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9/19/19

NATIONAL ISSUES




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IMPEACHMENT:  Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski testified yesterday in front of the House Judiciary Committee and the layers of his lies were eventually revealed under questioning by Committee Consultant Barry Berke: https://www.newsweek.com/barry-berke-corey-lewandowski-twitter-lies-media-house-hearing-1459881 Let’s let our MoC know that we are tired of the corruption and obstruction and that we expect impeachment to proceed.

TORTURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS?  Trump “has nominated yet another official with a pro-torture background—Marshall Billingslea, who serves as assistant Treasury secretary for terrorist financing. This time, however, the nomination contains a particularly searing irony. If confirmed, Billingslea would become the top U.S. executive branch official directly responsible for human rights policy: undersecretary of State for civilian security, democracy and human rights.”  https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/17/trump-billingslea-torture-human-rights-228112  Let’s let our senators know that we do not want Billingslea to be confirmed in this position that is supposed to support human rights. 

COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN GUN REFORM:  From one of our own:  Sandy Hook Promise call to action:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ykNZl9mTQ  From Guardian US "And while Barden insists that the video is not a direct call for political action, but hopes that it will inspire voters to hold their elected officials accountable for passing regulations that can prevent gun deaths. Bringing more awareness hopefully also drives public awareness to the point where [people] use their vote and their advocacy to make sure that our elected officials are on the right side of this issue as well.”  FYI, this is rough to watch, but another urgent call to vote, vote, vote and call, call, call --our legislators.

ORGANIZERS AND COALITION BUILDERS:  There's a new model for bringing diverse local groups with common political goals together--the Action Council. Check out this 3 minute video https://cutt.ly/SoCalBlueVideo  showing how it worked in LA to flip 5 Congressional swing districts in the 2018 midterms. Here's how the model looks at a glance: https://cutt.ly/AC-At-A-Glance Here's a link to a detailed Action Council playbook: https://cutt.ly/ACPlaybook Not sure who can sit down together to share information? Check out this "What groups can talk to what groups" graphic: 
https://cutt.ly/AC-Talk Feel free to pass the info on--it's not copyrighted. Questions? Give a shout to admin@socalblue.org

SPEAK OUT AGAINST BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS: Border wall construction in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has begun, a project that the National Parks Service claims will threaten more than 20 archeological sites and ecologically sensitive areas. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/us/politics/archaeological-sites-border-wall.html and https://www.hcn.org/articles/opinion-borderlands-border-wall-construction-in-organ-pipe-cactus-national-monument-is-a-travesty. This fight has already been through the court system and the Supreme Court overturned a ruling by a lower California court blocking the project. While it may seem like there’s nothing we can do at this point, continuing our outcry by publicizing this travesty, speaking out to our MoCs and raising the issue with 2020 candidates can keep this in the public eye and hopefully prevent future ecological destruction. 

IMMIGRATION: 
The Department of Justice is drafting a proposal which would significantly increase the fee immigrants have to pay to appeal their deportation cases from $110 to $895-$995 (https://bit.ly/2mnVaBChttps://bit.ly/2mgvvur). This increase could prove unattainable for many immigrants, and prevent them from accessing due process. While the proposal has not been published in the Federal Register yet, we can still fight back and make sure everyone is ready if/when the proposal does get published. Let's first share the news to spread awareness, then let's contact the Department of Justice and tell them that their proposal to increase fees to appeal deportation cases would violate due process and we do not support it: Phone: 202-353-1555, or mail: Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

SAVE HOUSTON ACTIVIST/BUSINESS LEADER FROM DEPORTATION:
Roland Gramajo, a Houston businessman and immigration rights activists was arrested and is being held in detention after inviting ICE to dialogue at a community meeting to quell fears about federal immigration raids. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/us/ice-houston-activist-deportation.html. Gramajo has raised five children in the U.S., and recently received a commendation from the Houston City Council for his service and leadership. Let’s tell DHS 202- 282-8000; DHSSecretary@hq.dhs.gov; https://homelandsecurity.ideascale.com/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homelandsecurity/; Twitter: @DHS.gov)
to stop targeting community leaders and direct their efforts to deporting actual criminals and drug traffickers. Let’s also contact ICE’s Houston Community Relations Office (281-774-4917 or CommunityRelations.Houston@ice.dhs.gov and ask them to free Gramajo.   

IMPEACH BRETT KAVANAUGH: Once again, more allegations have risen about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanuah’s past history of sexual assault. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/us/brett-kavanaugh-allegations-trump-impeach.html and https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brett-kavanaugh-sexual-misconduct-accusation-sets-off-calls-for-supreme-court-impeachment/. Several 2020 Democratic candidates are now calling for his impeachment. Notably absent from the call is Vice President Joe Biden, whose stance on misogyny has been suspect since the Anita Hill hearings. Let’s contact VP Biden’s campaign on email or Twitter (@JoeBiden) and tell him that if he wants any credibility on women’s issues, he should join the call to impeach Kavanaugh. Let’s also tell our MoCs that we want to see action on Kavanaugh’s impeachment.  

WIN IN 2020! SUPPORT THE BIG 5 BATTLEGROUND FUND: The Movement Voter Project https://movement.vote/ supports local, community-based organizations in key states that work to get out the vote, particularly among young people and communities of color. MVP just announced its Big Battleground Fund, which will give sorely needed money to the best local groups organizing in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida & Arizona. Let’s watch this explanatory video,

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY INVESTMENTS: Experts in the US energy investment sector are warning that, if we manage to keep climate change to under 2C degrees of warming, prices for fossil fuels (including those from fracking) will fall low enough to waste over $1.6 billion in investments currently planned by oil & gas companies. That is fully one-third of their total planned investments that could end up as "stranded assets," and a huge risk for the global economy. To avoid this risk, companies say they need a clear message from government about what environmental policies and costs it will put on them, so we all need to keep pushing our MoCs to strongly commit to meeting our Paris Agreement promises and, for those of us who are investors, we need to do the work of finding any energy investments hidden in our portfolios and eliminating those whose profitability depends on ruining our world. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-29/putting-a-price-on-the-risk-of-climate-change

DEMAND FAIR COURT PROCEDURES FOR IMMIGRANTS SEEKING DEPORTATION AND END FAKE COURT DATES:
Yet another way that immigrants seeking a legitimate legal process to request asylum and fight deportation are thwarted by the system is through being given fake court dates, forcing them to travel at great expense, only to find that their cases are not on the court calendar. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article234396892.html?. After the Supreme Court ordered that they can’t give deportation notices without a date, the United States Customs and Immigrations Services is issuing “dummy dates” to keep an immigrant deportable, without notifying the courts. Let’s ask our MoCs what can be done to stop this practice.

