Daily actions 7/20/2018
- Contact our members of Congress and ask them to join SenatorJeanne Shaheen (D-N.H) in demanding that the American translator who sat in on the one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin testify as to what was said and what was promised at that meeting. Read about it here.
- Contact our members of Congress and ask them to hold hearings on these worthy topics:
Russian influence on this administration’s cabinet choices. For example, Russia nixed the idea of Mitt Romney being secretary of state. Read about it here.
Whether Putin asked the president to suspend joint military operations with South Korea.
Why the president fired the administration’s cyber security coordinator and eliminated that position. The cyber security coordinator is central to developing a policy to defend against increasingly digital attacks and the use of cyber weapons. In March 2018, the U.S. government issued Alert #TA18-074A warning that Russian government hackers were hacking U.S. government entities, as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and critical manufacturing sectors. Read about it here.
Why did the Treasury department change the rules so the NRA and some other non-profits to no longer have to report the identity of donors to the IRS. Read about it here.
- Contact our senators and ask them to vote “no” on Scott Hutchins, who has been nominated to be the chief scientist for the FDA. The administration has already nominated and has approved two Dow Chemical executives. Scott Hutchins will make it three. Read about it here.
- Contact our senators and ask them to vote “no” on the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Prior to her hearing on Thursday, Kraninger refused to answer questions about her role in implementing the family separation policy from her current position at the Office of Management and Budget, and she was similarly unforthcoming in her hearing before the Senate Banking Committee. In addition, she has no financial industry regulation experience. Read about it here.
- Contact our members of Congress and ask them to resist changes to the Endangered Species Act. This week, the House Natural Resources Committee discussed five bills whose effects would include allowing the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to use economic costs to deny listing a species as threatened, require the agency to prioritize input in listing decisions from states, remove the gray wolf from the endangered list and limit payouts of attorneys’ fees in Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, meanwhile, debated legislation meant to boost hunting and fishing that has a provision attached to undo the gray wolf listing. Read about it here.
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