No pension bailout, unions should have skin in the game for multiemployer pensions

July 12, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in anticipation of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Plans completing its work on a plan to shore up solvency of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation:

“If there is going to be a low interest rate loan program to undergird the massive soon-to-be insolvent multiemployer pension plans, then the unions must have skin in the game and be in 50/50 with corporations on any risk pool that might be created in the event of defaults. There should also be full transparency including annual external audits for all affected multiemployer pension plans and there must be a way for companies to exit and decertify the union by replacing the lump sum payment with payments over a longer period of time. Finally, there must be a commitment to unwind and eliminate over time the unsustainable defined benefit formula that caused the insolvency in the first place and became a false promise to pensioners.

“At the end of the day, there must be no bailout. In the event such a loan program and risk pool fails to shore up the system, the losses must be borne by the pensions via benefit cuts — not by taxpayers. This is a predictable crisis that can be averted. As the Baby Boomers retire, an effort should be made to reform the broken multi-employer pension system now before it catastrophically fails and the ensuing wave of pensioners bankrupt the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.”

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Shame on the Senate for undermining foreign trade negotiations while President is overseas

July 11, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the U.S. Senate for voting 88 to 11 in favor of a “motion to instruct” by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that would direct conferees on H.R. 5895 to include language that repeals Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962:

“The Senate should be ashamed of itself for passing what is nothing more than a show vote on the President’s trade policy at a time when the President is overseas negotiating with our foreign allies and competitors on those very trade issues. This deliberate attempt to undercut the President of the United States through a meaningless action meant to appease K Street benefactors is both irresponsible and reprehensible.

“It is particularly ironic that Senator Corker who gift-wrapped Obama’s Iran deal for the Democrat President is leading the charge to reimpose Smoot-Hawley-type Congressional control over the tariff system.

“As a historical reminder, Congressional control over tariffs limited the President’s capacity in the 1930s to adapt those tariffs to our national needs when there was a desire to reduce them. As a result, Congress delegated its power to raise or lower tariffs to the executive branch to avoid the need to get a filibuster-proof majority to rapidly conduct settlements to trade disputes. The United States cannot afford to have its trade policy run by 535 presidential wannabes.

“If Congress is truly interested in restoring Article I of the Constitution, the proper act would be for Congress to rescind fast track trade authority and instead subject trade deals to the treaty clause of the Constitution, as was the historical norm after the Constitution was ratified.”

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Trump administration proposes ending mandatory union fee deduction for Medicaid caregivers

July 11, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the proposed regulation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent states from automatically deducting union dues and fees from payments made to Medicaid caregivers:

“The Trump administration is to be praised for proposing to end state and local mandatory union fee deductions for Medicaid caregivers. There is no reason that those caring for their loved ones and other home attendants should be compelled to pay union dues or fees. That is a choice that should be left up to the individual.”

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Senate should stand with President Trump on Trade, defeat Corker ‘motion to instruct’ on tariffs

July 11, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to reject a “motion to instruct” by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that would direct conferees on H.R. 5895 to include language that repeals Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962:

“For 56 years, the President and the Department of Commerce have been authorized by Congress to conduct trade investigations and when violations of U.S. trade law such as dumping are found to endanger national security, to punish countries with appropriate tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

“In fact, the overall 1962 act that certain foolish senators now seek to dismantle authorizes the President to reduce tariffs as well as increase them. The power to ratchet tariffs up and down, authorized by Congress, gives the President the appropriate tools to negotiate solutions to trade disputes. This has little to do with restoring Article I powers to Congress. If the instructions in the motion are followed by the conferees, it would create a situation where the President could still unilaterally reduce tariffs, but not increase them, undermining the President’s leverage in trade negotiations, and giving foreign powers an advantage over the U.S.

“President Trump won the 2016 election largely on the promise to get better trade deals for the U.S., winning key Rust Belt states that Republicans had long since abandoned. Politically, this would be a foolish gambit by Senate Republicans, and a slap in the face to President Trump’s supporters who put the GOP over the top in 2016. A U.S. Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois has already been reopened creating hundreds of jobs because of the President’s announced steel and aluminum tariffs, which certain senators now seek to undo.

“The only way to get fair and reciprocal reductions of tariffs is for the President to be able to negotiate from a position of strength. Seeking to weaken the President when he is in the midst of sensitive trade negotiations — while he is overseas no less — undermines the conduct of foreign relations. We call upon Senate Democrats and Republicans to stand with the President on trade and to send a message to the trade cheaters that America will not be pushed around anymore.”

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Kavanaugh safe choice for SCOTUS

July 9, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reacting to the nomination by President Donald Trump of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court:

“President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his choice to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy is a safe, down the middle of the fairway choice who should be easily confirmed with bi-partisan support.  While the President could have made a bolder choice, Kavanaugh is thoroughly vetted with a decade of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions behind him.

“President Trump has gone through the most transparent process in the history of Supreme Court appointments with the list of potential nominees available to every interested party almost two years in advance of tonight’s choice.

“As a result, the nomination of Kavanaugh is the most pre-vetted in history, and this should make for a quick, open and honest confirmation, so the Supreme Court can get to work with a full complement of Justices for the fall session.

