No funds for Planned Parenthood in education bill, ALG urges

Dec. 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House to suspend consideration of the S 1177 & HR 5 conference report, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

“It is beyond absurd that House Republicans would be opening up new potential funding for Planned Parenthood through the Every Student Succeeds Act at a time when the House has voted to defund Planned Parenthood via budget reconciliation. By tying funds for school-based health centers to compliance with the Public Health Service Act, which explicitly allows Planned Parenthood eligible to receive funds, the possibility of new funding is opened. Speaker Ryan needs to pull the bill from the docket immediately. There is simply no excuse for hiding potential funds in a House bill for Planned Parenthood, a group that is currently under investigation by a House special committee for their misdeeds.”

Attachments:

SEC. 8035. LIMITATIONS ON SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS.

Subpart 2 of part F of title VIII, as amended and redesignated by section 8001 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

‘‘SEC. 8543. LIMITATIONS ON SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS.

‘‘Notwithstanding section 8102, funds used for activities under this Act shall be carried out in accordance with the provision of section 399z–1(a)(3)(C) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280h–5(a)(3)(C)).’’.

http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/ESSA%20FINAL%20Conference%20Report.pdf#page=858

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No DOJ legal settlement monies to third-party groups should be allowed in omnibus

Dec. 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement again urging Congress to include a rider by House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would block the Department of Justice legal settlement monies from going to third-party groups in the upcoming omnibus appropriations legislation:

“Unless the Obama Justice Department has legal settlements in the offing that would compel businesses to give far left-wing groups lots of money, there is absolutely no reason anyone should oppose the Goodlatte rider. If there is money in the offing for third-party groups from the settlements, it should be defunded. If there might be money in the offing in the future, it should be defunded. If it is not included in the omnibus because Obama had plans to give money to those groups though settlements, then that proves why it should be defunded.

The $17 billion Bank of America settlement is a perfect example of the misuse of settlements as Bank of America was required to give millions of dollars to third party activist groups. Legal proceedings by the government must never be used as shakedowns to enrich the coffers of any political cause, regardless of ideology.

“This particular rider was in the Commerce, Science and Justice appropriations bill that passed the House without even being subjected to a recorded vote.  There is no excuse for Rep. Goodlatte’s common sense amendment to not being including the omnibus spending bill.”

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Time to lift the oil export ban with Barton amendment to H.R. 8

Dec. 1, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today urged members of the House of Representatives to support an amendment to H.R. 8 by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) that would repeal restrictions on the export of crude oil and include provisions of H.R. 702 as passed by the House:

“Our nation’s economic interests are served by allowing the free flow of U.S. oil into the export market, particularly benefiting key strategic allies that we already have strong trade relations with, and that is why Americans for Limited Government supports the amendment to H.R. 8 by Rep. Joe Barton.

“It is equally important that our nation’s oil refiners be allowed to increase capacity to handle our domestic oil supply.

“It is absurd to have an energy policy that does not allow the export of U.S. oil coinciding with a market-based rebuilding of our refining capacity. The Barton amendment begins to address this concern by easing the backlog of unrefined oil currently waiting to go to market.”

Attachments:

Amendment to H.R. 8, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) at http://www.rules.house.gov/amendments/BARTON_023_xml1119151438523852.pdf

AMENDMENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT FOR H.R. 8 OFFERED BY MR. BARTON OF TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR OF TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS, AND MR. FLORES OF TEXAS

At the end of the bill, add the following:

TITLE VII—CHANGING CRUDE OIL MARKET CONDITIONS

SEC. 7001. FINDINGS.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) The United States has enjoyed a renaissance in energy production, establishing the United States as the world’s leading oil producer.

(2) By authorizing crude oil exports, the Congress can spur domestic energy production, create and preserve jobs, help maintain and strengthen our independent shipping fleet that is essential to national defense, and generate State and Federal revenues.

