One of my favorite politicians is a gentleman from Kentucky, and while I am a fan of Senator Rand Paul, he is not of whom I speak. Representative Thomas Massie shares a lot in common with Senator Paul – they are both conservative rebels who often find themselves at odds with their GOP leadership. Massie has joined hands with Michigan Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to fight against government excess no matter which party is at fault.
Massie recently sent out a letter detailing two specific ways he would be fighting big government in the coming year – and it’s sure to have a few politicians upset.
Comgressman Massie will continue to push for an audit of the federal reserve in the new year, something that has become more and more popular with voters over the years (but not necessarily with politicians). Also, Rep. Massie will continue his fight against EPA regulations that find their basis in “secret” science.
First on Auditing the Fed
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act is here to stay. Georgia Congressman Paul Broun, who introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013 and is retiring at the end of this year, has asked me to take ownership of the bill in the next Congress. I look forward to leading this effort in the House.
The American public needs more insight into the practices of the Federal Reserve. Behind closed doors, the Fed crafts monetary policy that will continue to devalue our currency, slow economic growth, and make life harder for the poor and middle class.
It is time to force the Federal Reserve to operate by the same standards of transparency and accountability to the taxpayers that we should demand of all government agencies.
Though the House passed Congressman Broun’s ‘Audit the Fed’ bill 333-92 in September, Senator Reid has yet to allow a vote in the Senate. I am confident that our chances of passing this bill in both chambers will improve next Congress.
And then against the use of “secret” science by the EPA.
On Wednesday, November 19th, I spoke in favor of Arizona Congressman David Schweikert’s Secret Science Reform Act, a bill to prohibit the EPA from proposing new regulations based upon science that is neither transparent nor reproducible.
The EPA’s burdensome regulations affect the everyday lives of the American people, yet the public cannot access the science and data that led to these regulations.
At MIT we were taught, and we learned very well, that transparency and reproducibility are the basic tenets of science. I think that the American people would be better served with access to this data.
The Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4012) passed the House, 237-190.
Click on the photo above to watch my floor speech.
You can count on me to continue the fight for greater transparency and accountability in Washington.
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Thank you, Congressman Massie, for your good work in fighting for conservatism at every turn. You are an invaluable ally for liberty, justice and the American way.
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