Brownback urged to sign health care compact to protect Kansan seniors

April 17, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement again urging Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback to sign the health care compact to protect Kansan seniors:

“Under the current Obamacare law, seniors across the nation will feel the brunt of an upcoming $700 billion cut in Medicare.  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has the opportunity to sign the Health Care Compact that is on his desk that will enable Kansas to determine how best to spend the allotted Medicare funds.  Scare tactics by AARP fronting for its marketing partner United HealthCare notwithstanding, failure to enact the law by the Governor will consign Kansas’ seniors to the catastrophic impact of the Obamacare cuts to senior health care.

“Americans for Limited Government strongly urges Governor Brownback to sign the Kansas Health Care Compact legislation that is on his desk. It is the only way to help protect seniors from the devastating impact of Washington, D.C.-directed cuts by giving local control back to the people of Kansas via their elected state representatives.”

Attachments:

House Bill 2553 at http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2553_00_0000.pdf

H.J. Res 110, Feb. 11, 2014 at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-joint-resolution/110/text?q={%22search%22:[%22h%20j%20res%20110%22]}

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Brownback should sign health care compact

April 16, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback to sign legislation joining an interstate compact to allow states to regulate health care on their own without federal interference:

“Should the people of Kansas wish to opt out of federal administration of health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and the insurance exchanges, they should be allowed to. The health care compact will restore control over health care to the states that choose to adopt the compact.

“Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s erroneous statement that the bill offers no clear plan for how the compact might be administered ignores what the bill actually does, which is allow states to administer federal health programs the way they see fit. By opting into the compact, once adopted by Congress, it will empower Kansas to administer federal funds for health programs. It’s really as simple as that. It would be up to the state legislature to work out the details.

 “Governor Brownback should sign this bill immediately. To veto it would be to cede to federal control over health care, and to accept that Obamacare is here to stay.”

Attachments:

House Bill 2553 at http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2553_00_0000.pdf

H.J. Res 110, Feb. 11, 2014 at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-joint-resolution/110/text?q={%22search%22:[%22h%20j%20res%20110%22]}

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Internet Stewardship Act would require Congressional authority to turn over Internet

April 14, 2014, Fairfax, VA — Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of H.R. 4367, the “Internet Stewardship Act” offered by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) that would require Congressional authorization for any federal turnover of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to any other entity:

“President Obama should not be giving the Internet away to anyone without a vote in Congress. Rep. Kelly’s legislation will reaffirm Congressional authority over any Internet transition taking place, guaranteeing that our elected representatives have a say in keeping the World Wide Web free and open from censorship. But, with the current Commerce Department contract with ICANN coming to an end in September 2015, the House will need to move decisively to enact it and then work with Senate colleagues to force a vote there, too.

“The Administration has yet to produce a legal analysis justifying turning over key Internet names and numbers authorities without Congressional authority to some as of yet unconstituted international body. It has also failed to show how current First Amendment protections of free speech afforded under the current regime of Internet stewardship will be safeguarded once the the Commerce Department’s arrangement with ICANN ends. The House should take immediate action to move the Internet Stewardship Act to the floor for passage.”

Attachments:

“FOIA requests Commerce Dept. legal authority to turn over Internet,” March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.pdf

“Can Obama turn over the Internet without Congress?” By ALG senior editor Robert Romano, April 1, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/04/can-obama-give-away-internet-without-congress/

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Sebelius resignation is ‘far overdue’

April 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement commenting on the resignation Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

“Secretary Sebelius’ resignation is far overdue.  She has failed to play it straight with the American public or Congress wasting untold sums of money on a website that will probably never work failing her most basic managerial responsibilities.  Under her tenure millions of hard-working Americans have lost their health insurance coverage, in many cases due to regulations promulgated at her direction, and she has stonewalled attempts by Congress to provide adequate oversight over her Department.

“As the failures of Obamacare have become more and more evident, this is but the first step that needs to occur. Next, Obamacare must be fully repealed.”