(3) An energy-secure United States that is a net exporter of energy has the potential to transform the security environment around the world, notably in Europe and the Middle East.

(4) For our European allies and Israel, the presence of more United States oil in the market will offer more secure supply options, which will strengthen United States strategic alliances and help curtail the use of energy as a political weapon.

(5) The 60-ship Maritime Security Fleet is a vital element of our military’s strategic sealift and global response capability. It assures United States-flag ships and United States crews will be available to support the United States military when it needs to mobilize to protect our allies, and is the most prudent and economical solution to meet current and projected sealift requirements for the United States.

(6) The Maritime Security Fleet program provides a labor base of skilled American mariners who are available to crew the United States Government-owned strategic sealift fleet, as well as the United States commercial fleet, in both peace and war.

(7) The United States has reduced its oil consumption over the past decade, and increasing investment in clean energy technology and energy efficiency will lower energy prices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase national security.

SEC. 7002. REPEAL.

Section 103 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6212) and the item relating thereto in the table of contents of that Act are repealed.

SEC. 7003. NATIONAL POLICY ON OIL EXPORT RESTRICTIONS.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, to promote the efficient exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing, pricing, and regulation of energy resources, including fossil fuels, no official of the Federal Government shall impose or enforce any restriction on the export of crude oil.

SEC. 7004. STUDIES.

(a) GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.—Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy shall conduct, and transmit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate the results of, a study on the net greenhouse gas emissions that will result from the repeal of the crude oil export ban under section 7002.

(b) CRUDE OIL EXPORT STUDY.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Department of Energy, and other departments as appropriate, shall conduct a study of the State and national implications of lifting the crude oil export ban with respect to consumers and the economy.

(2) CONTENTS.—The study conducted under paragraph (1) shall include an analysis of—

(A) the economic impact that exporting crude oil will have on the economy of the United States;

(B) the economic impact that exporting crude oil will have on consumers, taking into account impacts on energy prices;

(C) the economic impact that exporting crude oil will have on domestic manufacturing, taking into account impacts on employment; and

(D) the economic impact that exporting crude oil will have on the refining sector, taking into account impacts on employment.

(3) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Bureau of Industry and Security shall submit to Congress a report containing the results of the study conducted under paragraph (1).

SEC. 7005. SAVINGS CLAUSE.

Nothing in this title limits the authority of the President under the Constitution, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Na-tional Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), part B of title II of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42

U.S.C. 6271 et seq.), the Trading With the Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. App. 1 et seq.), or any other provision of law that imposes sanctions on a foreign person or foreign gov-ernment (including any provision of law that prohibits or restricts United States persons from engaging in a transaction with a sanctioned person or government), including a foreign government that is designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, to prohibit exports.

SEC. 7006. PARTNERSHIPS WITH MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Department of Energy shall continue to develop and broaden partnerships with minority serving institutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the areas of oil and gas exploration, production, midstream, and refining.

(b) PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.—The Department of Energy shall encourage public-private partnerships between the energy sector and minority serving institutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

SEC. 7007. REPORT.

Not later than 10 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerce shall jointly transmit to Congress a report that reviews the impact of lifting the oil export ban under this title as it relates to promoting United States energy and national security.

SEC. 7008. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerce shall jointly transmit to Congress a report analyzing how lifting the ban on crude oil exports will help create opportunities for veterans and women in the United States, while promoting energy and national security.

SEC. 7009. PROHIBITION ON EXPORTS OF CRUDE OIL, REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, AND PETROCHEMICAL PRODUCTS TO THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

Nothing in this title shall be construed to authorize the export of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and petrochemical products by or through any entity or person, wherever located, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to any entity or person located in, subject to the jurisdiction of, or sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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ICANN pressured to police online content

Nov. 19, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response a Mayer Brown law firm synopsis of the October meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Dublin where topics discussed included “the scope of ICANN’s ability to regulate online content”:

“The U.S. government contract with ICANN to administer the domain name system has not even lapsed yet, and already, ICANN is openly discussing the scope of its ability to regulate online content. ICANN will be the world’s only hub for linking easy-to-remember domain names to IP addresses. The only legal constraint that stops them from censoring content is the First Amendment protections associated with fulfilling a U.S. government contract. Remove the contract, and cede the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, as the Obama administration intends, and those protections are void.

