Category: Federal Agencies
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Congratulates Federal Communications Commission Rollback of Obama-Era RegulationsDavid Williams on
December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for rolling back onerous Title II net neutrality regulations that have been holding back internet investment and hurting taxpayers. By a 3-2 vote, the FCC nixed the disastrous Title II regulations imposed on the internet. This shows that the agency, under the leadership of Chairman Pai, is serious about advancing sensible tech policy in a way that benefits taxpayers and all Americans. » Read More
December 12, 2017
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This article originally appeared in the Morning Consult on December 4, 2017, and was written by Jeffrey Mazzella, President of the Center for Individual Freedom.
In an era of unprecedented congressional gridlock, the best way for the Trump administration to keep its promise to build new infrastructure and create new jobs is to find new ways to boost private sector investment. That requires an all-hands-on-deck effort, across all departments of government – not just at the big “hard-hat” agencies like the Department of Transportation. Fortunately, one of the most important efforts to drive private sector infrastructure growth is already under consideration at the Federal Communications Commission.
November 27, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing personal attacks directed at Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai. » Read More
November 27, 2017
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This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on November 17, 2017
On Thursday, October 19, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) held a hearing to determine what actions should be taken to “remedy” supposed damage done to Whirlpool’s washing machine business by foreign competitors LG and Samsung. The hearing came on the heels of an ITC ruling that Whirlpool suffered injury from increased imports of LG and Samsung residential washing machines. If this disastrous ruling is upheld, consumers and potentially taxpayers will have to bear the burden of higher costs and lower quality.
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Supports Federal Communications Commission Rollback of Obama-Era RegulationsGrace Morgan on
November 24, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) draft order to roll back onerous Title II regulations introduced in 2015: Taxpayers and consumers win when free markets, not unelected bureaucrats, drive decisions on the growth of the internet. TPA supports an open internet that is free from utility-style heavy-handed regulation. The Title II order has had a negative impact on citizens across the country, by needlessly stifling investment and innovation. TPA is encouraged that Chairman Pai’s proposal will help repeal these costly regulations, to the benefit of taxpayers and businesses.
November 7, 2017
This article appeared in The Daily Caller on 10/30/17
Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things seasons 1 and 2.
By now, millions of viewers have finished their eight-hour benders of Stranger Things Season 2. With hot takes and dissections galore, no stone is being left unturned by rabid fans and critics. But denizens of the web continue to overlook the valuable political commentary offered by the show.» Read More
July 26, 2017
This article appeared in the Washington Examiner on July 24, 2017.
At a time of burgeoning federal deficits, lawmakers are increasingly turning to agencies to tighten their belts and cut down on red ink. Agencies, in response, target bloated payrolls, seeking staff reductions to achieve cost reductions. Well, in theory at least. In practice, the procedures for slimming down the federal workforce are ill-advised, and fail to clear a long-run path toward fiscal responsibility. By reforming misguided, ineffective policies, Congress can pursue a smarter austerity that can save taxpayers billions of dollars over the next decade. » Read More
June 1, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been operating inefficiently for many years, stifling innovation and making questionable decisions on agency process as it relates to the core functions of the FDA. A change in leadership is exactly what is needed, and newly confirmed FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb could have a strong impact on making the positive changes needed in order to foster innovation and progress in many sectors where the FDA plays a meaningful role. That is why TPA joined with TechFreedom to send this coalition letter to the FDA, Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the White House calling on Dr. Gottlieb to bring the focus of the agency back to innovation and technology when evaluating solutions and processes at the FDA.» Read More
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May 30, 2017
This article originally appeared in RealClearFuture on May 21, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 2-1 on May 18 to begin the process of reversing Obama administration policies that classified internet service providers as Title II public utilities and put them under the agency's thumb. Advocates of the change hope that removing the regulations will boost private-sector investment and reduce the call for taxpayer- and ratepayer-funded broadband networks.Title II classification gave the FCC more stringent oversight over those providers, allowing the agency to enforce ex-Chairman Tom Wheeler’s version of "net neutrality," purporting to prevent those companies from inhibiting or slowing down access to certain websites or web services.» Read More
