ALG praises bipartisan Senate moving forward nomination of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt

Feb. 16, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the U.S. Senate for moving forward the nomination EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt:

“The war on coal is over. With the confirmation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a fresh clean air will be blowing through the agency washes away the moldy remains of the Obama’s environmental attack on America’s free enterprise system. Any bureaucrat in the agency who does not support Pruitt’s leadership should resign immediately and get out of the way of making America work again.

“And those politicians who voted against the Pruitt nomination told the workers in their states they prefer San Francisco radical environmentalist campaign cash over the votes and livelihoods of their constituents.

“The EPA’s shutting down the coal industry was designed to destroy U.S. manufacturing jobs by threatening our electric grid, through massive numbers of coal power plant closures. Manufacturing cannot exist without reliable electricity, and Pruitt will make certain that infrastructure is not needlessly dismantled by environmental extremists posing as regulators.”

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The GOP Senate owed Andrew Puzder a hearing

Feb. 15, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder withdrawing himself from consideration to be the Secretary of Labor:

“Donald Trump’s Department of Labor needs a strong leader who can enact his agenda in a hostile environment, who understands the nuances of labor issues and who has served as an employer making the tough choices that make the difference between making payroll and laying off employees. Trump had this exact person type of business leader and labor expert in Andrew Puzder.

“Unfortunately, as many as a dozen unnamed Senate GOP cowards opposed Puzder’s nomination before he even had a chance to appear in committee. Puzder was repeatedly slandered in the media with no way to publicly respond to Big Labor attack dogs and their henchmen.

“Andrew Puzder deserved at least the ability to face his accusers in a hearing. Let’s hope the Republican Senate grows a spine because if they’re bailing out in February of 2017, it does not bode well for them holding firm in the future.”

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U.S. Rep. Brian Babin bill blocks any Federal Reserve bailout of state and local pension plans

Feb. 15, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising legislation by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) that would block any Federal Reserve bailout of state and local government pension plans:

“U.S. Rep. Babin’s planned legislation blocking any Federal Reserve bailout of state and local government pension plans is an important protection against the disastrous temptation to monetize bad political decisions that have put many large state and local pension funds in jeopardy. Fiscally irresponsible states and cities should never have access to a printing press to pay their bills, and Babin’s bill will close a loophole in federal law that lets the central bank purchase muni bonds that back pension plans. If states and cities cannot meet their pension obligations particularly in defined benefit plans, they need to renegotiate the commitments that have been made so they can be sustained over the long term, not turn to the Fed for bailouts. This is a critical fix that will incentivize states and cities to get their fiscal houses in order and warrants immediate consideration and passage in the House.”

Attachments:

“State and Local Pensions Accountability and Security Act,” U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, Feb. 15, 2017 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/State-and-Local-Pension-Accountability-and-Security-Act.pdf

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Was Mike Flynn the first victim of a bureaucratic coup by the deep state?

Feb. 14, 2017, Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reacting to the resignation of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn:

“It is absurd that in today’s world, Gen. Flynn having an honest conversation with one of his foreign counterparts in preparation of the incoming administration in December was ever a firestorm in the first place. What is particularly disturbing and unacceptable is that the Obama administration engaged in surveillance of Flynn, who did nothing wrong or illegal by having the conversation, and then had it leaked to the press on Jan. 13, a week before President Trump took office, all with the purpose of actively undermining Trump and his proposed policies. And then after Trump was sworn in, the deep state bureaucratic establishment, our permanent government, decided it was necessary to leak the contents of the conversation to inflict more damage.

“These are police state tactics. Flynn, being an honorable man of unimpeachable character, took the political fall. But this must not stand.

“Every single person responsible for illegally surveilling the Trump campaign and then the transition and now the administration if it’s still going on should be prosecuted and/or fired. Every single person responsible for illegally leaking said surveillance to the press should be prosecuted and/or fired. This witch hunt turned bureaucratic coup that cost Flynn his job cannot be allowed to stand, because it is only the latest instance of apparent sabotage by career government employees. They will not stop.

“This should be immediate cause for Congress to address real civil service reform that will give the president discretion to remove government employees in every department and agency that actively undermine an administration. No career employees in the executive branch are entitled to their jobs, and it is time they learned that it is the president who makes policy, not them.”

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Trump should rescind parts of executive order to protect U.S. sovereignty

Feb. 9, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump to rescind the parts of his executive order that have been enjoined by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and not to continue the appeals process:

“It is obscene that unelected judges from the most liberal Appeals Court in the land are dictating the security of the nation and overriding the president’s constitutional and legal authority, with no legal justification. No one in their right minds would attempt to confer constitutional, Fifth Amendment due process rights to foreigners who do not reside in the U.S., including refugees who have no right to travel here, yet here we are.

“The net effect of the 9th Circuit’s rigged decision is the effective elimination of the federal government’s capacity to control the borders. Under this insane standard, if sustained, any limit of immigration quotas now violates due process because it denies rights to some that have been granted to others.

“With a guaranteed delay of the temporary travel restrictions imposed by President Trump in his executive order, it no longer serves its intended purpose to protect the people of the U.S. from terrorists who wish to infiltrate and do us harm. President Trump should strategically withdraw the parts of the executive order currently enjoined by the courts, and suspend the current appeals process, rendering the cases moot, and simply focus on rapidly reforming and tightening the vetting policy to enhance security, applying to all visa and refugee applicants consistently.

“In the meantime, I humbly pray that the irresponsible actions by liberal jurists from the left coast don’t result in the deaths of Americans at the hands of terrorists who have been given a free pass into our country under false pretenses.”

