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    Default Could this be the End of the ADA?

    Could this be the End of the ADA?



    Congress: Don't Destroy the Americans with Disabilities Act

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    Chris,

    "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down!" That's what President Bush Senior proclaimed when he signed the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in front of throngs of clapping onlookers. He was right. The way disabled American's had been excluded from the mainstream life was, indeed, a shame. But with the stroke of a pen, he ensured that no one could be discriminated against for their disability without facing the consequences.

    But Republicans in Congress, and their special interest friends are currently working to defang this history making bill.

    Apart from prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees or applicants with disabilities entirely, the ADA allows disabled Americans access to legal remedies if an institution, public or private, isn't complying with the law.

    But businesses don't like the fact that they have to pay for their negligence and they are doing everything they can to convince Congress to virtually kill the bill.

    As we speak Congress is working to pass the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, a bill that would make it harder for for people who have been excluded by an institution, to get redress. Does that sound like a good idea to you?

    This law could pass if we don't fight back. Sign and tell Congress that to protect, not destroy the ADA.

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    Default Republicans make federal default a possibility

    Republicans make federal default a possibility

    By Masao Suzuki

    San José, CA - On May 24, Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury and former Wall Street investment banker for Goldman Sachs, urged Congress to raise the federal debt limit before they go on break July 28. The U.S. Treasury first bumped up against the maximum that the U.S. government can borrow back in March, and has been continuing to borrow by using accounting measures.

    These tricks were thought to put off the debt limit crunch until the fall, but a drop in tax payments by the wealthy has brought the deadline forward. Ironically, it is Trump and the Republicans in Congress who are proposing big tax cuts for the rich that are leading the rich to hold off paying their taxes.

    While Mnuchin has called for a ‘clean’ increase in the debt limit - that is one without attached conditions such as cutting funding for Planned Parenthood - Trump himself has not taken a clear position. Trump’s head of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, who is a former member of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, has refused to commit to a clean increase that could attract Democratic support.

    The House Freedom Caucus and other republicans in congress have used the debt limit in the past to try to force spending cuts on social programs. They repeated this position this year, hoping to blackmail the government into spending cuts to avoid a default on debt payments.

    As a congressman, Mulvaney even suggested that it would not be that bad if the U.S. did not raise the debt limit and defaulted on some of his debt payments. Trump himself, who has declared bankruptcy for his businesses many times, also suggested during his campaign for president that default would not be that bad and that he could negotiate lower payments from government bond owners.

    On June 2, Mulvaney said that the government would faces “difficulties” if the debt limit were not increased but swore that there would be no default on debt payments. Unfortunately, this could only be done if the government put off paying its other obligations, of which Social Security and Medicare are among the biggest.

    In response, Democrat and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi did not commit to a clean increase, pointing out that increasing the debt limit could enable the Republicans to give huge tax cuts for the rich that would increase the deficit. In fact, the federal government debt has historically had three causes: First, shrunken tax revenues and increased safety-net spending because of a financial crisis, for example, after the depressions in 1929-1933 and then again from 2008-2009; second, increases in military spending and expensive wars in the 1980s under Reagan, and then again in the 2000s under President George W. Bush; and third, the big tax cuts for the rich in the 1980s and 2000s.

    While many in Congress, including both Republicans and Democrats, have talked about cutting Social Security and Medicare to help reign in the federal debt, in fact Medicare has paid for itself and Social Security has run up almost $3 trillion in surplus over the last 30 years. The biggest danger to working people is not that the federal government would default on its debt and cause financial chaos throughout the capitalist world, but that a ‘bipartisan’ plan would trade off raising the debt limit (which Wall Street wants), with cutting Social Security and/or Medicare (which Wall Street also wants).

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    Default Trump unveils plan to separate air traffic control from government

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    Trump unveils plan to separate air traffic control from government

    BY MELANIE ZANONA - 06/05/17 12:29 PM EDT 208

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    President Trump announced plans on Monday to separate air traffic control from the federal government as part of a broader push to modernize the country’s infrastructure.

    The White House had already signaled support for the controversial idea, which would hand over the nation’s air navigation system to a nonprofit or nongovernmental agency.

    But Trump signed formal legislative principles outlining the spin-off plan this week, putting some muscle behind the effort, which has previously failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.



