NTIA delays Internet giveaway

Aug. 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the decision by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to delay for one year the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions administering the domain name system to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and global multistakeholders:

“Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Ted Cruz’s work to stop the Internet giveaway have been instrumental in creating this delay. Unfortunately, some leaders in Congress have been posturing that they oppose giving away the Internet while actually supporting it.

“There is no ‘right’ way to create a global monopoly to administer the domain name system with ICANN at its center, with no competition or accountability, and perhaps most importantly, no First Amendment protections that the current U.S. contract by NTIA affords. No proposal presented thus far provides any judicial remedy in federal court should the domain name system ever be used to engage in censorship. Ceding the IANA functions is simply too dangerous in a world where not even the White House and Joint Chiefs of Staff are secure against hacks by Moscow and Beijing.

“We applaud the delay, and urge Congress to take this decision out of the Obama administration’s hands permanently. The last thing anyone should want is such a controversial decision that does not even serve U.S. interests or protect critical Internet freedoms coming in a lame duck administration. Better to leave this to the next president, whoever he or she may be.”

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ALG requests Clinton emails from China Ministry of State Security

Aug. 17, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Foundation President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement upon posting a request to the China Ministry of State Security for Hillary Clinton’s email records:

“Hillary Clinton has turned in a blank email server to the FBI in the ongoing investigation into whether classified information was improperly handled on that server. However, it has been reported that Beijing may have been intercepting her emails for years. Given that the Chinese government has an open records policy that sounds very much like the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, Americans for Limited Government Foundation has posted a records request seeking from the Minister of State Security the release of all of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her private, non-governmental accounts.

“Naturally, we would assume that the Chinese would redact all classified information to avoid embarrassing former Secretary Clinton. It is our expectation that the government of China will meet their own 30-day window under Chinese law for fulfilling the request.”

Attachments:

Records request to Minister of State Security, Beijing, China, August 17, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/China-Ministry-of-State-Security_FOIA_Clinton-Emails_08-17-15.pdf

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John Kasich’s incredible $5 trillion surplus, huh?

August 7, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement questioning Gov. John Kasich’s (R-Ohio) incredible contention that he achieved a $5 trillion surplus as House Budget Committee Chairman in the 1990s:

“John Kasich claims to have generated a magical $5 trillion surplus in his tenure as Budget Committee Chairman. Who’s he kidding? First of all, the national debt in 2000 was $5.7 trillion. Why didn’t we pay off the debt with that windfall? Second, a cursory review of the national debt shows it actually increased every year when Kasich was in charge of the budget, and has not decreased by a single dollar since 1957. What surplus? What’s he talking about?

“To put the claim of a $5 trillion surplus into context, the total revenues of the U.S. government in 2014 was $3 trillion, an all-time high. No matter how you cut the numbers, there never was a $5 trillion surplus in a single year, in a 10-year period, or a 20-year period. You just can’t make this stuff up.

While we wish Kasich’s statement had been true, it is up to the press to find out what happened to the $5 trillion surplus, because if it was true, Fort Knox has been robbed in probably the greatest heist in history.”

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The Internet is no longer safe

August 7, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to reports of Russia being suspected of hacking the Joint Chiefs of Staff email server:

“The White House has been hacked, and now the Joint Chiefs of Staff email server. The Internet is no longer safe. At the same time, the Obama administration is prepared to turn over control of the domain name system to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and global multistakeholders. Congress must act in the 2016 budget to protect U.S. oversight of this critical Internet architecture, without which global communications could be compromised as part of a wider attack on the homeland. This is a bad deal, and jeopardizes national security.”

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House Republicans request hearing on H.R. 1995 to prohibit Obama HUD neighborhood rezoning rule

July 28, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government board member Bill Wilson today issued the following statement joining 18 House Republicans who in a letter urged the House Judiciary Committee to commence hearings on H.R. 1995, “The Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act of 2015,” which would prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development from implementing a rule, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”:

“The radical HUD plan to condition federal funding on rezoning neighborhoods to achieve a subjective and punitive set of quotas is a utopian pipe dream, and a federal attempt to usurp local zoning authority. We urge the House Judiciary Committee to take up H.R. 1995, and to require political partisans at HUD to justify this raw power grab. This has nothing to do with individual cases of housing discrimination, which have been illegal for over 40 years. Like the IRS abuse of power targeting people who disagree with them, the Obama appointees are using the power of government to harm communities that do not vote or act as Obama and his allies think they should. It is social engineering, nothing more.”

Attachments:

Hearing Request Letter, July 28, 2015, sent by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and 17 House Republicans at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/07-28-15-hearing-request-letter-on-H-R-1995.pdf

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ALG urges Senate to reject Iran nuke deal

July 20, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to take up the Iran nuclear deal as a treaty and defeat it:

“President Obama has failed to abide by the terms of the Corker Iran bill in delivering the Iran nuclear accord. The legislation was limited to lifting certain sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear agreements, not lifting sanctions on missiles and other weapons activities as the deal does. In the meantime, all Obama believes he has all he needs with the vote at the United Nations Security Council to authorize the deal.

