ALG urges Yes on Motion to Proceed to Obamacare repeal

July 24, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to vote Yes on the motion to proceed to legislation on alternatives to Obamacare:

“The Senate should vote yes on the motion to proceed to consider alternatives to Obamacare. If nothing else, the motion to proceed will be followed by a repeat of the 2015 partial repeal bill. This will force every Senator who voted to repeal in 2015 to recast that vote now that it matters. There is simply no excuse after seven years of voting, complaining and campaigning for Senate Republicans to not take this opportunity to put their money where their mouths are, and end the failed Obamacare system.”

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Washington Post should show work on anonymous sources used against Sessions, or be ignored

July 24, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Washington Post for its use of unverified, anonymous sources for its July 21 hit piece against Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“It is unacceptable for supposed news outlets like the Washington Post to continue a war on the Trump Administration using anonymous sources reading from top secret documents that the reporter never even sees to check the veracity.  It is clear that in the case of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that he is making substantive changes at the Justice Department that many Obama holdovers despise.  The Attorney General has clearly stated under oath what the content of various conversations he has had are, and has vigorously denied ever talking to the Russian ambassador about the election campaign.  It is normal for opposition campaigns to provide counter narratives, but if the Washington Post wants to maintain even a shred of journalistic respectability, they need to show their work, or they should be ignored.

“The Post put out another of their unsourced, somebody read something to me over the phone so it must be true, stories on Friday evening attacking Attorney General Sessions over his brief contacts with the Russian ambassador that occurred during the course of business last year. Attorney General Sessions has vigorously denied, under oath, that these conversations were in any way related to the election. Yet, a deep state unnamed U.S. intelligence source continues to feed false information to the Post in an attempt to stop Sessions’ efforts to root out these bad actors who have repeatedly fed fake news to the anti-Trump media.

“The Post has a new slogan, ‘democracy dies in darkness,’ which they hang their hats on while pretending to be the neutral light. The irony of course is that they report out of darkness when they continue to use anonymous sources which have embarrassed them time and again when the full truth comes out, and not just the filtered spin they are being fed.

“Attorney General Sessions is doing a great job in restoring faith in the rule of law and cleaning up the mess left behind by the politicized Obama Justice Department.  He is going after the MS-13 illegal alien gangs that Obama allowed to infiltrate our nation, and deporting them. He is working hard to refocus the Justice Department to actual criminals rather than being at the vanguard of trying to Administratively change our national culture.  I strongly encourage him to keep up the good work, and not be deterred by Jeff Bezos’ political gnats working under the pretense of journalism.”

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson to ‘reinterpret’ racial and income zoning rule

July 20, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, for stating his department will “reinterpreting” the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule:

“HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s decision to ‘reinterpret’ the Obama era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation will hopefully take federal government bureaucrats out of the business of day to day local zoning decisions. The efforts of Senator Mike Lee and Representative Paul Gosar to keep this critical constitutional issue in front of the public over the past three years were instrumental in this important Trump Administration decision.

“It is this kind of rolling back of the Obama era administrative overreach that is the centerpiece of the Trump Administration successes.  What’s more, this proposed action by Secretary Carson demonstrates his understanding of the importance of the Fair Housing Act and the need keep it from being used as a political weapon directed at local communities. This never had anything to do with individual cases of housing discrimination, which both political parties abhor and remains illegal, but instead was an unconstitutional federal power grab over local zoning.”

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Mueller exceeds mandate with Trump family business investigation

July 20, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to be limited:

“Robert Mueller was originally tasked to investigate Russia’s supposed interference in the 2016 U.S. election campaign. His appointment was directly tied to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ original recusal on all matters related to the 2016 campaign. The Attorney General’s recusal does not include reported ongoing investigations conducted by the Department of Justice unrelated to the election. As a result, Attorney General Sessions should bind the Special Counsel to only pursuing matters for which Sessions has recused himself from overseeing as the nation’s top cop. If Robert Mueller has not found any criminal matters to investigate pursuant to Russian interference in the election, then his tenure as special counsel should end.”

