CAGW Releases May 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 18, 2015  

 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its May WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its May edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Spending Caps: To Bust or Not To Bust?
By P.J. Austin
On May 5, 2015, the Senate followed the House’s lead and voted 51 - 48 to approve the conference report accompanying the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Budget Resolution.  In other words, Congress did its job and passed a joint budget plan for the first time since 2009.  Read the full story here.

 

Trade Promotion: When Authority is Tempered by Accountability

By William M. Christian
In the semantics of “fast track” legislation related to trade agreements, words matter.  Historically referred to as “trade promotion authority” (TPA), the bill currently being considered by the Senate first and then the House establishes the parameters within which a president can negotiate a treaty with other nations.  In exchange for this curb on the executive, the legislative branch agrees to limit its own prerogatives, as well.  The Congress is bound to either approve or reject any such treaty with an “up or down” vote:  it can be neither amended nor filibustered.  Thus, it is “fast tracked.”  Read the full story here.

 

DOE’s Green Loan Programs Waste More Green Than They Create

By Curtis Kalin

A decade after the creation of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) first program to stimulate green energy projects, the concept is projected to lose more money than it receives, leaving taxpayers holding the reusable cloth bag.  Read the full story here.

 

Focusing on Music Copyright for World IP Day

By Deborah Collier

On April 26, 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) marked World Intellectual Property Day.  The theme was “Get Up, Stand Up.  For Music,” which was intended to highlight the contributions of musical artists around the world and encourage the protection of their intellectual property (IP).  Artists and musicians combat piracy and copyright infringement on a daily basis, while they also struggle to be adequately compensated for their work.  Read the full story here.

 

Almost Everything is Genetically Modified

By Elizabeth Wright

According to a September 2014 Smithsonian article written by David Newland, “Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale is a Genetically Modified Food,” most of the food we eat today is not natural.  “Some 10,000 years ago,” said Newland, “our ancestors picked tiny berries, collected bitter plants, and hunted sinewy game, because these are the foods that occurred naturally in the wild.” What changed all of that?  “Agriculture,” wrote Newland, and “with it the eventual realization that farmers could selectively breed animals and plants to be bigger, hardier, and easier to manage.”  Read the full story here.

 

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