HOMELESSNESS:  Not content with putting immigrants in concentration camps along the southern US border, Trump has now turned his attention to homeless people; last week, after visiting LA, administration officials announced that they are considering razing tent camps and “creating new temporary facilities or refurbishing government facilities” to satisfy Trump’s directive to “get these people off the streets.” Officials insist they will not force homeless people into new facilities, but White House economists said Monday that the police might be used to address a recent spike in homelessness; they declined to say what role police might play: 
https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/white-house-floats-humane-policing-to-clear-homeless-from-streets/563066/  or https://beta.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/16/trump-prepares-big-push-homelessness-white-house-floats-new-role-police/  Unfortunately, it’s hard not to imagine the worst.  Let’s tell the White House and Tomas Philipson, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), that we want housing subsidies, not police, to end homelessness: 202-395-5084 or 1800 G Street, Washington DC 20502.

URGENCY OF CLIMATE CHANGE:  16-year-old Greta Thunberg appeared before Congress this week urging our legislators to do something about climate change.  “"If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don't want to be heard. We want the science to be heard." https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/17/greta-thunberg-to-congress-youre-not-trying-hard-enough-sorry  ““I don’t want you to listen to me,” she said. “I want you to listen to the scientists.” Her remarks lasted barely a minute. “And then I want you to take real action.””  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/climate/greta-thunberg.html  We’ve done it before, but we must do it again.  Let’s contact all our MoCs so they know that we know this is a problem that must be addressed. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WISCONSIN DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDED:  From Party Chair Ben Wikler: For the next four years, Wisconsin state politics will carry an almost unprecedented intensity and level of historical significance. Wisconsin faces a pivotal local and state Supreme Court race in the spring of 2020, will host the Democratic National Convention in 2020, and will be a – maybe THE – critical swing state in the 2020 presidential election. The 2020 state legislative elections will also shape redistricting in 2021, which will determine the state’s political future for a decade to come. And in 2022, the state will hold deeply competitive and consequential statewide elections, including for Governor and US Senator. For the sake of the state’s future – and the nation’s – the Democratic Party of Wisconsin seeks a passionate, experienced, and highly organized manager and leader as the next Executive Director.  If we are interested in the pivotal position of Executive Director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, or know someone who would be a good fit for it, we can find out more at wisdems.org

ELECTION/VOTING

KY:  VOTER REGISTRATION ISSUES: “More than 150,000 registered Kentucky voters were improperly placed on an “inactive list” that could jeopardize their right to vote in November, the state Democratic Party said Monday.”  https://www.apnews.com/4b056486ba6340938fc56a8ef02fbb5e  To be safe, let’s check our current voter registration status.  We need all of us to vote McConnell out.

NY: REGISTER IN TIME FOR DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES NOW: Although the 2020 primaries are not until April, if we have not already done so, we must register by October 11 if we want to vote in them. Whatever the intentions in setting this deadline were, it does not help increase voter participation, so let’s make sure that we do get a chance to have a voice in our party’s choices. We can find out more about the October 11 voter registration deadline for the April Democratic Primaries here and let our friends know about this very early deadline too: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingDeadlines.html

STATE/LOCAL

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

PETE BUTTIGIEG TALKS TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD: If we're overseas voters, we may want to take advantage of this online forum, organized by Democrats Abroad, today, September 19. It's a good chance to let Mayor Pete know what's of concern to Americans living abroad. Sign up to participate here: 

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE: “On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to #strikewithus
Find a strike near you to attend on September 20 on the map . . .  If you don’t see an event in your area, organize one! We’ll provide everything you need to get started in planning something in your community, so no experience is necessary.”  Future Coalition is reporting over 1000 events on the map.  Let’s check out more here:  https://strikewithus.org/  (scroll down page to see map of locations)  If we are outside the U.S., let’s check out this site for opportunities:   https://globalclimatestrike.net/   We also have access to this Climate Strike Arts Kit:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xwo8dPjzjJFNHLC-REojFTUBRTK1PrwOS5L4E-I4Hj0/mobilebasic?urp=gmail_link  If we are unable to attend an event, we can join digitally:  https://digital.globalclimatestrike.net/

WE THE PEOPLE MARCH:  Two days to go until the We The People March in Washington DC with many sister marches available too:
https://www.wethepeoplemarch2019.org   Corey Lewandowski’s testimony at the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday was a strong reminder of why we need to get out in the streets to defend our democracy. Let’s get to DC if we can and a sister march if we can’t. Many will make last minute decisions about whether or not to go. Let’s particularly think about asking friends and family in the mid-Atlantic who may have easier travel options.

