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Monday December 10, 2018 @ 07:43:58 AM mt

FreedomWorks Endorses Rep. Jim Jordan for House Minority Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to Rep. Jim Jordans (R-Ohio) announcement today that he will run for House Minority Leader, Noah Wall, FreedomWorks Vice President of Advocacy, commented:

Lets be clear, Establishment Republican leadership lost the House for the GOP last night. Conservative voters have no time for House leadership that has refused to even address basic campaign promises.

Its time for a change in leadership. Its time for principled Republican House leadership. Rep. Jim Jordan is by all means the the right man for the job. Rep. Jordan has the record to show he will fight for conservative principles, and for this FreedomWorks is proud to endorse him for House Minority Leader.

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Monday December 10, 2018 @ 07:43:48 AM mt

FreedomWorks Endorses Rep. Tom McClintock to Serve as Chairman of House Republican Study Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FreedomWorks is proud to announce its endorsement of Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) to chair the House Republican Study Committee (RSC). Rep. McClintock has maintained an outstanding 96 percent lifetime score on the FreedomWorks Congressional Scorecard.

Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

FreedomWorks is proud to endorse Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) to serve as chairman of the House Republican Study Committee in the 116th Congress. A proven champion of liberty, Rep. McClintock boasts a 96 percent lifetime score on our scorecard, meaning that he consistently votes on principle to promote limited government, fiscal responsibility, and individual liberty.

Rep. McClintock has experience working within the RSC already as the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman. In this role, he has played a key role working with the current chairman, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), to craft and advocate for the fiscally responsible, balanced RSC budget proposal, at a time when Republicans have failed to cut spending as they have promised.

The Republican Study Committee exists to provide support and real policy solutions for conservatives to fight for in Congress to help Republicans keep the promises they were elected on. Chairman Walker has provided strong leadership as chairman of the RSC and put together a great staff of conservatives dedicated to free market, constitutional principles. Rep. McClintock is the right choice to continue the growth of the RSC.

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Monday December 10, 2018 @ 07:43:38 AM mt

FreedomWorks Statement on Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to Attorney General Sessions announcement of resignation, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

We wish Jeff Sessions well in his future endeavors and thank him for his long record of public service to our country. The choice of the next attorney general is an important one, and we know the White House will consider it carefully. Its our hope that the president decides on someone who believes in constitutionally limited government and is committed to the preservation of our cherished civil liberties, as well as recognizes the need to comprehensively reform our criminal justice system and overhaul civil asset forfeiture laws.

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Monday December 10, 2018 @ 07:41:08 AM mt

FreedomWorks Statement on Proposed TANF Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Senate Finance Committees proposal to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

The Committees proposal was woefully inadequate and would be a step backwards in the fight to institute accountable work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients. The proposal includes sections that would make it easier for states to game the system so they can still receive federal aid without engaging TANF recipients in the workforce.

Lawmakers should instead look towards embodying a more accountable approach that emphasizes the dignity of work, which will ensure the dollars the federal government spends on TANF actually go towards lifting Americans out of poverty and into sustainable careers.

This approach is embodied in the JOBS Act, introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.). The JOBS Act would extend TANF funding, while implementing common sense reforms that direct funds towards only truly needy Americans, and reforms that make it easy to track the progress and success of TANF recipients. This will make sure every taxpayer dollar spent on this program is used to maximum effectiveness.

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Monday December 10, 2018 @ 07:39:09 AM mt

Capitol Hill Update: December 10 2018


The House and Senate are in session this week.


The House and Senate passed a two-week continuing resolution (CR), H.J.Res. 143, which was cleared through both chambers without a recorded vote. The CR also included a temporary extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The new government funding deadline is Friday, December 21. Its still likely that Congress may pass an omnibus spending bill through the end of the fiscal year, but weve also heard a short-term CR through some time early next year may also be a possibility.

The House didnt take any recorded votes last week. The House is back in session on Monday. Legislative business begins at 2:00 pm. Votes are postponed until 6:30 pm. There are 23 bills on the suspension calendar this week. Additional bills could be added to the suspension calendar.

