Sen. Ted Cruz gets it right on RINs in Renewable Fuel Standard

Nov. 21, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Sen. Ted Cruz’ letter letter Cruz sent to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stating, “the real beneficiaries of unsustainably high RIN prices, however, are not corn farmer or reinvestment in RFS infrastructure, but rather market speculators”:

“In an era of extreme bipartisanship, it is great to see Senator Ted Cruz take the lead on an issue that includes Governor John Carney of Delaware, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, and the United Steel Workers President Leo Gerard. The unlikely coalition has come together to protect blue-collar refinery jobs across the nation. The Senator recognizes the danger Renewable Identification Numbers of the Renewable Fuel Standard pose to good-paying blue-collar jobs. Too big to fail Wall Street banks have invaded the Renewable Identification Numbers arena and are driving up the price for a product the EPA created out of thin air.

“Already, some refineries have to pay as much for RINs as total employee salaries. Soon the plants will start to shut down and kill those jobs while simultaneously driving up the price of gasoline. Ted Cruz recognizes this and is leading the charge to save jobs and consumers pocketbooks. It is time for the EPA to get out of the RINs business and let the market decide.”

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is getting the Uranium One investigation right

Nov. 21, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to concerns by members of Congress that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not moving vigorously enough to pursue the Uranium One investigation:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is getting the Uranium One investigation right. As much as we like to know every detail of what is going on, the job of the Attorney General is not to publicly try cases in the media before charges are ready to be brought. Instead, the Attorney General needs to take the time to get to the truth to decide if a law has been broken, and then pursue justice through the courts.

“After the overt politicization of the Justice Department by President Obama, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reestablishing the rule of law. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a former federal prosecutor who understands the importance of doing the hard work of building a case that ensures the rights of those being investigated are protected until charges are brought, if any, and then they are proven guilty in a court of law. Unfortunately, the nature of the modern 24-7 media is to demand leaks and new information on an almost daily basis. However, no matter how juicy or big the potential target of an investigation might be, the rule of law demands a sober and thorough investigation.

“America is witnessing legal intimidation and prosecution through the media by the rogue Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And Congress is rightly angry about his unethical tactics. Rather than asking Attorney General Sessions to emulate Mueller’s perversion of the law, they should be applauding Sessions’ reestablishing the American way of justice that no one is guilty until proven in a court of law.”

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Justice Department right to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

Nov. 20, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Justice Department for suing to stop the AT&T-Time Warner merger:

“The Justice Department is right to move to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger. The mass media consolidation where major content providers and content deliverers band together risks the free flow of information that is the cornerstone of the marketplace of ideas. The Justice Department action marks an important new direction away from the rubber stamping of mega media mergers toward ensuring that a competitive environment remains. Unlike most mergers, the AT&T-Time Warner marriage has a significant potential influence on the already near-monolithic media impacting the essence of a democratic society. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is proving once again to be the exact right person to run the Department of Justice.”

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ALG urges confirmation of Trump nominees

Nov. 17, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging expedited consideration of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the executive branch:

“It is inexcusable that 10 months after President Donald Trump’s inauguration that many departments and agencies do not have their highest level executive positions filled. The Senate needs to correct this by making it their top priority when they come back from Thanksgiving to at the very least confirm Russ Vought for Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director, Rep. Jim Bridenstine for NASA Administrator, former Rep. Scott Garrett for President of the Export-Import Bank, and Pat Pizzella for Deputy Secretary of Labor. There is simply no excuse to continue disabling President Trump’s ability to manage and reform the federal government by failing to confirm these four exemplary nominees. The Senate needs to get it done, and get it done.”

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions ends sue and settle

Nov. 11, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he is ending the practice of sue and settle:

“Once again Attorney General Jeff Sessions is proving himself to be the right man for the job at the Justice Department with his announcement that the radical judicial lawmaking tool of sue and settle has come to end. No longer will radical left-wing groups be able to collude with the government, through the settling of contrived lawsuits designed to expand the scope of government via judicial fiat. Attorney General Sessions rightly says that agencies must follow the law, not make it.