“That is not alarmism, that is cause for alarm. Congress must continue the appropriations rider authored by Rep. Sean Duffy denying funds to the Commerce Department to transition this authority to a private entity such as ICANN. Anything else is leaving it up to chance, and eventually, China, Russia, or who knows overseas to eventually capture this function. This will be an unregulated global monopoly as opposed to a U.S. government vendor, and merely modifying ICANN’s mission statement will not be a legally binding mechanism to uphold the freedom of speech and of the press.

“While outgoing ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade said some of the right things at the meeting, other things that were mentioned such as a ‘voluntary framework to handle contractual obligations regarding content,’ with or without ‘teeth’ are troubling and just add more proof that the transition should not occur. ICANN clearly is under pressure to get into the business of policing content. Congress can just make this really easy for them and just say no to the transition — again.”

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Congress’ refugee response a cynical joke?

Nov. 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting a discussion draft House of Representatives proposal to require some additional FBI scrutiny for refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq that was exposed by Conservativereview.com:

“This seems like a cynical joke rather than a serious effort to beef up security. Rather than thoroughly vet and restrict the hundreds of thousands of visas issued out of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and have a real discussion about the wisdom of the geographic allocation of our legal immigration system, Congress is papering over these larger issues with a knee-jerk small approach focusing upon 10,000 Syrian refugees expected in the next year. They must be kidding.

“Even if they make it harder to qualify as a refugee, the fact is our borders — thanks to our open-ended visa program — are still wide open. The enemy will just apply for employment, student, or basic travel visas. The 9/11 hijackers were all on legal visas, not pretending to be refugees seeking asylum.

“That is why if Congress is truly serious about this issue they will restrict travel on the basis of region where the enemy is traveling out of until this situation is sorted, the war has ended, and the enemy is eliminated. Having open-ended immigration from countries you are at war with is exceptionally unwise. In the meantime, the enemy, after fighting in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, with blood fresh on their hands, are sneaking into the West and hiding in expat communities. Those who are already here and home-grown terrorists are a separate issue subject to the FBI, counterterrorism officials and local law enforcement. What Congress can do now, to limit this threat, is close off travel from areas the enemy is known to originate and travel from.

“That is the big discussion that we need to have in our nation. Do we want to follow the suicidal immigration policies that find Europe beset by no-go zones inhabited by immigrants who follow Sharia Law and have no intention of assimilating, or do we want to follow our nation’s immigration laws and control who gets the privilege of entering the United States? That is the real choice Congress faces.”

Attachments:

Immigrant Visas Issued (by Foreign State of Chargeability or Place of Birth) Fiscal Year 2014, The U.S. Department of State at http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/AnnualReports/FY2014AnnualReport/FY14AnnualReport-TableIII.pdf

H.R. Discussion draft, “To require that refugees admitted to the United States due to the Syrian Civil War shall be subject to review to identify security threats to the United States,” at https://www.conservativereview.com/~/media/files/conservative-review/articles-supporting-documents/hudson_american_safe_act_2015_discussion_draft.pdf

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Sen. Mike Lee amendment would stop Obama racial zoning quotas

Nov. 17, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to adopt an amendment expected to be introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would deny funds to implement the rule “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

“Sen. Mike Lee deserves the thanks of the American people for again proposing an amendment to defund HUD’s attempts to rezone any municipality that accepts any part of the $3.5 billion a year in community development block grants from the federal government. The Obama administration is engaged in a utopian plan to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income. It is social engineering at its worst, and a back-door attempt to gerrymander districts.

