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Why does Mitch McConnell support the Corporate Welfare of the Export-Import Bank?
"The top three beneficiaries of Ex-Im – Boeing, General Electric, and Caterpillar – have donated $282,955 directly to McConnell through his re-election campaign and his leadership PAC since 1992.
Also, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is leading the fight to continue Ex-Im, spent $812,650 supporting McConnell's 2014 re-election campaign."
Ignore the Fear-mongering: Ex-Im's Charter Expiring Won't Lead to Massive Job Losses
KrisAnne Hall teaching the Constitution in Eagan.
The Export-Import Bank will expire at the end of June if not re-authorized. To do the right thing, all Congress has to do is nothing - and let the Ex-Im Bank expire.
I support the Transportation Empowerment Act:
“Americans would no longer have to send significant gas-tax revenue to Washington, where sticky-fingered politicians, bureaucrats, and lobbyists take their cut before sending it back with strings attached. Instead, states and cities could plan, finance, and build better-designed and more affordable projects.” - Conservative Review
The Export-Import Bank is to corporate welfare what the “bridge to nowhere” was to earmarks.
Congress must live under the laws it creates.
“Federal regulation and intervention cost American consumers and businesses an estimated $1.88 trillion in 2014 in lost economic productivity and higher prices,” amounting to roughly $15,000 per household!
Let's bring accountability back to Washington and stop unelected bureaucrats from shackling our economy with overreaching and burdensome regulations:
"The REINS Act would require Congress and the President to affirm major federal rules with an economic impact of $100 million or more before they could be enforced against the American people."
Regulations are killing small businesses and have shackled our economy. Congress has abdicated their responsibility to create the laws by giving unelected bureaucrats complete authority to write and implement regulations.
While Obama negotiates a nuclear arms treaty with Iran, the Senate passed a measure 90-0 to call for Iran to release U.S. political prisoners. The House version, H.Res.233 has been submitted to the Foreign Affairs Committee, please ask your Congressman to support this resolution.
"U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters applauded the Senate passage of a bipartisan measure calling on Iran to immediately release Amir Hekmati, an imprisoned former U.S. Marine. Hekmati has been held captive by the Iranian government since 2011. Iran had originally accused Hekmati of espionage and sentenced him to death, but the Iranian Supreme Court threw out that charge and sentenced him to 10 years in prison instead. The resolution was cosponsored by Senators Stabenow and Peters and calls for the release of all the U.S. hostages being held in Iran, including Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, Jason Rezaian, and Robert Levinson."
"Iran has a long track record of arresting Americans and using trumped up charges to hold them as political prisoners," said Senator Stabenow. "Amir is a hero who proudly served his country, and Iran needs to release him immediately!"
"In order for Iran to re-enter the international community, it must among other reforms, release the U.S. hostages they are senselessly holding in their country, including Amir Hekmati," said Senator Peters. "I call on Iran to immediately free Amir and the other Americans they have imprisoned and put a stop to these political hostage-taking stunts."
"For 1,351 days, our son, brother, and Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, has been held inside the walls of Evin prison," said the Hekmati family. "He has been imprisoned in Iran longer than any other American in history and, as of last Monday, Amir has gone on a hunger strike. Amir has committed no crime, yet he has been sentenced to ten years for cooperating with a hostile country, presumably because of his service in the United States Marines. Even based on Iran's own laws, his military service is not illegal, making his imprisonment arbitrary. While imprisoned, he has been mistreated, abused, and tortured. While imprisoned, our father battles terminal brain cancer. Time is running out. We need all of your support to bring Amir home now."
Video of Congressman Dan Kildee explaining the situation of Iran holding a U.S. Marine in an Iranian prison:
Key Votes on the House Floor This Week:
The House will vote on an amendment to the FY16 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 2028) to cut spending across the board by 11.2% and return to pre-stimulus FY 2008 levels. I urge Congress to vote “Yes” to cut spending in a department which has evolved into arenas best left to the private sector.
The House will vote on an amendment to the FY16 Military and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029) to prohibit any federal funds to be used to pay for federal employees to engage in union activities. In 2010, taxpayers paid federal employees for 3.1 million hours of “Official Time” to perform Union work. Union activities should be performed on the employees’ own time utilizing union resources - not at the expense of the taxpayer. I urge Congress to vote “Yes.”
The House will vote on a second amendment to the FY16 Military and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029) to prohibit any funds to be used to carry out Davis-Bacon wage requirements. Davis-Bacon results in favoritism to large construction firms and disadvantages small independent companies while significantly driving up costs to the taxpayer. I urge Congress to vote “Yes.”
A huge thank you to David Arvidson, Cynthia Sharp, and Juliet Nail for hosting a fantastic "Gambling for Gerson" night. And thanks also to everyone who came out and made it so much fun!
It was an honor to speak about our campaign this morning at a breakfast event hosted by Americans for Tax Reform. I also signed their Taxpayer Protection Pledge. As your Congressman, I will fight for a simpler tax code that will lessen the burden on Minnesota families.
The Export-Import Bank is just one more example of career politicians in Washington doing political favors for their friends. This program is a prime example of crony capitalism, and should be discontinued.
Happy Easter to you and your families!
It was great to see so many supporters and activists at the MNGOP CD2 Convention today! We should remember that civil discourse will always be more effective at bringing Republicans together around our shared principles than divisive personal attacks. I also want to take a moment to congratulate our incoming CD2 executives - our party has a bright future indeed!