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ALG - Senate Commerce Committee surrenders U.S. oversight of the Internet 


June 25, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the Senate Commerce Committee for rejecting by a 3-21 vote an amendment to the Dotcom Act by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would have required Congressional approval of any relinquishment of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):


"Once again, members of Congress are voting to surrender congressional authority to the Obama administration, without even an opportunity to see what they're voting on. Nobody in Congress has seen ICANN's proposal to commandeer Internet governance from the U.S. government, but the Senate Commerce committee has blindly just authorized whatever plan they might come up with. This is reckless. U.S. government oversight of the IANA functions has guaranteed a free and open Internet for almost two decades. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


"It is alarming the speed with which members of both chambers of Congress are willing to cede U.S. sovereignty to an unaccountable private foundation that is now establishing a global monopoly over DNS resolution. Free of government oversight, there will no longer be any First Amendment protections for the Internet, guaranteeing the IANA functions will one day be used to engage in censorship. In the not so distant future, the Internet will not be so free and open."


To view online:




"Can Ted Cruz save the Internet?" By Robert Romano, June 24, 2015 at


Amendment to the Dotcom Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), June 24, 2015 at


Letter to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, June 24, 2015 at


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ALG - Fast track advances in the Senate


June 23, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Senate advancement of trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"The imminent passage of fast track trade authority ensures that the next year in Congress will be consumed with discussion of Obama's trade deals. It is incumbent on every member in both the House and Senate who trusted Obama with this enormous grant of power to perform due diligence and to reject any agreement that is not in the best interests of the U.S. 

"Congress has voted to make the next 18 months of the Obama administration about rewriting the rules of the world economy. They made this bed and now they must lie in it. The unchangeable nature of a fast tracked agreement forces Congress to vote no should they find any provision which is an unacceptable usurpation of U.S. law. Congress ultimately bears the responsibility to ensure that Obama's deals do not fundamentally transform America."


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


ALG - 3 reasons for the Senate to change its mind on trade authority 


June 22, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to reconsider its support of granting trade authority to President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

"Americans for Limited Government strongly urges the Senate to vote against the cloture motion on legislation that would provide President Obama fast track trade authority.  Three things have occurred since the Senate last voted on fast track which should cause any thinking Senator to change from a yes to no vote. 

"First there is a great deal information that has come out about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that makes it clear that this agreement needs full and thorough Senate scrutiny.  The TPP is a living agreement subject to change after ratification, additional partners can be added to the TPP without Senate approval, and the TPP sets up a governing structure much like the Common Market — the predecessor to the European Union.  It would be extremely unwise to allow an agreement with such massive national implications to be fast tracked.

"Second, the upcoming Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) that will be fast tracked has explicit immigration language that has been leaked through Wikileaks.  Under fast track, Congress cannot amend any agreement and once fast tracked, no submitted agreement has ever been defeated.  A vote for fast track is a vote for the immigration language in TISA.

"Third, formerly supportive conservative leaders like Senator Jim DeMint, of the Heritage Foundation, have become convinced that the agreements are "Free Trade in Name Only" and have come out against fast track in the past few weeks.

"Just last week, the Australian Finance Minister reports is one week of negotiation away from completion. The illusion that the negotiating objectives contained in fast track language somehow bind Obama when he's already pretty much done negotiating can no longer be sustained.

"With the concerns over the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there simply is no reason not to tell President Obama to sign and submit it under constitutional rules for treaty ratification, before the Senate grants fast track, and then only by the requisite two-thirds majority."

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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


NHDP - Governor Hassan to Veto Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced GOP Budget 

ICYMI: Republicans Put Corporate Special Interests Ahead of NH, Governor Hassan to Veto Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced GOP Budget

