon tax proposal on the economy. 

The question Curbelo should ask himself is: Is he in good company with a socialist like Ocasio-Cortez? 

Or with veteran American socialist Bernie Sanders, who also calls for a carbon tax:"I believe we should have a tax on carbon and deal aggressively with climate change." He introduced a bill in the Senate in 2015 proposing a $15 tax per ton of carbon, gradually increasing to $73 in 2035.

See the interview where Cortez also called for rolling back the recent tax cuts by the Trump administration and more, here

 

 

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Norquist: America is Back On Its Way Thanks to the Tax Cuts

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Friday, July 27th, 2018, 12:10 PM PERMALINK

The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce just released its report for the second quarter of 2018, showing a GDP growth of 4.1%.

That's the best quarterly growth rate since the third quarter of 2014.

"90 percent of Americans received an immediate tax cut -- an increase in after-tax income -- with the passage of the Republican tax cuts," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "And now we see higher rates of growth kicking in for the entire country. More jobs, more opportunities, higher wages, and new businesses. America is back on its way thanks to the tax cuts."

Not a single Democrat voted for the tax cuts.

"The Democrats who voted against the Republican tax cut voted against higher growth, more jobs, increasing standards of living and the American future," said Norquist. "All taxpayers should remember this when they vote in November."

The full BEA report is available here.

Click here to see a state-by-state breakdown of hundreds of examples of pay raises, 401(k) match increases, bonuses, expansions, and utility rate cuts where the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was cited as a factor.


See also:

Thanks to GOP tax cuts, companies are providing new benefits to employees and their families

Thanks to the GOP tax cuts, these utilities are lowering rates

Thanks to the GOP tax cuts, craft beverage producers are hiring and expanding

Thanks to the GOP tax cuts, many companies are increasing charitable contributions

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You might lose your job due to Curbelo's carbon tax, but don't worry, he'll "retrain" you


Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Thursday, July 26th, 2018, 1:38 PM PERMALINK


While sitting in a comfortable chair on a stage in Washington DC, congressman Carlos Curbelo admitted his carbon tax will directly kill jobs. But don't worry: He'll "retrain" you.

This week Curbelo introduced a bill to impose a massive federal carbon tax on the American people. The bill is an $800 billion tax increase. It would increase household energy bills by $688 in one year.

According to the very report released along with the bill, Curbelo's carbon tax will hit low-income households especially hard. The bill would slow the economy, hurt jobs, and raise the price of many everyday items.

Curbelo admitted his carbon tax could kill your job, but don't worry! Are you ready to be "retrained"?

"Some people could lose their jobs. We have a fund in place to help those individuals get retrained and find other work."

Here's a better idea congressman: how about not raising taxes and killing jobs in the first place.


See also:

Tim Andrews: The Carbon Tax Was an Economic and Electoral Disaster in Australia -- A Cautionary Tale for the U.S. 

Scoop: Details of the Job Crushing Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill

Yikes: Curbelo's Carbon Tax Bill Provides "Travel Expenses" for UN-style "National Climate Commission"

Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill Pays "Experts and Consultants" Up to $164,200 Per Year

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Would Hike Household Energy Bills by $688

Curbelo's Carbon Tax Threatens 300% IRS Fines for "Any person who fails to comply"

ATR Statement on the Passage of Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon-Tax Resolution

Hillary Clinton Memo Shows Carbon Tax Devastating to Low Income Households

Hillary's campaign manager on a carbon tax: "To be clear: it's lethal in the general, so I don't want to support one."

Center for American Progress Founder: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."

Even Left-Leaning Washington State Voters Rejected a Carbon Tax

KEY VOTE: ATR Urges "YES" Vote on Scalise-McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

41 Conservative Groups Support Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

Canadians Revolt Against Trudeau's Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Vermont Republican Defeated Carbon-Tax-Supporting Democrat

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Australia's Carbon Tax Politicians Were Quickly Voted Out of Office

 

 

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Canadians Revolt Against Trudeau’s Carbon Tax

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018, 9:11 AM PERMALINK

Attention U.S. House Members: Canadian politicians who endorsed a carbon tax are being voted out of office, and even liberal provinces are in revolt as tensions over Trudeau’s carbon tax mount

As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tries to impose a federal carbon tax, voters are kicking carbon-tax-endorsing politicians out of office, provinces are rising up in opposition, and tensions are running high as Trudeau meets with premiers at their annual conference this week. The carbon tax is so toxic that it is shaping up to be the defining issue of the 2019 elections.

