Senate must stop and fix drafting error that makes it more profitable to be unemployed than to keep your job

March 25, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to stop and fix a drafting error in the coronavirus relief bill that incentivizes unemployment over keeping your job by making it more profitable for workers to be laid off under the bill:

“The Senate must stop and fix the drafting error which inadvertently makes it more profitable for some to be on unemployment than to work.  It would be irresponsible to rely upon the Labor Department to issue a paper thin guidance or temporary regulation to try to fix the bill, when anything they do could be swept away in less than a year.  The law itself must be fixed, because regulations flow from laws, and the courts assume that the lawmakers meant what they passed into law.

“Senators Tim Scott, Ben Sasse, Rick Scott and Lindsey Graham have earned our sincere thanks for spotting the error and having the courage to slow down the process and demand that it be corrected.  Now the Senate needs to fix it, pass it, and send it to the House of Representatives.”

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Senate Democrats must quit playing politics and get serious to protect 30 million small businesses

March 22, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the failed vote in the Senate to provide relief to the U.S. economy including 30 million small businesses in the unprecedented economic shutdown response to the Chinese coronavirus outbreak:

“It is abhorrent that Senate Democrats are attempting to hold our nation’s economy and 30 million small businesses hostage in their neverending quest to turn crisis into political opportunity.

“The magnitude of the health emergency and the proposed Senate response emphasize how serious Senate Republicans are taking this crisis. No Republican was elected to spend trillions of dollars to revive an economy deliberately shut down to save a million American lives, and yet they have stood up and done what they believe is necessary to ensure Americans can get by while they wait in their homes for the virus to pass. We continue to believe that all spending should targeted to the specific needs created by the emergency, and any attempt to make permanent spending increases should be rejected.

“What’s more, any attempts to fundamentally change our nation’s health care system including the creation of any one size fits all medical billing system that lays the groundwork for socialized medicine should be rejected. These rate setting proposals fundamentally change the ability for the very heroes in the health provider community to be paid a fair price for their labor and it would be a punch in their guts to enact legislation now that punishes them while they are working tirelessly to save American lives.

“While Americans for Limited Government is uncomfortable with the amount of spending authorized, and the changes to the unemployment laws that dramatically expand the program having the likely unintended impact of encouraging businesses to lay off employees, rather than fight through the crisis, it remains important Congress come together. Democrats must stop their putting politics ahead of the lives and livelihoods of the American people.

“America is the greatest country in the history of mankind. We will survive this national challenge, and by passing legislation providing a safety net to allow the small business foundation of our economy to hit the ground running once we’re past this crisis, we will come back rapidly and stronger than ever.”

Attachments:

“Trump virus response calls for covering payroll for every small business in America with $300 billion,” By Robert Romano, March 20, 2020 at http://dailytorch.com/2020/03/trump-virus-response-calls-for-covering-payroll-for-every-small-business-in-america-with-300-billion/

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Senate wise to take time to get Wuhan virus bill right

March 17, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on Senate consideration of the coronavirus spending bill:

“It is a good thing that the U.S. Senate is taking some time to review the House coronavirus spending proposal. It is important that Congress get this right so that necessary resources can be put in place in the event of a worst case scenario, and that when this is all over, everyone gets back to work rapidly. It is also important that House and Senate appropriators significantly adjust secular and mandatory spending plans for the 2021 fiscal year. It is likely that the government costs of the coronavirus outbreak will exceed $1 trillion new spending, which additional hundreds of billions of dollars in lost tax revenue. It would irresponsible in the months ahead for Congress to ignore this obvious reality by not taking similar drastic action to mitigate against this disastrous fiscal situation.

“The coronavirus spending is a necessary and temporary preparation and hopefully much of it will not be needed, and the price tag decreases. But we should make certain not to forget the long-term fiscal straits that our nation faces due to an overly bloated federal government.”

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Stimulus legislation should be temporary, targeted and focused

Jumpstarting the economy after the emergency is over is job one.