Attachments:

“9th Circuit may be about to legislate a constitutional right to immigrate to the U.S. Here’s how Trump could stop it.” By Robert Romano, Senior Editor, Americans for Limited Government, Feb. 7, 2017 at http://netrightdaily.com/2017/02/9th-circuit-may-legislate-constitutional-right-immigrate-u-s-heres-trump-stop/

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Airline meeting at White House should renew scrutiny of Ex-Im Bank subsidizing foreign competitors

Feb. 9, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress and the President to renew scrutiny of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which offers low-cost financing to foreign airlines to purchase Boeing planes, in light of the meeting of airline executives with President Donald Trump:

“U.S. airline industry executives meeting with President Trump today would be remiss not to remind the President that the U.S. government subsidizes foreign air carriers purchase of airliners from Boeing Corporation through the Export-Import Bank, putting domestic carriers at a competitive disadvantage.

“Foreign air carriers pay lower interest rates due to Ex-Im Bank guarantees of payment for Boeing aircraft than domestic carriers. One thing that fiscal conservatives can agree on is that Export-Import Bank reeks of the exact kind of crony capitalism that the President was elected to uproot.

“Today’s meeting at the White House should re-open scrutiny of the Ex-Im Bank and Congress should take action to end the Ex-Im Bank as part of their efforts to drain the D.C. swamp.”

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Jeff Sessions will restore rule of law as Attorney General

Feb. 8, 2017, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Attorney General later on today:

“Jeff Sessions will restore the rule of law as our nation’s next Attorney General. Whether it is enforcing our nation’s immigration laws as written or ending the war on police, Sessions will usher in a new climate that respects the law and law enforcement as vital pillars of the civil society. Nobody is above the law, including government officials, and under Sessions’ watch and with his impeccable character, we can be assured of its consistent application. Besides naming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, this is the most important appointment President Trump has made, and we urge Sessions’ confirmation today.”

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Americans for Limited Government Congratulations Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Feb. 2, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement congratulating Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on her Senate confirmation:

“I had the honor of serving under Secretary Elaine L. Chao at the Labor Department in the President George W. Bush Administration and know that our nation’s transportation systems will be in good hands with her steerage in the Trump Administration. Secretary Chao will do a fantastic job of addressing many of the challenges that have been left behind ranging from an aging infrastructure system to reining in ill-advised, unrealistic CAFÉ standards for automobiles, President Trump has the right person to help him make America great again.”

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NTIA sat on legal justification for creating Internet monopoly for almost 3 years

Feb. 2, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for sitting on the most responsive Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents for almost 3 years on what the legal and policy justification was for the transitioning the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) administering the world’s domain name system to a single entity creating a global monopoly over the functions:

“If these documents had been made available in a timely manner, even in the redacted form we now see, Americans for Limited Government and others would have had legal recourse to appeal the privileged determination that they were exempt documents. It took almost 3 years to produce the most responsive documents in our FOIA and only now is the agency claiming its privileged exemptions when it is too late to appeal except for the historical record.

“The fact that whatever legal justification existed for the Internet giveaway was sat upon until long after the transition was over, and did not take place until Obama left office, denied those opposed to the Internet giveaway a critical indication about whether any legal analysis was performed prior to the transition’s announcement. Now we know, even redacted form, that the only documents entitled ‘legal justification’ on page 163 were not completed until 11 days after the transition had already been announced, and just 2 days after questions about legal authority had been raised by the Wall Street Journal. The most transparent administration ever, indeed.”

To view online: http://getliberty.org/2017/02/ntia-sat-on-legal-justification-for-creating-internet-monopoly-for-almost-3-years/

Attachments:

FOIA final response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Jan. 26, 2017 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NTIAFinalResponse1-26-17.pdf

How to Save the Internet, L. Gordon Crovitz, March 23, 2014 at http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303802104579453263393882136 RE: “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.”

Au Revoir to the Open Internet, L. Gordon Crovitz, June 29, 2014 at http://www.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-au-revoir-to-the-open-internet-1404076280

Halfway to Wrecking Internet Freedom, By L. Gordon Crovitz, Nov. 30, 2014 at http://www.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-halfway-to-wrecking-internet-freedom-1417387404

An Internet Giveaway to the U.N., By L. Gordon Crovitz, Aug. 28, 2016 at http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-internet-giveaway-to-the-u-n-1472421165

NTIA performed no antitrust analysis even as it proceeded with the creation of Internet monopoly, Aug. 26, 2016 at http://getliberty.org/ntia-performed-no-antitrust-analysis-even-as-it-created-global-internet-monopoly/

NTIA FOIA response to Americans for Limited Government requesting antitrust analysis on relinquishing IANA functions to NTIA, Aug. 16, 2016 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/NTIA-No-Records-Response-Antitrust-Analysis-08.16.16.pdf

FOIA further response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, March 18, 2016 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/NTIAFOIAResponse4thSet3-18-16.pdf

FOIA further response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, March 14, 2016 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/NTIAFOIA3rdSet-3-14-16.pdf

FOIA further response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Jan. 7, 2016 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/NTIAFOIAResponse1-7-2016.pdf

FOIA further response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, June 15, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set2.pdf

FOIA interim response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), June 30, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set1.pdf

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 supports Goodlatte bill blocking cash settlements to third party activist groups

Feb. 2, 2017, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of legislation offered by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), HR 732, that would block cash settlements to third party activist groups in legal cases to which the U.S. is a party to:

“This legislation prevents the legal extortion of contributions to political activist groups and others from defendants during the settlement process.  It is wholly inappropriate for the Department of Justice to dictate the political distribution of funds through the legal process. The abuses of the Obama Administration in using mortgage settlements as liberal advocacy funding tools will be shut down forever through the passage of HR 732.”

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