Saturday - April 29, 2017
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Friday April 28, 2017 ( 26 items )  

'Buffett Rule' Introduced in Congress
WASHINGTON, April 26 -- Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., issued the following news release: On the same day that President Donald Trump unveiled a tax overhaul proposal that would slash taxes for some of the wealthiest Americans and dramatically increase the national debt, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced legislation to prevent America's top earners from paying lower tax rates than middle-class families. The Paying a Fair Share Act would ens  more

General Electric Chooses Secrecy over Transparency
WASHINGTON, April 26 -- The National Center for Public Policy Research issued the following news release: At today's annual meeting of General Electric (GE) investors held in Asheville, North Carolina, the National Center for Public Policy Research presented a shareholder resolution calling on the industrial giant to explain its rationale for donating shareholder money to controversial groups such as Planned Parenthood and the Clinton Foundation. Justin Danhof"Apparently General Electric e  more

Johnson & Johnson Executives Not Remorseful Over ObamaCare Role
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The National Center for Public Policy Research issued the following news release: Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky expressed zero remorse today for the company's integral role in creating ObamaCare, but did vow to work with the Trump Administration and congressional leaders on future health care initiatives. He made this statement today at the company's annual shareholder meeting in New Brunswick, New Jersey in response to a question from a representative of the Natio  more

On CNBC, Sen. Portman Discusses Jobs, Tax Reform & Regulatory Reform
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The office of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: During an interview this morning on CNBC's Squawk Box, Senator Portman discussed the need to work together to fix our broken tax code and pass regulatory reform legislation to make America more competitive, create more jobs, and increase wages. Portman, who has been outspoken on the need to reform our tax code to provide relief to Ohio's workers, also discussed bipartisan legislation that he int  more

Rep. Chaffetz Applauds Executive Order to Review Antiquities Act
WASHINGTON, April 26 -- Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for a review of Antiquities Act designations - including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. "Unilaterally locking up millions of acres of land for political gain was not the original intent of the Antiquities Act. Imposing such designation  more

Rep. Cheney Issues Statement on Trump Executive Order Reviewing Antiquities Act Designations
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., issued the following statement on President Trump's Executive Order reviewing national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906. "I applaud President Trump's order to review national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act. Wyoming is exempted from the 1906 law, however the Obama Administration has recklessly used the Antiquities Act as a vehicle to seize land in other western states without input from state and local leade  more

Rep. Costa Issues Statement on San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution Act
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee held a mark-up on H.R. 1769, the San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution Act. Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) offered one amendment during the committee mark-up and gave remarks. H.R. 1769 passed out of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. "Passage of the San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution Act would provide Congressional authorization of the negotiated settlement ag  more

Rep. Johnson Urges Congress to Prioritize Fort Polk and Barksdale Assets
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., issued the following news release: On Thursday, Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04) testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the importance of funding missions at Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk Army Base in Louisiana. Rep. Johnson has visited both installations repeatedly to assess their needs and has attended several Department of Defense briefings at the Pentagon since. He continues to advocate on behalf of Louisiana's important   more

Rep. LaMalfa Supports Review of National Monument Designations
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Interior to review national monument designations made during the last 20 years under the Antiquities Act. "I fully support the President's decision to review national monuments that had been recklessly expanded under the Obama Administration. "Downsizing many of these monuments will help the Department of Interior to better  more

Rep. Tim Ryan Joins Letter to Secretary DeVos Urging Her to Reinstate Student Loan Protections
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan today urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse a decision (link is external) to rescind Obama-era memos on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms had included new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing. The letter was signed by more than 130 Members of Congress. "Secretary DeVos's decision to roll back consumer protecti  more

Rep. Zeldin Issues Statement on Politico Report on President Obama, Iran
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement in response to a new Politico Investigative report with disturbing new details about the Obama administration's prisoner exchange with Iran: "Once again we are reminded of how brutally incompetent President Obama's foreign policy was, especially as it related to Iran. I can't say that I am surprised in the least by   more

Reps. Beyer, LoBiondo Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Marine Life
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., issued the following news release: Congressman Don Beyer and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) today announced that they have introduced legislation to halt permits for seismic airgun blasting on the Atlantic seaboard. Petroleum companies use seismic blasting in their surveying process, but the practice has significant, adverse effects on marine species. The Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act would halt the practice. "The seismic pulses from airg  more

Retailers Urge Confirmation of Acosta As Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The National Retail Federation issued the following news release: The National Retail Federation today urged the Senate to confirm Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor and said his leadership would bring back balance to the agency. "Retailers believe Alexander Acosta will guide our nation's labor policy in a more balanced and pro-growth direction," NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. "We look forward to working with Secretary Acos  more

