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Tuesday
Jun232015

ALG - 3 reasons for the Senate to change its mind on trade authority 

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June 22, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to reconsider its support of granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

"Americans for Limited Government strongly urges the Senate to vote against the cloture motion on legislation that would provide President Obama fast track trade authority.  Three things have occurred since the Senate last voted on fast track which should cause any thinking Senator to change from a yes to no vote. 

"First there is a great deal information that has come out about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that makes it clear that this agreement needs full and thorough Senate scrutiny.  The TPP is a living agreement subject to change after ratification, additional partners can be added to the TPP without Senate approval, and the TPP sets up a governing structure much like the Common Market — the predecessor to the European Union.  It would be extremely unwise to allow an agreement with such massive national implications to be fast tracked.

"Second, the upcoming Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) that will be fast tracked has explicit immigration language that has been leaked through Wikileaks.  Under fast track, Congress cannot amend any agreement and once fast tracked, no submitted agreement has ever been defeated.  A vote for fast track is a vote for the immigration language in TISA.

"Third, formerly supportive conservative leaders like Senator Jim DeMint, of the Heritage Foundation, have become convinced that the agreements are "Free Trade in Name Only" and have come out against fast track in the past few weeks.

"Just last week, the Australian Finance Minister reports is one week of negotiation away from completion. The illusion that the negotiating objectives contained in fast track language somehow bind Obama when he's already pretty much done negotiating can no longer be sustained.

"With the concerns over the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there simply is no reason not to tell President Obama to sign and submit it under constitutional rules for treaty ratification, before the Senate grants fast track, and then only by the requisite two-thirds majority."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/3-reasons-for-the-senate-to-change-its-mind-on-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.

Friday
Jun192015

ALG - House passes fast track 

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June 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on House passage of fast track trade authority for President Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

"In spite of today's close vote, fast track legislation still needs to clear significant hurdles in the Senate, and we urge Senators to vote no."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-passes-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.

Wednesday
Jun172015

ALG - NTIA FOIA documents fail to show legal authority for Internet governance transfer 

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June 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's latest response to an Americans for Limited Government Freedom of Information Act request for "All records relating to legal and policy analysis developed by or provided to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that support its decision to 'transition key internet domain name functions,' including any analysis showing whether the NTIA has the legal authority to perform the transition":

 

"Americans for Limited Government asked the Commerce Department a simple question: What was the legal basis for relinquishing control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions to ICANN? Now, more than a year later, it is clear based on the documents we have received that there was no such legal analysis performed prior to the announcement. Nor has the Department claimed any privileged exemption for such analysis under the Freedom of Information Act. And so, it is clear it doesn't exist. What should have been a routine request has turned out to be a wild goose chase. The failure of NTIA to establish a firm legal basis for the IANA functions transfer underscores this administration's complete disregard for congressional prerogatives to dispose of property under the Constitution.

 

"This failure by the Obama administration affirms Congress' decision to defund the Internet transfer this fiscal year, and the House's further action this month to do the same beyond September 30."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/ntia-foia-documents-fail-to-show-legal-authority-for-internet-governance-transfer/

 

Attachments:

 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.pdf

 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) interim response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), June 30, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set1.pdf

 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) further response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, June 15, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set2.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.

Wednesday
Jun172015

ALG - House extends trade vote until July 30 

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June 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.--Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to a new rule to extend debate of trade authority legislation to July 30 just adopted by the House:

 

"Obamatrade was killed in the House last Friday under the rules set by the Speaker of the House.  It is a shame that the Speaker has now forced a rewriting of the rules allowing a re-vote any time he wants in the next six weeks.  It is safe to assume that when he still doesn't have the votes for the bill on July 30, he will just move the goal posts again.  For those of us who were disappointed that House leadership did not take a strong stand against Obama's numerous abuses of power, we are now seeing what fighting tooth and nail really looks like." 

