EPA claims dominion over every puddle in America

May 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act regulation will be finalized shortly:

“The rule just adopted by the EPA will regulate all waters of the United States under the terms of the Clean Water Act, something that was never intended by the statute. The Supreme Court has twice struck down agency attempts to do precisely this, but what do these administrative state agencies care about court rulings or what the law actually says? We have been playing regulatory whack-a-mole with the EPA for decades. This is just the latest dictate from an agency that simply does whatever it pleases. Here we go again. Now it will once again be up to federal courts to safeguard the rule of law and protect all Americans from a regulatory regime so severe it will claim dominion over every puddle on their properties and threaten the viability of U.S. agriculture.”

Attachments:

“Clean Water Act regulatory whack-a-mole hurts farmers,” By Robert Romano, February 20, 2015 at http://netrightdaily.com/2015/02/clean-water-act-regulatory-whack-mole-hurts-farmers/

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L.A. union wants to offer to sub-minimum wage

May 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to reports that the L.A. County Federation of Labor is seeking an exemption from the $15 an hour minimum wage law they advocated:

“It is almost criminal that the very labor union leaders who have urged the Los Angeles City Council to destroy thousands of jobs in their successful campaign to raise the City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, now are asking that union jobs be exempted from the wage law.

“This tacit admission that the minimum wage law pushed by the L.A. County Federation of Labor is bad for business and will lead to the elimination of jobs is Kafkaesque in its cynicism. Apparently labor leaders have given up on convincing workers to join unions and now seek to convince employers to embrace the sub-minimum wage that they promise to deliver should they get their special carve out.

“In light of this demand to allow unions to negotiate and maintain sub-minimum wages, the City should reconsider and abandon their $15 an hour minimum wage folly.”

Note: Rick Manning is a former resident of Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of Southern California, the largest employer in the City.

Attachments:

“L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers,” Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2015 at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-minimum-wage-unions-20150526-story.html

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Party of Lincoln to vote in favor of slave trade overseas?

May 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to reports that the House of Representative may strip out anti-slavery provisions in the fast track legislation:

“The Senate-passed version of trade authority legislation explicitly bars Malaysia from joining the trade agreement due their official U.S. State Department certification as human slave traffickers. And now the issue of slavery has been dumped in the laps of House Republicans, who must choose between their legacy as the party of Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, and their corporate crony funders. There is simply no excuse for the party of Lincoln to gut provisions that bar Obama’s deal with a nation that his own administration has certified to be slave traders. This gives a whole new meaning to Obama’s ‘trade’ deal, and is just one additional reason why Congress should reject fast tracking the agreement.”

Attachments:

State Department analysis states Malaysia is “a destination and, to a lesser extent, a source and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and women and children subjected to sex trafficking,” annual report on trafficking in persons submitted under section 110(b)(1) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, at http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2014/226770.htm

“Obama takes unexpected setback on trade agenda as fast track passes Senate,” May 24, 2015, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/22/senate-passes-fast-track_n_7425614.html

“America’s first black president throwing slaves under the bus on TPP,” May 27, 2015 at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/05/americas-first-black-president-throwing-slaves-under-the-bus-on-tpp.html

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Fast track faces near certain defeat in the House

May 21, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the Senate vote advancing fast track legislation granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“The Senate vote was never in question. The battle has always been in the House. Every day, House leaders like Jim Jordan and Jeff Duncan step forward opposed it. 8 Republican presidential aspirants have come out against the trade deal. Everything points to a stinging defeat in the House of President Obama’s disastrous attempt to rewrite the rules of the world’s economy.”

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No to cloture on fast track

May 20, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to reject cloture on granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“It is absurd to rush the close of debate on efforts to fast track a trade deal that is enormous, long-lasting, and will have a negative impact on America. Ultimately, the trade agreement will do nothing about currency manipulation overseas, the most important trade issue facing U.S. exporters, workers, and consumers. Whether you support or oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, senators should reject giving short shrift to legitimate debate and real amendments to the agreement.”

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Senate votes to abolish Sharia law in Brunei… just kidding

May 19, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to a 92 to 0 vote in the Senate to “establish consideration of the conditions relating to religious freedom of parties to trade negotiations as an overall negotiating objective of the United States”:

“The unanimous vote in favor of our trading partners respecting the religious freedom of their residents highlights the futility of the fast track amending process, as if the Senate alone was voting to abolish Sharia law. Brunei, one of the eleven trading partners in the soon to be completed Trans-Pacific Partnership, practices Sharia law, and this amendment will not do a thing to stop it. Senators can support these show votes all they want, but ultimately, they must reject fast track because all of these amendments highlight very good reasons to reject the deal, and none of them will alleviate those concerns.”

