This morning, in response to the Senate vote to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former Managing Director at BlackRock, Inc., issued the following statement:
The Arc Responds to Senate Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Each Vote in Favor of This Bill Was a Vote Against Constituents with Disabilities”
The Arc released the following statement in response to Senate passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
Former Olympia Food Co-op Board Members Move to End Seven-Year Lawsuit Over Boycott of Israeli Goods
Today, attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) called for a Washington State court to end a seven-year litigation battle against former volunteer board members of the Olympia Food Cooperative over their decision to boycott Israeli goods as part of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel for violations of international law and the denial of Palestinian human rights.
Trump Policies Cause Chaos for Hondurans in the US and in Honduras: Immigrants Decry US Complicity for Instability in Honduras and Against Immigrants
Immigrant Rights Organizations condemn the Trump administration’s policies, that threaten stability in Honduras and harm US immigrants. Trump’s State Department advanced military aid to Honduras on November 28, 2017, even as the Central American country faced political chaos and instability in Honduras due to fraudulent activity in its national election. US State Department support for Honduras, including unfounded praise for its human rights record, has emboldened the current regime.
Repeal and replace. That’s the mantra that will haunt the Republicans ramming through the monstrous tax bill plundering regular Americans and our commonwealth in order to give aid and comfort to multinational corporations and the superrich. This tax scam is an offense against democratic values, human decency, transparent and orderly process, justice, honest economics, the poor, solidarity and common sense.
In response to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, issued the following statement:
Upon final House passage of the GOP Tax Bill, Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, issued the following statement:
Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the passage of the GOP tax bill:
“This isn’t tax reform; it is simply the largest transfer of wealth to those at the top in generations—at the expense of working and middle-class Americans. President Trump may have campaigned as a populist, but with his support Congress rammed through a tax plan in which 83 percent of the benefits will go to the top 1 percent by 2027, and where Americans earning less than $75,000 a year will be paying more for this tax cut to the wealthy. That is why most Americans oppose it.
Nebraska Commissioners Deny Motions to Reconsider Keystone XL Pipeline Application, Causing New Delays for TransCanada
Following oral arguments from Nebraska landowners last week, the Public Service Commission put another hurdle in TransCanada’s path today, denying the company’s request to amend their current application for Keystone XL to match the alternate route they were granted. TransCanada hoped to amend their existing application to avoid legal challenges, but Nebraskans urged commissioners to deny this request, noting the lack of consultation with communities living along the alternate route.
In anticipation of passage of the GOP Tax Plan in the House and Senate, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, President, CEO and Co-founder:
“This bill fails as corporate tax reform because it cuts the wrong taxes at the wrong time. Cutting corporate and pass-through taxes now, during this strong business cycle, will not achieve the growth Republicans say it will.
"House Republicans just jammed through a historically unpopular tax bill that enriches their wealthy donors at the American people's expense. Every Republican will be held to account, regardless of if they voted for the bill or were given permission to vote no.
This afternoon, the extreme right-wing Republican leaders of the House of Representatives rammed through a vote to advance the Trump Tax Scam to a final vote in the U.S. Senate. In response, CREDO released the following statement:
Today, in response to the House vote to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former Managing Director at BlackRock, Inc., issued the following statement:
While Republicans Try to Ram Their Unpopular Tax Plan Through Congress, Americans Continue to Voice Their Objection...
Concerned constituents opposed to the Republican tax plan have now placed more than 930,000 phone calls to Congress using tools and 1-800 numbers set up by a wide coalition of groups opposed to the plan. Of course, many more voters have called their members of Congress directly, and the 930,000 calls represent only those that we can track. Activists and media outlets from across the country continue to report full voicemail boxes and busy signals at Congressional offices.
A coalition of conservation and tribal citizen groups today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging the Trump Administration’s suspension of the Bureau of Land Management’s Waste Prevention Rule and seeking to have these protections put back in place. The rule requires companies drilling on public and tribal lands to use common-sense, proven measures to reduce natural gas that is leaked, vented or flared.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will consider allowing the bee-killing pesticide thiamethoxam to be sprayed on the most widely grown crops in the United States.
Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers. Anna Aurilio, Environment America’s DC Office Director, issued the following statement in response:
Dave Webb, CND Chair, said:
"This is an extraordinary development if the government goes ahead. Where precisely will £205 billion or more, the full cost of Trident replacement, be found outside of the MoD budget? The government has repeatedly said it hasn't got billions laying about so, for lack of a magic money tree, this can mean only one thing. Further cuts to schools, hospitals or other areas of social spending.
Honduras’ Electoral Authority Declares Incumbent President the Winner of Elections, Despite Statistical Near-Impossibility, CEPR Co-Director Says
Honduras’ electoral authority, the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), has declared incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernández of the National Party the winner of the November 26 presidential elections, despite a statistical near-impossibility of such an outcome, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said today.