#LLPH Endorses #Conservative Mike Flynn (@Flynn1776) for #IL18! #House #Congress #TCOT

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LLPH Endorsed Mike Flynn (R-IL 18)

Over the past few weeks, there have been several huge fights on Capitol Hill. Republican “leadership”, also known as Boehner & Co., have been pushing for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). They have lied about the bill, kicked and abused our allies such as Reps. Mark Meadows and Ken Buck who opposed the bill, and hurled insults at the American people.

LLPH has worked to grow our numbers in the House of Representatives and the Senate. In 2012, we helped elect conservative leaders like Jim Bridenstine, Mark Meadows, and Thomas Massie. In 2014, we sent statesmen like Ken Buck, Curt Clawson, and the dragon slayer, Dave Brat who defeated former House Majority Leader and key lieutenant of Boehner & Co. Eric Cantor.

There is a special election this year that is shaping up to be a Brat vs. Cantor race once again. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois’ 18th Congressional District resigned after spending taxpayer dollars in corrupt and unethical ways. Rep. Schock was a member of Boehner & Co. supporting massive spending bills and forming backroom, corrupt deals.

But the Republican establishment is ready to dump their next member of Boehner & Co. through Darin LaHood. Darin LaHood is the son of President Obama’s Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Ray LaHood was a Republican Congressman who was one of the worst Republicans, which is why President Obama took him under his wings. Now the establishment wants to elect Darin LaHood, who has the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the same Chamber of Commerce who supported the Trade Promotion Authority and the Export-Import Bank). This is the same U.S. Chamber of Commerce that supported primary challenges to members of our Liberty Coalition like Reps. Justin Amash and former Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.

This is a R+11 district according to Cook PVI, a district that is prime for a true voice for the people. That means that this is a district that we must take for principled conservatives who value liberty if we are to save our nation. Mike Flynn will take the fight to Washington D.C. You can tell a candidate by his friends. LaHood’s friends are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who trashed conservatives like Rep. Amash and Bentivolio. Flynn’s friends are Rep. Louie Gohmert (a member of LLPH’s Liberty Coalition and ally of Rep. Amash) as well as conservative leaders like Reaganite Mark Levin, Erick Erickson of RedState, David Bossie of Citizens United, Richard Viguerie of ConservativeHQ. Here is what some of them have to say about Mike Flynn:

“Flynn is a conservative champion. He was a friend of Andrew Breitbart’s who helped Andrew street the Breitbart ship. He helped take down ACORN. Behind the scenes, Flynn has played a role helping conservatives beat both Democrats and leftwing backed RINOs.” —Erick Erickson; Chief Editor of RedState

“A former policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council and founder of Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, Mike Flynn has proven to be a standup patriot and true freedom-loving conservative with a titanium backbone. His strong background in conservative media and experience in holding Republican leaders accountable will make him indispensable in the trenches of Capitol Hill fighting for liberty and justice. It is time to get people in Washington with the founders’ passion for freedom and less government invasion and control of our lives, both private and public. Mike embodies the mission statement upon which GOH Conservative PAC was founded. He will surely stand on principle and govern as he campaigned – to get our country back on a responsible, practical, entrepreneurial road.” —Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1)

“Mike Flynn is a conservative change agent who will promote pro-growth economic policies that will create jobs in Illinois. Out of control Washington spending by career politicians is pushing America to the brink of financial meltdown. Mike Flynn will confront the establishment. Darin LaHood will become part of the problem, not part of the solution.” —David Bossie; President of Citizens United PVF

Not only do Mike Flynn’s friends testify that he will join our Liberty Coalition in Congress, but his words and actions testify to his principles as well.

He has already been on the front lines fighting for liberty:

Flynn was also a policy advisor at the Libertarian-leaning Reason Foundation. In 2009, Mike joined with web pioneer Andrew Breitbart to launch BigGovernment.com, one of the nation’s most influential conservative websites.  He’s published more than two dozen research studies on government policy, with a particular emphasis on government tax and spending policies. He has testified numerous times before U.S. Congress and dozens state legislatures and his research has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and dozens of other newspapers, periodicals and trade journals.

And when he gets to Washington D.C., he will fight for our principles:

The House of Representatives was envisioned by the Founders as the “People’s Chamber.” It is designed to be a citizens’ legislature, comprised of all walks of life with first-hand knowledge of how government policy impacts our lives.

In recent decades, however, the House of Representatives has become a chamber for the political class. It is made up of career politicians who move among different elected offices and have little memory of how the real world works. They live in a cocoon, immune from the regular pressures of life. They become citizens of Washington.

