By Andy Blom, TES Contributor
At Last…Our Senators and Representatives are busy, energetic and hard at work! Unfortunately that’s because they are in recess and off trying hard to get re-elected. Never fear, in a few short weeks they will be back in Washington spending endless hours and countless taxpayer dollars investigating ways to impeach President Trump. They did pass a budget bill before they left, and your grandchildren will be paying for it for decades. Still, free market conservatives continue advancing ideas and legislation to move America forward. Here’s a roundup of last week’s activity in Washington…
- PRO Labor Act Could Destroy Businesses and the Economy. The audacious Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474 and S.1306) proposes a long list of changes to labor law that could completely destabilize America’s workplaces. A virtual Wish List of everything Organized Labor could dream of, it would have dramatic consequences. Perhaps it’s a Progressive attempt to win back Labor after threatening to take away their healthcare plans. Important information can be found from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at www.thePROact.com and The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace at www.MyPrivateBallot.com. To sign a coalition letter to Congress headlined by Americans for Tax Reform and Center for Worker Freedom, contact Olivia Grady at OGRADY@ATR.ORG.
- And More Union News: NEA Goes Out of Its Way to Support Abortion. Jessica Anderson and Lindsey Burke write in USA Today on the National Education Association’s full-throated support of abortion. Making the case that this is NOT an education issue, the authors call for conservative members to leave the union. Read about it here.
- A Flexible Policy to Fund Parental Leave? Senators Cassidy (R-LA) and Sinema (D-AZ) have put forth a bi-partisan plan to help working families by funding parental leave or infant care expenses through advancing the Child Tax Credit. The unique program could help new parents when they need it most. Info can be found at www.cassidy.senate.gov.
- Do You Have an Extra $70K? That’s Could be Your Cost of the Green New Deal. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, in cooperation with Power the Future, has released a new study showing the potential costs of the proposed Green New Deal. Taking the blue-sky claims and applying real numbers, the study says Americans can expect to pay thousands of dollars in higher costs for energy, housing, transportation and shipping. Choosing five model states, the study projects first year costs per household of over $71,000…up to $100,505 for Alaskans! Read all about it at https://cei.org/content/what-green-new-deal-could-cost-typical-household.
- Is VAWA a Tool for Immigration Fraud? There is much to be concerned about in the Violence Against Women Act as it grows each year in cost and power. But now the Coalition to End Domestic Violence is reporting that VAWA-driven immigration fraud is widespread. A problem compounding another problem? Learn more at https://www.saveservices.org/downloads/VAWA-Funded-Imigration-Fraud.
Upcoming events: Everybody is on Recess Break, but plan ahead…
- COSM, A National Technology Summit Presented by Discovery Institute. October 23-25, Seattle, WA. Info at cosm.technology.
- DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION Annual Gala. Courage Under Fire Award: The Honorable Lindsey Graham. October 30, The Mayflower Hotel, Washington. Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM, Dancing 8:30 PM. Info: haley@DailyCallerNewsFoundation.org.
- Amending the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. More than a dozen key leaders of conservative economic organizations have signed a letter to the Members of the Senate Finance Committee calling for bipartisan legislation to restore congressional authority over the levying of tariffs.
- Strengthening Retirement for Small Business Employees. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule that makes it easier for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through Association Retirement Plans (ARPs). The final rule effective date is September 30, 2019. Americans for Tax Reform and Center for Worker Freedom have both written in support of the new rule.
- Getting Closer, Make Plans, Don’t Forget: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN is holding their 40th Biennial Convention, September 26 – 29 in Indianapolis. The NFRW Convention will bring together nearly 1,300 women who are political and business leaders in their communities and states. For Exhibitor Opportunities and/or Program Advertising, contact Lucy Powers at email@example.com.
- Plan Ahead: Austrian Economics Center, Hayek Institut, and Fundacion Internacional Bases, are organizing a conference with top tier intellectual contributors on the subject, Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century, November 13-14, Vienna, Austria. Web site.
Andy Blom is a senior policy and political writer, strategist, analyst and activist.