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Aggregate donation limits overturned step in the right direction

April 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising a Supreme Court decision to strike down aggregate donation limits that in 2012 disallowed more than $117,000 in donations to candidates and party committees every two years:

“While the court’s ruling did not strike down the base donation limits, it is a step in the right direction to removing restrictions on campaign donations that strike at the heart of First Amendment protections of political speech. The maximum gift total has in the past denied late blooming candidates from access to the finances necessary to maximize their chances of victory because donors were already maxed out. But more importantly, aggregate limits most certainly restrict how much speech occurs in federal election campaigns by and thus cannot squared with First Amendment protections.”

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ALG urges Missouri House passage of right to work bill

April 1, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President and Missouri native Nathan Mehrens today in the following statement urged passage of right to work bill HB 1770:

“Legislators must not be intimidated by those who would see right to work defeated. Now is the time to stand firm for worker choice. Nobody should be forced to join a union just to make a living in the profession of their choice.

“The Missouri House should pass HB 1770 that will give workers the choice of whether or not they want to pay union dues. This all boils down to individual choice, and whether the state of Missouri is going to respect the right of the freedom of association.

“Missouri should be joining states like Indiana and Michigan in taking the lead to push back against union excesses, and restore the freedom of choice to its citizens to decide for themselves who they associate with.”

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FOIA requests Commerce Dept. legal authority to turn over Internet

March 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requesting the legal basis for its plans to transition control over the Internet to some as of yet unnamed international body.

The FOIA request includes “All records relating to legal and policy analysis developed by or provided to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that support its decision to ‘transition key internet domain name functions,’ including any analysis showing whether the NTIA has the legal authority to perform the transition.”

On March 23, L. Gordon Crovitz reported in the Wall Street Journal that “a spokesman for the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration said the agency reviewed this legal issue and concluded the administration can act without Congress but refused to share a copy of the legal analysis [emphasis added].”

“The American people have a right to know why and on what legal basis, if any, the Commerce Department believes it has the power to transition control over key Internet domain name functions to an international body or to anyone else without a vote in Congress,” Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens stated.

Attachments:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.pdf

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ALG urges passage of JOBS Act

March 26, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of the JOBS Act being introduced in the House of Representatives:

“Americans for Limited Government strongly urges passage of the Republican Study Committee’s JOBS Act.  The JOBS Act is comprehensive legislation that unleashes private job creators through overturning the Obama Administration’s regulatory assault on the American workforce.

“The JOBS Act stifles Obama’s War on Coal creating a low cost energy future that is needed to build a robust U.S. manufacturing sector which isn’t dependent upon government subsidies for success.  The Act also strips away the rogue National Labor Relation’s Boards capacity to serve as prosecutor, judge and jury on employment law cases, a power that has created profound workforce uncertainty for employers who seek to follow the law.  The House of Representatives should pass the JOBS Act without delay.”

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$63 billion IMF bailout stripped out of Ukraine aid bill

March 25, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising Senate Republicans for stripping an additional $63 billion in new quota money for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from a bill to offer a $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine:

“There never was a good reason to hold up the Ukraine aid legislation in order to give another $63 billion to the IMF to bail out banks that foolishly lent money to bankrupt European governments. Senate Republicans are to be praised for insisting to Harry Reid that it be removed. It should have never been included in the first place.

“In the face of Russia’s threats against Ukraine, it always was irresponsible to hold these loans hostage in order to achieve unrelated funding for the IMF, as if U.S. credibility abroad was something to be bargained with.”

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Ukraine aid should not be conditioned on $63 billion IMF bailout

March 21, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement demanding the U.S. Senate take up a clean U.S. House legislation to offer a $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine, and to strike its additional $63 billion in new quota money for the International Monetary Fund (IMF):

“There is absolutely no reason to hold up Ukraine aid, needed to support the nascent government there, so that Obama can give another $63 billion to the IMF to bail out bankrupt governments like Greece and the banks that foolishly lent them money. Russia has annexed Crimea, and is threatening Ukraine, a U.S. ally. That is more than enough cause for Congress to consider the clean House aid bill to Ukraine on its merits. Even the Washington Post editorial page has rightly stated the ‘White House and Senate Democrats are more to blame for picking this fight’.

“It is time for Harry Reid to stop playing Washington, D.C. politics in the face of geopolitical threats. It is irresponsible to hold Ukraine aid hostage while that country’s fate very much hangs in the balance, and it is embarrassing.”

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