The document below was produced by the US House
Republican Policy Committee and posted on the House Internet site last Fall. It is a
fact sheet of legislative successses of the Republican Congress.
Note the 8th bullet from the bottom
where the Republican congressional leadership takes credit for stopping the hate crimes
bill last October 15, 1998 - just days after Matt's death on October 12.
October 15, 1998
The Omnibus "Scorecard" Wins & Losses
negotiations on the Omnibus Appropriations Bill paint a pretty bleak picture for the
Presidents big-government agenda.
But for every loss on the big-government
side of the ledger, theres a win for conservative priorities: stronger defense,
local control of education, and a real war against illegal drugs.
Conservative Wins in the Omnibill
A critically needed increase in funds for national
defense ($9 billion of emergency spending for defense and intelligence needs).
- That figure includes nearly $1 billion in additional funds for
- Tax relief for financially-strapped farmers, including
income averaging and AMT deferment.
- Tax relief for farmers and other self-employed individuals
(100% deductibility of insurance premiums by 2003, instead of 2007).
- A re-invigorated commitment to halting the supply, use, and
demand for illegal drugs, including specific accountability measures for our
nations war against drugs.
The GOP Congress also insisted on, and won, changes to the
Presidents 100,000 teacher program that will send those federal dollars directly
to the classroom, without being controlled and siphoned off by federal bureaucrats.
- To ensure that were not aiding and abetting illegal
drug abuse, the bill says that no federal funds or District of Columbia funds can be used
for free needles for known drug addicts.
- Congressional Republicans reversed the presidents
ill-advised education priorities (the Clinton budget proposed zeroing out block
grants that allows states and communities spend federal dollars to suit their own
- Local control of education is also protected by stopping
the presidents national education testing
- We also blocked President Clintons
Washington-knows-best attempts to featherbed bureaucracy with massive new school
construction funding, funding that largely ignores suburban and rural school
districts. We ensure that dollars go directly to local school districts and classrooms,
where they can be better utilized.
- Children will now be protected from pornography on the
Internet by requiring commercial online distributors to restrict access of harmful
material to children. "Teaser" promotional websites are prohibited.
- Recognizing that coercive international family planning
programs are harmful to women and families, the Tiahrt amendment guarantees that taxpayer
funds will only be used for voluntary family planning services.
- The bill also ends taxpayer funding of the United
Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) program supporting coerced abortion and
forced sterilization in China. This marks the first time since 1992 that
UNFPA will be denied U.S. funding.
- The agreement upholds "one man, one vote"
principles by derailing the Clinton Administrations illegal census sampling.
We're insisting they prepare for a full enumeration because the Constitution says
"count" not "guess." The Omnibus bill limits Census funding (along
with the rest of the programs under Commerce-Justice-State) to 8 1/2 months, giving the
Supreme Court time to rule on the issue.
- New reforms will ensure accountability, transparency,
and market-based approaches at the International Monetary Fund. Most IMF money will be
lent at market rates, rather than subsidized levels; there will be greater disclosure of
IMF deliberations and loan decisions; conditions will be imposed on loan recipients to
liberalize trade restrictions and eliminate government subsidized loans to failing and
- "Quincy Library" provisions will ensure local
communities have an instrumental role in forest management practices.
- Private property rights are protected by blocking the
Clinton Administrations expansion of harmful and costly Endangered Species Act
Reinventing Big-Government --
Presidential Priorities the Congress
- Increase taxes and fees on savers, investors, retirees,
airline passengers, consumers of imports, smokers, small and large businesses to the tune
of $130 billion.
- Create, at a total cost of $53 billion (over five years) 39
- Increase federal spending by $150 billion (over five years)
- Invent new ways to disguise big-government spending through
budgetary gimmicks like the Research Fund for America, the Environmental Fund for
America, and the Transportation Fund for America
- Begin implementing the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty,
even though the administration has yet to send the treaty to the Senate for ratification.
The Clinton Administrations own Energy Information Administration says the Kyoto
protocol would increase gasoline prices by 53%, increase electric rates by 86%, and
decrease GNP by 4.1% by 2010.
- "Hate crime" proposals that criminalize motive
rather than punish violent crime.
- A development of a government-run national ID system.
- Creation of a new firearms registry, tracking
histories of gun owner applications, and imposing fees on gun owners.
- Onerous ergonomics workplace regulations that would
eliminate jobs and impose billions of dollars in compliance costs on small business.
- Expanded use of a federal database which tracks
recently hired college graduates.
- Impose federal standards discriminating against
stay-at-home Moms on child care
- Eliminate $773 million in funding for state and local
agencies to fight crime in their communities
- Irresponsibly expand enrollment of Medicare even though
the programs long-term solvency is the subject of a current bipartisan commission
due to report this winter
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