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Boehner's Stand on Internet Taxes: The Right Choice for the Right Reasons | Commentary

House Speaker John A. Boehners decision to oppose an Internet sales tax measure championed by Senate Democrats and Republicans in the lame duck session is not just good politics, but also good policy in light of the efforts the House Judiciary Committee has already made toward developing an alternative that would treat all kinds of retailers fairly and equally.

The High Cost of Cronyism | Commentary

Imagine for a moment that Congress has decided Lois Lerner needs help. You see, since losing her job, Lerner has had trouble competing in a market with stronger, more competent alternatives.

Congress Must Do Its Part on Giving Tuesday | Commentary

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when charities, businesses and Americans from all walks of life join together to celebrate the spirit of the season and give generously to the causes and organizations most important to them.

Marketplace Fairness: An Idea That's Time Has Come | Commentary

The American free enterprise system, a marketplace economy featuring dynamic innovation, entrepreneurial risk-taking and robust competition, is what makes the United States such an inspiring country in which to start and grow a business. Over the past two decades, the Internet has burst onto the scene and developed into a vital, vibrant commercial platform in both the retail economy and the business-to-business space. It comes as no surprise that businesses of all sizes in various industries have taken to the Web in an effort to tap its economic potential. Our technology is cutting edge, but sadly, our sales tax system is stuck in the early 1990s thanks to a two decades-old Supreme Court decision (Quill v. North Dakota) unable absent a federal legislative remedy to evolve to meet this vividly present and rapidly growing economic reality. Congressional action is needed now to ensure the free marketplace of the 21st century is one that features a level playing field for all who compete.

Will Patent Reform Tackle Government Trolls? | Commentary

With the election victory by the Republicans, Congress at last seems ready to tackle two issues on which the parties differences are narrow: trade and intellectual property.

Congress Must Act and Pass Advanced Manufacturing Bill During Lame Duck | Commentary

As the chief executives of two global trade associations that represent manufacturers, we are pleased with the focus of many governments in promoting pro-manufacturing agendas that benefit our members around the world.

Et tu, DOJ? Will Loretta Lynch Ignore IRS Fraud as AG as She Did in Her Own Backyard? | Commentary

On November 7, 2011, Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to Brooklyn-based U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch echoing his concerns about a former ACORN group, New York Communities for Change and its alleged fraud through its participation in the Occupy Wall Street protests. Issa asked Lynch to investigate potential fraud by the progressive nonprofit group. Lynch, to date, has failed to take action.

Brain Matter for the New GOP Congress | Commentary

Nothing better reflects a mashup of neglected issues than the designation of November as national recognition month for Alzheimers Awareness, Family Caregivers, Home Care and Long-Term Care. No significant headway has been made on any of these fronts from sorely underfunded research on this fatal neurodegenerative disease, to caregivers as the second victim, to the bankrupting financial health consequences for families and society.

Finding Common Ground for the Small-Business Community | Commentary

The midterm elections mean a Republican majority with a vastly different congressional agenda. As many anticipate this new set of legislative priorities, theres much discussion around the potential for a grand bargain. Polls have consistently shown Republican and Democratic voters overwhelmingly united on one key issue growing Americas economy.

Combating Global Warming: Make Taiwan Part of the Solution | Commentary

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties is being hosted by Peru this year from Dec. 1 to 12. The COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. However, most members of Congress dont realize that among the 195 member nations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Taiwan is absent, despite the fact that the island is one of the leading economies in the world, a thriving democracy in East Asia, and willing to commit to reducing its carbon emissions proactively. To this end, we call on U.S. Congress to pass a resolution in supporting Taiwans bid for observer status in the COP 20.

