IRS scuttles freedom-killing 501(c)(4) regulations

May 22, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in response to the IRS announcement that it will restart its remaking process regulating 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations:

“Today’s announcement that the IRS will be going back to square one to create regulations overseeing 501(c)(4) activity is a victory for the American people. The IRS’s dramatic overreach in its scuttled regulations impacted the First Amendment rights of every American.

“As our nation grapples with continuing revelations of IRS abuses of power, with reports that the enforcement arm targeted conservative donors through its auditing process, the IRS Commissioner must fully comply with all Congressional investigations before considering any new regulations.”

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Shinseki should be fired over deplorable conditions facing veterans

May 16, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging the White House immediately fire Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:

“The culture at the VA that allowed career bureaucrats to decide that health care rationing was an acceptable alternative must be changed, and Shinseki has proven that he is wrong person for the job.

“The death of at least 40 veterans waiting to see a doctor in Phoenix, complete with a secret list of patients who were determined to be too ill to help, were denied care, and died, is a deplorable abomination and insult to every man and woman who has ever served. Secretary Shinseki should be fired immediately. The decent care of our nation’s veterans is the least the federal government can do for those who sacrificed everything to defend their country.”

Attachments:

“VA actions kill veterans: A precursor for Obamacare?” by ALG vice president of public policy and communications Rick Manning, May  16, 2014 at http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/15/VA-actions-kill-veterans-a-precursor-for-Obamacare

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Senate Banking Committee passes housing finance bill

May 15, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in opposition to S. 1217, the “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013,” that passed out of the Senate Banking Committee, particularly its provision that “The full faith and credit of the United States is pledged to the payment of all amounts from the Mortgage Insurance Fund which may be required to be paid under any insurance provided under this title”:

“At the heart of the financial crisis was the federal government’s implicit guarantee of mortgages to lenders. That guarantee ensured if the debts went bad, taxpayers or the central bank would step in to cover the losses. The Johnson-Crapo bill doubles down on this mistake that encouraged risky lending, making explicit a guarantee that taxpayers were previously promised they would never have to cover in the first place. Incredibly, supporters of the legislation claim it somehow protects taxpayers. Nothing could be further from the truth, as it puts the full faith and credit of the U.S. government at risk — again.

“Moreover, the legislation contemplates a mortgage insurance fund for all conventional mortgages that lenders would be required to pay into — costs that will undoubtedly be passed along to borrowers. Therefore, whether via personal mortgage insurance premiums or higher closing costs, even if borrowers put 20 percent down, under the Senate bill they should plan on paying even more to own a home.

“The Senate should reject the flawed Johnson-Crapo approach, which neither reforms housing finance nor protects taxpayers. It cannot truly create a private market for housing finance when the Treasury and taxpayers are still on the hook.”

Attachments:

“Is Congress planning to charge you mortgage insurance even if you put 20 percent down?” by ALG senior editor Robert Romano, March 12, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/03/congress-planning-charge-mortgage-insurance-even-put-20-percent/

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Amend flawed DOTCOM Act to stop Internet giveaway

May 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging the House Energy and Commerce Committee to amend the “DOTCOM Act,” up for a vote on Thursday, to include language from Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R-Pa.) the “Internet Stewardship Act” that asserts Congressional prerogative in turning over U.S. control of critical Internet names and numbers functions to the international community:

“As presently constructed, the DOTCOM Act will allow the Obama administration to give away the Internet’s names and numbers functions to the international community once the Government Accountability Office submits a report to Congress on the subject. This flawed approach cedes Congressional authority to Obama and, what’s worse, would only briefly delay the turnover of Internet authority that has been critical to preserving the freedom of information on the web.

“The House Energy and Commerce Committee should amend the ‘DOTCOM Act’ to include Rep. Mike Kelly’s ‘Internet Stewardship Act’ that would require an up or down vote in Congress before any decision about the Internet is made. Obama may not give a whit about Congressional prerogative, but members should.

“By failing to act on legislation that prohibits the Internet transfer without Congressional assent, House Republicans effectively give license to the notion that it is not needed. Only amending the flawed ‘DOTCOM Act’ can restore Congressional prerogative and save free speech on the Internet.”

Attachments:

“Are House Republicans voting to give away the Internet?” by ALG senior editor Robert Romano, April 17, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/04/house-republicans-voting-give-away-internet/

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ALG praises Benghazi special investigative committee formation

May 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising the formation of a special investigative committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate:

“Speaker Boehner’s reported decision to appoint a special committee to investigate the murder of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens in Benghazi more than a year and a half ago is a great step in getting to the bottom of the decisions that led to leaving Americans behind for a full seven hours without military support.  The news released this week that ties the Benghazi talking points directly to the White House along with a former National Security Advisor spokesperson’s admission that President Obama never even bothered to go to the War Room during the crisis makes a special committee with full subpoena powers a necessity.

“The families of those murdered, and all of those who serve our nation in the military deserve an answer to the basic questions:  Why were military assets not moved to protect the Benghazi consulate, and who made the final decision? And, who made up the talking points about a video being responsible when it wasn’t?”

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1 million leave labor force as economy sheds 73,000 jobs

 May 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in response to the latest jobs numbers:

“The unemployment rate dropped by 0.4 percent, but that is owed almost entirely to 1 million people leaving the labor force. 73,000 jobs were lost, according to the Bureau’s household survey. This is not a good report. We’re not creating jobs, and the only reason the rate dropped is because so many people gave up looking for work. This coupled with weak first quarter growth calls into question continued stimulus policies by the Federal Reserve, and Obama’s regulatory stranglehold on job creators.”

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‘Independent’ government watchdog covers up Obama malfeasance, ALG response

April 24, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement responding to a Washington Post report that the acting Inspector General at the Department of Homeland security delayed and withheld information damaging to the Obama administration:

Today’s revelation in the Washington Post that the acting Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security delayed and withheld information that was damaging to the Obama administration confirms our worst fears that the President’s failure to fill IG positions damages the integrity of this important public watchdog function.  The Inspector General of a Department is charged with protecting the public from government corruption, misspending and malfeasance independently of the political appointees who run the Department or Agency that they oversee.

“The fact that Obama Administration officials even dared to try to pressure an acting IG to skew his report shows a contempt for the watchdog process that is unparalleled.  Congress needs to immediately eliminate the salary and pension for the acting IG who violated his public trust, and learn who in the Administration pressured this supposedly independent corruption investigator to violate his public trust.  Whoever is involved in this manipulation of three separate IG reports should be immediately called to testify to learn if they were directed to do so by other political appointees.

“This report goes to the heart of the public’s right to have an independent watchdog protecting them from abuse, and is why Americans for Limited Government has repeatedly called for the appointment of permanent IGs across the Administration.  Currently, there are eight Inspectors General’s offices that are being led by acting officials who, as was the case in the Department of Homeland Security, are subject to the additional pressure of seeking to please those they are overseeing as they seek appointment to the permanent position.  Here is the list:  http://www.ignet.gov/igs/homepage1.html

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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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