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Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Friday April 06, 2018 ( 18 items )  

Court Grants Industry Request to Block Rule That Prevents Methane Waste
CASPER, Wyoming, April 5 -- The Wilderness Society issued the following news release: On April 4, a federal court in Wyoming halted an Obama-era rule to reduce wasteful leaking, flaring and venting of natural gas from drilling operations on public and tribal lands while the Trump administration reconsiders the rule. The oil and gas industry and several states sued over the rule several years ago, and the same court rejected their initial attempt to block it. After two unsuccessful efforts by t  more

Does Adam Putnam Still Back His Friend Scott Pruitt?
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, April 5 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: Adam Putnam has long been one of Scott Pruitt's biggest supporters in Florida. Last year when Donald Trump nominated Scott Pruitt to lead EPA, Putnam wrote a glowing op-ed in which he said that Pruitt has the "experience, understanding of the law and courage to get this out-of-control federal agency back on track." In 2014, Putnam and Pruitt even appeared together before Congress to testify against the EPA'  more

EPA Announcement on Vehicle Standards Signals Positive Change Could Be Ahead for Light-Duty NGVs
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The Natural Gas Vehicles for America issued the following news release: This week's announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reopen the Midterm Review regarding fuel-efficiency standards for light-duty vehicles could create new interest in and opportunities for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the light-duty sector. "NGVAmerica welcomes the news that EPA has publicly recognized what has long been a major source of frustration for our industry, name  more

LCV Action Fund Endorses Randy Bryce for Congress
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release: The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will support sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Randy Bryce for Congress (WI-1). "Randy Bryce is the real deal - he understands we need to transition to a clean energy economy to get people working in southeast Wisconsin and across America again," said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice Presid  more

National Constitution Center Quarterly Events Calendar, April - June 2018
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 5 -- The National Constitution Center issued the following news release: This spring, the National Constitution Center highlights the man behind the musical, Alexander Hamilton. In conjunction with the Center's newest exhibit, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, visitors are invited to enjoy the ultimate Alexander Hamilton museum experience, featuring story stations, an interactive show, trivia, and more. Spring programs for students and  more

National Constitution Center Releases Speakers and Topics for Spring/Summer 2018 America's Town Hall
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 5 -- The National Constitution Center issued the following news release: The National Constitution Center today released the spring/summer 2018 lineup for its popular America's Town Hall series of constitutional conversations and debates bringing together the best thinkers on the left, right, and center to explore the most important constitutional issues facing our country. On April 23, the National Constitution Center, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshal  more

National Council of Jewish Women Issues Statement on Use of US-Mexican Border
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The National Council of Jewish Women issued the following statement by CEO Nancy K. Kaufman: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) vehemently opposes President Trump's move to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border. The move simply adds another page to his anti-immigrant, anti-asylum playbook. "The national security justification offered by President Trump to utilize the National Guard at the US-Mexico border is yet another attempt to frighten immigrants  more

NCL Disappointed in Rollback of Vehicle Emissions, Fuel Efficiency Standards
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The National Consumers League issued the following news release: The National Consumers League (NCL) today expressed "profound disappointment" in response to the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will roll back automobile fuel-efficiency standards. "The NCL is profoundly disappointed with the EPA's decision to renege on the Obama-era administration fuel efficiency standards: this irresponsible decision is detrimental to consumers and harmf  more

PRRI Announces J. Jioni Palmer as New Director of Communications
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- Public Religion Research Institute issued the following news release: PRRI is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Jioni Palmer as Director of Communications. In his new position, Mr. Palmer will be responsible for leading PRRI's growing communications team and will oversee its efforts to inform the public debate over the policy issues at the center of America's changing cultural, religious and political landscape. Mr. Palmer and his team will be a resource to journ  more

Public Citizen Issues Statement on Wells Fargo
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- Public Citizen issued the following statement by Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate of Congress Watch Division: * * * Bloomberg reports that Wells Fargo's sales quota pressures included its wealth client sector, where the bank steered clients into investments that benefited the firm at the expense of customers. Bloomberg cites one current and five former Wells Fargo employees. "President Donald Trump's bank regulators must intensify their examination of Wells Fa  more

Remember When Kevin Nicholson Backed Rubio Over Trump?
MADISON, Wisconsin, April 5 -- The Wisconsin Democratic Party issued the following news: Last July, Kevin Nicholson told conservative radio host Mark Belling that he voted for Donald Trump in Wisconsin's 2016 president primary, explaining that he was certain "[Trump] was the only one that had a chance to win a national election." But in November 2015, another Republican presidential candidate owned Nicholson's heart -- or at least his wallet. That month, Nicholson donated $250 to Marco Rubio  more

Rep. Donovan Announces Bill Mandating Pictures of President, VP in Post Offices
STATEN ISLAND, New York, April 5 -- Rep. Daniel Donovan, R-New York, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Donovan today announced he will introduce legislation reversing a little-known U.S. Postal Service regulation prohibiting photographs of the President and Vice President from hanging in post offices. A local constituent and Trump supporter brought the issue to Donovan's attention after complaining that pictures of former President Obama and Vice President Biden were on display  more

Rep. Maloney Calls for Hearing Into Trump Administration's Lack of Action to Secure Elections From Russian Meddling
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today formally requested that Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) hold a hearing into the Trump Administration's failure and refusal to use the funds provided to protect election integrity in the wake of Russian interference in 2016. In the letter, the Congresswoman states, "Unfortunately, Preside  more

Rep. Rooney Issues Statement on Deploying National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border
NAPLES, Florida, April 5 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida, issued the following statement on deploying the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border: "It is certainly within the President's right to utilize the National Guard, and both Presidents Bush and Obama have done the same, but whatever we do now to interdict the large march from Honduras is a short-term fix. "Congress must provide a long-term solution that will fix both our border and our broken visa system, and I have worked hard to   more

Rep. Scott Issues Statement on President Trump's Border Troops Proposal
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- Rep. Austin Scott, R-Georgia, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's proposal to send National Guard troops to aid in securing the southern border: "Approximately 5,000 Americans die every month to drug overdoses, and transnational criminal organizations who smuggle drugs and people into the United States are exploiting our border security weaknesses and present a clear and present danger to the citizens of the   more

Sen. Inhofe Issues Statement on EPA Decision to Revise Fuel Emissions Standards
WASHINGTON, April 5 -- The office of Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement praising Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to revise emissions standards for cars and light trucks. "Administrator Pruitt's decision to revise fuel emission standards is a welcome announcement. The standard finalized in the last days of the Obama administration was overly stringent, would d  more

Sen. Reed Announces Nearly $153K to Help RI Veterans Find Homes
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, April 5 -- The office of Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, issued the following news release: In an effort to provide essential housing and support for homeless veterans, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that the Providence, North Providence, Pawtucket, Tiverton, Bristol, and West Warwick Housing Authorities will receive a total of $152,775 in federal funding to assist homeless veterans through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affai  more

Thank God for Dr. Martin Luther King, the Struggle Continues
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, April 5 -- The Rainbow PUSH Coalition issued the following news release: On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wednesday, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., returned to the "site of the crucifixion" and told thousands of people gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel here that the martyred freedom fighter lives on in a new generation of activists. In a speech filled with pain and pride, defiance and hope, Rev. J  more