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Entries in Executive Power (14)

Wednesday
Sep172014

ALG - Congress must hold up or down votes on war against Islamic State 

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Sept. 12, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging both chambers of Congress to take up legislation on the White House's proposed war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria:

 

"If the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is important enough for the U.S. to fight, then it is important enough for Congress to vote on. Obama cannot go to war unilaterally without Congress, yet that is precisely what his administration seeks to do in order to spare congressional Democrats a tough vote on the eve of the midterm elections. Last time we checked, constitutional provisions such as Congress' war-making powers can neither be suspended by presidential fiat nor for cynical, political calculations.

 

"This is a subversion of the Constitution of the highest order, and Congress must act immediately to preserve the separation of powers. There should be votes on Obama's war, whether it would pass or not. The people's representatives must have their say on when the nation goes to war, or else members of Congress of both parties will be complicit in this abdication of power."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/congress-must-hold-up-or-down-votes-on-war-against-islamic-state/

 

Attachments:

 

"Obama still needs Congress to go to war into Syria," By Robert Romano, senior editor, Americans for Limited Government, Sept. 12, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/09/obama-still-needs-congress-go-war-syria/

 

"Obama's betrayal of the Constitution," By Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School professor, Sept. 12, 2014 at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/opinion/obamas-betrayal-of-the-constitution.html

 

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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
Sep022014

Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Demands Brown Retraction 

Brown advocates radical expansion of Obama executive order power

 

On Friday afternoon, after getting hit with criticism on his plan to strip citizenship from accused American terrorists, Scott Brown doubled-down.  In a recent report by John DiStaso of NH Journal, "Brown suggested that in the meantime, Obama should consider issuing an executive order revoking the citizenship of the American terrorists. 'He likes executive orders,' Brown said. 'This is one executive order that I’d agree with.'"

 

Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement:

"I don't believe that there is a single Republican in the nation who favors giving President Obama more power to remove Constitutional rights by simply putting pen to paper.  Our nominee must demand a check on executive branch overreach, not someone who advocates giving Obama more power.

 

"According to FindLaw.com, 'Natural-born U.S. citizens may not have their citizenship revoked against their will'.

 

"I am sickened by the atrocities of ISIS.  As prescribed by Article III of the Constitution, any U.S. citizen who has materially aided ISIS should be tried for treason and sentenced to death.

 

"Scott Brown's advocacy of unconstitutionally expanded executive branch powers parallels his vote to extend the Patriot Act which strips innocent citizens of privacy and due process protections.

 

"It is the solemn responsibility of a U.S. Senator to exercise sober and mature judgment in matters of war and peace.  I encourage Scott Brown to reflect upon and retract his intemperate statement."

 

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For more background on citizenship, treason and punishment, please visit:

http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/3/essays/120/punishment-of-treason

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-115

http://immigration.findlaw.com/citizenship/can-your-u-s-citizenship-be-revoked-.html

Wednesday
Jul302014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's lawlessness will cost Democrats a landslide defeat in November 

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July 29, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obama's lawlessness will cost Democrats a landslide defeat in November
Phone lines on Capitol Hill have been overrun with livid voters, beside themselves and cynically unsurprised that Barack Obama is preparing yet another executive action that suspends the nation's immigration laws.

Cartoon: Border Crisis

America's bright energy future
The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that next year, the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil producer.

Controlling the past
"Obamacare has required its partisans to ignore reality."

Tuesday
Jul012014

ALG's Daily Grind - Mississippi Burning 

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June 30, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Mississippi Burning
Republican Machiavellians may get just desserts in Mississippi.

Can Congress delegate its powers to independent entities like Amtrak?
When Congress passes an act, it typically delegates part of its authority to the Executive Branch to promulgate regulations implementing the act. By doing so, the Congress is giving part of its authority over to the Executive to make law.

House subpoenas on IRS emails expand to White House, Treasury, Justice, and FEC
ALG's Mehrens: "When the administration again stonewalls these requests, Chairman [David] Camp needs to be prepared to enforce these subpoenas in federal court."

Friday
Jun272014

ALG - Expert comment available on NLRB court decision 

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June 26, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Americans for Limited President Nathan Mehrens today in a joint oped published at FoxNews.com praised the outcome of a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court overturning the 2012 false recess appointments by President Barack Obama to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) when Congress was not even in recess.

 

"With the question of when a recess occurs now settled, the NLRB will be forced to reevaluate decisions it made during the period for which it had no legal quorum. As a result, the Board will likely have less time over the next couple years to interfere in the workings of our economy, and this is a good thing," wrote Scott and Mehrens in the oped.

 

The two called on Congress to act on legislation, The Protecting American Jobs Act, that would "move the adjudicatory functions of the NLRB to the U.S. courts and take away the Board's power to prosecute unfair labor practices."

 

As Scott and Mehrens explained, "The NLRB's actions have been problematic for America's job creators for too long. The Board, under the National Labor Relations Act, has the power to adjudicate 'unfair labor practices,' acting as a type of judiciary for handling issues between employers and labor unions."

 

These quasi-judicial proceedings, the oped argues, allow the Board to facilitate the organization of labor unions at the expense of private employers, with the overreaching powers to act as prosecutor, judge, and jury against those companies.

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/expert-comment-available-on-nlrb-court-decision/

 

 

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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.