  • H.R. 5513, Big Bear Land Exchange Act
  • H.R. 6108, Preserving Americas Battlefields Act
  • H.R. 3008, George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act
  • H.R. 6118, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an American World War II Heritage City, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 6665, Offshore Wind for Territories Act
  • H.Res. 792, Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clementes place of death near Piones in Loza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places
  • S. 245, Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments
  • S. 825, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act
  • S. 2511, CENOTE Act
  • H.R. 6893, Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act
  • House Amendment to S. 2248, Veterans Benefit and Transition Act
  • S. 943, Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act
  • H.R. 6140, Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act
  • H.R. 7217, IMPROVE Act
  • S. 2465, Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act
  • S. 3029, PREEMIE Reauthorization Act
  • H.R. 1318, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act
  • H.Res. 1165, Condemning the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria
  • H.Res. 1091, Calling on the Government of Burma to release Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years imprisonment after investigating attacks against civilians by Burmas military and security forces, and for other purposes
  • H.Res. 1162, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to Ukraine, and for other purposes
  • H.Res. 1157, Reaffirming the strong commitment of the United States to the countries and territories of the Pacific Islands region
  • H.Res. 1149, Recognizing that the United States-Republic of Korea alliance serves as a linchpin of regional stability and bilateral security, and exemplifies the broad and deep military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties shared between the United States and the Republic of Korea
  • H.Res. 1035, Expressing opposition to the completion of Nord Stream II, and for other purposes

Currently, there arent any rule bills on the calendar, but that could change. Leader Kevin McCarthys (R-Calif.) office does mention that the conference report for the Farm Bill, H.R. 2, could come to the floor this week. Other items may be added during the course of the week. While we're on the topic of the Farm Bill, negotiators have run into some scoring problems, and conferees dont want to release the text too soon because once members find out whats in the bill, they may lose votes. Theres concern on some of the members part that when people find out whats in the bill it will start unraveling, said House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Peterson, who will chair the committee in the 116th Congress. There are other serious problematic provisions of the conference report. The Farm Bill will expand the pool of potential subsidy recipients to "first cousins, nieces, and nephews" of farmers and the AGI means test will stay at $900,000. These are only examples. Theres more bad stuff in this bill.

The committee schedule for the week is available here.


The Senate will come back into session on Monday at 4:00 pm. The first item on the agenda for the week is the nomination of Justin Muzinich to serve as a deputy secretary of the Department of the Treasury. Cloture on Muzinichs nomination was filed on Thursday. A vote on the cloture motion will happen around 5:30 pm.

The Senate is expected to vote on two privileged resolutions, S.J.Res. 54 and S.J.Res. 64. S.J.Res. 54 would end the United States involvement in Yemen. We expect the resolution to pass with a bipartisan majority. FreedomWorks has an active key vote for the resolution. S.J.Res. 64 is a disapproval resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify the Department of the Treasurys policy to end the collection of donor information to certain 501(c) nonprofit organizations. FreedomWorks will score against S.J.Res. 64.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced his support for the First Step Act, S. 3649, after an amendment he drafted was incorporated into the base text of the bill. We have seen the text of the amendment. What it does is add some excluded offenses to Section 101. Offenders prosecuted under these more than 60 crimes arent eligible to use earned time credits for placement in pre-release custody. The amendment also eliminates subsection (g) of Section 402, which is the expansion of the safety valve exception to mandatory minimums. Subsection (g) allowed a judge to waive the criminal history point limitations of the safety valve in certain circumstance. The safety valve, though, has other criteria that would disqualify violent offenders and managers of any drug crime, rendering much of the criticisms of this subsection moot.

President Trump has nominated William Barr to serve as the next attorney general. Barr served in the same post for a little over a year under President George H.W. Bush. Most critiques of Barr that weve seen have been critical, with many noting that hes as bad as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on everything from criminal justice to civil asset forfeiture to surveillance. With a slightly large majority in the 116th Congress, the odds are that Barr will be confirmed, but thats not a certainty.

The committee schedule for the week is available here.

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Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 03:17:37 AM mt

FreedomWorks Urges Congress to Reclaim Constitutional Powers and End U.S. Involvement in Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the U.S. Senates vote today to successfully open floor debate on the Yemen War Powers Resolution, S.J.Res. 54, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

We are thrilled to see the Senate take such a significant step forward in reclaiming Congress Article I war powers with the passage of the motion to discharge the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

The Senate has finally spoken out on such a clear-cut case of executive overreach as the United States undeclared, unconstitutional involvement in the Yemeni civil war via support for the Saudi-led coalition. It has spoken in favor of Congress once again debating the question of our foreign military engagements and against the seizure of war powers by the executive branch.

Eight months ago, a vote on the same resolution failed, with only 44 senators voting to advance the legislation. Today, 63 senators voted to move to a floor debate on the issue of war or peace regarding the United States support for the Saudi-led coalitions involvement in the Yemeni civil war.

This involvement, which began under the Obama administration, is a clear affront to everything the framers of the Constitution held dear, including separation of powers. There is little more dear to constitutional conservatives than the wise words of James Madison, who wrote on the importance of this very subject.