A seat in the House of Representatives is a sacred trust with the citizens. It is not a family heirloom to be handed down. It is not a trinket to be bargained over by elected officials. It is not something to be decided by an entrenched political class.

LLPH is proud to endorse Mike Flynn for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District. When he gets to Congress, he will join the likes of Reps. Louie Gohmert, Dave Brat, Thomas Massie, and others in telling the Republican Establishment, “LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, NOT THE LOBBYISTS!” Darin LaHood will be sending a different message, calling for “listening to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ignoring the people.”

Here is Mike Flynn’s website: http://www.mikeflynnforcongress.com/

The special election is July 7, 2015, so any help is needed urgently. This is a race we can win, and it will send a huge message just like the Dave Brat election did. We defeated Cantor, we can defeat LaHood and send a principled conservative like Flynn to join Rep. Brat!

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#LLPH #House Key Vote Alert: “NO” on Final Passage of #TPA #FastTrack Deal! #TCOT

LLPH is urging all members of the House of Representatives to vote NO on the Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314-the vehicle for the bill). We will maintain our position of “NO” on Final Passage of the Trade Promotion Authority bill unless our two main problems with the bill are solved.

Our first problem is the inclusion of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which is being included to buy the votes of liberal Democrats. Our friends at Freedomworks explained why we should oppose this program:

TAA gives subsidies—in the form of job training for workers and direct financial assistance for firms—to those purported to be harmed by increased international trade. From a public policy standpoint, trying to “correct” for job losses in particular sectors as a result of increased competition is simply wrongheaded. In order for an economy to grow and thrive, industries need to be flexible and able to change with changing market conditions. Trying to prop up industries that cannot compete on their own merely delays the inevitable and inhibits growth.

TAA has also been proven by multiple studies to be ineffective, and it is duplicative of several other federal jobs programs. Finally, the eligibility standards for TAA are notoriously loose, meaning that some companies are able to cash in despite not actually having been impacted by foreign trade.

Our second problem is the weakening of Congress’ powers in dealing with free trade agreements. Congress must be given the authority to amend these trade deals. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a leader against this bill, put out a fact sheet on how this bill cedes Congressional review of trade agreements:

Myth: Congress will have more control over the trade process under fast-track.

Truth: If Congress gives the Executive six-year fast-track authority, the Senate will cede its ability to amend any future legislation implementing any yet-unseen global trade and regulatory pact; cede its ability to control debate over that pact; and cede its ability to subject that pact to the 67-vote threshold required for treaties, as well as the 60-vote threshold required for important legislation. Proponents of fast-track suggest the negotiating objectives somehow bind the Administration; this is false. The negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership are nearly complete and have been ongoing for years, long before any negotiating objectives will have been suggested. Moreover, the negotiating objectives are vague and lack any meaningful enforcement mechanisms—particularly enforcement from Senators and Representatives not on the revenue committees. Congress will be giving up the only leverage it has: the ability to amend legislation or to refuse to cut-off debate. No fast-tracked deal has ever been defeated, regardless of whether fast-track “objectives” have been ignored, overlooked, or violated by the Executive.

Myth: Congress is ceding no institutional powers under fast-track.

Truth: By eliminating its own powers of review and amendment, Congress would dramatically shift the carefully calibrated balance of power between Congress and the President. Fast-track would ensure that the President has complete discretion over the drafting of international agreements Congress has never even seen.

Myth: If the President ignores the negotiating objectives, Congress can simply block the deal.

Truth: A fast-tracked trade deal has never been blocked. By denying members any opportunity to slow debate, mobilize the public by seeking extra time, amend the deal, or seek a better deal, fast-tracked legislation is always ratified no matter how flawed. The train will have left the station once fast-track is adopted. Without any possibility of a 60-vote, let alone 67-vote, threshold in the Senate, this final check will have been removed. Additionally, the revenues and rules committees have exclusive control over enforcement, eliminating the ability of rank-and-file members to hold the Administration accountable for violations. Those saying Congress can just vote down a bad trade deal ignore the unbroken cycle of history.

LLPH urges Senators to vote NO on Final Passage of the Trade Promotion Authority unless two improvements are made to the bill. LLPH will urge all members of the House of Representatives to vote NO on Final Passage of the TPA and will score this vote in our scorecard. It is time to stand up for the Constitution, limited government, and the working men and women of our nation.