“Last month Sessions also ended the practice of including third party groups into Justice Department settlements. This practice had been abused by the Obama administration to funnel millions of dollars into left-wing radical groups.

“Recipients of these Obama windfalls should be audited by the DOJ Inspector General to determine if they are performing the duties associated with the settlements, and if not, the Justice Department should claw back the monies they received.”

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Likely Mulvaney interim Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pick would be the right choice

Nov. 16, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the likely choice of Mick Mulvaney to be the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

“Mick Mulvaney has the proven steady hand to be in the process of the righting the ship at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is extremely important for President Trump to have someone he trusts in this important temporary role. Given the confirmation challenge facing any permanent replacement for Richard Cordray, the President’s quick action in placing Mulvaney into this role is important to put his imprint on the regulations that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been imposing. With Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American people can be assured that the agency will not continue Cordray’s practice of issuing economy-crippling regulations at this critical time for our nation’s financial services industry. Mulvaney’s likely appointment as acting director of this agency should not lessen Congress’ resolve to end the unconstitutional delegation of funding oversight authority that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

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Trump right on trade

Nov. 16, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump’s call for reciprocal trade agreements overseas:

“President Trump is exactly right in calling for America’s trade deals to be reciprocal. The concept that America’s interests should be sidelined for the rest of the world is no longer viable or smart. To be clear, reciprocal arrangements are ones which meet the interests of both parties involved and no one should feel threatened by having honest trade deals, which benefits everyone. It is absurd for developed nations like China to still be treated as if they were a third world country. And it is equally absurd for nations across the world to be allowed to engage in currency manipulation which serves as an extra tariff on American goods. President Trump once again has shown that he understands the key economic elements that have led to our massive trade deficit and Americans should take heart that he will be fighting to correct them.”

Attachments:

“Reciprocity is the only sustainable path to free trade,” By Rick Manning, Nov. 15, 2017 at http://netrightdaily.com/2017/11/reciprocity-sustainable-path-free-trade/

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ALG praises Senate inclusion of domestic and foreign insurer tax reinsurance equity

 Nov. 15, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today praising Senate lawmakers for including a provision in the tax bill to prevent tax avoidance through reinsurance by foreign insurers:

“The Senate’s inclusion of a provision preventing tax avoidance through reinsurance by foreign insurers is a positive step forward in creating tax equity between foreign and domestic insurers. Foreign insurance companies currently avoid paying taxes in the U.S. through a complex offshore scheme known as affiliate reinsurance whereby profits are transferred to a tax haven, and then reinsurance is purchased from the affiliate. We urge the Senate to maintain this provision in the tax bill and to close this loophole.”

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Richard Cordray should have never been working on the public dime in the first place

Nov. 15, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reacting to the resignation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray:

“Victory! Americans for Limited Government named Richard Cordray as one of Washington, D.C.’s worst Obama holdover zombies and now he’s gone. Richard Cordray should have never been working on the public dime in the first place, but I’m pleased that he will soon no longer be able to wreak regulatory havoc on the American people and the economy. The Trump Administration needs to not only find a suitable replacement for Cordray who will put consumer protection over self-promotion, but immediately put a freeze on all harmful CFPB issued regulations. I call on Congress to finish the job by continuing to use the Congressional Review Act to undo the incredible damage the rogue CFPB has already inflected on taxpayers and the economy.”

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ALG urges House Rules Committee to adopt Budd amendment bringing tax equity between domestic and foreign insurers

Nov. 14, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House Rules Committee to adopt an amendment by U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) that would prevent tax avoidance through reinsurance by foreign insurers:

“One way foreign insurance companies have avoided paying taxes in the U.S. is through a legal tax dodge called affiliate reinsurance whereby profits are transferred to a tax haven, and then reinsurance is purchased from the affiliate. Fortunately, Congressman Ted Budd has submitted an amendment to the House Rules Committee that will restore tax equity between domestic and foreign insurers. We urge the committee to add this needed provision to the tax bill and close this loophole once and for all.”

Attachments:

Amendment to Rules Committee Print 115-39, Offered by Mr. Budd of North Carolina, Nov. 14, 2017 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BUDD_035_xml.pdf

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