Capitol Bell ? Republicans vote to take legal action against StemExpress, despite Democrat walkout.

Capitol Bell @ Hoax and Change

Capitol Bell ? Republicans vote to take legal action against StemExpress, despite Democrat walkout.

Capitol Bell @ Hoax and Change

Capitol Bell @ Hoax and Change

Sept. 22, 2016
Good evening from Capitol Hill, where lawmakers have an opportunity to replace taxpayer subsidies for the agriculture industry with a solution that nurtures free markets. Daren Bakst summarizes The Heritage Foundation’s proposed overhaul of the farm bill. Republicans on a House panel looking into trafficking in aborted baby body parts vote to hold a tech firm in contempt of Congress. Kelsey Harkness has the latest. And the suspect in the New York bombing appears to have familiar ties to terrorists, Jim Phillips writes.

A free-market alternative to the farm bill. The harm caused by government subsidies is far greater than the approximately $15 billion annual cost of the taxpayer-funded safety net. Instead of meeting the needs of the market, farmers will make planting decisions based on how to maximize the subsidies that are being offered to them. This isn’t a criticism of farmers; it is a rational action they take based on the market-distorting incentives created by subsidies, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Daren Bakst.
New York bombing may be another terrorist attack inspired by al-Qaeda’s Anwar al-Awlaki. The Heritage Foundation’s James Phillips writes that police reported that when he was arrested Monday, Ahmad Khan Rahami had a notebook in which he had written rambling thoughts about terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader killed in 2011, and Anwar al-Awlaki, the charismatic Yemeni-American Islamist extremist who was a key leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
Republicans vote to take legal action against StemExpress, despite Democrat walkout. The effort to hold the fetal tissue procurement company StemExpress in contempt of Congress moved forward Wednesday, despite Democrats walking out of the vote. After the six Democrats on the special House panel physically exited the room in protest, the Republicans investigating the fetal tissue market voted unanimously to take legal action against StemExpress for refusing to hand over its accounting records, reports The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness.
What we’re reading: “Republican Study Committee leaders are endorsing Rep. Andy Harris to lead the conservative group in the next Congress, picking the House Freedom Caucus member over freshman Rep. Mark Walker. The RSC’s founders, an influential group which consists of current chairman Bill Flores, R-Texas, Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, and previous leaders of the caucus, said while both Harris, R-Md., and Walker, R-N.C., are qualified to serve as chairman, Harris’ seniority in Congress helped sway the decision,” writes Heather Caygle for Politico.
ONE MORE THING

What’s the latest on the terror attacks over the weekend? And what do conservatives have to say about President Obama’s latest refugee outline? We discussed both with The Heritage Foundation’s James J. Carafano.
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