From the Mid-Hudson Valley Perspective Archive
Commentary by Rachel del Guidice
Over the past eight decades, Congress has gradually relinquished its lawmaking role and left it to the administrative state, said a conservative senator at a Capitol Hill event on Wednesday.
(Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 ) <Read it>
In my opinion, the Agency Accountability Act is lacking on one area. Here’s how Sen. Lee describes it:
The act, which has been introduced in the House, would “make federal agencies accountable … by directing most fines, fees, and unappropriated proceeds to the Treasury instead of letting federal agencies keep the money and then spend it as they see fit,” the Utah senator said.
A big problem with the way agencies handle fines is they allow the perpetrators to “donate” the money to a private organization designated by the agency in lieu of paying a fine to the government. This has given left-wing bureaucrats the power to essentially direct money that should go to the government to left-wing organizations. It would be wrong if it was going to any organization. - BK