ALG calls on Sens. Kirk and Collins to join the GOP in Supreme Court fight

Feb. 26, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to stand with their party in the U.S. Senate against President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination:

“Our nation faces its greatest internal divide in more than 100 years, and the Supreme Court’s current composition reflects that division. Many of the issues that will define the next century are likely to be decided by whoever is the next member of the Supreme Court, and it is fitting that the American people should have a say in that process.

“The easy and cowardly path would be to rubber-stamp whoever the current lame duck President appoints. However, with fewer than eleven months remaining in his term and a hotly contested election in both parties, it does a grave disservice to the voters of the United States to consider a nominee from someone who will soon be a footnote in history.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley have it exactly right. And Senators Collins and Kirk have it exactly wrong. This Supreme Court nomination will define the future balance of that institution. The whole point of the Republican Senate majority at this point in history, if any, is to stop Obama from fundamentally transforming America in his final year in office, and his Supreme Court nomination will unquestionably shift the balance of the court and the nation. If that is the will of the voters, let it be decided in November at the polls, not by a lame duck President.”

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Sen. Mike Lee offers bill to end net neutrality

Feb. 25, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging members of the U.S. Senate to cosponsor legislation by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that will bring an end to so-called net neutrality regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

“Sen. Mike Lee once again shows his commitment to reining the Obama administrative state’s regulatory onslaught and stranglehold on the U.S. economy. Lee’s offering a bill that will repeal FCC’s so-called net neutrality regulations and prohibits the Commission from issuing any similar regulations until such time that Congress authorizes it to act is the exact kind of application of Congress’ Article One responsibilities that all members of Congress should follow.

“In one of the most outrageous Obama Administration actions to date the FCC voted to do that which Congress denied through the Agency’s administrate rewrite of the 1934 Communications Act to treat broadband Internet as a utility under Title II. The whole process averted the constitutional law-making process, and Sen. Lee’s bill restores Internet freedom, while properly reasserting Congress legitimate constitutional power to make law.

“The fact is, net neutrality regulations guarantee higher rates, less competition, and a regulatory burden that stifles innovation in the technology industry. Sen. Mike Lee is to be thanked for taking on this tough issue.”

Attachments:

Bringing freedom back to the Internet, By Sen. Mike Lee, Feb. 25, 2016 at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bringing-freedom-back-to-the-internet/article/2584146

Restoring Internet Freedom Act, Sen. Mike Lee, Feb. 25, 2016 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Restoring-Internet-Freedom-Act.pdf

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ALG joins 21 free market, limited government leaders in opposing carbon tax

Feb. 24, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today joined with 21 free market, limited government leaders in urging Congress support House Concurrent Resolution 89, expressing the sense of Congress that it opposes a carbon tax being imposed on the U.S. economy:

“Americans for Limited Government is proud to join free market and limited government leaders from across the country in opposing the imposition of any carbon tax on the U.S. economy, whether by law or regulatory fiat. Taxing carbon-based energy increases the cost of doing business in the U.S. by increasing the cost of electricity, ships jobs overseas and punishes the American people with higher consumer costs. Low energy costs for the future is the key to America emerging from Obama’s economic malaise and reviving our job producing manufacturing sector. We urge members to adopt House Concurrent Resolution 89 to express its sense that it Congress opposes a carbon tax.”

Attachments:

Letter support House Concurrent Resolution 89, Feb. 24, 2016 at http://americanenergyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Carbon-Tax-Coalition-Letter.pdf

The Honorable Steve Scalise
U.S. House of Representatives
2338 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

February 24, 2016

Dear Majority Whip Scalise:

We write to collectively voice our support for House Concurrent Resolution 89, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.

As organizations that support free markets as a fundamental pathway to American prosperity, we oppose government policies – such as a carbon tax – that punish some and reward others in accordance with the government’s prevailing viewpoint on market ideals. Such marketplace manipulation represents a recipe for unintended consequences and self-inflicted economic damage. Too often, poor and middle class families bear the burden.

