ALG Calls on Missouri General Assembly to Pass Senate Bill 919

March 29, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement calling on the Missouri legislature to pass Senate Bill 919 which advances economic liberty and free market principles in Missouri:

“Senator Schmitt’s SB 919 empowers local retailers to increase their choices about refrigerated shelf space and offer broader beer product choices to their customers to meet demand.

“Should this measure pass, Missouri would be joining sixteen other states by passing a modest reform to this post-Prohibition era restriction that has outlived its usefulness, including in Colorado and Wisconsin which continue to enjoy thriving craft beer industry as a result.

“Americans for Limited Government commends Missouri legislative leaders for fighting for the freedom of small businesses in Missouri to make their own decisions based upon the needs of their local markets.  It is through thousands of these individual business decisions that consumer demand is met, and small businesses thrive or not based upon how well they meet the wishes of the communities they serve.

“The Missouri House of Representatives is urged to move forward with this simple, common sense measure.  As a national organization dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government at all levels, Americans for Limited Government proudly urges the House of Representatives to pass SB 919, allowing local retailers a greater freedom of choice on shelf space and opening up their retail markets to small craft beer producers seeking to gain market share.”

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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Sen. Jerry Moran caving on Obama Supreme Court nominee ‘incomprehensible’

March 24, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) statement that “the process ought to go forward” for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland:

“Jerry Moran’s decision to cave on considering Obama’s Supreme Court nominee is incomprehensible.  As the former head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Moran spent the past two years telling America that they needed a GOP majority to stop Obama from fundamentally transforming America.  Now, Moran is opening the door for a Supreme Court nominee who would lock in Obama’s agenda for a generation.  This is an outright betrayal of the very GOP Senate majority which Moran successfully led the fight to achieve.  Jerry Moran needs to understand one simple fact, stopping Obama’s agenda is his job, and pandering to the hard left which demands that he kowtow to their whims is hopefully a misquote rather than his considered position.”

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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1992 Joe Biden was right on no election year Supreme Court nominations

March 24, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s statement on that “Senate Republicans are failing to fulfill their Constitutional obligation” by not holding hearings considering President Barack Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland:

“It never ceases to amaze me how nimble Joe Biden is with his argumentation. We agree with Senator Joe Biden of 1992 who opposed election year nominations, and disagree with Vice President Joe Biden who argues otherwise. 1992 Biden extolled the precedent of opposing election year nominations, and that argument remains valid today, even if it is an inconvenient truth for the Obama administration.

“The astounding irony of Vice President Joe Biden bemoaning partisanship in the current Supreme Court nominee debate is particularly bitter coming from the man who played a large part in making ‘Bork’ a verb. Rather than overlooking his galling hypocrisy, the Senate should continue to stand up for the American people’s right to choose the direction of the Court through the impending presidential elections. After all I’m certain that 1992 Biden would agree that failure to consider an end of term nomination is part of the Senate doing its Constitutional job.”

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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ALG praises U.S. Rep. John Fleming for defending power of the purse policy riders in appropriations bills

March 21, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement thanking U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) for defending Congress’ constitutional power of the purse to offer policy riders in appropriations bills being challenged by members of the Senate:

“John Fleming gets it, he understands that one of the few ways of rolling back President Obama’s outrageous abuse of executive authority is by utilizing Congress’ constitutional power of the purse. Fleming’s statement in favor of utilizing policy riders in the appropriations process demonstrates once again that he is one of the true leaders in the battle to restore the constitutional separation of powers.”

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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Intel: If U.S. doesn’t give away Internet, it ‘will incentivize other trade barriers’

March 17, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to House Energy and Commerce Committee testimony by Audrey Plonk, Director, Global Security and Internet Governance Policy, Intel Corporation, who said if the U.S. fails to give away the Internet, Congress would “incentivize other trade barriers that we see in the tech sector being raised in many countries — it will provide a rationale”:

“This is remarkable. What countries specifically are so desperate for the U.S. to cease oversight of the domain name system that they are threatening a trade war in the tech sector? Has Intel been threatened that their products will no longer be welcome in certain countries if the transition does not occur? If not, where is this coming from? The very fact that a huge multinational company expresses fear of foreign government coercion if the Internet is not given away should raise massive red flags to the type of pressure ICANN will face when it is threatened with potential foreign capture without the U.S. government to protect the First Amendment rights that underlie oversight of the current system.

“This proves that foreign coercion is already being exercised to move this transition, the exact reason not to do it.”

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House E&C Committee considers Internet giveaway, but what about the defund that prohibits it?

