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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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Week 7 in Trade: Americans Support Trade, NAFTA and Trade Law Enforcement

Americans Support Trade with Other Countries - A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll recently asked voters "In general, do you think that free trade between the United States and foreign countries has helped the United States, has hurt the United States, or has not made much of a difference either way?"43% answered that it helped, while only 34% said that it had hurt. This is the highest proportion to be supportive of trade since the Wall Street Journal started asking the question in 2010. While the country is obviously torn on the issue, there is a solid plurality that thinks freer trade helps the US develop and prosper. This is in sharp contrast to the national narrative of a growing and overwhelming rejection of free trade, a perception that appears to be false.RECENT ACTIONS BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION - Against that backdrop, Commerce Secretary Ross met with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday, and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal on Friday. R...
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Week 7 in Infrastructure & Urban Policy: HUD Budget Cuts, Secretary Carson on Watch, RISE Stronger’s Infrastructure Stance

HUD Budget CutsAccording to leaked, preliminary fiscal year 2018 budget documents, the Trump administration has considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under the preliminary plan, compared to previous funding: About $1.3 billion would be cut from the public housing capital fund$600 million would be cut from the public housing operating fundDirect rental assistance payments — including Section 8 Housing and housing vouchers for homeless veterans — would be cut by at least $300 millionHousing for the elderly — known as the Section 202 program — would be cut by $42 millionThe HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which provides block grants for local communities to build affordable housing, would be cut entirelySection 811 housing for people with disabilities would be cut by $29 millionMoney available for Native American housing block grants would be cut by $150 millionChoice Neighborhoods, a program that invests in redeveloping...
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Week 7 in Education: Transgender Rights Case Returned and Every Student Succeeds Act Undermined

This week, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen who sued his school district in Virginia for the right to use the bathroom associated with the gender with which he identifies. In sending the case back to the lower court for review, the Supreme Court also vacated the appeals court's order in Mr. Grimm's favor. The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will now be faced with the task of determining whether Title IX rules allowing for the provision of "separate toilet, locker rooms and shower facilities on the basis of sex" can be extended to provide protections for transgender students.With only one Republican in opposition, Senate Republicans voted Thursday to repeal regulations associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Similar legislation was passed by the House of Representatives last month. President Trump has signaled that he will sign the resolution, which will preserve ESSA, but nullify certain regulations and give more power ov...
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Week 7 for Energy & the Environment: Pruitt and Carbon Dioxide, Regulation Rollbacks, and the Paris Agreement

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNBC this week he doesn't believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to climate change, and called for continued debate, review, and analysis. Though Pruitt has previously questioned the science of climate change, views contrary to established climate science coming from an EPA Administrator are still shocking. Pruitt's comments were met with widespread criticism and outrage from scientists, businesses, former EPA administrators, and the public. In an unusual display of furor over the Administrator's comments on climate science, Pruitt's office faced such a deluge of angry calls to his main line that by Friday, the EPA was forced to set up a temporary call center before forwarding calls to a voice mailbox by Saturday, which is also now full and not accepting new messages.In an attempt to appease different White House factions, the Trump administration is reportedly considering a plan to remain in the Par...
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Resist the Repeal!

THE PEOPLE'S CALENDAR 2.0: RESISTANCE MADE EASY  We’d like to announce a major update with the RISE People’s Calendar!  We've added a new feature that lets you sync the RISE Calendar with your Google Calendar, and allows you to get event information based on your preferences and location automatically sent to your personal calendar.  No more need to search through websites digging for town halls, protest, rallies, and meetings.  All you have to do is check your g...
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