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Friday
Mar272015

ALG urges votes to protect the Internet with Sen. Mike Lee amendments 

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March 26, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today urged the U.S. Senate to hold up or down votes on amending the budget resolution to include S.Amdt. 751 and S.Amdt. 856 offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah):

 

"The Internet is the great democratizer of speech around the world. The amendments offered by Senator Mike Lee are about protecting the free and open Internet from two separate but equally important threats: foreign domination and excessive government regulation.

 

"The first amendment will guarantee that any proposal to transition Internet governance over the domain name system from Commerce Department oversight will require Congressional assent, giving proper oversight to any administration proposal. This will protect the domain name system from any potential foreign capture and protect the free and open Internet — everywhere.

 

"The second will roll back the Federal Communications Commission's alarming change to the Communications Act, applying Title II to Internet broadband, and assure that only Congress has the power to make such a change to law. Whatever the merits of so-called net neutrality, it is not up to the executive branch to regulate the Internet at will, which is what happened here. It's an awful precedent, and it is up to Congress to assert its legislative prerogatives here.

 

"The Internet may be free but that freedom is also quite fragile, and it would be naïve for this Congress to ignore these obvious threats to it. Votes should be allowed on Senator Lee's amendments."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-urges-votes-to-protect-the-internet-with-sen-mike-lee-amendments/

 

Attachments:

 

S.Amdt. 751, To establish a spending-neutral reserve fund to support legislation maintaining United States oversight over functions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and preventing the United States from transferring such Internet responsibilities, at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Lee-856-Net-Neutrality.pdf

 

S.Amdt. 856, To establish a spending-neutral reserve fund to support legislation preventing the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband providers as common carriers under title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and from implementing other ''net neutrality'' provisions, at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Lee-856-Net-Neutrality.pdf

 

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (703) 383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick manning.

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
Mar272015

Public Citizen - NH Senate calls for an amendment 

New Hampshire Senate Responds to People’s Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Address Citizens United

Statement of Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Co-Director, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

March 26, 2015

Note: Today, the New Hampshire Senate voted with bipartisan support to pass an amended version of SB 136. The bill calls for a constitutional amendment to address the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling and creates a committee to study all constitutional amendments pending in the U.S. Congress.

Lawmakers in the New Hampshire Senate have at last responded to the people’s call to rein in the torrent of money that is flowing into New Hampshire’s political system. We applaud them and urge members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives to follow suit and pass SB 136 as amended.

Today, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Russell Prescott (R-23) and Martha Fuller Clark (D-21), the Senate at last voted to pass a version of SB 136 that includes language specifically calling for a constitutional amendment. This reflects what the people of New Hampshire have been urging their elected officials to do in response to the surge of outside money being spent on state and federal elections. For example, more than $49 million from outside sources was spent on New Hampshire congressional races in 2014, drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens in the state.

Earlier this month, New Hampshire citizens – from both political parties – made it crystal clear that they want to liberate elections from corporate, union and super-wealthy influence. Residents overwhelmingly passed warrants at 11 town meetings calling for a constitutional amendment to address the 2010 Citizens United ruling. This brings the total to 67 New Hampshire towns and cities that have passed resolutions.

Additionally, more than two-thirds of New Hampshire residents across party lines support a constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions and spending, according to a poll by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

SB 136 will now head to the House, where state representatives will have a chance to follow the will of their constituents and pass the amended legislation. Once passed, New Hampshire would be the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to stop the flood of money.

Read more about the efforts to pass a constitutional amendment in New Hampshire.

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Friday
Mar272015

NRSC - Obama recently authorized the Pentagon to release TOP SECRET documents on Israel’s nuclear program.

Tell President Obama to STAND WITH ISRAEL, Friend >>>

Friend - President Obama recently authorized the Pentagon to release TOP SECRET documents on Israel’s nuclear program.

This deliberate action will only increase tensions between the U.S. and Israel, just as Iran is ramping up negotiations to develop nuclear weapons of their own.

