Jobs data, weak growth send mixed signals

June 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

“Today’s jobs report remains out of sync with the overall economic situation.  While the reported numbers would indicate lackluster economic growth, even this level of job growth is incongruent with the 1 percent drop in the GDP our economy experienced in the first quarter.”

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Time to defund HUD racial zoning rule in appropriations vote

June 5, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to defund implementation of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule that will empower the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to achieve racial and income integration:

“Starting in October, HUD is empowering itself to redraw zoning maps in any locality that accepts any portion of the $3.5 billion a year in community development block grants from the federal government in an attempt to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income. This is a utopian pipe dream, and social engineering at its worst.

“Neighborhoods are constituted not based on racial quotas, but on economics. Housing discrimination based on race has been illegal for decades. There is no discrimination in people choosing for themselves where they want to live, and yet that is exactly what HUD is seeking to regulate.

“HUD has no place in local zoning decisions, and it is up to the House of Representatives to defund this dangerous rulemaking through a rider to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill coming up next week before the regulation’s projected October implementation.”

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New EPA regs will crush economy

June 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement objecting to new EPA power plant regulations:

“Last week’s announcement that the economy had cratered in the first quarter of 2014 with a 1 percent decline in the Gross Domestic Product should have forced President Obama to reconsider his devastating new anti-electricity generation regulations.

“This past month’s jobs report that showed that nearly one in six men ages 25-54 are not working in America, should have forced President Obama to reconsider.

“The past seventeen years where there has been zero global warming recorded, should have forced the President to reconsider.

“Now that the President has chosen to ignore science, workers and our nation’s overall economic health, it is reasonable to assume that he never cared about any of these things.  Instead, President Obama is looking for a legacy funded by billionaire environmentalist dilettantes who can erect a statue in his name in spite of a presidency that has driven a spike through the hope of a better future for the middle class.

“Barack Obama’s 645 page assault on the ability of our nation to generate enough electricity to keep the lights on in our cities in the future, is nothing less than an economic suicide pact that must be stopped by Congress using any means necessary.”

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House Votes to Defund Obama’s Internet Giveaway

May 30, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in response to Rep. Sean Duffy’s (WI-7) Amendment to CJS Appropriations to Prohibit the Relinquishment of Internet Responsibilities passing the House of Representatives with 229 votes:

“I applaud each of the 229 House members who stood up to pressure from international interests to defund all efforts from the Obama administration to give away control of the internet. This example of the House of Representatives utilizing the power of the purse to reign in the out-of-control Obama administration sets an important precedent for the next three years.

“We call on Speaker Boehner to hold firm on the House’s commitment to defund the Obama internet giveaway to unknown, unaccountable international stakeholders when he negotiates the final funding package for the Commerce Department with the United States Senate. Of particular note is the incredible courage and foresight of Representative Sean Duffy who took on this seemingly impossible task and led it to victory.”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this statement stated that there were 219 votes in favor of the amendment.

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ALG supports Duffy rider defunding internet giveaway

May 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in response to Rep. Sean Duffy’s (WI-7) Amendment to CJS Appropriations to Prohibit the Relinquishment of Internet Responsibilities:

“Americans for Limited Government strongly supports Rep. Sean Duffy’s rider to the Commerce, Science, Justice Appropriations bill prohibiting the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from using funds to relinquish U.S. government responsibility over the Internet domain name functions.

“Duffy’s defunding rider is Congress’ only practical tool to prevent the Obama Administration from permanently giving away control over basic Internet functions to unnamed, unaccountable, international governments and businesses.  Currently, information flow on the Internet is protected from government censorship by our nation’s fundamental First Amendment rights, failure to defund Obama’s Internet giveaway program puts the free flow of information in jeopardy.

“While the House has passed a rider to the National Defense Authorization Act that delays Obama’s turnover of the Internet until a GAO report can be issued, the Duffy rider actually stops the NTIA from laying the groundwork for the transfer.

“This has the effect of forcing the Obama Administration to make the case to Congress on why they should support the international give away, a position opposed by former President Bill Clinton.

“The Duffy rider protects American interests and Internet freedom from government censorship, and should be supported.”

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IRS scuttles freedom-killing 501(c)(4) regulations

May 22, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in response to the IRS announcement that it will restart its remaking process regulating 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations:

“Today’s announcement that the IRS will be going back to square one to create regulations overseeing 501(c)(4) activity is a victory for the American people. The IRS’s dramatic overreach in its scuttled regulations impacted the First Amendment rights of every American.

“As our nation grapples with continuing revelations of IRS abuses of power, with reports that the enforcement arm targeted conservative donors through its auditing process, the IRS Commissioner must fully comply with all Congressional investigations before considering any new regulations.”

