Internet Stewardship Act would require Congressional authority to turn over Internet

April 14, 2014, Fairfax, VA — Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of H.R. 4367, the “Internet Stewardship Act” offered by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) that would require Congressional authorization for any federal turnover of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to any other entity:

“President Obama should not be giving the Internet away to anyone without a vote in Congress. Rep. Kelly’s legislation will reaffirm Congressional authority over any Internet transition taking place, guaranteeing that our elected representatives have a say in keeping the World Wide Web free and open from censorship. But, with the current Commerce Department contract with ICANN coming to an end in September 2015, the House will need to move decisively to enact it and then work with Senate colleagues to force a vote there, too.

“The Administration has yet to produce a legal analysis justifying turning over key Internet names and numbers authorities without Congressional authority to some as of yet unconstituted international body. It has also failed to show how current First Amendment protections of free speech afforded under the current regime of Internet stewardship will be safeguarded once the the Commerce Department’s arrangement with ICANN ends. The House should take immediate action to move the Internet Stewardship Act to the floor for passage.”

Attachments:

“FOIA requests Commerce Dept. legal authority to turn over Internet,” March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.pdf

“Can Obama turn over the Internet without Congress?” By ALG senior editor Robert Romano, April 1, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/04/can-obama-give-away-internet-without-congress/

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Sebelius resignation is ‘far overdue’

April 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement commenting on the resignation Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

“Secretary Sebelius’ resignation is far overdue.  She has failed to play it straight with the American public or Congress wasting untold sums of money on a website that will probably never work failing her most basic managerial responsibilities.  Under her tenure millions of hard-working Americans have lost their health insurance coverage, in many cases due to regulations promulgated at her direction, and she has stonewalled attempts by Congress to provide adequate oversight over her Department.

“As the failures of Obamacare have become more and more evident, this is but the first step that needs to occur. Next, Obamacare must be fully repealed.”

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Aggregate donation limits overturned step in the right direction

April 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising a Supreme Court decision to strike down aggregate donation limits that in 2012 disallowed more than $117,000 in donations to candidates and party committees every two years:

“While the court’s ruling did not strike down the base donation limits, it is a step in the right direction to removing restrictions on campaign donations that strike at the heart of First Amendment protections of political speech. The maximum gift total has in the past denied late blooming candidates from access to the finances necessary to maximize their chances of victory because donors were already maxed out. But more importantly, aggregate limits most certainly restrict how much speech occurs in federal election campaigns by and thus cannot squared with First Amendment protections.”

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ALG urges Missouri House passage of right to work bill

April 1, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President and Missouri native Nathan Mehrens today in the following statement urged passage of right to work bill HB 1770:

“Legislators must not be intimidated by those who would see right to work defeated. Now is the time to stand firm for worker choice. Nobody should be forced to join a union just to make a living in the profession of their choice.

“The Missouri House should pass HB 1770 that will give workers the choice of whether or not they want to pay union dues. This all boils down to individual choice, and whether the state of Missouri is going to respect the right of the freedom of association.

“Missouri should be joining states like Indiana and Michigan in taking the lead to push back against union excesses, and restore the freedom of choice to its citizens to decide for themselves who they associate with.”

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FOIA requests Commerce Dept. legal authority to turn over Internet

March 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requesting the legal basis for its plans to transition control over the Internet to some as of yet unnamed international body.

The FOIA request includes “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.”

On March 23, L. Gordon Crovitz reported in the Wall Street Journal that “a spokesman for the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration said the agency reviewed this legal issue and concluded the administration can act without Congress but refused to share a copy of the legal analysis [emphasis added].”

“The American people have a right to know why and on what legal basis, if any, the Commerce Department believes it has the power to transition control over key Internet domain name functions to an international body or to anyone else without a vote in Congress,” Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens stated.

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

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ALG urges passage of JOBS Act

March 26, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of the JOBS Act being introduced in the House of Representatives:

“Americans for Limited Government strongly urges passage of the Republican Study Committee’s JOBS Act.  The JOBS Act is comprehensive legislation that unleashes private job creators through overturning the Obama Administration’s regulatory assault on the American workforce.

