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Thursday
Jun192014

ALG - If the Redskins have to change their name, the Senate should rename Russell Senate Office Building

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June 18, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged the Senate to change the name of the Russell Senate Office Building. 

The building was named after Georgian Democrat Senator Richard Russell, Jr. who Mehrens noted "filibustered civil rights legislation, actively supported segregation, and even co-authored the Southern Manifesto against the Supreme Court's landmark ruling, Brown v. Board of Education."

 

Mehrens was responding to a June 12 letter from Reid to Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen urging the team to change its name. In it Reid stated, "during my time in the United States Senate, I have worked to right many of the injustices endured by Americans throughout the country" and to that end that he would "not stand idly by while a professional sports team promotes a racial slur as a team name and disparages the American people."

 

Keeping the name Russell Office Building, Mehrens wrote, after "an avowed racist, Democrat segregationist, stands as a symbol 'of the injustices endured by Americans' of African-American descent in the segregated South by racist Democrat administrations and legislatures."

 

"What could be more disparaging to Americans of African-American descent?" Mehrens asked.

 

Mehrens proposed that the building be renamed the Hiram Rhodes Revels Senate Office Building. Revels was the first black senator elected after the Civil War, in 1870, and a Republican, for the state of Mississippi.

 

"Renaming the building after Revels, a suggestion first made by Washington, D.C.-based talk show host Chris Plante, could be the first of many recompenses Democrat leaders such as yourself might undertake, particularly considering the Party's historic support of both slavery and segregation policies, to scrub the Capitol clean of its racist, Democrat history," Mehrens explained.

 

"The Russell Senate Office Building remains a stain on the honorable institution that is the Senate. We urge you to consider renaming it with the same haste you have urged the Redskins to change their name," the Mehrens letter to Reid concluded.

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/if-the-redskins-have-to-change-their-name-the-senate-should-rename-russell-senate-office-building/

 

Attachments:

 

Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens, June 18, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Reid-Redskins-Russell-Office-Building-Letter-6-18-14-npm.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
Jun182014

ALG - Lee amendment would defund HUD racial housing quotas in Senate appropriations bill 

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June 17, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in favor of an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) plans to offer defunding implementation of the "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule, which in October will empower the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to achieve racial and income integration:

 

"We call on every member of the Senate to support Sen. Mike Lee's amendment to defund HUD's regime to rezone any municipality that accepts any part of the $3.5 billion a year in community development block grants from the federal government. The Obama administration is engaged in a utopian plan to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income. It is social engineering at its worst, and a back-door attempt to gerrymander districts.

 

"It is also unconstitutional. Under principles of federalism, zoning is left up to states, counties and municipalities to determine for themselves. HUD has no place in drawing up neighborhoods based on racial preferences, particularly at a time when the Supreme Court has rejected racial quotas as unconstitutional. This will never withstand judicial scrutiny. Besides, the HUD rule will do nothing to stop real housing discrimination based on race that has been illegal since the 1960s.

 

"This attempt to nationalize our most basic living decisions must be stopped, and we thank Sen. Lee for championing this issue.  Americans for Limited Government strongly supports the Lee amendment to defund racial quotas in local zoning decisions."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/lee-amendment-would-defund-hud-racial-housing-quotas-in-senate-appropriations-bill/

 

Attachments:

Proposed draft amendment to H.R. 4660, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), June 17, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/LeeAmendmentHUDTransportationApprops-6-17-14.pdf

 

"Senate must defund HUD racial housing quotas," By Americans for Limited Government senior editor Robert Romano, June 16, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/06/senate-must-defund-hud-racial-housing-quotas/

 

"House defunds HUD racial housing quotas," Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens, Statement, June 10, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/house-defunds-hud-racial-housing-quotas/

 

Lee press release text, June 17, 2014:

 

Lee to offer amendment to keep housing decisions in local hands

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee announced his plans to offer an amendment that would block funding for a regulation that allows the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to dictate local zoning requirements in any community across the country. 

 

"Even for our highly centralized federal government, this rule represents an extreme step in consolidating government decisions over distinctly local matters within the hands of distant, unaccountable bureaucrats," said Lee. "Local authorities are far more attuned to the unique conditions and needs of their communities, and they have a personal stake in their success. In every state across the country, there is no doubt that a mayors and councilmen will be more personally invested and more effective in improving the lives of the people in their community than a federal official located in Washington, D.C."

 

Senator Lee plans to offer his amendment to the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act should it be brought to the floor this week.

 

If funded, the "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule would empower federal officials to assert the authority to force any community that receives a Community Development Block Grant to comply with zoning plans written in Washington.  This rule effectively allows HUD to carve up the country, block by block, according to its own priorities and preferences.

 

Community Development Block Grants are allocations of federal tax dollars, issued to local governments by HUD, to address a variety of community development needs. One of the primary uses of these resources is to provide affordable public housing for individuals and families in need. Sadly, the inevitable consequence of federal management over how local officials spend this money will only make it harder for communities to provide adequate low-cost housing for their neighbors in need.