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Shinseki should be fired over deplorable conditions facing veterans

May 16, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging the White House immediately fire Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:

“The culture at the VA that allowed career bureaucrats to decide that health care rationing was an acceptable alternative must be changed, and Shinseki has proven that he is wrong person for the job.

“The death of at least 40 veterans waiting to see a doctor in Phoenix, complete with a secret list of patients who were determined to be too ill to help, were denied care, and died, is a deplorable abomination and insult to every man and woman who has ever served. Secretary Shinseki should be fired immediately. The decent care of our nation’s veterans is the least the federal government can do for those who sacrificed everything to defend their country.”

Attachments:

“VA actions kill veterans: A precursor for Obamacare?” by ALG vice president of public policy and communications Rick Manning, May  16, 2014 at http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/15/VA-actions-kill-veterans-a-precursor-for-Obamacare

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Senate Banking Committee passes housing finance bill

May 15, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in opposition to S. 1217, the “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013,” that passed out of the Senate Banking Committee, particularly its provision that “The full faith and credit of the United States is pledged to the payment of all amounts from the Mortgage Insurance Fund which may be required to be paid under any insurance provided under this title”:

“At the heart of the financial crisis was the federal government’s implicit guarantee of mortgages to lenders. That guarantee ensured if the debts went bad, taxpayers or the central bank would step in to cover the losses. The Johnson-Crapo bill doubles down on this mistake that encouraged risky lending, making explicit a guarantee that taxpayers were previously promised they would never have to cover in the first place. Incredibly, supporters of the legislation claim it somehow protects taxpayers. Nothing could be further from the truth, as it puts the full faith and credit of the U.S. government at risk — again.

“Moreover, the legislation contemplates a mortgage insurance fund for all conventional mortgages that lenders would be required to pay into — costs that will undoubtedly be passed along to borrowers. Therefore, whether via personal mortgage insurance premiums or higher closing costs, even if borrowers put 20 percent down, under the Senate bill they should plan on paying even more to own a home.

“The Senate should reject the flawed Johnson-Crapo approach, which neither reforms housing finance nor protects taxpayers. It cannot truly create a private market for housing finance when the Treasury and taxpayers are still on the hook.”

Attachments:

“Is Congress planning to charge you mortgage insurance even if you put 20 percent down?” by ALG senior editor Robert Romano, March 12, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/03/congress-planning-charge-mortgage-insurance-even-put-20-percent/

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Amend flawed DOTCOM Act to stop Internet giveaway

May 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging the House Energy and Commerce Committee to amend the “DOTCOM Act,” up for a vote on Thursday, to include language from Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R-Pa.) the “Internet Stewardship Act” that asserts Congressional prerogative in turning over U.S. control of critical Internet names and numbers functions to the international community:

“As presently constructed, the DOTCOM Act will allow the Obama administration to give away the Internet’s names and numbers functions to the international community once the Government Accountability Office submits a report to Congress on the subject. This flawed approach cedes Congressional authority to Obama and, what’s worse, would only briefly delay the turnover of Internet authority that has been critical to preserving the freedom of information on the web.

“The House Energy and Commerce Committee should amend the ‘DOTCOM Act’ to include Rep. Mike Kelly’s ‘Internet Stewardship Act’ that would require an up or down vote in Congress before any decision about the Internet is made. Obama may not give a whit about Congressional prerogative, but members should.

“By failing to act on legislation that prohibits the Internet transfer without Congressional assent, House Republicans effectively give license to the notion that it is not needed. Only amending the flawed ‘DOTCOM Act’ can restore Congressional prerogative and save free speech on the Internet.”

Attachments:

“Are House Republicans voting to give away the Internet?” by ALG senior editor Robert Romano, April 17, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/04/house-republicans-voting-give-away-internet/

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ALG praises Benghazi special investigative committee formation

May 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising the formation of a special investigative committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate:

“Speaker Boehner’s reported decision to appoint a special committee to investigate the murder of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens in Benghazi more than a year and a half ago is a great step in getting to the bottom of the decisions that led to leaving Americans behind for a full seven hours without military support.  The news released this week that ties the Benghazi talking points directly to the White House along with a former National Security Advisor spokesperson’s admission that President Obama never even bothered to go to the War Room during the crisis makes a special committee with full subpoena powers a necessity.

“The families of those murdered, and all of those who serve our nation in the military deserve an answer to the basic questions:  Why were military assets not moved to protect the Benghazi consulate, and who made the final decision? And, who made up the talking points about a video being responsible when it wasn’t?”

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