German industry lobby group warns of hard Brexit risks

first_img Tags: Brexit More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Tuesday 9 October 2018 7:43 pm whatsapp Managing director of the BDI industry association Joachim Lang told a news conference in Berlin today that a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations was needed at the upcoming European Union summit in Brussels on 17-18 October.“Otherwise there is the risk that Europe slides into a disorderly Brexit and that would cause a huge crisis,” he said.Read more: Dominic Raab slams David Davis’ Brexit plan as a ‘shortcut to no deal’Lang said a hard Brexit would cause major problems for tens of thousands of companies in Europe and hundreds of thousands of employees in the UK and the EU.He said a transition period, which would need to be part of a Brexit deal, was vital to allow German firms to adapt to the legal changes that the UK leaving the EU would introduce. “A strong agreement with the EU is far more important for both sides, especially for Britain, than the remote prospect of deals with third countries,” he said.German economic body IW Institute also warned of the results of a hard Brexit today, saying that German firms would face tariffs of more then €3bn (£2.6bn) a year if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.Read more: BoE steps up Brexit derivatives warnings in plea for EU to take actionA hard Brexit would hit the German auto sector hard, IW said, representing about 60 per cent of the extra costs German firms would face.IW researcher Markos Jung said the prospect of a plunge in German exports to the UK in the event of a hard Brexit was a “horrific scenario” which “should force politicians to act constructively.” James Booth Share German industry lobby group warns of hard Brexit risks Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoWTFactsHe Used To Be Handsome In 81s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimWTFactsUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndo whatsapp The head of an influential German business lobby group warned today that Europe could slip into a “huge crisis” in the event of a hard Brexit.last_img read more

London house prices: Market for £10m-plus homes gets boost from Russia

first_img Share London house prices: Market for £10m-plus homes gets boost from Russia Show Comments ▼ Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. Tuesday 25 November 2014 8:59 pm Tags: London house prices UK house prices center_img whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorUndoMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersUndoThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap Sales of homes valued above £10m has soared by a third this year.The figures released yesterday by estate agents Knight Frank also show the number of transactions were 92 per cent higher from January to October than they were in the same period of 2014.A surge in demand has been seen from Russia. In the six months to October, 21 per cent of buyers were Russian, up from 13 per cent the same time last year.Buyers were also attracted by lower prices – according to Knight Frank, sellers slashed prices between 5 and 10 per cent. Prices of £10m-plus homes have risen 48 per cent since the last low point in March 2009 but annual growth has eased to 3.3 per cent.“Some buyers will remain cautious in the run-up to the general election,” said Richard Cutt of Knight Frank’s Prime Central London team.“However, the sort of global geopolitical instability that drives capital into London and underpins demand will remain.” last_img read more

News / Shippers call on forwarders to pressure airlines into reducing fuel surcharges

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 30/10/2014 Shippers are calling on forwarders to negotiate with airlines over fuel surcharges (FSCs).Concerned that a 25% drop in oil prices since July has not translated into a similar fall in FSCs, air cargo shippers are urging forwarders to help change the pricing mechanism.“All airlines say that the fuel surcharge is related to oil prices,” said Joost van Doesburg, air freight policy manger for the European Shippers’ Council. “But right now the fuel surcharge has not decreased, or if it has, only by a very small amount. Shippers are claiming that airlines are making money on the FSCs. And the numbers speak for themselves.”However, in the past two months, many airlines have reduced their surcharges, some, such as Cargolux and Polar, more than once. China Airlines and Silkway have bucked the trend by increasing their FSCs on some routes, but the average reduction is $0.05 per kilo, taking most airlines to around the $0.80/ kg mark – about a 6% fall. Mr van Doesburg said that last year the price of fuel fell 10%, yet surcharges stayed the same. When fuel then increased, so did the surcharge, effectively changing the base rate.Two large shippers have called for a change in the way the mechanism works. They want to work with forwarders on changing the baseline, and to add part of the current FSC into the standard airfreight rate. They also would like to agree a new FSC mechanism on fuel price fluctuations and add an FSC agreement to contracts.“My question is ‘what are forwarders doing for the shipper?’”asked Mr van Doesburg. “They are the shippers’ representatives to the airlines, so they should understand that this is not how shippers want to be represented. FSCs should be transparent and fair – and that is simply not the case right now.”Forwarders have been reluctant to get involved in FSC negotiations, said one forwarding source, because some are able to make a margin on surcharges.But Robert Keen, director general of UK forwarding association BIFA, said: “Yes, it’s the role of the forwarder to get the best rate for their customers. But ultimately it’s down to the buyer of the service to make sure they are getting value for money.”He added that a call for an industry-wide change to mechanisms would fall foul of antitrust law.“If they think this can be fixed, then perhaps shippers are unaware of competition law. It’s a serious issue which could result in fines or even prison. These issues are down to individual companies to negotiate with individual suppliers.”But Mr van Doesburg said that shippers needed answers. “I want to improve the air cargo industry. This is the number-one issue for my members, and the number one frustration. We just want to start a discussion about changing the current system.”Airlines would argue that there is, in fact, less of a direct relationship between the price of oil and their own costs for jet fuel.European carriers in particular hedge large amounts of their fuel, and many are not feeling the benefit of lower fuel prices yet. IAG said earlier this year it had hedged 79% of its consumption for this quarter, while Air France-KLM has 65% of its fourth-quarter fuel locked in.In addition, a fall in the value of the euro against the dollar has wiped out some of the gains that a falling fuel price could have made.However, speaking in Toronto this week, Tony Tyler, director general of IATA, said airline customers should see FSCs drop soon.Explaining that prices for aviation jet fuel lag behind the price of oil by about a month, he said: “In many cases, airlines operate now with a basic fare and a fuel surcharge of some kind, and the fuel surcharge in many airlines is directly linked to the price they pay for fuel. You’ll see the fuel surcharge very quickly come down.”last_img read more