“Kavanaugh says that he believes the separation of powers in the Constitution protects individual liberty. We agree, and he must uphold this promise when seated upon the Court.”

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ALG Impact: MERIT Act gains momentum as ALG flies FIRETHESWAMP.COM banner around D.C.-Metro area

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With summer rolling in, Americans for Limited Government focused on creating a Government that works for you!

Because of you, The Federal Government workforce is being reformed to work for hardworking, tax-paying American citizens! You’ve directly assisted in the beginning stages of overhauling the civil service system.

  • Because of your support, Americans for Limited Government is working hand in hand with Rep. Loudermilk (R-Ga.) to pass the MERIT Act, which expands the successes of the VA Reform and Whistle Blower Protection Act to all departments.
  • Americans for Limited Government researched and discovered that since implementation of VA Reform, the termination rate at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has risen by 26%
  • Through a coalition, Americans for Limited Government has been able to successfully gather support of the MERIT Act in Congress. As of July 5, 2018, the MERIT Act is rapidly gaining momentum with fifty-five co-sponsors.
  • With his recent executive orders, which cost labor unions an estimated $100 million in resources, President Trump has opened the door to enactment of the MERIT Act.

Because of you, FIRETHESWAMP.COM launched on June 18, 2018 to alert congress to encourage the American people to petition their representatives in support of the MERIT Act. You played a critical role in allowing the American people to alert congress to the overwhelming need for civil service reform.

  • With your help, Americans for Limited Government sent almost three thousand letters to Congress and the President on behalf of Americans who want to witness the MERIT Act become law.
  • On June 28, 2018, Americans for Limited Government flew a banner around the Washington, D.C. area to show Congress the American people wish to hold President Trump to his campaign promise of draining the swamp. But, as ALG President, Richard Manning always says “to drain the swamp, you must fire the swamp!”

With your help, we will once and for all Fire the Swamp!

Great economic news for the nation

July 06, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning, a former Trump Labor Department transition team member, today commented on today’s release of unemployment numbers:

“There is great news in June’s employment numbers. 601,000 more Americans were in the labor force than in May.  While the unemployment rate went up slightly due to this huge number of people either entering or re-entering the job market, it is evidence that increasing numbers of people are becoming convinced that jobs are available and that working makes sense.  Those marginally attached to the workforce has declined by 145,000 over the past year, and the number of discouraged workers has declined by 155,000, showing that the economic growth is restoring hope.

“And the good news is even more apparent as the job growth has occurred in the higher paying areas of manufacturing, mining, construction and health care, while retail has taken a slight dip. These new jobs are not burger flipper positions, but ones that people can make careers out of, and that is the ultimate test of whether our nation’s economic vitality will continue to accelerate.”

Correction: The civilian labor force increased by 601,000, not 413,000.

Attachments:

“Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary” https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

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DOJ swings and misses on Imran Awan prosecution

July 03, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement questioning the decision by the Department of Justice not to charge Imran Awan with theft:

“The decision to give the Pakistani who is the heart of the Congressional IT scandal, where hundreds of thousands of dollars, where taxpayer’s computer equipment went missing and the security of the entire Congressional email system was compromised, a slap on the wrist is a punch in the gut to the rule of law.

“It is unconscionable that the Department of Justice has dropped the ball so thoroughly on this case.”

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FIRETHESWAMP.COM banner flies across D.C.-Metro area, video exclusive from Fox 5 DC as ALG urges cosponsors for MERIT Act

June 28, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging cosponsors for the MERIT Act by U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) as the organization flew a banner reading FIRETHESWAMP.COM across the D.C.-Metro area as federal workers commuted to D.C. earning video coverage from Fox 5 DC:

“In this day and age with an unaccountable administrative state, the only way to drain the swamp is to fire the swamp. The MERIT Act mirrors language passed by the House last year reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, expediting the firing of non-performing federal employees, expanding the process across all departments and agencies. Please contact U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk’s office and join 54 House members in cosponsoring this important legislation.”

Attachments:

“Video: Fire The Swamp banner seen in skies near D.C. part of conservative group’s demonstration,” Fox 5 DC, June 28, 2018 at http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/fire-the-swamp-banner-seen-in-skies-above-dc-part-of-conservative-groups-demonstration

Letter to Congress urging support of H.R. 559, June 28, 2018 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MERITActLetter6-28-18.pdf

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Grassley praised for ushering Trump judicial nominations, being ‘point of the spear for restoring the constitutional rule of law’ to courts

June 27, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for ushering in Trump judicial nominees including Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has been the point of the spear for restoring the constitutional rule of law into our federal courts.  The importance of his ushering Neil Gorsuch through the Senate to the Supreme Court has been made all the more apparent this week with critical decisions on the president’s ability to declare national security risks at our border, the right of public employees to opt-out of union membership and the ending of California’s efforts to force Christian pregnancy providers to advertise abortion services being just three examples of the transformative fruits of Chairman Grassley’s efforts.

“Now with the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be stepping down, the people of Iowa are truly fortunate to have Chairman Chuck Grassley’s calm, wise leadership at the helm of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

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