Continuing resolution and FISA reauthorization should go through March, not December

Nov. 20, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to push the continuing resolution and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reauthorization off until March 15, past the New Year:

“It is absurd that Congress would pass a continuing resolution into the heart of the Christmas season, setting up a vote on an omnibus bill right before the holiday. Congress should do the right thing and give federal workers peace of mind through the holidays, by extending government funding through March 15.

“A longer time window will also give Congress an opportunity to review the findings of the Justice Department on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses that occurred in the 2016 elections, when the Trump campaign, the opposition party, was placed under surveillance by the Obama administration in an election year, and give time to put in place real reforms so that political spying never happens again. We have to make sure we get this right, and rushing to reauthorize FISA would be foolish when we’re still waiting on these findings.”

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Sondland makes clear that military aid to Ukraine was never conditioned on investigations

Nov. 20, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony that “never received a clear answer” as to why the military aid to Ukraine was suspended:

“The Sondland testimony is nothing more than kicking over the same rocks that already been turned over in his prior testimony. The simple fact remains that Sondland mistakenly ‘presumed’ by his own testimony that the release of military aid to Ukraine was conditioned to a public statement by Ukraine on investigating corruption. He says, ‘No one told me directly that the aid was tied to anything.’ Sondland then acted as patient zero spreading this notion throughout the foreign service and to Ukraine even though he admits in his own testimony no one told him that any quid pro quo related to the aid existed.

“To sum up, Sondland’s presumption about military aid is the root of the entirety of the Democratic case, but nobody told him to condition the aid as he per his testimony ‘never received a clear answer’ as to why the military aid to Ukraine was suspended. The actual quid pro quo for a meeting which Sondland references had already been dismissed as the meeting which the Ukrainian government wanted on Sept. 1 (which Trump was going to attend until a hurricane hit the U.S.) was already happening without any public statement having ever been issued, as other diplomats have testified.”

 

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Congress tied Ukraine military assistance to ‘improvement in transparency, accountability… for purposes of decreasing corruption’

Nov. 19, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement noting that Congress explicitly tied military assistance to Ukraine to Defense Department certifications that Ukraine is showing “improvement in transparency, accountability… for purposes of decreasing corruption”:

“The President is fully within his Article II foreign affairs to reconsider the U.S. relationship with Ukraine, including whether providing military assistance there is consistent with U.S. interests. Under law, the Ukrainian military assistance is explicitly linked to certifications that Ukraine is showing ‘improvement in transparency, accountability… for purposes of decreasing corruption.’ Given Congress’ specific requirements related to corruption, it is clear that even if President Trump had tied military assistance to action by Ukraine on corruption, and wished to roll back prior certifications made, it would have been more than consistent with the law. The fact that he did not exposes the Pelosi-Schiff impeachment as nothing more than a sham.”

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No government rate setting on surprise medical billing

Nov. 18, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress and the Trump administration to reject any government rate setting proposal on surprise medical billing:

“The problem of surprise medical billing has become a hot topic in Washington, D.C. but government rate setting is an unacceptable solution. When there’s a dispute between doctors and insurance companies, patients should not have to resolve it, which is why Congress and the Trump administration should consider an approach that institutes an independent, neutral, third party system for billing dispute resolution that will put patient needs first. That way, families can focus on their care rather than completing bureaucratic tasks just to access benefits, or worse being stuck with a surprise billing that cannot be paid. When New York and Texas agree on something, then perhaps it might just be a common sense, bipartisan solution that can be used to address surprise medical billing.”

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ALG applauds Trump’s decision to cancel WaPo and NYT

Nov. 18, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding recent reports that the White House had directed federal agencies to cancel subscriptions to the Washington Post and the New York Times as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify wasteful federal spending:

“I’m thrilled with the President’s decision to cancel U.S. government subscriptions to the Washington Post and the New York Times. Any paper that smears a 16-year-old Catholic kid, runs an obituary headline referring to a bloody terrorist as an ‘austere religious scholar,’ or prints an anti-Semitic cartoon depicting the Israeli prime minister as a dog is an absolute disgrace and does not deserve taxpayer money.