Senators traded in tobacco stocks while sitting on health committee

first_imgPolitics WASHINGTON — Two high-ranking lawmakers on the Senate committee that crafts legislation about health and oversees public health agencies disclosed that they or their families traded in tobacco company stock while they were on the committee, according to a STAT review.Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reported purchasing at least $15,000 worth of stock in Philip Morris International. Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) husband, meanwhile, owned an account whose manager bought and sold about $1,000 worth of stock in Reynolds American while Murray was the top Democrat on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Log In | Learn More What is it? Tags Congresspolicy STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Ike Swetlitz Feb. 5, 2018 Reprints What’s included? GET STARTED Senators traded in tobacco stocks while sitting on health committee Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDlast_img read more

‘What we’re building now are ghettos,’ Laois councillor warns of housing crisis

first_img Council Pinterest Community Facebook Twitter Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Cllr Brendan Phelan agreed with cllr King and said, “Three years ago I have this notice in. The process is slow and cumbersome.“A design team were appointed, how detailed a design are they doing? This must be the fifth, or sixth, or seventh stage within three years.”Housing crisis being solved by private companies Cllr Phelan added, “The provision of houses is almost all privatised. We want to avoid this situation of the housing crisis is being solved by private companies.”“We are a housing agency. We have to act on this,” agreed cllr King.Cathaoirleach of the municipal district Paddy Bracken said of the housing assistance payment (HAP) scheme, ‘we’d have thousands homeless without it.’“It’s a failure on the whole political spectrum, what we’re building now is ghettos,” concluded cllr Bracken.SEE ALSO – One-Man Garda stations to become a ‘thing of the past’ Home News Council ‘What we’re building now are ghettos,’ Laois councillor warns of housing crisis NewsCouncil WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding ‘What we’re building now are ghettos,’ Laois councillor warns of housing crisiscenter_img “What we’re building now are ghettos,” said Cathaoirleach of Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district Paddy Bracken in relation to people not being able to afford houses around the county.This response came from a notice of motion raised by councillor John King at the Borris-in-Ossory municipal district meeting this morning.The Cathoirleach of Laois County Council asked for an update on the progress of the eight houses at Mooreville, Rathdowney.A written response from senior engineering officer Michael Rainey stated: “Laois County Council received Stage 1 approval for this project from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on September 5, 2018. A design team are currently being appointed to develop the detailed design.”“We’re in a major housing crisis,” said cllr King. He argued that the process from stage one approvals to starting the works needs to be a lot swifter. “Works will have to be done within 14 months,” said cllr King. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp By Siun Lennon – 21st September 2018 Community Twitter Previous articleRosenallis GAA to host their second ever fashion showNext articleWorks on the Mountrath to Castletown road slated at municipal district meeting Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. TAGSBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick MunicipalCllr John KingCllr Paddy Bracken New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Laois man completes extraordinary Deca Ironman challenge

