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228 Republicans and 41 Democrats in the U.S. House voted for a $612 billion defense authorization bill on May 15. They maneuvered the increase in military spending, which should have been prohibited by “sequester” spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, by putting some of the spending in a slush fund.
The Senate Armed Services Committee also approved a $612 billion defense authorization bill that circumvents the sequester.
Republican state representative Drew Springer of Muenster, Texas has filed HB 464, a bill to require minor party nominees to pay filing fees.
Libertarian National Committee executive director Wes Benedict commented, "Republican Drew Springer's bill is a poll tax on minor parties, including the Libertarian Party. It's an injustice, and it's unconstitutional."
The bill would require all minor party nominees to pay fees to be allowed to appear on the November election ballot. The fees range as high as $5,000, depending on the office.
Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark says murder charge against Walter Scott's killer is only first step
Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark released the following statement today:
"Mere words are insufficient to describe my outrage over the murder of Walter Scott by a man in a police uniform.
“A man was pulled over for an alleged traffic infraction and ended up dead on the ground, shot at eight times from the back as he fled.
Urges Americans: Let’s Get This Passed!
The Libertarian Party endorses the Surveillance State Repeal Act (H.R. 1466) introduced by Rep Mark Pocan (D-WI), which would substantially scale back the surveillance apparatus of the U.S. government.
Nicholas Sarwark, LP Chair said, “The Surveillance State Repeal Act would dramatically improve the privacy of Americans’ personal and business communications and restore substantial Fourth Amendment rights now routinely violated by the U.S. government.”
Senators Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah)– lauded among Republican politicians as two of their more “fiscally conservative” members – proposed numerous changes to the federal income tax for which most working taxpayers would see little if any benefit.
Click here to view the Libertarian Party response to President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address
Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas J. Sarwark released the following statement today:
"The CIA’s practice of torture confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Report released on December 9 shows the agency engaged in reprehensible and illegal behaviors that were, in effect, war crimes.
"The CIA and politicians redacted the bulk of the government’s report, which remains withheld from public view. One can only speculate as to the additional horrors that lie within the rest of the report, given the gravity of what was revealed.