Keynes at Home, Smith Online: Why Internet is Not Telephony and Congress Should Let it Remain Free | Commentary

All governments tend to subscribe to the principle of Keynes at home, Smith abroad or, advocate market deregulation abroad but retain government powers at home. In the days of electronic surveillance and privacy concerns, telecom authorities around the world are applying this principle to the Internet. But the ideas put forward by President Barack Obama on broadband regulation could backfire with unintended consequences for the global openness of the Internet. The new Republican-controlled Congress should maintain the bipartisan approach of light regulation that made the Internet so successful; otherwise, the U.S. leverage on Internet governance could be lost.

Congress: In 2015 Finish the Job on Patent Trolls | Commentary

The 2013-14 Congress heard testimony from tech startups, businesses small and large, retailers, manufacturers, and bipartisan state attorneys general just to name a few and made a strong effort to address patent troll abuse that is vexing thousands of companies. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte heard the outcry, and his Innovation Act targeted those who exploit meritless patents to extort companies, oftentimes forcing them to pay settlements only because settling is cheaper than paying for a meritorious defense. The bill passed the House by a wide, bipartisan margin, and two Senate Committees had strong patent reform hearings before efforts to finalize a bill were shelved in late Spring.

The Missing Element in the Fight Against Ebola | Commentary

In the impoverished areas of West Africa hit with Ebola, clean water is a luxury. When family and community members come in contact with an infected person, or the deceased, they risk deadly infection simply because they cannot adequately wash their hands.

Congress Should Pursue Sound Policy on Patent Reform | Commentary

Voters sent a clear message in the 2014 midterm elections not just that they wanted a change in leadership, but that they wanted Washington to work.

The New Congress Can Change Asia-Pacific Trade | Commentary

The recent APEC Summit in Beijing was an impressive photo opportunity for President Barack Obama and a cast of Asia-Pacific leaders. But the midterms are of more importance to the forums original mandate of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation.

Congress Needs to Step Up and Support the Nuclear Negotiations With Iran | Commentary

Nov. 24 is the deadline for the United States, its partners and Iran to come to an agreement on Irans nuclear program. No deal has been reached, but none is expected until the 11th hour. A comprehensive agreement offers the best path to assure that Iran will not build a nuclear weapon through technical assurances in exchange for the phased lifting of sanctions related to Irans nuclear program. Congresss sanctions may have helped bring Iran to the table, but some in Congress have proactively tried to undermine negotiations by threatening new sanctions. Without Congressional support, Iran will have little motive to implement a deal, and Iranian hardliners will be emboldened.

It's Time to Fund the Eisenhower Memorial | Commentary

When the Speaker appointed us to serve on the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, we were honored to help bring to life a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, a great general and a visionary president. Along with our commissioner colleagues, we reviewed numerous options for the memorial concept, deliberating how best could we capture and convey Eisenhowers life and legacy.

The EPA Must Give Nuclear Energy Equal Consideration | Commentary

There is no doubt that the Earths climate has changed over the past 50 years, and it is clear that humans have contributed to the accumulation of greenhouse gases. While the science of climate change is evolving, the risks presented by rising temperatures around the globe are sufficiently large to justify enactment of policies at the national and international levels to reduce carbon emissions.

New Congress Needs to Save Startups from Patent Trolls | Commentary

Now that the midterms are over and Republicans have seized control of the Senate, there is hopeful talk of bipartisan cooperation in the few areas where agreement is possible in the next Congress. Patent reform, which has always had broad bipartisan support, is at the top of the list of legislation that can and should get done. Startups, in particular, are desperate for relief from patent troll abuse, and need the Senate to revive and pass the patent reform bill that was abruptly scuttled by Democratic leadership in May.

Expanded Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas would Lift the US Economy | Commentary

Sen. John Hoeven and Energy Secretary Ernest Monizs recent discussion about liquefied natural gas exports legislation is about further expanding opportunity, investment, and jobs in an industry that has undergone and continues to undergo a dramatic transformation. And make no mistake, lawmakers hammering out a smooth LNG export approval process is about growth and benefits our nations small businesses.

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