LOS ANGELES AREA: “DETAINED IN AMERICA: CHILDREN SPEAK” AT THE JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM—At this special event, which is free and open to the public, Japanese-American children will read from the letters of Japanese-Americans imprisoned in US concentration camps during World War II, followed by children reading quotes from currently detained migrant children. There will also be a screening of Estrella, a film written and produced by 7th graders from Illinois. Let’s attend, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Details here: http://www.janm.org/events/

READING/WATCHING

Trump wants you to think he's racist so you won't notice he's corrupt and killing jobs (by Jason Sattler, @LOLGOP on Twitter)  - https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/09/18/trump-2020-strategy-focus-on-racism-not-corruption-job-losses-column/2351179001/

Recession Already Grips Corners of U.S., Menacing Trump’s 2020 Bid - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-09/a-manufacturing-recession-could-cost-trump-a-second-term



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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule





9/17/19

NATIONAL ISSUES




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SAUDI ARAMCO ATTACK AND CLIMATE CRISIS:  While the news media persists in separating “climate news” from other news, we must connect the dots.  In this, the week of the emergency UN Climate Summit to which Secretary General António Guterres has pleaded member nations bring not “a speech” but “a plan,” Saudi Aramco, the country’s state-owned oil company, has suffered a major military attack:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/16/un-climate-summit-2019-why-it-matters and https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/16/saudi-arabia-oil-attacks-everything-you-need-to-know  Quite aside from who is responsible—the Houthi claim the attack, our “locked and loaded” president insists it’s Iran's doing—Trump has authorized the use of oil from the country's emergency oil reserves to prop up supply and prices of one of the world's greatest pollutants: 
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/15/business/oil-prices-donald-trump-spr/index.html  Will Trump start a war with Iran, directly or through its Israeli proxy, without congressional authorization?  What effect will the huge Saudi oil fires have on the surrounding environment?  And what about extraordinary US assistance to the filthy fossil fuel industry, given that a major CBS News poll has found that two-thirds of Americans now believe climate change is either a crisis or a serious problem and a majority want immediate action? 
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/15/americans-climate-change-crisis-cbs-poll  We must tell our MoCs that we understand—and expect them to understand--that the Saudi Aramco attack and the climate emergency are NOT unrelated. That we want neither war nor fossil fuels.  And we must participate in the September 20 Climate Strike “to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis”: 

IMPEACH KAVANAUGH:  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a 2020 presidential contender, on Sunday called for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached following the latest allegations of sexual misconduct against him, blasting his confirmation process as a “sham.” “I sat through those hearings,” she tweeted, referring to the Senate hearings after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. “Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people," she added. "He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached." 
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/461483-harris-bashes-kavanaughs-sham-nomination-process-calls-for-his-impeachment  “More than 40 people with potential information into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have not been contacted by the FBI, according to multiple sources that include friends of both the nominee and his accusers.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/dozens-potential-sources-information-have-not-been-contacted-fbi-kavanaugh-n916146Let’s support Senator Kamala Harris, write a note on her FB page:
https://facebook.com/SenatorKamalaHarris/ and ask her to pursue this. Then, let's call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and insist that she begin impeachment proceedings: 202-225-4965.  Let’s also let all our MoCs know we support this effort.  We can also write to the DOJ and ask them to follow up and investigate properly all the complaints against Kavanaugh.  https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

COMMONSENSE GUN LAWS: “Along with stronger background checks, the business leaders are calling for a strong red flag law, which could prevent shootings in cases where family members or law enforcement report concerns about someone who may be at risk of harming themselves or others.”  https://www.npr.org/2019/09/12/760144527/145-ceos-call-on-senate-to-pass-commonsense-bipartisan-gun-laws  Let’s join these 145 CEOs and ask our senators to bring to a vote the already-passed bills from the House. 

NATIONAL SECURITY/BORDER WALL: According to a report by the U.S. Air Force, Trump's border wall funding is being taken from 51 military projects, risking our national security both within the U.S., and overseas:  https://nbcnews.to/2mkIbRdhttps://bit.ly/2kh15ro   Let's contact our MoC and tell them that withdrawing funds from projects that would in fact make us more secure further demonstrates that the wall is nothing more than a vanity project for the president. We can also ask the Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, why he is putting our national security at risk: Department of Defense: Secretary Mark Esper, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000, https://www.defense.gov/Ask-Us/, 703-571-3343; Twitter: @DeptofDefense

WE THE PEOPLE MARCH:  Four days to go until the We The People March in Washington DC with many sister marches available too:  https://www.wethepeoplemarch2019.org   A great deal happened over the weekend that gives us deeper pause and concern about our nation. Let’s get to DC if we can and a sister march if we can’t. Let’s donate money if possible, to help support the effort and let’s spread the word anywhere we can to inspire others to get involved. Many will make last minute decisions about whether or not to go. Let’s particularly think about friends and family in the mid-Atlantic who may have easier travel options.

BOYCOTT AMAZON: Amazon CEO, Jeffrey Bezos, the richest person in the world, has just cut healthcare benefits from 1900 part-time workers at Whole Foods, which Amazon now owns. https://www.businessinsider.com/whole-foods-healthcare-amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-promises-business-roundtable-2019-9. And if this isn’t enough of a reason to boycott Amazon (and Whole Foods), they are one of 15 organizations cooperating with ICE. (Amazon’s role has been to provide access to facial recognition software, which caused them to be a target of nation-wide Never Again actions last week.) Let’s express our displeasure by contacting Amazon at 1-888-280-4331. 

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:  Teachers and students alike are working on curriculum material to help teachers fight white nationalism (https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/cps-teacher-develops-toolkit-to-fight-white-nationalism/11ba8fdb-ef4b-4f40-866f-60fc30831b98) and develop racial literacy (https://www.teenvogue.com/story/tell-me-who-you-are-racial-literacy-curriculum).  Let’s use these resources as teachers or share with the teachers and school curriculum folks in our lives. 

LEARN THE EFFECTS OF DOWN BALLOT RACES ON WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM:  We all know that elections matter but may not realize that even down ballot races can have a chilling effect on women’s reproductive freedoms. Whether it’s a State Treasurer defunding a clinic, or a sheriff forcing inmates to give birth, elected officials make more choices about women’s bodies than we may realize. 
We can read Vote Pro Choice’s report  here to see the effect of ballot offices, like state treasurer and sheriff on women’s reproductive freedom, share this information with our friends on social media, and remember to find and support prochoice candidates for all offices when casting our votes:  https://www.voteprochoice.us/downballotreport

DEFUNDING HATE: Trump's destructive policies need money to advance his white nationalist, misogynistic, tyrannical agenda. The money comes from Congress through the appropriations process, which has a deadline of October 1st. So, there's still a little time for us to tell our MoCs exactly what we do and don't want our money spent on, and Indivisible has provided a list of specific items to use when calling: https://indivisiblesf.org/call-scripts/2019/7/3/power-of-the-purse  Let's use it every time we call in the next two weeks. 

