ALG response to U.S. Trade Rep. testimony on Trans-Pacific Partnership

 Jan. 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to testimony by the U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal:

“The Senate Finance Committee inadvertently exposed the best reason why Congress should reject Trade Promotion Authority. The vast nature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership covering every aspect of the U.S. economy and life cries out for Congress to engage in thorough and complete consideration prior to ratification. Fast track by its nature puts time limits on Congressional consideration and eliminates Congressional capacity to amend portions of the signed Treaty to better reflect American interests.

“The answers provided by the U.S. Trade Representative were largely nothing more than reassuring generalities, however, an actual treaty is very specific and has the effect of overriding existing U.S. law. It would be a grievous error for Congress to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority based upon a series of ‘trust us’ promises. President Obama has proven himself time and again to not have earned that trust, and it would be a slap in the face to Americans of all political stripes to not hold any treaty he negotiates to the exact 2/3 vote ratification process that the Constitution sets forth.”

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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Pass Blunt-Inhofe amendment against China climate deal

Jan. 22, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging passage of the Blunt-Inhofe amendment against the China climate deal:

“President Obama’s China climate change deal puts the United States economy and our workers at a competitive disadvantage and the Senate is urged to pass a sense of the Senate resolution opposing its implementation without having gone through the full ratification process.

“American workers continue to be hurt by President Obama’s extremist environmental policies with stagnant wages and lost job growth opportunities. Obama’s China deal would further escalate the cost of electricity stunting the rebuilding our nation’s manufacturing base.The Senate must stand up for America’s workforce by making it clear that the President’s China climate deal should not be implemented.”

Attachments:

Blunt-Inhofe amendment, Jan. 22, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/BluntInhofeAmdt1-22-15.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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Bridenstine named House Environment Subcommittee Chair

Jan. 15, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for naming Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be the Chairman of the House Science Environment Subcommittee:

“We are pleased by the decision to name Rep. Jim Bridenstine the Chairman of the House Science Environment Subcommittee. Bridenstine is uniquely qualified to hold the Environmental Protection Agency accountable for its unilateral regulations against American energy producers. We look forward to work of this subcommittee, and the House more generally to rein in this rogue agency.”

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 attends S.C.Tea Party Convention to oppose fast track

Media Advisory

ALG attends South Carolina Tea Party Convention to oppose fast track
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
January 17-18

Americans for Limited Government will be attending the South Carolina Tea Party Convention with a table display opposingthe passage of Trade Promotion Authority and the ceding of further Congressional authority to the Executive Branch.

Attendees will have the opportunity to directly communicate with Congress opposing the fast track trade legislation, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) concedes: “It’s an enormous grant of power, obviously, from a Republican Congress to a Democratic president.”

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning will available for interviews Saturday, January 17, and Sunday, January 18. For availability call 202-744-4427.

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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.”

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 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

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 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.”

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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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.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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