    Trump unveiled the proposal in the White House’s East Room alongside a number of airline executives, Vice President Pence, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) — a chief congressional supporter of the plan.

    “For too many years our country has tolerated delays at the airport, long wait times on the tarmac, and a slowing of commerce and travel that costs billion and billions of dollars,” Trump said.

    “Today we're proposing to take American air travel into the future, finally. We will launch this air travel revolution by modernizing the outdated system of air traffic control. It’s about time.”

    Trump’s proposal would transfer the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control operations to an independent outside agency over three years “at no charge,” removing 30,000 FAA employees from the federal payroll. The FAA would still maintain safety oversight, however.

    The administration billed the proposal as a way to speed up long-stalled modernization efforts at the FAA, which still uses paper strips to track flights instead of a precision-based GPS system. It also would remove operations from the political uncertainty of the annual appropriations process in Congress, officials said.

    Trump called the current technology system “horrible” and “antiquated,” and blasted the Obama administration for its slow progress on the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

    “The previous administration spent over $7 billion to upgrade the system and totally failed,” he said. “Honestly, they didn’t know what they hell they were doing.”

    The proposal comes as the White House launches a string of high-profile events this week aimed at ramping up support for Trump’s infrastructure initiative.

    Officials told reporters they decided to kick the campaign off with air traffic control reform because Shuster already had a comprehensive package put together, saying it seemed like “naturally low-hanging fruit.”

    The spin-off model fits in with the major theme underlying Trump’s broad infrastructure initiative: that the federal government doesn’t have all the necessary resources to maintain the country’s vast infrastructure and should seek more help from the private sector.

    Although the White House plans to move air traffic control reform separately from a $1 trillion infrastructure package, officials said it’s up to Congress how to tackle both initiatives.

    The plan would maintain safety, improve route efficiency and reduce delays, because a corporation would deliver cheaper and faster results than the government, White House officials said.

    Many other developed nations around the world have set up a similar outside agency, which would raise money through user fees instead of taxes, have the authority to borrow funds and access capital, and be governed by a board of directors appointed by users of the system.

    The corporation’s board would consist of 13 members: Two would represent the airlines, two would represent unions, one would represent general aviation, one would represent airports and two would represent the government as a whole. Then those members, along with the board's CEO, would select four independent members.

    The board makeup represents a major difference from a similar spin-off proposal backed by Shuster, which stalled in the House last year.

    The change is designed to win more support from rural communities and general aviation users who were concerned Shuster’s plan would give commercials airlines outsized control over the national airspace.

    The administration vowed that rural communities and general aviation users would have their voices represented in the new model, but Trump’s principles did not indicate whether they would be exempt from the new entity’s user fees.

    The principles also emphasize that the new entity “should honor existing labor agreements,” with current FAA employees allowed to keep their federal retirement and healthcare benefits — an issue that is crucial to winning the support of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

    White House officials told reporters that Trump’s leadership on the issue “unifies the nature of the politics” in Congress and could help erode opposition to the plan on Capitol Hill.

    But the idea is still likely to face fierce opposition from Democrats, GOP tax-writers and appropriators, who worry about handing over the power to collect fees to a nongovernmental agency.

    They are also concerned about giving away the country’s navigation system to a corporation for free and removing operations from congressional oversight, leaving lawmakers little way to hold the new entity accountable.

    “Our nation’s airspace is the safest in the world, in no small part because of the exemplary work of our Air Traffic Controllers and aviation safety professionals at the FAA,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a statement.

    “Trump’s ideas for privatizing Air Traffic Control — which recycle a tired Republican plan that both sides of the aisle have rejected — would hand control of one of our nation’s most important public assets to special interests and the big airlines. Selling off our Air Traffic Control system threatens passenger safety, undermines the FAA’s ongoing modernization, jeopardizes access to rural airports and adds to the deficit.”
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    Default URGENT: House Voting on Anti-Whistleblower Dodd-Frank Reform

    URGENT: House Voting on Anti-Whistleblower Dodd-Frank Reform


    Dear Chris,

    Last month, we alerted you to the House Financial Services Committee’s markup of the Financial CHOICE Act. This bill was written to repeal major parts of the Dodd-Frank Act and deregulate U.S. financial markets. In the process, the bill was also set up to cripple the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower program, one of the most effective anti-corruption programs in the nation.