 

This reckless behavior from the Obama administration endangers Israel and puts global security on the line.  Tell President Obama that it’s time he STANDS WITH ISRAEL and Israeli President Netanyahu.

[ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR PETITION TODAY]

 

Thank you for your continued support of our ally,

Ben
NRSC

Friday
Mar272015

CEI Today: Human Achievement Hour, federal highway funding, arsenic in wine, and more 

Friday, March 27, 2015
In the News Today

 

SATURDAY!

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR

 

The Washington Times: TURN IT ON
 
Environmentalists call for humanity to turn off their lights on Saturday and renounce technology, all in the name of Earth Hour.
 
The Competitive Enterprise Institute counters with Human Achievement Hour, otherwise known as HAH. The nonprofit public policy group advises the public to turn on the lights, play music, go online, be happy. And maybe grateful. Organizers advise that their comfy hour pays tribute to human innovations that allow people around the globe to live better, fuller lives. > Inside the Beltway 

> Interview an expert on Human Achievement Hour

 

TODAY!


HIGHWAY $ EXPIRING - MARC SCRIBNER

 

New Incentives from Federal Transportation Funding
 
The law authorizing federal highway and transit programs expires on May 31, and Congress is currently debating where the money will come from for a new transportation bill and where it should be spent. But what are the incentives created by federal transportation spending and how can they be improved to provide Americans with faster, cleaner, and safer transportation? 
 


ARESENIC IN WINE - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Arsenic in Wine: Dangerous or Beneficial?

Arsenic levels in wine are still too low to have any significant adverse impacts, and ironically, such small amounts might even have health benefits.
 > Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini 
 

TAXPAYER GIVE AWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Cost of Labor Union Subsidy in Missouri Unknown Due to Lack of Government Record Keeping
 

A new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals an appalling lack of transparency in how Missouri’s government agencies account for taxpayer dollars going to labor union coffers. > Read more

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CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT HOUR



SATURDAY,
MARCH 28, 2015


cei.org/hah



 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


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Advancing Capitalism
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Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
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Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
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Thursday
Mar262015

CEI Today: Small business regulations, labor union give-aways, Human Achievement Hour, and more 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
In the News Today

 


SMALL BUSINESS REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

 

Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act
 
Despite being authorized to review and update rules affecting small business, most agencies fail to complete this review in an acceptable manner. This ensures the ever-growing list of rules continues to multiply, disproportionately weighing down small entities with fewer available resources. That's why the Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act is crucial to jump-start economic growth.  > View the coalition letter 

> Interview Wayne Crews 

 
 

TAXPAYER GIVE AWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Cost of Labor Union Subsidy in Missouri Unknown Due to Lack of Government Record Keeping
 

A new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals an appalling lack of transparency in how Missouri’s government agencies account for taxpayer dollars going to labor union coffers.
 
Public records requests made by CEI aimed to find out how much Missouri taxpayers were paying for “union release time,” a practice that allows public employees to conduct union business during work time without loss of pay. But only a small minority of Missouri government employers could provide satisfactory responses to CEI’s public records requests.
 
“At a time when taxpayer dollars are stretched thin in Missouri and other states, the government should stop funding activities that only serve special interests and do not advance a public purpose,” said CEI fellow and labor policy expert Trey Kovacs. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 
 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR
 

Human Achievement of the Day: Guitars

 

When Human Achievement Hour rolls around each year, I make sure to do two things. One is to play an electric guitar. The other is to play an acoustic guitar. 

 

Human Achievement of the Day: Higher Education

 

As the world continues to lift billions of people from starvation-level poverty through capitalistic enterprise, we need to extend this nimble, technologically savvy approach toward educating billions of people who can then better invest in their own self-interest.


> Interview an expert on Human Achievement Hour

 

Saturday, 10am ET
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CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT HOUR



SATURDAY,
MARCH 28, 2015


cei.org/hah



 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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