Indeed, independent studies demonstrate that a carbon tax would impose considerable harm on Americans. Such a tax will lead directly to higher electricity and transportation fuel costs for American families and businesses. This, in turn, will inexorably lead to increased costs for consumer goods across the board. Furthermore, a carbon tax would be regressive, imposing disproportionately high costs on middle- and lower-income families and thereby harming most those who can afford it least.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in its 2013 assessment titled “Effects of a Carbon Tax on the Economy and the Environment,” plainly states: “A carbon tax would increase the prices of fossil fuels in direct proportion to their carbon content. Higher fuel prices, in turn, would raise production costs and ultimately drive up prices for goods and services throughout the economy.”

A report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) echoes that finding, stating that “the increased costs of coal, natural gas and petroleum products due to a carbon tax would ripple through the economy and result in higher production costs and less spending on non-energy goods.” As a result of decreased economic activity, a carbon tax would eliminate up to 21 million job equivalents over the next four decades. It would also reduce workers’ wages: The NAM report goes on to say that “[f]or workers, a carbon tax would lead to lower real wage rates because companies would have higher costs and lower labor productivity.” The report estimates wages could fall by up to 8.5 percent.

The negative impacts of a carbon tax would be distributed regressively across America. Such a tax would disproportionately punish lower-income Americans because, as the CBO points out, “low-income households spend a larger share of their income on goods and services whose prices would increase the most, such as electricity and transportation.” In its modeled case of a $28 per ton carbon tax, CBO found that resultant costs would be more than 2 ½ times higher for the poorest one-fifth of American households than for the richest one-fifth.

Our nation’s citizens expect – and deserve – their duly elected lawmakers to institute policies that move our economy forward and allow all Americans an equal opportunity to succeed. A carbon tax would fail resoundingly on both of these fronts. Thank you for your leadership in introducing H. Con. Res. 89 in the 114th Congress, and we hope that this resolution soon gets the consideration before the full U.S. House of Representatives that it merits.

Sincerely,

Thomas Pyle, President – American Energy Alliance
Brent Wm. Gardner, VP for Government Affairs – Americans for Prosperity
Myron Ebell, Director of Center for Energy & Environment – Competitive Enterprise Institute
Adam Brandon, President and CEO – FreedomWorks
Phil Kerpen, President – American Commitment
Harry Alford, President and CEO – National Black Chamber of Commerce
Matthew Kandrach, Vice President – 60 Plus Association
Craig Richardson, Executive Director – Energy & Environment Legal Institute
David Williams, President – Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Jonathan Lockwood, Executive Director – Advancing Colorado
George Landrith, President – Frontiers of Freedom
Richard Manning, President – Americans for Limited Government
Seton Motley, President – Less Government
Tom Schatz, President – Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Joseph Bast, President – The Heartland Institute
Amy Oliver Cooke, Executive Vice President – Independence Institute
Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director – Independent Women’s Forum
Tom Brinkman, Jr., Founder – Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes
Marita Noon, Executive Director – Energy Makes America Great, Inc.
Heather Higgins, President and CEO – Independent Women’s Voice
Kristin Fecteau, Co-Founder – Coalition to Free America
Judson Phillips, Founder – Tea Party Nation

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D.C. District Court denies temporary restraining order against federal voter registration form proof of citizenship requirements

Feb. 23, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Richard Leon’s decision to deny a temporary restraining order against the Election Assistance Commission’s federal voter registration form’s proof of citizenship requirements for Alabama, Georgia and Kansas in the case League of Women Voters v. Newby:

“Americans for Limited Government praises Judge Richard Leon for his wise decision to uphold, for now, the federal voter registration form that includes proof of citizenship requirements for Alabama, Georgia and Kansas. Leon’s denial of a temporary restraining order against the independent Election Assistance Commission, who made the form, is a victory for the rule of law, and a striking defeat for the Justice Department and its sue and settle racket.

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her crew of liberal legal henchmen conspired against the Election Assistance Commission by attempting to deny it legal counsel when the federal voter registration form’s proof of citizenship requirements were challenged. The Justice Department thought it could rig the case against the Commission.

Fortunately Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach was there to argue on behalf of the Commission and the people of Kansas, whose legislature drafted the proof of citizenship requirements, and Judge Leon sided with Kansas for now. The next step will be a March 9 hearing on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against implementation of the new voter registration form. One thing is for certain, Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department will be less able to rig that outcome.”

