Cruz opposes trade authority, Inhofe and Vitter urged to follow

June 23, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) announced opposition to granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“Ted Cruz’s announcement that he is changing his vote and will be opposing cloture on trade authority as it devolves into a ‘corrupt Washington backroom deal’ puts the focus on Louisiana Senator David Vitter and Oklahoma’s James Inhofe as being the two deciders on whether President Obama gets more power.

“Four things have changed since they supported fast track authority that should compel them to join Senator Cruz in rejecting what’s been called a bad, bad deal: 1) Their fellow former colleague Jim Demint blasted the deal as ‘free trade in name only’ exposing the myth that Obama has been perpetuating; 2) immigration language within the trade and services agreement was leaked through Wikileaks and there can no longer be any illusion that Obama’s trade deals will lead to foreign driven changes of U.S. immigration law; 3) Australia’s trade minister admitted the TPP was one week of negotiations away from completion, dispelling the notion that the Congress’ negotiating objectives are meaningful; and 4) Senator Cruz after providing the conservative cover for Republicans voting for the bill has taken stock of that position and found that no matter benefits of fast track, President Obama cannot be trusted.

“After months of debate, there is no excuse for anyone to give this President any more power, who has shown nothing but contempt for Congress’ constitutional prerogatives. Senators who vote yes on clotures bear responsibility for all of its negatives and will come to regret this vote for the rest of their careers. We urge a no vote on cloture.”

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Dotcom Act authorizes Internet giveaway

June 23, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging House opposition to H.R. 805, “The Dotcom Act”:

“Just last month, the House voted overwhelmingly to defund in the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill any National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions to an outside entity. This followed similar language being adopted in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 that blocked the Internet governance transfer.

“Now, the House is set to undermine this vote by authorizing the giveaway via H.R. 805, ‘The Dotcom Act’ — just as soon as, quoting the bill itself, ‘the Comptroller General of the United States submits [a] report… on the role of the NTIA with respect to the Internet domain name system.’

“That’s it. The U.S. government after nearly 20 years of oversight of the domain name system that has ensured a free and open Internet with First Amendment protections will just up and give away this invaluable government property in return for little more than a book report. It makes one wonder why this Congress exists at all as it devolves into little more than a rubber stamp for Obama’s reckless agenda.”

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3 reasons for the Senate to change its mind on trade authority

June 22, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to reconsider its support of granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“Americans for Limited Government strongly urges the Senate to vote against the cloture motion on legislation that would provide President Obama fast track trade authority.  Three things have occurred since the Senate last voted on fast track which should cause any thinking Senator to change from a yes to no vote.

“First there is a great deal information that has come out about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that makes it clear that this agreement needs full and thorough Senate scrutiny.  The TPP is a living agreement subject to change after ratification, additional partners can be added to the TPP without Senate approval, and the TPP sets up a governing structure much like the Common Market — the predecessor to the European Union.  It would be extremely unwise to allow an agreement with such massive national implications to be fast tracked.

“Second, the upcoming Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) that will be fast tracked has explicit immigration language that has been leaked through Wikileaks.  Under fast track, Congress cannot amend any agreement and once fast tracked, no submitted agreement has ever been defeated.  A vote for fast track is a vote for the immigration language in TISA.

“Third, formerly supportive conservative leaders like Senator Jim DeMint, of the Heritage Foundation, have become convinced that the agreements are “Free Trade in Name Only” and have come out against fast track in the past few weeks.

“Just last week, the Australian Finance Minister reports is one week of negotiation away from completion. The illusion that the negotiating objectives contained in fast track language somehow bind Obama when he’s already pretty much done negotiating can no longer be sustained.

“With the concerns over the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there simply is no reason not to tell President Obama to sign and submit it under constitutional rules for treaty ratification, before the Senate grants fast track, and then only by the requisite two-thirds majority.”

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House passes fast track

June 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on House passage of fast track trade authority for President Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“In spite of today’s close vote, fast track legislation still needs to clear significant hurdles in the Senate, and we urge Senators to vote no.”

