Intel: If U.S. doesn’t give away Internet, it ‘will incentivize other trade barriers’

March 17, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to House Energy and Commerce Committee testimony by Audrey Plonk, Director, Global Security and Internet Governance Policy, Intel Corporation, who said if the U.S. fails to give away the Internet, Congress would “incentivize other trade barriers that we see in the tech sector being raised in many countries — it will provide a rationale”:

“This is remarkable. What countries specifically are so desperate for the U.S. to cease oversight of the domain name system that they are threatening a trade war in the tech sector? Has Intel been threatened that their products will no longer be welcome in certain countries if the transition does not occur? If not, where is this coming from? The very fact that a huge multinational company expresses fear of foreign government coercion if the Internet is not given away should raise massive red flags to the type of pressure ICANN will face when it is threatened with potential foreign capture without the U.S. government to protect the First Amendment rights that underlie oversight of the current system.

“This proves that foreign coercion is already being exercised to move this transition, the exact reason not to do it.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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House E&C Committee considers Internet giveaway, but what about the defund that prohibits it?

March 17, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement encouraging the House Energy and Commerce Committee to focus on upholding the law that defunds the Internet Giveaway rather than enabling it in a hearing today that considers a proposal to end U.S. oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. Currently, there is an active prohibition against spending dollars to proceed with the Internet transfer in place:

“One of the few exercises of Congress’ constitutional power of the purse to stop bad policies has been against the Obama Internet giveaway the past two years, where no funds can be used to relinquish responsibility, or to even consider relinquishing responsibility, of the highly critical functions of assigning and routing IP addresses and domain names. It’s against the law and yet here we are having yet another hearing pretending the proposal can be considered. It cannot be.

“For all of House leaders’ talk of restoring Congress’ Article I authority, it is incredible that they do not appear even willing to acknowledge or defend that power when it is actually exercised. We look forward to the hearing, to see what members’ plans are to oversee the laws they enacted that prohibit any tax dollars from being used to consider the NTIA proposal they are now considering.

“Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are right. The Internet giveaway would be irreversible. There are no do-overs. That is why they should be hammering the NTIA on why they have been spending tax dollars to develop this proposal in violation of the twice-enacted Duffy defund that prohibits the Internet giveaway.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Grassley, McConnell are right, election should determine Supreme Court choice, not Obama

March 16, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for not acting on President Barack Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland:

“President Obama has exercised his constitutional prerogative to nominate someone to the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Senate Leader McConnell and Senator Grassley are right to exercise the Senate’s prerogative to not consider Obama’s nominee during this election season. The presidential election should determine control over the Supreme Court, as that is the people’s decision to make. We appreciate McConnell and Grassley standing up for the people against Obama’s attempt to intimidate them into rubber-stamping his Supreme Court choice.”

Attachments:

Does The Senate Have A Constitutional Responsibility To Consider A Supreme Court Nomination?, Washington Post – Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, March 16, 2016 at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/03/16/does-the-senate-have-a-constitutional-responsibility-to-consider-a-supreme-court-nomination/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions video: ‘The trade issue is becoming a voting issue’

March 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke at a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 10 releasing the results of a poll by Pat Caddell of 1,950 likely voters on attitudes toward international trade issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning thanked Sessions, saying, “Sen. Jeff Sessions has been saying for years that trade was a Republican issue, a conservative issue, and the Caddell poll proves he has been absolutely right all along.”

Here follows a direct link to the video in 1080p format: https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/press-conf-sessions.mp4

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T26QxsIQu7A&feature=youtu.be

Attachments:

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Toplines, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Toplines-3-10-16.pdf

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Charts, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Charts-3-10-16.pdf

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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ALG praises CNN for raising international trade, TPP issue to all 4 GOP candidates in debate

March 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising CNN for raising the international trade issue and the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the Republican presidential debate last night:

“We thank CNN and Jake Tapper for making the vital issue of international trade front and center in the CNN Republican presidential debate last night. Finally, in a debate format before the critical Ohio primary, voters got to hear from each candidate where they stand on international trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“Yesterday in the wake of releasing a Pat Caddell survey on voter attitudes towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership, showing Republicans overwhelmingly opposed to bad trade deals that benefit other countries more than the U.S., we urged the debate moderators to address this very topic.

“And it is clear that Sen. Ted Cruz will vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership when it comes up and Sen. Marco Rubio will vote in favor of it, providing voters a clear choice between the two.”