“Our nation’s foreign policy cannot be run out of the United Nations. Without a positive vote in Congress for his deal, Obama shows his outright contempt for Congress and the Constitution. The Senate should bring the Iran deal up under the Treaty Clause of the Constitution and reject it. It is time to restore constitutional government, and stop giving Iran a legal basis to continue enriching uranium for weapons.”

Attachments:

“Congress Must Ditch the Corker Bill and Treat the Iran Deal as Either a Treaty or Proposed Legislation to be Voted Up or Down,” By Andrew C. McCarthy, July 20, 2015 at http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421349/congress-must-ditch-corker-bill-and-treat-iran-deal-either-treaty-or-proposed

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Iran nuke deal makes war more likely

July 14, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement condemning the Iran nuclear deal:

“Congressional Republicans tied their own hands in any upcoming attempt to stop the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year when they chose to pass legislation by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that turned the normal treaty ratification process on its head by requiring a veto override of two-thirds votes in both houses in order to stop the deal rather than the Constitutionally required two-thirds majority in the Senate for ratification.  By creating this much more difficult bar for rejection, Congress inadvertently allowed President Obama to negotiate away any real pretense that Iran will be stopped from getting the bomb, because he no longer feared Senate rejection.

“This concern is being realized around the world as nobody believes that this deal will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Saudi diplomats are already saying that the deal green lights initiating their own nuclear programs, not for peaceful energy, but for military weapons. Israel has condemned the deal. What does it say when our top allies in the region think this is a bad deal, and that there is now a nuclear arms race in the Middle East?

“The Obama Iranian deal makes proliferation in the region inevitable and, as a result, war more likely, not less. Nuclear non-proliferation, U.S. interests, and our allies’ interests have all suffered a severe setback today. It makes it much more likely that we will have a nuclear terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and that we will face a new reality as Iranian allies like Venezuela become nuclear threats. The world is less safe, and if Congress fails to defeat this deal, they will have nobody but themselves to blame.  After all, with the Corker bill, they ignored warnings from Senator Tom Cotton and effectively made disapproving the deal a near impossibility.”

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Confederate flag fight conceals Democrat history of hate

July 10, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to get back to work on the appropriations bills:

“If the appropriations process is going to be held up over an amendment defunding the placement of Democrat-created Confederate flags at Confederate grave sites at national cemeteries, and we’re not going to get any work done until this business is settled, then it should all be tied to a single vote including renaming the Richard Russell Senate Office Building, who was a pro-segregationist, removing every hammer and sickle symbol — a symbol which tens of millions have died under — from every gravestone in Chicago’s Haymarket National Cemetery, renaming the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, named after the President who resegregated the entire government including the military and hosted a showing of ‘The Birth of a Nation’ at the White House and praised it, renaming all federal courthouses and corrections facilities in West Virginia named after the late Senator Robert Byrd, a former leader of the KKK and Democrats in the Senate, and renaming the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, due to LBJ’s fondness for using the N-word.

“It is ridiculous for Congress to relinquish the power of the purse that the appropriations process enables, due to this symbolic idiocy of the left, so let’s just get rid of all of it. If purging the cruel, racist history of the Democrat Party is their goal, let’s just help Democrats expunge their shame for all time — and get back to the urgent business of Congress.”

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Buck amendment passes, defunds payments to third party groups from settlements

July 9, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the House of Representatives for passing an amendment by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) that will defund any settlements from being used to make any payments to third party groups:

“The Buck amendment defunds the Department of Interior and any of its agencies from requiring mandatory donations to radical environmentalist, third party groups as a part of any settlement agreement the department enters into. This taxpayer funding of the environmental left is outrageous and Ken Buck’s stepping forward to put an end to it is both courageous and commendable.”

Attachments:

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

SEC. ll. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries and expenses of personnel or any other entity to negotiate or conclude a settlement with the Federal Government that includes terms requiring the defendant to donate or contribute funds to an organization or individual.

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ALG praises Representative Paul Gosar’s defunding radical Obama environmental agenda

July 8, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) for successfully fighting for key amendments to the Interior and Environment appropriations bill:

“Representative Paul Gosar has proven, once again, that he is a true fighter for limiting the size and scope of government. Gosar successfully led the charge to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from providing any funds to the radical United Nations Environment Programme, blocked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the Sonoran Desert Tortoise as an endangered or threatened species, and helped stop President Obama’s abuse of the Antiquities and Monuments Act by defunding its implementation in targeted areas around the western United States.

“Congress has the power of the purse, and Representative Gosar’s hard work to use that power to rein in Obama’s radical agenda stands as an example for all of his colleagues.”

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