Friday - February 24, 2017
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Friday February 24, 2017 ( 22 items )  

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Travel to Cuba to Promote U.S. Economic Development
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., issued the following news release: A bipartisan Congressional delegation is in Cuba this week to continue the progress begun by President Obama to bring U.S.-Cuba relations into the 21st Century and explore new opportunities to promote U.S. economic development with Cuba. The trip will focus on economic opportunities for American companies in the agriculture and health sectors. U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Micha  more

Diane Warren to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2017 ASCAP Pop Music Awards
NEW YORK, Feb. 22 -- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers issued the following news release: ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren with its prestigious Founders Award at its 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Thursday, May 18. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2016, will take place at The Wiltern in Los Ang  more

Disgraceful: President Trump Administration Puts Transgender Kids at Risk
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- The Human Rights Campaign issued the following news release: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, today responded to the Trump Administration's upcoming roll back of the protective guidance for transgender students. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the decision earlier today. Under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Se  more

Family Equality Council Condemns Decision to Rescind Transgender Schools Guidance
NEW YORK, Feb. 22 -- The Family Equality Council issued the following news: Today the Department of Justice and the Department of Education formally rescinded guidance issued by the same departments in 2016 that outlined public schools' responsibilities to transgender students under Title IX. Family Equality Council strongly condemns this action by the Trump Administration as a regressive and reprehensible step backwards, and as an indication that the federal government is unwilling to stand   more

George Washington's 1789 Acts of Congress and 1797 Pardon of the Leaders of the Whiskey Rebellion Available Online for Presidents Day Through National Constitution Center's Google Arts & Culture Platform
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 20 -- The National Constitution Center issued the following news release: A selection of rare presidential artifacts, curated by the National Constitution Center, can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between Google and the Constitution Center. Thanks to this new virtual collection, users will be able to view the Acts of Congress, which was owned by George Washington and contains his annotated copy of the U.S. C  more

Gov. Scott Walker, A.G. Brad Schimel and Corporate Special Interest Lobby Support Right-Wing Rewrite of Rules for U.S. Supreme Court
MADISON, Wis., Feb. 22 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release: Gov. Scott Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), who have conspired to pack the Wisconsin State Supreme Court with judges willing to take their side, are now turning their sights to rewriting the rules for nominees to the United States Supreme Court. The right-wing  more

Hoyer Statement on Trump Administration's Decision to Rescind Guidance Protecting the Rights of Transgender Students
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's decision to rescind the Obama Administration's guidance protecting the rights of transgender students: "I am deeply disappointed by the Trump Administration's decision to rescind this guidance. Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and we ought to provide them with a safe and supportive learning environment. "Transgender student  more

Leader Pelosi Issues Statement on Trump Administration Attack on Transgender Student Protections
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23 -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued the following statement after it was announced that President Trump has rescinded the Obama administration's Title IX guidance to schools on protecting the rights of transgender students: "No student should face discrimination at school because of who they are. Transgender students have the same right to a safe environment at school and in their community as everyone else. Withdrawing the historic guidance from the  more

LULAC Condemns DHS Memos That Set the Stage for Mass Deportations
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The League of United Latin American Citizens issued the following news release: Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a series of memos detailing the enforcement procedures for President Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security. Under the new guidance, the Department of Homeland Security has effectively ended the Obama-era focus on deporting the most dangerous criminal aliens and has replaced it with a policy that makes almost e  more

Rep. Kelly Co-authors Op-ed on Repealing and Replacing Obamacare
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) - a member of the House Ways and Means Committee - co-authored a joint op-ed with Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) published on February 19, 2017, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to describe their case for repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replacing it with a patient-centered alternative that prioritizes choice, flexibility, and affordabi  more

Rep. Pallone and Sierra Club Stand Against Trump's Assault on EPA
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Feb. 23 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06), the Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the New Jersey Sierra Club, stood against President Trump's attack on the EPA and committed to defend the EPA's vital programs to ensure we have clean air, safe drinking water, and a strong agenda to combat climate change. The event was held outside the EPA's Region 2 Laboratory and E  more

