Operation Choke Point was never intended to be public. Instead of openly outlawing industries of which regulators do not approve, the government uses Operation Choke Point to extort financial service companies so that those unfavorable industries are cut off from the tools necessary to run a business. Wise said about the program, “If it wasn’t so dangerous, I’d applaud the government for their ingenuity. The fact is Operation Choke Point is ruining the lives of innocent Americans.”
Programs as outrageous as Operation Choke Point do not need reform—they need to be ended. On this note, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced legislation to end Operation Choke Point in February. His proposal would fully defund Operation Choke Point and prohibit the incoming attorney general from restarting it or a instituting a similar program.
Americans should not have their livelihoods subjected to the whims of unelected bureaucrats who are operating outside of the law. If the administration will not act on its own, let us hope that Congress manages to close down Operation Choke Point.
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