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Wednesday
Jun242015

ALG - Fast track advances in the Senate

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June 23, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Senate advancement of trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"The imminent passage of fast track trade authority ensures that the next year in Congress will be consumed with discussion of Obama's trade deals. It is incumbent on every member in both the House and Senate who trusted Obama with this enormous grant of power to perform due diligence and to reject any agreement that is not in the best interests of the U.S. 

"Congress has voted to make the next 18 months of the Obama administration about rewriting the rules of the world economy. They made this bed and now they must lie in it. The unchangeable nature of a fast tracked agreement forces Congress to vote no should they find any provision which is an unacceptable usurpation of U.S. law. Congress ultimately bears the responsibility to ensure that Obama's deals do not fundamentally transform America."

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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
Jun242015

ALG - House authorizes Internet giveaway 

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June 23, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting House passage of HR 805, the Dotcom Act

"Just weeks after voting to defund the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from transitioning the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority to ICANN, the House has now voted to authorize it upon a meaningless report being submitted by the Obama administration. Americans for Limited Government urges the U.S. Senate to reject this legislation. There is simply no reason for Congress to grant power to Obama that will cede the First Amendment protections that U.S. government oversight of the Internet's domain name system affords."

 

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