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#LLPH #House Key Votes Alert: #THUD Appropriations FY 2016! #WeWantCutsNow #CutSpending

LLPH urges a YES vote on the following amendments to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations FY 2016:

  • McClintock (R-CA) – Page 9, Line 19 – Eliminates all funding for the essential air service ($155 million) and transfers the sum to the Spending Reduction Account.
  • Brooks (R-AL) – Page 45, Line 6 – Eliminates all Operating Grants for Amtrak ($288.5 million)
  • Brooks (R-AL) – Page 47, Line 4 – Eliminates all Capital and Debt Service Grants to Amtrak ($850 million)
  • Blackburn (R-TN) – ​Amendment No. 7 – 1% across the board spending cut to all accounts in the bill

We may score any or all amendments in our scorecard. It is time to return to fiscal sanity and a more limited, constitutional government!

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#LLPH #Senate Key Vote Alert: “NO” on #USAFreedomAct & Weakening Amendments! #Liberty #StandwithRand

LLPH urges all Senators to vote NO on the McConnell-Burr Amendments which will weaken the USA Freedom Act and allow the NSA more power under the bill than it already has.

The Hill reports,

McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing a handful of amendments to the reform bill, known as the USA Freedom Act.

His amendments would require that private companies notify Congress if they are going to change their data retention policies, mandate that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper certify that the new system is working, and provide additional time to switch over to the new arrangement. 

Several of the amendments have the backing of some Democrats and Republicans, making it unclear whether they might be approved.

But there is also strong opposition to some of McConnell’s proposals.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) slammed one McConnell measure, which would amend the USA Freedom Act’s requirement that outside experts serve as amicus curiae, or friends of the Court, to weigh in on United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) decisions.

McConnell wants to undercut that section so it “shall have no force or effect,” according to his amendment. Instead, he wants to bolster FISA’s oversight of the experts.

Blumenthal said that would “water down and undercut and eviscerate the role of the independent experts.”

Blumenthal added the amendment would “weaken the bill” and require that it go back to the House. “We’ve already delayed long enough,” he added.

The Senate is expected to vote on the amendments on Tuesday, along with a procedural vote paving the way for final passage of the USA Freedom Act.

LLPH already opposes the USA Freedom Act and will likely score against the bill in our Senate Scorecard. We will likely score against all of these amendments which would weaken the bill, and we will definitely score against the USA Freedom Act if these weakening amendments pass. It is time for liberty to stand, which is why we #StandwithRand!

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#LLPH #Senate Key Vote Alert: “NO” on #PatriotAct Reauthorizations! #TCOT #Liberty #StandwithRand

LLPH urges all Senators to vote against any Patriot Act renewal, short-term or long-term. We oppose any clean reauthorizations of the Patriot Act, whether it be 5 days, 2 months, 6 months, one year, three years, or any other time period. The Patriot Act, specifically section 215, will expire if the Senate does not do anything. That is exactly what LLPH believes the Senate should allow to happen. We will therefore oppose any clean reauthorization of the Patriot Act.

The Senate may also consider the USA Freedom Act, sent to them by the House of Representatives. While this bill is supposed to be an improvement compared to a clean reauthorization of the Patriot Act, we have strong concerns about the bill. The USA Freedom Act would ask telephone companies to be the ones to collect bulk data and store them instead of the federal government. With a federal court having ruled that the Patriot Act never allowed for the collection of bulk data in the first place, we are concerned that the USA Freedom Act would codify and legalize bulk data collection for the first time in United States history. We hope the Senate will allow amendments offered by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to receive votes and urge Senators to vote YES on these amendments to improve the bill.

Without votes on these amendments and in its current form, LLPH will urge all Senators to vote NO on Final Passage of the USA Freedom Act. We may possibly score this vote in our scorecard. IF improving amendments are passed, we will withdraw our objections to the USA Freedom Act.

Bulk data collection must end. Any bill whether it be a clean reauthorization or the USA Freedom Act in its current form that allows for bulk data collection is absolutely unacceptable, and we urge NO votes on all these bills.

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#LLPH #Senate Key Vote Alert: #TPA (#FastTrack) & #TAA Amendments & Final Passage! #TCOT

LLPH is issuing the following key votes on the Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314-the vehicle for the bill): “YES” on Flake Amendment to Strike Trade Adjustment Assistance from the bill, “YES” on Sessions Amendments to Provide Congress with more Authority over the trade deals than this bill provides, and “NO” on Final Passage of the Trade Promotion Authority bill unless our two main problems with the bill are solved.

First, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) will be presenting an amendment to strike the Trade Adjustment Assistance program reauthorization from the bill. The Trade Adjustment Assistance program is being included to buy the votes of Democrats. Our friends at Freedomworks are also key voting in favor of the amendment, and they explain why we should oppose this program:

TAA gives subsidies—in the form of job training for workers and direct financial assistance for firms—to those purported to be harmed by increased international trade. From a public policy standpoint, trying to “correct” for job losses in particular sectors as a result of increased competition is simply wrongheaded. In order for an economy to grow and thrive, industries need to be flexible and able to change with changing market conditions. Trying to prop up industries that cannot compete on their own merely delays the inevitable and inhibits growth.

TAA has also been proven by multiple studies to be ineffective, and it is duplicative of several other federal jobs programs. Finally, the eligibility standards for TAA are notoriously loose, meaning that some companies are able to cash in despite not actually having been impacted by foreign trade.

The government should not have this program which is why we urge Senators to vote YES on the Flake Amendment or any other related amendment to strike Trade Adjustment Assistance from the bill.

LLPH urges Senators to vote NO on Final Passage of the Trade Promotion Authority unless two improvements are made to the bill. First, passing the Flake Amendment would be the first step to improving the bill. Second, Congress must be given the authority to amend these trade deals. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a leader against this bill, put out a fact sheet on how this bill cedes Congressional review of trade agreements:

Myth: Congress will have more control over the trade process under fast-track.

Truth: If Congress gives the Executive six-year fast-track authority, the Senate will cede its ability to amend any future legislation implementing any yet-unseen global trade and regulatory pact; cede its ability to control debate over that pact; and cede its ability to subject that pact to the 67-vote threshold required for treaties, as well as the 60-vote threshold required for important legislation. Proponents of fast-track suggest the negotiating objectives somehow bind the Administration; this is false. The negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership are nearly complete and have been ongoing for years, long before any negotiating objectives will have been suggested. Moreover, the negotiating objectives are vague and lack any meaningful enforcement mechanisms—particularly enforcement from Senators and Representatives not on the revenue committees. Congress will be giving up the only leverage it has: the ability to amend legislation or to refuse to cut-off debate. No fast-tracked deal has ever been defeated, regardless of whether fast-track “objectives” have been ignored, overlooked, or violated by the Executive.

Myth: Congress is ceding no institutional powers under fast-track.

Truth: By eliminating its own powers of review and amendment, Congress would dramatically shift the carefully calibrated balance of power between Congress and the President. Fast-track would ensure that the President has complete discretion over the drafting of international agreements Congress has never even seen.

Myth: If the President ignores the negotiating objectives, Congress can simply block the deal.

Truth: A fast-tracked trade deal has never been blocked. By denying members any opportunity to slow debate, mobilize the public by seeking extra time, amend the deal, or seek a better deal, fast-tracked legislation is always ratified no matter how flawed. The train will have left the station once fast-track is adopted. Without any possibility of a 60-vote, let alone 67-vote, threshold in the Senate, this final check will have been removed. Additionally, the revenues and rules committees have exclusive control over enforcement, eliminating the ability of rank-and-file members to hold the Administration accountable for violations. Those saying Congress can just vote down a bad trade deal ignore the unbroken cycle of history.

Senator Sessions or one of the other senators is expected to present amendments to give more authority back to the Congress. If these amendments are voted on, LLPH will urge a YES vote and may score this amendments in our scorecard.

Without passage of the Flake Amendment and the Sessions Amendment or some equivalent, LLPH will urge all Senators to vote NO on Final Passage of the TPA and will score this vote in our scorecard. It is time to stand up for the Constitution, limited government, and the working men and women of our nation.

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#LLPH #House Key Vote Alert: “YES” on Blackburn #PennyPlan Amdt. to #Legislative Approps. FY 2016! #TCOT

Legislative Appropriations FY 2016: 

LLPH urges all members of the House of Representatives to vote YES on the Blackburn Amendment to Cut 1% Across the Board on the Legislative Appropriations FY 2016 bill. We are thankful for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) who we can always count on to We will likely include this bill in our annual scorecard. The summary of the amendment reads:

Provides for a one percent across the board cut. Exempts Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, and the Sergeant at Arms.

In addition, we strongly support the amendment offered by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to fully cut all funding for the Open World Leadership Center:

Zeros out $5,700,000 in funding for the Open World Leadership Center and applies the savings to the spending reduction account.

We may possibly score this vote in our scorecard, so all members should be aware of our support for this amendment. This is a duplicative program costing taxpayers more than $5 million annually. With an $18 Trillion debt, it is time to bring this program to a close.

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