first_img Laois man completes extraordinary Deca Ironman challenge Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Twitter Previous articleLaois cemetery works being buried in red tapeNext articleRemember the Game: Camross defeat Borris-Kilcotton to win the Bob O’Keefe Cup in 2013 Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. GAA WhatsApp Pinterest Chris undertook absolutely gruelling distances in swimming, cycling and running over the past 10 days.This means that he completed combined total of 24 miles swimming, 1120 miles cycling and 262 miles running over the week and three days.The St Joseph’s man finished the challenge in and around the Allerthorpe Lakeland Park in Yorkshire, England for an extremely worthy cause.Chris has decided to use the opportunity to fundraise for the Cuisle Cancer Support Service in Portlaoise.All donations received through sponsorship cards and a dedicated GoFundMe page will go directly to providing valuable services for cancer patients in Laois.In May of last year, Chris completed his first Double Ironman. He managed to complete this incredible feat in 15 hours and 20 minutes on Saturday, and 15 hours and 10 minutes on Sunday.The Ballybrittas native has been ably assisted by his work colleague and friend, Martina Cahill, who has completed programmes in personal training and tailored a nurition plan just for Chris.Previously speaking to LaoisToday, Chris said that sheer will and planning are the key to completing the challenges.“I’d get up at 5 in the morning and have five hours put in before starting work. It was a hard slog during the bad winter we had.“It’s something you do have to work at. When you’ve a family with three young kids, you need to sit down with your partner and say, ‘is this managable?’”Chris started training for Ironmans in October 2014, and entered the toughest of the triathlons, the Lanzarote Ironman, just six months later in May 2015.You can donate towards Chris’s fundraiser for the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise here.SEE ALSO – Laois camogie player brings her beloved national sport to Uganda Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA TAGSChris MaguireIronmanSt Joseph’sStradballyStradbally Fayre By Siun Lennon – 3rd August 2019 Facebook Home News Community Laois man completes extraordinary Deca Ironman challenge NewsCommunity Ten Ironman Triathlons in 10 days.We must all be thinking the same thing – what is Chris Maguire made out of?!Chris, who owns the very popular Stradbally Fayre, is no stranger to Ironman challenges, but this infamous Deca Ironman Triathlon is a completely different kettle of fish. Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

North Korea Market Prices Update: August 28, 2018

first_img North Korea Market Prices Update: August 28, 2018 Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2018.08.29 5:29pm News News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected]  1 USD1 RMBRice (1kg)Corn (1kg)Pork (1kg)Gas (1kg)Diesel (1kg)center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News SHARE Pyongyang826013004900185012500116007400 Sinuiju816012604920190012550118007260 Hyesan829013005000200012300129007380 North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) All prices shown in KPW and current as of August 28, 2018. Data: Daily NKlast_img read more

Police Convalescent Home Gets Gym Equipment

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPolice Convalescent Home Gets Gym Equipment FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Police convalescent home in St. Elizabeth has benefited from some $270,000 worth of gym equipment, to aid in the physical rehabilitation of cops, who are recovering from various injuries.Funding for the equipment, which includes two multi-purpose exercise machines, treadmills, weights racks and exercise mats, came from the proceeds of the 2007 National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.Members of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Jevene Bent, on Friday (Feb. 20) toured the home located in Black River, to view the equipment and to observe conditions at the facility.Speaking after the tour, DCP Bent thanked the members of the committee for the donation.“We are still in need of more, I must confess. We still need additional support and I am sure that the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee and Jamaica as a whole, will reach out to us,” she said.She stated that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) would continue to improve conditions at the home, so as to promote and enhance the physical rehabilitation and care of police officers. She noted that the support of the Prayer Breakfast Committee and other entities over the years, was “well appreciated” by the High Command and other members of the Force.Bishop Stanley Clarke, Secretary of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee, said that the members were concerned about the welfare of police officers and were happy to assist the home.“We are very pleased with what we have seen. We believe it was a very deserving effort and we would hope that as time goes by, the temporary residents of this home will benefit so that when they leave here, they would be improved and be able to lead a normal life, despite the odds they have to face,” he said.The home was built to accommodate 14 police officers recovering from major illnesses and injuries. It has two single and six-double occupancy rooms with adjoining bathrooms. Other amenities include a swimming pool and jacuzzi for exercising. RelatedPolice Convalescent Home Gets Gym Equipmentcenter_img RelatedPolice Convalescent Home Gets Gym Equipment Police Convalescent Home Gets Gym Equipment National SecurityFebruary 23, 2009last_img read more

