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Tuesday
Dec082015

ALG - Defund OSHA union walkaround rule in omnibus

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Dec. 7, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to take up a defund in the 2016 omnibus that would prohibit the use of funds for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) union walkaround rule:

"Congress has the opportunity to stop one of the more absurd Obama Administration labor rules by defunding what is known as OSHA's walkaround rule in the upcoming omnibus.  The Labor Department ruling allows union representatives to join OSHA inspectors on non-union company sites with the goal of increasing the likelihood of employees and management acceding to organizing efforts. The House Appropriations Committee rightly acted in June to defund this onerous rule in the underlying legislation for the Labor HHS spending bill.

"This blatant attempt at government coercion and intimidation has no place in U.S. law, and Congress can stop it in its tracks in the upcoming Omnibus funding bill.  Failure to overturn Obama's payoff to his Big Labor supporters would represent Congress walking away from the concept of equal justice under the law as the OSHA enforcement power will be skewed by the active presence of a biased advocate."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/defund-osha-union-walkaround-rule-in-omnibus-alg-urges/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

 

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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
Dec042015

ALG - Congress should reject Obama's $3 billion Green Climate Fund 

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Dec. 3, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans forLimited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statementurging Congress to include language in the upcoming omnibus spending bill forthe remainder of Fiscal Year 2016 that would block any funds from being used tofinance theUnited Nations (UN) Green Climate Fund:

"Congress should just say no to Obama's$3 billion promise to the UN Green Climate Fund by explicitly stipulatingin the omnibus that no funds shall be spent on it. The reality is that the U.S.commitment to the Green Climate Fund is anticipated to dramatically expand inthe years to come to more than $25 billion annually as part of a $100 billion ayear global wealth transfer to developing economies.

"Sen.Jim Inhofe has been at the forefront of this issue, and we urge Congress tofollow his lead in ensuring that not one taxpayer dollar goes to the UN GreenClimate Fund that will simply redistribute $100 billion a year to developingeconomies.

"We already subsidize developingeconomies with world trade rules that grant special and differential treatment,and the new Paris climate deal will exempt developing economies from thepunitive regulations that the U.S. adheres to. Not to be outdone, then thosesame countries will receive $100 billion a year that U.S. taxpayers willdisproportionately fund. This is just another bad deal, and U.S. taxpayers willhave to pay for it — again. It's time that Congress just say no."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/congress-should-reject-obamas-3-billion-green-climate-fund/

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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
Dec032015

ALG - No funds for Planned Parenthood in education bill

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Dec. 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House to suspend consideration of the S1177 & HR 5 conference report, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

"It is beyond absurd that House Republicansw ould be opening up new potential funding for Planned Parenthood through the Every Student Succeeds Act at a time when the House has voted to defund Planned Parenthood via budget reconciliation. By tying funds for school-based health centers to compliance with the Public Health Service Act, which explicitly allows Planned Parenthood to receive funds, the possibility of new funding is opened. Speaker Ryan needs to pull the bill from the docket immediately. There is simply no excuse for hiding potential funds in a House bill for Planned Parenthood, a group that is currently under investigation by a House special committee for their misdeeds."

Attachments:

SEC. 8035. LIMITATIONS ON SCHOOL-BASEDHEALTH CENTERS.

Subpart 2 of part F of title VIII, as amended and redesignated by section 8001 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

''SEC. 8543. LIMITATIONS ON SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS.

''Not withstanding section 8102, funds used for activities under this Act shall be carried out in accordance with the provision of section 399z–1(a)(3)(C) of the Public Health Service Act (42U.S.C. 280h–5(a)(3)(C)).''.

http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/ESSA%20FINAL%20Conference%20Report.pdf#page=858

To view online:  http://getliberty.org/no-funds-for-planned-parenthood-in-education-bill-alg-urges/

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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
Dec022015

ALG - Time to lift the oil export ban with Barton amendment to H.R. 8 

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Dec. 1, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans forLimited Government President Rick Manning today urged members of the House ofRepresentatives to supportan amendment to H.R. 8 by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) that would repeal restrictionson the export of crude oil and include provisions of H.R. 702 as passed by theHouse:

"Our nation's economic interests areserved by allowing the free flow of U.S. oil into the export market, particularlybenefitting key strategic allies that we already have strong trade relationswith, and that is why Americans for Limited Government supports theamendment to H.R. 8 by Rep. Joe Barton.

"It is equally important that our nation'soil refiners be allowed to increase capacity to handle our domestic oil supply.

"It is absurd to have an energy policythat does not allow the export of U.S. oil coinciding with a market-basedrebuilding of our refining capacity. The Barton amendment begins to addressthis concern by easing the backlog of unrefined oil currently waiting to go tomarket."

Attachments:

Amendment to H.R. 8, Rep. Joe Barton(R-Texas) at http://www.rules.house.gov/amendments/BARTON_023_xml1119151438523852.pdf

AMENDMENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT FORH.R. 8 OFFERED BY MR. BARTON OF TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR OF TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS,AND MR. FLORES OF TEXAS

At the end of the bill, add thefollowing:

TITLE VII—CHANGING CRUDE OIL MARKETCONDITIONS

SEC. 7001. FINDINGS.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) The United States has enjoyed arenaissance in energy production, establishing the United States as the world'sleading oil producer.

(2) By authorizing crude oil exports,the Congress can spur domestic energy production, create and preserve jobs,help maintain and strengthen our independent shipping fleet that is essentialto national defense, and generate State and Federal revenues.

(3) An energy-secure United States thatis a net exporter of energy has the potential to transform the securityenvironment around the world, notably in Europe and the Middle East.

