Thursday - October 19, 2017
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Thursday October 19, 2017 ( 23 items )  

60 Plus Association Issues Statement on EPA Repealing Coal Regulations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 17 -- The 60 Plus Association issued the following statement by Founder and Chairman James Martin on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's action to repeal regulations limiting electrical production by coal power plants. "Coal miners across America are celebrating today now that President Trump and his administration have kept their promise to end the war on coal. I salute EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for rolling back the unwise and unnecessary reg  more

AG Sessions Refuses to Disclose Collusion With Texas AG Ken Paxton to Deport DREAMers, End DACA
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 18 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: This morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Trump-Russia scandal, cutbacks on community policing, and the firing of FBI Director Jim Comey. Sessions drew rebukes from his former Senate colleagues when he consistently refused to answer simple questions. When asked about his role with the Texas Attorney General in ending DACA, the Obama-era pro  more

Arizona Worker Asks NLRB to End 'Blocking Charge' Policy That Lets Union Officials Block Votes to Remove Union
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation issued the following news release: With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorneys, an Arizona worker has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to review a case in which he and his co-workers were denied the right to vote to remove a union claiming to represent them, despite the fact that a majority of the employees in the bargaining unit signed a petition for suc  more

Co-Managing Federal Lands With Tribes No Walk in Park
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility issued the following news release: New proposals to jointly manage federal lands with local Indian tribes do not address the major practical difficulties of dealing with disputes that inevitably arise, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Nor do they specify tribal powers to limit public access, harvest resources, or veto federal decisions on federal lands they would co-manage. In a recen  more

David J. Wineland, Amnon Yariv Named 2017 Honorary Members of The Optical Society
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The Optical Society issued the following news release: The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name the recently elected, 2017 Honorary Members. The recipients are David Jeffrey Wineland, 2012 Physics Nobel Laureate, University of Oregon, USA, and Amnon Yariv, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), USA. The 2017 Honorable Members were approved unanimously by the OSA Board of Directors. Honorary Membership is the most distinguished of all OSA Member categories and i  more

DNC Issues Statement on Trump's Remarks on Fallen Troops
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following statement by Deputy Press Secretary Brian Gabriel on President Trump's remarks that President Obama and previous commanders-in-chief did not call the families of fallen troops: In response to Trump's remarks that President Obama and previous commanders-in-chief did not call the families of fallen troops, DNC Deputy Press Secretary Brian Gabriel released the following statement: "The commander-in-chief told a totally   more

Inspector General to Audit Conference, Travel Spending Under Hardest Hit Fund
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa continues his oversight of the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF), a $9.6 billion program that began in 2010 to help homeowners who suffered during the housing crisis. Wasteful spending of these funds by state agencies persisted unchecked for many years of the Obama Administration, and the need for accountability remains. In a continuation of Grassley's request to audit stat  more

McCaskill Introduces St. Louis Native Emily Murphy for Key Trump Administration Post
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced St. Louis native Emily Murphy at her Committee nomination hearing today to lead the General Services Administration (GSA). The agency is responsible for the federal government's purchases,   more

People for the American Way Issues Statement on Nomination of Mateer
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- People for the American Way issued the following statement: * * * In response to reports that Jeff Mateer, Donald Trump's nominee to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, has made a series of comments comparing policies including the contraception mandate at issue in the Hobby Lobby case to the policies of Nazi Germany, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement: "Even for Senate Republi  more

Rep. Marino Issues Statement on Withdrawal of ONDCP Nomination
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., issued the following statement after requesting that President Trump withdraw his name from consideration to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy: "Today I informed President Donald Trump of my intent to withdraw my name from any further consideration to lead ONDCP. "As a former prosecutor who has dedicated my life to aggressive and faithful enforcement of our laws, I have reached the difficult decision that the best course of action i  more

Rep. McCaul Issues Statement on U.S.-backed Forces Claiming Victory Over ISIS in Raqqa
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to U.S.-backed forces claim of victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria: "The defeat of ISIS in its proclaimed capital of Raqqa signifies the continuing deterioration of the so-called 'caliphate.' This is a significant victory for the U.S. and our partners in the campaign to defeat ISIS. "While their territory continues  more

