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Norquist Testifies Against Wasteful Government Spending

Posted by Brenna Reach on Friday, March 29th, 2019, 2:42 PM PERMALINK

This morning, ATR President Grover Norquist testified before the House Waters, Oceans, and Wildlife (WOW) Committee in opposition to H.R. 1326. Sponsored by Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), H.R. 1326 bundles a host of conservation programs that were left on the cutting room during the final negations of the recently enacted Lands Package. An overwhelming, bipartisan majority passed the Lands Package and made clear at the time that the provisions included in H.R. 1326 were not significant enough to justify increased spending of taxpayer dollars.


Last month, Congress passed the Natural Resources Management Act (NRMA), which was signed into law by President Trump on March 12, 2019. NRMA was a bipartisan bill that took years in its making. As Norquist testified, “During this time, it was decided by a strong bipartisan consensus that the provisions discussed in this hearing here today would be left out of NRMA. Despite this consensus, these excluded provisions are being considered again here today and taxpayers will be asked to foot the bill.” At a time when federal spending is anticipated to climb as high as 20.8 percent of GDP in 2019, the last thing we need is more unnecessary spending legislation.


Norquist also pointed out that H.R. 1326 contains provisions aimed at region-specific entities and resources, such as the Chesapeake Bay. Tax payers in Oregon should not be forced to pay for conservation efforts in Maryland, and federal legislators should not be responsible for oversight. “When the financing of these programs is not tied to the people who directly benefit from them, it becomes far easier to lose fiscal disciple and spend taxpayer dollars thoughtlessly. It is always easier to spend other people’s money.”

Read Norquist's full testimony here.

ATR Opposes Obama-Era Regulations to EB-5 Visa Program

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Posted by Brenna Reach on Friday, March 15th, 2019, 9:39 AM PERMALINK


ATR President Grover Norquist continues to lead the opposition to the Obama midnight regulations on the employment-based (EB-5) visa program. This Wednesday, he sent a letter to Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney urging him to reject the proposition.


EB-5 visas are key drivers of foreign investment and economic growth. They are allocated to individuals who invest at least $1 million in a U.S. business ($500,000 for economically depressed areas) and create at least ten full-time jobs. Since 2008, the program has increased foreign investment in the U.S. by $20 billion and created over 174,000 jobs.


Attracting immigrants who pledge investment in our country and immediately increase the nation’s GDP is a critical step in enhancing US economic strength, competitiveness, and job creation. However, Obama-era regulations intended to curtail the EB-5 program are currently under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Americans for Tax Reform urges that the DHS proposal currently under review by OIRA not be finalized.


Read the full letter here

Here’s Every Democrat Who Supports Ocasio-Cortez’s Crazy “Green New Deal”

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Posted by Michael Palicz, Brenna Reach on Thursday, March 14th, 2019, 2:53 PM PERMALINK


This post is updated regularly by ATR and was last updated on 3/12/2019.

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has finally made the details of the “Green New Deal” public. The highlights include ending the use of fossil fuels by 2030, decommissioning every nuclear power plant in the next ten years, ending air travel, mandating all new jobs be unionized, rebuilding “every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency” and blanket “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

Now that the outline of the “Green New Deal” is available for public scrutiny, it is worthwhile to take a look at all of our lawmakers who have endorsed Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. According to the Sunrise Movement – the outside organization advocating for the “Green New Deal” –  more than 100 congressional Democrats have agreed to cosponsor Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution for a Green New Deal. Ten Democrats who have announced their bid for the 2020 presidential elections have also backed the Green New Deal.

Below is the complete list of Democrats who have embraced the Green New Deal.

Presidential Candidates:

  1. Sen. Kamala Harris (CA)
  2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA)
  3. Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)
  4. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
  5. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
  6. Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)
  7. Gov. Jay Inslee (WA) - Inslee said he "welcomes" the Green New Deal but it was "not a policy document" and that he will issue his own policies to "put meat on the bones."
  8. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang - "Aligned and on Board."
  9. Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro 
  10. Mayor Peter Buttigieg (South Bend, IN)
  11. Former Representative Beto O'Rourke- who believes that climate change could "at its worst, lead to extinction" 

Senate Cosponsors:

  1. Kamala Harris (CA)
  2. Richard Blumenthal (CT)
  3. Chris Murphy (CT)
  4. Mazie Hirono (HI)
  5. Elizabeth Warren (MA)
  6. Ed Markey (MA)
  7. Cory Booker (NJ)
  8. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
  9. Ron Wyden (OR)
  10. Jeff Merkley (OR)
  11. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
  12. Bernie Sanders (VT)

House Cosponsors:

  1. Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)
  2. Jared Huffman (CA-02)
  3. John Garamendi (CA-03)
  4. Mike Thompson (CA-05)
  5. Doris O. Matsui (CA-06)
  6. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)
  7. Barbra Lee (CA-12)
  8. Jackie Speier (CA-14)
  9. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
  10. Ro Khanna (CA-17)
  11. Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
  12. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
  13. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
  14. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
  15. Judy Chu (CA-27)
  16. Adam Schiff (CA-28)
  17. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
  18. Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
  19. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
  20. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
  21. Karen Bass (CA-37)
  22. Linda Sanchez (CA-38)
  23. Mark Takano (CA-41)
  24. Maxine Waters (CA-43)
  25. Nanette Barragan (CA-44)
  26. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
  27. Mike Levin (CA-49)
  28. Juan Vargas (CA-51)
  29. Joe Neguse (CO-02)
  30. John Larson (CT-01)
  31. Joe Courtney (CT-02)
  32. Rosa Delauro (CT-03)
  33. Jahana Hayes (CT-05)
  34. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL)
  35. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)
  36. D. Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
  37. Chuy Garcia (IL-04)
  38. Mike Quigley (IL-05)
  39. Danny K. Davis (IL-07)
  40. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
  41. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
  42. John Sarbanes (MD-03)
  43. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
  44. Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
  45. Jim McGovern (MA-02)
  46. Lori Trahan (MA-03)
  47. Joe Kennedy III (MA-04)
  48. Katherine Clark (MA-05)
  49. Seth Moulton (MA-06)
  50. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)
  51. Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08)
  52. Bill Keating (MA-09)
  53. Andy Levin (MI-09)
  54. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)
  55. Betty McCollum (MN-04)
  56. Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01)
  57. B. Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
  58. Deb Haaland (NM-01)
  59. Tom Suozzi (NY-03)
  60. Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
  61. Grace Meng (NY-06)
  62. Nydia Velázquez (NY-07)
  63. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)
  64. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
  65. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
  66. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
  67. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
  68. Jose E. Serrano (NY-15)
  69. Eliot Engel (NY-16)
  70. Nita Lowey (NY-17)
  71. Sean P. Maloney (NY-18)
  72. Brian Higgins (NY-26)
  73. David E. Price (NC-04)
  74. Alma S. Adams (NC-12)
  75. Gregorio Sablan (MP-AL)
  76. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)
  77. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
  78. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
  79. Brendan Boyle (PA-02)
  80. David Cicilline (RI-01)
  81. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
  82. Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
  83. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
  84. Lloyd Doggett (TX-20)
  85. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
  86. Bobby Scott (VA-03)
  87. Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11)
  88. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
  89. Adam Smith (WA-09)
  90. Mark Pocan (WI-02)

These Representatives have also voiced public support:

  1. John Lewis (GA-05)
  2. Ilhan Omar (MN-05)

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ATR Urges Executive Order on Scientific Transparency

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Posted by Brenna Reach on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, 3:27 PM PERMALINK

ATR President Grover Norquist, joined by 23 other leading free market organizations, today sent a letter urging President Trump to consider an executive order requiring full transparency of all scientific data used to justify new or pending federal regulations.

In the letter, ATR applauded the Trump administration for its admirable work repealing burdensome regulations that drain our resources and create a drag on our economy. However, further action is still needed. Too often, the justifications for new regulations are hidden from the public by concealing the scientific data behind them. If research is to become the basis for rules and laws that have a tremendous impact on our economy, it should be transparent, public verifiable, and reproducible. But all too often, it is not. Thus, we urge President Trump to address this situation with an executive order.

Specifically, ATR would support an executive order that requires all studies used to support all pending or new regulations and agency guidance must:

  • Be made public, including all methods and raw data on which the studies are based. And,
  • Be peer-reviewed – and thereby meet the scientific standard for verifiability.

You can read the full content of the letter here.



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