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What they’re saying about Jeff Sessions

July 20, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Attorney General Jeff Sessions has led the effort to restore the rule of law in the United States. He has received wide praise for his actions to protect law enforcement, remove illegal immigrant criminals, strengthen our borders, and lead his office with moral integrity; here is a compilation of praise he has received since taking office:

“Jeff Sessions is the best Attorney General President Trump could have. He is doing the difficult job of unwinding the politicized mess left behind by his Obama appointed predecessors.  Rather than turning a blind eye, Attorney General Sessions is cracking down on illegal immigration, deporting MS-13 gang members and other illegal alien criminals, and ending the war on police,” Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning, July 20, 2017.

“This [National Police Week] is also a time to give thanks for the colleagues, citizens, and public officials who have our backs when things get tough and dangerous. Today, we are here to honor one of these public servants, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We live in a time when politicians and the top brass in police departments do not always have the courage to put the interests of innocent citizens and officer safety ahead of political correctness and calculated reelection ploys. This is why we are so grateful to have an attorney general who rejects such cynical behavior… Attorney General Sessions, on behalf of the men and women of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York City, it is my privilege to bestow on you an honorary membership in our union in recognition of your commitment to doing what is right for the safety of our communities and for having the backs of rank and file law enforcement officers in New York City and across this nation,” President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York City, Police Sgt. Edward Mullins Jr. said, May 12, 2017.

“The fact that we’ve had these vicious murders and within days of my talking to the Attorney General he agreed to come here, to me, shows the full strength of the federal government to eradicate MS-13. They should be on their knees thanking [Attorney General Jeff Sessions], not out there protesting,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said of protestors at a New York event Attorney General on April 28, 2017.

“.@realDonaldTrump should stand by AG Sessions. He’s the only one making good on campaign promise for immigration in the nat’l interest!” NumbersUSA, July 20, 2017 on Twitter.

“Sessions is doing a fantastic job when it comes to #electionlaw @TheJusticeDept,” J. Christian Adams, a member of the President’s Election Integrity Commission, July 20, 2017 on Twitter.

“The Department of Justice, under the capable leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made the right call in backing the rule of law in Texas. I am committed to working with the entire Trump administration to protect American communities and reaffirm that the United States is a nation of laws,” Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., June 23, 2017.

“The criminal law has the bottom-line purpose of protecting the public’s safety. In seeking fair, equal, and fully disclosed justice, Attorney General Sessions is trying to reestablish the distinction between the criminal law and other social policies,” Retired Federal Prosecutor, Thomas Ascik, June 1, 2017.

“Attorney General Sessions has repeatedly said that he would recuse himself from cases as appropriate, and today he has done so. Although not legally mandated, this decision puts the issue behind him and ensures that the department’s law enforcement will be free from even the appearance of impropriety,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

“Thank goodness for Jeff Sessions. He is a man of the highest integrity and honesty. The American people heard the truth today,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said, following Session testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 23, 2017.

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Jeff Sessions is a great Attorney General

July 20, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“Jeff Sessions is the best Attorney General President Trump could have. He is doing the difficult job of unwinding the politicized mess left behind by his Obama appointed predecessors.  Rather than turning a blind eye, Attorney General Sessions is cracking down on illegal immigration, deporting MS-13 gang members and other illegal alien criminals, and ending the war on police. Sessions’ recusal on matters related to the 2016 campaign and the Russia investigation, while perhaps unnecessary, underscores his commitment to the restoring the rule of law, which after the Obama administration’s abuse of power was sorely needed and was one of Trump’s key campaign promises. Any attempt to remove him from office at this stage would be a catastrophic mistake.

“If the President expects the American people to stand by him in the months ahead on the tough road to draining the swamp, he must stand by those who have stood with him. Not only is Jeff Sessions an outstanding Attorney General, as the first Senator to endorse Trump, he is one of the major reasons Trump did solidly in the south during the GOP primary. He should prefer that Sessions continue running 99 percent of the Justice Department while the Russia investigation wraps up than to turn over 100 percent of DOJ to the deep state for the months or year that it would take to confirm a new Attorney General through a Senate, that is in many respects, is still Democratic Party controlled.”