    The stakes here are incredibly high. The Securities and Exchange Commission is the prime Wall Street watchdog and its whistleblower program is the most effective tool to uncover and prosecute violations of securities law. If we lose this program Wall Street fraud and corruption will run unleashed.

    Oppose this Disastrous bill before it goes to a vote!

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    This disastrous bill is headed for a vote on the floor of the House this week. We need you to urge your Representative in the House to vote against the Financial CHOICE Act due to its toxic anti-whistleblower policies, and to urge your Senators to remove Section 828 if it is passed in the House.

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    Default This Trump nominee is alarming

    This Trump nominee is alarming


    Chris,

    The Trump administration has shown it's not afraid to twist every branch of government to attack our rights. Their latest attempt to bend our democracy? Nominating anti-choice John Bush to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    You fought alongside us against Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Now we must work to stand strong and united against another destructive judicial nominee. We need strong, independent judges on our federal courts, not ones who will push their ultra-conservative agenda.

    Sign on to demand fair, unbiased judges who will stand up to Trump and anti-choice extremism.

    Here's a quick look at Bush's stances:

    • Bush equated abortion with slavery as one of the "greatest tragedies in our country" in his shady, anonymous blog. 1

    • He worked with right-wing group Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, which has a long history of pushing anti-choice policies and championing anti-choice organizations like Susan B. Anthony List.

    • He applauded Mike Huckabee for saying that he "strongly disagree with the idea of same-sex marriage."

    • He characterized grants to combat violence against women as wasteful.


    His nomination should alarm anyone who cares about progressive values. The 6th Circuit hears cases from states where reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights are currently under attack—states like Tennessee, whose governor last month signed into law an unconstitutional abortion ban that prohibits access to abortion after 20 weeks.2

    Let's be clear here: Trump and Pence are stacking our courts with anti-choice cronies who prop up racist and anti-LGBTQ ideologies in blog posts. This is NOT normal. And it's wholly unacceptable.

    Next week the Senate Judiciary committee will begin reviewing Bush's record. We need to send a reminder to this illegitimate administration: we are watching. We will fight back against any judicial nominee that poses a threat to Roe v. Wade and our rights. Add your name to demand judicial nominees that will protect the rights of everyday Americans.

    Thanks for all you do to fight back.


    Mitchell Stille
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    We have to keep this bizarre, unfit Trump nominee off our federal court, NARAL Medium, June 5, 2017.
    Gov. Bill Haslam signs strick late-term abortion ban, The Tennessean, May 12, 2017.


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    Default Trump unveils plan to privatize air traffic control system

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    Trump unveils plan to privatize air traffic control system

    By Patrick Martin

    6 June 2017

    President Trump and top administration and congressional officials announced the proposed privatization of the US air traffic control system Monday, in the first major event of what the White House has billed as “infrastructure week.”

    As the plan to dismantle the Federal Aviation Administration makes clear, the measures to be unveiled during the remainder of the week will have nothing to do with either rebuilding the decayed public infrastructure of the United States or creating jobs.

    Instead, the driving force of the administration’s policies in this sphere, as in every other, is the desire to create immense profits for favored corporations and billionaires. In the case of air traffic control, the beneficiaries will be the airline monopolies, as well as whatever corporation acquires the FAA for the asking price of zero.

    The name FAA will remain inside the government, as a shrunken agency charged with promoting air travel safety but deprived of any regulatory authority—little more than a propaganda adjunct to the present National Transportation Safety Board.

    The actual operations of the FAA will be spun off as a private “nonprofit” corporation which will inevitably come under the control of the airlines or some other giant corporate entity. Some 30,000 federal workers, including all 14,000 air traffic controllers who are vital to the day-to-day functioning of commercial and private aviation, will become employees of the new company.

    Trump was typically vague about the details of the plan, only praising it effusively as great and fantastic. In contradiction to his usual “America First” rhetoric, however, Trump pointed to foreign examples as supposedly successful models, including Canada, Australia and several European countries, all of which have privatized air traffic control in various ways.

    The nonprofit entity will acquire not only the workers but also the assets of the FAA, including the $7 billion NextGen modernization program implemented over several administrations to transition the FAA from ground-based radar monitoring to satellite-based monitoring similar to GPS.

