Perry Takes Aim at Congress, Courts (more details on today’s speech)
Texas Tribune ^ | November 15, 2011 | Jay Root
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:53:25 AM by Cincinatus’ Wife
BETTENDORF, Iowa — Gov. Rick Perry is proposing to bring a little Texas to Washington — with a “part-time citizen Congress” that doesn’t meet so often, and whose members earn only half of what they make now.
The Republican presidential hopeful will also call for an end to lifetime appointments for federal judges, including members of the U.S. Supreme Court. And, as he proposed in his famous debate-night flub last week, Perry will vow to shut down three agencies of government.
This time he will remember all three: the U.S. Departments of Education, Commerce and Energy.
“Washington doesn’t need a new coat of paint,” Perry told Iowa Republicans Monday night in advance of the policy proposal. “It needs a complete overhaul.”
The initiative will portray Washington as the impediment to a thriving, free-market based economy. According to a summary of the reform proposal, Perry will say that members of Congress should face criminal penalties for insider trading, a controversial practice highlighted in a recent investigation by CBS’s 60 Minutes. He would also subject members of Congress to the Freedom of Information Act, from which they have remained exempt for decades.
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