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Vote NO on fast track trade authority for Obama

June 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to granting fast track trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“President Barack Obama already has all the authority he needs in the Constitution to negotiate any treaty he pleases with or without fast track — all fast track does is turn the Congressional ratification part of treaty making into a rubber stamp.  I ask those who argue that fast track asserts Congressional authority to name another time when President Obama supported legislation that reined in his power.  Anyone who believes that Obama would sign a fast track bill that limited his authority to rewrite the rules of the world simply hasn’t been paying attention.”

Attachments:

Stop pretending Pacific trade deal is not a treaty, By Robert Romano, June 18, 2015 at http://netrightdaily.com/2015/04/stop-pretending-pacific-trade-deal-is-not-a-treaty/

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House extends trade vote until July 30

June 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to a new rule to extend debate of trade authority legislation to July 30 just adopted by the House:

“Obamatrade was killed in the House last Friday under the rules set by the Speaker of the House. It is a shame that the Speaker has now forced a rewriting of the rules allowing a re-vote any time he wants in the next six weeks. It is safe to assume that when he still doesn’t have the votes for the bill on July 30, he will just move the goal posts again. For those of us who were disappointed that House leadership did not take a strong stand against Obama’s numerous abuses of power, we are now seeing what fighting tooth and nail really looks like.”

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Vote NO on the rule, stop Obamatrade

June 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging a no vote on the rule to extend debate of trade authority legislation to July 31:

“House leadership set up the rules for considering fast track trade authority for Obama over the objections of 34 of their Republican members. Now House leaders want to move the goal posts and change those rules that fought so hard to get just days ago.

“Should the House move the timeline for consideration all the way to July 31, when the votes are not there today for passage, it would affirm America’s darkest suspicions that the game is rigged in the house’s favor. An extension will allow cynical horse trading to alter votes to occur, resulting in a bad deal for taxpayers.

“Americans for Limited Government urges the House to reject any extension of consideration of the trade bill. The leadership has had every advantage and still cannot win. It’s time to put an end to this debate and move on to things that unite Republicans in the House.”

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NTIA FOIA documents fail to show legal authority for Internet governance transfer

June 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s latest response to an Americans for Limited Government Freedom of Information Act request for “All records relating to legal and policy analysis developed by or provided to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that support its decision to ‘transition key internet domain name functions,’ including any analysis showing whether the NTIA has the legal authority to perform the transition”:

“Americans for Limited Government asked the Commerce Department a simple question: What was the legal basis for relinquishing control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions to ICANN? Now, more than a year later, it is clear based on the documents we have received that there was no such legal analysis performed prior to the announcement. Nor has the Department claimed any privileged exemption for such analysis under the Freedom of Information Act. And so, it is clear it doesn’t exist. What should have been a routine request has turned out to be a wild goose chase. The failure of NTIA to establish a firm legal basis for the IANA functions transfer underscores this administration’s complete disregard for congressional prerogatives to dispose of property under the Constitution.

“This failure by the Obama administration affirms Congress’ decision to defund the Internet transfer this fiscal year, and the House’s further action this month to do the same beyond September 30.”

Attachments:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.pdf

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) interim response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), June 30, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set1.pdf

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) further response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, June 15, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set2.pdf

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86 House Republicans who voted to increase taxes to pay for Obamatrade

June 12, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting 86 House Republicans who voted for trade adjustment assistance, legislation that will increase taxes to make payments to unions affected by the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“It is almost incomprehensible that 86 House Republicans were so desperate to make an Obamatrade deal that they voted to increase taxes to pay off big labor — all to make Obamatrade more palatable to Democrats. No deal was better than a bad deal, and yet these 86 Republicans decided the trade bill was more important than increasing their constituents’ taxes to make payments to labor unions. Any member considering voting for trade adjustment assistance next week should well consider the political consequences of voting to increase taxes to pay off big labor to grant Obama more power to regulate the global economy.”