    While Trump condemned the modernization program as money wasted, the transition is to take effect by 2020. In effect, this long-term plan will be turned over to private operation just in time for the new efficiencies to be translated into profit opportunities, either for the airlines or the corporate sponsor of the new “nonprofit” entity.

    A critical component of the privatization deal is the support of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the union formed to replace the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) after the Reagan administration smashed the 1981 air traffic controllers strike.

    Reagan broke the PATCO strike using a plan drafted under his predecessor, Democrat Jimmy Carter, who had pushed through deregulation of the airlines, the brainchild of the leading liberal Democrat in the US Senate, Edward Kennedy. Former aides to Kennedy devised the strikebreaking plan, using military controllers, that was later put into practice by the Reagan administration.

    None of this would have been possible without the backing of the AFL-CIO, which regarded the smashing of the PATCO strike and the destruction of PATCO as a necessary step in suppressing working class opposition to the ultra-right program of the Reagan administration. PATCO became the template for a decade-long effort to strangle strikes and crush militancy within the union rank-and-file, which led ultimately to the transformation of the unions into organizations completely committed to the defense of corporate profit, with the union officials serving as an industrial police force, a second line of management.

    NATCA has long played that role, opposing any industrial action by air traffic controllers, and collaborating with FAA officials, whether appointed by Republicans or Democrats, so long as the union’s “right” to collect dues from a captive work force was retained.

    In the privatization deal, there is even a sweetener for the union officials: two of the 13 spots on the board of directors of the new nonprofit company are reserved for them. They will be joined by two representatives of the airlines, one from general aviation, one from airport authorities, and two from the federal government. These eight, along with the CEO, will select four more “independent” members.

    The makeup of the board is the main difference between the Trump plan and one introduced last year by Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The changes were in response to complaints by general aviation (small plane owners, invariably wealthy) and elected officials in rural areas that the board would be dominated by the major airlines.

    The White House plan declares that the new entity “should honor existing labor agreements,” and provides that current employees would keep their federal retirement and healthcare benefits, further nods to the NATCA union. New hires would be able to join the union but would not be guaranteed the same benefits and conditions—in effect, an open door to a two-tier system like that imposed on the auto industry by the Obama administration.

    There continues to be opposition from rural and small-town interests, since the new private entity would make decisions about awarding routes, which are likely to favor the concerns of commercial airlines anxious to dump unprofitable low-volume routes.

    The plan also displays the utter cynicism of the Trump White House, in which officials lie without shame or even any serious attempt to keep the lies straight. Thus Trump, at the official unveiling Monday, declared that the NextGen system was a disaster, in which the Obama administration spent “$7 billion dollars trying to upgrade the system and totally failed, they didn’t know what the hell they were doing.”

    At a press briefing two days earlier, Gary Cohn, director of Trump’s National Economic Council, praised NextGen and said privatization would be based on it: “We will be speeding up the implementation of NextGen air traffic control, going from a land-based radar system to a much more accurate and precise GPS-based system. We’re really moving into the modern decade of technology and aircraft control.”

    It remains to be seen whether the legislation to privatize the FAA can be rammed through in the limited time available, since the current FAA authorization expires September 30, along with the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The plan faces nominal opposition from Democrats, especially in the Senate, but the real danger comes from small-town and rural interests with influence in the Republican Party.

    Two influential general aviation groups, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, opposed the Trump plan, with the NBAA denouncing the overhaul as “really about the airlines’ push to gain more control over our air traffic control system, so that they can run it for their own benefit, and is a sideshow to a serious and constructive discussion about building on the progress currently underway on NextGen.”

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    Default Fwd: Operation Rescue Wants to Do WHAT?

    Fwd: Operation Rescue Wants to Do WHAT?


    Friends, I'll be quick:

    It's Attorney General Jeff Sessions' job to protect abortion providers from terrorism.

    Just days ago anti-choice leaders demanded Sessions investigate Planned Parenthood on the basis of deceptive, highly edited sting videos that were cited by an anti-abortion terrorist in Colorado Springs.

    What's more, extremist anti-abortion group Operation Rescue made an offer to help the Department of Justice, and Jeff Sessions hasn't said no yet.

    It's time for Jeff Sessions to take a stand. Sign our petition now demanding Jeff Sessions say "NO" to Troy Newman and Operation Rescue's unbelievable offer to "assist" the Department of Justice.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Erin Matson
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    Dear Chris,

    Operation Rescue has offered to "assist" the Department of Justice.

