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Legislation to end Economic Development Administration introduced

Legislation to end Economic Development Administration introduced

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo calls for an end to a wasteful federal economic development agency. If you think a proper function of the federal government is spending your tax dollars to build replicas of the Great Pyramids in Indiana or a gift shop in a winery, you're not going to like legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican who represents the Kansas fourth district, including the Wichita metropolitan area. Others, however, will appreciate H.R. 661: EDA Elimination Act of 2015. In the following article from 2012, Pompeo explains the harm of the Economic Development Administration, which he describes…
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Cato Institute scholars respond to the 2015 state of the union address

Cato Institute scholars Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, Neal McCluskey, Mark Calabria, Bill Watson, Chris Edwards, Gene Healy, Chris Preble, Julian Sanchez, Pat Michaels and Trevor Burrus respond to President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address. View below, or click here to view in high definition at YouTube. Video produced by Caleb O. Brown, Austin Bragg and Tess Terrible.
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U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo

On the Joseph Ashby Show, United States Representative Mike Pompeo appeared on August 7, 2014, two days after primary election day. Bob Weeks is the guest host. We discuss the primary election and what's ahead for the United States Congress in the upcoming months.
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Congress is better without earmarks

Congress is better without earmarks

Controversy over the timing and efficacy of an earmark divert attention from the fact that earmarks are bad government. Congress is better without the practice. United States Congressional candidate Todd Tiahrt calls for a return to earmark spending in Congress, pointing to a million-dollar grant he obtained for Wichita to help defray costs of the Wichita Police Department in investigating and capturing serial killer Dennis Rader, or BTK. The Daily Caller has a report, as does the Wichita Eagle. Neither story is supportive of Tiahrt's claim that earmarks were responsible for the capture of the BTK killer. Speaking to the…
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For Kansas Senator Roberts, earmark reform not worthy of his vote

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts promotes his fiscal conservatism, but failed to vote in favor of earmark reform in a recent close vote. In 2012 an amendment to a Senate bill was offered that would have dramatically reformed the earmark process. The vote was On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1472 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038 (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012). The purpose of the amendment, according to Congress.gov, is "to prohibit earmarks." Although offered in 2012, the short title of the amendment was "Earmark Elimination Act of 2011" The nub of the amendment was "It shall not be…
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For Tiahrt, earmarks are good government

Appearing today on The Joseph Ashby Show, candidate for United States House of Representatives Todd Tiahrt defended the practice of earmarking federal spending. The ending of earmarks, he said, has shifted responsibility for allocating funds from Congress to the executive. Earmarks do not increase spending, he said. He said that Congress should take away the president's pen, and should do that by allocating funding properly. When pressed by the host, Tiahrt repeated that earmarks do not increase spending. This is the standard argument: Earmarks simply direct the spending of money that is already authorized to be spent. Earmarking does not…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo on Benghazi, Ukraine, and Boko Haram and the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism

Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo on Benghazi, Ukraine, and Boko Haram and the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism

United States Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita has been appointed to the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. I spoke with him today in his Wichita office on this topic and a few others. On the composition of the committee -- seven Republicans and five Democrats -- Pompeo explained that the majority party usually has a majority on committees of this type. A "Select" committee like this has a very narrow charter. The committee will have staff and counsel, and will deliver a report. After that, the committee will disband. Critics of this committee…
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Club for Growth scorecards

Club for Growth scorecards

Organizations like Club for Growth produce scorecards of legislators. I've gathered results from Club for Growth for all years available and present them in an interactive visualization. You may select which members to show. By clicking on a member's name in the legend, their line will be highlighted from the others. Scorecards such as these and others, including the ones that I've personally constructed, have caveats. For example, some members have not been in office very long. Issues in which you have an interest may not have been voted on during the member of interest's tenure. Or, the vote may…
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Pompeo on Obama budget

Pompeo on Obama budget

U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo appeared on Stossel and told the host that President Obama’s budget will leave the U.S. begging for money down the road. Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com
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Pompeo responds to Washington’s attacks on Koch Industries

From the office of U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo. Statement from Congressman Mike Pompeo on Washington’s Attacks on Koch Industries WASHINGTON -- Congressman Mike Pompeo issued the following statement on the unwarranted attacks on Koch Industries in light of the efforts to reform the Internal Revenue Service: “The IRS’s targeting of individuals demonstrates the administration’s lawlessness at its worst. Public officials have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution and use their office to protect the rights of Americans, rather than attack them for their political advocacy. Silencing critics through government muscle, as the IRS has done, runs counter to every founding…
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