After impeachment, Congress should address surprise medical billing, avoid price fixing

Jan. 30, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to address the issue of surprise medical billing after the Senate impeachment trial ends:

“Once the Senate finishes exonerating President Donald Trump of Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi’s fantasy impeachment charges, Congress will be facing many tough issues. Surprise medical billing is one of these that are likely to emerge and one proposed ‘solution’ is a trap that must be avoided.  One-sized fits all medical pricing is being pushed by the health insurance industry fixes rates to the benefit of insurance companies and detriment of health care providers. The failed state of California has already tried the one-price fits all model and in just three years is beginning to suffer from shortages of physicians and other health care providers who are being priced out of existence by insurers. When Congress deals with surprise medical billing, it is important for them to ensure that markets are maintained and there is a way for insurers and health care providers to iron out their payment disputes between themselves, protecting patients from surprise bills which insurers refuse to pay.”

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ALG praises Sen. Josh Hawley for reported question on Schiff relationship with whistleblower

Jan. 29, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) plan to ask U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) what his office’s relationship was to the anonymous CIA so-called whistleblower:

“U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff has an absolute responsibility to truthfully answer questions about his office’s relationship with the anonymous CIA so-called whistleblower. The defense has a due process right to all potentially exculpatory evidence in the prosecution’s possession. Schiff’s conundrum is whether he continues the lie that he didn’t know the whistleblower, or admit that he has been withholding evidence the whole time and the entirety of the Ukraine impeachment scheme was born in his office. The irony of Schiff’s conundrum is that while lying to Congress for normal citizens is a crime, members of Congress lying on the floor is not. Either way, however Schiff answers, if witnesses are allowed, it is incumbent that the Senate fully explore either the truthfulness of Schiff’s statement, or the origins of this fake impeachment scandal.”

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USMCA delivers on promise of fair and reciprocal trade

Jan. 29, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today attended the signing ceremony of the USMCA and issued the following statement:

“The USMCA is the beginning stages of bringing the Trump trade agenda around the world and will result in more U.S. manufacturing jobs, higher standards of living and increased overall economic growth. Trump’s trade wins are among his signature accomplishments in his first term, and deliver on the promise of fair and reciprocal trade. USMCA puts America on the course to allowing American businesses and companies to compete on a level playing field, and when Americans can compete fairly, Americans win.”

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Bolton’s sour grapes should not extend impeachment

Jan. 28, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the potential testimony of former National Security Advisor John Bolton:

“Yesterday’s presentation by the President’s team proves conclusively that not only are the Articles of Impeachment constitutionally invalid, but the President’s actions in his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were completely justified given former Vice President Joe Biden’s deep and obvious conflict of interests due to his son’s board membership of the corrupt natural gas firm, Burisma. There is simply no excuse for anyone to vote to hear additional witnesses as no one will be able to change the facts. The Ukrainians did not know that any military assistance was being withheld until it was reported publicly, and the monies were released well in advance of the end of the fiscal year. In fact, it was released on the same day John Bolton was fired for his ongoing attempts to get America embroiled in wars around the world. It is a shame Bolton has allowed his hurt ego and his desire to score book sales to drive this naked attempt to harm the President of the United States. This is particularly true since he cannot say anything that will change the facts of the case that demand acquittal.”

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Trump Defense Team Member former Florida Attorney Pam Bondi nails Joe and Hunter Biden Ukraine conflict of interest

Jan. 27, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding the arguments of Pam Bondi, the former Florida Attorney General, before the US Senate today:

“The entirety of the House impeachment case rests on the presumption that there was nothing to be concerned about relating to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s Board membership with the Ukraine natural gas firm Burisma.  Bondi’s meticulous outlining of the Burisma corruption case and the public reporting of it, makes it unambiguously clear that the President not only was correct to ask for the Ukrainians to get to the bottom of the allegations, but would have been derelict in his duties and responsibilities if he had not done so.”

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If Bolton testifies, so should Schiff, the Bidens, the ‘whistleblower,’ and the fired Ukrainian prosecutor

Jan. 27, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding the leak of portions of John Bolton’s book:

“The leak of parts of John Bolton’s book out of the National Security Council is clearly designed to impact the impeachment trial. No matter what the book claims, the facts remain the same. The Ukrainian government had zero knowledge that the funds were being held until a story ran on August 28.  Senator Ron Johnson, who was meeting with the Ukrainians on September 1 along with Vice President Pence, called President Trump about what they should ask for in exchange for the aid being released, to which the President replied, ‘No way. I would never do that. Who told you that?’ And, that he would likely be happy with the decision that was made: ‘We’re reviewing it now, and you’ll probably like my final decision.’

“No matter what any witnesses say about the President’s internal thoughts or even complaints about the unfairness of a system that spent three years investigating him when he did nothing and closes its eyes to obvious abuses of power and corruption by the Clintons and Bidens, the bottom line fact is that the Ukrainians were never told by U.S. officials that aid was being withheld prior to the Politico story, and that the aid was released two weeks after the hold was reported, three weeks prior to the deadline.

