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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.

Thursday
Jun122014

ALG - House votes to subsidize unions 

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June 11, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting the House of Representatives for failing to stop taxpayer subsidies for unions in the Housing and Urban Development and Transportation appropriations bill through the defeat an amendment offered by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) that would have defunded the practice known as "official time" where taxpayers pay federal employees to work for unions

"By failing to adopt the Gingrey rider to the Transportation appropriations bill, the House has voted to subsidize union work. Unions could pay for these employees themselves. Why are taxpayers subsidizing organized labor? And why are members of the House blocking efforts to bring an end to this unjustifiable practice?

 "We applaud Rep. Gingrey's efforts to defund taxpayer subsidies for union officials. While the result is disappointing, there will be more opportunities in future appropriations bills to defund the hundreds of full-time union official and thousands more part-time across the federal government who are working on the taxpayer's dime. We urge the House to reconsider this issue carefully." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-votes-to-subsidize-unions/ 

Attachments: 

"Public employee union's 'official time' personnel bailout," By Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens, Washington Examiner, April 21, 2013 at http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2527755 

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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
Jun112014

ALG - House defunds HUD racial housing quotas 

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June 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising House passage of the Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) rider to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill that will defund implementation of the "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" regulation:

 

"Americans for Limited Government commends the House of Representatives and particularly, Representative Paul Gosar, for the vote to defund HUD's attempt to federalize local zoning decisions using community development grants as the cudgel to create evenly distributed neighborhoods on the basis of race and income.

 

"Gosar's courage in standing firm against this latest example of Obama Administration social engineering serves as a model for his colleagues seeking to limit the size and scope of government.

 

"Housing discrimination has rightfully been illegal under federal law for two generations.  The Obama Administration's regulation is not about discrimination; instead it is about nationalizing local zoning decisions to achieve a utopian agenda.  These decisions are among the most difficult that local governments face, as they impact every aspect of a community.  Consideration of zoning ordinances and master plans are debated by neighbors and serve as the epitome of citizen involvement in their government. We don't need unconstitutional racial housing quotas imposed by Washington, D.C. over matters best left to local communities.

 

"The House of Representatives' decision to defund this Obama regulation will stop the big foot of the federal government from treading all over local governments' prerogatives and the fundamental right of citizen input in the process. Americans for Limited Government urges the U.S. Senate to join the House in defunding this ill-conceived federal government intrusion into local government zoning prerogatives."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-defunds-hud-racial-housing-quotas/

 

Attachments:

 

Video clip of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) proposing his amendment on the floor on June 9:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4500388/gosar-amendment-floor-debate (C-Span video clip)

 

Gosar amendment to Transportation and HUD appropriations bill:
http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/GOSAR_133_xml.pdf

 

HUD rulemaking, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing":
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/07/19/2013-16751/affirmatively-furthering-fair-housing#h-19

 

Will House defund Obama's racial housing quotas? By Americans for Limited Government senior editor Robert Romano, June 9, 2014:
http://netrightdaily.com/2014/06/will-house-defund-obamas-racial-housing-quotas/

 

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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
Jun102014

ALG - Vote tomorrow! Urge House to defund Obama's racial housing quotas! 

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June 9, 2014

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge the House to defund HUD's racial zoning rule!

In October, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to finalize a rulemaking to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to achieve racial and income integration.

In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities. These range from the rather small — Nashua, N.H. received $583,000 that year. To the rather large — New York City received $210.9 million of the grants.

Under the new rule, HUD will empower itself to nationalize local zoning decisions in every single one of these localities in an attempt to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income.

It violates the constitutional balance of powers between the federal, state, and local governments. The federal government has zero role, constitutionally, in local zoning decisions. That is a matter for county and municipal boards.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) plans to submit an amendment that would defund HUD's scheme to allow the Obama administration to control local zoning rules.

You know what to do! Let's get on Rally Congress and send a letter to your local Representative urging him or her to defund HUD's attempt to implement this dangerous regulation.

The vote will be on Tuesday, so act now before it's too late!

And keep fighting!

For Liberty,


Robert Romano
Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government