District Work Period: A Time for Washington to Reconnect with America
This month, Members of Congress go back to their districts as August’s district work period begins. This six week break from legislative duties in D.C. will provide representatives the opportunity to get out of the “Washington bubble” and experience life alongside their constituents.
I expect Members will see the effects of our faltering economy on small businesses. They also may witness families in a pinch due to high unemployment numbers. Auto dealership inventory may be sitting stagnant and home “for sale” signs may not have budged in months.
As families have balanced their budgets and kept a close eye on their own spending, Congress has put spending on the fast-track, racking up our country’s debt level to a whopping $13.2 trillion. Democrats have pushed through more and more bailouts, new bureaucratic regulations, and monstrous policies in this legislative session. During district work period, all voting is put on hold. Now is our time to listen.
Recently I posed a question to my Facebook followers: “What topics do you think Members of Congress need to hear about?” I received a myriad of responses, but the underlying principles were the same – fiscal responsibility, limited government, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
Americans weren’t afraid to answer with specific policy items including everything from more border security, repealing Obamacare, to an audit of the Federal Reserve. Americans clearly have a lot on their minds t
his summer, and Members of Congress would do well to listen.
Bachmann Offers Three Amendments to Internet Gambling Bill
Last week, during a Financial Services Committee markup on internet gambling, I introduced three amendments to limit the size and scope of H.R. 2267, The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act. All three were passed.
H.R. 2267 makes way for the largest expansion of gambling in American history and would effectively provide every household in America with around the clock access to an online casino in their home.
With our economy struggling as it is and unemployment hovering around 10%, this bill rewards offshore gambling corporations at the expense of American workers. This legislation will kill American jobs and open up another revenue source for an already reckless and bloated federal government. We should be putting forth legislation that promotes responsible behavior and sound financial planning. This bill completely misses the mark.
First, the Bachus-Bachmann Amendment would create an excluded person list consisting of people who would be ineligible to receive a license to operate an internet gambling facility. This list would contain every owner and officer of an offshore internet gambling facility that illegally accepted American wagers or bets.
In addition, the Bachus-Bachmann amendment contains strong language to prohibit individuals on state excluded person lists (including those affiliated with organized crime or convicted of racketeering and other gambling related crimes) from being able to operate an internet gambling corporation.
The second amendment would revoke the license of any internet gambling corporation which targets its advertising or marketing to minors.
The third amendment would prevent child support delinquents from being able to gamble away money that should be used to take care of their children.