Did anyone ever hear radio personality Jason Lewis proclaim that businesses needed more guidance from the White House and advocate for a taxpayer-funded “advisory board” to help them manage their employees ?
Well, turns out Washington has changed Jason Lewis into a politician — a politician with an eye on November 6 and the concern that voters will turn to Angie Craig to be their next Representative.
It was more than surprising that on June 13th, Minnesota Second District Congressman Jason Lewis lead the House to pass legislation establishing a “Federal Task Force to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.“
Cost $2 million over the 2018-2022 period.
Somehow that does not fit with the ranting of a radio personality warning of a “Nanny State”.
And that was followed up on June 14th, when Congressman Lewis tweeted after his taking part in the “Can opioids save the GOP from losing the midterms?“ event.
— Jason Lewis (@RepJasonLewis) June 14, 2018
Gosh, a new “Advisory Committee” ?
Does President Trump think he needs another “Advisory Committee” ?
Let us remember that President Trump already issued an executive order on March 29, 2017, establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
As such, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has begun instituting procedures aimed at monitoring and managing opioid prescription usage but Congressman Lewis wants a “Advisory Committee” to provide them guidance.
“It’s no secret that opioid abuse is an epidemic nationwide, and it bleeds into all aspects of life, including the workplace,” Congressman Lewis said in a press release announcing HR 5892. “Therefore, in order to effectively combat this crisis, we must include a workplace focus.”
Congressman Lewis’ legislation would establish a 19-member advisory group appointed by the secretary of labor. Members would include employers, employees, workplace safety experts, human resources professionals, medical doctors, licensed therapists, academic researchers, state and local officials, and other experts. The cost is unknown … but easily over six-figures.
Is it a good bill ?
A necessary bill ?
A political stunt ?
Well, the fact that this is already being touted tells us something
Let’s ignore the question of whether this is a good bill and instead ask the question, if enacted, will the Trump Administration ever appoint anyone to the board ?
And considering that the Trump Labor Department is stalling, disbanding and allowing to lapse of several critical federal advisory committees, that is doubtful.
Funny how Congressman Lewis is not complaining about that.
Congressman Lewis’ legislation provides that “A majority of members of the Advisory Committee shall constitute a quorum and action shall be taken only by a majority vote of the members.”
Well, considering that the Trump Labor Department has failed to fill slots (or terminated appointees), the following “advisory committees” have effectively been terminated
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health
No quorum … no advise … no problem for Trump.
Somehow don’t ya gotta think that radio personality Jason Lewis would have lamblasted the creation of another “advisory board” ?
Instead, Congressman Lewis is part of the new website OpioidCrisis.GOP.
Let’s call it like a radio personality would … Congressman Lewis is trying to appeal to voters as being responsive to a problem and promoting a solution that he must know will never be created by the Trump Administration.