Rep. Quigley: Trump Has Abandoned Promise to Protect LGBT Americans
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and was a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced their decision to rescind the Obama Administration's Title IX guidance protecting the rights of transgender students: "As if being a kid wasn't hard enough, President   more

Rep. Roybal-Allard: Democratic Officials Discuss Dangers of Trump's Executive Orders During Visit to South Texas
SAN JUAN, Texas, Feb. 21 -- Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) took part in an immigration roundtable at La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), hosted by Congressmen Filemon Vela (TX-34) and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15). They were joined by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), House Democratic Chairman Joe Crowley (NY-14), and Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. The roundtable a  more

Rep. Serrano Issues Statement on Implementation Memo and Details of President Trump's Immigration Executive Order
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y., issued the following statement on the immigration enforcement implementation memos released yesterday by the Trump administration: "The implementation memos released yesterday allow the Trump Administration to enact a mass deportation and detention agenda and essentially undoes decades of guidance to protect vulnerable populations while keeping our country safe. "It takes away the whole system of prioritization in immigration enforcement  more

Rep. Ted Lieu Statement on Revocation of Transgender Education Guidance by President Trump
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its withdrawal of President Obama's 2016 guidance to ensure transgender students have equal access to schools and school facilities. This guidance formalized over a decade of court decisions that found that Title IX and other sex discrimination laws included protections for transge  more

Rep. Velazquez Issues Statement on Trump Administration Attack on Transgender Student Protections
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., issued the following statement regarding President Trump's decision to rescind the Obama Administration's Title IX guidance to schools regarding transgender students' rights: "The Trump Administration's heartless decision to remove these protections is an assault on the rights of young people who already face extraordinary challenges in simply trying to secure an education in a safe environment. "This attack on the civil rights of th  more

Reversal of School Bathroom/Shower Mandate is a Victory for Parents, Children Says Family Research Council
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- The Family Research Council issued the following news release: Family Research Council applauded a joint letter issued today by the Department of Education and Department of Justice withdrawing the Obama administration's edict to force schools to allow biological males to use girls' showers, locker rooms, and restrooms, and vice versa. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement: "The Trump administration's reversal of this ma  more

Sen. Boozman: Rolling Back Regulations
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- The office of Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., issued the following weekly column: President Ronald Reagan, well known for his oratorical skills, delivered one of the best lines on how an effective government should operate during his first inaugural address. Standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, he told the American people the way to fix Washington was to make government "work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride our back." Regulations that protect co  more

Sen. Sanders Issues Statement on Private Prisons
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama administration directive to phase out the use of private prisons: "This is how our corrupt political and campaign finance system works. Private prison companies invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Donald Trump's presidential campaign and today they got their reward: the Trump administration reversed the Obama administration's directive to reduce the  more

Trump Administration Rescinds Critical Protections for Transgender Students; NYCLU Urges Strengthening State Law
NEW YORK, Feb. 22 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release: The Department of Education and the Department of Justice tonight issued a joint "Dear Colleague" letter changing their position from that of the previous administration by rescinding guidance that clarified the rights of transgender students under Title IX, the federal antidiscrimination law that applies to schools. The new Trump administration guidance cannot undo the legal protections under Title IX a  more

Trump Takes Important First Step to Protect Privacy and Dignity of Students Across America
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 22 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) issued the following news release: The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb regarding the Trump administration's decision to rescind an Obama administration directive that disregarded the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students: "President Trump, Secretary DeVos, and General Sessions have done the right thing for the privacy, safety,   more

U.S. Jesuits, Red Cloud Indian School and St. Francis Mission Call Dakota Access Pipeline Decision 'Morally Unacceptable'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 -- The Society of Jesus issued the following news release: The Jesuits of the U.S., together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, are deeply concerned by the recent decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision to issue an easement allowing the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is a direct res  more