May 24, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, May 18 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai took a very important step to undo the regulatory damage left behind by President Obama and former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The Title II rules implemented by Obama and Wheeler gave control of the Internet to unaccountable government bureaucrats, and threatened to increase taxes and slow investment and growth in this important industry. It is clear that Chairman Pai is serious about getting tech policy accomplished in a way that works best for taxpayers and all Americans. A free and open Internet will foster continued investment in broadband infrastructure, greater consumer choice, and an open marketplace without putting taxpayers at risk. These rules have cost taxpayers, slowed down broadband infrastructure investment, and hindered competition and choice for Americans. The time to remove the regulatory stranglehold on the internet is NOW. TPA is encouraging all of our members to submit a comment TODAY (click here), and tell Chaiman Pai that you support a free and open Internet.» Read More
May 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for taking very important steps to undo the regulatory damage done by ex-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The vote today to do away with Wheeler’s disastrous Title II regulations imposed on the internet show that the agency, under the new leadership of Chairman Pai, is serious about getting tech policy accomplished in a way that works best for all Americans. TPA President David Williams released the following statement about today’s open meeting.» Read More
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May 1, 2017
The year is nearly halfway through, yet Congress still has plenty of work to get done in order to make 2017 a productive one. This week there is expected to be a vote on a spending bill that will miss the mark on any meaningful reductions in spending, but there also may be a vote on repeal and replace of Obamacare. The mixed bag from Congress and the White House so far is a bit disappointing but there are opportunities to cut wasteful programs and save taxpayers money. One such example is the SunShot Initiative. Right now taxpayers, through the Department of Energy (DOE), are paying for the program that spends $270 million per year to “induce companies to lower production and installation costs associated with photovoltaic solar panel systems and reducing the price of solar power.” This is a terrible program and that’s why TPA organized this coalition letter urging House Appropriators to eliminate funding for SunShot.
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April 21, 2017
When it comes to “sensibly managing markets”, regulatory agencies talk a big game but deliver preciously little. A heap of regulations passed over the past decade were said to make marketplaces a less threatening environment for shoppers and startups, with more competition and less monopolistic behavior. In reality, bureaucrats overstated “market failures” to justify putting rules in place that exacerbated problems and created unintended consequences. But thanks to a new Administration and Congress, public servants skeptical of these destructive regulations are emboldened and taking the fight to unnecessary rules. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen are two of these figures, successfully leading the fight to deregulate and return control to market players closest to the action. The pair successfully advocated for the repeal of a “digital privacy” regulation that would’ve entrusted consumers’ browsing history to bureaucrats with a poor cybersecurity track record.» Read More
February 6, 2017
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers nationwide, is encouraged by the initial work being done by the Chairman and the rest of the members of the Judiciary Committee regarding Copyright Office modernization. TPA is also grateful that Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers are asking for input from the public and all stakeholders about the future of the U.S. Copyright Office. Currently there is broad agreement that the Copyright Office, which administers the U.S. copyright system and serves the over $1.1 trillion market for copyrighted works, needs to modernize. In March of 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released two reports concluding that the Library of Congress has been woefully mismanaged, and that the Copyright Office, which resides in the Library, needs better IT systems. Taxpayers, and all citizens, should expect the government to utilize technology and common sense when modernizing all operations.
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January 31, 2017
President Trump is already moving on an aggressive reform agenda as it relates to how federal agencies operate. The nominations of individuals to run the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Health and Human Services Department, and a host of others show that there is a real push coming from the new administration to push back on the growth of government intervention into the private sector over the last eight years. One agency that will need new leadership is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and it is key that whomever the President chooses to lead the agency understands the need for a better approach not just in regulatory policy as it relates to trade and the private sector, but also Intellectual Property (IP). Keeping that in mind, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) sent a letter to President Trump yesterday calling on the White House to make acting FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen the permanent chair, noting her record as a force for working with the private sector and protecting IP.