“Facts matter.  The actions taken were perfectly legal and the impeachment continues to be nothing more than a continuation of the three-year coup against the duly-elected President of the United States.  And given the persistent leaks from the National Security Council staff, it is clear that the only people seeking to have an undue influence on the 2020 U.S. election are the Obama holdovers in the White House and their ongoing efforts to knee-cap President Trump.  The Senate needs to take the evidence that is being laid before them and acquit the President, rather than being buffeted by the same kind of campaign of disinformation that the nation endured throughout the Mueller investigation.  Dragging out this trial for any longer does a grievous disservice to our nation, as fairness would dictate that if witnesses are allowed to be called, then any and every witness the President wishes to bring forward should be allowed including the so-called whistleblower, Adam Schiff, the Schiff staff that colluded with the ‘whistleblower’, Clinton operatives who worked the Ukraine for cash, the Ukrainian prosecutors who investigated Biden corruption and the New York Times reporters who received the selective leaks of the Bolton book.  Let’s hear the NY Times reporters claim source protection privilege when the President is not afforded the basic Executive Privileges that every Chief Executive has had and defended since George Washington.”

“The Senate has a choice.  Either end this fraudulent impeachment, or open it up into a free for all.  After three years of being ‘prosecuted’ in the press and three months of the House ‘impeachment’ hearings, mostly held in secret, the President deserves to be able to completely and fully make his case if additional House witnesses are allowed to be called.  If the Senate doesn’t have the stomach for opening the door to a full inquiry into the corruption of the Ukrainian involvement on behalf of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the Bidens money grab and the shady Schiff House process, then they should not open the door to any additional witnesses.”

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Carson’s housing fairness rule is a winner for America

Jan. 17, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation that removes requirements to make changes to local zoning to qualify for federal funds:

“Since 2015, Americans for Limited Government has led the charge to reform the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation to remove any requirements for localities that take community development block grants to make changes to local zoning. We are pleased that HUD Secretary Ben Carson produced a final rule that protects local zoning prerogatives while encouraging evaluation as to whether regulations have an adverse impact on housing affordability. This rightly stops the nationalization of zoning while still encouraging fair housing, once again placing primacy on cities and counties to make the best decisions for their communities. The last thing Americans needed was Washington, D.C. bureaucrats dictating zoning requirements based on Census maps, and Secretary Carson successfully ended this overreach.”

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Bernie Sanders has a campaign violence problem

Jan. 16, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting a Bernie Sanders Iowa field coordinator for calling for Trump supporters to be put into gulags and said cities would burn if Sanders was denied the Democratic nomination again:

“The Project Veritas release of video featuring the Bernie Sanders Iowa field coordinator advocating throwing Trump supporters into re-education gulags is a startling reminder of the violence of the left.  The fact that Bernie Sanders and every Democrat candidate for President has not condemned the violence advocated by the Sanders staffer is chilling.  Chilling because America has already suffered political violence at the hands of a radicalized Sanders supporter when then House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot and nearly killed by a Sanders supporter who intended to kill every GOP House member practicing on that Alexandria, Va. diamond for the annual Congressional Baseball game.  The admissions by the Sanders staffer of desired violence and incarceration based upon political differences should Bernie not win is not particularly surprising.

“What is surprising is that a search of Google does not demonstrate any contrition offered by the Sanders campaign.  Instead, they are locking down their operation to insulate the staff from unapproved media. What is stunning is that none of the Democratic party contenders for the White House have condemned Sanders for not immediately firing this staffer and his calls for violence against Trump supporters.”

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USMCA passage heralds success of Trump trade agenda

Jan. 16, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Senate passage of the USMCA:

“President Donald Trump kept his promise and ended the giant sucking sound that was NAFTA. The overwhelming Senate passage of Trump’s signature trade deal is an affirmation that a President who is determined to put America’s interests first can rewrite the rules for international trade. The immediate impact will be auto manufacturers who desire zero tariffs on their vehicles will have to significantly increase the content of those vehicles in order to qualify. This should mean more U.S. auto manufacturing jobs, as well as a bump to domestic production, good news for American workers as auto manufacturing jobs come with higher wages.

“2020 is shaping up to be the year of the trade deals with the phase one China deal in the can and prospective deals with likely deals with the UK, the EU, India and phase two Japan in the offing.

“While Democrats in Congress have attempted to undermine President Trump at every turn, the passage of USMCA demonstrates that they failed and tariffs properly applied work. While the nation’s focus has been China, the truth is more than one-third of U.S. exports go to Canada and Mexico, compared to 7 percent to China, making USMCA even more important than the first phase China deal in the immediate future.”

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Trump trade deal with China proves tariffs worked after all

Jan. 15, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump’s concluded phase one trade agreement with China:

“President Trump may have achieved what almost every American including me viewed as impossible through the signature of the fair and reciprocal phase one U.S.-China trade deal. While much of the economic focus will be on $50 billion of Chinese purchases of U.S. agriculture, it must be recognized those are of necessity as China’s food supplies remain dangerously low. The real test of this deal whether China will change its economic DNA to keep its word and respect intellectual property and ending competitive currency devaluations, as well as to purchase U.S. manufacturing. With the increased oppression of the freedom lovers in Hong Kong, it is hard to put much credence in the Chinese signature on the documents. However, the fact they’ve signed them at all is directly attributable to President Trump’s imposition of tariffs which forced Beijing to make written accommodations to fundamental American economic concerns, and which will remain in place as an enforcement mechanism.

“It is my sincere hope that this deal leads to an open, economically free China that doesn’t kill its own citizens who engage in legitimate political dissent, and we encourage President Trump to hold the Chinese government strictly accountable for any failure to comply with this deal. As for tariff skeptics, perhaps they will learn the basic lesson that tariffs can work when thoughtfully and appropriately applied.”

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