U.S. Rep. John Fleming’s courage slows down Puerto Rico bailout

April 14, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) for refusing to let the Puerto Rico bailout advance from the House Resources Committee without objection:

“House Republican leaders’ stunning decision to quell all committee dissent to their Puerto Rico financial bailout legislation runs directly counter to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to return to regular order, which includes committees holding hearings, vetting and amending legislation before sending it to the floor.

“In a bizarre turn, members of the House Natural Resources Committee were read the Puerto Rico bailout bill and according to Rep. John Fleming were then instructed to allow it to pass committee by a voice vote with no amendments and no dissent. Fleming was told to walk away from the vote if he had any objections, an account verified by two other offices.

“Rep. John Fleming has once again demonstrated extraordinary courage in standing up against legislative railroading designed to silence anyone who might have concerns about President Obama’s Puerto Rico bailout plan. Fleming’s shining a light on House leaders’ attempt to turn Congress’ Article I responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution into an executive branch rubber stamp was important as the legislation’s consideration has now been delayed.

“The people of Louisiana should be proud that they elected Fleming, a man who has not forgotten that he represents them — and not the GOP establishment.”

Attachments:

Fleming: Desperation Setting in for Puerto Rico Bailout, April 13, 2016 at http://fleming.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394878

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Senate GOP will own inevitable murders that follow mass criminal release

April 12, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to a Senate Republican aide who told the Washington Examiner in favor of legislation to secure the early release of thousands of federal prison inmates, “You’re never going to eliminate the Willie Horton type of situation, the political ads aside, of somebody coming out [of prison] and committing a crime. It’s the nature of the human being. You’re never going to have 100 percent certainty, that’s never going to happen. But it would be a shame to just not ever do any sentencing reform, any criminal justice reform, because of that”:

“It is stunning that the GOP Senate would consider sacrificing even a single victim in their quest to pander to the far left, Black Lives Matter narrative by emptying federal prisons. These so-called sentencing reforms would put the most hardened major drug dealers on the street early. These are not people caught with a joint or two, but rather those who trafficked tons of marijuana and other narcotics. While the drug kingpin lobby appears to be extremely strong in Congress, if lives truly matter, there is no excuse for Congress to legislate the early release of these most dangerous criminals.

“The results of previous early release programs are being seen through rising crime rates throughout the country and most tragically through the Columbus, Ohio triple murder of Erveena Hammonds and her two young daughters, Breya Hammonds, 7, and Anaesia Green, 10, by a just-released criminal who viciously stabbed them to death.

“Whichever GOP Senate staffer callously accepted the inevitable deaths resulting mass early criminal release should be rooted out and fired from his or her ivory tower, taxpayer-funded job.”

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ALG praises Mo. State Rep. Paul Curtman for supporting U.S. Constitutional separation of powers

April 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement thanking State Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Mo.) for leading the effort in the Missouri House to urge the Missouri Congressional delegation to adopt U.S. Rep. Ken Buck’s (R-Colo.) Article I supplemental:

“Representative Paul Curtman gets it, and is a fighter for limited government at the state and federal level. He recognizes the importance of reestablishing Congress’ Article I authority to return the power in our government to the people. Rep. Curtman’s courageous decision to lead the charge in Jefferson City urging passage of Congressional legislation that dramatically asserts Congress’ will on more than fifty areas where the executive branch has overreached its authority is an example for state legislators across the nation.

“We appreciate Representative Curtman’s leadership on limiting government both inside of Missouri and beyond, and urge the Missouri House to advance his resolution, H.R. 1256, to urge passage of the Article I supplemental in the Congress. The Congressional delegation from Missouri should follow Curtman’s example and listen to Missourians whose express desire is to reign in the federal government’s fiscal and regulatory abuses, and return to the Constitution’s separation of powers.”

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ALG urges Heitkamp, Manchin, Bennet and Donnelly to stand up for 2nd Amendment, reject Obama Supreme Court pick who will overturn Heller

April 8, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to stand by the 2nd Amendment and reject President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland:

“The decisions that these four Democrat Senators make will likely define their legacies in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Justice who replaces Antonin Scalia will determine the balance of power on the Court, and there are no do-overs.  President Obama has waged a determined and largely failed campaign against the individual right to keep and bear arms due to the Supreme Court’s seminal D.C. v. Heller decision that affirmed that the Second Amendment is indeed a protection of those individual rights.  The Garland appointment is Obama’s lame duck last chance to overturn Heller and impose some strange collective construct to the clear words written into the Constitution as a primary protection against abusive government that ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’

“Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Michael Bennet will not face any other decision more important than the one confronting them with this Obama nominee.  There will be no hiding behind press statements decrying Court rulings if they vote to confirm Obama’s choice, rather than allowing the upcoming Presidential election to decide the future direction of the Supreme Court and indeed the nation as a whole.  Americans for Limited Government urges Heitkamp, Manchin, Donnelly and Bennet to send a strong message to the entire country that our individual rights are not political play things, that Heller is the law of the land, and that they support allowing the people decide through their votes, the future direction of our nation.”

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Does Congress defund matter? Dept. of Commerce funds Internet giveaway anyway.

Commerce Dept. gives sole-source contract to Harvard to review Internet giveaway proposal that Congress defunded.

