Friday - December 15, 2017
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Friday December 15, 2017 ( 48 items )  

ACU Praises FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Unwavering Resolve and Congratulates Pai, Fellow Commissioners on Passage of Order to Restore Internet Freedom
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The American Conservative Union issued the following news release: The American Conservative Union (ACU) applauds Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for his decision to end Obama-era regulations imposed on the internet and restore internet freedom. Chairman Pai has faced a barrage of relentless attacks from the Left, many racist, violent, and some even targeting his wife and children. Chairman Pai has stood strong against these attacks and restored   more

CEI Praises NLRB Decision to Reverse Course on Harmful Joint Employer Liability
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is self-described as "a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty," issued the following news release: Today the National Labor Relations Board, in a 3-to-2 decision, overturned its Obama-era ruling in the board's own case against waste management company Browning-Ferris Industries. The original case against Browning-Ferris represente  more

Chairman Chabot Seeks Information From IRS on the Effect of Obamacare on Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following news release: This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) sent a letter to David Kautter, Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting more information about the IRS's recent enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate. While ACA exempted businesses with 50 or fewer employees from the employer mandate, bu  more

FreedomWorks Hails the Passage of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- FreedomWorks issued the following news release: Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to enact the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, reversing regulation of Internet service providers (ISPs) under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and returning to a Title I framework that existed for all but the past two years of Internet history. In 2015, FCC inappropriately caved to pressure from President Obama and progressive activists and installed heavy-ha  more

House Helps Consumers Cope With Voluminous Privacy Notices and Increases Oversight of Aircraft Sales to Iran
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed two important bipartisan pieces of legislation from the Financial Services Committee on Thursday that would cut outdated Washington regulations and increase Congressional oversight of business Treasury authorizes with Iran. H.R. 2396, the Privacy Notification and Technical Clarification Act Sponsored by Representative D  more

I Didn't Report Being Sexually Assaulted. Here's Why.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following report: Eighty percent of female university students who have been sexually assaulted do not report it. I am one of them. Now, I fear that the US Department of Education will make it even harder for survivors like me to come forward. During my freshman spring at Dartmouth College, I ran into a man I had only met once at a social gathering. Afterwards, he led me to his room to continue a conversation, but then became aggressive. He   more

IPI Applauds FCC Vote Overturning Title II Internet Regulations
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 14 -- The Institute for Policy Innovation issued the following news release: The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) commends the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting today to overturn the Obama administration's ill-conceived 2015 reclassification of broadband networks as telephone service until Title II. "The Obama administration's move was a step backwards in terms of technology and economics, and was simply done because the outdated Title II framework gav  more

Lambda Legal: Senate Takes Two Steps Backwards With Dangerous Judicial Confirmations While Rest of the Nation Takes Giant Step Forward Standing Against Division and Hatred
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release: This week, the United States Senate confirmed three nominees to the federal bench with proven and extensive anti-LGBT records: Leonard Steven Grasz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit who was confirmed on Tuesday, Don Willett to the Fifth Circuit who was confirmed on Wednesday, and James Ho to the Fifth Circuit who was confirmed today, Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee also progressed with the nominati  more

National Center's Cohen Gives Trump Advice on Achieving American 'Global Energy Dominance'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The National Center for Public Policy Research issued the following information: American "global energy dominance" was a goal set by then-candidate Donald Trump. According to National Center for Public Policy Research Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., this claim was "not mere bombast." In a new commentary published by The Daily Caller, Bonner stated that, now that Trump is president, "the goal is absolutely achievable in light of America's abundance not only of hydroca  more

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Issues Statement on Alabama Senate Race Collaboration
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 14 -- The Rainbow PUSH Coalition issued the following statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.: A coalition of black and white voters spared Alabama from international shame and disgrace tonight by electing Democrat Doug Jones to be the state's next United States Senator. Tonight is a victory for affordable health care, decent wages for workers, education, women and children's rights. The coalition that pushed Jones over the finish line can win and redeem the whole South  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on Open Internet Order
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Obama administration's Open Internet Order rule (also known as net neutrality): "Under Chairman Ajit Pai's leadership, the FCC has rightly stopped federal regulators from controlling our internet. The Obama administration's net neutrality rule was one of the many examples of executive overregulation. Due to this interference, all internet consumers wo  more

