Congress fails to close loophole allowing terror sponsor Iran to get Ex-Im funds

Nov. 5, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement condemning the House of Representatives for rejecting an amendment to H.R. 22 by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) that would prohibit subsides from the U.S. Export-Import Bank to state sponsors of terrorism like Iran:

“The actions of 181 Democrats and 63 of their Republican cohorts to fail to close a loophole that allows the Ex-Im Bank to provide U.S. taxpayer guaranteed loans to state sponsors of terrorism like Iran, Syria and Sudan upon a presidential waiver to buy state of the art Boeing aircraft is beyond comprehension. By failing to close the loophole, Congress has given carte blanche to President Obama to allow Ex-Im subsidized loans to go to Iran — because Congress just said they will do nothing about it.

“The 63 Republicans who voted against the Royce amendment are recklessly enabling our enemies, failing in their first responsibility, which is to protect national security. It is one thing to support corporate cronyism, and quite another to use taxpayer backing for state sponsors of terrorism to be the beneficiaries.

“Unfortunately now, when President Obama allows Iran to buy sophisticated parts and equipment by waiving the prohibitions of the Foreign Assistance Act, he knows that 63 House Republicans will stand by his side. The world is a more dangerous place today than it was yesterday, and these renegade Republicans bear the responsibility.

“Americans for Limited Government extends its gratitude to Congressman Ed Royce and all those who stood against this travesty of American governance.”

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ALG urges House passage of Steve King anti-Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements amendment

Nov. 4, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to include an amendment to the Highway Bill, H.R. 22, from Rep. Steve King which would defund the Davis-Bacon Act’s prevailing wage provisions:

“Eliminating the prevailing wage provisions from the highway bill will help save taxpayers’ money, ensuring that costs for constructions projects are reduced. As the highway bill is often seen as a source of ‘shovel ready jobs’ the best way to make certain that these funds are used effectively is to reduce the double-digit cost premium that prevailing wages cause.

“The House of Representatives should include Representative King’s amendment that would ensure that taxpayers get the maximum bang for their buck.”

Attachments:

Amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Nov. 3, 2015, at http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/156102815140832832.pdf

AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA

At the end of subtitle D of title I of division A, add the following:

SEC. ll. PREVAILING RATE OF WAGE REQUIREMENTS.

None of the funds made available by this Act, including the amendments made by this Act, may be used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing rate of wage requirements in subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the

Davis-Bacon Act).

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ALG applauds Speaker Ryan’s embrace of the power of the purse

Nov. 3, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today praised House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for refusing to rule out policy riders on the upcoming omnibus appropriations bill when he said at a news conference today, “We fully expect we’re going to exercise that power”:

“Paul Ryan’s initial comments related to using the power of the purse to help rein in President Obama’s outrageous agenda is an encouraging start to his Speakership. This is particularly significant given that it was a direct response to Harry Reid’s demand that Congress roll over and play dead on omnibus spending bill policy riders. It sounds like there’s a new sheriff in town. Hopefully, Ryan will help clean up the big government swamp in Washington, D.C.”

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ALG praises Rep. Paul Gosar efforts to defund HUD racial zoning quotas

Nov. 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. Representatives Paul Gosar, Trent Franks, Brian Babin, D.D.S., Marsha Blackburn, Steve Chabot, Scott DesJarlais, Stephen Fincher, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, David P. Joyce, Cynthia Lummis, Thomas Massie, Lamar Smith, Lynn Westmoreland and Ted Yoho for signing a joint letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them to include language in the upcoming appropriations bill defunding a regulation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to condition community development block grants on redrawing local zoning along racial and income boundaries:

“It is refreshing that so many members are committed the defund of this onerous HUD regulation that conditions community development block grants on redrawing local zoning along racial and income boundaries. The federal government has no business dictating local zoning policy.

“This is the exact assertion of the power of the purse that is needed for Congress reassert its Article I powers as the chief lawmaking body in government. Rep. Gosar’s defund is needed to stop this massive federal government encroachment on local control of communities.

“Americans for Limited Government remains committed to doing everything in its power to convince Congress to include the House-passed defund of the HUD action into any new spending bill to protect local communities from Obama’s takeover of every neighborhood in America that accepts federal money.”

Attachments:

15 House Republicans sign letter to House and Senate appropriators urging action on HUD defund, Nov. 2, 2015 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/11022015-AFFH-Letter-to-Appropriators.pdf

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Ken Buck is right about the bad debt deal

Oct. 29, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement praising an oped by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) published in the Washington Examiner that blasts legislation that just passed the House that suspends the debt ceiling until March 2017:

“Ken Buck makes the right point about John Boehner and Barack Obama’s bad debt deal. It denied the nation an opportunity to have a real discussion about our financial crisis that finds us $19 trillion in debt and teetering on the edge of no return. The debt ceiling suspension until March 2017 could have been used to extract concessions from the Obama administration on entitlement reforms or budget cuts. Instead it increases spending by $80 billion over the next two years, breaking sequestration’s budget caps, raids Social Security to bail out the disability trust fund, and leaves most Republicans in the House once again voting in opposition to a plan put forth by Republican leaders, all the while drawing unanimous Democrat support.