Attachments:

66 percent of Republicans oppose Pacific trade deal after they find out what’s in it, Pat Caddell-ALG poll shows, Americans for Limited Government, March 10, 2016 at http://getliberty.org/66-percent-of-republicans-oppose-pacific-trade-deal-after-they-find-out-whats-in-it-pat-caddell-alg-poll-shows

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Toplines, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Toplines-3-10-16.pdf

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Charts, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Charts-3-10-16.pdf

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Video: Pat Caddell press briefing on poll shows TPP trade pact bad deal for GOP

March 10, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government hosted a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. releasing the results of a poll by Pat Caddell of 1,950 likely voters on attitudes toward international trade issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Here follows a direct link to the video in 1080p format: https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/tpp-press-conference.mp4

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowYP_fDQPk&feature=youtu.be

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) provided his reaction to the polling data at the 0:56 mark through 9:00.

Independent pollster Pat Caddell began his talk at the 9:54 mark to the 1:01:11.

Attachments:

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Toplines, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Toplines-3-10-16.pdf

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Charts, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Charts-3-10-16.pdf

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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66 percent of Republicans oppose Pacific trade deal after they find out what’s in it, Pat Caddell-ALG poll shows

March 9, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement releasing the results of a poll by Pat Caddell conducted on behalf of Americans for Limited Government showing Republican voters overwhelmingly opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after they find out what’s in it:

“The most striking thing about the Caddell poll is that Republicans are even more likely to oppose bad trade deals than Independents or Democrats. Once they find out what’s in it, Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose TPP, 66 percent to 15 percent. Democrats only oppose it 44 percent to 30 percent, and Independents oppose it 52 percent to 19 percent.

“These results confound the conventional wisdom that the GOP is the party of ‘free trade.’ As a matter of fact, Republicans overwhelmingly oppose trade deals that benefit foreign countries and not the American people, representing an outright rejection of corporate cronyism and being replaced by cheap foreign labor.

“This collapse in support is directly related to the rejection of corporate cronyism that has permeated Washington, D.C. and should again serve as a wake-up call to every GOP member of Congress that business as usual is over.”

Attachments:

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Toplines, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Toplines-3-10-16.pdf

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Charts, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Charts-3-10-16.pdf

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Pat Caddell poll ‘will explain the seismic shift in voter attitudes that has occurred around the trade issue’

ALG launches http://stopbadtradedeals.org

March 9, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement previewing the March 10 unveiling of a new Americans for Limited Government poll by Pat Caddell on voter attitudes towards the international trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“The international trade issue played a dominant role in the Michigan primary vote last night, leading to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders’ victories. Americans for Limited Government commissioned Pat Caddell to conduct a major survey that will explain the seismic shift in voter attitudes that has occurred around the trade issue and what it means for President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“Americans for Limited Government is also launching http://stopbadtradedeals.org so that the American people can voice their concerns with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement directly to their members of Congress.”

Attachments:

Media Advisory: Pat Caddell poll on voter attitudes toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to be released March 10 at National Press Club

When:              March 10, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Where:            National Press Club, Bloomberg Room

Who:                Pat Caddell, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rick Manning

Americans for Limited Government will be releasing the results of a comprehensive national poll conducted on our behalf by Pat Caddell examining voter attitudes toward the trade issue with an emphasis on economic security issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Senator Jeff Sessions will also be providing his reaction to the polling data along with Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning.

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Caddell poll ‘will force wholesale re-evaluation of what we think we know’ about voters and their views on international trade

March 8, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement previewing the March 10 unveiling of a new Americans for Limited Government poll by Pat Caddell on voter attitudes towards the international trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“The ground has shifted in the international trade debate, and Pat Caddell’s findings will force a wholesale re-evaluation of what we think we know about how voters view this important issue.”

Attachments:

Media Advisory: Caddell poll on voter attitudes toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to be released March 10 at National Press Club

When:              March 10, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Where:            National Press Club, Bloomberg Room

Who:                Pat Caddell, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rick Manning

Americans for Limited Government will be releasing the results of a comprehensive national poll conducted on our behalf by Pat Caddell examining voter attitudes toward the trade issue with an emphasis on economic security issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Senator Jeff Sessions will also be providing his reaction to the polling data along with Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning.

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Caddell poll on voter attitudes toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to be released March 10 at National Press Club

When:              March 10, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Where:            National Press Club, Bloomberg Room

Who:                Pat Caddell, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rick Manning

Americans for Limited Government will be releasing the results of a comprehensive national poll conducted on our behalf by Pat Caddell examining voter attitudes toward the trade issue with an emphasis on economic security issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Senator Jeff Sessions will also be providing his reaction to the polling data along with Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning.

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