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-extends-trade-vote-until-july-30/

 

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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
Jun132015

ALG - 86 House Republicans who voted to increase taxes to pay for Obamatrade 

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June 12, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting 86 House Republicans who voted for trade adjustment assistance, legislation that will increase taxes to make payments to unions affected by the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

 

"It is almost incomprehensible that 86 House Republicans were so desperate to make an Obamatrade deal that they voted to increase taxes to pay off big labor — all to make Obamatrade more palatable to Democrats. No deal was better than a bad deal, and yet these 86 Republicans decided the trade bill was more important than increasing their constituents' taxes to make payments to labor unions. Any member considering voting for trade adjustment assistance next week should well consider the political consequences of voting to increase taxes to pay off big labor to grant Obama more power to regulate the global economy."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/86-house-republicans-who-voted-to-increase-taxes-to-pay-for-obamatrade/

 

Attachments:

 

86 House Republicans who voted for trade adjustment assistance, June 12, 2015 at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll361.xml

 

Robert Aderholt (Ala.-CD4)

Louis Barletta (Pa.-CD11)

Andy Barr (Ky.-CD6)

Joe Barton (Texas-CD6)

Dan Benishek (Mich.-CD1)

Mike Bishop (Mich.-CD8)

Rod Blum (Iowa-CD1)

Mike Bost (Ill.-CD12)

Charles Boustany (La.-CD3)

Kevin Brady (Texas-CD8)

Susan Brooks (Ind.-CD5)

Ken Calvert (Calif.-CD42)

Mike Coffman (Colo.-CD6)

Tom Cole (Okla.-CD4)

Barbara Comstock (Va.-CD10)

Ryan Costello (Pa.-CD6)

Ander Crenshaw (Fla.-CD4)

Carlos Curbelo (Fla.-CD26)

Rodney L. Davis (Ill.-CD13)

Charlie Dent (Pa.-CD15)

Robert Dold (Ill.-CD10)

Daniel Donovan (N.Y.-CD11)

Tom Emmer (Minn.-CD6)

Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.-CD8)

Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.-CD1)

Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.-CD11)

Sam Graves (Mo.-CD6)

Glenn Grothman (Wis.-CD6)

Frank Guinta (N.H.-CD1)

Brett Guthrie (Ky.-CD2)

Richard Hanna (N.Y.-CD22)

Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.-CD3)

Bill Huizenga (Mich.-CD2)

Robert Hurt (Va.-CD5)

Darrell Issa (Calif.-CD49)

Bill Johnson (Ohio-CD6)

David Jolly (Fla.-CD13)

John Katko (N.Y.-CD24)

Mike Kelly (Pa.-CD3)

Peter King (N.Y.-CD2)

Adam Kinzinger (Ill.-CD16)

John Kline (Minn.-CD2)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.-CD3)

Tom Marino (Pa.-CD10)

Kevin McCarthy (Calif.-CD23)

Patrick McHenry (N.C.-CD10)

David McKinley (W.Va.-CD1)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.-CD5)

Patrick Meehan (Pa.-CD7)

Luke Messer (Ind.-CD6)

John Mica (Fla.-CD7)

Candice Miller (Mich.-CD10)

John Moolenaar (Mich.-CD4)

Tim Murphy (Pa.-CD18)

Devin Nunes (Calif.-CD22)

Erik Paulsen (Minn.-CD3)

Joe Pitts (Pa.-CD16)

Tom Reed (N.Y.-CD23)

Dave Reichert (Wash.-CD8)

Scott Rigell (Va.-CD2)

Mike Rogers (Ala.-CD3)

Hal Rogers (Ky.-CD5)

Todd Rokita (Ind.-CD4)

Peter Roskam (Ill.-CD6)

Ed Royce (Calif.-CD39)

Paul Ryan (Wis.-CD1)

Steve Scalise (La.-CD1)

John Shimkus (Ill.-CD15)

Bill Shuster (Pa.-CD9)

Mike Simpson (Idaho-CD2)

Elise Stefanik (N.Y.-CD21)

Steve Stivers (Ohio-CD15)

Glenn Thompson (Pa.-CD5)

Mac Thornberry (Texas-CD13)

Pat Tiberi (Ohio-CD12)

Dave Trott (Mich.-CD11)

Michael Turner (Ohio-CD10)

Fred Upton (Mich.-CD6)

David Valadao (Calif.-CD21)

Ann Wagner (Mo.-CD2)

Tim Walberg (Mich.-CD7)

Greg Walden (Oreg.-CD2)

Mimi Walters (Calif.-CD45)

Ed Whitfield (Ky.-CD1)

Joe Wilson (S.C.-CD2)

David Young (Iowa-CD3)

 

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.