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY 2019: "There is nothing more crucial to changing the course of our country than turning out voters in droves for every election. And to have voters turn out, we need to register them first." This short piece by Political Charge has some tips about how we can get involved in raising awareness and registering voters on September 24:

UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION WITHDRAWAL: "The Trump administration is attacking voting rights again - this time the rights of Americans abroad - through their plans to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union on October 16th. If the withdrawal goes forward, postal mail service to the United States will be thrown into disarray and the USPS expects postal service to and from the States to be massively disrupted." This is a big big deal for the 4 million Americans, including military, who live abroad. This piece by Democrats Abroad tells us how we can talk to our elected officials about this dangerous movehttps://www.democratsabroad.org/take_action_now_about_the_universal_postal_union_treaty_withdrawal

REGISTER VOTERS IN IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES: Starting September 16, 2019, through May 2020, the Poor People’s Campaign will be touring 22 states to raise awareness of the conditions of America’s poor, and to help people register to vote. 
https://apnews.com/aaaa2f16472b4a45bc2a5e5391f760d1 The first three cities are already organizing. Let’s sign up to help: 1) El Paso, TX, Sept 16-Sept 18, 2019 https://actionnetwork.org/events/elpaso-tx-more-tour, 2) Greenville/Greensboro, NC, Sept 27-Sept 30, 2019 https://actionnetwork.org/events/north-carolina-we-must-do-more-tour, and 3) Portland, ME, Oct 10, 2019 https://actionnetwork.org/events/portland-me-march-and-mass-meeting-we-must-do-more-tour

VOTING RIGHTS: According to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, there has not been a single question at a Democratic presidential debate on gerrymandering, voter suppression, gutting the voting rights act, attempts to rig the census, or election interference  Let’s contact one or more of the Democratic presidential candidates and tell them that we want to know how they plan to protect voting rights and save democracy, and we want them to say so at the next presidential debate, whether they are asked about it or not. Internet-search their websites for contact info.  Let’s also  contact the following and tell them that we want moderators at the next Democratic presidential debate to ask what the candidates plan to do to protect voting rights and democracy in America: 1) CNN Feedback, https://www.cnn.com/feedback, 2) NBC News, contact.nbcnews@nbcuni.com, 3) CBS News,

POSTCARDING:  From one of our own – Here are this week’s issues/addresses write-ups for postcarding: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Tj0tociN1soQQRcGj5_MPS3TgyZiTITC91h-fBY06ug/edit  Look them over and choose the ones that speak to you.

BLOCK ALL MONEY FOR ICE ABUSES AND BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION: The Senate is facing a tough job of passing appropriations bills before the shut-down deadline. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/461372-senators-struggle-to-get-spending-bills-off-ground-as-shutdown-looms. The current proposal for Homeland Security does NOT include any limitations on money that can be borrowed from other projects to continue to fund ICE abuses and a border wall. (This amendment was offered by Democrats but rejected by Republicans on the committee.) The Senate cannot pass the Homeland Security appropriation without Democratic support, so now is the time we should tell our Democratic Senators to hold firm on blocking all extra funding for ICE and assuring that money allocated to Homeland Security is spent appropriately. 

PASS ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE LEGISLATION: The House Judiciary Committee has advanced legislation that would improve “red flag” laws that keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people, prohibit people convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms, and ban magazines with a capacity of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Once again, no Republicans supported the proposal, though Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) said he would work with Democrats on “common sense” gun legislation. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/460781-house-advances-anti-gun-violence-legislation. Let’s tell our Republican MoCs that everything in this legislation and everything in H.R. 8, the anti-gun violence bill passed by the house and languishing in Mitch McConnell's Senate graveyard, is common sense and remind them that a great majority of the American people want to see action, not pandering to the NRA.  

ELECTION/VOTING

FOLLOWUP: POSTCARDS TO VOTERS' ELECTION WATCH: Volunteer postcard-writers were disappointed last week as both candidates lost to their Republican competitors. 1) Campaign 166: Dan McCready for CD09. Dan won 48.9% of the vote but it wasn't enough. More at Aljazeera. 2) Campaign 169: Allen Thomas for CD03. Allen won only 37% of the vote, which we had expected in this deep red district. More at The News and Observer (Raleigh). Let's continue to reach out to Democratic voters.  

FLIP KENTUCKY: WRITE NOW! Kentucky has statewide elections this November for executive branch offices from Governor to Treasurer. Upset victories in a few weeks will give KY Dem county parties the fuel to recruit new volunteers and raise new funds to mount a year-long organizing effort to #DitchMitch. Already over 1,000 Postcards To Voters' volunteers have written some 24k+ fun, friendly election reminders. Let's request 5 addresses today for Campaign 171: KY Democrats.

STATE/LOCAL

CA: BAN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT PRISONS:  The private prison industry is set to be upended after California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday banning the facilities from operating in the state. The move will probably also close down four large immigration detention facilities that can hold up to 4,500 people at a time. The legislation is being hailed as a major victory for criminal justice reform because it removes the profit motive from incarceration. It also marks a dramatic departure from California’s past, when private prisons were relied on to reduce crowding in state-run facilities. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/12/california-private-prison-ban-immigration-ice.   Check your own states to see if Private For Profit Prisons are used by your state governments.  Tell your legislators to ban these for-profit prisons in your state.  Ask them to follow the language in law used CA.  

