Climate activist Ken Ward, the "valve turner" who was arrested and prosecuted for closing the emergency valve on an oil sands pipeline, and who argued in front the jury with considerable success that the urgency of climate change compelled him to act, was sentenced Friday in Skagit County Superior Court in Washington State. His sentence of two days in jail has already been fulfilled.
Despite Trump’s Own Ethics Rules, Dozens of Former Lobbyists Appear to Work in the Administration on Issues on Which They Lobbied
In what appears to be a breach of Trump’s own ethics rules, dozens of former lobbyists who serve in the Trump administration handle the same specific issues on which they lobbied within the past two years, a new Public Citizen report shows.
Common Cause Praises Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation into Russian Cyber Attacks on US Elections; Urges Action to Prepare for Future Threats
Today, Common Cause praised the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the Russian government’s cyber attacks on the U.S. election infrastructure and urged the Committee to make recommendations which would safeguard the United States from future attacks.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a controversial 303-mile pipeline that would carry 2 billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day from West Virginia through Virginia.
Senate Republicans Unveil Dangerous Health Care Bill Which Robs Millions of Health Care, Withholds Abortion Coverage for Virtually All Women in the United States
Senate Republicans today unveiled their health care bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pushes health care out of reach for millions of people.
In addition to gutting women’s access to basic health care services like birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood and guaranteed coverage of maternity care, the bill also strips women of their private insurance coverage for abortion care.
After weeks of negotiating in secret, today Republican senators released their plan to leave millions of Americans uninsured and to take away the health protections that families count on. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement in response:
The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the U.S. government to turn over all records relating to interrogations at a network of secret prisons in Yemen where — as reported this week by The Associated Press — detainees are being tortured.
Bold Alliance Statement on Issuance of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline
In response to today's issuance by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the proposed Mountain Valley fracked gas pipeline, Carolyn Reilly, Bold Alliance organizer and affected landowner stated, “this is further evidence of the FERC’s inadequate and abusive process that is solely supported and funded by the very corporations and industries it regulates.
National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, In Her Own Voice, and the National Women's Law Center join together to speak out about how the Senate and House versions of Trumpcare harm women.
Who: Terry O'Neill, President of NOW
Michelle Batchelor, Deputy Director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda
Janel George, Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority
Mercy Morganfield, Women's March on Washington
President Trump and the Executive Office of the President appear to be violating the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Constitution’s requirement that the president “take care” that the laws be faithfully executed through the White House’s use of confidential messaging applications and other problematic practices including its destruction of the president’s tweets, according to a lawsuit filed today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA).
Today, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has finally been made public after unprecedented secrecy.
In response, Physicians for Reproductive Health Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:
Today, Angel Padilla, policy director at the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” Senate Republicans’ version of TrumpCare.
This morning, following the Senate's release of its secretive health care bill, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former managing director at BlackRock Inc., issued the following statement:
The draft Senate health care bill that surfaced Thursday would be a disaster for Americans of color, health policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today.
Senate Republicans today finally released a discussion draft of their Obamacare repeal bill after weeks of secret internal negotiations.
American Civil Liberties Union National Political Director Faiz Shakir had the following reaction:
The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson today issued the following statement on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" unveiled by Senate leadership:
The Better Care Reconciliation Act is even worse than the version we saw pass in the House of Representatives and is not worthy of this great nation. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on. This is a nasty bill that will hurt millions of Americans and we urge Senators to reject it.
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act by Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Terri Sewell:
Congress reintroduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act today. The legislation is meant to strengthen voting rights by responding to the unique, modern-day challenges of voting discrimination, including expanding the federal government’s ability to monitor state election procedures. The bill was reintroduced by lead sponsors Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
Jennifer Bellamy, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said:
CREDO is placing #ResistTrumpcare billboards in strategic locations near airports in Arizona and Nevada pressuring Sens. Flake and Heller to oppose Trumpcare.
The billboards depict each senator alongside pictures of Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with the text “Tell Sen. LASTNAME: #ResistTrumpCare. Don’t gut our health care.”