Concord, N.H. – As State House Republicans continue to shamelessly put corporate special interests ahead of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses, Governor Hassan announced last night that she would veto Republicans’ fiscally irresponsible and unbalanced budget.
See coverage roundup below:
Union Leader: Governor threatens veto of state budget
Calling the current state budget proposal hashed out by House and Senate negotiators “fiscally irresponsible,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement released Wednesday night that she would veto it if it came across her desk "as it is."
“Because this budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for business tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole at the expense of critical economic priorities, I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is," Hassan said in a statement posted on her Facebook page at 9 p.m. 
… House members agreed to a Senate proposal to use $49 million instead of $34 million from the current budget surplus for the general fund.
The increase of $15 million over what the House initially proposed is more than enough to cover the $12 million state employee pay raises, but the nine-member conference committee voted nonetheless not to include the pay raise in the budget.
… During a break in the negotiations between House and Senate budget writers, Hassan spoke to the tax cuts outside the meeting room, saying she was not necessarily opposed to cutting business taxes, but wants to see how they will be paid for.
“I am concerned as I am meeting with House and Senate conferees that the majority party in both chambers is continuing to talk about business tax cuts that they don’t pay for at the expense of critical priorities that we all agree we need to fund,” she said. [Full story]
NHPR: Gov. Hassan Threatens To Veto Budget If It Doesn't Change
After multiple days of long hours at the State House, lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on the two-year state budget.
A spending plan, which Governor Maggie Hassan says is “fiscally irresponsible and unbalanced,” and urges budget writers to go back to the drawing board or she will veto it.
… The plan also includes the Senate’s business tax cuts, which will result in an estimated $90 million revenue loss over the next biennium. This is a major sticking point for the governor, who says this budget does not account for such a hefty revenue loss.
"I'm not philosophically opposed to tax cuts but if we are going to make tax cuts for businesses we need to find a way to pay for those taxcuts, and we cannot sacrifice the funding of priorities that are so critical to our people and our businesses and our economy," Hassan said Wednesday after meeting with Democrats at the State House. [Full story]
AP: Hassan threatens to veto Republican-crafted state budget
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan threatened Wednesday night to veto the tentative spending plan crafted by a Republican-led team of House and Senate negotiators.
The budget, set to be finalized by the negotiating team Thursday, cuts the rate of the state’s two major business taxes and does not include money to continue Medicaid expansion beyond 2016 or give already negotiated pay raises to state employees. Hassan listed all three as reasons for a veto.
“I urge the legislature to return to work immediately, prepare a continuing resolution that will fund state government in the short-term, and negotiate in good faith to develop a bipartisan budget that is fiscally responsible and that supports the priorities needed to keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward,” Hassan said in a statement.
… House members also agreed to Senate efforts to put $6.7 million into the state’s alcohol abuse prevention fund. That number falls short of substance abuse money included in Hassan’s budget, and Democrats say the state should be doing more to combat the state’s growing opioid and heroin problem.
… Hassan, in her statement, said the budget doesn’t do enough to fund higher education and public safety. [Full story]
Concord Monitor: Budget negotiators deny pay raise to state workers
… “The Legislature’s failure to include the funding for this contract, as well as many other items that directly assist our citizens in their budget is irresponsible, unconscionable, and immoral,” said SEA spokeswoman Beth D’Ovidio in a statement.
… An attempt by committee Democrats to restore the funding Wednesdayfailed.
… Hassan and representatives of the state employee negotiating team announced the tentative contract agreement in February. In addition to the pay raise, the deal includes a small increase in employee dental contributions and a change to layoff procedures. [Full story]
Concord Monitor: N.H. budget talks do little to allay concerns over swelling prison overtime costs
… “We know this is going to be a challenge over the next two years and we will continue to try to hire, recruiting and going to job fairs,” said spokesman Jeff Lyons. “But this is something that takes time. We will have to continue to find ways to utilize funds.”
The department has been covering excess overtime costs mainly with cash from vacant funded positions, Lyons said. Its $8.6 million overtime projection is more than twice the $3.4 million budgeted by lawmakers for this fiscal year.
The current $7.4 million figure is $2.5 million less than what the governor proposed but $4 million more than the House’s allowance.
The costs have been felt in more ways than one. Corrections officers routinely work 16-hour days. Though they make more, some have said the pay is not worth the exhaustion.
“That doesn’t leave much time for a life,” Patrick Bettens told the Monitor in 2013. [Full story]



Governor's Focus Must Be On Passing Budget


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Hassan to rule out a campaign for United States Senate in order to focus on her responsibilities as governor to avert a budget crisis:


"Governor Hassan has refused to provide any fiscal leadership and work with the Legislature on a responsible budget compromise. Instead, she has focused her attention on plotting her next career move and planning a campaign for the United States Senate. It's time for the governor to end this distraction by immediately ruling out a Senate run and focus on addressing New Hampshire's budget crisis. Passing a budget is a full time responsibility and Granite Staters deserve a governor who will is dedicated to her job instead of her political career."