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Chris Christie comes out against fast track, joins 6 other GOP presidential aspirants

May 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate Republicans to reconsider their support of granting trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements in light of more Republican presidential aspirants coming out against the deal:

“With Chris Christie now coming out against fast track, joining presidential aspirants Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee, it is clear that Republican voters are dead set opposed to granting trade authority to President Obama. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are risking seats in 2016 in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to get the legislation passed, jeopardizing any majority in the Senate a new Republican president might enjoy, and making it harder to win the states he or she will need in order to even get to the White House.”

Attachments:

Chris Christie comes out against trade authority for Obama on Laura Ingraham Show, May 13, 2015 at http://www.lauraingraham.com/b/Chris-Christie-Comes-Out-Swinging-Against-Obama-Rubio-Fast-Track-And-Foreign-Workers/310818663719163797.html

Ingraham: What’s your take on giving Obama this fast track trade authority, this is a huge issue in Congress right now. A lot of Republicans are working with Obama although they didn’t campaign on doing that but know they are working with Obama on this issue. What is your take on that?

Christie: Well listen, I’ve said that the only way I would give fast track trade authority to a president, was if it was a president that could actually trust and negotiate well, and after watching the way this president has negotiated with folks in Iran. I have real concerns about giving this president the ability to negotiate on his own. I believe in general in giving the executive more authority to negotiate trade agreements, I have real concern on giving this president executive trade authority.

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Amending fast track ‘futile’

 May 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement commenting on Senate amendments being offered to the trade promotion authority legislation:

“Americans for Limited Government is gratified that so many Senators are concerned with the disastrous potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they are attempting to negate these harms through amending the fast track enabling legislation.

“We believe that these efforts, while noble, are ultimately futile, as they will not prevent the enactment of a trade agreement or its implementing legislation containing offensive provisions under expedited fast track procedural rules. Even language which explicitly strips fast track authority if certain provisions are not met is only as good as Congress’ willingness to enforce them. Given recent history and the support for fast track demonstrated by leadership in both Houses, stripping the authority once granted is extremely improbable.

“What’s more, no legislation can handcuff future legislation from its repeal or amendment. Supreme Court Justice David Souter elaborated in United States v. Winstar, 518 U.S. 839 (1996), ‘[W]e have recognized that a general law…may be repealed, amended or disregarded by the legislature that enacted it, and it is not binding upon any subsequent legislature…’ quoting Manigault v. Springs, 199 U.S. 473 (1905).

“The trade agreement and its implementing legislation will be submitted to Congress under fast track rules ‘notwithstanding any other provisions or prior laws.’

“This is why those in Congress who are so concerned about the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they would offer or vote for restricting amendments, can best show that concern by voting down granting President Obama what Senate Leader Mitch McConnell called, ‘an enormous grant of power’ and allowing any agreement, partnership or treaty that the President signs to be subject to full Congressional scrutiny.”

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Fadi Chehade is not the king of the Internet

May 15, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) CEO Fadi Chehade’s proclamation that the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will be complete by the end of 2015:

“The arrogance of Fadi Chehade is enormous even by Washington, D.C. standards. While Congress has defunded all NTI A actions to transition the IANA functions to ICANN or anybody else, Chehade thinks he is the king of the Internet by seducing countries around the world to support his coup. Chehade needs to understand one simple thing: The IANA functions are the property of the U.S. government. Says it right in the contract. He is a contractor. Nothing more, nothing less. Whose organization happens to make $300 million a year in revenue by virtue of that contract.

“While this contract ought to be renewed temporarily, our government including Congress should also reengage an open bidding process for the long term for other candidates who will not actively work against U.S. interests. Global Internet governance ends First Amendment protections and erases the firewall against censorship. One need only look to the Sony case of how a private entity will be pushed around by foreign dictatorships to understand the risks of giving away these critical functions.”

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Senate proceeds to fast track, GOP majority in 2016 in jeopardy

May 14, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Senate for proceeding to legislation granting President Obama trade promotion authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“Americans for Limited Government has always believed that giving President Obama fast track trade authority will be decided by the House of Representatives.  The fact that it has taken months for the Senate to begin this debate shows the deep political concerns in the Republican Party on this issue.  This opposition is even more apparent in the House, and as the issue heats up on the presidential campaign trail, five Presidential aspirants have already come out opposed including: Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee. Additionally, Representative Jeff Duncan’s just released opposition to fast track is just one more domino to fall that blocks a pathway to passage in the House.

“In the meantime, without enforceable currency provisions in the trade authority itself, these votes risk Senate Republican seats in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to name just a few, putting the Senate majority in real jeopardy in 2016. Rather than continuing down this politically ruinous course, Republican leaders should promote solutions that unite the Party, instead of those that deepen the divide between the big business wing and the voters Republicans need to win.”

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