Your Inside View to the Strategies and Activities of the Conservative Movement in Washington. Activities at the July 14 Environmental Policy Task Force Meeting chaired by David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research. Sponsored by The National Center (202/543-4110).
Issue 103 * July 31, 1995
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Brian Seacholes of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research and Bruce Grefrath of the American Land Rights Association discussed Endangered Species Act reform. The key to effective ESA reform is, all agreed: The U.S. must end policies that keep the protection of species and people's private property rights in conflict. For effective reform we must stop placing people's rights and the protection of species at cross-purposes with one another. Seacholes reviewed action in the House and Senate and distributed a three-page summary memorandum; Ridenour reviewed policy options for reforming ESA's problems while better protecting species (a summary of which is available in the form of an op/ed by Ridenour published in the July 18 Wall Street Journal); Grefrath reviewed progress in forming a "Grassroots ESA Coalition" to make sure grassroots and small business concerns are represented in the national environmental debate, which is currently dominated by multi-million dollar environmental groups and big business. It now has 300 member organizations, and more new members are welcome, Grefrath said. Contact the Competitive Enterprise Institute at 202/331-1010; The National Center for Public Policy Research at 202/543-4110; American Land Rights Association at 202/546-2545.
Craig Rucker of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow discussed the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an official arm of the U.S. Congress, which, he said, remains staffed by liberal environmentalists held over from Democrat years. Rucker explained that the old staff was not replaced because the GOP was going to abolish the OTA, but as that decision has been reversed it is now time to appoint new staff. Contact Committee for Constructive Tomorrow at 202/429-2737.
Dr. Bonner Cohen of EPA Watch and John Berlau of Consumer Alert independently distributed information and news articles on, as Cohen put it, some "real bogus science the EPA has done" on dioxin. Contact EPA Watch at 703/968-9768 and Consumer Alert at 202/467-5809.
Bob Adams of The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed copies of Greenbacks for Green Votes, a paper comparing Members of Congress' recipients of donations from environmental groups and their subsequent voting records on related legislation in the House. Contact NCPPR at 202/543-4110.
David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research, Brian Seacholes of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and other participants reviewed what was termed the "slow emasculation" of regulatory reform in the Senate. Because of the many concessions being made to Senate Democrats on the regulatory reform bill S. 343, the National Center for Public Policy Research, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation all were beginning to conclude, as Heritage put it, that passage of S. 343 would actually be "a setback for regulatory reform." Strategies for getting regulatory reform back on track were discussed. Contact NCPPR at 202/543-4110, CEI at 202/331-1010.
Murray Johnston of the National Center for Policy Analysis distributed NCPA Brief Analysis #166, "The Endangered Species Act Debate." The two-page paper provides a summary of the ESA's history, the Riverside California K-Rat and Pacific Northwest Spotted Owl cases, and the present state of the ESA reform debate, including an analysis of public opinion based on March 1995 poll data. Contact NCPA at 202/628-6671.
Chris Oberst of Defenders of Private Property Rights, Brian Seascholes of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Craig Rucker of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow reviewed the U.S. Supreme Court's June 29 6-3 decision in the Babbitt v. Sweet Home case, noting that it is not likely to have a sweeping impact on the law as it was a narrowly-focussed decision based on Congressional intent. Contact Defenders of Private Property Rights at 202/686-4197, CEI at 202/331-1010, CCT at 202/429-2737.
Rush Limbaugh, speaking July 28: "The next Contract With America is in this bill. They say, 'What are you going to do after the first hundred days? Here it is, in the Labor/HHS Appropriations Bill, because this is where the Left gets defunded in one fell swoop, the revolution can continue, or it can be stalled by a bunch of liberal Republicans... This bill is worthy of a lot of public attention. It's worthy of a lot of public activism because... the budget is where the ultimate decision is going to be made about what kind of future we're going to have."
Michael Reagan on July 28:
"Here¹s why liberals are fighting tooth and nail to kill the Labor/HHS Appropriations Bill with the 'No Welfare for Lobbyists' provisions: It zeros out taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood -- Title X. It abolishes more than 150 federal government agencies. It kills the controversial 'Goals 2000' Outcome-Based Education program... It abolishes the Office of Surgeon General. It places limits on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA... It places limits on the National Labor Relations Board. It permits states to decline to fund abortions with state tax dollars... without losing their Medicaid money from the federal government. It forbids implementation of the striker replacement Executive Order President Clinton imposed earlier this year... It cuts federal funds to any group that spends more than 5% of its budget on lobbying. It will save the taxpayers a minimum of $39 billion per year, and probably a lot more. We as Americans voted in 1994 for change... And this bill, unlike any other bill, is what we voted for. If the Labor/HHS bill, with its 'No Welfare for Lobbyists' provisions, does not pass, the organized left will continue to have hundreds of millions of dollars per year in taxpayer funding with which to fight every reform conservatives propose... This is basically the Contract With America all wrapped up in this bill."
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