ALG’s Manning: ‘Obamatrade is dead’

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

“Today 302 members courageously stood with the American people against granting trade authority to President Obama. All too often in our culture we don’t thank and recognize courage. Americans for Limited Government would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to those members who stood against granting Obama more power to in his words rewrite the rules of the world economy. This legislation was so deeply flawed a majority of Republicans and Democrats opposed it.

“No pundit in Washington predicted such a rout would occur. For once, members of Congress of both parties listened to their constituents, and now, Obamatrade is dead. Let’s keep it that way.

“Now Republicans should unify around common principles limiting the size and scope of government through the appropriations process. After this heated battle, now is the time to focus on those issues that bring the conference together. It’s time to move forward, and leave Obamatrade behind us. The people have spoken.”

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Vote NO on trade adjustment tax increase to pay for union bailout

June 12, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to refuse granting trade adjustment assistance in a vote today that includes a new tax increase, according to Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), who said, “The Democrats that were upset about the sequester on Medicare in order to pay for Trade Adjustment Authority…they were able to get the Republicans to change the revenue—so now the revenue comes from some better way of collecting taxes”:

“Americans for Limited Government urges a no vote on trade adjustment assistance. It is just another big government program that needs to end. To make matters worse, trade adjustment assistance is paid for with a tax increase under a new deal struck. It is absurd to raise taxes to pay for a program to benefit unions that big labor is lobbying against. Congress must stop the trade adjustment tax increase, and block this union handout.”

Attachments:

Bridenstine: Trade adjust assistance includes tax increase, by Alex Swoyer, June 11, 2015 at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/11/exclusive-jim-bridenstine-stands-up-for-oklahoma-no-need-to-cede-negotiating-authority-to-obama/

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ALG praises 34 House Republicans who said no to fast track rule

June 11, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising 34 House Republicans who voted against a rule to bring trade authority legislation to the floor of the House:

“Today 34 House Republicans displayed an extraordinary amount of political courage by voting to deny Speaker Boehner the ability to bring fast track trade authority to the floor of the House. If Boehner had not succeeded in lobbying 8 Democrats to pull his bacon out of the fire, fast track would now be dead. Tomorrow, there will be significantly more Republicans voting against fast track as concerns about President Obama’s surrender of U.S. sovereignty through the Trans-Pacific Partnership becomes fully evident. For those 34 Republicans who took a stand, today’s action deserves universal praise from freedom loving Americans nationwide. They listened to their constituents.”

Attachments:

34 House Republicans who voted no to bring fast track to the floor, June 11, 2015 at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll359.xml

Justin Amash (Mich.-CD3)
Rod Blum (Iowa-CD1)
Dave Brat (Va.-CD7)
Jim Bridenstine (Okla.-CD1)
Mo Brooks (Ala.-CD5)
Ken Buck (Colo.-CD4)
Jeff Duncan (S.C.-CD3)
John Fleming (La.-CD4)
Trent Franks (Ariz.-CD8)
Scott Garrett (N.J.-CD5)
Chris Gibson (N.Y.-CD19)
Louie Gohmert (Texas-CD1)
Paul Gosar (Ariz.-CD4)
Morgan Griffith (Va.-CD9)
Andy Harris (Md.-CD1)
Jody Hice (Ga.-CD10)
Walter Jones (N.C.-CD3)
Jim Jordan (Ohio-CD4)
Raul Labrador (Idaho-CD1)
Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.-At Large)
Thomas Massie (Ky.-CD4)
Mark Meadows (N.C.-CD11)
Alex Mooney (W.Va.-CD2)
Mick Mulvaney (S.C.-CD5)
Gary Palmer (Ala.-CD6)
Steve Pearce (N.M.-CD2)
Scott Perry (Pa.-CD4)
Bill Posey (Fla.-CD8)
Keith Rothfus (Pa.-CD12)
Matt Salmon (Ariz.-CD5)
David Schweikert (Ariz.-CD6)
Marlin Stutzman (Ind.-CD3)
Daniel Webster (Fla.-CD10)
Ted Yoho (Fla.-CD3)

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Ryan’s desperate deal making on fast track

June 10, 2015, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to a proposal Rep. Paul Ryan to amend the customs bill to supposedly “ensure that trade agreements do not require changes to U.S. law or obligate the United States with respect to global warming or climate change”:

“Paul Ryan is treating the customs bill as his own personal fast track favor factory by including deals on anti-steel dumping legislation, climate change, immigration, as well as allowing human slave trafficker Malaysia to be a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is a desperate attempt to attract votes to the flawed trade authority bill. Even if the customs bill were to pass and be signed by the President, none of the provisions would compel President Obama to comply with them in any treaty that he should submit to Congress. Congress has a constitutional prerogative to provide the President advice on treaties. But the President has the choice to accept that advice or not. Any Republican who is delusional enough to believe that President Obama cares what they think at all has not been paying any attention for the past six years.