Rep. Blunt Rochester Issues Statement on FCC Vote to End Net Neutrality Protections
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to end the 2015 net neutrality protections: "I am deeply concerned by the FCC's move to strike Obama-era net neutrality protections, despite strong support among Americans for internet freedom. "I firmly believe Congress, not the FCC, should take up the mantle in determining how to preserve and protect net neutrality. We need to do it in a way that pro  more

Rep. Courtney Issues Statement on Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut, issued the following statement: * * * Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) made the following statement after the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed a 2015 rule that established net neutrality preventing telecommunications companies from slowing down or blocking access to individual websites: "The reckless and outrageous decision by the FCC today overturns a 2015 rule that painstakingly balanced open acce  more

Rep. Foxx Praises NLRB Ruling to Reinstate Previous Joint-Employer Standard
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement upon the National Labor Relations Board's vote to overrule its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries: "Today's decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reinstate the pre-Browning-Ferris joint employer standard is a major victory for local business operators and employees across the country. "We are pleased that the NLRB's  more

Rep. Graves Issues Statement on FCC Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality Regulations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle the net neutrality regulations: "I commend Chairman Pai and the FCC for approving this plan to restore internet freedom. It's the result of an open and transparent process that provided all relevant documents and information to the public ahead of the vote. "The plan will repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, which stifled innovation and comp  more

Rep. Green Issues Statement on Net Neutrality Ruling
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections: "American consumers need to be assured that the online content of their choosing will not be unfairly slowed down or blocked. "That assurance was stripped away in a partisan 3-2 vote by the FCC today. "I am very disappointed in the FCC's actions and hope Congress will act and work on passing legislation that will m  more

Rep. Higgins Urges Conference Committee to Include GOMESA Provision in Tax Cuts & Jobs Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) joined a group of Gulf Coast lawmakers on a letter urging House Leadership and members of the conference committee on tax reform to include the Cassidy-Strange Amendment in the final legislative text. The amendment increases the amount of money that Gulf states are eligible to receive through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), raising the revenue sharing cap o  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on FCC Vote to Reverse Net Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reverse the net neutrality rules: "I am disappointed that the Federal Communications Commission chose to reverse the net neutrality rules set by the Obama Administration, which I believe is a costly mistake and unnecessary. "A free and open internet is a vital component of the global economy, and today's action by the Republicans on the FCC threa  more

Rep. Kuster Issues Statement on Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement on the vote by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle rules protecting net neutrality: "Today the Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Ajit Pai made a terrible decision in voting to roll back net neutrality regulations. Internet service providers should not be in the business of picking winners and losers online. "Ensuring everyone has equal access to services on the web helps s  more

Rep. LaMalfa Issues Statement on Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-California, issued the following statement after the House passed the Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act (H.R. 4324). The bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress any transactions authorized for financial institutions in connection with exporting commercial aircraft to Iran: "It's no secret that Iran exploits the use of civilian planes for military purposes. Iran Air was sanctioned for transporting mi  more

Rep. Larson's Social Security Bill Gets Boost From Former Obama Economist, Jason Furman
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. John B. Larson, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) During a Democratic Ways & Means hearing on the Republican tax plan yesterday, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama, Jason Furman, praised the Social Security 2100 Act (H.R. 1902). The Social Security 2100 Act, authored by Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John B. Larson, was introduced earlier this year and   more

Rep. Latta Votes for Two Bills to Stop Funding of Iranian-Supported Terrorism
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Robert Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing two pieces of financial legislation that would deter Iranian-supported terrorism. The bills, H.R. 1638, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, and H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act, would provide more transparency and make funding sources for the Iranian regime public. Iran is the world's larges  more

Rep. McMorris Rodgers Issues Statement on Open Internet
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, issued the following statement: * * * Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after the Federal Communication Commission's vote to roll back heavy-handed Title II regulations put into place by the Obama administration. "I support an open Internet, but there is a better way to ensure consumer protections without disrupting the free flow of information and innovation  more

