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Urgent Call to Action - Congressional Review Act on State Savings Initiatives

Call your Senator and tell them to oppose HJRES 66/67 that seek to stop states from making retirement savings accounts available to small business employees. HJRES 66/67 would jeopardize state savings initiatives. Tell your Senator to vote no.Longer (Talking Points)Support DOL Rule on Work and SaveInnovative solutions to America's saving crisis are at risk.• A 2016 Department of Labor rule provides guidance on how states can enter into public-private partnerships to increase personal savings rates for small business employees. The rule is clear: Small business owners have no operational burden for these plans. Their only interaction with a Work and Save plan is to facilitate payroll deductions for these individual savings plans.• We urge Congress to vote no on a Congressional Review Act resolution – H.J. Res. 66/67 – to overturn the Department of Labor's rule giving states flexibility to help small business workers save for retirementMillions of Americans Don't Have Enough Saved for...
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Week 9 in Energy & Environment: Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Approved and Ethics Action Against Scott Pruitt

Budgets. An analysis released this week shows that spending on federal contracts related to the environment in fiscal year 2016 reached 423 congressional districts. Almost half of the $5.9 billion went to districts represented by Republicans, which may present challenges when the Administration tries to pursue major spending cuts that affect these districts.Permits. Friday, the Trump administration approved a permit authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This doesn't yet clear the path for TransCanada's $8 billion project, which still requires regulatory approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission. That decision won't likely come until fall 2017. The State Department approved the project with an environmental impact assessment (EIA) conducted in 2014 and opponents argue both the project and energy markets have changed so much since then that a new EIA is needed. The Nebraska State government and organizations like the NRDC and Sierra Club are ready to challen...
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Call Your Representatives to Protect the Privacy Rule for Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to strip you of privacy protection from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).Call to Action: The House may vote as soon as tomorrow upon the measure. We urge you to contact your member of Congress and ask them to vote No to weakening consumer privacy (S.J. 34). Find your Rep. Find your Senator.Last Thursday, March 23, the Senate voted along party lines to eliminate Obama-era privacy rules meant to protect you from invasive surveillance by ISPs like Comcast and Time-Warner. 50 Republicans (with two abstaining) voted against all 48 Democrats to kill the rules established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The vote was conducted using the Congressional Review Act, which has the power to nullify federal regulations and, furthermore, to prevent similar rules from ever being introduced again.The privacy rules had required that ISPs give consumers meaningful notice about privacy surveillance and the ability to opt int...
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Week 9 in Science & Technology: Threats to Privacy and Attacks on Climate, Earth, and Space Science

Senate Republicans Vote to Eliminate ISP Privacy RulesOn Thursday, March 23, the Senate voted along party lines to eliminate Obama-era privacy rules meant to protect Americans from invasive surveillance by internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast and Time-Warner. Republicans voted to apply the Congressional Review Act to eliminate FCC rules that required meaningful notice and opt-in consent from consumers before sharing or selling their data. These rules had also created stricter requirements for cyber security and notification in the event of a data breach. The Senate's action would take these types of privacy related issues out of the hands of the FCC, requiring congressional action to reinstate them in the future. This vote is a blow to consumer privacy and demonstrates how Republicans have aligned themselves with business interests over consumers. As privacy comes under attack from all quarters, lawmakers should be strengthening our rights, not weakening them. The Hous...
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Week 9 in Infrastructure & Urban Policy: Local Communities Respond to HUD Budget Cuts

How HUD Budget Cuts Affect Local CommunitiesAs we reported in last week's report, according to preliminary budget documents for fiscal year 2018 that were leaked, the Trump administration has considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We know that Trump's HUD budget cuts would disproportionately impact cities' poorest residents. Cities and counties are not taking this news lightly: CHICAGO: Eight Arrested at Downtown Protest Against Trump's Budget Cut: "Eight people were arrested on Tuesday during the eighth #ResistTrumpTuesday protest, which focused on President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 'For us here in Illinois it means less direct rental assistance payments including section 8 housing, housing vouchers for homeless veterans would be cut by at least $300 million,' said one organizer." ChicagoistNEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Braces for Deep Cuts in Trump's Spending Plan: ...
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Week 8 in Science & Technology: Trump Administration Proposes Severe Cuts to Scientific Programs