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January 17, 2017
The Trump Presidency will officially begin this Friday, and with that start there are many nominees that will fill the President’s Cabinet. On a wide range of issues, these nominees will have a chance to make real reforms that can turn back the tide of Federal Agency overreach that became commonplace under the Obama Administration. However, there are also areas where it would be prudent for the new Administration to hold back on policy changes. On the issue of Internet gambling, the question of a potential revisiting of the Wire Act was asked to Attorney General nominee Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). The question was asked by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has advocated in the past for a federal ban on Internet gambling. TPA and others took this opportunity to sign on to a coalition letter, sent by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, calling on Vice-President Elect Pence and Senator Sessions to protect the Tenth Amendment and resist any move toward a federal ban on Internet gambling.» Read More
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January 16, 2017
This article orginally appeared in The Daily Caller on January 11, 2017
Taxpayers are accustomed to paying for the country’s critical transportation infrastructure. What many taxpayers may not know is that the commercial rail infrastructure is privately funded and it is working quite well. In fact, the U.S. freight rail industry serves a critical role in the U.S. economy and benefits all American taxpayers and consumers. Yet a proposed rule by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) that would mark a significant change in direction from the industry-saving partial deregulation in 1980 could threaten this success by driving cargo from private railroads to taxpayer-funded roads.» Read More
January 13, 2017
Friday the 13th is a holiday of morbid unintended consequences. Like indoor umbrella openers or mirror breakers, most members of Congress are oblivious of the negative effects stemming from their actions. But, unlike superstitions that rarely have a cause and effect, the action (or inaction) by Congress has dire fiscal consequences. Spending initiatives such as health-care subsidies and loan guarantees are well-meaning, but balloon the deficit and harm intended beneficiaries. But this grim reality comes with a silver lining. By eliminating many programs in the federal budget, Congress can simultaneously restore solvency and increase prosperity. A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report produced last month provides a long list of possible program cutbacks with estimated savings over a five-year and ten-year timeframe. In total, the CBO examined 54 spending proposals. In honor of this Friday the 13th, we chose 13 fiscal actions that would result in ten-year budgetary savings of nearly $300 billion over five years and $1.1 trillion over ten years if taken together. Our selections are far from exhaustive, and our non-triskaidekaphobic readers should feel free to send us their own lists.» Read More
January 5, 2017
Andrew Langer is the President of th Institute for Liberty. This op-ed appeared in The Washington Examiner on January 3, 2017.
President-elect Trump is going to have plenty of messes to clean up when he sweeps into the Oval Office, but the first might have to be at the Defense Department. Far removed from the forces in the field, the bloated bureaucracy at the Pentagon has become its own special miasma of waste and excess, as proven by a study by the Defense Business Board that detailed $125 billion in administrative waste in the Pentagon's business operations. The report essentially detailed how the Pentagon could save $125 billion over five years by streamlining its bureaucracy.» Read More
TPA Joins Coalition Urging Trump Administration to Examine Last Minute Litigation from Obama White HouseMichi Iljazi on
January 4, 2017
In just a few weeks President-Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. There is a great deal of work to do for the new administration, including tax reform and Obamacare repeal. Regulatory reform is another issue that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been looking at as a key issue for the new administration to tackle but there is another part of regulatory reform that has not gotten a great deal of attention. In a last minute effort to try and tie the hands of the Trump administration, many agencies are attempting to bring legally questionable litigation against the private sector in order to hamper the Trump administration when they take over. This “midnight litigation” is frivolous and TPA signed a coalition letter spearheaded by Frontiers of Freedom urging the new administration to carefully scrutinize any last minute legal action taken by federal agencies on behalf of the outgoing Obama administration.» Read More
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