FL: LEARN HOW TO REGISTER VOTERS: The New Florida Majority is an inclusive, pro-democracy organization mobilizing for a better Florida for all, https://newfloridamajority.org/who-we-are/ . On September 18, the NewFM will be offering training sessions on how to register voters in Florida. Let’s sign up on their Events page: https://newfloridamajority.org/support/events/   

MI: 2020 BUDGET/PROP 2: From MI Resistance: The Republican-led Michigan Legislature is now completing the latest budget proposal for 2020. One of the line items is for the $4.6 million needed for the Citizens Redistricting Committee mandated by the passing of Proposal 2 and the redrawing of our gerrymandered voting districts. The funding could come from the General Fund like lots of other programs, but the Republican-led legislature has chosen to pull it from the Secretary of State (SOS) budget. The SOS offices in Michigan are already overburdened and crowded and slashing their budget could result in longer lines and waiting periods. The SOS is also charged with implementing the eight voting policies mandated by Proposal 3; including straight-ticket voting, automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, and no-excuse absentee voting. Let's call these Republicans in Lansing and demand they find another way to finance the Proposal 2 Citizens Redistricting Commission and keep the Secretary of State’s budget intact: Senators Ruth Johnson: (517) 373-1636, Jim Runestad: (517) 373-1758, Kenneth Horn: (517) 373-1760, Dale Zorn: (517) - 373-3543, and Representaties Scott VanSingel: (517) 373-7317, Gary Howell: (517) 373-1800, Julie Calley: (517) 373-0842, and Tommy Brann: (517) 373-2277

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

TWITTERSTORM TO HELP INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT IN 5 KEY STATES:  The Trump Campaign is already focusing on five states that are crucial to the 2020 election, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Fortunately, the Movement Voter Project is ready to strike back, supporting key organizations in each state to get out the vote. We can help raise awareness of this important GOTV project by joining Action Together Network’s Twitter storm this Wednesday, September 18, at 8pm EST. We can click this for more information and access to prewritten tweets to send out with just a few clicks:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2130562523904106  We can also find out more about the Movement Voter Project when we check out their website here:
https://movement.vote/  Let’s help get out the vote and get our country back in 2020!

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE: “On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to #strikewithus
Find a strike near you to attend on September 20 on the map . . .  If you don’t see an event in your area, organize one! We’ll provide everything you need to get started in planning something in your community, so no experience is necessary.”  Let’s check out more here:  https://strikewithus.org/  (scroll down page to see map of locations)  If we are outside the U.S., let’s check out this site for opportunities:   https://globalclimatestrike.net/   We also have access to this Climate Strike Arts Kit:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xwo8dPjzjJFNHLC-REojFTUBRTK1PrwOS5L4E-I4Hj0/mobilebasic?urp=gmail_link  If we are unable to attend an event, we can join digitally:  https://digital.globalclimatestrike.net/

WE THE PEOPLE MARCH: Nine days to go until the We The People March in Washington DC with many sister marches available too: 
https://www.wethepeoplemarch2019.org  Let’s get our bodies out in the streets to stand up for democracy.

READING/WATCHING



Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing “extraordinary” favors for Trump - https://www.vox.com/2019/9/12/20862320/sotomayor-supreme-court-favors-trump

Candidates Who Explain Progressive Policies via Conservative Principles Could be Uniquely Persuasive  - https://psmag.com/news/framing-liberal-policies-within-conservative-values-can-be-uniquely-persuasive

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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule




9/16/19

On Mondays, Rogan’s List features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that are currently accepting public comment.  Commenting is the way to show government agencies how we feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will be reviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.

Organization

Closing Soon
Recent
Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
Section II - everything environmental - EPA, BLM, DOE
Section III - Civil rights, housing, education, healthcare
Other: More on regulations – tracking the trackers and general information  

Closing Soon

Closing September 16, 2019 URGENT Proposed rule: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency, and Transparency https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2019-0105-0001 CMS wants to modify nursing home regulations yet again - all but eliminates ombudsman program and other protections. The proposed requirements would rollback numerous resident protections by eliminating or easing up on specific nursing home responsibilities. The result for residents? Reduced standards for safety, quality care and rights. "Here are just a few of the proposal’s lowlights:  Liberalizing the use of dangerous antipsychotic drugs to sedate residents; Making it easier to evict residents by curtailing notice to the ombudsman program; Undermining infection control standards, resident grievances, and dietary management; Cutting facility assessments that align staffing levels with residents’ needs." You can read more here:  http://www.canhr.org/newsroom/newdev_archive/2019/20190909.Help_Stop_Trump_Rollback_ofNursing_Home_Standards.html and https://paltc.org/publications/cms-issues-proposed-rule-requirements-long-term-care-facilities-finalizes-arbitration and https://khn.org/news/assisted-livings-breakneck-growth-leaves-patient-safety-behind/  You can comment here or at the link above: https://theconsumervoice.org/news/detail/latest/submit-comments-on-proposed-revisions-to-the-federal-nursing-home-regulatio

Comments due Sept. 16, 2019. 2019-07-16 Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers, Grant of Petition for Rulemaking; Proposed rule.  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2018-BT-STD-0005-2302 . Creates “a new class of less efficient dishwashers – the latest in DOE’s series of energy efficiency rollbacks” - https://energycommerce.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/pallone-on-doe-approving-petition-to-roll-back-more-energy-efficiency

Update. Comments now due January 20, 2o19 - comment period extended from Sept. 16. Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0012  Read this comment from Audubon Society and Ocean Conservancy, among other organizations: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0002 “The remoteness of the region and lack of infrastructure means that the impacts of a serious vessel accident, especially an oil spill, could be devastating to the marine environment and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean.” BLM has already released plans to drill the Arctic Coastal Plain - elsewhere in this document.


