#LLPH Key Vote Alert: “NO” on Weapons for Syrian Rebels Amendment & “NO” on Continuing Resolution FY 2015 (H.J.Res.124)! #TCOT

LLPH urges all members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to vote NO on giving weapons to Syrian rebels in any form of an amendment or legislation. The House is expected to vote on the amendment today, and LLPH will include the vote on the amendment in our scorecard. There are differing reports on the extent to which the Syrian rebels have made a truce with ISIS, but with so many different reports, giving them weapons and training is a terrible idea.

We also strongly oppose the Continuing Resolution for FY 2015 because it  includes a renewal of the Export-Import Bank, kicks funding only until December 2014 (which means that a lame duck congress will decide extending funds), and could possibly include the Syria/ISIS Amendment.

We will score both votes in our scorecard and urge a STRONG NO vote!

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#House #Conservatives Stand Strong Against #GOP #Establishment #SyriaRebels Amendment!

The GOP Establishment and their kronies are leading the fight to give President Obama his $500 million for weapons and training for Syrian Rebels. These are the same big government types who think that money can solve everything, that we should be the world police, and that we should give the President whatever he wants.

It’s no surprise that GOP Establishment figures like Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn stated,

“I do have questions about how the different rebel groups will be vetted. That said, I will support the authority and the money to equip the troops.”

And this is the man who wants to be the Senate Majority Whip?

Thankfully, the past two election cycles have brought fresh conservative voices who are making a difference in Washington D.C. They are demanding the the GOP establishment return to the roots of the Republican Party and stop trying to be just “less bad” than the Democrats.

Roll Call reported:

As for how many Republicans will oppose the Syria amendment, no one seems to know. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., predicted that only 10 to 15 Republicans would vote no. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said he thinks there would be more than 20. Both predictions appear to be conservative projections from two members who are opposed to the amendment themselves.

At the Tuesday morning conference meeting, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, handed out a nine-page document, titled “Our ‘Vetted Moderate’ Syrian Rebel Allies,” which outlined various concerns with arming the Syrian rebels.

Georgia Republican Austin Scott told CQ Roll Call Tuesday morning that if the Syria amendment is attached to the CR, he’d be voting against the spending bill. “Every time the United States has gotten into a war, it has started with something like this,” Scott said.

Many other Republicans have expressed to CQ Roll Call their opposition to the Syria amendment over the last two days. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said he is concerned the Obama administration’s proposal was more about arming opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad than it was about defeating ISIL.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said members voting for the amendment were “tacitly” voting to authorize war in Syria. And Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said while it isn’t clear what arming Syrian rebels would do, it is clear that it wouldn’t be enough to defeat ISIL.

GOP leadership, meanwhile, doesn’t seem worried about the vote. When Rep. Matt Salmon spoke over the phone with Majority Whip Steve Scalise to express opposition to the Syria amendment, Scalise didn’t try to twist the Arizona Republican’s arm. Instead, the Louisiana Republican told Salmon to go to the House floor and speak his mind.

“They’re not lobbying very intensely for us,” Salmon said.

These members are standing strong against the Republican Establishment. Jam the phone lines and urge your members to vote NO on the Syria Amendment and NO on the Continuing Resolution that extends the life of the Export-Import Bank!

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#LLPH Congratulates Marilinda Garcia on #GOP Nomination Win in #NH02! #Liberty

LLPH congratulates Marilinda Garcia on winning the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District. She will face off against Democrat Rep. Ann Kuster in November.

Marilinda Garcia is a fresh, young new voice who will take her leadership and representation of ordinary, everyday New Hampshire citizens to Washington D.C. She will join leaders like Rep. Justin Amash and Senator Ted Cruz (who both endorsed her in the primary) in fighting for individual liberty and more power to the people and local governments. We look forward to helping her win in November.

Here’s her website: http://www.marilindagarcia.com/ 

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#LLPH: Dan Sullivan for Alaska Senator #AKSEN

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LLPH is proud to recommend Dan Sullivan to be the next senator from Alaska. This Tuesday, he will face a primary, and we need him to win. He is a strong conservative who can beat the incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Begich. Senator Begich has a score of 1% with LLPH, representing his strong liberal record.

Senator Begich likes to pretend to be a moderate, but what kind of moderate is he? A strong supporter of Obamacare, being one of those to vote yes on its passage. A moderate who voted for every spending increase and new agency that has been proposed. He is happy to send more money overseas while our debt continues increasing. He has consistently supported radical liberal judicial nominees. It is time to defeat him this November.

Dan Sullivan has been endorsed by our friends at the Club for Growth. They state,

In 2009 then-Governor Sarah Palin appointed Dan to be Alaska’s Attorney General. After a year and a half, current Governor Sean Parnell appointed Dan as Alaska’s Chairman of the Department of Natural Resources. Dan wrote Alaska’s challenge to ObamaCare and stood up to the onerous collusion between environmental groups and the Obama Administration on behalf of Alaska. In addition, Dan spearheaded a successful effort to get Alaska’s Legislature to repeal publicly popular anti-growth taxes on the cruise ship and oil and gas industries.