Rep. Moulton Issues Statement on Net Neutrality Protections
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission voting to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections: "A free and open internet should be the standard, not something we have to fight for. This ruling sends us down a dangerous path, where a few large corporations can control access to something Americans and small business owners rely on every single day. "It takes power out of the hands of consumers  more

Rep. Nadler Issues Statement at Oversight Hearing With Deputy AG Rosenstein
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, acting Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following opening statement during an oversight hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome to the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Rosenstein. For the better part of a year, my colleagues and I have implored this Committee to conduct real oversight of the Department of Justice. On January 24, 2017, we wrote to Chairman Goodlatte   more

Rep. Pingree Issues Statement on FCC's Decision on Net Neutrality Regulations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission's decision to rollback Obama-era net neutrality regulations: "Since FCC Chairman Pai announced his intention to rollback net neutrality rules, I've heard from thousands of Mainers who are outraged by his willingness to sacrifice a free and open internet for bigger telecommunications profits. "Despite millions of faked public comments and overwhelming public out  more

Rep. Ratcliffe Praises Reversal of Obama-Era 'Net Neutrality' Regulations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reverse Obama-era "net neutrality" regulations through Chairman Ajit Pai's Restoring Internet Freedom order: "The Obama administration's decision to classify broadband Internet access as a Title II utility was a classic case of a "solution in search of a problem" as it imposed burdensome regulations that stifled innovation and ultimately hurt consumer choice.   more

Rep. Williams' Iran Oversight Bill Passes the House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R - Austin), who serves as the vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, on the House Committee on Financial Services, introduced H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act, which passed out of the House today with a vote of 252-167. "I commend my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, who casted a vote this morning  more

Rep. Yarmuth Issues Statement on FCC's Vote to End Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, issued the following statement following the Federal Communications Commission's vote to abolish net neutrality protections: "Today, the FCC's Republican majority voted to kill critical net neutrality protections put in place during the Obama Administration. This is a dark day for supporters of a free and open internet. "I have heard from thousands of Louisvillians who rightly and vehemently oppose this decision. Under these revised rules,  more

Republican Leaders Expanding Repatriation Gimmick in Tax Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities issued the following news release: Republican congressional leaders are reportedly making changes to their tax bill -- such as cutting the top individual tax rate to 37 percent, from the current 39.6 -- that would make the bill costlier and tilt it more to the wealthy. GOP leaders will reportedly "pay for" those added costs, which are intended to be permanent, in part with a higher tax rate on U.S. multinational corporations' curre  more

Republican Tax Plans Cost More -- and Add Less to Growth -- Than Proponents Claim
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- 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

Retailers Welcome NLRB Reversal of Expanded 'Joint Employer' Definition
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The National Retail Federation issued the following news release: The National Retail Federation welcomed today's vote by the National Labor Relations Board to reverse a controversial expanded definition of a "joint employer" adopted during the Obama administration that has increased businesses' exposure to lawsuits. "This is an important move to restore the common-sense definition of what constitutes this type of employment relationship that stood for decades," NRF Seni  more

Sen. Barrasso Calls on EPA to Withdraw Obama Administration's Uranium Rule
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to express his concerns with the EPA's unjustified ground water monitoring rule for in situ uranium recovery (ISR). The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (  more

Sen. Cortez Masto: Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules Will Hurt Nevadans
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following statement concerning the Federal Communication Commission's vote to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules: "Despite my calls to cancel today's vote, the FCC has now granted permission to internet service providers to play favorites with customers who can afford to pay more while leaving others behind. "Without net neutrality protections, Nevada's schools, libraries, first responders, rural communit  more

Sen. Cruz: 'The Internet Should Be Free of Taxation, Censorship and Regulation'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communication Commission's vote to repeal net neutrality regulations: "Since its inception, the internet has been an oasis of freedom. It has not only been a haven for free speech but has served as a great equalizer when it comes to jobs and opportunity by dramatically reducing the barriers of entry for anyone with a new idea and broadband connection. The Obama administration's so-  more

