Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) is right: The only way to fix the "Obama phone" subsidy is to end it altogether. Then the other problems associated with the subsidy — corruption, crony capitalism, waste, and so on — become irrelevant.
The old food stamp program now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is growing so quickly and costing so much that nibbling around the edges of it with bills such as those presented by Senator John Thune and Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) will have negligible effect.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill sponsored by Senators Jim Leahy and Mike Lee that would require law enforcement and government to obtain warrants before searching electronic communications.
Legislation that would permit states to impose state and local taxes on Internet purchases is currently making its way through Congress. On Monday, the Senate's procedural vote to move the bill forward was 74 to 20 after it received a hearty endorsement from President Obama. The Senate will now begin debate on amendments before the final vote on the bill scheduled later this week.
Resistance to the Internet sales tax bill that the Senate is due to vote on this week is rapidly building, thanks to the Internet.
Second Amendment advocates celebrated a victory on Wednesday when the Senate defeated an amendment to expand background checks for gun sales. The amendment's defeat was seen as a significant setback for the congressional gun-control agenda. After the vote, President Obama delivered a statement from the Rose Garden berating opponents while flanked by family members of Newtown, Connecticut, shooting victims.
Though the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) managed to be defeated in Congress last year, it has been reintroduced and scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives this week. The authors of the bill, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), introduced a revised version of the bill in February despite opposition from privacy advocates.
As the gun control debate surges forward, critics are posing concerns about new legislation that could establish a “gun registry.”