Gutting the EPA Hurts Real People

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists News reports indicate that the Trump administration has big plans underway to undermine the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead agency working to protect our health and the environment from pollution. One troublesome...
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New Congress = New Attack on Wolves

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By Elly Pepper, Natural Resources Defense Council Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming last week introduced the “War on Wolves Act (S. 164),” a companion bill to legislation introduced on January 10 in the House (H.R. 424) that would end federal protections for wolves and allow...
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Trump’s Wrong Choice for OMB

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By AFSCME The director of the Office and Management and Budget is a critical Cabinet-level appointee who oversees the budget-planning process for all federal agencies. Whoever fills that role has enormous responsibility for and influence over how taxpayer dollars are spent. President Donald...
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Disqualifying: EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Misled Senators

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By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I presented the following testimony at a Senate Democratic roundtable explaining two reasons why Mr. Pruitt is...
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Congress Is Opening the Door to ‘Alternative Facts’ in Budget Policy

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By Harry Stein, Center for American Progress Shortly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway claimed that false statements coming from the White House were actually “alternative facts.” The new administration’s disregard for the truth is...
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Obama Overtime Rule May Find New Life in the States

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By Omar Tewfik, AFSCME In response to right-wing efforts to block an Obama administration rule that would’ve expanded overtime pay protections to millions of workers, progressive legislators in some states are looking to take matters into their own hands. Last year, the Obama administration...
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Student Loan Servicer Navient

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By Sarah Lewis & Rob McGarrah, AFL-CIO The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the attorneys general of Illinois and Washington directed the spotlight on the country’s largest student loan servicer, Navient, in a federal lawsuit filed last week. And the multibillion-dollar corporation...
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