Obama de facto veto threat on CR offers opportunity to stop Internet giveaway

Sept. 26, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the de facto veto threat issued by President Barack Obama via White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who said, “I had an opportunity to talk with the president in the Oval Office about this proposal, and after that conversation it’s not at all clear to me that he is prepared to sign this bill because he believes that Congress has got some work to do”:

“If we’re just going to be back at the drawing board the next few days because President Barack Obama is going to veto the continuing resolution, it is better if Congressional Republicans go back and rework the language to stop the Administration from giving away oversight over Internet governance.  It is clear that there is no agreement on the funding bill. Any attempts to tie changes to the Ex-Im Bank to blocking the Internet giveaway represent a false choice. The House needs to enter the game and modify the Senate bill, sending compromise language that incorporates language directing that the Commerce Department not transition the Internet, but instead extends the ICANN management contract for a period of not less than two years.”

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