March 16, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following featured statement urging Congress to consider only measures that are targeted and designed to jumpstarting the economy when coronavirus passes:

“All federal measures in response to coronavirus must be temporary, targeted and geared to providing a basic safety net and jumpstarting the economy immediately upon the national emergency ending. The legislation encourages businesses to lay off employees in order to avert the virus and slow it down. That is why we need a rehiring tax credit for businesses to ensure that when the economy normalizes, it gets an immediate jumpstart as employers are encouraged to hire.

“This temporary but necessary economic freeze should also allow all public sector leaders to make a real determination about which employees are essential and which are not, as well as shifting cost burdens away from brick and mortar and toward telework based on the experiences. These changes should modernize and make more efficient our government workforce and save taxpayer dollars.”

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Reject Pelosi-Schumer attempts to leverage coronavirus fears to expand big government

March 11, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump to reject attempts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader (D-N.Y.) to leverage coronavirus fears to expand the size and scope of government:

“Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are determined not to let the coronavirus panic go to waste, proposing knee-jerk economically transformative spending plans that neither meet the needs of the crisis nor our nation’s limited government priorities. Pelosi and Schumer know that once government giveaways are put into place, they rarely if ever are rescinded. President Trump should reject these blatant attempts to leverage fear into a permanent expansion of the size and scope of government.”

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Congressional spending may be even more insane than impeachment

Dec. 20, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package:

“Now that some of the smoke has cleared from impeachment, it cannot be lost that Congress once again failed miserably at showing any kind of fiscal discipline in passing the $1.4 trillion spending bill. It is absurd that in a time of unprecedented prosperity, Congress continues to expand domestic spending. Times of prosperity should be opportunities to cut deficits and restrain the cost of government programs, while still meeting the basic safety net needs of those left behind. The fact that Congress continues a wild spending spree bodes poorly for our nation’s ability to afford the real costs of an economic downturn that will eventually happen. The President needs to make fiscal sanity a key component of his 2020 presidential campaign so that in 2021, there will be a political will to significantly cut the exorbitant cost of government. He can start by promoting and defending his own budget, which has in the past provided a pathway to balance with trillions of cuts, when it gets released early next year.”

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ALG urges Congress to defund the American Bar Association

Dec. 13, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to defund the American Bar Association as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify wasteful federal spending:

“The ABA, which brings in over $140 million a year and has over $300 million in assets, does not deserve — nor does it need – the millions of dollars it collects from taxpayers each year. The organization has long been seen as trying to railroad conservative judicial nominees – even going so far as to break its own rules just to blindside a conservative nominee. It’s disgraceful, and Congress should make it clear that there is a price to pay for the ABA’s games.”

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ALG Urges Congress to Defund the AARP

Dec. 13, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to defund the AARP as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify wasteful federal spending:

“The AARP, with revenues of more than $1.8 billion and assets of more than $2.4 billion, is an odd nonprofit. It collects a fortune, not from membership dues, but from insurance policies sold to its members. Earlier this year, the organization actually defended the practice of pharmaceutical companies paying kickbacks to insurance companies rather than requiring those savings be directed to consumers. This might have something to do with the fact that AARP receives hundreds of millions of dollars each year from the UnitedHealth Group. AARP’s defense of kickbacks makes it clear that the organization is putting its own interests ahead of its millions of members. This organization does not deserve one dime of federal tax dollars, much less the more than $50 million it received from the federal government in FY 2019. Congress should immediately put a stop to this.”

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ALG calls for the Department of Education to strip the ABA of its authority to accredit law schools

Dec. 5, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Department of Education to terminate its recognition of the American Bar Association to accredit law schools:

“It is inappropriate for a lawyers’ association to accredit law schools; this is a prime example of crony capitalism. There is an inherent conflict of interest when lawyers are allowed to regulate the entrance of competitors into their field. Due, in part, to the ABA’s numerous requirements of law schools and its restrictions on the practice of law, millions of Americans are unable to afford legal services and are forced to represent themselves in the bewildering legal system. While it is hard to argue that the world needs more lawyers, the ABA accreditation system, by design, limits the number of opportunities to attend law school with the result being the capping new entrants into their field, a clear conflict of interest.  As such, the Department of Education should end the American Bar Association’s credentials to provide law school accreditation.”

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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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