“The JOBS Act stifles Obama’s War on Coal creating a low cost energy future that is needed to build a robust U.S. manufacturing sector which isn’t dependent upon government subsidies for success.  The Act also strips away the rogue National Labor Relation’s Boards capacity to serve as prosecutor, judge and jury on employment law cases, a power that has created profound workforce uncertainty for employers who seek to follow the law.  The House of Representatives should pass the JOBS Act without delay.”

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$63 billion IMF bailout stripped out of Ukraine aid bill

March 25, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising Senate Republicans for stripping an additional $63 billion in new quota money for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from a bill to offer a $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine:

“There never was a good reason to hold up the Ukraine aid legislation in order to give another $63 billion to the IMF to bail out banks that foolishly lent money to bankrupt European governments. Senate Republicans are to be praised for insisting to Harry Reid that it be removed. It should have never been included in the first place.

“In the face of Russia’s threats against Ukraine, it always was irresponsible to hold these loans hostage in order to achieve unrelated funding for the IMF, as if U.S. credibility abroad was something to be bargained with.”

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Ukraine aid should not be conditioned on $63 billion IMF bailout

March 21, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement demanding the U.S. Senate take up a clean U.S. House legislation to offer a $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine, and to strike its additional $63 billion in new quota money for the International Monetary Fund (IMF):

“There is absolutely no reason to hold up Ukraine aid, needed to support the nascent government there, so that Obama can give another $63 billion to the IMF to bail out bankrupt governments like Greece and the banks that foolishly lent them money. Russia has annexed Crimea, and is threatening Ukraine, a U.S. ally. That is more than enough cause for Congress to consider the clean House aid bill to Ukraine on its merits. Even the Washington Post editorial page has rightly stated the ‘White House and Senate Democrats are more to blame for picking this fight’.

“It is time for Harry Reid to stop playing Washington, D.C. politics in the face of geopolitical threats. It is irresponsible to hold Ukraine aid hostage while that country’s fate very much hangs in the balance, and it is embarrassing.”

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U.S. cedes control of Internet infrastructure to the UN

March 14, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting the Obama Commerce Department for turning over control of the Internet to United Nations International Telecommunication Union*:

“Congress needs to prevent the Obama Administration from giving away U.S. control over the Internet to any international body.  To allow the free speech rights of U.S. citizens to be threatened by international bodies that don’t recognize these fundamental rights is dangerous and a threat to our national sovereignty.  Perhaps this latest egregious action by the Obama Administration in their quest to deconstruct the United States will finally wake Congress up to their power of the purse responsibility as a co-equal partner in government.”

* Editor’s Note: Initial reports by Politico indicated that the UN International Telecommunication Union could be taking over ICANN’s role in lieu of the U.S. A subsequent reading of Commerce’s proposal indicates that the agency’s intent is to “transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community” and “to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA” and “ICANN will work collaboratively with the directly affected parties, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), top level domain name operators, VeriSign, and other interested global stakeholders” and “international support continues to grow for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance”.

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Medicaid non-expansion qualifies 11.7 million for Obamacare waiver

March 13, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement calling attention to a hardship exemption under Obamacare: “You were determined ineligible for Medicaid because your state didn’t expand eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act,” according to the new Healthcare Marketplace form, “Application for Exemption from the Shared Responsibility Payment for Individuals who Experience Hardships.”:

Utilizing data compiled by Kaiser, about 11.7 million Americans in 25 states are eligible for a waiver to Obamacare’s individual mandate because their state governments wisely chose to not expand Medicaid eligibility saving taxpayers billions of dollars. The recently released White House definition details that those who are not covered by the expanded Medicaid criteria face a hardship and can apply for exemption from the Obama individual mandate tax.

“The Medicaid non-expansion waiver proves that the law itself is a hardship.  If millions sign up, it will severely undercut the law’s implementation. Republican governors who courageously stood up against this massive entitlement expansion should be helping this along by encouraging those who would have otherwise qualified for the program to get their exemptions.”

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