Congress’s Long And Sordid History Of Handing States Money With Strings Attached – Forbes
GOP leaders, including Sen. Jeff Sessions and GOP-leaning advocacy groups, such as the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, are calling on voters to rally against the amnesty, and to pressure Democratic Senators to legally curb Obamas planned executive amnesty. You can stop this, we can stop it together, Sessions said in an Aug. 5 speech. The people control their government [and] allowing any president to nullify law is a threat to the future of our Republic and the power of the people. Obama also outlined his intention to penalize companies that legally move their headquarters overseas in search of lower-tax rates. He declined to describe the penalties, but suggested he would move quickly. We dont want to see this trend grow that kind of herd mentality is something we want to avoid, so we need to move quickly, he said.
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Johnson, according to Bennett. His wife, Lady Bird, wanted to keep billboards off the interstate highway system, which she thought distracted from their beauty. So she convinced her husband to push the issue, and in 1965 Congress passed a highway bill authorizing the secretary of commerce to withhold 10 percent of a states highway funds if it didnt adopt the billboard-control provision. Game on! In the 1970s Washington decided it did not want anyone in the country driving faster than 55 miles per houranywhere. If states refused to adopt the lower speed limit, they would lose a percentage of their highway grant money. The only good thing to come out of that mandate was Sammy Hagars 1984 song I Cant Drive 55. He wasnt the only one; the public ignored that laws provisions about as often as Obama has ignored those in his health care law. Congress raised the speed limit to 65 mph in 1988 and repealed the provision in 1995, returning that prerogative to the states. During the Reagan years Congress decided it wanted to set a national standard for the drinking age at 21 and, again, conditioned highway funds on adopting that provision. And President George W.
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