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3 BILLS SEN. MIKE LEE THINKS COULD SHIFT POWER ‘BACK TO THE PEOPLE’

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>

--Daily Signal--

Editorial Comment

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