Sen. Feinstein Issues Statement on Grasz, Ho, Willett Nominations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in opposition to the nominations of Steven Grasz for the Eighth Circuit and James Ho and Don Willett for the Fifth Circuit: "I'd like to offer some background on the importance of circuit courts and remind my colleagues why we have so many judicial vacancies. "The Supreme Court hears between 100 and 150 cases each year out of the more than 7  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Funding Our Military
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 13, on funding our military: Now, on another matter, Madam President, over the last eight years, our foreign policy was guided by a Commander in Chief who wished to draw down conventional military power from across the globe. Iran, China, and Russia have sought to fill this vacuum and exploit the perception that America was withdrawing. This Republica  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Internet
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 13: Madam President, one of the great advances of our time has been the development and expansion of the internet and wireless technologies. The internet connects people across the globe in an unprecedented way. It brings together producers and consumers, students and educators, and even Members of the Senate with our constituents. It is difficult to   more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Nomination of Ho
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 13, on the nomination of James Ho: Madam President, this week, the Senate is continuing to consider President Trump's outstanding judicial nominees. Yesterday, we confirmed a talented individual to be a circuit court judge, and soon we will confirm another. Next, we will advance the nomination of James Ho to be a judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of App  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Tax Cuts, Jobs Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 13, on the Tax Cuts and Jobs bill: Now, on one final matter, Madam President, later today, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act conference committee will host an open meeting to discuss its progress in resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The conferees have been working diligently to produce a report that both Chambers can  more

Sen. McConnell: Congress Moving Closer to Delivering Much-Needed Tax Relief
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following remarks regarding the progress on tax reform between the House and the Senate: "Yesterday, Congress moved closer to delivering much-needed tax relief to American families and small businesses as members of the House and the Senate held a public meeting of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act conference committee. The conferees discussed the best way to provide tax reform to families and small busi  more

Sen. McConnell: Funding Critical to Rebuilding Our Nation's Military
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following remarks regarding government funding and the need to provide the necessary resources to the Department of Defense: "Our nation faces myriad threats from around the globe, and it is the Senate's responsibility to provide the service chiefs with the resources to train and equip our warfighters--and provide them with the resources they need to keep us safe. The diverse challenges posed by   more

Sen. Murphy Issues Statement on FCC Decision to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission announced the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules that currently ban telecom companies from blocking, prioritizing or slowing down certain websites and applications: "Imagine if the power company could decide which of your appliances got steady, reliable electricity while all other products suffered from low power and blackouts. Or if the w  more

Sen. Murphy Marks Fifth Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following remarks marking the 5th anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School: "I want to spend my brief time here today not focusing on the sadness of today - it's there, it's inescapable - not focusing on what we haven't done, but focusing on so many miracles, big ones and small ones that have occurred in and around the lives of those that were affected in Newtown, Connecticut,   more

Sen. Nelson Issues Statement on FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission's 3-2 vote to dismantle the Obama-era net neutrality rules: "Today, in a strictly partisan vote, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Republicans turned their backs on consumers by voting to give internet providers the ability to decide what websites their customers see, how fast the  more

Sen. Whitehouse Slams Gutting of Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) slammed today's vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to repeal net neutrality in a major victory over consumers handed to corporate interests by the Trump administration. The vote comes without a federal investigation into the millions of fake public comments filed with the FCC calling for the consumer protections to be rolled bac  more

Speaker Ryan Issues Statement on Net Neutrality Regulation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, issued the following statement following Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's actions to undo net neutrality regulations: "Despite its unassuming name, the Obama administration's net neutrality regulation threatens the free and open internet that has done so much to advance modern society. "The Trump administration's action to roll back this egregious government overreach into the most innovative space will benefit   more

The Senate Armed Services Committee Issues Testimony From Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Senate Armed Services Committee issued the following testimony by Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, counselor at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, at a hearing entitled "U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Middle East": "Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Reed, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on the need for a coherent strategy to address the manifold challenges confronting the United States in the Middle East. I ha  more