“Ultimately, there is no rationale for continuing to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars subsidizing the financially failing New York Times or the Jeff Bezos-backed Washington Post.  There simply is no basis for continuing to pick winners (the Washington Post and New York Times) and losers (every publication that doesn’t get a federal government subscription subsidy worth hundreds of thousands of dollars). Meanwhile, both the NYT and WaPo long ago ceded any semblance of being  objective sources for news.”

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ALG urges Congress to defund the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Nov. 15, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to defund the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify wasteful federal spending:

“You may have seen the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) ads with images of pitiful-looking dogs and mournful Sarah McLachlan music playing in the background. Those ads have raised the ASPCA tens of millions of dollars. What those ads don’t mention are the ASPCA’s efforts to harass farmers and tell them how to do their jobs. Inevitably, the ‘reforms’ demanded by the ASPCA and groups like them drive up costs for farmers and increase food prices — hurting the poor. That is why I’m so disappointed that the federal government is giving the ASPCA hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars — money that the wealthy organization clearly does not need. Farmers play a crucial role in our society, and Congress should see to it that we’re not funding their enemies.”

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ALG supports confirmation of Dan Brouillette for Energy Secretary

Nov. 18, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement supporting the confirmation of Dan Brouillette as Secretary of the Department of Energy:

“The past three years under President Donald Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry moved the U.S. closer to energy independence than it has ever been, and those policies of expanding U.S. capacity, particularly in the realm of natural gas, will continue under the tenure of Dan Brouillette as Energy Secretary. As Perry’s deputy, Brouillette has authorized more than 38 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas exports, which one day will open the U.S. to supply more than three-quarters of European natural gas demand, or about 13 percent of global demand. Not only is U.S. energy independence supporting the American people, but it also protects U.S. allies who cannot be held hostage for want of natural gas. We’re now among the world’s top producers of oil and natural gas, and nobody is more qualified than Dan Brouillette to continue implementing the Trump energy dominance plan.”

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Yovanovitch ‘intimidated’ by a tweet. What about Russia?

Nov. 15, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s complaint that she was “intimidated” by a tweet from President Donald Trump:

“Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified that she was ‘intimidated’ by a tweet by President Donald Trump. Now let me get this straight: A U.S. Ambassador assigned to one of the most dangerous, corrupt locations in the world, where the U.S. and Russia fight a proxy civil war, cowers in the fear of 142 characters presidential missive. This very fact is why Yovanovitch should not be ambassador to Ukraine or anywhere else as she apparently does not have the temperament for the job.”

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Democrats’ star witness Kent is no superman, admits Ukraine, Burisma corrupt, needed to be investigated

Nov. 13, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent admission that Ukraine had a corruption problem and that Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm, President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky discussed investigating on July 25, needed to be investigated:

“Ambassador George Kent supported the investigation of corruption of the Ukraine natural gas firm Burisma as early as July 23, 2015, due to what he described as ‘self-dealing and self-enrichment’ by the Ukrainian oligarch who ran the company testifying,  ‘I think that since the U.S. taxpayer dollars were wasted, I would love to see the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office find who … the corrupt prosecutor was, that took the bribe, and how much it was paid…’

“President Donald Trump in his conversation on July 25 with the current President of Ukraine agrees that Burisma’s corruption should be investigated.  Yet this is the purported reason why House Democrats wish to impeach him?  What a farce.”

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Taylor doesn’t know what Trump wanted from Ukraine

Nov. 13, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to former U.S. acting ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor’s testimony that “I don’t know what President or candidate Trump was thinking about the Ukrainians”:

“Former Ambassador Bill Taylor was the Democrats’ star witness, and here is the only thing he said which is instructive in terms of his knowledge about President Trump and the government of Ukraine, stating, ‘I don’t know what President or candidate Trump was thinking about the Ukrainians.’ With that Bill Taylor should just sit down and be quiet, since he and every other interested person in the entire world knows exactly what  President Trump said to Ukraine President Zelensky during their phone call on July 25.

“Any other congressional leadership in history would shut down their impeachment dreams if their star witness admitted that they had no knowledge on the subject they were called to testify.  But for House Intelligence (an oxymoron if I ever wrote one) Chairman Adam Schiff, Taylor’s testimony is about strike seven in his almost three year quest to impeach the President. The people of Glendale, California should be hiding in embarrassment for subjecting the rest of America to Mr. Schiff, whose main voter appeal may be a basic desire to send him 3,000 away from home to get him out of town.”

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