    Operation Rescue is led by Troy Newman. Troy Newman has advocated for the murder of abortion providers. Now, Operation Rescue and Troy Newman have congratulated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his confirmation and offered to assist him with research and documentation.

    Tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions there is no role for Operation Rescue or Troy Newman in the Department of Justice.



    During his confirmation hearing, Sessions was given an opportunity to reject his endorsement by Operation Rescue. He didn't.

    We can't believe we have to protest this sh*t, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't. Tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reject any partnership between Operation Rescue and the Department of Justice.

    As the integrity of democracy continues to be challenged by the Trump administration, we the people must dig in for the long haul. Resist!

    Erin, Pamela, Jessica, and the Reproaction team

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    Default Sweeping abortion ban just enacted in Texas

    Sweeping abortion ban just enacted in Texas


    Dear Chris,

    Breaking: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott just signed into law a dangerous omnibus anti-abortion bill that effectively bans a common method of abortion and requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue.

    What’s more, he called a special session of the legislature to ask lawmakers to pass even more abortion restrictions, as well as harmful and discriminatory legislation that targets transgender people.

    This blatant ideological attack is so outrageous it’s almost beyond words.

    And Texas is not alone — politicians in states across the country are continuing to erode our rights and take us backward.

    Chris, there isn’t a moment to lose. Help fight back for women’s health by donating $5, $50, $100 or more to the National Partnership. Right now.

    In Texas and dozens of states across the country, women seeking abortion care are subjected to harmful laws designed to shame, punish and pressure their decisions.

    And more than 400 new abortion restrictions have been introduced in state legislatures this year alone — many of them are based on lies about abortion, abortion providers and/or women seeking abortion care … and sometimes all three combined.

    In this dangerous era of “alternative facts,” it’s more important than ever that we expose the lies (and the liars) and provide actual facts.

    That’s exactly why the National Partnership launched our Lies Into Laws campaign last year — and it’s why we’re expanding our critical work to fight back against the appalling increase in abortion restrictions introduced this year.

    We need your support now more than ever.

    Please make a tax-deductible donation of $5, $50, $100 or more to help stop abortion opponents from using lies to shame women and push abortion care out of reach.

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    Default Jail time for abortion providers

    Jail time for abortion providers


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    Chris—

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott just signed a bill that would make it a criminal offense—punishable by jail time—to provide certain types of abortions.

    According to the Texas Observer, Texas’ new abortion ban “would subject a doctor who performs the abortion to a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.”

    We have to stop Texas from attempting to punish abortion providers. Are you with us?

    We vow to fight back until the rights of Texas women are respected and protected. Chip in right now to help us block any unconstitutional anti-abortion restrictions signed into law in Texas.

    Worse, the new Texas ban is part of a larger bill that not only bans a standard abortion procedure, but also requires burials or cremations for embryonic and fetal tissue.

    It’s all part of a deliberate attempt to shame women and deter Texans from seeking abortion care—and we won’t stand for it.

    Will you make a contribution right now to ensure we’re prepared to defend Texas women’s constitutional rights?

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    Default We Need Ivanka to Visit this Baby Jail

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    Dear Chris,

    Candles, birthday cake, presents, friends and family. That’s what every parent hopes for their child’s birthday. Instead of festivities, Tomás spent his eighth birthday behind bars—for the second year in a row.

    The reason why? Because Tomás and his mom were jailed in the only place in the country where you can hold a child who has never committed a violent crime for over 600 days: Berks Country, PA. Tomás and his mom, Natalia, are amongst at least 60 other moms, dads, and children who were locked up after seeking safety here, though they fled from violence in their home countries.

    Together we can shut down Berks. Take action now.

    Today, we’re calling on Ivanka Trump to join us in the fight for kids like Tomás. Ivanka campaigned for her father on a commitment to support kids and mothers—shouldn’t that include all kids—even the ones at Berks?

    Tell Ivanka to help the kids at Berks.

    We all share a responsibility to help people who have lost everything, and to give them a chance to rebuild their lives safely the same way all of us would need to if we were in this horrible situation.

    That’s why Amnesty International is fighting to ensure that people who fled to the US seeking safety have a fair shot at it.