Closing Sept. 23, 2019. Notice. Hazardous Materials: Washington Crude Oil By Rail-Vapor Pressure Requirement. This deals with a transporting Bakken heavy crude oil through Washington State, which protested. Montana and North Dakota are suing to allow transport of the extremely volatile crude. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=PHMSA-2019-0149-0001 Read an instructive comment here from a Washington resident: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=PHMSA-2019-0149-1672

Comments due 9/16/2019. Opens up U.S. Pacific Coast to bottom trawling. Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries off West Coast States: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 28.  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NMFS-2019-0039-0016 You can read about it and also sign petition here: https://act.oceana.org/page/44840/petition/1?locale=en-US

Comments due 9/18/2019. Debt collection practices. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/02/2019-16476/debt-collection-practices-regulation-f-extension-of-comment-period . “The breadth of the planned rulemaking, however, could fundamentally change how third-party debt collectors, first-party creditors collecting consumer debts, debt buyers, and vendors providing material assistance to collectors (such as payment system or technology providers) collect mortgage, credit card, student loan, auto, medical, and other consumer debt.” https://www.jdsupra.com/post/contentViewerEmbed.aspx?fid=bfcff4fc-1d60-4695-98cc-e01b8246d789

Comments due 9/22/2019. “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA Section 108(b) for Facilities in the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Industry.“ EPA proposes not holding electric power generating companies financially responsible. Could impact fiscal responsibility in events like the California wildfires - several attributed to power company transmission lines. Read it and comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/29/2019-15094/financial-responsibility-requirements-under-cercla-section-108b-for-facilities-in-the-electric-power . Read preliminary report here: https://www.cleanenergylawreport.com/energy-regulatory/epa-will-not-require-financial-assurances-from-electric-power-sector/


Comments due 9/20/2019. New round of China trade tariffs. Includes items other than intellectual property, despite the title. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/03/2019-18946/request-for-comments-concerning-proposed-modification-of-action-pursuant-to-section-301-chinas-acts  Related and also to be published

Comments due Sept 26, 2019. Major changes to Medicare Part B payments including a tiered fee schedule. “Medicare Program: CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; etc.” Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2019-0111-0092 and read about it here: http://www.ciproms.com/2019/08/2020-proposed-medicare-fee-schedule-what-you-need-to-know/ CMS fee schedule here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeeSched/index.html

Recent

New Regulations.gov beta site - is easier to read. https://beta.regulations.gov/

Sept 9, 2019. Plan. National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Bureau of Land Management plan to open Alaska Coastal Plain to oil and petroleum exploration and drilling. BLM eplanning site Alaska Coastal Plain National Petroleum Reserve https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=117408

Dated 8/28/2019 and posted 9/10/2019. No comment information included, proposed rule. USDA withdraws several regulations on important areas -
Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and Poultry Products.NPRM ............ 8/03/2006 71 FR 43992 APHIS .................... 0579–AE02 ....
Livestock Marketing Facilities .................................... NPRM ............ 1/2/2015 80 FR 6 FNS ........................ 0584–AD88 ....
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Farm Bill of 2008 Retailer Sanctions.NPRM ............ 8/14/2012 77 FR 48461 FNS ........................ 0584–AE00 ....
Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Victims of Disasters Procedures.

Closing 10/10/2019. Allows injection of nuclear wastewater into North Dakota aquafers. Request for Public Comments Regarding the Revised Dewey-Burdock Uranium In-Situ Recovery Underground Injection Control Permits in Edgemont, South Dakota. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-R08-OW-2019-0512-0017 Read more here: https://www.nativesunnews.today/articles/epa-ignores-tribal-consulation/ and https://www.indianz.com/News/2019/09/05/epa-invites-public-comment-on-black-hill.asp

9/6/2019 EPA and DOJ threaten California Air Resources Board and automakers for auto-emissions standard, politicizing EPA and DOJ in anti-environment move. EPA letter to CA: https://www.epa.gov › documents › epa.dot_puts_california_on_notice.pdf and DOJ story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/justice-dept-launches-antitrust-probe-of-automakers-over-their-fuel-efficiency-deal-with-california/2019/09/06/29a22ee6-d0c7-11e9-b29b-a528dc82154a_story.html?noredirect=on. “California officials, who have repeatedly asserted the state’s rights under the 1970 Clean Air Act, criticized the inquiry as politicization to impose the Republican president’s policies.”

Closing 11/8/2019. Removal of 30-Day Processing Provision for Asylum Applicant-Related Form I-765 Employment Authorization Applications
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/09/2019-19125/removal-of-30-day-processing-provision-for-asylum-applicant-related-form-i-765-employment. USCIS will issue a proposed rule Monday that would eliminate a requirement to process initial work permit applications by asylum seekers within 30 days.  Read about it here: https://immigrationforum.org/article/anticipated-proposed-rule-would-undermine-u-s-workforce/

IRS proposes regulations allowing tax-exempt groups to keep donor identities secret .The proposed regulations are likely to generate comments critical of political groups using tax-exempt entities for fundraising without disclosing the identities of their donors, effectively using so-called "dark money" to finance their causes and preferred candidates. The rules would also apply to groups such as the National Rifle Association, labor unions and trade associations. https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-proposes-regulations-allowing-tax-exempt-groups-to-keep-donor-identities-secret and https://www.insidepoliticallaw.com/2019/09/06/irs-issues-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-on-donor-disclosure-rules-in-response-to-court-ruling/

Comments due 11/4/2019. Relaxing energy-efficiency standards. Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Incandescent Lamps  Read it ad comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/05/2019-18941/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-general-service-incandescent-lamps and read about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/climate/trump-light-bulb-rollback.html

Posted 8/30/2019 Notice. Land Management Plan: Chugach National Forest; Alaska - opens up national forest to roads -This national forest is "a truly wild and roadless landscape that also includes the highest concentration of tidewater glaciers in North America, this area deserves the highest level of permanent protection in the new forest plan. Alternative D recommends full Wilderness designation for 97% of the Nellie Juan-College Fjord WSA!" - information that can be used in commenting following the instructions below can be found at https://winterwildlands.org/comment-now-chugach-forest-plan/ Comment at · 
- Via fax to (907) 586-7840. Faxes must be addressed to “Objection Reviewing Officer.” The fax coversheet should specify the number of pages being submitted.  Electronically to the Objection Reviewing Officer via the CARA objection web form: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=40816 . Electronic submissions must be submitted in a format (Word, PDF, or Rich Text) that is readable and searchable with optical character recognition software. Read it here:


Comments due October 18, 2019. Proposed rule, titled HUD's Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard.  Comment - How HUD Could Dismantle a Pillar of Civil Rights Law: "The Trump administration will introduce a new rule on Monday that may reshape the way the government enforces fair housing law, making it harder for people to bring forward discrimination complaints under the Fair Housing Act." https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/08/fair-housing-act-hud-disparate-impact-discrimination-lenders/595972/ Read it and comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/19/2019-17542/huds-implementation-of-the-fair-housing-acts-disparate-impact-standard

Tongass National Forest EPA site - proposal to open up Tongass National Forest to logging, roads, etc. Not on regulations.gov yet. You have to download the documents to read them but the first six pages of the first document confirm the intent. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/trump-open-alaskas-tongass-national-forest-worlds-largest-remaining-temperate-rainforest-logging-mining.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=Lands

EPA regulatory summary https://www.youngsommer.com/news-articles  see https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/03/2019-17223/national-emission-standards-for-hazardous-air-pollutants-site-remediation-residual-risk-and Read about it here: https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/08/epa-proposes-more-clean-air-act-flexibility-for-landfill-operators/

8/29/2019. Never posted - further citizenship restrictions. USCIS failed to provide advance public notice of this shift. USCIS’s Elimination of Non-Military Deferred Action at Local USCIS Offices -
https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/featured-issue-usciss-elimination-of-non-military. "This shift puts lives in danger, including the lives of children facing serious medical conditions like cancer, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, and HIV. USCIS's actions threaten such individuals with deportation and loss of access to essential treatment. USCIS's failure to provide advance public notice of this policy change epitomizes the agency's growing disregard for transparency and accountability." Write your legislators.

Protect Utah and Hovenweep National Monument from Oil and Gas Drilling!

Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB

Closing 10/28/2019 Notice. Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection: Immigration Bond - connected to public charge rule - "Form No. I-352, Immigration Bond, has not been substantively revised since 2008. Changes to the form are now necessary because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) intends to issue a different form for public charge bonds and Form I-352 will no longer be used for that type of bond."   https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/27/2019-18431/agency-information-collection-activities-revision-of-a-currently-approved-collection-immigration

Comments due 10/25/2019. Rule, but allows comments, sweeping changes to immigration review system. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/26/2019-18196/organization-of-the-executive-office-for-immigration-review “ and https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EOIR-2019-0003-0001. “In an unprecedented attempt at agency overreach to dismantle the Immigration Court, the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today published a new interim rule, effective next Monday, which takes steps to dismantle the Immigration Court system. DOJ’s action ends any transparency and assurance of independent decision making over individual cases” Read more here: https://www.aila.org/infonet/statement-ij-union-changes-immig-court-system and read the statement - https://www.aila.org/File/DownloadEmbeddedFile/81679 and https://www.saukvalley.com/2019/08/05/why-i-resigned-as-an-immigration-judge/a3p94ex

Posted July 22, 2019 Notice. Submission to the Secretary of Agriculture: Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements affecting “Agricultural worker, employer, environmental protection, farms, forests, greenhouses pesticides, nurseries, pesticide handler, worker protection standard.” No comments as it is “merely a submission to the Secretary of Agriculture.” Given this administration’s track record, this doesn’t bode well. Write your representatives. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/22/2019-15371/submission-to-the-secretary-of-agriculture-pesticides-agricultural-worker-protection-standard

4/30/2016 Trump tightens asylum rules, will make immigrants pay fees to seek humanitarian refuge, Presidential memorandum and proposed rule below. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/07/2019-09470/combating-high-nonimmigrant-overstay-rates and notice of proposed rule-making (no comment period yet). https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201904&RIN=1653-AA78

Section II - EPA, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION - ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Posted August 12, 2019. Allowing more toxic substances. Notice. Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for June 2019  EPA proposed significant new uses of toxic chemicals, including isocynates, used in polyurethane. Comments not accepted. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/12/2019-17151/certain-new-chemicals-or-significant-new-uses-statements-of-findings-for-june-2019. Read more here: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2019/08/08/trump-epa-caves-again-to-industry-demands-on-new-chemicals-and-workers-pay-the-price/

July 14, 2019 Multiple BLM Notices and Proposed Rules with links to comment pages. Constantly updated. https://www.esa.org/public-policy/stay-informed/federal-register-opportunities

July 14, 2019 Multiple Ozone Standards - EPA is doing this state-by-state. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=ozone&fp=true&ns=true  Comments must be received on or before midnight EDT September 25, 2020. Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust Request for Information; reopening of the rulemaking record for public comments. Because of comments, comment period extended to Sept. 25 2020.  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0185 Federal Register version comment period ends 09/25/2020 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/25/2019-05443/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaust  Update - “The comment period for the request for information, published on June 8, 2016 (81 FR 36826), which was scheduled to close on March 26, 2019 (58 FR 12904) is extended. An important comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0180 "This reopened RFI takes into account information originally gathered and shared from NIOSH, NCI, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which shows a correlation to exposure to diesel exhaust, a classified human carcinogen, and negative impact on miners health (Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust, 81 Fed. Reg. 110, 36826-36827 (June 8, 2016). On page 36827, stakeholders, MSHA, and the Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership (Partnership) decided that more research and complex questions needed to be gathered and answered before allowing miners to continue working in DPM in the air. Potential for new technology and stricter standards that are in compliance with EPA DPM standards. "https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0182 And this study: https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2012/DieselMinersPressRelease

5/20/2019. EPA Plan to change method of reporting pollution deaths. "E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math".  Not posted yet as a proposal. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/climate/epa-air-pollution-deaths.html: Several people with knowledge of the EPA plan told the New York Times that using a new analytical model to calculate air pollution deaths could make it easier for the federal government to move forward with eliminating the Clean Power Plan, a key climate change rule put into place under the Obama administration.  Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/us/politics/trump-climate-science.html

