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EPI Press Release

4 hours 41 min ago
Economic Policy Institute

New EPI research finds that taking unpaid sick days can costs low-wage workers their basic needs. Only 27 percent of private sector low-wage workers have access to paid sick days, compared to 87 percent of the highest paid workers in the private sector.

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Senators Send Letter to DeVos about Civil Rights Enforcement at the Department of Education

5 hours 41 min ago
Human Rights Campaign

Earlier today, 34 Democratic U.S. senators, led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing disappointment and alarm over the Trump-Pence Administration’s efforts to diminish the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) enforcement of civil rights laws and calling on the department to provide specific documents relating to their enforcement efforts.

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Trump Administration to Rescind Clean Water Rule

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:40
Food & Water Watch

A statement from the executive director:

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EPA Set to Propose Repeal of the Clean Water Rule

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:45

Today, Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the EPA is set to issue a proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule, moving this country away from a commonsense safeguard that helps state and federal agencies protect our rivers, streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

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CREDO Statement on Trumpcare Delay

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:04
Credo Action

CREDO released the statement below in response to reports that the Senate will not vote on Trumpcare until after the July 4 recess:

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Environment America News Release

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:24
Environment America

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed repealing the Clean Water Rule, which restored federal protections to half our nation’s streams and thousands of wetlands across the country. John Rumpler, Environment America’s senior attorney and clean water program director, issued the following statement:

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Once Again the Trump Administration Does the Bidding of Polluters at the Expense of American Families and Communities

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:44
Sierra Club

Today, Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, announced that he will be repealing the 2015 Clean Water Rule that provided vital clean water protections against dangerous pollution contaminating America’s waterways and drinking water supplies.

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RECLAIM Act’s Passage Through House Committee Gives Hope to Hundreds of Communities Near Abandoned Coal Mines

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:35
Sierra Club

Today, the U.S. House’s Natural Resources Committee strengthened and then passed the RECLAIM Act out of committee - an important step toward the bill’s passage through Congress. The RECLAIM Act commits $1 billion to economic development and diversification projects that clean up abandoned coal mines, while also prioritizing public input and community participation on which projects are chosen and how they are run.

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California EPA Becomes First U.S. Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:08
Center for Biological Diversity

The state of California announced today that as of July 7 it will list glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world, as a known human carcinogen under the state’s Proposition 65.

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Stop the War's Statement on Trump's Claims About Syria

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:39
Stop the War Coalition

There must be every fear that Donald Trump is planning a further escalation of his wars in the Middle East – an escalation which will be backed by the weak and rotten British government, propped up by the right-wing DUP. Michael Fallon has already recklessly committed to support any escalation. It is a move we should all oppose.

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NAACP Statement On Trumpcare's CBO Score

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:31

Leon W. Russell, Chair of the NAACP Board, today issued the following statement in response to the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the impact of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare.

“The news from the Congressional Budget Office that the Senate’s secret backroom deal to repeal health care will cost 22 million Americans their coverage proves one thing: Republicans are only interested in providing huge tax breaks to the wealthy, not in protecting our health.

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New Comprehensive Review Finds That Recent Studies Strengthen Conclusions of Landmark 2002 National Academy of Medicine Report Implicating Uninsurance in Thousands of Deaths.

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:55
Physicians for a National Health Program

Being uninsured substantially raises the risk of dying, according to a comprehensive review of studies published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The review updated a 2002 study conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM - now called the National Academy of Medicine) that concluded that 18,000 persons died each year from lack of health insurance.

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With Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal, Mayors Take the Lead

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:43
Food & Water Watch

At its Miami conference, the US Conference of Mayors passed a resolution today calling for 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035 in their communities.

The following statement is from Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch:

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Americans United: U.S. Supreme Court Should Rule Against President Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:51
Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Today the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the lawsuits challenging President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. The Court has also allowed the Muslim ban to go into effect for people without ties to the United States. 

“Allowing the ban to take even partial effect opens the door to discrimination based on religion – which is at odds with our laws, history, traditions and common sense,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Calls for Moving Money from Pentagon to Cities

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:31

The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three resolutions opposing the military-heavy Trump budget proposal, a proposal that calls for an additional $54 billion to the Pentagon by slashing anti-poverty and environmental programs. Instead, the mayors urge Congress and the President to move funding in the opposite direction, out of the military and into human and environmental needs.

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Oxfam to Support Challenge to Travel Ban at Supreme Court

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:22
Oxfam International

Today, the United States Supreme Court decided to review President Trump’s discriminatory executive order on refugees and immigration. The ban, if implemented, potentially puts the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk worldwide and poses a direct threat to Oxfam’s humanitarian mission. In response Oxfam America President Abby Maxman said:

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ACLU Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Case Involving Government Support for Church

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:17

The Supreme Court today ruled that it was unconstitutional to exclude a Missouri church from a state cash aid program that reimbursed schools for resurfacing playgrounds with recycled tire materials.  

Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, had the following reaction:

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Sierra Club condemns FERC’s final review of proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:04
Sierra Club

Today, federal regulators released the environmental review for the proposed fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline. The controversial $3.2 billion pipeline, proposed by EQT and NextEra, would traverse 301 miles through West Virginia and Virginia crossing public lands and more than 1,000 waterways and wetlands and require the construction of three large compressor stations.

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BREAKING: Six Constituents Sit in Senator Capito’s Charleston, W.Va. Office

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:52
Rise Up West Virginia

Six constituents have staged a sit-in in Senator Capito’s office regarding the pending Senate healthcare bill. They say that they will not leave until Senator Capito agrees to vote against the bill, which was introduced last week and is likely to be voted on this week. Senator Capito has thus far failed to take a stand on the bill.

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Congress Must Step in and Stop Muslim Ban

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:13
Amnesty International

Following the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear arguments on President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban and allow the order to take effect in the meantime, Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA executive director, released the following statement:

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