President's Budget ProposalOn Thursday, March 16th, the Trump Administration introduced its initial budget proposal for FY2018, proposing a $54-billion hike in defense spending, while gutting domestic discretionary spending, including scientific programs. The budget landed with a thud on Capitol Hill, and elicited deep concerns from the scientific community. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) warned that "The Trump Administration's proposed budget would cripple the science and technology enterprise through short-sighted cuts to discovery science programs and critical mission agencies alike." Although ultimately Congress sets the federal budget, and much of this proposal stands little chance of being enacted as is, this budget outline provides a clear illustration of the Administration's priorities--and science is apparently not one of them.This so-called "skinny budget" is an initial outline of the President's proposed budget, and a full proposal is expec...
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Week 8 in Energy & Environment: Trump Proposes Cutting EPA Budget by One Third

Budgets. To much attention, this week the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its proposed budget for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year, which is none too friendly to environmental programs. The White House recommends a 31 percent cut to the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Some of these cuts include slashing all funding for "the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related efforts" and "regional efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay, and other geographic programs," as well as "Energy Star; Targeted Airshed Grants; the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; and infrastructure assistance to Alaska Native Villages and the Mexico Border." There are a myriad of reasons why cutting funding for these programs would be a disaster. For example, over the last 22 years, the Energy Star program has helped save consumers more than $362 billion on utility bills. O...
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Demand Full and Thorough Investigation by House Intelligence Committee

Rise Stronger calls upon the House Intelligence Committee to carry out a full and thorough investigation of: Russian interference in the election, and All ties between the Trump campaign and administration officials and the Russian government, security apparatus, and associated Russian organizations. House Intelligence Committee members must not accept anything less than complete and honest answers from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers about what they know about Russia's influence. The American people deserve the truth about the election and the true loyalties of the President and his staff members. Too many questions remain unanswered, and too many concerns have gone unaddressed. To the American people, let your representatives on the House Intelligence Committee know that you insist upon a full, fair and transparent investigation, and that the integrity of the American democracy and electoral system is at stake. Contact information for members of the House In...
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How to Save Our Health Care in Six Days

The United States of Resistance is a weekly industry newsletter sharing the top news from across the resistance. Please share with others! Sign up here. SAVING OUR HEALTH CARE Twenty-two Republican Representatives need to vote 'No' next Thursday in order to stop TrumpCare. So far 17 Republicans have indicated that they would likely vote against TrumpCare. Five more votes are needed. Here are are the ten most vulnerable Republicans that could get us to 22 votes. Let's help them make up their minds before the next vote on Thursday, March 23 - the seventh anniversary of the original ACA signing. Click here for more information about saving our health care. RESISTANCE SPOTLIGHT: TAX MARCH RISE Stronger is now an official partner of the Tax March! On Saturday April 15, Americans from all over the c...
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Meet the Republican Representatives Deciding the Fate of our Health Care

Meet the Nine Republican Representatives that will decide the fate of our Health Care. Our team has identified these US Representatives as possible swing votes. If you live in their district, please pick up the phone and make a call. The script is as simple as: "Hi, My name is ______. My address is _______. I urge Representative ________ to vote NO on the American Health Care Act. Thank you." Please also write Letters to the Editors of your local papers, post online, and find other ways to get the names of your Members out there. We want their names associated with this decision so they feel the spotlight. PA15 Rep. Charlie Dent | 202-225-6411 PA08 Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick | 202-225-4276 NY24 Rep. John Katko | 202-225-3701 NY22 Rep. Claudia Tenney | 202-225-3665 NY02 Rep. Pete King | 202-225-7896 NY11 Rep. Dan Donovan | 202-225-3371 NV02 Rep. Mark Amodei | 202-225-6155 NJ03 Rep. Tom MacArthur | 202-225-4765 CA21 Rep. David Valadao | 202-225-4695...
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