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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.

Wednesday
Jan282015

ALG response to U.S. Trade Rep. testimony on Trans-Pacific Partnership 

Jan. 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to testimony by the U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal:

 

"The Senate Finance Committee inadvertently exposed the best reason why Congress should reject Trade Promotion Authority.  The vast nature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership covering every aspect of the U.S. economy and life cries out for Congress to engage in thorough and complete consideration prior to ratification.  Fast track by its nature puts time limits on Congressional consideration and eliminates Congressional capacity to amend portions of the signed Treaty to better reflect American interests. 

"The answers provided by the U.S. Trade Representative were largely nothing more than reassuring generalities, however, an actual treaty is very specific and has the effect of overriding existing U.S. law.  It would be a grievous error for Congress to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority based upon a series of 'trust us' promises.  President Obama has proven himself time and again to not have earned that trust, and it would be a slap in the face to Americans of all political stripes to not hold any treaty he negotiates to the exact 2/3 vote ratification process that the Constitution sets forth."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-response-to-u-s-trade-rep-testimony-on-trans-pacific-partnership/

 

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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
Jan102015

ALG - Tepid job growth and labor force exodus in December 

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Jan. 9, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest job numbers:

 

"Only 111,000 more Americans were employed in December than the month before, while 456,000 people abandoned the workforce entirely.  That is how the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in spite of extremely disappointing job growth numbers.  

 

"Astonishingly, the workforce dropouts were entirely women, with the number of men in the workforce actually increasing slightly.

 

"The sad reality is that this is the ultimate Obama new normal report, fewer new people employed than needed for healthy economic growth rates combined with drops in labor participation across all age groups. 

 

"When coupled with a drop in wages for the average worker, it was hardly a Merry Christmas for Americans who are trying to get ahead in spite of the headwinds created by the President's regulatory policies."

 

View statement online at http://getliberty.org/tepid-job-growth-and-labor-force-exodus-in-december/

 

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

 

 

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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.