    A fair shot never happened for Tomás, whose real name we’re withholding for his safety. After hundreds of days behind bars—where he suffered PTSD and his weight shrank to just 40 pounds—he and his mother were deported without ever having a chance to fully make their case for asylum. They face extreme danger, perhaps even death. We can’t let that happen again.

    Take action to help the kids at Berks now.

    Thank you for taking action.

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    Default What Trump is proposing isn’t money for infrastructure

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    Chris,

    It’s “infrastructure week” in Trump-land. But what Trump is proposing isn’t money for infrastructure. It’s more delays and misery on traffic-clogged roads and crowded mass transit systems. And a massive tax giveaway to Wall Street investors.

    First, get this. Trump made a totally empty promise in his recently proposed federal budget—stating he would spend $200 billion to rebuild our infrastructure. But elsewhere in that budget he detailed $206 billion in CUTS to federal infrastructure funding―including slashing $96 billion from the Highway Trust Fund alone.[1] So, his supposed $200 billion investment is actually a $6 billion cut. Trump math.

    Second, the $200 billion Trump says he wants the federal government to spend is supposed to leverage another $800 billion in private-sector “equity financing.” That’s how Trump plans to keep his campaign promise to spend $1 trillion on an infrastructure plan.

    And where’s that equity financing supposed to come from—Trump’s developer friends on Wall Street. You know what that means. Big profits for Wall Street financiers paid for by you and me.

    This financing model guarantees fat cats a big return on investment because they would be heavily subsidized by taxpayers. And many of our roads, bridges and other vital public facilities would be privatized. Meaning taxpayers and infrastructure users would pay tolls and fees to use what should be public goods. Once again, Trump math.

    Trump is trying to sell his plan to the American people through photo-ops across the country. Today he’ll be in Cincinnati. Tomorrow he’ll parade governors and mayors into Washington to help him sell his bogus plan.

    Tell the governors and mayors standing with Trump that we’re not buying his phony infrastructure plan. Instead of selling off public assets to Wall Street investors at taxpayers’ expense, we need a major investment in infrastructure that creates millions of good-paying jobs and is paid for by making the rich and big corporations pay their fair share.

    And Trump’s latest infrastructure scheme is to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system. The president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists calls this “a risky and unnecessary step.”[2] Experts say privatizing air traffic control would provide big airline companies with too much control, potentially driving up ticket costs and posing national security risks.

    In the end, Trump’s plan will result in few new infrastructure projects being built. It just subsidizes projects that will be built anyway. Nor will it benefit small towns, rural areas and high-poverty urban centers.

    Since Trump’s model focuses on ensuring hefty profits for investors, not meeting actual community needs, his plan will result in more toll roads in wealthy areas, not the replacement of toxic water pipes in Flint, Michigan, or building out Internet access to rural America.

    Tell the governors and mayors standing with Trump that if they want infrastructure and jobs, they should dump Trump and forget about Wall Street. And instead support a federal investment in infrastructure that will be paid for by the wealthy and big corporations. Sign the petition today!

    According to America’s civil engineers, we’re in need of a $2 trillion investment to bring our national infrastructure up to snuff.[3]

    We can pay for most of that $2 trillion by closing two huge offshore corporate tax loopholes. First, we can raise about $1 trillion over 10 years by ending the loophole that lets U.S. corporations dodge paying taxes on their offshore profits until they bring them back to America. Like the rest of us do, big corporations should pay their taxes on their earnings every year.

    Second, big corporations should pay the $750 billion in taxes they owe right now on their $2.6 trillion in profits stashed offshore. We pay all the taxes we owe on Tax Day. We don’t get a discount. Neither should they.

    That’s how we afford a real infrastructure program. Not through tax giveaways to Wall Street investors.

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    [1] The Washington Post, “Senate Democrats: Trump would cut more in infrastructure spending than he proposes to add,” May 23, 2017.
    [2] “PASS Joins the Call for Congress to Reject President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget,” May 24, 2017.
    [3] American Society of Civil Engineers, “2017 Infrastructure Report Card,” June 2017.


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    Tell your Senators to reject the Trumpcare legislation that would effectively strip health coverage from millions of people.

    Tell them instead to immediately take all necessary steps to permit individual states to create single-payer healthcare systems of the sort found in virtually all wealthy nations on earth.

