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Wednesday
Jun032015

ALG - Defund national broadband in Commerce, Science, and Justice approps bill 

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June 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to defund in the Commerce, Science, and Justice appropriations bill implementation of the "Broadband Technology Opportunities Program" under Pub. L. 111-5, the Broadband Data Improvement Act under Pub. L. 110-385, and "Expanding Broadband Deployment and Adoption by Addressing Regulatory Barriers and Encouraging Investment and Training" presidential memorandum issued March 23, 2015: 

"President Obama's attempt to nationalize broadband by making it a de facto right should be rejected by Congress by defunding the administration's municipal broadband and other programs. Obama's elevation of broadband access to the status of being a necessity sets up the justification for even greater federal government intrusion into the Internet Service Provider marketplace. Broadband access is not a right, it is a convenience.   If anything Congress should be evaluating the nation's outdated telecommunications laws with the goal of ending those that restrict access in so-called underserved areas, creating increased competition that allows consumers to choose the level of service that is right for them based upon cost and usage desires."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/defund-national-broadband-in-commerce-science-and-justice-approps-bill/

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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
May292015

ALG - Tell Congress to stop Obamatrade! 

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May 28, 2015

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge Congress to stop Obama's bad trade deal!

 

Next week, the House is set to act on behalf of President Barack Obama to give him 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.

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?

Making matters worse, the U.S. Trade Representative website on the trade deal explicitly states, "Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the United States is negotiating for robust environment standards and commitments from member countries."

Meaning this is really just a stealth climate treaty — the outcome of which will be to allow Obama to unilaterally regulate the global economy. This cannot stand.

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.

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

Now it is time for Congress to step up and fight for the constitutional separation of powers and Congress' role in making treaties — not give more executive powers to Obama to negotiate a bad deal for the U.S. economy. Tell Congress Trans-Pacific trade deal will regulate climate. Don't cede treaty powers to Obama! No stealth climate treaties.

Let's keep fighting!

For Liberty,


Robert Romano
Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government

Thursday
May282015

ALG - EPA claims dominion over every puddle in America 

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May 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that Definition of "Waters of the United States" Under the Clean Water Act regulation will be finalized shortly:   

"The rule just adopted by the EPA will regulate all waters of the United States under the terms of the Clean Water Act, something that was never intended by the statute. The Supreme Court has twice struck down agency attempts to do precisely this, but what do these administrative state agencies care about court rulings or what the law actually says? We have been playing regulatory whack-a-mole with the EPA for decades. This is just the latest dictate from an agency that simply does whatever it pleases. Here we go again. Now it will once again be up to federal courts to safeguard the rule of law and protect all Americans from a regulatory regime so severe it will claim dominion over every puddle on their properties and threaten the viability of U.S. agriculture." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/epa-claims-dominion-over-every-puddle-in-america/

 

Attachments:  

"Clean Water Act regulatory whack-a-mole hurts farmers," By Robert Romano, February 20, 2015 at http://netrightdaily.com/2015/02/clean-water-act-regulatory-whack-mole-hurts-farmers/

 

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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.

Thursday
May212015

ALG - No to cloture on fast track  

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May 20, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to reject cloture on granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

 

"It is absurd to rush the close of debate on efforts to fast track a trade deal that is enormous, long-lasting, and will have a negative impact on America. Ultimately, the trade agreement will do nothing about currency manipulation overseas, the most important trade issue facing U.S. exporters, workers, and consumers. Whether you support or oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, senators should reject giving short shrift to legitimate debate and real amendments to the agreement."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/no-to-cloture-on-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.

Tuesday
May192015

ALG - Amending fast track 'futile' 

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May 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement commenting on Senate amendments being offered to the trade promotion authority legislation:

 

"Americans for Limited Government is gratified that so many Senators are concerned with the disastrous potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they are attempting to negate these harms through amending the fast track enabling legislation.

 

"We believe that these efforts, while noble, are ultimately futile, as they will not prevent the enactment of a trade agreement or its implementing legislation containing offensive provisions under expedited fast track procedural rules.  Even language which explicitly strips fast track authority if certain provisions are not met is only as good as Congress' willingness to enforce them.  Given recent history and the support for fast track demonstrated by leadership in both Houses, stripping the authority once granted is extremely improbable.

 

"What's more, no legislation can handcuff future legislation from its repeal or amendment.  Supreme Court Justice David Souter elaborated in United States v. Winstar, 518 U.S. 839 (1996), '[W]e have recognized that a general law...may be repealed, amended or disregarded by the legislature that enacted it, and it is not binding upon any subsequent legislature...' quoting Manigault v. Springs, 199 U.S. 473 (1905).

 

"The trade agreement and its implementing legislation will be submitted to Congress under fast track rules 'notwithstanding any other provisions or prior laws.'

 

"This is why those in Congress who are so concerned about the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they would offer or vote for restricting amendments, can best show that concern by voting down granting President Obama what Senate Leader Mitch McConnell called, 'an enormous grant of power' and allowing any agreement, partnership or treaty that the President signs to be subject to full Congressional scrutiny."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/amending-fast-track-futile/

 

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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.