19 Things You Might Have Missed: A Better Way to Do the People’s Business

Last week we rolled out our plan for A Better Way to Do the People’s Business. In short, it’s a plan to get our country back to what our Founding Fathers envisioned: a representative government of, by, and for the people.

Missed it? Don’t worry, here’s a recap (another one, that is)

1) Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) kicked us off, talking about the historical and cultural significance of Statuary Hall (where the event was held) and why this part of the agenda is the most important: “Unless people are back in the driver’s seat, we won’t be able to rebuild our military, roll back the red tape, or help our most vulnerable. Because only ‘we, the people’ know the way to achieve our dreams—not the government.

2) Bureaucrats in federal agencies are making rules with the same power as law, but as Mike Bishop (R-MI) noted, these rules are created “without ever being publically debated, discussed, voted on by a single elected official, and without any input from the very people they’ll directly impact.”

3) Dan Newhouse (R-WA) pointed out that our founders “reserved legislative authority to the people’s representatives in Congress, not unelected, countless federal agencies.

4) Says Keith Rothfus (R-PA), “Over the last number of decades, there’s been a dramatic shift in lawmaking power away from the people’s representatives … the proposals being presented here today can’t come soon enough.  They can’t come soon enough for the farmers, miners, consumers, and power plant workers I represent in Western Pennsylvania.”  This power has to be returned to the people.

5) French Hill (R-AK) pointed to Federalist No. 51 and that, “when one branch gets a little too ambitious the others need to counter that ambition.”

6) Trent Franks (R-AZ) paid homage to Daniel Webster: “Hold on my friends to the constitution and to the republic for which it stands, for miracles do not cluster, and what has happened in 6,000 years may never happen again.”

7) House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) talked about the agenda, and how the work we’re doing is based off a “vision of where we need to go, and what we need to do.”

8) Why do we care so much about Article I? House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) put it in perspective by listing people the executive branch hurt: “We are doing this on behalf of…the New Mexico rancher who was denied a grazing permit because he gave a speech critical of the land agency, or the Utah rancher who had to take out a water pond he built with his own money on his own land because it was attracting too much wildlife from federal lands…”

9) In the state of Texas the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” is hurting instead of helping people by causing power prices to increase by as much as 16% according to John Ratcliffe (R-TX).

10) Agencies are making decisions that impact millions of levels, including Georgia’s poultry industry, which Doug Collins (R-GA) described as being destroyed by “many cubicles across Washington”

11) And regulations on Alabamans who, according to Bradley Byrne (R-AL), simply want to enjoy fishing the Red Snapper in the Gulf.

12) Or the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulation that has threatened to completely run the funds dry for a local school in Tennessee. Rep Diane Black (R-TN) said, “I cannot understate how upset they were that they had no say as this rule came to be…this is unacceptable.”

13) Chris Stewart (R-UT) warned these harmful government regulations have gotten so ridiculous that Utah’s national parks might soon be unable to run trips because of mounting costs – leaving the people of Utah unable to welcome visitors to their beautiful part of the country.

14) We must make sure that these agencies are being checked, not, “putting politics and ideologies above the law to threaten the freedoms and liberties of hardworking Americans,” as Bill Flores (R-TX) put it.

15) “Making government work for people is what we should be for,” echoed Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).

16) After all, the power of the government comes from the consent of the governed and, as Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) says, should not “be ignored in this century.”

17) “This is not a Republican or a Democrat issue, it’s an American issue.” – House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

18) But what’s the end goal? As power shifts back towards the people, their representatives will be able to conduct proper oversight and will help bring the power of the purse back to the people, according to House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY).

19) Without the people in control, the issues we face as a nation – issues of national security, poverty, health care, regulation, and tax reform – will continue along the status quo. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI): “We won’t be able to fix our safety net, we won’t be able to rebuild our military, or pare back the red tape until we put the people back in the driver’s seat. It is not enough to have an efficient and effective government, we want a free government.”