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    Chris,

    Donald Trump ran on the promise of a $1 trillion infrastructure program―seemingly diverging from other members of his party. After all, it’s progressives and Democrats who traditionally call for investments in infrastructure.

    A $1 trillion plan would be welcome indeed. According to EPI research, each $1 billion investment in infrastructure has the potential to support more than 18,000 jobs―and these jobs are disproportionately well-paying. And $1 trillion would go a long way (if not all the way) to closing the deferred maintenance deficit we’ve allowed to develop through decades of underinvestment.

    Unfortunately, when you actually look at Trump’s infrastructure plan, it quickly becomes apparent that it’s not a serious plan, and won’t lead to significant investments in our country’s future.

    Even the headlines of the Trump infrastructure plan only call for $200 billion of actual federal funding, “leveraging the private sector” to pay for the rest. What that “leverage” means is that state taxpayers and infrastructure users will be on the hook for the other $800 billion in the form of taxes, toll roads or other privatized projects whose profits pad the pockets of private entities—not local or state budgets.

    But Trump’s proposed $200 billion investment isn’t even real! Because his 2018 budget attempts to cut $139 billion from investments to “surface transportation infrastructure.” So, Donald Trump’s $200 billion investment is really a $61 billion investment, at best.

    Trump just whittled a $1 trillion investment down to $61 billion. Most of us don’t appreciate receiving just 6 percent of what’s been promised. So we shouldn’t be too happy about this retreat on infrastructure.

    At EPI, we’re focusing on facts, not rhetoric, and demanding an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.



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    If we want to create good-paying jobs that rebuild our country, Trump’s infrastructure plan fails every test―privatizing roads, airports and public facilities, in order to pad the pockets of Wall Street investors while making no commitment of public funds at all to insure needed investments happen.

    Improvements in infrastructure would, if done right, help workers and the economy. EPI recommends proposals that will benefit the public like the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s infrastructure proposal―rather than President Trump’s use of lofty rhetoric while turning around and cutting actual infrastructure funding.

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    Don't let the Senate poison our drinking water

    The petition to the U.S. Senate reads:

    "The American people have a right to clean water and know if toxic pesticides are contaminating our water supplies. Reject S.340, the so-called 'Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2017,' otherwise known as the 'Poison Our Waters Act.'"

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    Dear Chris,

    You might want to think twice before swimming in a public lake or drinking water from the tap if right-wingers in Congress get their way.

    Republicans in the U.S. House — joined by more than two dozen spineless farm-state Democrats — recently passed the "Poison Our Waters Act," a bill that would allow for the unregulated spraying of toxic pesticides directly into waterways.

    If the bill clears the Republican-controlled Senate, the public will lose its right to know if polluters and factory farms are spraying toxic chemicals in or around waterways used for swimming, fishing or drinking. We must demand the Senate reject this dangerous bill to protect our water and public health.

    Tell the Senate: Reject the Poison Our Waters Act. Click here to sign the petition.

    Specifically, the legislation would reverse a 2009 appellate court decision that ruled that pesticides applied to waterways should be considered pollutants and be regulated under the Clean Water Act. The bill would remove the permitting requirement for spraying pesticides in waterways and end the public's ability to know where and when pesticides are applied.1

    According to Beyond Pesticides, the Poison Our Waters Act would:

    • "Undermine federal authority to protect U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act,

    • Allow spraying of toxic chemicals into waterways without local and state oversight,

    • Contaminate drinking water sources and harm aquatic life, and

    • Not reduce claimed burdens to farmers, since there are currently no burdens."2


    If signed into law, this bill will be a massive boon to the chemical industry, as unregulated pesticide spraying could spiral further out of control. As Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt continue to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and roll back commonsense regulations in order to line the pockets of their fossil fuel donors, the Republican-controlled Congress is chipping away at critical regulations that protect Americans' health to benefit rich pesticide and chemical manufacturers.

    As progressive champion Rep. Jim McGovern put it,

    "The Republicans are again bending over backward to help corporations and the wealthiest among us, while ignoring science and leaving hard-working families to suffer the consequences."3

    The Senate is set to take up this legislation soon, so we must act now to urge the Senate to reject this dangerous assault on our environment and the health of our families.

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    Michael Biesecker, "House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule," Associated Press, May 24, 2017.