U.S. House members -- especially Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) -- would be wise to consider the following:

On June 7, due to her support for a carbon tax Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne went down in the worst defeat of a governing party in modern Ontario history. Liberal Wynne was in favor of a carbon tax and decisively lost to the conservative Doug Ford, who ran on abolishing the carbon tax. Ford made an explicit, written promise to the voters that he would end the carbon tax if elected. 

Ford’s opposition to the carbon tax was decisive, and on June 15 Ford followed through: "I made a promise to the people that we would take immediate action to scrap the cap-and-trade carbon tax and bring their gas prices down," said Ford. "Today, I want to confirm that as a first step to lowering taxes in Ontario, the carbon tax's days are numbered."

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province, and Ford’s repeal of the carbon tax sets up a confrontation with Trudeau.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe opposes the carbon tax. Moe said that the province will go to court to fight federal carbon tax. "You'll see others realize that this is a flawed policy. It doesn't reduce emissions, it costs people in the province money and it costs our industries competitiveness," Moe said

In Alberta, Jason Kenney is likely to become the next Premier, campaigning aggressively against a carbon tax in advance of the 2019 election. “The carbon tax is all economic pain, and no environmental gain,” he said.

Manitoba is suing the federal government over the carbon tax. "I have a simple message for Ottawa today -- back off or we'll see you in court,” said Premier Brian Pallister in April.  

The province of Prince Edward Island is “fighting for Islanders” against the Trudeau carbon tax. 

United Conservatives won Alberta byelectionsLaila Goodridge has been elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Fort McMurray-Conklin with over 65.9% of the votes by fighting against a carbon tax. "Tonight, voters overwhelmingly rejected the NDP's carbon tax, their smear and tax hike agendas," said Goodridge. 

Another victory for the anti-carbon-tax movement was the win of conservative Devin Dreeshen. He won the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake byelection. "They voted by huge numbers to send this failed NDP government a message that you’re living on borrowed time and next year we’re going to fire this NDP government and scrap their carbon tax to get Alberta’s economy back on track.” 

Canadian farmers are using social media to bring the anti-carbon-tax message to Trudeau. "By 2022 the average crop farmer will owe $20,000 a year. My farm seeded 2,100 acres this year and we are not considered large by any means in our area. That means we would owe $30,000" said a young farmer.

"Two years ago, things were looking bleak, with most Canadian politicians succumbing to international pressure to implement carbon taxes across the country," said Scott Hennig, Vice President of Communications at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, in a statement to ATR. "But these same politicians weren't listening to Canadians. Polls have consistently shown at least half, and often two-thirds of Canadians oppose expensive carbon taxes. Today, the tide is turning and we're beginning to win the war against carbon taxes. I wouldn't want to be Prime Minister Trudeau and have to run for re-election on the record of having implemented a job-killing carbon tax."

The conservative former prime minister Stephen Harper put it this way:

"No matter what the Liberal media and others my say, there is nowhere in the world that a carbon tax is popular. It becomes more unpopular when it's passed. And it becomes more unpopular every single day it is in existence. So I say, let the other guys do a carbon tax because we can all win the next federal and provincial elections on that issue alone."

 

 

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Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Australia’s Carbon Tax Politicians Were Quickly Voted Out of Office

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Monday, July 16th, 2018, 6:12 PM PERMALINK

The Green Party-backed Labor prime minister Julia Gillard imposed a carbon tax in Australia in 2012, dubbed the "Clean Energy Act." The carbon tax was an instant debacle and those responsible were promptly kicked out of office by voters. Then-candidate for Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, “More than anything, this election is a referendum on the carbon tax.” He was right. Citizens protested the carbon tax, and voters kicked the carbon taxers out of office in September 2013. The carbon tax was repealed in 2014.

"It became really clear that it was very damaging to Australian living standards. It was raising electricity prices particularly, and it was raising the cost of basic household consumables," said Dr. Chris Berg, adjunct fellow at the Melbourne-based Institute for Public Affairs.

