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"We are going to watch Obamacare go down the tubes, and we’ll blame the Democrats"

The United States of Resistance is a weekly industry newsletter sharing the top news from across the resistance. Please share with others! Sign up | Archived Newsletters Resistance Tech Spotlight: Affinity Affinity is a worker co-operative which is building a platform for local grassroots groups to organize themselves, and to work together in networks. Its goal is to help the movement last, by making it easier for ...
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Week 25 in Energy & Environment

RISE Stronger has teamed up 500 Women Scientists, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition to launch an exciting op-ed writing campaign. Join us, and speak up for science by writing an op-ed in support of government funding for science, technology, and the programs that improve our society in general. Learn more here. Environment Wins as EPA Loses. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently halted the Trump administration's efforts to roll back the EPA's Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions from oil and gas operations. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in June that he would delay implementation for two years so the agency could reconsider the rule. Six environmental groups filed suit against the EPA, and the Court agreed that the EPA had no legal authority to prevent the regulations from taking effect. If the agency wishes to undo the rule, then it must go through the normal admini...
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Week 25 in Science & Technology: Trump Nominates Energy Undersecretary, but Administration Science Staffing Struggles Continue

RISE Stronger has teamed up 500 Women Scientists, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition to launch an exciting op-ed writing campaign. Join us, and speak up for science by writing an op-ed in support of government funding for science, technology, and the programs that improve our society in general. Learn more here.Trump nominates Wall Street executive to be DOE Undersecretary for ScienceOn Tuesday, July 11, President Trump nominated Paul Dabbar to be Undersecretary for Science at the Department of Energy (DOE). Currently Managing Director for Mergers and Acquisition at J.P. Morgan, Dabbar's nomination adds to President Trump's nominees for key administrative positions drawn from Wall Street banks and industry. Dabbar currently serves on the DOE Environmental Management Advisory Board. Previously, the role of Undersecretary of Science was tasked with overseeing the $5 billion budget allocated to the Office of Sci...
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Phone Script: Taking away health care to provide tax cuts is immoral

Relevant Policy Background: The ACA is fully paid for by a variety of mechanisms split between tax increases, fees imposed on providers and cost-savings generated by reforms to the healthcare delivery system. The single largest tax that funds the ACA is an expansion of the hospital insurance tax, used to fund Medicare which is part of the FICA that everyone pays on the first dollar of income. Before the ACA, the tax was a flat 1.45 percent on all earned income. Obamacare changed that in two ways, both of which made the tax much more progressive. First, the ACA added an additional bracket of 2.35 percent for all incomes over $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples). Second, the law also extended the tax to unearned investment and interest income. So, for all incomes over $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples), non-wage income was subject to a 3.5 percent surcharge. This is the first time in U.S. history unearned income has been subjected to a payroll tax. [1] ...
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Op-Ed Project: Building a Better Society Through Science

RISE Stronger, 500 Women Scientists, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition have come together to call on you to speak up for science by writing an op-ed in support of government funding for science, technology, and the programs that help build our society, support our local communities, and make the world a better place.Speak to your local community and lawmakers by writing an op-ed to for your local paper.Benefit from editing assistance to help present your message clearly and convincingly.Learn more about how to join this exciting project, including the timeline, op-ed guidelines and examples, and helpful resources on the FY18 budget.Sign up to join the project as a writer and/or editor.Join us for a conference call/webinar on July 24 or July 28 (see below).Submit your first draft to [email protected] by August 4.Final op-eds will be submitted at the end of August for publication in early September...
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22 Million People Are Still Going to Lose Healthcare

The United States of Resistance is a weekly industry newsletter sharing the top news from across the resistance. Please share with others! Sign up | Archived Newsletters Resistance Spotlight: It Starts Today Last fall, the Republicans won 241 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democrats won 194. You might think that this means that the Democratic party fought and won in 194 districts and fought and lost in 241. But y...
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Week 24 in Science & Technology: Internet Users to Speak Up for Net Neutrality on July 12; House Appropriators Move to Cut Science Budgets

Net Neutrality Day of Action this Wednesday, July 12To protest Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposals to allow Internet providers to throttle Internet speeds based on content, some of the world's most heavily trafficked Internet sites are taking part in this Wednesday's Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. Participants, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Dropbox, and Spotify, will encourage their users to contact the FCC and their members of Congress directly to voice their opposition to the erosion of a free and open Internet. In January 2012, Internet companies rallied users against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and support for the legislation effectively vanished.Trump plans halt to Immigrant Entrepreneur RuleThe Trump administration will take steps to delay, and ultimately rescind, an Obama administration rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to come to the US to start companies. Ca...
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A Delayed Medicaid Cutoff is Still a Cutoff

Explainer by Patrick O'Mahen, Health Services ResearcherBackground and Guide to a Single Talking Point + Phone Script for a Coordinated Defense of the ACA XXIII: A Delayed Medicaid cutoff is still a cutoff Relevant Policy Background: The House: One of the most damaging parts of the House-passed American Health Care Act is the destruction of Medicaid (1) Starting in 2020, the AHCA drastically reduces the federal government's matching funding for states seeking to cover able-bodies childless adults under the program from 90 percent to 57 percent, which effectively would end the Medicaid expansion in most states. Beyond that, the AHCA also caps federal funding for all other participants in the program, limiting growth by an artificially low measure of inflation. The results would likely lead to drastic reductions in the numbers of kids, disabled, parents and adults needing nursing care in the program, as well as a likely drastic reduction in the scope of services covered fo...
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Will the GOP Fall Short?

The United States of Resistance is a weekly industry newsletter sharing the top news from across the resistance. Please share with others! Sign up | Archived Newsletters Resistance Spotlight Each week we spotlight an organization in the resistance who is working, like RISE, to make sure that we have a more transparent, accountable government. If your group is interested in being featured, email our Director of Strategic Partnerships at [email protected] with the subject line "Resistance Spotlight." Save the Date for July 12: Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality To spread public awareness and spur broader congressional support for net neutr...
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Week 23 in Science & Technology: Science Appropriations Advance in House; OSTP Science Division Reported to Be Closed

Appropriations bills advance in House; Republicans reject largest Trump cuts to science but make plenty of their ownThe first appropriations bills for next year's budget (FY18) began coming out of House appropriations subcommittees last week, including bills that cover several of the scientific agencies. For the most part, House appropriators are ignoring President Trump's most egregious requests for deep budget cuts, with spending at agencies mostly held at roughly the same levels at the current year (FY17). However, House Republicans have made cuts to some key scientific programs and to scientific budgets overall (see below). Also, appropriations bills covering the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others, have not been released yet, and some these are likely to be more contested.After passing their subcommittees, these appropriations bills will still have to be passed by the full House. The Senate will also have its versions, which...
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