March 17, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement encouraging the House Energy and Commerce Committee to focus on upholding the law that defunds the Internet Giveaway rather than enabling it in a hearing today that considers a proposal to end U.S. oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. Currently, there is an active prohibition against spending dollars to proceed with the Internet transfer in place:

“One of the few exercises of Congress’ constitutional power of the purse to stop bad policies has been against the Obama Internet giveaway the past two years, where no funds can be used to relinquish responsibility, or to even consider relinquishing responsibility, of the highly critical functions of assigning and routing IP addresses and domain names. It’s against the law and yet here we are having yet another hearing pretending the proposal can be considered. It cannot be.

“For all of House leaders’ talk of restoring Congress’ Article I authority, it is incredible that they do not appear even willing to acknowledge or defend that power when it is actually exercised. We look forward to the hearing, to see what members’ plans are to oversee the laws they enacted that prohibit any tax dollars from being used to consider the NTIA proposal they are now considering.

“Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are right. The Internet giveaway would be irreversible. There are no do-overs. That is why they should be hammering the NTIA on why they have been spending tax dollars to develop this proposal in violation of the twice-enacted Duffy defund that prohibits the Internet giveaway.”

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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Grassley, McConnell are right, election should determine Supreme Court choice, not Obama

March 16, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for not acting on President Barack Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland:

“President Obama has exercised his constitutional prerogative to nominate someone to the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Senate Leader McConnell and Senator Grassley are right to exercise the Senate’s prerogative to not consider Obama’s nominee during this election season. The presidential election should determine control over the Supreme Court, as that is the people’s decision to make. We appreciate McConnell and Grassley standing up for the people against Obama’s attempt to intimidate them into rubber-stamping his Supreme Court choice.”

Attachments:

Does The Senate Have A Constitutional Responsibility To Consider A Supreme Court Nomination?, Washington Post – Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, March 16, 2016 at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/03/16/does-the-senate-have-a-constitutional-responsibility-to-consider-a-supreme-court-nomination/

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Sen. Jeff Sessions video: ‘The trade issue is becoming a voting issue’

March 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke at a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on March 10 releasing the results of a poll by Pat Caddell of 1,950 likely voters on attitudes toward international trade issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning thanked Sessions, saying, “Sen. Jeff Sessions has been saying for years that trade was a Republican issue, a conservative issue, and the Caddell poll proves he has been absolutely right all along.”

Here follows a direct link to the video in 1080p format: https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/press-conf-sessions.mp4

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T26QxsIQu7A&feature=youtu.be

Attachments:

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Toplines, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Toplines-3-10-16.pdf

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Charts, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Charts-3-10-16.pdf

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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ALG praises CNN for raising international trade, TPP issue to all 4 GOP candidates in debate

March 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising CNN for raising the international trade issue and the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the Republican presidential debate last night:

“We thank CNN and Jake Tapper for making the vital issue of international trade front and center in the CNN Republican presidential debate last night. Finally, in a debate format before the critical Ohio primary, voters got to hear from each candidate where they stand on international trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“Yesterday in the wake of releasing a Pat Caddell survey on voter attitudes towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership, showing Republicans overwhelmingly opposed to bad trade deals that benefit other countries more than the U.S., we urged the debate moderators to address this very topic.

“And it is clear that Sen. Ted Cruz will vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership when it comes up and Sen. Marco Rubio will vote in favor of it, providing voters a clear choice between the two.”

Attachments:

66 percent of Republicans oppose Pacific trade deal after they find out what’s in it, Pat Caddell-ALG poll shows, Americans for Limited Government, March 10, 2016 at http://getliberty.org/66-percent-of-republicans-oppose-pacific-trade-deal-after-they-find-out-whats-in-it-pat-caddell-alg-poll-shows

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Toplines, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Toplines-3-10-16.pdf

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Charts, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Charts-3-10-16.pdf

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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Video: Pat Caddell press briefing on poll shows TPP trade pact bad deal for GOP

March 10, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government hosted a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. releasing the results of a poll by Pat Caddell of 1,950 likely voters on attitudes toward international trade issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Here follows a direct link to the video in 1080p format: https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/tpp-press-conference.mp4

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowYP_fDQPk&feature=youtu.be

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) provided his reaction to the polling data at the 0:56 mark through 9:00.

Independent pollster Pat Caddell began his talk at the 9:54 mark to the 1:01:11.

Attachments:

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Toplines, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Toplines-3-10-16.pdf

Online Survey of Likely U.S. Voters, February 23 – March 3, 2016, Charts, Caddell & Associates on behalf of Americans for Limited Government at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pat-Caddell-ALG-TPP-Poll-Charts-3-10-16.pdf

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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