Former Governor Sarah Palin trusted him. Current Governor Sean Parnell trusted him. Alaskans can trust him to go to Washington D.C. and fight for fiscal sanity and a new, improved government. He will join leaders like Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Ted Cruz, and others in fighting for a better future for the next generation.

Here’s his website: http://www.sullivan2014.com/

Vote for him on Tuesday and let’s win in November!

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#LLPH Recommends Candidate David Young for #IA03 General Election! #Liberty

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Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul, a close friend of LLPH, endorsed David Young for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. David Young has served honorably as chief of staff for Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, a decent conservative senator. Today, LLPH is honored to join other conservative voices in supporting David Young for congress in what is expected to be a top race to watch this November.

David Young has concrete proposals on how to get the fiscal house in order in Washington D.C. and cut our debt.

David has proposed a set of Better Budget Principles rooted in Iowa common sense, which will put the United States on a path toward getting our fiscal house in order.

Balanced Budget Amendment – The concept here is simple: never spend more money than you have revenue. In Iowa, this concept is just common sense.

Zero Based Budgeting – this solution simply means that each year, the funding level for all government programs and agencies will begin at $0. This is a better budgeting practice than giving every program the same amount as last year, plus a raise.
Sunset Legislation – attaching a sunset clause to every law enacted by Congress means policies will no longer outlive their usefulness. When the sunset date arrives, Congress will examine the program anew and determine if it should continue for another finite period of time.

Full Federal Audit – the budget of every government department and agency should undergo a thorough outside audit to ensure taxpayer funds are being used in the most effective manner possible.

He will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free market solutions, cut regulations, and hold government accountable.

He agrees that every department has a certain amount of waste and that no department should be spared from review:

Well, you know, you can look at every agency, and that is what I would do, from the Defense Department, Department of Commerce, what have you, there’s plenty of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in there. And so we need to really, we need to go after that. And we, certainly at this point we need to really freeze spending.

Here’s David Young’s website: http://www.youngforiowa.com/
Here’s his acceptance speech: http://rare.us/story/meet-david-young-the-new-heater-from-van-meter/

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#LLPH Endorsed #TN03 Candidate Weston Wamp Writes About #Conservatives, #RandPaul, #Leadership!

Weston Wamp, LLPH endorsed candidate for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, wrote about his final week of campaigning and the importance of conservative values while being willing to work with the other side. He has come under the attacks and lies of the incumbent, Chuck Fleischmann (who has a pathetic 59% from LLPH in a district that is R+16).

Weston Wamp is a young businessman who will take conservative principles to Washington D.C.

Here’s what he wrote:

Those in politics operate in a bubble. A world defined by often punitive party lines and narrow ideological thinking. It creates an unhealthy divide between the real world and the political class. Having grown up around politics, I’m aware of the bubble and mostly immune to it.

That’s why I’m the only primary Congressional candidate in the country who won’t back down from my belief that we’ve got to work together, Republicans and Democrats, to fix our very dysfunctional government. Because of that, I’ve been accused of being a RINO (Republican in name only) or worse. But that’s absurd. I’m for less government at the federal level, I think Obamacare needs to be replaced, I advocate the FairTax plan and I’m conservative on social issues.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a TEA Party hero, has recently forged a productive legislative partnership with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a young progressive Democrat. Are Rand Paul’s conservative credentials now weak because he seeks to work across the aisle on issues such as prison reform? Of course not. Much like our own Senator Bob Corker, Paul is simply proving that he doesn’t want to waste his time in Washington mired in a finger pointing contest.

That sophomoric finger pointing in our nation’s capital is what drove me to make a second run for Congress at 27 years old. As recently as last week, House Republicans continue to redefine immaturity by their inability to work with each other, let alone the minority party. For those still holding my age against me, please look no further than the embarrassing behavior of our very “seasoned” Congress. Next, please come and visit Lamp Post Group where many of us in our twenties quite ably run growing companies that will put Chattanooga on the map for a generation to come.

Here’s Weston Wamp’s Website: https://www.westonwamp.com/
His primary is this Thursday (August 8, 2014). We need him in Washington D.C. where he will stand up to both parties and will be a unique, fresh voice. He’s been endorsed by conservative voices like Senator Tom Coburn and Former Senator Rick Santorum.

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#House Key Vote Alert: “NO” on #HR5230 (Border Supplemental Bill)! #NoAmnesty

LLPH urges all members of the House of Representatives to vote AGAINST H.R. 5230, which makes supplemental appropriations ($659 million) until September 30, 2014 (the end of the fiscal year).

The problem with the border supplemental is not the cost, but the policy problems with the bill.

