House defunds HUD racial housing quotas

June 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising House passage of the Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) rider to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill that will defund implementation of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” regulation:

“Americans for Limited Government commends the House of Representatives and particularly, Representative Paul Gosar, for the vote to defund HUD’s attempt to federalize local zoning decisions using community development grants as the cudgel to create evenly distributed neighborhoods on the basis of race and income.

“Gosar’s courage in standing firm against this latest example of Obama Administration social engineering serves as a model for his colleagues seeking to limit the size and scope of government.

“Housing discrimination has rightfully been illegal under federal law for two generations.  The Obama Administration’s regulation is not about discrimination; instead it is about nationalizing local zoning decisions to achieve a utopian agenda.  These decisions are among the most difficult that local governments face, as they impact every aspect of a community.  Consideration of zoning ordinances and master plans are debated by neighbors and serve as the epitome of citizen involvement in their government. We don’t need unconstitutional racial housing quotas imposed by Washington, D.C. over matters best left to local communities.

“The House of Representatives’ decision to defund this Obama regulation will stop the big foot of the federal government from treading all over local governments’ prerogatives and the fundamental right of citizen input in the process. Americans for Limited Government urges the U.S. Senate to join the House in defunding this ill-conceived federal government intrusion into local government zoning prerogatives.”

Attachments:

Video clip of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) proposing his amendment on the floor on June 9:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4500388/gosar-amendment-floor-debate (C-Span video clip)

Gosar amendment to Transportation and HUD appropriations bill:
http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/GOSAR_133_xml.pdf

HUD rulemaking, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/07/19/2013-16751/affirmatively-furthering-fair-housing#h-19

Will House defund Obama’s racial housing quotas? By Americans for Limited Government senior editor Robert Romano, June 9, 2014:
http://netrightdaily.com/2014/06/will-house-defund-obamas-racial-housing-quotas/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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Gosar amendment to defund HUD racial zoning rule in appropriations vote

June 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in favor of an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) plans to offer defunding implementation of the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule, which in October 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 call on every member of the House to support Rep. Gosar’s amendment to defund HUD’s scheme to redraw 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. The utopian goal of creating evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income is bad policy, and it is unconstitutional.

“HUD has no place in local zoning decisions. Under federalism, that is left up to states, counties and municipalities to determine for themselves. At a time when the Supreme Court is roundly rejecting racial quotas as unconstitutional, there is no place for wasting taxpayer dollars on social engineering that will never withstand judicial scrutiny.

“Housing discrimination based on race has been illegal since the 1960s, and people should be allowed to choose for themselves where they live without D.C. bureaucrats nationalizing zoning decisions for political reasons.

“Rep. Gosar deserves the thanks of all Americans for his courage in taking on this backdoor attempt to federalize our most basic living decisions. Americans for Limited Government strongly supports the Gosar amendment to defund racial quotas in local zoning decisions.”

Attachments:

“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 (202)744-4427 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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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.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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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.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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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.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@algnews.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@algnews.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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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

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@algnews.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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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/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@algnews.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

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