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Thursday
May212015

ALG - No to cloture on fast track  

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May 20, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to reject cloture on granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

 

"It is absurd to rush the close of debate on efforts to fast track a trade deal that is enormous, long-lasting, and will have a negative impact on America. Ultimately, the trade agreement will do nothing about currency manipulation overseas, the most important trade issue facing U.S. exporters, workers, and consumers. Whether you support or oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, senators should reject giving short shrift to legitimate debate and real amendments to the agreement."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/no-to-cloture-on-fast-track/

 

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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.

Tuesday
May192015

ALG - Amending fast track 'futile' 

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May 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement commenting on Senate amendments being offered to the trade promotion authority legislation:

 

"Americans for Limited Government is gratified that so many Senators are concerned with the disastrous potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they are attempting to negate these harms through amending the fast track enabling legislation.

 

"We believe that these efforts, while noble, are ultimately futile, as they will not prevent the enactment of a trade agreement or its implementing legislation containing offensive provisions under expedited fast track procedural rules.  Even language which explicitly strips fast track authority if certain provisions are not met is only as good as Congress' willingness to enforce them.  Given recent history and the support for fast track demonstrated by leadership in both Houses, stripping the authority once granted is extremely improbable.

 

"What's more, no legislation can handcuff future legislation from its repeal or amendment.  Supreme Court Justice David Souter elaborated in United States v. Winstar, 518 U.S. 839 (1996), '[W]e have recognized that a general law...may be repealed, amended or disregarded by the legislature that enacted it, and it is not binding upon any subsequent legislature...' quoting Manigault v. Springs, 199 U.S. 473 (1905).

 

"The trade agreement and its implementing legislation will be submitted to Congress under fast track rules 'notwithstanding any other provisions or prior laws.'

 

"This is why those in Congress who are so concerned about the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they would offer or vote for restricting amendments, can best show that concern by voting down granting President Obama what Senate Leader Mitch McConnell called, 'an enormous grant of power' and allowing any agreement, partnership or treaty that the President signs to be subject to full Congressional scrutiny."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/amending-fast-track-futile/

 

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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.

Tuesday
May192015

ALG - Chris Christie comes out against fast track, joins 6 other GOP presidential aspirants 

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May 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate Republicans to reconsider their support of granting trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements in light of more Republican presidential aspirants coming out against the deal:

 

"With Chris Christie now coming out against fast track, joining presidential aspirants Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee, it is clear that Republican voters are dead set opposed to granting trade authority to President Obama. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are risking seats in 2016 in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to get the legislation passed, jeopardizing any majority in the Senate a new Republican president might enjoy, and making it harder to win the states he or she will need in order to even get to the White House."

 

Attachments:

 

Chris Christie comes out against trade authority for Obama on Laura Ingraham Show, May 13, 2015 at http://www.lauraingraham.com/b/Chris-Christie-Comes-Out-Swinging-Against-Obama-Rubio-Fast-Track-And-Foreign-Workers/310818663719163797.html

 

Ingraham: What's your take on giving Obama this fast track trade authority, this is a huge issue in Congress right now. A lot of Republicans are working with Obama although they didn't campaign on doing that but know they are working with Obama on this issue. What is your take on that?

 

Christie: Well listen, I've said that the only way I would give fast track trade authority to a president, was if it was a president that could actually trust and negotiate well, and after watching the way this president has negotiated with folks in Iran. I have real concerns about giving this president the ability to negotiate on his own.  I believe in general in giving the executive more authority to negotiate trade agreements, I have real concern on giving this president executive trade authority.

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/chris-christie-comes-out-against-fast-track-joins-6-other-gop-presidential-aspirants/

 

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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.

Saturday
May162015

ALG - Fadi Chehade is not the king of the Internet 

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May 15, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) CEO Fadi Chehade's proclamation that the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will be complete by the end of 2015:

 

"The arrogance of Fadi Chehade is enormous even by Washington, D.C. standards. While Congress has defunded all NTI A actions to transition the IANA functions to ICANN or anybody else, Chehade thinks he is the king of the Internet by seducing countries around the world to support his coup. Chehade needs to understand one simple thing: The IANA functions are the property of the U.S. government. Says it right in the contract. He is a contractor. Nothing more, nothing less. Whose organization happens to make $300 million a year in revenue by virtue of that contract.

 

"While this contract ought to be renewed temporarily, our government including Congress should also reengage an open bidding process for the long term for other candidates who will not actively work against U.S. interests. Global Internet governance ends First Amendment protections and erases the firewall against censorship. One need only look to the Sony case of how a private entity will be pushed around by foreign dictatorships to understand the risks of giving away these critical functions."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/fadi-chehade-is-not-the-king-of-the-internet/

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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
May152015

ALG - Senate proceeds to fast track, GOP majority in 2016 in jeopardy 

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May 14, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Senate for proceeding to legislation granting President Obama trade promotion authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

"Americans for Limited Government has always believed that giving President Obama fast track trade authority will be decided by the House of Representatives.  The fact that it has taken months for the Senate to begin this debate shows the deep political concerns in the Republican Party on this issue.  This opposition is even more apparent in the House, and as the issue heats up on the presidential campaign trail, five Presidential aspirants have already come out opposed including: Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee. Additionally, Representative Jeff Duncan's just released opposition to fast track is just one more domino to fall that blocks a pathway to passage in the House.

"In the meantime, without enforceable currency provisions in the trade authority itself, these votes risk Senate Republican seats in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to name just a few, putting the Senate majority in real jeopardy in 2016. Rather than continuing down this politically ruinous course, Republican leaders should promote solutions that unite the Party, instead of those that deepen the divide between the big business wing and the voters Republicans need to win."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-proceeds-to-fast-track-gop-majority-in-2016-in-jeopardy/

 

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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.