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Issue # 7 - August 1, 1995 * David A. Ridenour and Karen Kerrigan, Editors
OMB and CBO Directors to Testify Before House Budget Committee on Clinton Budget Proposal
The House Budget Committee will hold hearings on President Clinton's budget proposal this Thursday, August 3 beginning at 10:30 A.M. in 210 Cannon House Office Building. Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin and Congressional Budget Office Director June O'Neill will testify. Republicans plan to take issue with the President's plan on the following grounds:
For more information on the Budget Committee's hearings contact the Budget Committee at (202)226-7270.
Second Round of Hearings Held on "Welfare for Lobbyists" Legislation -- Hearings to Continue on August 2
Representative David McIntosh (R-IN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs, held a second round of hearing on his amendment to end "welfare for lobbyists" on Friday, July 28. The amendment, co-sponsored by Representatives Ernest Istook (R-OK) and Robert Ehrlich (R-MD) and attached to Labor/HHS appropriations bill (H.R. 2127) would bar federal grants to organizations that engage in political advocacy. "If you want to do good deeds, we will support you in whatever way is appropriate," said McIntosh, explaining his initiative. Among those testifying at the hearings were House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX), Arianna Huffington of the Progress and Freedom Foundation; Paul Hewitt of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, Richard Kirk of the Association of Retarded Citizens and William Dulany, representing the American Heart Association, among others. The hearing will resume at 2:00 P.M. tomorrow (August 2) in Room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. For more information, contactthe Subcommittee on National Economic Growth at (202)225-4407.
End "Corporate Welfare" to Television Networks -- Auction Off Spectrum
ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox have a plan to double their share of the nation's airwaves and boost profits in the process -- all at the expense of smaller broadcasters, telecommunications firms and the taxpayer. Several years ago, the Federal Communications Commission gave the media giants free access to spectrum (the range of broadcast frequencies) free-of-charge so that they could shift from their current analog service to High Definition Television (HDTV). At the time, HDTV was believed to be the wave of the future, but there has been little demand due to HDTV's enormous price tag. So the networks now want to use their free spectrum access for other types of services -- services smaller broadcasters and telecommunications firms have been forced to pay for -- and the FCC is inclined to grant their request. Auctioning-off spectrum would level the playing field for telecommunications firms, generate billions in revenues to reduce the deficit and end an insidious form of corporate welfare. For more information, contact the Campaign for Broadcast Competition at (707)739-5920 or (800)536-5920.
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