Crowdfunding begins for the fastest three-wheel EV

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Three is an odd number: Three-wheelers through historyThe more modest Deluxe model has a starting price of $19,999 and looks just as cool, if not so spectacular. It uses a 36 kWh battery capable of 290 km of range, with a 0-100 km/h sprint of about 7 seconds.Those interested in these vehicles are encouraged to drop at least $100 between now and July 23, 2021. That cash entitles you to a pre-order and a lower price when the vehicle goes into production in 2023. It also includes a $100 coupon for any e-bike or small EV that Daymak currently sells. Overall, Daymak is hoping for at least 50,000 of these kinds of deposits to help make the Spiritus a reality.That’s a serious figure to reach. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this Canadian EV innovator, and whether this three-wheeled speed machine will be on the road anytime soon. Our experience with three-wheelers suggests that they’re not all that popular, and with prices approaching sedan territory, people may just opt for a car over this EV car-bike hybrid. Still, e-bikes are tremendously popular in urban environments and EV enthusiasts get pretty excited about these kinds of mobility solutions, so time will tell how many open their wallets to Daymak.LISTEN: Who says you can’t go for long drives in short-range EVs?. RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpenedcenter_img Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSElectricNon-LuxuryElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesOntarioToronto & GTAcanadian techdaymakebikeElectric VehiclesEVNon-LuxuryOntariospiritusTechnologyToronto See More Videos This Quebec-based three-wheeler company is going bankrupt Daymak, a Toronto-based manufacturer of light-duty electric vehicles, is commencing a crowdfunding campaign for the ultimate three-wheeled EV, featuring a 0-100 km/h time of about 1.8 seconds and a range of 480 km.Called the Spiritus, the three-wheeler is one of six vehicles in Daymak’s ambitious Avvenire Series, which includes an e-bike, a recumbent bike, an AWD mobility e-scooter, an ATV and a high-performance EV that’s capable of flying. Daymak already has plenty of experience selling e-bikes and scooters, so they’re trying their hand at more premium and sporty vehicles.The Spiritus is a two-seat coupe, and with just three wheels, it looks like a sci-fi dream come true. It comes in two configurations: The Ultimate model is the most boast-worthy, with a 1.8 second 0-100 km/h time and an 80 kWh battery promising 480 km of range. All three wheels are powered to make that kind of acceleration possible. Meanwhile, the batteries are supplied by Extreme Vehicle Battery Technologies. The Ultimate model also packs seven screens, four-cameras, four airbags and even solar panels on the roof and console. It’s expected to cost an eyebrow-raising $149,000 USD. last_img read more

U.S. House Committee System Survives For A Reason, CU-Boulder Prof Says

first_img Published: June 26, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The oft-criticized committee system in the U.S. House of Representatives resists change because it serves its members well, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder political science professor. Advocates of congressional reform often point to the House committee system as an outmoded relic that could benefit from changes to make it more efficient and accountable. But since the late 1940s the system has changed little. The reason, Assistant Professor Scott Adler argues in “Why Congressional Reforms Fail: Reelection and the House Committee System,” published this month by the University of Chicago Press, is that it serves a primary interest of members of Congress: re-election. On one level, that’s a good thing, Scott said. “If we don’t have legislators who are motivated by re-election we don’t have a democratic process,” he said. “If they’re not thinking about their districts, if they’re not thinking about their constituents — they’re not doing their jobs.” But there are drawbacks, he acknowledges. The primary one may be that legislators have less concern about the overall size of the U.S. budget as long as increased spending benefits their home districts. But the costs of so-called “pork barrel” spending are overestimated in Adler’s opinion. Pet projects do not pervade congressional policymaking, he said. Furthermore, they are usually supported by people in the districts in which they occur and often benefit other districts as well. “The conventional wisdom is a misperception,” he said. “Sometimes they are fighting for what their districts need.” The House committee system of today looks very similar to the way it did 50 years ago, said Adler. Reforms have been attempted at various times — particularly in the 1940s, 1970s and 1990s — but with little success. Opposition to reform often crosses party lines because interest in re-election crosses party lines, he said. Therefore, not much has changed because the same factors that influenced House members 50 years ago are still in place today. “The current system enables members to accomplish the things that help them get re-elected,” he said. Other scholars have suggested that the motivation for maintaining the current institutional structure of the House has changed due to members becoming more partisan and ideological, but Adler doesn’t buy it. And the outlook for House committee reforms in the future? “Drastic changes in the committee system are unlikely,” he says.last_img read more