“Ken Buck is right. It’s time to get serious about the debt and our budget woes. It’s just that the Boehner-Obama debt deal does not get us there.”

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First test of Ryan Speakership comes in December continuing resolution

Oct. 28, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on imminent House passage of the debt deal that suspends the debt ceiling until March 2017:

“Today’s debt deal struck in secret by John Boehner and the White House underscores the challenges facing Paul Ryan as he prepares to be the next House Speaker. The first test of Ryan in the upcoming December continuing resolution to see if he will rein in Obama’s out of control executive overreach.

“This will be an opportunity to include policy riders into appropriations measures that systematically prohibit the use of funds to execute the Obama agenda.

“For example, the House could deny funds to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to condition community development block grants on redrawing local zoning to comport with HUD racial and income quotas. The House could defund the EPA’s sue and settle regulatory overreach. Or, deny funds to the National Labor Relations Board’s continued assault on small businesses. There are hundreds of riders that can and should be considered by the House to actually stop Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.

“The real test for Ryan will be if he chooses to accept Obama’s agenda, or use the power of the purse to stop it.”

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Debt ceiling deal locks in increased spending for two years

Oct. 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the two-year budget deal that suspends the debt ceiling until after the November 2016 elections:

“It is absurd that Republicans in the House have allowed a lame duck speaker to negotiate a debt ceiling that locks in increased spending for not one, but two years, weakening their power of the purse.

“The irony is that Boehner’s only major achievement as Speaker was budget sequestration that slowed down the growth of the debt for three years. Sadly that achievement is wiped away by this parting shot. It is rare that an outgoing Speaker would take an eraser to his own legacy.

“Speaker Boehner resigned his post due to concerns over his autocratic rule of the House. As a final going away gift, he is using the manufactured debt ceiling crisis to run over the next Speaker’s fiscal prerogatives, negating any real reforms that might have been implemented. Let us hope the House stops him by opposing the rule to bring this measure to the floor. A vote for the rule can only be viewed as a vote for the bill.”

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Ken Buck takes on ‘gotcha’ censorship to rename J. Edgar Hoover FBI building

Oct. 23, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) for noting the hypocrisy of renaming the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building while failing to rename other federal institutions named after Democrat Party racists such the Richard Russell Senate Office Building, the Robert Byrd correctional facility, and others:

“Ken Buck’s challenge to the politically correct police who would smash every statue in their revolution against history is refreshing. It sets a bold example on how to deal with these bullies. Renaming the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building while failing to rename other federal institutions named after Democrat Party racists such the Richard Russell Senate Office Building, the Robert Byrd correctional facility, and many more is a testament to the Left’s hypocrisy and selective revisionism. Considering such legislation is beneath Congress, and it is time to follow Ken Buck’s lead in confronting this divisive gotcha censorship.”

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ALG opposes turning retirement funds into political slush funds

Oct. 23, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to so-called socially responsible investing being included in 401(k)s by the U.S. Labor Department:

“The only criteria fiduciaries should use for 401(k) and pension funds is the suitability and profitability of an investment.  The goal of these funds is to provide retirement security for workers, and the Labor Department’s newly issued interpretation that allows so-called socially responsible investing, to be a factor in these investment decisions is nothing less than playing politics with retirement funds.  Look no further than the inclusion of the SEIU’s CFO in Secretary Perez’ media announcement and it is clear that this is a political play and not a financially sound one.  If Perez was honest, he would have confronted the SEIU about their failure to protect union member pensions, as two of their local pension funds are one and two on the Labor Department’s Critical Status Notices, and are at risk of failing.

“The Obama Administration’s attempt to turn retirement dollars into a slush fund for whatever the liberal cause of the moment is, sets a dangerous course for every American who wants assurance that the options they are provided are based upon likelihood of success, and not a veiled attempt to funnel money to far left or politically favored companies.

“Prior to the announced changes, so-called socially responsible investments were allowed if they were equal to other investment options in terms of potential return. Now, Perez is turning this on its head with language suggesting that fiduciaries are to consider this, not just as collateral factors, but as the ‘proper components of the fiduciary’s primary analysis.’ Americans for Limited Government will use every lever at our disposal to overturn this disastrous and dangerous decision.”

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Manning: Paul Ryan’s demands of ‘scepter, crown, and throne’ to run for Speaker should be rejected

Oct. 21, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) demands that he will only run for House Speaker if he is anointed without opposition before a single vote is cast:

“It is almost obscene that in response to demands that the power of the Speaker be limited, that Paul Ryan is demanding a scepter, crown and throne to take the job. Talk about a guy who just doesn’t get what’s wrong in Washington, D.C.”

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