Whenever Congress tries to pass a bill with this long of a title, it usually means that the bill is not a good idea. The Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2013 would expand government’s role in the internet as LLPH ally, Rep. Justin Amash states:
The bill expands the activities of the federal government’s networking and information technology R&D program. Among other things, the bill requires the development of a strategic plan that emphasizes high-risk R&D projects and strengthens information technology education and training programs, and requires that the program support long-term R&D that may aid in “national economic competitiveness.”
The government should not use its power and your tax dollars (almost $4 BILLION per year) to pick winners and losers in technological development. The market is far better at determining the needs of society. The bill passed 406-11.
Imagine, government is using $4 billion per year to fund this program that picks winners and losers in the internet business. True free market conservatives support letting companies compete in the free market without government intervention. Where is this even authorized in the U.S. Constitution?
Here are the 11 Representatives who voted against this big-government bill: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA 4), Doug Collins (R-GA 9), Paul Broun (R-GA 10), Raul Labrador (R-ID 1), Marlin Stutzman (R-IN 3), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS 1), Thomas Massie (R-KY 4), Justin Amash (R-MI 3), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK 1), Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1).
If some of these names are getting familiar to you, that’s good. Because a lot of these leaders are true conservatives who stand up for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness whether it is a Republican or Democrat piece of legislation. That makes them special and we need more like them.
Here’s the full roll call vote list: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h108