The road to fully reclaiming Congress Article I war powers is a long one, but today, the Senate undeniably made the right decision by pushing back against unconstitutional executive action.

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Saturday December 08, 2018 @ 02:39:28 AM mt

Support and Whip YES on the First Step Act S. 3649

On behalf of FreedomWorks activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to support the First Step Act, S. 3649, and to co-sponsor and whip YES when approached by Senate Republican leadership.

Sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and co-sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and eight other senators. The First Step Act would require the implementation of evidence-based recidivism reduction programming in federal prisons and allow eligible offenders to earn time credits to serve part of their sentence in home confinement, halfway houses, or community supervision. The bill also includes four modest sentencing reforms.

The First Step Act would require the attorney general to develop and release a risk and needs assessment system within 180 days of the bill being signed into law. Each offender who enters the federal corrections system will be assessed and their risk of recidivism determined, classified as low, medium, or high. The director of the Bureau of Prisons would be required to implement and complete the assessment of those offenders in the system prior to enactment within 180 days of the release of the assessment. The Comptroller General of the United States would conduct an audit of the assessment to ensure that it is fair and effective.

All prisoners will be allowed the opportunity to participate in recidivism reduction programs, which the Bureau of Prisons would have two years to phase in after the completion of the initial risk and needs assessments. The bill would require the attorney general to develop policies for federal prison wardens to enter into partnerships with nonprofit and private organizations (including faith-based entities) to offer recidivism reduction programming, institutions of higher education, private entities for work training programs, and industry-sponsored organizations.

Certain prisoners would be allowed to earn time credits, incentivizing them to successfully complete recidivism reduction programming. Prisoners would earn ten (10) days of time credits for every 30 days of successfully completed programming. Prisoners determined to be at a low risk of recidivism over two assessments would earn an additional five (5) days of time credits for every 30 days of successfully completed programming. Prisoners would be periodically reassessed to determine whether their risk level has changed.

The time credits would not be available for productive activities and programming completed before enactment. The time credits would also not be available for prisoners who have committed certain offenses, including serious violent felonies, sex offenses, terrorism offenses, and offenses that result in death or serious bodily injury. A new exclusion has been added in the revised text for high-level fentanyl and heroin offenders. The list of the 52 excluded groups of offenses is available in the bill in Title I, Section 101.

Eligible prisoners who are low-risk would be allowed to cash in the time credits earned for the successful completion of programming for placement in pre-release custody, such as home confinement and halfway houses. The director of the Bureau of Prisons would be required to enter into agreements with the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services for the supervision of prisoners in prerelease custody.

Deportable aliens are not allowed to earn time credits, and the revised language reinforces existing guidance issued by the Bureau of Prisons related to detainers for deportable aliens. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be required to take custody of a deportable alien after he or she has completed a prison term.

The First Step Act would also restore congressional intent to good time credits, which allow prisoners who display exemplary compliance with institutional disciplinary regulations to receive credit toward the service of [his or her] sentence of up to 54 days per year. Despite 54 days being written in statute, the Bureau of Prisons has interpreted this to mean a maximum of 47 days per year. The proposed change would simply alter the language of 18 U.S. Code 3624(b) to ensure that prisoners may receive up to 54 days for each year of the prisoners sentence imposed by the court, as was the original intent of the law, providing the intended time credits to prisoners who have earned them. The Bureau of Prisons creative math to limit the scope of good time credits has flown in the face of congressional intent for years.

The revised version of the First Step Act includes four modest sentencing reforms that FreedomWorks supports. The first would reform sentencing enhancements under 21 U.S.C. 841. Under current law, any prior drug felony offense can trigger a sentencing enhancement under 21 U.S.C. 841. The proposed reform would limit the use of the sentencing enhancement to serious drug or violent felonies. The current 20-year mandatory minimum would be lowered to 15 years and the current penalty for life would be reduced to 25 years. The proposed reform is prospective, not retroactive.

The second reform would expand the existing safety valve exception to mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Under current law, 18 U.S.C. 3553(f) the safety valve may apply to an offender with up to 1 criminal history point who didnt use violence or a credible threat of violence, didnt possess a weapon, didnt cause serious bodily injury or death, and wasnt an organizer of the offense.

The proposed reform would expand the safety valve to apply to an offender with up to 4 criminal history points, excluding 1-point offenses. An offender with a single 3-point offense or a single 2- point violent offense wouldnt be eligible. Remaining existing eligibility criteria would remain the same. It would also allow the court, should it determine and specify why excluding a defendant from the safety valves point limitation substantially overrepresents his or her criminal history, to waive the point limitations. However, this option is only available to defendants who fit all of the other criteria for the safety valve outside of the point limitation and whose offense at hand is not a serious violent felony or a serious drug felony. The proposed reform is prospective, not retroactive.