Sen. Duckworth in First Speech on Senate Floor: America's Prosperity, Strength Depend on Our Values
WASHINGTON, April 26 -- The office of Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) delivered her maiden speech on the Senate floor today, calling for a return to the shared values of equality, opportunity and inclusiveness that made Illinois and America the envy of the world while rebuking the voices in Washington suggesting a darker path forward for our country. Duckworth highlighted how these values led to signature American economic a  more

Sen. Portman: Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Will Create Jobs & Raise Wages
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The office of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to act on the bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act he introduced yesterday with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Portman said that this bill represents "a great opportunity to break through the partisan gridlock and to get something done that actually creates more jobs, raises wages, and makes a   more

Sen. Shaheen Delivers Keynote Address on Russia: 'The American People Need to Fully Understand What Putin Is Doing. and... We Need to Stop Him'
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The office of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, addressed the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action) today to discuss Russia's interference in the United States and provide a broader geopolitical context. Sen. Shaheen's remarks as prepared for delivery are below. You can watch her   more

Sen. Thune Reintroduces Legislation to Increase EPA Transparency
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The office of Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced the Real EPA Impact Reviews (REPAIR) Act, which would help facilitate a more transparent EPA regulatory impact analyses (RIA) process by requiring the EPA to include a scenario in each of its RIAs that does not contain additional proposed regulations. "The Obama EPA's legacy will largely be defined by the massive amount of regulations it piled ont  more

Sen. Udall Leads Press Conference on President Trump's Broken Promises to 'Drain the Swamp'
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The office of Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led Senate and House Democrats in a press conference to discuss President Trump's many broken promises to "drain the swamp" of special interests during the first 100 days of his administration. As Udall said, in spite of his pledges to return Washington the people, President Trump has stocked his administration with billionaires and lobbyists, refuses to adhere to ess  more

Sen. Wyden: Oregon Leaders, Joined by Diverse Group of Local Stakeholders, Urge Protection of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
WASHINGTON, April 26 -- The office of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following news release: Today, in response to an unprecedented Executive Order mandating a "review" of national monuments designated since 1996, Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, Governor Kate Brown, and a diverse group of local stakeholders including tribes, sportsmen and businesses highlighted the benefits of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and urged the Trump Administration to protect the full monum  more

Senate Armed Services Subcommittee Receives Testimony from Ex-DOD Under Secretary
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Cybersecurity issued the following testimony by Michael D. Lumpkin, principal at Neptune Computer and former acting under secretary of Defense for policy at a hearing entitled "Cyber-enabled Information Operations": "Chairman Rounds, Ranking Member Nelson, and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to address you today as a private citizen and in an individual capacity on the topic of Information  more

Sens. Reed, Whitehouse, Colleagues Urge Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The office of Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., issued the following news release: In an effort to ensure student loan borrowers are protected from major financial risks and provided with timely and accurate information about their debt, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and more than 130 Members of Congress in sending a letter this week to Secreta  more

Trump Continues U.S. Declassified Diplomacy with Argentina
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The National Security Archive issued the following news: The infamous Southern Cone collaboration known as "Operation Condor" considered establishing "field offices" in the United States and Europe, and Condor members Argentina, Uruguay and Chile were "known to have followed through on plans for West European operations," according to a declassified report from the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), posted today by the National Security Ar  more

Trump Order Could Open Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific to Offshore Oil Drilling
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: President Trump today announced plans to order the government to review the Obama administration's ban on offshore drilling across thousands of square miles in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The order -- which could also open the Pacific coast to new drilling -- could lead to dramatically increased risks of oil spills, damage to oceans and wildlife, and a worsening of the climate crisis. "It'  more

Trump Will Try to Open Fragile, Pristine Arctic Ocean to Drilling
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Wilderness Society issued the following news release: President Trump on Friday is expected to sign an executive order directing the Interior Department to lift restrictions that President Barack Obama imposed in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, according to press reports. In response, The Wilderness Society issues the following statement from its president, Jamie Williams: "Some places are simply too precious to drill, and foremost is the Arctic Ocean. The chanc  more

Udall, Lujan, Lujan Grisham Join More than 130 other Members of Congress to Urge Education Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The office of Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of fe  more

USW: Trade Actions on Aluminum Need to Focus on Real Problem
PITTSBURGH, April 27 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following statement by President Leo W. Gerard on Section 232 investigation on aluminum: * * * USW International President Leo W. Gerard released the following statement in conjunction with the Trump administration's announcement of a Section 232 investigation on aluminum. The USW represents thousands of workers in the aluminum industry in Canada and the U.S. In the U.S., aluminum production and employment is down dramatically as   more