Posts by Chris Lewis:
After disasters, the FCC and the American people must decide not just whether to rebuild, but also how to rebuild.
August 29 will be the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a storm that left a level of devastation and death in the Gulf Coast that horrified our nation. Soon after the storm in 2005 there was an open debate about whether it was smart to rebuild in cities such as New Orleans, where the cost to build back the city’s defenses against future storms was great due to the natural terrain and the level of technology needed to do the job. Residents had to choose if they would return to their homes and invest in making their communities whole again, or simply start over in a new town where the prospects where better.
This decision is not unlike what communities faced following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the New York and New Jersey coast in 2012. In both instances, residents decided that their community was “stronger than the storm” and that they would restore their communities back to a place that worked for all its people and businesses.
Even when they agree on what they want, Members of Congress excel at division and making a noncontroversial bill sound like the road to ruin.
FACT: Ask every member of the House Judiciary Committee if they support the right of consumers to unlock their cell phones so they can change service providers and they will say yes. All of them.
And yet for two hours Wednesday, Committee members engaged in heated debate and ultimately voted by a small margin to move the simple four page bill (H.R. 1123) sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte out of Committee and to the House floor for consideration and vote. This should not have been a controversial committee mark up, but many Members of Congress continue to be concerned about what this bill means, rather than what it actually does.