(4) For our European allies and Israel,the presence of more United States oil in the market will offer more securesupply options, which will strengthen United States strategic alliances andhelp curtail the use of energy as a political weapon.

(5) The 60-ship Maritime Security Fleetis a vital element of our military's strategic sealift and global responsecapability. It assures United States-flag ships and United States crews will beavailable to support the United States military when it needs to mobilize toprotect our allies, and is the most prudent and economical solution to meetcurrent and projected sealift requirements for the United States.

(6) The Maritime Security Fleet programprovides a labor base of skilled American mariners who are available to crewthe United States Government-owned strategic sealift fleet, as well as theUnited States commercial fleet, in both peace and war.

(7) The United States has reduced itsoil consumption over the past decade, and increasing investment in clean energytechnology and energy efficiency will lower energy prices, reduce greenhouse gasemissions, and increase national security.

SEC. 7002. REPEAL.

Section 103 of the Energy Policy andConservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6212) and the item relating thereto in the table ofcontents of that Act are repealed.

SEC. 7003. NATIONAL POLICY ON OIL EXPORTRESTRICTIONS.

Notwithstanding any other provision oflaw, to promote the efficient exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing,pricing, and regulation of energy resources, including fossil fuels, noofficial of the Federal Government shall impose or enforce any restriction onthe export of crude oil.

SEC. 7004. STUDIES.

(a) GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.—Not laterthan 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energyshall conduct, and transmit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of theHouse of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources ofthe Senate the results of, a study on the net greenhouse gas emissions thatwill result from the repeal of the crude oil export ban under section 7002.

(b) CRUDE OIL EXPORT STUDY.— (1) INGENERAL.—The Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Department of Energy,and other departments as appropriate, shall conduct a study of the State andnational implications of lifting the crude oil export ban with respect toconsumers and the economy.

(2) CONTENTS.—The study conducted under paragraph(1) shall include an analysis of—

(A) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on the economy of the United States;

(B) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on consumers, taking into account impacts on energy prices;

(C) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on domestic manufacturing, taking into account impacts on employment;and  

(D) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on the refining sector, taking into account impacts onemployment.  

(3) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 1year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Bureau of Industry andSecurity shall submit to Congress a report containing the results of the study conductedunder paragraph (1).

SEC. 7005. SAVINGS CLAUSE.

Nothing in this title limits theauthority of the President under the Constitution, the International Emergency EconomicPowers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Na-tional Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C.1601 et seq.), part B of title II of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42

U.S.C. 6271 et seq.), the Trading Withthe Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. App. 1 et seq.), or any other provision of law thatimposes sanctions on a foreign person or foreign gov-ernment (including anyprovision of law that prohibits or restricts United States persons fromengaging in a transaction with a sanctioned person or government), including aforeign government that is designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, toprohibit exports.

SEC. 7006. PARTNERSHIPS WITH MINORITYSERVING INSTITUTIONS.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Department of Energyshall continue to develop and broaden partnerships with minority servinginstitutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and HistoricallyBlack Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the areas of oil and gas exploration,production, midstream, and refining.

(b) PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.—TheDepartment of Energy shall encourage public-private partnerships between theenergy sector and minority serving institutions, including Hispanic ServingInstitutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

SEC. 7007. REPORT.

Not later than 10 years after the dateof enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerceshall jointly transmit to Congress a report that reviews the impact of liftingthe oil export ban under this title as it relates to promoting United Statesenergy and national security.

SEC. 7008. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

Not later than 180 days after the dateof enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerceshall jointly transmit to Congress a report analyzing how lifting the ban oncrude oil exports will help create opportunities for veterans and women in theUnited States, while promoting energy and national security.

SEC. 7009. PROHIBITION ON EXPORTS OFCRUDE OIL, REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, AND PETROCHEMICAL PRODUCTS TO THEISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

Nothing in this title shall be construedto authorize the export of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and petrochemicalproducts by or through any entity or person, wherever located, subject to thejurisdiction of the United States to any entity or person located in, subject tothe jurisdiction of, or sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

To view online: http://getliberty.org/time-to-life-the-oil-export-ban-with-barton-amendment-to-h-r-8/

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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
Nov202015

ALG - ICANN pressured to police online content 

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Nov. 19, 2015, Fairfax,Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued thefollowing statement in response aMayer Brown law firm synopsis of the October meeting of the InternetCorporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Dublin where topicsdiscussed included "the scope of ICANN's ability to regulate onlinecontent":

 

"The U.S. governmentcontract with ICANN to administer the domain name system has not even lapsedyet, and already, ICANN is openly discussing the scope of its ability toregulate online content. ICANN will be the world's only hub for linkingeasy-to-remember domain names to IP addresses. The only legal constraint thatstops them from censoring content is the First Amendment protections associatedwith fulfilling a U.S. government contract. Remove the contract, and cede theInternet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, as the Obama administrationintends, and those protections are void.

 

"That is notalarmism, that is cause for alarm. Congress must continue the appropriationsrider authored by Rep. Sean Duffy denying funds to the Commerce Department totransition this authority to a private entity such as ICANN. Anything else isleaving it up to chance, and eventually, China, Russia, or who knows overseasto eventually capture this function. This will be an unregulated globalmonopoly as opposed to a U.S. government vendor, and merely modifying ICANN'smission statement will not be a legally binding mechanism to uphold the freedomof speech and of the press. 

 

"While outgoing ICANNCEO Fadi Chehade said some of the right things at the meeting, other thingsthat were mentioned such as a 'voluntary framework to handle contractualobligations regarding content,' with or without 'teeth' are troubling and justadd more proof that the transition should not occur. ICANN clearly is underpressure to get into the business of policing content. Congress can just makethis really easy for them and just say no to the transition — again."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/icann-pressureonline-content/

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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.