Friday - August 18, 2017
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Friday August 18, 2017 ( 18 items )  

CEO Resignations From Trump Business Councils Reveal Leaders' 'True Colors'
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The National Center for Public Policy Research issued the following news release: Recent CEO resignations from the Trump Administration's business councils are being criticized by the nation's leading conservative shareholder activists as being short-sighted and political. The Free Enterprise Project (FEP) says the resignations, which prompted the disbanding of the councils, highlight the political agendas that now guide corporate behavior and expose companies to increase  more

Conservation Groups Oppose President Trump's Push for New Offshore Oil Drilling
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release: President Donald Trump's Department of the Interior is moving ahead with plans to scrap a five-year leasing plan adopted by the Obama administration in January that keeps sensitive Arctic and Atlantic ocean territories off-limits to oil drilling rigs, despite widespread public opposition and recent reports from climate scientists highlighting the dangers of accelerating fossil fuel development. August 17 marks the public-c  more

CPA Supports Trade Deficit Focus in NAFTA Renegotiations
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The Coalition for a Prosperous America issued the following news release: The Coalition for a Prosperous America appreciates US Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer's focus upon the trade deficit and rules of origin in NAFTA renegotiations. CPA supports the fact that major reform is needed for NAFTA to benefit American workers and businesses. If major reform cannot be achieved, walking away from NAFTA should be a seriously considered option. "Candidates Obama and Clinton p  more

EPA Intends to Roll Back Job Killing Regulation Hurting Small Business Owners
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., issued the following news release: Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will change a crippling Obama-era regulation that threatens to shut down the U.S. glider kit industry. Without immediate action, the rule will devastate these small and medium-sized manufacturers, costing thousands of jobs in Tennessee alone. Glider kits are used to refurbish wrecked or unsafe highway tractors, and are often far more cost effective   more

Feinstein Calls on Interior Secretary to Protect All of California's National Monuments
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today commended Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to leave Sand and Snow National Monument untouched and called on him to preserve the boundaries for California's six other national monuments under review by the administration. "I once again commend you for your recommendation regarding Sand to Snow and respectfully request that the remaining six C  more

Johnson Asks OPM for Information on Congressional Exemption of Obamacare
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan asking for information related to the congressional exemption of Obamacare and to preserve all documents related to the OPM rule. "I have y  more

McCaskill's Moderate Myth
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued the following news release: Claire McCaskill is scheduled to continue her town hall tour today, and you can be sure she's going to try and pass herself off as a moderate to the Missouri voters in attendance. Don't let her fool you. McCaskill's moderate myth is becoming a standard talking point for her. She began her town hall in Cameron yesterday by proclaiming, "I am comfortable claiming moderation and wanting to find   more

Members of Congress to Trump Administration: Don't Allow Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Huffman (D-San Rafael) led 69 members of Congress in urging Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to protect the Arctic Ocean from dangerous activities by the oil & gas industry and exclude all new Arctic Ocean lease sales from any future offshore drilling plan. Under the 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which was finalized in 2016 under President Barack Obama, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Manag  more

Op-Ed: Don't Raise the Debt Ceiling Without Reform
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The office of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., issued the following op-ed: It's that time once again, as the federal government is just around the corner from hitting its debt limit. Yet we are already hearing from alarmists that insist that limit must be extended outright. Despite what you will hear, the truth is that this battle isn't over closing the government or shuttering federal agencies. In reality, those of us demanding fiscal sanity are simply calling to slice up the b  more

Op-Ed: North Korea's Actions Show More Resources Need to Be Put Into Missile Defense
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., issued the following op-ed: North Korea's saber rattling and over-the-top rhetoric is not new, but Kim Jong-un's fanatical focus on developing nuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of ranging the United States and our allies should redouble our efforts to focus on missile defense. To be clear, North Korea cannot be a state with the capability to employ a nuclear weapon in the first place, but we have to prepare for all conti  more

President Trump Gets Bump With Approval on Economy, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Expect Little From President Trump, Congress This Year
HAMDEN, Conn., Aug. 17 -- The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has issued the following news release: As more Americans feel good about the economy and President Donald Trump's handling of the economy, his overall job approval rating rises from a negative 33 - 61 percent August 2, his lowest grade since inauguration, to a negative 39 - 57 percent in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. A total of 62 percent of American voters describe the nation's economy as "excellent"  more

Reps. Krishnamoorthi, Davis Question DHS Decision to Block Funding for Organization Combatting White Supremacism
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Aug. 17 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., issued the following news release: Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi and Danny Davis today sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security questioning its June 2017 decision to rescind funding for an initiative to counter right-wing extremism, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other white supremacist groups responsible for the events in Charleston. The Obama administration initially awarded the $400,000 grant to the Chicago nonp  more

SEIU Executive Vice President Valarie Long Resigns From President Trump's National Advisory Committee on Travel, Tourism Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The Service Employees International Union issued the following news release: SEIU International Executive Vice President Valarie Long issued the following statement after resigning from President Trump's National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure: Valarie Long, Executive Vice President of SEIU, joins the growing chorus of labor and business leaders repudiating President Trump after he failed to condemn the violent actions of white supremacists and d  more

Sen. Grassley: Justice Department Settlement on EpiPen Overcharges is Disappointment to Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa has been investigating the cost increases for EpiPen to consumers and whether the taxpayers have been shortchanged under EpiPen's misclassification under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. He made the following comment today on a settlement announced between the Justice Department and EpiPen maker Mylan over the misclassification. The case is a False Claims Act qu  more

Stephen Colbert, Meghan McCain Join 11th Annual IAVA Heroes Gala in November
NEW YORK, Aug. 17 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release: Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is excited to announce the 2017 Veteran Leadership and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees, as well as two special guests, for the 11th Annual IAVA Heroes Gala on November 9, 2017 in New York. IAVA is proud to announce Army Captain and Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg will receive the 2017 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award. Grober  more

Veterans Urge Secretary Zinke Not to Expand Offshore Drilling
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Today, a letter signed by 1,669 veterans was delivered to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, expressing opposition to the Trump administration's plans to revisit the current five-year plan for offshore drilling and urging Zinke to maintain existing protections for our coasts. The current five-year plan, finalized just last year by President Obama after a multi-year process where millions of Americans weighed in, protects por  more

With Governors Stacked Against Offshore Drilling, Coast Has Spoken
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 17 -- The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following news release: The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe came out against the Trump administration's plan to consider offshore drilling in the Atlantic, including off Virginia's coast. Gov. McAuliffe joins North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster in voicing opposition to offshore drilling. "Governor  more

Zinke Allows Plastic Water Bottles in National Parks
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Yesterday, the National Park Service reversed bans on disposable water bottles in National Parks-- another reversal of an Obama-era environmental policy. The ban originally was placed as an effort to increase the agency's sustainability efforts and reduce carbon emissions. In response, Sierra Club's public lands policy director Athan Manuel released the following statement: "Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's recen  more