Gohmert named House Resources Oversight Subcommitee Chair

Jan. 15, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising House Resources Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for naming Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) to be the Chairman of the House Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee:

“The decision to name Representative Louie Gohmert as the Chairman of the newly constituted House Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is welcome news for the country. Not only will the position allow Gohmert to utilize his immense talent to hold bureaucracies like the Bureau of Land Management accountable, but it demonstrates a coming together of the Republican Conference in the 114th Congress around a new, more limited government agenda. Speaker John Boehner and Chairman Rob Bishop are to be commended for choosing Rep. Gohmert to lead the Committee’s oversight efforts.”

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ALG signs Citizens’ Mandate, urges Congress to stop Obama

Jan. 15, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging members of Congress to join with conservative leaders in endorsing the Citizens’ Mandate, a policy statement defining what the 2014 election was all about:

“America did not vote for this Congress to enable President Obama to accomplish his agenda; they elected this Congress to stop it, and for anyone in Washington to pretend otherwise is either disingenuous or outright delusional. Obama will be striving to cement his legacy of transformation, and this Congress will either be complicit in his plan or they will follow the citizens’ mandate of November 2014 and they will stop him.”

Attachments:

“Stop the Fundamental Transformation of America: Citizens’ Mandate from November 2014 Election,” Jan. 15, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CitizensMandate1-14-15.pdf

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House votes to defund and prohibit Obama amnesty on illegal immigration, ALG urges Senate action

Jan. 14, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the House of Representatives for voting to defund and prohibit President Barack Obama’s executive action to grant amnesty to 4.5 million illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children, including the use of any fees collected by the Department of Homeland Security,  by a vote of 237 to 190 in favor of an amendment offered by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.):

“The Obama administration’s choice to not only fail to defend our southern border, but to reward those who breached it, has rightly galvanized those who support preserving the Congress’ lawmaking power. It is unacceptable for President Obama to simply choose to ignore the rule of law, and the House is to be praised for keeping its word and defunding his unconstitutional action.

“Now it is the Senate’s turn to act, by taking up the Department of Homeland Security funding for the remainder of the year, and putting it on Obama’s desk. Whether members support taking up immigration or not this congressional session, everyone should agree that no president should have the power to make law. It is every member’s responsibility to uphold and preserve the separation of powers, and Congress’ preeminence as the nation’s sole lawmaking body.”

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Conservatives oppose fast track trade authority for Obama

Jan. 13, 2015, Washington, D.C.—Americans for Limited Government President Richard Manning today was joined by conservative leaders at a Capitol Hill press conference urging Congress to reject granting President Obama trade promotion authority, or fast track, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty.

Leading a group that included representatives from all three legs of the traditional Republican Party electoral stool: faith, national defense and limited government, Manning called on Congress to “not cede any additional authority to a President who has spent the past six years shredding the constitutional separation of powers.”

Sandy Rios, director of government affairs for the American Family Association, emphasized the traditional roll the United States has played in using its economic might to expand freedom around the world saying, “Wisdom dictates that America must use all means at its disposal to resist religious persecution anywhere it is found through the power of our God-given treasure and resources. It is for this reason that American Family Association opposes passage of fast track legislation that negates their ability to change the Trans-Pacific Partnership to end religious oppression in Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia.”

TheTeaParty.net leader Niger Innis called ceding additional legislative powers to the Executive Branch “a monumental failure of Congressional Republicans to understand the nature of the President’s fundamental transformation of America.”

Other leaders participating in the news conference were Frank Gaffney, president and founder of the Center for Security Policy, and Glyn Wright, Executive Director of the Eagle Forum who read remarks from conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly.

Recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commenting on the legislation admitted, “It’s an enormous grant of power, obviously, from a Republican Congress to a Democratic president.”

Manning agreed, calling the legislation “an ill-founded grant of trust to a President who has repeatedly shown that he has outright disdain for the legislative branch, rather than providing a speedy up or down vote, the Senate should examine every aspect of any treaty that is presented to ensure that American interests are advanced.”

It was also announced that a group letter was being delivered to Congress urging opposition to passage of fast track trade authority, and Manning promised a robust effort to educate members of Congress and their constituents about the dangers associated with giving President Obama this grant of power. Others signing the group letter were Jenny Beth Martin, founder of Tea Party Patriots and Curtis Ellis of ObamaTrade.com.

Read letter at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TPPLetter1-13-15.pdf

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Conservative Leaders, Grassroots Oppose Fast Track

Media Advisory
Conservative Leaders, Grassroots Oppose Fast Track
‘Trade Promotion Authority’
Capitol Hill News Conference Tuesday Jan 13

Americans for Limited Government will be leading a press conference featuring conservative leaders in opposition to the passage of Trade Promotion Authority and the ceding of further Congressional authority to the Executive Branch. Conservative leaders presenting represent all three legs of the Republican Party stool: national security, economics and faith-based.

“It’s an enormous grant of power, obviously, from a Republican Congress to a Democratic president,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
11:00 am – 11:45 am

Cannon House Office Building 441

Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy
Niger Innis, Executive Director, TeaParty.net
Richard Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government
Sandy Rios, Vice President, American Family Association
Curtis Ellis, Executive Director, ObamaTrade.com
Glyn Wright, Executive Director, Eagle Forum on behalf of Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly

It is expected that each speaker will present for 2-5 minutes concluding with a question and answer session.

