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  • Porter Ranch needs leadership, not politics
    Posted in In the News on January 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    In late October, SoCalGas crews discovered a leak at one of the natural gas storage wells at its Aliso Canyon storage field. Shortly thereafter, residents of the Porter Ranch community began reporting unpleasant odors and expressed concerns about potential health effects. SoCalGas announced that it was in the process of fixing the leak, but realistically it could not be completely stopped until late February or early March. When I first heard about the incident, I immediately started thinking of... Read more

  • Steve Knight Wraps Up 2015, Reviews Accomplishments
    Posted in In the News on December 31, 2015 | Preview rr

    “It’s been an interesting year as a freshman congressman, there’s a steep learning curve,” said Knight in an on air interview with KHTS AM-1220. “(I’ve) made some mistakes this year, no doubt about it, but I think I’ve learned from all of my mistakes.” Knight noted one of his big accomplishments in 2015 was the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to terminate Cemex’s two 10-year contracts to mine in Soledad Canyon. California Senator Barbara Boxer, former Congressman Buck McKeon and Knight had ... Read more

  • Finish line could finally be in sight for Cemex
    Posted in In the News on December 30, 2015 | Preview rr

    The decision by the Bureau of Land Management to yank Cemex mining firm’s contracts to mine millions of tons of sand and gravel in Canyon Country shocked Santa Clarita Valley residents and politicians, who celebrated the Aug. 28 announcement. “We were absolutely stunned when it happened,” said Michael Murphy, intergovernmental relations manager for the city of Santa Clarita. “That is not what we thought was going to happen.” The news was most welcome after 16 years of work by local, state and fe... Read more

  • Text of Speaker Ryan's "A Confident America' Address
    Posted in In the News on December 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    For a video of the speech, visit: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/full-text-speaker-ryans-remarks-library-congress Following are Speaker Ryan's remarks, as prepared for delivery: Thank you very much. I’m delighted to be here and to see so many friends in the audience. Thank you all for coming. I also want to thank the library’s staff for their kind hospitality. The reason I asked you all here today is I wanted to lay out my number-one goal for the next year in the House. I became speaker ju... Read more

  • Cemex Notice Appeal
    Posted in In the News on October 9, 2015 | Preview rr

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  • Proposed Iran Agreement
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2015 | Preview rr

    Vienna, 14 July 2015 PREFACE The E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Islamic Republic of Iran welcome this historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which will ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful, and mark a fundamental shift in their approach to this issue. They anticipate that full implementat... Read more

  • The Full Text of the TPA Bill: H.R.1314 - Trade Act of 2015
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2015 | Preview rr

    In the Senate of the United States, May 22, 2015. Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 1314) entitled “An Act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations.”, do pass with the following AMENDMENT: Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following: SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.—This Act may be cited as... Read more

  • The Federalist, Scott Lincicome: Top Nine Myths About Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans Pacific Partnership
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    A misguided (or misleading) opposition really has no idea what it’s talking about. The current debate over Trade Promotion Authority proves, once again, that the classic description of the anti-globalization movement—as “largely the well-intentioned but ill-informed being led around by the ill-intentioned and well informed”—still holds true. Despite the tireless efforts of trade policy experts to explain why TPA and the U.S. trade agreements it’s intended to facilitate are, while imperfect, not ... Read more

  • Why Trade Promotion Authority is Constitutional
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congress is expected to vote soon on whether to grant trade promotion authority (TPA) to President George W. Bush. Some critics of TPA have suggested that it might compromise national sovereignty and may actually be unconstitutional. But an important aspect of national sovereignty is the right to enter into international agreements and to participate in their enforcement. Being bound by agreements, such as mutual defense treaties, does not weaken sovereign power even though it obligates nations ... Read more

  • Ignore Obama and vote for trade-promotion authority
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    Before presidential politics — the game of getting to 270 electoral votes — completely eclipses governing, there is the urgent task of getting to 217 votes in the House of Representatives to pass trade-promotion authority (TPA). This would guarantee a vote without amendments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Without TPA, any trade agreement will be nibbled to death in Congress by those eager to do organized labor’s bidding. So, Republicans who oppose TPA are collaborating with th... Read more

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