Rob’s Rundown: Week of November 30 – December 3, 2021

Rob’s Rundown: Week of November 30 – December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021 Off By administrator


December 3, 2021

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Rob’s Rundown

Senator Portman was back in Washington this week where he delivered remarks on the Senate floor Monday evening in which he discussed the record number of overdose deaths that have devastated families and communities across America. Portman, who has long been a leader in Congress in combating the addiction epidemic, leading passage of landmark legislation like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) called for added security at the border, closer cooperation with the international community, and better enforcement of his bipartisan STOP Act law to help disrupt the supply of lethal substances, and for the passage of his bipartisan CARA 3.0 legislation to reduce demand by doubling down on proven treatment and recovery options, while also funding greater investments in research, education, prevention, and criminal justice support to help turn the tide of addiction. 

Portman delivered remarks at a press conference Wednesday afternoon outlining his concerns with the SALT tax provision in Democrats’ massive tax and spending proposal. Portman pointed out that the real cost of the Democrats’ proposal will be more than $4 trillion because many of the programs are unlikely to sunset, two-thirds of millionaires will receives a tax cut under the proposal and the SALT cap increase will cost as much as $100 billion more than the Child Tax Credit, which Democrats claim is the cornerstone of their entire spending bill. 

On Thursday, Portman spoke on the Senate floor outlining the harmful consequences of the so-called book tax in the Democrats’ reckless tax and spending proposal. In the speech, Portman discussed his concerns with the new tax hike, including the fact that it will amount to a new corporate alternative tax that taxes pensions and is not based on income, but rather book value. Portman talked about how the tax would add to inflation that is already surging and how workers will be hurt the most. Portman also noted that Democrats passing another stimulus bill would represent a doubling down of the policies that created this current state of inflation by raising taxes and stimulating consumer demand. He also said that the actual cost of this legislation could be more than $4 trillion, rather than the $1.75 trillion figure Democrats cite.

Finally, on Tuesday, Portman delivered opening remarks at a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee roundtable titled “FedRAMP Reform: Recommendations to Reduce Burden, Enhance Security, and Address Inefficiencies in the Government Cloud Authorization Process” and highlighted the need for reforms to address the current security issues, inefficiencies, and burdens in the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a government-wide program that…

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