The third reform is the proposed clarification of 18 U.S.C. 924(c). Under current law, an offender who possessed, but didnt brandish or discharge, a firearm during a drug offense may receive a 5-year sentencing enhancement for a first offense and a 25-year sentencing enhancement for each subsequent offense. The 25-year sentencing enhancement is meant to target repeat offenders. In practice, however, it has been used to create lengthy prison sentences for first-time offenders who may be charged with the enhancement multiple times under a single indictment. The sentencing enhancements under 924(c) run consecutively, not concurrently, and may be stacked on top of each other.

For example, in 2003, Weldon Angelos was given a 55-year sentence for selling marijuana to a confidential informant during controlled buys. The informant claimed that Angelos, a first-time drug offender, had a firearm in his possession during two of the buys, although he didnt brandish the firearm. Additional firearms were found in his home during a raid. Angelos received three sentencing enhancements under 924(c), resulting in the 55-year sentence.

The federal judge who oversaw the case, Paul Cassell, issued a memorandum opinion in which he lamented the sentence he was forced by law to give. The court believes that to sentence Mr. Angelos to prison for the rest of his life is unjust, cruel, and even irrational, Judge Cassell wrote. Adding 55 years on top of a sentence for drug dealing is far beyond the roughly two-year sentence that the congressionally-created expert agency (the United States Sentencing Commission) believes is appropriate for possessing firearms under the same circumstances. The 55-year sentence substantially exceeds what the jury recommended to the court.

Judge Cassell, who is known for his advocacy of victims rights, has since noted, If he had been an aircraft hijacker, he would have gotten 24 years in prison. If hes been a terrorist, he would have gotten 20 years in prison. If he was a child rapist, he would have gotten 11 years in prison. And now Im supposed to give him a 55-year sentence? I mean, thats just not right.

The proposed reform of 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(C) would simply clarify that the sentencing enhancement may only apply if the offender has been previously convicted and completed a prison term for the applicable offense. The proposed reform is prospective, not retroactive.

The fourth and final proposed sentencing reform would make the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactive. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 created lengthy mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine, resulting in a 100-to-1 disparity between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine. For example, 500 grams of powdered cocaine would trigger a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence, but only 5 grams of crack cocaine would trigger a 5-year mandatory minimum.

In 2010, Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act to address the severe disparity, lowering it to 18-to-1 in Section 2. It also eliminated the mandatory minimum sentencing for simple possession of crack cocaine in Section 3. The bill wasnt controversial and passed the Senate by unanimous consent and the House by voice vote. Still, some are serving time under the previous unfair and severe law. The proposed sentencing reform would make the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive. This particular reform was part of the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013, as well as its most recent iteration, which enjoyed the support of Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), both of whom voted for the bill in markup in January 2014, and Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia), who co-sponsored the bill in 2015.

Because the Fair Sentencing Act included a directive to the U.S. Sentencing Commission in Section 7 to amend sentencing guidelines, the members of the commission voted to make the subsequent guideline changes retroactive. (Current law, 28 U.S.C. 994(u), allows the U.S. Sentencing Commission to consider retroactivity whenever it lowers offense levels in the sentencing guidelines. These changes are subject to congressional review.) Around 55 percent of those who petitioned courts under the sentencing guideline changes were granted relief. The average sentence reduction for offenders whose petitions were granted was 30 months. The recidivism rate of those granted relief under the Fair Sentencing Act was the same, 37.9 percent, as the comparison group that was not granted relief, according to a March 2018 report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

The proposed reform would make Section 2 and Section 3 of the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive for crack cocaine offenses committed before August 3, 2010. A reduction is not automatic and may be denied by a court. A motion would have to be made by the offender, the director of the Bureau of Prisons, a federal prosecutor, or a court for the sentence reduction to be considered. Those who were previously denied relief under the guideline changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission wouldnt be eligible for relief under this proposed reform.

The First Step Act brings the successes of the states to the federal criminal justice system. The bill focuses on determining prisoners level of risk of reoffending, implementing programming to treat addiction or get an education or develop a trade and reduce that risk, and incentivizes eligible prisoners to reduce their risk of reoffending. The proposed modest sentencing reforms would ensure that punishments are just and reasonable compared to the offenses committed. More work to reform the federal criminal justice system is needed, but the First Step Act provides a logical starting point to set the tone for future efforts.

