Your Inside View to the Strategies and Activities of the Conservative Movement in Washington
Issue 113 * November 8, 1995
The National Center for Public Policy Research Amy Moritz, President 300 Eye Street N.E. Suite 3 * Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 543-4110 * Fax (202) 543-5975 E-Mail: [email protected]
Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) provided details about the Istook-McIntosh-Ehrlich-Simpson "No Welfare for Lobbyists" proposal, which has been attached to a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through December 1. The CR is scheduled for a House vote November 8 and a Senate vote November 9. Passage is likely in the House but the CR may not be approved by the Senate with Istook-Simpson attached. If so, the discrepancy will be resolved in conference committee, where, Istook said, there may be a showdown: the House may refuse to approve a CR without it. Republicans are not certain whether President Clinton will sign the CR or not. "Lobbying groups are working the charities into a frenzy trying to get them to think they are a target [of this legislation], which, of course, they are not," said Istook. "The left is saying this [legislation] only affects non-profits, which is not the case... it's anyone who receives government grants... This is [to rectify the problem of] people using taxpayers money to build themselves up so they get more taxpayers' money." Rep. Istook also distributed a one-page chart showing how much money some of the groups lobbying against the legislation receive from the federal government. One group receives over a billion dollars in government funding; several others on the chart receive more than several hundred million each. Contact Rep. Istook at 202/225-1463. (Note: a copy of the chart and additional information about the issue is available from Rachel Talbert of The National Center for Public Policy Research at 202/543-4110.)
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) discussed President Clinton's plans to send 20-25,000 U.S. ground troops to Bosnia. Inhofe discussed the situation on the ground in Bosnia, including his just-completed fact-finding trip to the precise region in Bosnia where the President intends to place U.S. troops. Inhofe said the President plans "to send the troops in and once they are on the ground he's going to come to us and ask for a resolution of support, and, of course, we'll do it at that time." Rep. Neumann agreed, saying that as a result, the only way for opponents of deployment to stop the President from sending ground troops without Congressional or public support is to amend the Department of Defense appropriations bill, which is currently in House-Senate conference. Inhofe agreed, but called it an uphill battle. Contact Senator Inhofe at 202/224-4721 and Rep. Neumann at 202/225-3031.
Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and NET TV, GOPAC Political Director Peter Roff and Gordon Jones of the Association of Concerned Taxpayers discussed Colin Powell's decision not to run for office in 1996 and recent election results. "Everybody is saying this is a big plus for Dole. No, it is not," he said, explaining that Powell's high poll numbers demonstrate a weakness. On the elections, Weyrich said: "Republicans were on defense, Democrats were on offense," recommending to Republicans that they discuss the particulars of Medicare more to "inoculate" the voters against vulnerability to believing any untrue charges made on the issue. Weyrich also announced that Rep. Mike Parker (D-MS) said on an NET program broadcast live election night that he, Parker, was switching to the GOP and the formal announcement would most likely be made November 10. Speaking of the elections, Roff said: "We had a better air war but they beat us on the ground with better precinct organization, etc." Jones discussed how hard some Democratic candidates worked to be perceived by the voters as conservatives. Contact Paul Weyrich at 202/546-3003, Peter Roff at 202/484-2282 or Gordon Jones at 202/785-0494.
Syndicated talk show host Michael Reagan has a message for those who are considering naming a new federal building in Washington in honor of his father, Ronald Reagan: "This is a building that, two years ago, was the poster child of government waste. It's overbudget, and overpriced. Just when we are trying to downsize the government, to me, to put my Dad's name on it is sending the wrong message. [Rep. Andrea] Seastrand and [Senator Bob] Dole and the people who are supportive of this are putting my Dad's name on the wrong thing... [several taxpayer groups] have recommended what seems a better idea - name the Budget Reconcilliation Act the 'Reagan Act of 1995' because getting a balanced budget was what he was working so hard all those years to do. If that happens Congresses in the future will recall the struggle to bring our budget into balance and remember the importance of the effort to keep budgets balanced." Or, Reagan added with a laugh, "in lieu of naming the Budget Reconcilliation Act after my Dad, what might be a better honor would be to dismantle Washington and name the hole in honor of Ronald Reagan." Contact Mike Reagan via Paul Wilkinson at 818/380-6827.
Horace Cooper, member of the African-American group Project 21 and Legislative Counsel for House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), has publicly commended part of General Colin Powell's November 8 speech. "I was pleased to hear General Powell acknowledge the importance of the two-party system for African-Americans in his speech," Cooper said. "African-Americans have relied on -- and been taken for granted by -- the Democratic Party for too long." Contact Arturo Silva at (202) 543-5975.
Project 21 activist Art Pearson, the owner of Pearson Electric & General Contracting Co., is expressing anger with House Republican leaders for denying the House the opportunity to vote on Davis-Bacon by pulling language that called for its repeal in this year's budget reconciliation. Passed in 1931 to that ensure local contractors employing white workers were not underbid by outside contracting businesses employing cheap unskilled labor (mostly minority workers), the Davis-Bacon Act states that the prevailing, or union, wage must be paid on projects involving over $2,000 in federal funds. Repeal would save taxpayers an estimated $2.7 billion over five years. Said Pearson: "I am extremely disappointed that the Davis-Bacon Act will not be addressed in this year's budget bill. Davis-Bacon has been largely responsible for the low minority participation rate in the construction industry. Most of the work I do as an electrician involves traffic signals and streetlights. 75% to 80% of that work is unskilled labor work. This involves removing sod or grass, digging trenches or removing asphalt, pouring concrete and making wooden forms, installing conduit, and replacing all the same. It does not require a skilled craftsman as the union job classification dictates. But because of the union job classifications, if the job even remotely involves electrical work, it must be performed by an electrician who is paid $27 per hour. This is the equivalent of requiring everyone in a hospital's operating room, from the scrub nurse and orderly to the doctor who is performing the surgery, to be paid at the rate of a trained physician." Contact Arturo Silva at 202/543-4110.
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