 

To protect the ability of local officials to serve low-income communities, Senator Lee's amendment would prevent this egregious power grab by the federal government and would keep housing decisions closest to the people who are affected by them.

 

Rep. Paul Gosar is the original sponsor of a similar amendment in the House, which was successfully added to H.R. 4745, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

 

 

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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
Jun182014

ALG - Urge Senate to adopt the Lee Amendment defunding HUD's racial housing quotas!

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Dear Liberty Activist,

 

Click here to urge the Senate to support the Lee amendment to defund Obama's HUD racial housing quotas!

 

Last week, the House adopted an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) to the Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appropriations bill defunding implementation of the "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule.

 

A close vote, the measure passed narrowly 219 to 207. The legislation now sits in the U.S. Senate for consideration.

 

Now, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) plans to offer the same amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill defunding the regulation.

 

Under the rulemaking, in October HUD will be empowered to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income.

 

In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities.

"Now is the time for the Senate to act," Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens declared, calling the rule "a threat to the freedom of local communities to make decisions for themselves."

 

Mehrens questioned the legality of the rule, saying, "Under enumerated powers, there is zero constitutional basis for the federal government to step in and condition aid on localities ceding their zoning authority. That is the nature of federalism. Zoning decisions are best left up to local administrations."

 

You know what to do! Let's get on Rally Congress and urge the Senate to adopt the Lee amendment the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill!

 

This has nothing to do with housing discrimination. It is about using a perceived utopian vision of eliminating racial and income disparities as a pretext to essentially redistrict communities. Racial housing quotas will not do a thing to stop real housing discrimination based on race, which has already been illegal since the 1960s.

 

That is why the Senate must act, post haste, to defund HUD's radical agenda. Even if it is not successful, a strong Senate fight on this issue will embolden House Republicans to hold firm when reconciliation on the HUD appropriations bill occurs.

 

"This attempt to nationalize our most basic living decisions must be stopped, and we thank Sen. Lee for championing this issue.  Americans for Limited Government strongly supports the Lee amendment to defund racial quotas in local zoning decisions," Mehrens concluded.

 

Let's keep fighting!

 

For Liberty,

 


Robert Romano

Senior Editor

Americans for Limited Government

Saturday
Jun142014

ALG - Raul Labrador enters House Majority Leader race, ALG comments 

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June 13, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) for entering the race for House Majority Leader that will take place next week:

 

"Idaho Republican Raul Labrador's entrance into the race for Majority Leader of the House of Representatives provides House Republicans with a unique opportunity to decide the direction they wish to take over the next six months. 

 

"Republicans across the nation should be heartened by Labrador's bold decision.  A competitive battle of ideas between current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and the Idaho congressman will hopefully invigorate the Conference, serving as the stimulus in the fight for limiting government. 

 

"Americans for Limited Government praises Labrador's decision to engage all House Republicans in a debate about the ideas that should direct them over the remainder of the 113th Congress.  The entire nation will hopefully benefit from this soul searching decision about who should be Majority Leader for the rest of the year."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/raul-labrador-enters-house-majority-leader-race-alg-comments/

 

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Rep. Labrador announced his decision saying, "Republicans need to address the growing challenges of immobility amongst the poor, insecurity in the middle class and stop protecting the special interests at the top.  We must ensure every American has an equal opportunity to succeed, that they are treated fairly not only by the laws we pass in Congress, but by our political system. We must restore the proper role of government to create space for free markets and civil society to prosper and flourish.  And we have to unify the country around the values we share, the ideas we all support, and solutions we can agree on. President Obama and the Democrats have had their chance and they have failed. Republicans must be willing to take these challenges head on with new leadership, fresh ideas, and a different approach. I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people."

 

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.

Saturday
Jun142014

ALG - Did the IRS delete Lois Lerner emails from Jan. 2009 to April 2011? 

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June 13, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting the IRS for supposedly losing over two years of Lois Lerner emails relevant to continued Congressional investigations of the agency targeting of tea party and other 501(c)(4) non-profit groups:

 

"Lois Lerner's two years of lost emails are going to make the 18-minute gap in the Nixon tapes look like nothing at all. We will never learn what was in those 18 minutes, but every federal government agency operates under recordkeeping requirements that mandate the agency preserve records that contain proper documentation of the functions, policies, and decisions made by the agency and its officials. It would take a massive, concerted cover up in order to delete those emails. We may never know the contents, but the very fact the emails are supposedly missing is grounds to investigate everyone involved in the chain of custody of these emails.  In short, this two-year email gap makes Richard Nixon look open and transparent."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/did-the-irs-delete-lois-lerner-emails-from-jan-2009-to-april-2011/

 

Attachments:

 

IRS claims to have lost over 2 Years of Lerner emails, House Ways and Means Committee, June 13, 2014 at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=384506

 

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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.