Monday - December 11, 2017
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Saturday December 09, 2017 ( 21 items )  

CAIR Backs Boycott of Trump's Visit to Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today expressed support for political leaders who are boycotting President Trump's visit to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday and encouraged other state and national leaders to boycott the event because of the president's empowerment and promotion of racism and Islamophobia. Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) say  more

Democratic National Committee Issues Statement on November Jobs Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following statement: * * * After the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, which showed that job growth has slowed (in 2016, the average monthly job growth was 187,000, in 2017 it has dropped to 174,000 per month), DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez issued the following statement: "For the past 10 months, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Republicans in Congress have tried to take   more

DOT's Gift to Big Three Airlines Is Coal in Passengers' Stockings
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The National Consumers League issued the following news release: The Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that it will abandon efforts to address rampant add-on fees that are major irritants for millions of consumers. By withdrawing two key rulemakings -- the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Ancillary Airline Passenger Revenues and the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees -- the DOT is signaling that it   more

Exposed: Rick Perry's Coal Bailout Scheme Was Murray Energy's Idea
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Environmental Working Group issued the following news release: The CEO of one of the nation's largest coal companies claimed last month he had nothing to do with the Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers pay above-market rates for electricity from failing coal-fired power plants. But an explosive investigation by In These Times presents photographic proof that it was his idea. The magazine obtained exclusive photos of a previously undisclosed March 2  more

For 19 Years in a Row, During His First Year As U.S. Senate Dem Leader, Schumer Completes Tour of All 62 New York Counties
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, now the Senate minority leader today completed his 19th consecutive tour of all 62 New York State counties - an accomplishment that continues his track as the first and only New York State public official to visit every single county in New York each year he has been in office. Over the course of the year, Schumer made over 107 visits to Upstate New York  more

LDF Submits Testimony for U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hearing on School-to-Prison Pipeline
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted written testimony in support of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' (USCCR) investigation of school districts' compliance with federal civil rights laws created to protect students of color with disabilities from discriminatory disciplinary actions. The testimony was submitted ahead of today's USCCR's briefing: The School-to-Pris  more

Myth V. Fact: Setting the Record Straight on Democrats' Tall Tales
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Myth: The Senate tax plan gives tax breaks to private jet owners. Fact: The Senate tax plan includes a provision, which was introduced as a standalone bill by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), to correct a long-running dispute between the IRS and private plane owners and operators. For years, the IRS has been in dispute with private plane owners over a federal excise tax. Generally  more

Nation's Leading Press Freedom and Civil Liberties Groups Call on FCC to Abandon Its Attack on Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Free Press issued the following news release: On Thursday, more than 30 press freedom, civil liberties and open government groups submitted a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to cancel the scheduled Dec. 14 vote to undermine the open-internet protections put in place in 2015. "You must not abandon Net Neutrality," the letter ( to Pai   more

NIST Releases Second Draft to Cybersecurity Framework, ANSI Encourages Stakeholders to Comment
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the second draft of the proposed update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity--also known as the Cybersecurity Framework. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages all relevant stakeholders to submit draft comments to NIST by the deadline on Friday, January  more

Rep. Higgins Introduces Bill to Combat Terrorist Threats
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: As part of his work on the Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 4564, the Post-Caliphate Threat Assessment Act of 2017, which would help with identification and response to regions displaying a high level of terrorist activity. The bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State, and the Director of   more

Rep. McMorris Rodgers Issues Statement on Renegotiation of Columbia River Treaty
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, issued the following statement in response after the Department of State announced its intentions to move into renegotiations of the Columbia River Treaty beginning in early 2018: "The Columbia River Treaty and the relationship between the U.S. and Canada play an indispensable role in the livelihoods of those in the Pacific Northwest. "But we must move forward with renegotiations to ensure this agreement remains mutually-benefici  more

Rep. Noem: Our Way of Life
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Kristi Noem, R-South Dakota, issued the following column: Our Constitution makes it clear: "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." For much of American history, that point was understood. Maybe that's why the right to bear arms is one of the least debated constitutional amendments in Supreme Court history. In fact, the landmark 2008 Heller decision was the first time in 50-plus years that the Court weighed in on the Second Amendment a  more

Rep. Robin Kelly Awarded Abraham Lincoln Award by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
MATTESON, Illinois, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly was awarded the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Award by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV.) "I'm deeply humbled and honored by this recognition from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Every day, this remarkable organization is working hard to save lives and prevent violence," said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. ICHV is the nation's oldest a  more

Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Poe Introduce Bill Imposing Sanctions Against Iran for Its Destabilizing Activity in Yemen, Violations of UN Security Council Resolutions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, introduced H.R. 4603 - the Houthis and Iran Sanctions Accountability Act of 2017. The bill codifies Executive Order 13611, issued on May 16, 2012, by President Obama, declaring a national emergency to deal wi  more

Republican Tax Plans Cost More -- and Add Less to Growth -- Than Proponents Claim
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities issued the following news release: In describing their tax plans, Republican lawmakers have relied on overstated claims of economic growth, fuzzy math, and wishful thinking. As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated after passage of the Senate tax plan: "I'm confident this is not only revenue-neutral for the government, but it will be a revenue producer."(1) Such assertions reflect the belief that the tax bills would provide a very   more

Sen. Barrasso Issues Statement on Confirmation Bodine
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Sen. John Barrasso, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 7, on the confirmation of Susan Bodine: Mr. President, the Environmental Protection Agency needs strong and experienced leadership. That is why I come to the floor today to speak in support of President Trump's nomination of Susan Parker Bodine to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the EPA. Her expertise an  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on DACA Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 7, on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program: Mr. President, as you know, and many do, 16 years ago I introduced a bill called the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act was written to cover young people, brought to the United States by their parents, who have grown up in this country but do not have legal status. They are undocumented. Some of them don  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on Nomination of Grasz
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 7, on the nomination of Steve Grasz: Mr. President, today the Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to advance the nomination of Steve Grasz, one of the foremost appellate attorneys in the State of Nebraska, and I would like to make one brief comment about that. The Judiciary Committee has now heard and soon the full Senate will be hearing about the impecc  more

Sen. Wyden Issues Statement on Issues Statement DACA Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 7, on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program: Mr. President, this fall, I met with Dreamers in my home State of Oregon. At meetings in Eugene and in Portland, these young people gave powerful accounts of how the Trump administration has needlessly and cruelly injected fear into their lives and the lives of their families. Right now, these Dreamers-  more

TRSAPAC Fly-In: Tax Reform, Environmental Issues on the Agenda
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 8 -- The Textile Rental Services Association issued the following news: TRSA held a series of high-impact meetings with members of Congress and White House staff on Dec. 7 in Washington, DC. The meetings were the culmination of the association's exclusive Winter TRSAPAC Fly-In event, featuring two days of meetings on Capitol Hill with legislators and high-ranking officials in President Donald J. Trump's administration. After a reception and dinner meeting with member  more

Trump Administration Relies on Shaky Data When Making Decisions on School Discipline Reform
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The National Disability Rights Network issued the following news release: At a briefing today at the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), speakers said the Trump Administration plans to dramatically alter 2014 discipline guidance meant to protect students of color with disabilities from discrimination. In support of rescinding this Obama era guidance, the speakers used dubious statistics and other non-peer reviewed research to argue that discrimination has not  more