Other provisions of the First Step Act are worthy of support as well. The text of the Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act, H.R. 613, is included in the bill. This language would require the Bureau of Prisons to provide a secure area outside of the secure parameter of a prison facility for corrections officers to store firearms, allows officers to store firearms in a lockbox inside their vehicle, and allows officers to carry concealed firearms outside of the secure area of a prison facility.

The bill includes language that would prohibit restraints on pregnant prisoners, with certain exceptions, such as if an officer or marshal determines that the prisoner is an immediate and credible flight risk or if the prisoner poses a threat of harm to herself or others or if a healthcare professional determines that the use of restraints is appropriate. It would require that certain hygiene products be made available be made available to prisoners.

For these reasons, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to support the First Step Act, S. 3649, and to co-sponsor and whip yes when approached by Senate Republican leadership.

Sincerely, Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks

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Friday December 07, 2018 @ 11:20:47 AM mt

Key Vote NO on S.J.Res. 64 - Disapproval Resolution to Weaken Free Speech and Privacy Protections

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and urge them to vote NO on S.J.Res. 64, the disapproval resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify the Department of the Treasurys policy to end the collection of donor information to certain 501(c) nonprofit organizations. S.J.Res. 64 would weaken free speech protections and put donor privacy at risk.

Its not exactly a secret that the IRS has been used as a tool to target Americans who have political or philosophical views that oppose an administration. There is no better example of this than the targeting of Tea Party organizations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Led by Lois Lerner, the IRS discriminated against these Tea Party organizations and individuals simply seeking to participate in the public debate. In another separate instance, an IRS employee leaked an unredacted Schedule B containing the names and addresses of donors to an organization that promotes traditional marriage.

In July, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS announced that certain 501(c) nonprofit organizations would no longer be required to submit a Schedule B along with their annual filing, a Form 990. The policy, Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations (Rev. Proc. 201838), applies to filings made in tax year 2018 and after.

The policy doesnt apply to 501(c)(3) organizations, nor does it apply 527 political organizations. A 501(c) organization to which the policy does apply must keep donor information and make it available to the IRS when requested.

The move to eliminate the Schedule B requirement wasnt exactly a surprise. In December 2015, Tammy Ripperda, the director of Tax Exempt Organizations for the IRS, explained during a panel hosted by the Urban Institute that the IRS was considering eliminating the Schedule B requirement. As Politico noted when the announcement to eliminate the requirement was made by Treasury and the IRS, The IRS had been considering scrapping the Schedule B requirements even under former Commissioner John Koskinen, tapped for the job by former President Barack Obama.

FreedomWorks will count the vote on S.J.Res. 64 when calculating our Scorecard for 2018 and reserves the right to score any related votes. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.


Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks

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Friday December 07, 2018 @ 11:20:40 AM mt

FreedomWorks Foundation Statement on EPA NSPS for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Coal-fired Power Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the EPAs recent decision to revise the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, Patrick Hedger, FreedomWorks Director of Policy, commented:

The Trump Administration EPA has once again made good on its promise to advance a bold, deregulatory agenda that promotes and strengthens American energy independence. The EPA is correct to rescind the requirement for coal-fired power plants to employ expensive and inefficient carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. This decision will put the United States energy sector on equal footing with competitors around the world and is sure to help lower the cost of electricity for Americans. This proposed rule bring the EPA in compliance with the Clean Air Act by no longer forcing plants to use unproven systems for emission reduction.

We are grateful to Administrator Wheeler for emphasizing the power of the free market to address emissions and increase efficiency without the heavy hand of government disrupting their business. FreedomWorks Foundations Regulatory Action Center (RAC), along with our nationwide grassroots activist community, intends to launch a comment campaign in support of the EPAs proposed change. The RAC is proud to lead the effort to help advance the Trump Administrations deregulatory agenda through unique comments.

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Friday December 07, 2018 @ 01:25:29 AM mt

FreedomWorks Urges House Republicans to Keep Earmarks Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ahead of the House Republican Conference vote on its rules for the 116th Congress, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

Earmarks are the currency of the swamp that Republicans were elected to drain in 2016. Many were not re-elected in 2018 because they failed to drain the swamp, cut spending, and follow through on other conservative promises like voters asked them to.

For Republicans to bring back earmarks the gateway drug to even higher spending would be immensely tone-deaf. Americans want less government, not more. They want a transparent process, not a secretive and corrupt one.

There is no excuse for House Republicans to not renew the earmarks ban they put in place in 2010, and they should beat down any push for earmarks return.

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