March 31, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting a $18,690 sole-source contract by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to review a Commerce Department proposal to relinquish the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in spite of being defunded by Congress in the omnibus spending bill from performing the transition:

“How is the Commerce Department giving out a taxpayer-funded no-bid contract to the President and Fellows of Harvard College to review the IANA functions transition that Commerce is prohibited from even performing? Congress has defunded the Internet giveaway three times, but still work continues, with Commerce Department officials traveling all over the world to junkets and conferences to prepare the proposal, which was finalized in Morocco just this month. They’ve already agreed to it. If Congress’ Article One power of the purse is so easily ignored by the executive branch without adverse recourse, Congress has little reason to exist.

The FBO listing even erroneously claimed at first that ‘Congress has mandated the review prior to NTIA transitioning its stewardship of certain Internet technical functions to the global multistakeholder community…’ before amending it after a Senate office pointed out the error, since Congress never actually mandated any review of the transition. In fact, Congress has denied funds to engage in the transition. Thus it lacks funds to even consider the transition, let alone executing various stages of the proposal to prepare the transition.

“Imagine if Congress defunded a house from being built, and so the agency comes in, builds the foundation, builds the walls, puts on the roof and the doors and windows in, gets plumbing and other utilities all lined up, but doesn’t put the doorbell on it, and says it’s not a house. That’s where we are with the Internet giveaway, where Congress mandated that no funds be spent in the transfer, but the proposal was produced and finalized with the Commerce Department’s participation and funding anyway.”

Attachments:

“Who told NTIA it was still okay to work on Internet giveaway after Congress defunded it?” By Rick Manning, March 31, 2016 at http://netrightdaily.com/2016/03/told-ntia-still-okay-work-internet-giveaway-congress-defunded/

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ALG Calls on Missouri General Assembly to Pass Senate Bill 919

March 29, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement calling on the Missouri legislature to pass Senate Bill 919 which advances economic liberty and free market principles in Missouri:

“Senator Schmitt’s SB 919 empowers local retailers to increase their choices about refrigerated shelf space and offer broader beer product choices to their customers to meet demand.

“Should this measure pass, Missouri would be joining sixteen other states by passing a modest reform to this post-Prohibition era restriction that has outlived its usefulness, including in Colorado and Wisconsin which continue to enjoy thriving craft beer industry as a result.

“Americans for Limited Government commends Missouri legislative leaders for fighting for the freedom of small businesses in Missouri to make their own decisions based upon the needs of their local markets.  It is through thousands of these individual business decisions that consumer demand is met, and small businesses thrive or not based upon how well they meet the wishes of the communities they serve.

“The Missouri House of Representatives is urged to move forward with this simple, common sense measure.  As a national organization dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government at all levels, Americans for Limited Government proudly urges the House of Representatives to pass SB 919, allowing local retailers a greater freedom of choice on shelf space and opening up their retail markets to small craft beer producers seeking to gain market share.”

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Sen. Jerry Moran caving on Obama Supreme Court nominee ‘incomprehensible’

March 24, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) statement that “the process ought to go forward” for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland:

“Jerry Moran’s decision to cave on considering Obama’s Supreme Court nominee is incomprehensible.  As the former head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Moran spent the past two years telling America that they needed a GOP majority to stop Obama from fundamentally transforming America.  Now, Moran is opening the door for a Supreme Court nominee who would lock in Obama’s agenda for a generation.  This is an outright betrayal of the very GOP Senate majority which Moran successfully led the fight to achieve.  Jerry Moran needs to understand one simple fact, stopping Obama’s agenda is his job, and pandering to the hard left which demands that he kowtow to their whims is hopefully a misquote rather than his considered position.”

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1992 Joe Biden was right on no election year Supreme Court nominations

March 24, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s statement on that “Senate Republicans are failing to fulfill their Constitutional obligation” by not holding hearings considering President Barack Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland:

“It never ceases to amaze me how nimble Joe Biden is with his argumentation. We agree with Senator Joe Biden of 1992 who opposed election year nominations, and disagree with Vice President Joe Biden who argues otherwise. 1992 Biden extolled the precedent of opposing election year nominations, and that argument remains valid today, even if it is an inconvenient truth for the Obama administration.

“The astounding irony of Vice President Joe Biden bemoaning partisanship in the current Supreme Court nominee debate is particularly bitter coming from the man who played a large part in making ‘Bork’ a verb. Rather than overlooking his galling hypocrisy, the Senate should continue to stand up for the American people’s right to choose the direction of the Court through the impending presidential elections. After all I’m certain that 1992 Biden would agree that failure to consider an end of term nomination is part of the Senate doing its Constitutional job.”

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ALG praises U.S. Rep. John Fleming for defending power of the purse policy riders in appropriations bills

March 21, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement thanking U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) for defending Congress’ constitutional power of the purse to offer policy riders in appropriations bills being challenged by members of the Senate:

“John Fleming gets it, he understands that one of the few ways of rolling back President Obama’s outrageous abuse of executive authority is by utilizing Congress’ constitutional power of the purse. Fleming’s statement in favor of utilizing policy riders in the appropriations process demonstrates once again that he is one of the true leaders in the battle to restore the constitutional separation of powers.”

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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.”

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