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Thousands of Constituents to Join ‘Resistance Recess’ At Town Halls Nationwide

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:03

As Congress takes its first recess of the Trump presidency, thousands of constituents nationwide will join the “Resistance Recess,” a nationwide week of action with more than 200 events taking place at elected officials’ town halls and public appearances, or at self-organized “constituent town halls” in districts where Congressional leaders are refusing to hold face-to-face meetings.

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Major Overhaul Needed at NEB Amidst Crisis of Confidence

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:00
Council of Canadians

As the National Energy Board (NEB) Modernization panel stops in Gatineau tomorrow, the federal government needs to put an immediate freeze on current pipeline proposals until impartial oversight is established. That’s the central message in a long list of concerns that Ecology Ottawa and the Council of Canadians will be presenting to the NEB Modernization panel.

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Single-Payer Reform is ‘the Only Way to Fulfill the President’s Pledge’ on Health Care: Annals of Internal Medicine Commentary

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 07:15
Physicians for a National Health Program

Proposals floated by Republican leaders won’t achieve President Trump’s campaign promises of more coverage, better benefits, and lower costs, but a single-payer reform would, according to a commentary published today [Tuesday, Feb. 21] in Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious and widely cited medical journals.

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Members of Congress Duck Constituents, Dodge Town Halls to Avoid Accountability

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:30
People's Action

More than 40,000 people joined a call on Sunday night to find out how they can get the attention of their member of Congress during the Congressional Recess this week.

Constituents want to ask them questions about defending health care, protecting immigrants and refugees, and standing strong against President Trump’s agenda of hate.

The call, the fourth in a series, was coordinated by MoveOn, People’s Action, Working Families Party, Indivisible and other organizations.

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UK Trains Ethiopian Security Forces, as MPs Call for Action on Death-Row Dad

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:03

The UK Government is training senior members of Ethiopia’s security sector, despite the illegal detention of a British father on the country’s death row. The news comes as 53 MPs and peers call on the Foreign Office to secure Andy Tsege’s return from unlawful detention.  

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Trump’s First 30 Days: A Wholesale Corporate Takeover of Government

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:56
Public Citizen

A day-by-day review of the Trump administration’s first month shows that virtually every day has been marked by a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and/or another development in Donald Trump’s get-rich-quick-scheme known as the American presidency, a Public Citizen report shows.

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Photos: 'Say No to Trump' Projected on Parliament Ahead of Trump Debate and #StopTrump Protests

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 06:53
Global Justice Now

A giant slogan of the words ‘Say no to Trump’ has been projected on the Houses of Parliament the day before a parliamentary debate on Trump’s state visit is due to take place, and the day before tens of thousands of people are expected to fill Parliament Square opposing the state visit.

Categories: Latest News on Senate Confirmation Vote for Pruitt

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:08

Today, following 30 hours of floor debate, the U.S. Senate voted 52-46 confirming Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination for EPA Administrator. The vote comes after an Oklahoma County Court ruled yesterday that Pruitt was in violation of the state’s Open Records Act, and ordered his office to release thousands of emails.

In response, Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

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Anti-environment Zealot Confirmed to Run Environmental Protection Agency

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:08
Center for Biological Diversity

In a highly partisan vote, the U.S. Senate today confirmed President Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Only a single Republican broke party ranks to oppose Pruitt, a climate change denier who has repeatedly sued the EPA to block lifesaving pollution-prevention measures.

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Lawmakers Ignored Pruitt’s Record, Says Union of Concerned Scientists Pres. Ken Kimmell

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:06
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks a low point in the United States’ history of environmental and public health protection, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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Near-Partisan Vote Confirms Pruitt for EPA, Imperiling Public Health Protections

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:06
Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The nation’s drinking water and air, safeguards against pesticides, and oversight of big polluters are at risk with the Senate's approval today of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite unanswered questions about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

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Environment America: Scott Pruitt Won’t Protect America’s Air, Water or Families

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:04
Environment America

Today the Senate voted to approve President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment America’s Executive Director, Margie Alt, issued the following statement in response:

“This country needs an Environmental Protection Agency administrator whose top priority is protecting our air and water and our families’ health. We need somebody willing to enforce and defend our bedrock environmental laws and a leader guided by science when creating and implementing policy.

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New White House Communications Director Represents the Corporate Interests Candidate Trump Ran Against

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 08:37
Public Citizen

President Donald Trump has named Michael Dubke to be White House communications director.

Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

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Senate Must Postpone Pruitt Confirmation Vote

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 08:20

With Scott Pruitt’s confirmation vote expected as soon as this afternoon, Senate leaders just held a news conference in response to news that a court in Oklahoma has ordered Scott Pruitt to release thousands of emails from his time as Attorney General of that state. The senators are asking that the vote be postponed until the emails can be reviewed.

In response Earthjustice Vice President of Policy and Legislation, Martin Hayden, issued the following statement:

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Enbridge-Spectra Mega-Merger Bad for Consumers, Climate

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 08:19
Food & Water Watch

“The White House completed its pipeline trifecta yesterday by rubber stamping the Enbridge-Spectra merger after approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and reversing the blocked Keystone XL Pipeline. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the deal without requiring the merged firm to divest a single inch of its 38,000-mile oil and gas pipeline network. The company will be able to exert market power to reduce output and raise prices on consumers. As with other industries, this mega-merger only benefits company shareholders, not communities.

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After Dreamer's Detention, Constituents Demand Speaker Ryan Protect DACA & Hold Town Hall on Raids from Trump Immigration Orders

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:48
Voces de la Frontera

Who: Voces de la Frontera, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, DACA beneficiary constituents of House Speaker Paul Ryan and their families, supporters 

What: Rally to demand House Speaker Paul Ryan protect DACA beneficiaries and hold a town hall meeting with constituents on raids from Trump immigration orders (DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created by President Obama to provide immigrant youth work permits and protection from deportation)

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Jewish Voice for Peace: Regardless of Performance, Friedman's Record Speaks for Itself

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:21
Jewish Voice for Peace

Following today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for David Friedman as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Jewish Voice for Peace offers the following statement from Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson:

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Thorough Review of Secretary of Labor Nominee Alexander Acosta

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:28
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following today’s nomination of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor: 

“Following the failed nomination of Andrew Puzder, it is incumbent upon the Senate to conduct a thorough review of Alexander Acosta’s record.  Our next Secretary of Labor must fully respect our laws designed to protect American workers. 

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Fight for $15 on Nomination of Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:26
Fight for $15

In response to President Trump’s nomination of Alexander Acosta for labor secretary, Aiesha Meadows McLaurin, a Burger King worker from Chicago, IL issued the following statement:

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Americans Would Benefit from Raising the Social Security Payroll Tax Cap

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:43
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Today, individuals who make one million dollars will stop paying into Social Security. The maximum amount of earnings that can be taxed for Social Security in 2017 is $127,200, and millionaires just hit this cap. This means that those with the highest earnings in the US pay a lower rate than the vast majority of Americans, since 94.6 percent of workers have incomes below the cap.

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