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    Default Petition: 196 Congress members are suing Trump.

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    Chris Kaihatsu,

    This is big news! 196 congressional Democrats filed a lawsuit to hold Trump accountable to the Constitution.

    Your Congressperson, Rep. Gutiérrez, joined the suit. In the Senate, Sen. Durbin joined the suit and Sen. Duckworth joined.

    Sign the petition: Tell your members of Congress to join the court case to stop Trump from violating the Constitution – or thank them if they already have.

    This is history in the making. Never before has so many Congress members filed a lawsuit against a sitting president.1 And with good reason – we’ve never had a president who has taken foreign money in the form of profits from their business enterprise.

    The Constitution specifically bans public officials – including the president – from accepting payments or gifts from foreign governments without consent from Congress.

    Trump still owns hotels all across the world, and his business empire presents a golden opportunity for foreign governments to funnel money directly into Trump’s pockets. This isn’t nitpicky legalese; the Emoluments Clause is a core anti-corruption measure written into the Constitution to protect the president and other officials from being unduly influenced by foreign countries.

    Trump, being influenced by a foreign power, where have we heard that before?

    Sign the petition: Tell your members of Congress to join the court case to stop Trump from violating the Constitution – or thank them if they already have.

    Even former President Jimmy Carter sold his peanut farm. By not divesting himself from his business empire, and letting foreign governments grease his palms with payments to the Trump Organization, Donald Trump is violating the Constitution. Now Democrats are holding him accountable.

    We elect people to Congress to represent us and uphold the Constitution. Tell your Congress members to get on board and join the lawsuit to hold Trump accountable, if they haven’t already.

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    Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | June 14, 2017 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) calls on you to ask your representatives to take a closer look at the Section 702 Surveillance Tool. On Tuesday of last week, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced a bill on the Senate floor to make Section 702 as well as other parts of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) permanent.

    Our representatives should not haphazardly rush through bills and make permanent decisions without careful review.

    Under the law, the US government is authorized to collect massive amounts of data without a warrant. Each year, over 250 million internet communications are collected under the authority of Section 702. Nearly 100,000 foreign nationals are monitored under Section 702, including their communications with American citizens. The data is often stored for several years, and the government can also use this information to investigate American citizens.

    Title VII of FISA is set to expire on December 31, 2017. The bill proposed by Senator Cotton seeks to remove the periodic review of Tittle VII and make it permanent without revision or reform. It is important that we ask who this bill protects and who it targets and exploits.

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    • In order to stop abuses of Section 702 and the rest of Title VII, it must be changed.

    • We want to take a closer look: Who does Section 702 target and who is subjected to the invasive data collection?

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    On June 16, President Trump is expected to announce a rollback of some policies adopted by President Obama to increase U.S. engagement with Cuba. However, even some of Trump's advisers who want to escalate confrontation with Cuba say they are worried that Trump might change his mind at the last minute. [1]

    Polls show that the majority of Americans support greater engagement with Cuba. A Florida International University poll showed that the majority of Cuban Americans in Miami also favor greater engagement with Cuba. [2]

    Tell Trump and Congress to oppose any new restrictions on the right of Americans to travel to Cuba by signing our petition at MoveOn.

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    Trump may do something far worse to the Grand Canyon than build a Trump Tower in it.

    According to The Guardian, powerful mining interests and allied officials in Arizona and Utah are urging a receptive Trump administration to lift the Obama-era ban on mining uranium in the area around the Grand Canyon -- a serious threat to the groundwater and anyone who drinks it.

    Instead, we need to demand that the whole area be designated a national monument, thereby protecting it.

    The mining industries are pushing hard to remove protections from national lands. We need to expand them. The Grand Canyon is an important case.

    Past mining operations contaminated the groundwater that many rely on, including the Havasupai people who've lived in the area for generations.

    For years, RootsAction.org has campaigned against mining and other dangerous development in the Grand Canyon area.

    Let's continue to win in our efforts to protect this national treasure.

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    Ed Navarro, a North Miami Beach architect, couldn't hold back his anger at an April 3 city commission meeting. 'The Romans invented plumbing over 2,000 years ago,' he thundered. 'You guys are trying to make it seem that purifying water and pumping water is some amazing new invention, and we need an amazing new corporation to do it.'


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    The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.

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