“Voting to give Obama fast track trade authority based on the slim hope he will follow a non-binding suggestion–when he doesn’t even follow the law as written–is both irresponsible and foolish.”

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House defunds HUD local zoning usurpation

June 9, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the House of Representatives for adopting by a 229-193 vote an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) defunding implementation of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule and the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool,” which when finalized 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:

“House passage of Rep. Paul Gosar’s amendment to the HUD appropriation bill has now defunded Obama administration regulations that usurp local zoning authority. It serves as proof that the power of the purse can be alive and well when Congress chooses to use it. Rep. Gosar showed his commitment to federalism and the people of this nation through his courageous leadership on this issue. We anticipate a vigorous debate in the Senate as the discussion of our nation’s housing policies moves forward.”

Attachments:

Amendment to Transportation and HUD appropriations bill, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), June 3, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/GOSAR_090_xml.pdf

AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2577, AS REPORTED

OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, administer, or enforce the rule entitled ‘‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’’, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 43710; Docket No. FR-5173-P-01) or the notice entitled ‘‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool’’, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Federal Register on September 26, 2014 (79 Fed. Reg. 57949; Docket No. FR-5173-N-02).

“‘Fundamentally transforming America’ one neighborhood at a time,’ By Robert Romano November 20, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/11/fundamentally-transforming-america-one-neighborhood-time/

“Racial quotas for local zoning decisions?” By Robert Romano, June 6, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/06/racial-quotas-local-zoning-decisions/

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Stop Obama’s assault on the suburbs, vote YES on Gosar Amendment #1

June 9, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to adopt an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill Rep. Paul Gosar plans to offer (R-Ariz.) defunding implementation of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule and the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool,” which when finalized 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:

“Rep. Paul Gosar’s amendment to the Transportation HUD appropriations bill would end an unwarranted intrusion into the local zoning process by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In Obama’s America, taking a community development block grant puts a city’s long thought out zoning plan at risk. Those governments that take any portion of those grants must redraw neighborhoods along federal racial and income standards, while residents remain unaware and disenfranchised.

“This is not about low-income housing, it is about federalism and an attempt by the social engineers in Washington, D.C. to impose their will upon over the voice of those most impacted by their arbitrary decisions. Rep. Gosar’s stand for local communities against the tide of Obama’s federal know-it-allism is a refreshing cool breeze in an otherwise stagnant Congress.”

Attachments:

Draft Amendment to Transportation and HUD appropriations bill, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), June 3, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/GOSAR_090_xml.pdf

AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2577, AS REPORTED

OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, administer, or enforce the rule entitled ‘‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’’, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 43710; Docket No. FR-5173-P-01) or the notice entitled ‘‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool’’, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Federal Register on September 26, 2014 (79 Fed. Reg. 57949; Docket No. FR-5173-N-02).

“‘Fundamentally transforming America’ one neighborhood at a time,’ By Robert Romano November 20, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/11/fundamentally-transforming-america-one-neighborhood-time/

“Racial quotas for local zoning decisions?” By Robert Romano, June 6, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/06/racial-quotas-local-zoning-decisions/

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Fast-tracking Obama’s EU-inspired ‘Pacific Union,’ surrendering treaty powers

June 8, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to revelations by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will contain a European Union-styled transnational commission:

“Senator Sessions’ revelation that the Trans-Pacific Partnership contains a ‘transnational commission’ — chartered with a ‘Living Agreement’ clause — where the Sultan of Brunei will have an equal vote as the United States should send a shudder down the spine of every member of Congress.  Voting to fast track Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership is a breach of faith with the American people.  This is no longer about trade, but instead about power, and reveals why Obama has called this the most ‘progressive trade deal in history.’”

Attachments:

Sen. Jeff Session letter to President Barack Obama, June 5, 2015, at http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/45aa77c1-94c4-4f9a-a6a1-7459e92c771f/letter-to-obama-on-pacific-union.pdf

Text of the letter follows:

Dear Mr. President:

On May 6th of this year, I sent you a letter (enclosed) regarding your request for Congress to grant you fast-track executive authority. Under fast-track, Congress transfers its authority to the executive and agrees to give up several of its most basic powers. These concessions include: the power to write legislation, the power to amend legislation, the power to fully consider legislation on the floor, the power to keep debate open until Senate cloture is invoked, and the constitutional requirement that treaties receive a two-thirds vote.