Attachments:

Will DOJ push for illegal alien voting in 2016 fall flat in court? By Robert Romano, Feb. 23, 2016 at http://netrightdaily.com/2016/02/will-doj-push-for-illegal-alien-voting-in-2016-fall-flat-in-court/

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Lynch’s DOJ approves H1-B visa abuse

DOJ quietly ends investigation into Southern California Edison, no charges for replacing American workers with H1-Bs

Feb. 23, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement calling for a moratorium on the H1-B visa program in response to the Department of Justice concluding its investigation into Southern California Edison with no charges for replacing American workers with foreign imports:

“If Southern California Edison followed the law, an immediate moratorium should be placed on the issuance of any new H1-B visas, because its effect now is to replace American workers with lower cost imports in the most outrageous way possible. Many of Southern California Edison’s 500 laid off information technology specialists complained they had to suffer the indignity of training their replacements in order to remain eligible for a severance package. This is not about doing the jobs Americans won’t do, it is about replacing hard-working Americans. If this is the deal globalization is now offering the U.S. economy, it is time the Congress finally stand up for American workers and say no deal.”

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AG Lynch pushes illegal alien voting agenda in 2016

Feb. 22, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s decision not defend the Election Assistance Commission in the case League of Women Voters v. Newby by consenting to an injunction against the Commission:

“Americans expect that only those eligible to exercise the right to vote will be participating in our 2016 national elections, yet the Obama Administration’s lackeys at Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department are doing everything in their power to allow their new illegal alien power base to vote.

“The latest outrage is today’s Justice Department decision to not only deny the independent, non-partisan U.S. Election Assistance Commission the ability to legally defend themselves in federal court against a League of Women Voters lawsuit disputing their finding that Alabama, Kansas and Georgia’s state voter identification laws complied with federal law, but to actually support the plaintiff claims to the contrary.

“As Democrats whine that Senate Republicans are being unfair by unambiguously exercising their Constitutional right to not allow Obama to flip the Supreme Court in the last eleven months of his term, Lynch dutifully seeks to put her finger on the scales to taint the 2016 election process to pick Obama’s successor.

“Congress needs to provide immediate, directed funds to the Election Advisory Commission to defend their ruling. Moving federal funding from Lynch’s Civil Rights Division, an agency that sees itself as an adjunct of the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, and into the Election Advisory Commission as part of any bill that is passed to provide relief to Puerto Rico, would be an important step in re-establishing both Congress’ Article One authority and the rule of law within Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department.”

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McConnell and Grassley are right, let voters decide on Supreme Court Justice

Feb. 19, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for their clear oped in the Washington Post that it is the American people who should pick the president who will replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court:

“McConnell and Grassley have it exactly right. The American people should have a right to choose the president who will pick the next Supreme Court Justice, deciding the future balance of the nation’s highest court. This is a no-brainer. Every Senator should respect the will of the people at the polls in November as determining who will replace the irreplaceable Antonin Scalia.”

Attachments:

“McConnell and Grassley: Democrats shouldn’t rob voters of chance to replace Scalia,” By Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2016 at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mcconnell-and-grassley-democrats-shouldnt-rob-voters-of-chance-to-replace-scalia/2016/02/18/e5ae9bdc-d68a-11e5-be55-2cc3c1e4b76b_story.html

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Rubio, Cruz agree with Lee on stopping HUD racial, income zoning quotas

Feb. 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Republican senators to join presidential contenders Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in supporting S. 1909, the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2015,” legislation by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that prohibits the use of federal funds to implement the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH):

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz agree that President Obama’s political bureaucrats at the Department of Housing and Urban Development have no business overriding local zoning authority to impose their radical vision on America.

“Under HUD’s AFFH regulation, the federal government is imposing its will by conditioning the acceptance of $3.3 billion of annual community development block grants on 1,200 local governments being forced to acquiesce to rezone cities and counties along racial and income fairness guidelines. Local zoning only determines what can be built where, not who can live there, which is subject to market conditions including demand, location and availability. This has nothing to do with real housing discrimination, which has been illegal for almost 50 years, it is about nationalizing neighborhoods, giving the federal government the power to determine where people live and what will be built where. This may be Obama’s most far-reaching regulation yet, and that is why the Senate must stop it.

