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Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Saturday March 18, 2017 ( 20 items )  

'Countering Violent Extremism' Programs Provide Surveillance Infrastructure for Islamophobic Administration
NEW YORK, March 16 -- Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law issued the following news release: The Trump administration is reportedly planning to revamp (http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=108218&qid=12282725) a controversial program, "Countering Violent Extremism," to focus solely and explicitly on American Muslims, potentially even renaming it "Countering Islamic Extremism." But a new report (http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/a  more

AJC CEO Issues Statement on President Trump's Budget Proposal
NEW YORK, March 16 -- The American Jewish Committee issued the following statement by CEO David Harris on President Trump's 2018 budget proposal: "AJC is deeply concerned by President Trump's proposed 29 percent cut in funding to the State Department and USAID. "Without robust diplomacy and strong foreign aid, the United States will not be able to play its necessary role as a global leader. "Any budget process must absolutely consider inefficiencies and redundancies, 'but the proposed d  more

Chairman Mccain Issues Statement on White House's Proposed Topline Defense Budget
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- The office of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the White House's proposed fiscal 2018 defense topline budget: "The fiscal year 2018 defense topline proposed today of $603 billion will not be sufficient to rebuild the military. Such a budget does not represent a 10 percent increase as previously described by the White House, but amounts to a mere 3 percent over President Obama's defense plan, w  more

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Address ACA #Summit24 Attendees
PITTSBURGH, March 17 -- The American Cable Association issued the following news release: The American Cable Association announced today that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will address ACA's 24th annual policy summit in Washington, D.C. Chairman Pai is scheduled to speak Thursday, March 30, at 8 a.m., ahead of ACA's messaging day on Capitol Hill. "ACA is thrilled that Chairman Pai will be speaking at the ACA Summit later this month so that its smaller broadband and vi  more

Gardner Announces EPA Payments to Colorado Communities Impacted by Gold King Mine Spill
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- The office of Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., issued the following news release: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding a total of $54,275.40 to Colorado entities "for payroll, fringe, travel and indirect costs" associated with the Gold King Mine spill. According to the EPA, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will receive $812.49, the city of Durango will receive $1,072.63, the San Juan Basin Health Department will rece  more

IDC Urges Trump Administration to Take Action on Anniversary of ISIS Genocide Designation
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- In Defense of Christians issued the following news release: One year ago today, on March 17, 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry formally designated the actions of ISIS as genocide. As part of that declaration he said: "[ISIS] is... responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities... [ISIS] kills Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis becaus  more

Kildee, Stabenow, Peters Announce Environmental Protection Agency Approval of $100 Million in Federal Funds for City of Flint
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Mich., issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency approved $100 million in federal emergency funding for the City of Flint. Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Kildee secured the funding in a bipartisan agreement that passed Congress at the end of 2016. "Today we have good news for families in Fli  more

President Trump's Budget Eliminates Investments in Great Lakes, Tells Governor Walker to Provide Funding
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- The office of Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today wrote to Governor Scott Walker about President Trump's proposed budget and plan to eliminate federal investments for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and instead rely the State of Wisconsin and local governments to provide this critical funding. "Last year, you wrote to President Trump expressing your view that the role of the federal government  more

Rep. Barletta Faults Court Rulings Temporarily Blocking Trump's Executive Order
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., issued the following news release: Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today faulted two federal district court rulings temporarily blocking President Donald J. Trump's executive order suspending travel to the United States from six countries with strong connections to terrorism. The ruling was made only a few hours before the order was slated to go into effect. The judges cited Trump's campaign rhetoric as grounds that the order violates the Est  more

Rep. Conaway Issues Statement on President Trump's Budget Proposal
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement on the Trump administration's first budget proposal: "Today's proposal covers appropriations spending and mainly provides top line numbers. A comprehensive budget, including details, is expected later this spring, when we will have a more complete picture. Importantly, Congress will be working along this same timeline on its own budget policies and priorities.   more

Rep. DesJarlais Votes to Ease VA Hiring, Firing, Improve Vet Health Care Murfreesboro, Nashville Hospitals Most in Need of Help
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., issued the following news release: The VA Accountability First Act of 2017 would streamline disciplinary procedures at the Veterans Administration, where federal employees collected performance bonuses, while patients died on secret waiting lists, a CNN investigation showed (http://www.cnn.com/specials/us/va-hospitals). Yesterday, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted for the bill and another to protect veterans' Second Amendment  more

Rep. Khanna on Holding Trump Accountable on Health Care
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., issued the following news release: Rep. Khanna made the following statement on the need to preserve health care for all Americans. You can also read the statement on the congressman's Medium account: "When the Affordable Care Act passed, I was never prouder of President Obama and honored to be serving in his administration. Even when so many political advisers counseled him to abandon the fight for universal health care, he soldiered on and  more

Rep. Noem: A Diversity of Issues Impacting Agriculture
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., issued the following column: I love what Bridger Gordon, a student from Whitewood, SD, wrote about agriculture: "Agriculture encompasses - and enhances - the entire environment, harnessing soil, water, sunlight to produce food, habitat, employment." That observation helped Bridger win a national essay contest this year, which came with a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington, DC, to celebrate National Ag Day on March 21. Bridger is right. T  more

Rep. Pascrell Leads Push for Full Funding of Brain Research
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Tim Murphy (R-PA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sent a letter this week urging full funding for the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The request for funding builds on the strong bipartisan effort to improve our understanding of the brain and the go  more

Sen. Coons: President Trump is 'Beginning to Learn that Words Matter'
WASHINGTON, March 16 -- The office of Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined CNN's New Day to discuss the recent block of President Trump's travel ban by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, as well as the President's budget proposal. "I think President Trump is struggling to make the transition from campaigning to governing. And he's beginning to learn that words matte  more

Sen. Grassley Speaks on Sunshine Week
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on March 15, on Sunshine Week: Mr. President, this week is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of the good that comes from peeling back the curtains on government. Sunshine Week coincides with the National Freedom of Information Day and President James Madison's birthday, both of which occur on March 16. James Madison understood the value of an in  more

Sen. Peters Presents West Michigan Vietnam Veterans with 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pins
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 17 -- The office of Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today presented Vietnam veterans from West Michigan with commemorative lapel pins to honor their service in the Vietnam War. The ceremony, which was held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, is part of a natio  more

Sens. Stabenow, Peters, Rep. Kildee Announce Environmental Protection Agency Approval of $100 Million in Federal Funds for City of Flint
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- The office of Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency approved $100 million in federal emergency funding for the City of Flint. Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Kildee secured the funding in a bipartisan agreement that passed Congress at the end of 2016. "Today we have good news for   more

Sens. Stabenow, Peters, Rep. Kildee Announce Environmental Protection Agency Approval of $100 Million in Federal Funds for City of Flint
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- The office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency approved $100 million in federal emergency funding for the City of Flint. Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Kildee secured the funding in a bipartisan agreement that passed Congress at the end of 2016. "Today we have good news   more

Setting the Record Straight: Q&A on Voluntary Employee Wellness Programs
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., issued the following news release: Voluntary employee wellness plans have long helped lower health care costs for working families and promote the health and wellbeing of employees. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313) to provide regulatory clarity so employers can have the certainty they need to continue offering the  more