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Friday
Apr242015

ALG - New Attorney General should investigate Clinton, Uranium One 

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April 24, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to investigate the Clinton Foundation's ties to the Russian company, Uranium One, which donated millions to the foundation, seemingly in exchange for a lucrative U.S. uranium contract:

 

"Loretta Lynch's first act as Attorney General should be to launch a full-scale investigation of the Clinton Foundation's ties to the Russian company, Uranium One. The appearance that Hillary Clinton sold approvals to foreign governments puts a stain on every foreign policy decision she made as Secretary of State. The national security team had to know about this, and went along with it, and the notion that President Obama knew nothing is simply unbelievable. Our national security is now for sale."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/new-attorney-general-should-investigate-clinton-uranium-one/

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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.

Wednesday
Apr222015

ALG - Opposition to fast track is the only position for constitutional conservatives 

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April 21, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to trade promotion authority for President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

 

"Proponents of the Pacific trade deal face irreconcilable problems that on one hand, they bemoan Obama's executive regulatory overreach in areas like amnesty, Obamacare, and Net Neutrality, yet, they claim that Congress should cede to the same president an enormous grant of power that eviscerates the advice and consent treaty ratification process. You can't be pro-Constitution with one press release and in favor of shredding it in the next and call yourself a constitutional conservative.

 

"It is also almost become a standard talking point for conservative groups that President Obama's foreign policy has been a disaster, with the China climate deal treaty, the Iran nuclear treaty, and the opening of Cuba serving as prime examples of this president's failure to stand up as the leader of the free world. Yet, some conservative groups are willing to trust this same failed president to negotiate the rules for the world economy without even the ability to read the treaty that he's negotiating. This is either abject naiveté or willful blindness of the goals of Obama's multinational, corporate partners who helped him make the deal.

 

"What's more, the big lie that fast track legislation allows Congress to have input in the treaty-making process should never be repeated again. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is 99 percent completed after almost 5 years of negotiations. The time for a fast track bill might have been at the beginning of that process, not at its conclusion.

 

"Finally, Obama is under no legal compunction to do anything that Congress requests. The proof lies in the rejection by his of a demand by the majority of the Senate and House to include currency manipulation language in the trade deal, creating an avenue for China to dock into the trade agreement at a later date without ever reconciling their supposed currency manipulation. The key trade issue between the U.S. and China and other nations is currency and price competition."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/opposition-to-fast-track-is-the-only-position-for-constitutional-conservatives/

 

Attachments:

 

Americans for Limited Government letter to Rep. Tom Emmer opposing fast track, Feb. 25, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/LettertoEmmerandHouseGOP2-25-15.pdf

 

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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
Apr172015

ALG - Hatch, Ryan capitulate to big labor to move trade authority  

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April 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement to the announcement that trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be tied to passage of trade adjustment assistance for the same deal:

 

"Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan have just agreed to passing trade adjustment authority as precondition to getting Democrat votes for fast track trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Congressional Republicans should reject this big labor giveaway, which puts the GOP in the untenable position of funding organized labor in order to get to 60 votes in the Senate on the trade deal.  It is time to put a stake through the heart of Obama's fast track dreams, and deny him the opportunity to rewrite the economic rules of the world."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/hatch-ryan-capitulate-to-big-labor-to-move-trade-authority/

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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.

Thursday
Apr162015

ALG - Senate Republicans fail to pay for $141 billion Medicare doc fix 

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April 15, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the U.S. Senate for voting not to pay for repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate:

 

"The Senate Republican majority could not even do a measly $15 billion a year in spending cuts elsewhere in the budget to pay for the $141 billion Medicare so-called doc fix. It was a no brainer.  If you're going to blow a $141 billion hole in the deficit, you pay for it. Previous doc fixes had been paid for. Why not this one?

 

"It is sad to learn that the energetic promises from some Republicans in elections about cutting the size and scope of government are only valid when they are in the minority. It is time that their actions match their campaign rhetoric."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-republicans-fail-to-pay-for-141-billion-medicare-doc-fix/

 

Attachments:

 

Senators who voted against paying for the $141 billion doc fix (Republicans in bold) at http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00139 :

 

Alexander (R-TN)

Baldwin (D-WI)

Bennet (D-CO)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Booker (D-NJ)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Capito (R-WV)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Cassidy (R-LA)

Cochran (R-MS)

Collins (R-ME)

Coons (D-DE)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Donnelly (D-IN)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)        
Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Graham (R-SC)

Hatch (R-UT)

Heinrich (D-NM)

Heitkamp (D-ND)

Heller (R-NV)

Hirono (D-HI)

Kaine (D-VA)

King (I-ME)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Leahy (D-VT)

Manchin (D-WV)

Markey (D-MA)

McCaskill (D-MO)

McConnell (R-KY)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murphy (D-CT)          
Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Perdue (R-GA)

Peters (D-MI)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schatz (D-HI)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Tester (D-MT)

Tillis (R-NC)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Warren (D-MA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wyden (D-OR)

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Wednesday
Apr152015

ALG - Tell Congress to stop Obama's stealth climate trade deal!

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April 14, 2015

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge Congress to stop Obama's stealth climate trade deal!

 

Congress is considering giving President Barack Obama fast track trade authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast track means that Congress would cede its right to amend the trade deal. Instead, it would be granted an up or down vote — even if it needed to be fixed.

At a time when the President has for all intents and purposes declared war on the constitutional separation of powers, it makes zero sense for Congress to voluntarily weaken its treaty ratification prerogatives. Why not make Obama go through the process under regular order, with amendments allowed?

Making matters worse, the U.S. Trade Representative website on the trade deal explicitly states, "Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the United States is negotiating for robust environment standards and commitments from member countries."

Meaning this is really just a stealth climate treaty — the outcome of which will be to allow Obama to unilaterally regulate the global economy. This cannot stand.

Obama should have to explain and where necessary defend every word in any treaty he agrees to, with it being held to the highest level of scrutiny.  That is Congress' job.  It is also their job to amend or defeat any treaty that falls short of being in America's interests.

You know what to do! Let's get on Rally Congress and urge both House and Senate members to oppose fast track trade authority for Obama!

Not giving the President trade promotion authority is not anti- trade.  In fact, the United States already exports $861 billion to the trans-Pacific trade partners, accounting for almost 40 percent of the $2.2 trillion of U.S. exports worldwide in 2012. As a result of this continued trade, our economic bonds with these nations are tight. 

Now it is time for Congress to step up and fight for the constitutional separation of powers and Congress' role in making treaties — not give more executive powers to Obama to negotiate a bad deal for the U.S. economy. Tell Congress Trans-Pacific trade deal will regulate climate. Don't cede treaty powers to Obama! No stealth climate treaties.

Let's keep fighting!