Tepid job growth and labor force exodus in December

Jan. 9, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest job numbers:

“Only 111,000 more Americans were employed in December than the month before, while 456,000 people abandoned the workforce entirely. That is how the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in spite of extremely disappointing job growth numbers.

“Astonishingly, the workforce dropouts were entirely women, with the number of men in the workforce actually increasing slightly.

“The sad reality is that this is the ultimate Obama new normal report, fewer new people employed than needed for healthy economic growth rates combined with drops in labor participation across all age groups.

“When coupled with a drop in wages for the average worker, it was hardly a Merry Christmas for Americans who are trying to get ahead in spite of the headwinds created by the President’s regulatory policies.”

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ALG blasts Senate Republican push for higher gas taxes

January 5, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting comments from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Fox News Sunday that, “yes, we have proposed raising the gasoline tax — user fee by 12 cents,” and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) that “I don’t think we take anything off the table at this point”:

“Somehow, Senate Republicans in their push to reclaim the majority in 2014 failed to inform voters of their apparent intention to raise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents, a 65 percent increase from the current 18.4 cent federal gas tax. Lower gas prices were expected to contribute $1 billion to consumer pocket books for every penny the price drops, providing a private sector energy stimulus that might finally boost demand. It is shocking that the so-called party of low taxes’ first response to the good news of lower gas prices is to raise taxes on gas, regardless of any assertions that the proposal might be revenue neutral.

“The last thing the weak economy needs right now is higher taxes. The highway trust fund has been mismanaged since 2008, because the bureaucracy and Congress did not anticipate lower revenue when demand went down from the recession and people drove less — the true reason the fund now faces a $17 billion a year deficit. The solution to our woes is to find ways to boost economic growth and cut spending, not to kill already slack demand.”

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Congress defunds Obama Internet giveaway in omnibus

December 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens issued the following statement on the just released Omnibus funding legislation:

“We are gratified that the bill includes language by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) which defunds the Obama Administration Internet Giveaway. The proposal also cuts IRS funding and prohibits the continued targeting of conservative groups, and reins in National Labor Relations Board proposals that would allow union ballot stuffing using the Internet among other positive provisions. We are still evaluating the totality of the 1603 pages of the legislation to determine its overall impact, but the inclusion of these three items is certainly good news.”

Attachments:

http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20141208/CPRT-113-HPRT-RU00-HR83sa.pdf

SEC. 540.

(a) None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to relinquish the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration during fiscal year 2015 with respect to Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions.

(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall expire on September 30, 2015.

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Mehrens: No Internet giveaway in omnibus

Dec. 9, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging House negotiators not to include in the omnibus bill section 1090E of an earlier version of the National Defense Authorization Act (the “DOTCOM Act”), which authorizes the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to give away the Internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) upon submission of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the transition:

On May 22, the House authorized the Internet giveaway in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act upon submission of a report by the GAO on the transition of Internet governance. Doing so provides the very Congressional authorization for the Internet giveaway that the President desperately needs in return for very little.

“Fortunately that version of the defense bill did not pass the Senate, so at the moment the President has no authority to perform the transition. But if the DOTCOM Act is included in the omnibus bill, that will change, and even if the GAO says that the transition is a bad idea, there will be nothing to stop the Department of Commerce from performing the giveaway anyway.

“Rather than giving the President the authority to give away the Internet, appropriators should include the Sean Duffy amendment that was included in the House-passed Commerce appropriations bill that defunds the giveaway altogether. There is simply no excuse for members to give away Internet governance in return for a GAO book report.”

Attachments:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.04435:

SEC. 1090E. NTIA RETENTION OF DNS RESPONSIBILITIES PENDING GAO REPORT.

(a) Retention of Responsibilities- Until the Comptroller General of the United States submits the report required by subsection (b), the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information may not relinquish or agree to any proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (in this section referred to as the `NTIA’) over Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, and related root zone management functions.

(b) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date on which the NTIA receives a proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the NTIA over Internet domain name system functions that was developed in a process convened by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers at the request of the NTIA, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to the Internet domain name system. Such report shall include—

(1) a discussion and analysis of–

(A) the advantages and disadvantages of relinquishment of the responsibility of the NTIA over Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, and related root zone management functions;

(B) any principles or criteria that the NTIA sets for proposals for such relinquishment;

(C) each proposal received by the NTIA for such relinquishment;

(D) the processes used by the NTIA and any other Federal agencies for evaluating such proposals; and

(E) any national security concerns raised by such relinquishment; and

(2) a definition of the term `multistakeholder model’, as used by the NTIA with respect to Internet policymaking and governance, and definitions of any other terms necessary to understand the matters covered by the report.

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Mehrens: No union bailout in omnibus

Dec. 8, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging House negotiators to block any bailout of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) that might be included in imminent omnibus spending legislation:

“With the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation projected to be running a large deficit over the next decade, there must be no bailout for big labor in this or any other funding bill during the lame duck session. A 2009 report by Moody’s on the solvency of union run multiemployer pension funds revealed many under 60 percent funded putting them into the government designated ‘critically underfunded’ category. If big labor is truly concerned about the multiemployer pension system, it should negotiate higher contributions in future contracts.”

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