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Wednesday
Dec102014

ALG - Mehrens: No Internet giveaway in omnibus 

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Dec. 9, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging House negotiators not to include in the omnibus bill section 1090E of the National Defense Authorization Act (the "DOTCOM Act"), which authorizes the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to give away the Internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) upon submission of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the transition:

 

"On May 22, the House authorized the Internet giveaway in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act upon submission of a report by the GAO on the transition of Internet governance. Doing so provides the very Congressional authorization for the Internet giveaway that the President desperately needs in return for very little.

 

"Fortunately the defense bill did not pass the Senate, so at the moment the President has no authority to perform the transition. But if the DOTCOM Act is included in the omnibus bill, that will change, and even if the GAO says that the transition is a bad idea, there will be nothing to stop the Department of Commerce from performing the giveaway anyway.

 

"Rather than giving the President the authority to give away the Internet, appropriators should include the Sean Duffy amendment that was included in the House-passed Commerce appropriations bill that defunds the giveaway altogether. There is simply no excuse for members to give away Internet governance in return for a GAO book report."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/mehrens-no-internet-giveaway-in-omnibus/

 

Attachments:

 

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.04435:

 

SEC. 1090E. NTIA RETENTION OF DNS RESPONSIBILITIES PENDING GAO REPORT.

 

(a) Retention of Responsibilities- Until the Comptroller General of the United States submits the report required by subsection (b), the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information may not relinquish or agree to any proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (in this section referred to as the `NTIA') over Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, and related root zone management functions.

 

(b) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date on which the NTIA receives a proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the NTIA over Internet domain name system functions that was developed in a process convened by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers at the request of the NTIA, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to the Internet domain name system. Such report shall include—

 

(1) a discussion and analysis of--

 

(A) the advantages and disadvantages of relinquishment of the responsibility of the NTIA over Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, and related root zone management functions;

 

(B) any principles or criteria that the NTIA sets for proposals for such relinquishment;

 

(C) each proposal received by the NTIA for such relinquishment;

 

(D) the processes used by the NTIA and any other Federal agencies for evaluating such proposals; and

 

(E) any national security concerns raised by such relinquishment; and

 

(2) a definition of the term `multistakeholder model', as used by the NTIA with respect to Internet policymaking and governance, and definitions of any other terms necessary to understand the matters covered by the report.

 

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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
Dec092014

ALG - Mehrens: No union bailout in omnibus 

Dec. 8, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging House negotiators to block any bailout of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) that might be included in imminent omnibus spending legislation

"With the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation projected to be running a large deficit over the next decade, there must be no bailout for big labor in this or any other funding bill during the lame duck session. A 2009 report by Moody's on the solvency of union run multiemployer pension funds revealed many under 60 percent funded putting them into the government designated 'critically underfunded' category. If big labor is truly concerned about the multiemployer pension system, it should negotiate higher contributions in future contracts." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/mehrens-no-union-bailout-in-omnibus/

 

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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
Dec022014

ALG - Letter: Defund HUD radical regulation 

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United States Congress
Washington, DC 20510

December 1, 2014

To the Members of the 113th Congress:

On June 9, the House of Representatives voted 219-207 in favor of an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) to the HUD appropriations bill to "prohibit [HUD from] use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the proposed rule entitled "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing".[1]

This action was necessitated by the wholesale assault on local zoning authority in those jurisdictions which have accepted federal community development grants.

Five months later, the rule is now scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year, and the government funding discussions that will dominate the Lame Duck session are the last chance to stop this federal government usurpation of local control over zoning decisions.

Here is how Investor's Business Daily[2] described the rule in a June 20 editorial:

"Under the scheme, HUD plans to map every U.S. neighborhood by race and publish "geospatial data" pinpointing racial imbalances. Areas deemed overly segregated will be forced to change their zoning laws to allow construction of subsidized and other affordable housing to bring more low-income minorities into "white suburbs." HUD's maps will be used to select affordable housing sites.

"It's part of an ambitious agenda to eliminate "racial segregation," ZIP code by ZIP code, block by block, through the systematic dismantling of allegedly "exclusionary" building ordinances. In effect, federal bureaucrats will have the power to rezone your neighborhood."

One might ask what HUD's motive is for pushing far outside the envelope in forcing the destruction of local zoning authority?  IBD explains it succinctly saying,

"Once HUD creates a national discrimination database and supplies "nationally uniform data" of what it thinks 1,200 communities should look like, it threatens to reshape the demographics of every neighborhood in America. By showing statistical "disparities," the database would render charges and findings of actual discrimination unnecessary.

"This has zero to do with housing discrimination, which has been illegal since 1968. This is about redistribution of resources. It's also about political redistricting, a backdoor attempt by Democrats to gerrymander voting districts in their favor." (emphasis added)

The federal government funding decisions you are facing during this Lame Duck session will directly impact whether hundreds of local communities will find themselves in federal court, wasting taxpayer resources on both sides of the issue. 

Please join us in urging appropriators and Leadership to include Rep. Gosar's defund language into any underlying government funding bill that they produce.

Sincerely,


Nathan Mehrens
President
Americans for Limited Government

Saturday
Nov222014

ALG - Obama sets up 'constitutional crisis' 

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Nov. 21, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Nathan Mehrens, President of Americans for Limited Government today issued the following statement in the wake of President Obama's announced illegal alien amnesty plan:

 

"Last night's pronouncement by President Barack Obama that he will change our nation's immigration laws with the stroke of his pen sets up a profound constitutional crisis.  If Obama is allowed to impose changes in law that Congress has specifically rejected, it sets an irreversible precedent that forever changes the separation of powers between the two branches.

 

"Congress must immediately return to Washington, D.C., and defund every aspect tonight's announced amnesty.  Acquiescence to this constitutional power grab is not an option."

 

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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
Nov222014

ALG - House's 'tepid lawsuit' encourages Obama to violate law 

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Nov. 21, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement responding to the House lawsuit against executive implementation of Obamacare:

 

"Boehner's tepid lawsuit response to five years of President Obama's executive actions to willy nilly change the law without Congress sadly demonstrates the profound weakness of his leadership. By the time Boehner's lawsuit winds its way through the court system, Obamacare will have been fully implemented. Is it this kind of pathetic response that encourages Obama to continue his effective dissolution of the separation of powers."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-tepid-lawsuit-encourages-obama-to-violate-law/

 

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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.