Here’s a recap:

In August 2010, Green Party-backed Labor prime minister Julia Gillard said she was against a carbon tax: "There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead” before the election but quickly flip flopped in October 2011 after she had won the election. "This is a significant day for the Australian nation, not just for today but for the generations to come,” she said.

The burden of the carbon tax was borne by households. Companies just passed on their higher costs to households. The tax increased the cost of electricity for the average family by 10% in the first year.

The carbon tax hurt workers. The Australian job market had previously been stable, but after the introduction of the carbon tax, the number of unemployed workers increased by more than 10%.

Businesses suffered massive losses. Other industries that are highly competitive such as airlines suffered massive losses. Virgin Australia alone reported about $25 million in losses in just six months. The tax also made Australian exports globally less competitive, intensifying the country's recession. Approximately 75,000 businesses paid the carbon tax directly or paid a penalty as an equivalent.

Cost of living went up. The introduction of the carbon tax was estimated by the Treasury to have increased the cost of living of households by around AUD 9.90 per week on average, and increased the Consumer Price Index by 0.7 percent.

Electricity bills for employers went up. The impact was more significant for small and medium sized businesses with up to 30% higher electricity bills.

Timeline:

July 8, 2010 -- Green Party-backed Labor prime minister Julia Gillard rules out carbon tax

"There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead."

February 24, 2011 – Gillard flip flops, unveils carbon tax plan. Opposition declares it a “historic betrayal.”

Prime minister Julia Gillard unveils plans for a carbon tax. Opposition leader Tony Abbott describes it as a "historic betrayal” given Ms Gillard's promise before the election that her government would not implement a carbon tax.

Tony Abbott predicts the public will respond in a "people's revolt.” He confirms the Coalition will repeal the carbon tax if it wins the next election.

"If the Coalition wins the next election you can be absolutely confident there will be no mining tax and no carbon tax."

July 1, 2012 -- Carbon tax imposed

The carbon tax starts on July 1, 2012 and raises $3.8 billion in its first six months.

July 14, 2013 – Government claims it will “terminate” carbon tax

After returning to the prime ministership in June, Kevin Rudd again changes the Government's stand on carbon emissions, announcing it will "terminate" the carbon tax a year earlier than planned. Opposition leader Tony Abbott points out the government is not really abolishing the tax but merely changing its name. He says the election will be a referendum on the carbon tax.

September 7, 2013 – Anti-carbon-tax coalition wins federal election

Tony Abbott says legislation to abolish the carbon tax will be before Parliament within 100 days of his victory. On September 7, the carbon taxers were booted out of office by voters and Abbott was sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister on September 18.

On July 1, 2014, the carbon tax was repealed.

See also: Endorsing a carbon tax is bad for your electoral health, even in Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Email Privacy Act Reintroduced in Congress

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, 10:44 AM PERMALINK

On Monday, January 9th, 2017 Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)  and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced the Email Privacy Act. This bipartisan bill will plug a loophole that allows civil and criminal investigative agencies the ability to bypass Fourth Amendment protections of our online content. 

The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 to underline that all a warrant is required in order to search Americans’ online communications, regardless of when the email was crafted.  ECPA contains an unintended loophole that allows the government to search any email older than 180 days stored on a third-party server, such as Google Mail, Yahoo Mail or Apple’s iCloud, without a warrant.

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform strongly argued in favor of the Email Privacy Act legislation. "American privacy was the big winner when the House passed the Email Privacy Act! They send the bill to the Senate after a 419 -0 vote.  If the Senate concurs the government will need a warrant to read your e-mails—just as they have always needed a warrant to read your snail mail.”

Katie McAuliffe, ATR’s Federal Affairs Manager and Executive Director of Digital Liberty said,

“Passage of the Email Privacy Act was a large bipartisan effort and a major victory in securing American’s digital privacy. Updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is absolutely necessary in order to secure the privacy of emails and other items stored in the Cloud.” 

In the 114th Congress (2015-2016) the House voted 419-0 to pass the legislation, but the bill stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee after amendments were offered that privacy advocates said would give the civil and criminal investigative agencies even more "unwarranted" surveillance power than the status quo.

Both House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) are original cosponsors of the bill. Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Will Hurd, (R-TX), Ted Poe (R-TX), Susan DelBene (D-WA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Judy Chu (D-CA) have also joined as original cosponsors of the bill.


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