Rep. Pelosi Isuses Remarks Following DREAM Act Roundtable With Young Immigrants
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued the following remarks: * * * Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, LAUSD Officials, young immigrants and labor and business leaders for a roundtable discussion and press conference on passing the DREAM Act now. Below is a transcript of the press conference: Leader Pelosi Opening Remarks Leader Pelosi. Thank you, it's with great hum  more

Rep. Pittenger to BCBS: Don't Blame Trump for Rate Hike
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 18 -- Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., issued the following news release: Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced Obamacare premiums will rise 14 percent in 2018, blaming President Trump's decision to end certain insurance bailouts for the increase. "Does anybody really believe that?" asked Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09). "Blue Cross has raised Obamacare premiums every year, totaling 176 percent since 2013. President Trump did the right thing by   more

Sen. Barrasso Issues Statement on Clean Power Plan Rule Repeal
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following remarks on the Senate floor, on the Environmental Protection Agency taking formal steps to repeal the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan rule: "Last week, the Trump administration took a very important step to end the war on coal and American energy. "The Environmental Protection Agency said that it has begun the formal process to roll back the Obama admin  more

Sen. Cardin Welcomes Reclaimed of Raqqa, Syria From ISIS
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement Tuesday after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had reclaimed Raqqa, Syria from the ISIS: "The capture of Raqqa from ISIS, its de facto capital in Syria, is another critical milestone in the fight against this genocidal terrorist group. I commend the commitment and performance of U.S. forces and our coalition partners, and send  more

Sen. Cassidy Issues Statement on Alexander-Murray Health Care Deal
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The office of Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., issued the following statement on the announcement that Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., ranking member of the panel, have reached an agreement on a bipartisan healthcare deal to fund an insurance subsidy program: "The Obama administration's CSR payments were determined unconstitutional by a federal judge. President Trump asked cong  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement at Justice Department Oversight Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement: "Attorney General Sessions, welcome. Thank you for being here for this oversight hearing. "Oversight is just one of the critical functions and constitutional responsibilities for the legislative branch. It's an opportunity for Congress to investigate and question the policies and actions of the executive branch. It's an opportunity for the executive  more

Sen. Kaine Joins Colleagues to Urge Devos to Clarify Confusing Sexual Assault Guidance for Schools
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The office of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined HELP Committee Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and six other committee members in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson following up on the Department of Education's decision to revoke guidance that direc  more

Sen. McCaskill Introduces St. Louis Native Emily Murphy for Key Trump Administration Post
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The office of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced St. Louis native Emily Murphy at her Committee nomination hearing today to lead the General Services Administration (GSA). The agency is responsible for the federal government's purchases, real estate management, and IT systems, and it plays an essential role in elimin  more

Sen. McConnell: Americans Deserve An Economy That Reaches Its Potential
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., issued the following floor remarks regarding the budget for fiscal 2018 and tax reform: "It goes without saying that the Obama years were not easy for America's middle class. Many of the men and women we represent felt forgotten over the last decade. They found themselves stuck in a stumbling economy without the opportunity to get ahead, looking on as paychecks stagnated, jobs moved overseas, and government spen  more

Sen. Wicker Calls for Senate to Work Through the Night, Weekends to Confirm Trump Nominees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., issued the following news release: In a speech to the Senate, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., called out Senate Democrats for needlessly delaying Senate confirmation of President Trump's nominees. In an effort to speed up this process, Wicker is urging the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to keep the Senate in session on weekends and overnight. Key excerpts of Wicker's speech include: "This is a matter of  more

U.S. Senate Passes Heller Amendment to Lower Taxes for Nevada Families With Children
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The office of Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate today passed U.S. Senator Dean Heller's (R-NV) amendment (Heller Amendment #1146) to provide tax relief for families with children. A member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax issues, Heller urged his colleagues to support his measure to help American families confront the rising costs of raising children. "The U.S. Senate's passage of my amendmen  more

With a Gender Focus, State and Local Policy Changes Advance Healthier Communities for All
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Jacob's Institute of Women's Health issued the following news: When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health (OWH) funded community coalitions across the country to address gender-based health disparities, the communities identified and addressed a wide range of concerns, from inadequate walking and biking facilities in Billings, Montana to impacts of trauma in Baltimore. Several of the OWH Coalition for a Healthier Community (C  more