A newsletter covering regulatory reform efforts in Washington and across America, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301.
Issue #29 * October 17, 1995 * David A. Ridenour, Editor
Representative John Shadegg Introduces Tenth Amendment Protection Bill
On September 12, Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) introduced the Enumerate Powers Act (H.R. 2270, which would require that Congress cite the constitutional authority for every bill it approves. The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people." "For too long the federal government has ignored the Tenth Amendment and run roughshod over the rights and authority the Constitution reserves to the states and to the people respectively," said Representative Shadegg in introducing the bill. "Congress must look at the Constitution as required by the Tenth Amendment before it starts writing a federal solution in an area in which it has no jurisdiction. The federal government is too big and is involved in too many areas which are beyond its constitutional authority." For more information, contact Representative Shadegg's office at (202)225-3361.
Resource Committee Approves Young-Pombo Endangered Species Reform Bill
On October 12, the House Resource Committee approved the Endangered Species Conservation and Management Act of 1995 (H.R. 2275) sponsored by Representative Don Young (R-AK) and Richard Pombo (R-CA), 27-17, after almost ten hours of debate. Representatives Young and Pombo accepted an amendment proposed by Representative Jim Longley (R-ME) to broaden the bill's definition of species "takings." The definition of a "taking" had been limited to "direct action" resulting in harm to listed species, but was expanded through the Longley amendment to "proximate and foreseeable action" resulting in such harm. To help ameliorate the impact of the amendment, the bill's criminal penalties provisions were also amended. Criminal penalties for species "takings" would only apply in the event that a taking is intentional. On balance, the amendments would weaken the bill. A stronger Endangered Species Act reform measure, the Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation Incentive Act of 1995 (H.R. 2364), has been introduced by Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ).
McIntosh to Hold Fifth Hearing on Welfare for Lobbyists
Representative David McIntosh (R-IN), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs, will hold a fifth hearing on government funding of political advocacy groups on Wednesday, October 18, 1995 at 2:00 P.M. in room 2154. Political advocacy groups receiving federal funding are among the most vocal advocates of increased regulation. McIntosh's hearing will feature testimony from the National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSC), a group that receives 96% of its funding from the U.S. taxpayer, but aggressively lobbies Congress. For more information, contact Karen Barnes at the Subcommittee at (202)225-4407.
Some Highlights from Sierra Club Action Alerts.
The following are items reported in recent issues of the Sierra Club's Action Alerts. The Relief Report takes no responsibility for the accuracy of Sierra Club reports:
Activate Grassroots in Support of McIntosh-Istook-Ehrlich Grant
Relief Advocates Say
House Republicans are standing firm on grant reform measure in their negotiations with the Senate over Treasury-Postal Appropriations, according to regulatory relief advocates. They are said to be committed to a measure that is at least as strong as the McIntosh-Istook-Ehrlich proposal that would limit expenditures on political advocacy by government grantees to 5% of the budgets. But as pressure mounts on Congress to complete the budget process, pressure will also mount on House Republicans to compromise on grant reform. Regulatory relief advocates are calling on grassroots activists to place calls to House members urging them to stand firm.
New Grassroots Property Rights Newsletter Debuted.
The Leesburg, Virginia-based American Association for Small Property Ownership has launched a new newsletter that will add an important new dimension to the property rights debate -- a link between urban and rural America. A free sample of the newsletter, The Small Property Owner, may be obtained by sending a stamped (52 cents), self-addressed envelope to: The Small Property Owner, P.O. Box 6230, Leesburg, Virginia 22075.
"Putting People Back Into the Regulatory Equation"
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