Activities at the July 26 &19 Wednesday Strategy Lunches chaired by House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) and Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation.
Issue 102 * July 27,1995
The National Center for Public Policy Research Amy Moritz, President 300 Eye Street N.E. Suite 3 * Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 507-6398 * Fax (301) 498-1301 E-mail: [email protected]
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. David MacIntosh (R-IN), Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK), Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Rep. Randy Tate (R-WA), Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Steve Moore of the Cato Institute, Gordon Jones of the Association of Concerned Taxpayers, Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research, Mark Mix of the National Right to Work Committee, Penny Young of Concerned Women for America, Andrea Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, Peter Ferrara of the National Center for Policy Analysis and others reviewed the Istook/MacIntosh/Erlich "No Welfare for Lobbyists" amendment to the House Labor/HHS Appropriations Bill. The "No Welfare for Lobbyists" amendment would end federal tax dollar support for organizations that spend more than 5% of their annual budget on lobbying the Congress. At present, the General Accounting Office estimates that more than 40,000 groups (ranging from the Sierra Club to the National Rifle Association) engaging in political lobbying receive approximately $39 billion per year in taxpayer dollars. This effectively costs the taxpayer much more than $39 billion, because many of these groups use their federal grant money to lobby the government for other spending programs, including more grants. (Examples of grants this amendment would halt: the Nature Conservancy -- which has a $850 million budget -- used a $44,000 Department of Commerce grant to lobby for the defeat of a referendum in Monroe County, Florida; the National Council of Senior Citizens, which receives 96% of its $68 million budget from the federal government, contributed $183,779 to 60 candidates for the House and Senate last year [source: Rep. David MacIntosh].) "The Supreme Court has ruled [Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 1977] that people should not be forced to provide funds for ideas with which they disagree," said Rep. Istook. "We are protecting people's Constitutional rights with this bill." Rep. Wicker predicted tough going for the amendment, which will be voted as early as July 31/August 1, saying proponents are a bit short of the votes they will need for passage: "I'm afraid we might lose this one." Rep. DeLay called the bill critical to the success of efforts to balance the federal budget and reduce the impact of special interest influences on government, saying "This is important. No matter what you are doing this week, I suggest you drop it and work on this bill." Contact Rep. DeLay at 202/225-0197, Rep. Istook at 202/225-2132, Rep. Bob Erlich at 202/225-2132, Rep. Wicker at 202/225-4306, Rep. Tate at 202/225-8901, Free Congress Foundation at 202/546-3000, Cato at 202/842-0200, National Right to Work Committee at 703/321-9820, Concerned Women for America at 202/488-7000, Association of Concerned Taxpayers at 202/785-0494, The National Center for Public Policy Research at (202) 507-6398, Traditional Values Coalition at 202/547-8570, The National Center for Policy Analysis at 202/628-6671.
Tonya Metaksa, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), reviewed recent news reports about the NRA and the House hearings into the raid on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco. She reported that the NRA-ILA has set up a special "fax-back" line to provide daily summaries of events at each session of the House Waco hearings. To receive the summaries call the faxline at 703/267-3734 from a fax machine and follow instructions. There is no charge for the documents.
Peter Ferrara of the National Center for Policy Analysis updated participants on Medicare reform. Contact the National Center for Policy Analysis at 202/628-6671.
Matt Shimkus of the staff of Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) distributed a three-page summary of a new Senate welfare reform plan spearheaded by Gramm and 21 other Senators after the Senate Finance Committee's reform plan met a lukewarm response. Contact Phil Gramm's office at 202/224-2934.
Project 21 member Brian Jones, who attended the July 20 University of California (UC) Board of Regents meeting (where the Board voted 15-10 to eliminate race-based hiring and contracting and 14-10 to eliminate racial preferences within the UC nine-campus system), has condemned the hostile atmosphere of the meeting, where bomb threats and demonstrations delayed voting until late in the night. "The crowd outside the cramped meeting room resembled that surrounding the 1968 Chicago convention in both appearance and ideology," said Jones. Jones, who also is President of the Center for New Black Leadership, added: "One black San Francisco civil rights leader... told elementary school children the resolution passed by the UC Board of Regents was sponsored by 'bad people who don¹t want you to be educated or to get a job and who want you to be homeless.' At the meeting itself, California State Senator Diane Watson criticized supporters of UC Regent Ward Connerly¹s resolution to rid the UC system of racial preferences for citing Thomas Jefferson¹s words in the Declaration of Independence. According to Watson, Jefferson was 'a proud slaveowner who believed blacks to be inferior.' However, the most astonishing remarks came from the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who unashamedly used religion for political purposes. At one point he cited Jesus Christ as the original defender of affirmative action, stating that 'affirmative action is about us looking out for the lost sheep of America.' Overall, the apocalyptic rhetoric of the left in San Francisco was... an embarrassment..." Contact Project 21 at (202) 507-6398.
The American Institute of Science and Health has just released a new, updated edition of its "The Foster Brief: A Special Report on the Death of Vince Foster." Publication of the new, 52-page report, which examines unanswered questions about the investigation into Foster's death, comes as Senate Whitewater hearings are examining the fate of some files apparently taken from Foster's office on the night Foster died. Contact John Tomlinson at 810/742-0932.
The Alliance for American Innovation has available an information kit on H.R. 359 and S. 284, the "Patent Restoration Bills" sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA) and Senators Bob Dole (R-KS) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) respectively. The bills are significant because their passage would negate concessions made to Japan by the Commerce Department in July 1994 that would effectively permit Japanese firms to examine U.S. patent applications for an 18-month period before the U.S. patents are granted. This would permit Japanese firms to swiftly patent a close approximation of the American inventor's technology under a procedure known as "patent flooding," which is illegal in the U.S. but legal in Japan. Contact the Alliance for American Innovation at 202/293-1414.
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