The latter is especially important since, having been to the closed room to review the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is clear it more closely resembles a treaty than a trade deal. In other words, through fast-track, Congress would be pre-clearing a political and economic union before a word of that arrangement has been made available to a single private citizen.

The letter, which received no reply, asked several fundamental questions Congress ought to have answered before even considering whether to grant the executive such broad new powers. Among those, I asked that you make public the section of the TPP that creates a new transnational governance structure known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission. The details of this new governance commission are extremely broad and have the hallmarks of a nascent European Union, with many similarities.

Reviewing the secret text, plus the secret guidance document that accompanies it, reveals that this new transnational commission — chartered with a “Living Agreement” clause — would have the authority to amend the agreement after its adoption, to add new members, and to issue regulations impacting labor, immigration, environmental, and commercial policy. Under this new commission, the Sultan of Brunei would have an equal vote to that of the United States.

The implications of this new Pacific Union are extraordinary and ought to be discussed in full, in public, before Congress even contemplates fast-tracking its creation and pre-surrendering its power to apply the constitutional two-thirds treaty vote. In effect, to adopt fast-track is to agree to remove the constitutional protections against the creation of global governance structures before those structures are even made public.

I would therefore ask that you provide to me the legal and constitutional basis for keeping this information from the public and explain why I cannot share the details of what I have read with the American people. Congress should not even consider fast-tracking the transfer of sovereign power to a transnational structure before the details of that new structure are made fully available for public review.

Very truly yours,

Jeff Sessions
United States Senator

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Unemployment rate ticks up to 5.5 percent in mixed report

June 5, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

“Let’s hope that the positives in today’s overall jobs numbers with more people entering the labor force and 280,000 jobs created reflect what is really happening in the economy. It should serve as a cautionary note that the Labor Department’s jobs data completely missed reflecting the first quarter of 2015 economic contraction as they showed more than 500,000 jobs created during the first three months of the year while the economy slumped by 0.7 percent.”

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ICANN.sucks is available at registry.sucks

June 4, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement noting the availability of the ICANN.sucks domain name on registry.sucks:

“The absurdity of ICANN’s decision to allow for a .sucks domain is highlighted by the availability of the ICANN.sucks domain, and reveals the extortion that can occur with whoever winds up controlling the world’s domain name system. You can purchase ICANN.sucks for a cool $245,000 at instra.com, and it is not even available yet to the general public. While the ICANN.sucks web domain name aptly describes ICANN itself. This is the exact kind of abuse would proliferate should President Obama succeed in transferring control and oversight over the domain name system, and will force defensive registrations at an exorbitant cost.

“While .sucks may have seemed like a cute idea, it really illustrates the importance of maintaining U.S. control over these functions. Hopefully, future, more responsible administrations will not allow the domain name system to be used as a weapon.”

Attachments:

ICANN.sucks is available at registry.sucks, June 4, 2015 at http://netrightdaily.com/2015/06/icann-sucks-is-available-at-registry-sucks/

icannsucks

icannsucks245k

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Gosar amendment to defund HUD racial zoning rule in appropriations vote

June 3, 2015, Fairfax, Va.— Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in favor of an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill Rep. Paul Gosar plans to offer (R-Ariz.) defunding implementation of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule and the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool,” which when finalized 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:

“We urge support for Rep. Gosar’s amendment to defund HUD regulations redrawing zoning maps in any locality that accepts any part of the $3.5 billion a year in community development block grants from the federal government. HUD has no place in local zoning decisions, which are better left up to states, counties, and cities to figure out for themselves. The House adopted a similar rider last year, and should do so again.

“Racial quotas are unconstitutional, and yet that is exactly what HUD will use to redraw every neighborhood in America. This has nothing to do with housing discrimination, which has been illegal since the 1960s. Instead ‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’ is based on a utopian goal of creating evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income. The House must take a stand to preserve local zoning rights.”

Attachments:

Draft Amendment to Transportation and HUD appropriations bill, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), June 3, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/GOSAR_090_xml.pdf

AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2577, AS REPORTED

OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, administer, or enforce the rule entitled ‘‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’’, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 43710; Docket No. FR-5173-P-01) or the notice entitled ‘‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool’’, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Federal Register on September 26, 2014 (79 Fed. Reg. 57949; Docket No. FR-5173-N-02).

“‘Fundamentally transforming America’ one neighborhood at a time,’ By Robert Romano November 20, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/11/fundamentally-transforming-america-one-neighborhood-time/

“Racial quotas for local zoning decisions?” By Robert Romano, June 6, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/06/racial-quotas-local-zoning-decisions/

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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