Numbers USA, RedState, Conservative HQ, and numerous other conservative groups and leaders have come out AGAINST this bill. The GOP leadership is attempting to lure members with the promise of a vote on a watered-down bill to end DACA (Deferred Action by the President).

Madison Project listed the Top 10 Problems with this bill:

The bill proposed by House Republicans (H.R. 5230), not only fails to address the root causes of the border surge or hold President Obama accountable, it actually weakens current law. While distracting from Obama’s DACA and promises of amnesty with statutory minutia over the 2008 anti-trafficking law, the House bill actually makes matters worse and voids out the entire purpose of modifying that law:

1) No Mention of DACA Amnesty: This is not only the cause of the border surge, it is an ongoing threat as Obama openly promises to grant amnesty for 5-6 million more people. The glaring omission and the fear to even mention it will not go unnoticed by Obama.

2) Only Addresses UACs: Republicans have completely bought into the messaging from the White House that this crisis is all about unaccompanied children. Yet, UACs only account for 20% of the recent surge in border crossings. This bill does nothing to address the catch and release policies of the other 80%.

3) Does Not End Catch and Release: Although the bill repeals Section 235(a) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking law and places UACs from non-contiguous countries into judicial proceedings, nowhere does it prevent HHS from releasing them into custody of relatives (often illegal immigrants) during the myriad of delays in proceedings subject to the discretion of the judge. So even though they are selling this bill as a means of expedited removal, as it requires adjudication within 7 days and a decision within 72 hours thereafter, that is only relevant to those who bother to attend or show up to subsequent hearings. Without ending catch and release, almost none of the UACs will ever appear before a court.

4) Does Not Close Asylum Loophole: Even those few who appear before the court and are ruled inadmissible to the U.S. can have a chance to apply for asylum with a claim of “credible fear.” [page 21] As we already know, there is an unlimited supply of pro bono immigration attorneys who will coach them to claim persecution. A whopping 92% of credible fear applicants have been approved in recent years. Once their claim is accepted, they will be sent back to HHS and likely released into custody of relatives. This bill actually insults our intelligence and addresses the asylum loophole in Section 106….only for drug smugglers! Everyone else is explicitly granted the opportunity to seek asylum.

5) Makes UAC Crisis Worse with De Facto Amnesty: Section 103 [page 27] of this bill mimics the provision in Senator Cornyn’s bill, which actually makes it easier for recent arrivals to thwart deportation than under current law. It allows all those who received a Notice to Appear since January 2013 to get a second bite at the apple. Their notice will be expunged and they will have another chance to apply for admission, even if they ignored previous orders to appear. The immigration judge will then have sole discretion to grant amnesty as long as “the granting of such motion would not be manifestly unjust.” [Section 103(c)(3)]

6) Actually liberalizes law on Mexican UACs: Changing the 2008 Wilberforce law and equalizing treatment of UACs from Mexico with those from Central America is a double-edged sword. While making the laws governing those from Central America stricter (although other provisions will void that out, as noted above), this bill will liberalize the laws governing Mexican UACs. Under current law, they can be returned to Mexico immediately [8 U.S.C. §1232(a)(2)(A)]. The House bill will place them into the same judicial process as other UACs, granting them the opportunity to be released and/or to apply for asylum.

7) Keeps HHS Throughout Entire Process: One of the purposes of repealing the Wilberforce law governing UACs from Central America was so that we can prevent HHS from helping integrate them into the country. This bill keeps them in the custody of HHS throughout the entire judicial process and never mandates “detention” in a legal sense.

8) No Mission for National Guard: While the bill appropriates funds for any usage of the National Guard at or near the border, it never explicitly calls for activating the military, nor does it mandate how Obama uses the soldiers. Barring specific directions, Obama can and will use them for his purposes.

9) Transferring UACs to Military Bases: Instead of barring the use of military bases to house the UACs, Section 302 of the bill merely expresses “ the sense of Congress” that the administration notify them before doing so. Ironically, with regards to DACA, the House was too scared to even express their sense that the president should no longer grant administrative amnesties.

10) No Fence: Any discussion of dealing with the border crisis without mandating completion of the Secure Fence Act – the only proven method – is worthless.

Mickey Kaus, a conservative leader, wrote a column against the watered-down DACA bill: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/31/no-on-boehner-supertrap-bill/
Conservative HQ wrote against the bill as well: http://www.conservativehq.com/node/17893
RedState’s Erick Erickson wrote against this bill: http://www.redstate.com/2014/07/31/this-is-inexcusable/

Many Democrats plan to vote against the bill…although for WRONG reasons. They will not get away with this. They forget there was an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4):
Amendment prohibits use of funds from going to cities that have passed and enacted sanctuary cities or sanctuary political subdivisions.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll266.xml

AND ONLY 2 DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT! Democrats will be scored based on their vote on this amendment. Why should we fund sanctuary cities?

LLPH urges all members, especially Republicans, to vote AGAINST this bill. At best it does not solve the problem, at worst it is a lawless bill. VOTE NO!

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