ACP LEGISLATIVE AGENDA (NATIONAL)

INTRODUCTION

The American Conservative Party (ACP) is working for a freer and more economically vibrant America. Based on our Principal Platform and our three Causes (educationchoice.org, sustainliberty.us, article1.us), the party proposes its 2014 American Conservative Party Legislative Agenda to serve as a framework and springboard for specific policy proposals and legislation at the federal level. The items in this agenda pertain primarily to Congress and its responsibility for funding and oversight of the Executive Branch.

This is the ACP’s initial Agenda and does not represent every conceivable position that the ACP can or will take on the issues of the day. To engage in helping develop and promote our Legislative Agenda, go to our Take Action page and join your local District Legislative Committee.

For more information on the ACP’s policy initiatives, go to the ACP Policy Center.

BUDGET

1) Federal Operating Budget

This measure advocates requiring Congress adhere to its long and well- established process and schedules for passage of the United States annual operating budget. Further, this measure advocates abolishing the use of Continuing Resolutions and omnibus spending bills. The objective is to demand Congress complete work on the U.S. Federal Government operating budget 30 days in advance of the start of the fiscal year. It is envisioned that both rule changes and legislation could be required to compel Congress to meet its obligation with regard to passage of an operating budget.

CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNANCE
(Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Finance/Banking, Housing)

2) Restore Constitutional Governance

This measure requires that the three co-equal branches of the federal government exercise only those enumerated powers consigned to them by the United States Constitution. This may require elimination of some federal agencies, departments and programs, with a result of returning those powers to state governments and individual citizens.

3) Elimination of HUD and the CRA

This measure advocates elimination of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; and reform and potential repeal of the Community Reinvestment Act.

4) Audit of the Federal Reserve, Develop Single Mandate, Repeal Dodd-Frank

This measure advocates: 1) an audit of Federal Reserve; 2) a shift in the mandate of the Federal Reserve to a single one of protecting against inflation (eliminating the employment mandate) and 3) repeal of Dodd-Frank and the repudiation of the concept of “too big to fail.”

LABOR

5) Reorganization of the National Labor Relations Board

This measure advocates for complete legal review of the United States federal government’s involvement in labor-related matters. The initiative supports: 1) elimination of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and transfer of responsibilities to the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor.

6) Repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act

The initiative supports the potential reform or repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act, and applying right-to-work laws to all federal contracts.

7) Eliminate Federal Protection of Public Sector Unions

The initiative supports restoration of the Wagner Act to exclude public-sector unions, and overrule of President Richard Nixon’s Executive Order 11491, which allowed for protection of public-sector unions.

HEALTHCARE AND ENTITLEMENTS

8) Block Grant Health and Human Services Programs

It is envisioned that this initiative will: 1) support block-grants for health and human services entitlements (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), school meals programs); 2) encourage state-led innovation in increasing privatization of health and human services-related programs; and 3) eventually phase out grants in order to cede complete control of these health and human services programs to individual states.

9) Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

This measure would repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirety.

IMMIGRATION

10) U.S. Immigration Enforcement and Reform

This measure advocates a three-stage solution to the issue of illegal immigration into the United States: 1) secure the borders of the United States, 2) enforce existing immigration law; and, 3) review existing laws and policies and make sensible reforms where necessary.

TAX REFORM

11) Reform Existing United States Federal Tax Code

This measure supports: 1) elimination of the current individual tax code; 2) elimination of all tax deductions; 3) replacement of the current tax system by a graduated “flat tax” with three brackets, taking into account new income earned from any source (the 3 rates would be based on individual income levels); 4) elimination of the estate/inheritance/or “death tax”; 4) reduction of the current corporate income tax rate(s) to a rate competitive with other nations.

EDUCATIONCHOICE.ORG

12) Education Choice

This measure provides for a complete overhaul and reform of USC Title 20, with the ultimate goals of: 1) eliminating the United States Department of Education; and 2) placing control of all education matters and policies in the hands of local communities and the states.

SUSTAINLIBERTY.US

CENTRAL PLANNING AND REGULATION REFORM

13) Reform and Overhaul of the Environmental Protection Agency

The measure urges 1) an overhaul of all federal regulations of land use that seek to replace private-property rights with federally mandated land use prescriptions; and 2) commitment to rational environmental policies.

14) Reduction of Federal Ownership of Land

Land owned by the federal government that is not being explicitly used for legitimate Constitutionally mandated functions (particularly that administered by the: Park Service, Forestry Service, Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management) should be returned to the states and to the people respectively through transfers to state governments, sales to private interests, or creation of fiduciary trusts for purposes of conservation or other interests.

15) Cease Market Manipulation through Agriculture, Energy, Transportation Subsidies

This initiative would: 1) end the distribution by federal agencies of tax subsidies for farming (or not farming), energy development, transportation; and 2) end restrictions on development of natural resources.

ENERGY

16) National Energy Policy

This measure: 1) addresses the need to define and implement a coherent U.S. National Energy Policy leading to U.S. energy independence and increased access and affordability of reliable energy; 2) empowers the private sector to innovate and develop more efficient energy resources; 3) reorients the federal government’s focus on essential research and development versus “investment,” which should be left to the private sector; and 4) addresses much-needed comprehensive and wide-ranging regulatory reforms.

FOREIGN POLICY

FOREIGN POLICY: LEGISLATIVE

17) Military Budgeting and Authorization

This initiative addresses the first and foremost constitutionally mandated responsibility and power consigned to the federal government. In this regard, this item will of necessity address matters of: 1) national defense budgeting and authorization; 2) military readiness; 3) force structure; 4) force deployment; 5) weapons systems modernization; and 6) Department of Defense realignment.

18) Foreign Aid Review

This initiative would review the funds made available in foreign aid with the objectives of : 1) eliminating all Foreign Aid to countries that are shown to be hostile to the interests of the United States; 2) auditing all USAID programs and projects with and aim to eliminate duplicative, ineffective and wasteful programs.

FOREIGN POLICY EXECUTIVE

19) Executive Foreign Policy Review

This initiative advocates a review of the United States Foreign Policy, with the goals of establishing a coherent foreign policy and strategy defined by national interests. This item supports: 1) thorough review of United States Foreign Policy; 2) alignment of United States foreign policy with strategic interests abroad; 3) review of all Department of State initiatives with the objective of eliminating all programs found not to be aligned with or supportive of the strategic objectives of the United States foreign policy.