An unnamed Senate Republican leadership aide framed it in broader terms, saying, “This is a problem about government inserting itself into your life.”
5. Should tax state bureaucrats be empowered to audit small, online businesses in remote states?
The recent IRS scandal raised serious questions about the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, more commonly as the Internet sales tax. Under the Senate-passed bill, online businesses would face the burden of potential audits from out-of-state tax bureaucrats. Taxation and regulation without representation makes for bad policy and really bad politics.
6. Why does 80% of “farm bill” spending go toward food stamps?
Food stamp spending doubled under George W. Bush and doubled again under Barack Obama, yet lawmakers in Washington are proposing only the smallest of savings (0.5% in the Senate and 2.4% in the House). Thad Cochran, the top Republican on the Senate Ag Committee explained food stamps should continue to be included in the farm bill “purely from a political perspective. It helps get the farm bill passed.” Lovely.
Congressional recess provides constituents an opportunity to ask direct questions of their elected lawmakers. Be sure to hold them accountable this Memorial Day.