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Friday
Feb132015

ALG - Renew ICANN contract to stop Internet transition 

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Feb. 13, 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 recent comments that "Those who are genuinely committed to the quality of the proposal for the US government, are correct that we should not put deadlines. But those who for their own purposes try to delay the process, should make no mistake that we know that the most powerful tool to kill something is to delay it":

 

"Mr. Chehade is correct. The surest way to stop something from happening is to first delay it. And that is exactly what Congress should do, by insisting that the Commerce Department renew the current Internet governance contract for at least two more years. ICANN obviously is very concerned about its so-called 'window of opportunity,' so Congress should deny it. What's the rush?

 

"To those committed to the freedom that the First Amendment affords through government control over Internet governance, there should be no rush to sacrifice those protections so lightly, and without any Congressional involvement as provided for under the Constitution. The free and open Internet depends on there being a remedy in the event of censorship. Right now, there is Commerce Department control and oversight over the contract with ICANN, judicial remedy and, ultimately, the difficulty of passing legislation through Congress all serve as firewalls against foreign capture of these functions."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/renew-icann-contract-to-stop-internet-transition/

 

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.

Wednesday
Feb112015

ALG - Tell Congress no 'fast track' trade authority for Obama! 

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Feb. 10, 2015

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge Congress to oppose fast track trade authority for Obama!

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 — and that is the primary reason why Congress must say no.

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?

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.

If Obama produces a good trade deal for America, whether or not there is fast track authority granted him, it can be ratified intact.  But it would be foolhardy for Congress to not reserve the right to amend the Trans-Pacific Partnership given the experience of the past six years.

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.

That includes $48 billion of goods and services to Australia, $559 million to Brunei Darussalam, $354 billion to Canada, $22 billion to Chile, $116 billion to Japan, $15 billion to Malaysia, $243 billion to Mexico, $5.2 billion to New Zealand, $9.4 billion to Peru, $43 billion to Singapore, and $5 billion to Vietnam.

As a result of this continued trade, our economic bonds with these nations are tight. 

However, opposition to fast track is a recognition of the need for Congress to exert its constitutional prerogatives so they can play their proper role in the treaty ratification process. Now it is time for Congress to step up and fight for the constitutional separation of powers — not give more executive powers to Obama to negotiate a bad deal for the U.S. economy.

Let's keep fighting!

For Liberty,


Robert Romano
Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government

Friday
Feb062015

ALG - Senate Dems block Homeland Security funding again

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Feb. 5, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate Democrats to cease their filibuster of Department of Homeland Security funding:

 

"For the third time, Senate Democrats are jeopardizing homeland security to protect President Obama's unconstitutional action granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. With all the threats facing the homeland, now is not the time to allow politics to interfere with our nation's security. Let the bill come to the floor as is.

 

"If Senate Democrats wish to offer an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security funding, they can do that, but they need to allow the bill to be acted upon. If they can muster the votes to change it, it will be changed. As it stands, funding expires at the end of the month, and the world is not getting any safer.

 

"In the meantime, we urge the Senate majority to continue holding cloture votes on this important piece of legislation so that the process can move forward, and members have an opportunity to make their voices heard. The House has done its job. Now it's time for the Senate to get to work."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-dems-block-homeland-security-funding-again-alg-urges-bill-to-the-floor/

 

Attachments:

 

Feb 05

53 (52-47)

Rejected

On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed

H.R. 240

Feb 04

52 (53-47)

Rejected

On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed

H.R. 240

Feb 03

51 (51-48)

Rejected

On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed

H.R. 240

         

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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
Feb062015

ALG - Senate GOP makes clear no approval for Internet giveaway

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Feb. 5, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement thanking Senate Republicans for including additional language in a resolution raising awareness of the Internet giveaway that states "Nothing in this resolution shall be construed as congressional approval of any proposal by ICANN to transition the stewardship of the functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority to the global multistakeholder community":

 

"We thank Senators Hatch and Blunt for modifying their resolution to include language that makes it clear that Congress has not approved the Commerce Department relinquishment of its Internet stewardship functions property. Government oversight of those functions with its First Amendment umbrella has protected the free and open Internet for almost 17 years, and that is not property that should be relinquished lightly, and certainly not without a vote of Congress as the Constitution provides for.

 

"The fact is, there will never be protections offered by ICANN and the international community as broad as the First Amendment and federal court remedy that currently exists today. If the Commerce Department were to engage in censorship via its oversight of Internet governance, there would be a clear remedy in federal court. Without the government oversight, however, as was seen in the 2005 Ninth Circuit decision, Verisign v. McNeil, the non-profit ICANN cannot be sued on First Amendment grounds, since they are not a government entity.

 

"For that reason, we are comfortable with the current Internet governance contract with ICANN continuing indefinitely. The way to keep the Internet free and open is to keep it under the protection of the First Amendment."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/senate-gop-modifies-internet-resolution-to-make-clear-no-approval-for-internet-giveaway/

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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
Feb032015

ALG - Debt grew $1.1 trillion in 2014, not $484 billion 

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Feb. 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest White House budget proposal for FY 2016:

"It is indeed mindless to be lectured on the need to end austerity by a President who has seen the national debt increase by more than $8 trillion since he became President.  It is equally ironic that while the President pointed to a budget deficit that has dropped to under $500 billion from in excess of $1.4 trillion during the early years of his presidency, he fails to recognize that in the same fiscal year, the national debt skyrocketed by just shy of $1.1 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury.  He also fails to acknowledge that if over the past four years Congress had followed his path, the federal government would have continued to increase spending without regard for the long-term damage being done to our nation's fiscal solvency.

"Now, President Obama pushes forward a $4 trillion budget proposal that makes no pretense of ever reaching balance, and is an extension of his stated desire to fundamentally transform America by further expanding the size and scope of the federal government.  While Obama's budget is a meaningless document, and all of the real budget battles will be fought over the appropriations bills, it is truly a shame that the President has waved the white flag in the fight to restore fiscal sanity to the federal government, and in doing so, has ensured that those who depend upon social safety net programs will face a dire future as more and more of the budget is eaten up by unavoidable interest payments on the debt." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/debt-grew-1-1-trillion-in-2014-not-484-billion/

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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.