Articles by Phil Kerpen

Obama Agenda Undermines Drug Innovation

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Stopping the coming tsunami of health care costs depends on new cures, especially for Alzheimer's Disease, that will come not from any federal agency but from private sector pharmaceutical research. It is imperative that government policy at least do no harm to that research, which sadly is a test President Obama's agenda fails.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


FCC Must Run Honest Auctions

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“America’s global leadership in mobile, and the strategic bandwidth advantage so many have worked hard to create, is being threatened by the looming spectrum crunch,” recently departed Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

But while Genachowski asked Congress to authorize incentive auctions to free up spectrum, he also opposed language to require free and fair auctions to the highest bidder. Instead, he wanted the authority to micromanage auction rules to pick winner and losers, effectively handing spectrum to smaller players at below-market prices by excluding the largest carriers, AT&T and Verizon.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


Lobbyists v. Sick People

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What if you had to choose between making insurance more affordable for Americans with pre-existing conditions or funding lobbyists and political hacks? That’s the decision the House will face when it considers H.R. 1549, the Helping Sick Americans Now Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania. It should be an easy choice.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


NLRB Bill Key Test for the Senate

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On April 12, the House passed H. R. 1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor Management Relations Act, on a narrow 219 to 209 vote.

That this legislation is even necessary shows the remarkable contempt the Obama administration has for the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution; that not a single House Democrat voted for the bill shows the party is willingly to blindly support the White House without regard to the Constitution.

Read the rest at American Commitment.



Will Senate Democrats Really Cut the Death Tax?

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One of the most significant votes in the recent Senate budget vote-o-rama was on the federal death tax. Not the disappointingly predictable vote on full repeal, which just two Democrats supported, but the vote on an amendment offered by Senator Mark Warner of Virginia that created a deficit-neutral reserve fund for "the repeal or reduction of the estate tax." It racked up 80 votes, including 35 Democrats. Zero Republicans and just 19 Democrats voted no. So the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to at least reduce the death tax. Good. It really should be fully repealed.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


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