“It is also unconstitutional. Under principles of federalism, zoning is left up to states, counties and municipalities to determine for themselves. HUD has no place in drawing up neighborhoods based on racial preferences. In addition, the HUD rule will do nothing to stop individual cases of housing discrimination based on race that have been illegal since the 1960s.

“Americans for Limited Government strongly supports the Lee amendment to defund Obama’s racial zoning quotas, and urges it be included in any upcoming omnibus spending legislation for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016. Companion legislation by Rep. Paul Gosar has already been included in the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives in 2014 and 2015. It’s time it be included in Senate appropriations as well.”

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Gosar-Gardner legislation blocks unionization of IRS

Nov. 17, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President today issued the following statement urging both chambers of Congress to take up legislation blocking the unionization of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.):

“Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Paul Gosar deserve the nation’s thanks for their efforts to keep the IRS free from undue public employee union influence.

“At a time when the IRS is engaged in open political warfare against the tea party and other conservative non-profits, Congress has the ability to depoliticize the agency in one small way — by blocking any unionization of this civil service agency. No political organizations, including unions, should have undue influence inside an agency as powerful as the IRS, and the Gosar-Gardner bill addresses that danger head on.

“We urge every member of Congress to cosponsor and help secure passage of this non-controversial, non-partisan stance against politics corrupting the IRS. Nobody liked it when Nixon used the IRS against his political enemies, and this should be no different.”

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ALG calls for immediate moratorium on all Middle East refugees and immigration to the U.S.

Nov. 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Barack Obama to issue an immediate moratorium on all Middle East refugees and immigration, in light of the fact that at least one of the Paris bombers was a Syrian war refugee:

“President Obama, and every sane leader in the West, needs to immediately issue a moratorium against all refugees and immigration from the Middle East. Under U.S. law, the President singularly has discretion to allow refugees in, and to refuse entry. Generally, under 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) the President can refuse entry to any class of immigrant for any amount of time he deems appropriate. There are currently 16 such proclamations already in effect. It’s time for number 17.

“The fact is, even if only a tiny percentage of the Syrian war refugees were adherents to radical Islam, every country that lets them in must accept they are also inviting sleeper cells into their country. And since there is no way to scan them at the border, the only solution is to simply say no way. Not until this situation is under control.

“As for immigration, Congress should immediately suspend the chain migration system, not as a part of any overall reform, but just stop it dead in its tracks. Visas are issued to the relatives of U.S. citizens right now without any consideration of the merits of entry. The insanity at the border must be brought to an end immediately, or the American people will seek new leadership who will bring it to an end. Enough pussy-footing around. It’s time to get real.”

Attachments:

8 U.S.C. 1182(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President at https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1182

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.

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Congress should block DOJ legal settlement monies from going to third-party groups in omnibus

Nov. 11, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to include a rider by House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would block Department of Justice legal settlement monies from going to third-party groups in the upcoming omnibus appropriations legislation:

“House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte’s effort to stop President Obama from funneling money from official government legal settlements to his third party group supporters is the exact kind of forward thinking that Congressional Republican leaders should include in the upcoming government funding bill. The $17 billion Bank of America settlement is a prime example of the misuse as Bank of America was required to send millions of dollars to third party activist groups. It is important that Congress use their power of the purse to set the parameters for this President’s actions given Obama’s continual use of his pen and phone to abuse the Constitutional separation of powers.”

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Sen. Cory Gardner bill insulates IRS from undue public sector union influence

Nov. 11, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) for introducing the Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees Act that would bar the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from unionizing:

“Senator Gardner’s approach goes to the heart of the Hatch Act civil service protections that ensure the bureaucracy is not subject to undue political influence. The rise of public employee unions as major contributors to the left has long been a threat to the political neutrality of the civil service system. The IRS’ unprecedented targeting of conservative organizations and donors makes it all the more important that Senator Gardner’s brilliant legislation become law.”

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