FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised for answering threat from Huawei, ZTE

Oct. 28, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to hold a vote on whether to block use of the $8.5 billion Universal Service Fund from being used by companies to do business with Huawei and ZTE:

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has demonstrated once again that he and the Trump administration are willing to lead the fight in protecting America from China’s technological takeover. The FCC’s decision to consider whether to prohibit companies that do business with Huawei and ZTE from accessing the $8.5 billion Universal Service Fund is an important step in protecting the United States’ technological infrastructure from Chinese dependency. Chairman Pai is absolutely right to move forward with this important reform and all of America owes him and the FCC a debt of gratitude for this forward thinking approach as we face a 5G future.”

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Why is the National Endowment for the Arts funding a Che Guevara exhibit?

Oct. 28, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump to fire National Endowment for the Arts Chair Mary Anne Carter for allowing a Che Guevera exhibit to be funded with U.S. taxpayer monies:

“Senators Marco Rubio  and Sen. Rick Scott recently wrote a letter to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) expressing their concern about a grant to a Texas art museum. Their concern stemmed from the fact that the museum created an exhibit featuring images of Che Guevara without providing appropriate context. Americans for Limited Government stands with Sens. Rubio and Scott.

“President Donald Trump should strongly consider replacing Mary Anne Carter as the head of the NEA as it clearly continues to promote the cultural destruction of American values. There is no excuse for a murderous communist thug like Che Guevara who hated America and human rights to be legitimized using U.S. taxpayer dollars. This is exactly the kind of swamp draining that the American people expect from the Trump administration and the fact that the NEA still does not get it is shocking.”

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The Senate should defund the impeachment witch hunt until due process is provided

Oct. 25, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate not to fund the legislative branch until the House opens up its impeachment process to include due process, open hearings and minority rights:

“The Senate should reject all attempts to fund the legislative branch in the upcoming omnibus appropriations bill until the House of Representatives engages in due process, with full participation by the minority, in their impeachment witch hunt. While Congress has every right to pursue impeachment, the current ‘make up the rules as you go along’ secret star chamber being implemented by U.S. Rep. Schiff and coordinated with Speaker Pelosi violates the precepts of minority rights within our system, and the Senate is under no obligation to fund it. There can be no excuse for continuing to fund this sham, which denies the President of the United States basic constitutional rights that every citizen should expect to be honored.”

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ALG urges passage of Sen. Rubio’s Educational Opportunities Act

Oct. 18, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of the Educational Opportunities Act (S. 5), which was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):

“All across the country, children from lower-income families are stuck in failing government-run schools. Too often, government-run schools have little competition — and therefore little incentive to improve. Fortunately, Senator Rubio has introduced the Educational Opportunities Act, which would start to address these problems. While current federal law only provides tax deductions to those who contribute to scholarship funds, Senator Rubio’s bill would provide tax credits to taxpayers who contribute to scholarship funds for children from lower-income families. While this might seem like a small difference, it is actually quite meaningful: tax deductions merely reduce the amount of income being taxed; tax credits reduce the amount of taxes owed dollar-for-dollar. Contributions to the scholarship funds covered by this legislation would help lower-income families send their children to the private K-12 school of their choice. Congress should pass this commonsense educational reform legislation without delay.”

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ALG urges Congress to pass the No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act

Oct. 17, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of the No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act (H.R. 768), which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Cal.):

“The No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act should be a no-brainer for Congress. Over the years, Congress has passed a number of immigration laws, and each year it appropriates taxpayer funds to enforce those laws. Unfortunately, some federally-funded colleges and universities willfully aid and abet individuals who are violating immigration laws; such institutions are unworthy of federal support. It just doesn’t make sense for Congress to fund both law enforcement and those that are working to hamper law enforcement. This legislation would address that problem and should be passed expeditiously.”

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ALG urges passage of U.S. Rep. Gosar’s Higher Education Transparency Act of 2019

Oct. 10, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of the Higher Education Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 2244), which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.):

“In recent years, China has been spreading dirty money around the world trying to buy support — or at least silence opposition. As the saying goes, the best disinfectant is sunlight; and that’s why Congress should pass Rep. Gosar’s Higher Education Transparency Act without delay.  The bill would require colleges and universities to make public the agreements that they have with foreign sources who provide language or cultural education to their students. College students, parents, and taxpayers deserve no less.”

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ALG applauds Sen. Grassley’s college financial aid transparency bill

Oct. 4, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of the Understanding the True Cost of College Act (S. 888) being offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa):

“College financial aid award letters are unnecessarily confusing — especially for first-generation college students. For example, colleges use various terms to describe the same things, frequently omit the cost of attending their school from the letters, and sometimes even avoid using the word ‘loan’ when describing a loan. Parents and students deserve better than this. To address this problem, Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced the Understanding the True Cost of College Act. This bill would require colleges to use standard terms on a uniform financial aid offer form that would include information on total costs, financial aid, and loans, among other things. With better information, students and parents should be able to make better decisions, which should reduce the number of borrowers defaulting on college loan debt — and possibly help rein in out-of-control college costs.”

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ALG shares Sen. Barrasso’s concerns about new biofuel mandates

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement agreeing with Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) concerns about the new biofuel mandates “will do more harm than good”:

“Senator John Barrasso is right to be concerned that the new biofuel mandates issued by the Environmental Protection Agency will do more harm than good.

“Let me be clear.  Anyone who puts E-15 gasoline in their engines is asking for trouble as the higher ethanol content provably harms engines.  Just as troubling is that the increased biofuel mandates continues the Obama administration’s policy of picking energy winners and losers, with the ultimate losers being the American public.  This corn farmer corporate cronyism will have the effect of doing long-term harm to our oil refinery capacity as the administration chose not to cap the costs of artificial credits (RINS) that are created to promote ethanol production.  While the administration did the right thing to exempt 31 small and medium sized refineries from the federal Renewable Fuel Standard mandate, through this EPA action, they have inadvertently undone much of the value of that action.

“Once again, King Corn has flexed their muscle and America will burn corn while many in the world go hungry.  What a shame.”

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ALG applauds Sen. Hawley’s effort to protect taxpayers and hold colleges accountable

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding Sen. Josh Hawley’s Skin in the Game Act (S. 2124):

“Alarmingly, nearly one-fourth of federal Direct Loan borrowers were delinquent or in default at the end of last year — in spite of the very low unemployment rate. When federal student loans aren’t repaid, the balances just add to the national debt. Fortunately, taxpayers have someone looking out for their interests; this past summer, Sen. Josh Hawley introduced the Skin in the Game Act. This very simple bill would require colleges that participate in the federal Direct Loan Program to pay half of the remaining loan balances when alums default on their student loans. Colleges have done virtually nothing to rein in out-of-control costs, often do too little to ensure students graduate on time, and offer far too many junk degrees that are not worth the cost — all of which contribute to delinquency and defaults. Perhaps this legislation would encourage colleges to finally begin to take the student debt crisis seriously.”

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Time to end Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, save $18 billion

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to support a Trump administration proposal to end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, saving $18 billion, as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify wasteful federal spending:

“Having worked in government, I know first-hand that government employees are well-compensated. Health, sickness, and vacation benefits are typically generous for federal, state, and local government employees; many government employees are eligible for pensions, which are now rare in the private sector; and the job security enjoyed by government employees is something most private sector workers can only dream of. Thanks to George W. Bush, government employees (and some nonprofit employees) are also eligible for student loan forgiveness if they meet certain conditions. This unnecessary program is called the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and the Trump Administration is absolutely correct to propose eliminating it, which would save taxpayers $18 billion.”

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