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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 7 items )  

Alabama Farmers Federation Applaud USMCA Passage in Senate
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, Jan. 17 -- The Alabama Farmers Federation issued the following news on Jan. 16: For the second time in as many days, Alabama farmers received good news on the trade front as the U.S. Senate approved the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a vote of 89-10. Passage of the deal, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), comes on the heels of President Donald J. Trump signing the first phase of a China trade agreement Wednesday. The USMCA legislation p  more

Alabama Farmers Federation: President Trump Signs Phase One Trade Agreement With China
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, Jan. 16 -- The Alabama Farmers Federation issued the following news on Jan. 15: U.S. President Donald Trump signed "phase one" of a trade agreement with China earlier which includes a commitment to buy more U.S. agricultural goods including soybeans and pork. Trump's administration said China has pledged to increase its spending on all American goods by $200 billion over the next two years compared to 2017 levels. At least $40 billion of that total will be spent on U.S. fa  more

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: New Jersey Strengthens Coverage for Infertility Treatment by Adding Fertility Preservation Law
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Jan. 14 -- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued the following news release: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a fertility preservation mandate (S2133) into law as part of a legislative package fighting New Jersey's maternal and infant health crisis. This makes New Jersey the ninth state to pass a fertility preservation statute. This bill was intended to strengthen the 2017 update to New Jersey's IVF mandate. The new law applies to health insurance poli  more

Civil Rights Organizations Call for Defeat of Andrew Brasher's Nomination to Eleventh Circuit
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following news release: * * * - With Trump's impeachment, Senate should not even consider Brasher nomination * * * Leading national, state and local racial justice organizations called for the Senate to reject the nomination of Andrew Brasher to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court for Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The move comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee announces it w  more

Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Dr. Kelly Dorgan Joins Discussion to Reintegrate Biology
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama, Jan. 17 -- Dauphin Island Sea Lab issued the following news: The field of biology studies all living things. From single-celled organisms to expansive ecosystems. However, not all biologists use the same tools. Efforts are now underway to reintegrate the fields of biology, creating a network to answer the bigger questions. Dauphin Island Sea Lab marine scientist Dr. Kelly Dorgan is among 400 researchers from across the United States to attend a recent jumpstart meetin  more

People for American Way Issues Statement on Vote to Advance Brasher Nomination
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- People for the American Way issued the following statement by Marge Baker, executive vice president for policy and program, on the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance the nomination of Andrew Brasher, a President Trump nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit: "It is deeply saddening that as we prepare to observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who fought so passionately for voting rights, that we would see an anti-voting rights judicia  more

Southern Poverty Law Center Sues Trump Administration Over Family Separation Policy
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, Jan. 13 -- Southern Poverty Law Center issued the following news: The SPLC and its allies have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration policy that has separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families. The lawsuit, filed this week on behalf of two immigrant parents separated from their children by immigration officials at the U.S. border, describes how the government deliberately terrorized these families by separating them under this policy, which began  more