Attachments:

86 House Republicans who voted for trade adjustment assistance, June 12, 2015 at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll361.xml

Robert Aderholt (Ala.-CD4)

Louis Barletta (Pa.-CD11)

Andy Barr (Ky.-CD6)

Joe Barton (Texas-CD6)

Dan Benishek (Mich.-CD1)

Mike Bishop (Mich.-CD8)

Rod Blum (Iowa-CD1)

Mike Bost (Ill.-CD12)

Charles Boustany (La.-CD3)

Kevin Brady (Texas-CD8)

Susan Brooks (Ind.-CD5)

Ken Calvert (Calif.-CD42)

Mike Coffman (Colo.-CD6)

Tom Cole (Okla.-CD4)

Barbara Comstock (Va.-CD10)

Ryan Costello (Pa.-CD6)

Ander Crenshaw (Fla.-CD4)

Carlos Curbelo (Fla.-CD26)

Rodney L. Davis (Ill.-CD13)

Charlie Dent (Pa.-CD15)

Robert Dold (Ill.-CD10)

Daniel Donovan (N.Y.-CD11)

Tom Emmer (Minn.-CD6)

Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.-CD8)

Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.-CD1)

Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.-CD11)

Sam Graves (Mo.-CD6)

Glenn Grothman (Wis.-CD6)

Frank Guinta (N.H.-CD1)

Brett Guthrie (Ky.-CD2)

Richard Hanna (N.Y.-CD22)

Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.-CD3)

Bill Huizenga (Mich.-CD2)

Robert Hurt (Va.-CD5)

Darrell Issa (Calif.-CD49)

Bill Johnson (Ohio-CD6)

David Jolly (Fla.-CD13)

John Katko (N.Y.-CD24)

Mike Kelly (Pa.-CD3)

Peter King (N.Y.-CD2)

Adam Kinzinger (Ill.-CD16)

John Kline (Minn.-CD2)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.-CD3)

Tom Marino (Pa.-CD10)

Kevin McCarthy (Calif.-CD23)

Patrick McHenry (N.C.-CD10)

David McKinley (W.Va.-CD1)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.-CD5)

Patrick Meehan (Pa.-CD7)

Luke Messer (Ind.-CD6)

John Mica (Fla.-CD7)

Candice Miller (Mich.-CD10)

John Moolenaar (Mich.-CD4)

Tim Murphy (Pa.-CD18)

Devin Nunes (Calif.-CD22)

Erik Paulsen (Minn.-CD3)

Joe Pitts (Pa.-CD16)

Tom Reed (N.Y.-CD23)

Dave Reichert (Wash.-CD8)

Scott Rigell (Va.-CD2)

Mike Rogers (Ala.-CD3)

Hal Rogers (Ky.-CD5)

Todd Rokita (Ind.-CD4)

Peter Roskam (Ill.-CD6)

Ed Royce (Calif.-CD39)

Paul Ryan (Wis.-CD1)

Steve Scalise (La.-CD1)

John Shimkus (Ill.-CD15)

Bill Shuster (Pa.-CD9)

Mike Simpson (Idaho-CD2)

Elise Stefanik (N.Y.-CD21)

Steve Stivers (Ohio-CD15)

Glenn Thompson (Pa.-CD5)

Mac Thornberry (Texas-CD13)

Pat Tiberi (Ohio-CD12)

Dave Trott (Mich.-CD11)

Michael Turner (Ohio-CD10)

Fred Upton (Mich.-CD6)

David Valadao (Calif.-CD21)

Ann Wagner (Mo.-CD2)

Tim Walberg (Mich.-CD7)

Greg Walden (Oreg.-CD2)

Mimi Walters (Calif.-CD45)

Ed Whitfield (Ky.-CD1)

Joe Wilson (S.C.-CD2)

David Young (Iowa-CD3)

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Correction: Obamtrade not dead yet

June 12, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the House of Representatives for approving fast track trade authority for Obama :

“It would appear that reports of Obamtrade’s demise were premature. We remain confident that at the end of the day, fast track trade authority will never be granted to this president.”

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