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Senate should still hold vote on repealing Obamacare

July 19, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to proceed with his plan to hold a vote repealing most of Obamacare via budget reconciliation:

“After almost a decade of campaigning against Obamacare, it would be legislative malfeasance not to finally have a vote in the Senate putting every Senator on the record for where they stand. It is inexcusable for any Senator who voted to send language to then-President Obama in 2015 when they knew it would be vetoed to vote against the same language today when it would be signed. Obamacare was designed to fail. This is fully the responsibility of the former President and the Democrats who enacted it. Now it’s time for the Republican majority in both houses to wipe this stain out of the U.S. law books so that they can direct their attention to allowing free market solutions that will finally drive premium costs down and increase availability.

“While Republican Senators like Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski have indicated that they will no longer support repeal, their constituents who voted them into office at least partially due to the repeal promise deserve a vote that has real consequences. It is up to the people of Alaska and West Virginia to let these Senators know exactly how they feel about the need to repeal Obamacare to give the U.S. health care system the chance to heal.”

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Presidential Election Commission needed to ensure honest elections

July 19, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of the President’s Election Integrity Commission:

“Every American should agree that on the basic idea that elections should be fair and honest with only those legally able to participate voting.  The President’s Election Integrity Commission will work to assure that the sanctity of one eligible person, one vote is maintained. Anyone complaining about this process should be asked why they oppose honest elections where only those legally able to vote under the U.S. Constitution participate.”

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Faithless Senators Capito and Murkowski were for Obamacare repeal before they were against it

July 18, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for killing the Senate Republican bid to repeal Obamacare:

“In 2015, 48 Senate Republicans who are still serving today including Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski had no problem passing legislation that repealed the guts of Obamacare. Together with the House of Representatives, this legislation was put on former President Barack Obama’s desk, where it was promptly vetoed. That bill included phasing out Medicaid expansion, ending the premium subsidies, cost-sharing subsidies, the individual and employer mandates, reinsurance, risk corridors and risk-adjustment, and the taxes and spending from the health care law.

“All that needed to happen was for the Senate to vote for exactly the same legislation it adopted for in 2015, and prove that it was not nothing more than a show vote. This terrible outcome proves Senators Capito and Murkowski were never sincere in their promise to repeal Obamacare. They were just phonies. If the 2015 bill was good enough for Obama to veto, it should have been good enough for President Donald Trump to sign. Instead Capito and Murkowski, turned out to be faithless Senators who through their failure are putting the GOP Congressional majority at risk.

“2018 should be a big year for Republicans hoping to significantly grow their majority due to the number of Senate Democrats forced to defend themselves in states won by President Trump. If the failure to put together a simple majority to send the same repeal legislation to the House that was passed in 2015, it is very possible that 2018 will become a political killing field for Republicans, with disastrous national consequences in 2019.

“Senate Majority Leader McConnell needs to let the situation cool for now, but before anyone goes home in August, he needs to convince Capito, Murkowski and any other faithless Senators that there is no going back and that the negative advertising writes itself if the Senate fails to keep faith with those who voted them into office.

“It will be interesting to see if groups like American Action Network which spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking House Republican Freedom caucus members for their successful efforts to improve the bill to replace Obamacare will show the same vigor in attacking their philosophical compatriots in the Senate who oppose the very bill they voted for in 2015.”

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President Trump is keeping his promise on reopening NAFTA

July 17, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump for reopening the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to renegotiation between the U.S., Canada and Mexico:

“President Trump is keeping his campaign promise to get a better deal for American workers and businesses on NAFTA. The American people finally have an advocate in the White House dedicated to putting America first on the global economic stage. The President has not forgotten those who got him elected in 2016, and now it is time for the U.S. Trade Representative to get a better deal for America that serves U.S. interests instead of shipping our jobs and production abroad. It’s about time that we truly have an administration that is working on behalf of the American people instead of multinational corporate interests.

“Ironically, former President Obama reopened NAFTA too when he attempted to ram the ill-conceived Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress. The major difference was the 12-nation TPP was designed to make NAFTA even worse for American workers all the while locking it into place within a larger, global framework. President Trump knows that the U.S. economy has not grown above an inflation-adjusted 4 percent since 2000 nor above 3 percent since 2005, clearly demonstrating the need to renegotiate the price of doing business in America.”

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