“There should not be a single Republican in the Senate opposed to the Lee, Rubio, Cruz bill that stops implementation of this radical rulemaking. HUD overreach is already impacting Dubuque, Iowa and Westchester County, N.Y. and this is only the beginning. The Senate needs to hold hearings, and join the House in passing an appropriations rider that stops Obama in the short-term.  Additionally, the Lee, Rubio, Cruz legislation should be brought up for a vote and passed. Every Republican Senator still running for president agrees with Mike Lee on this issue, making this a national issue worthy of every senator’s immediate attention.

“This is not a joke, it affects property owners in every senator’s respective states. Now is the time to take a stand, before the HUD racial and income rezoning regulation becomes a permanent weapon of mass destruction in the federal government’s arsenal against cities and counties.

“The House of Representatives, led by Representative Paul Gosar has passed defunding amendments of the Obamazone regulation in the HUD appropriations bill each of the past two years, and now it is time for the Senate to get on board and force an end to this noxious federal government overreach at once.”

Attachments:

Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2015 cosponsors at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1909/cosponsors :

Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA]
Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR]
Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY]
Sen. Sessions, Jeff [R-AL]
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]
Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]
Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]

Time for Congress to defund Obama’s racial zoning quotas, By Robert Romano, Dec. 3, 2015 at http://netrightdaily.com/2015/12/time-for-congress-to-defund-obamas-racial-zoning-quotas/

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Conservative groups urge Republican lawmakers to rein in agricultural subsidies

Feb. 10, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—8 conservative organizations sent a letter to Republican lawmakers today, encouraging Congress to take a global approach to reigning in the agricultural subsidies that are distorting global markets and harming U.S. consumers.

The letter, which was spearheaded by Americans for Limited Government, singled out the sugar market and noted that there are two competing conservative ideas of how to achieve reforms.

“One side wants to immediately and unilaterally end the current [U.S. sugar] program…even if it means increasing dependence on unreliable foreign food supplies,” read the letter. “The other side wants to end the current sugar program, as well, but not without simultaneously ending the market-distorting foreign government subsidies that unfairly place American farmers at a competitive disadvantage.”

The signers — which include American Legislative Exchange Council, the Hispanic Leadership Fund, 60 Plus, Less Government, Citizen Outreach, Institute for Liberty, and Institute for Policy Innovation, among others — explained that a strategic “zero-for-zero” policy where all countries simultaneously end subsidization is the preferred policy path. And they noted that such an approach is a viable option given the World Trade Organization’s focus on agricultural subsidies during trade talks in Nairobi, Kenya, this December.

“As such, we the undersigned free-market conservatives urge Members to reject calls for immediate ‘unilateral disarmament’ as it relates to the U.S. sugar program and instead embrace the more measured and reasoned strategic approach of a negotiated ‘zero-for-zero’ reform proposal among global competitors,” the letter concluded.

Attachments:

Open Letter to Republican Members of Congress on Reforming the U.S. Sugar Program, Feb. 10, 2016, Americans for Limited Government, Hispanic Leadership Fund, Institute for Policy Innovation, 60 Plus Association, Institute for Liberty, Citizen Outreach, Less Government, and American Legislative Exchange Council at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Zero-for-Zero-Letter-8-Conservative-Groups-2-10-16.pdf

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Pentagon climate change order makes America and the world less safe

Feb. 9, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the Pentagon’s order that climate change must be incorporated into virtually everything they do:

“The Pentagon’s prioritization of climate change as a primary military function fundamentally disrupts what our soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors are supposed to be doing – protecting the United States of America.

“Sergeants leading a platoon should not be worried about the environmental sensitivity of a rice paddy that needs to be traversed to achieve their mission, while providing the maximum security for the personnel under their command.  Tank commanders should be afforded all the training they need no matter how much fuel is expended in the process.  And Naval Captains should run their ships at the speeds that are necessitated by the immediate needs of the situation.

“Instead, President Obama would install bureaucratic boards and other second guessers along with real time tactical climate change assessments that would be held over officers’ heads should they choose what was deemed to be a climate change insensitive course of action. Given the tactical level of Obama’s plan, it is reasonable to assume that every platoon will have a political officer assigned to be the climate advocate in this new post-Obama military.

“Our military’s job is to break things and stop bad actors around the world who threaten the United States.  President Obama’s actions turn the military’s mission on its head, making America less safe and the world a more dangerous place.  January 20, 2017 cannot come soon enough.”

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