And the site doing the selling where you can buy leases starting at $2 and acre: https://www.energynet.com/govt_listing.plSee the calendar of government leases sales here: https://www.energynet.com/calendar.pl


Section III - CIVIL RIGHTS, TITLE IX, HEALTH, EDUCATION, FOOD, BANKING, HOUSING and FCC


Posted August 12, 2019: On violence against native women. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/12/2019-16597/agency-information-collection-activities-proposed-new-information-collection-activity-comment. Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed New Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, Proposed Study Entitled “The National Baseline Study on Public Health, Wellness, & Safety” Study of violence against women in tribal communities. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Title IX, Section 904(a) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), Public Law 109-162 (codified at 42 U.S.C. 3796gg-10 note), as amended by Section 907 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Public Law 113-4, mandates that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Start Printed Page 39881Violence Against Women (OVW), conduct a National Baseline Study (NBS) on violence against American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) women living in tribal communities. NIJ's NBS will examine violence against AI and AN women (including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking) and identify factors that place AI and AN women at risk for victimization and propose recommendations to improve effectiveness of these responses.

Coming as a proposed regulation. From June: Proposal to recalculate how the Federal government calculates poverty rates so as to reduce benefits to poor people. This was a notice - proposed rule will follow sometime. I'm putting this here as a place-holder because it’s coming. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OMB-2019-0002-0001  Article about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/us/politics/trump-poverty-level-proposal.html
May-June 2019 Concerted Attack on Civil Rights. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WH2B132JsR2fSqylMATCHmU-9BCq4bMs Learn more about the proposed regulation and how to fight it here (you can submit a comment).:  https://protecttranshealth.org/

Extending Medicaid provisions: Some include work-requirements. These are by state. Some have comments open - usual time period is one month. Those with open comments are at the top of the list. https://public.medicaid.gov/connect.ti/public.comments/whatsNew  Update from Kaiser Family Foundations 3/13/2019: https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/partial-medicaid-expansion-with-aca-enhanced-matching-funds-implications-for-financing-and-coverage/

Not posted as a regulation but followed as policy.  State Medicaid block grants. Many view this as a way to cut Medicaid to individuals. Also see link to state updates above. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/medicaid-what-to-watch-in-2019-from-the-administration-congress-and-the-states/

Other: More on regulations – tracking the trackers and general information

--- Overview of Trump Regulatory actions - Federal sites:


See White House Complete Government “Reform” plan - it is sweeping and alarming: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf  and their regulations office: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-regulatory-affairs/

Tracking regulations by Agency and Industry: https://quantgov.org/federal_regulation_tracker/

--- Non-Federal Sites providing up-to-date overviews and discussions of regulatory rollbacks and proposals:

Overview of proposed regulatory changes: https://sensiblesafeguards.org/

Trump’s regulatory agenda - status, challenges, enforcement or lack of, etc. https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/02/many-ways-gauge-results-trumps-deregulatory-push/155195/

Discussion of regulations.gov ongoing and upcoming issues from Yale Law and ABA - http://yalejreg.com/nc/ and for discussion of banking, commerce, and energy regulation - http://yalejreg.com/

Department of Transportation. Employment - hours of service - tracking trucking driver regulations: https://www.truckingoffice.com/blog/federal-dot-regulations-recent-changes-hours-service/




Tracking Alaska Oil and Gas drilling: https://inletkeeper.org/our-work/energy-alaska/oil-gas/

Environmental regulation rollback tracking:
http://saveepaalums.info/ Also see their comments on specific regulatory rollbacks: http://saveepaalums.info/submittedcomments

Brookings Institution “Tracking Deregulation in the Trump Era.” https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/ and Rules at Risk: https://rulesatrisk.org/

For state impact - listed by state: https://www.trinityconsultants.com/news/states


EPA Dozens of proposals for significant new uses of chemicals. Too many to list here but this link will take you to the current proposals. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0&np=7&dct=N%2BPR%2BFR&cp=O&a=EPA  This is an article on the EPA rush to reclassify chemicals and toxic substances from the Environmental Defense Fund: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2018/09/19/the-tsca-new-chemicals-mess-a-problem-of-the-chemical-industrys-own-making/

Upcoming Public Federal Meetings and Comment opportunities on the environment/ecology: https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/
https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/

Law of the Land Project from Center for American Progress. Tracks regulations and litigation with status updates. https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

EPA’s own Inspector General report critical of EPA biosludge policy and public health risks: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/_epaoig_20181115-19-p-0002.pdf



Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship Center - where the Feds deal seriously with climate change: https://www.fedcenter.gov/news/regs/

Healthcare: Overview of Medicare financial plans for hospitals for 2019-2020. https://www.advisory.com/research/revenue-cycle-advancement-center/at-the-margins/2019/04/ipps-rule

HHS healthcare rollbacks, proposed regulations and proposed legislation from Congress. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/mcdermottplus-check-february-15-2019



Immigration - good summary of all public charge rules at several government agencies - USCIS, DOJ, DOS: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/public-charge-changes-at-uscis-doj-and-dos

Immigration law resources - great resource: https://www.aila.org/infonet


Native American issues. https://turtletalk.blog/

Public Lands Tracking legal battles over the future of America’s public lands: https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

SEC Regulatory site: https://www.sec.gov/rules.shtml for information on proposed changes to financial rule and markets.

Department of Transportation New and pending rules. https://www.transportation.gov/regulations/report-on-significant-rulemakings

USDA Regulatory actions: http://www.afdo.org/blog/7879271
For effective Commenting on Regulations, please read https://www.regulations.gov/docs/Tips_For_Submitting_Effective_Comments.pdf and “How to Comment on EPA dockets”: https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets

Proposed “Regulatory Reform Agenda”: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/Utilities/index.jsp

Search and track all Federal regulations at https://regulations.justia.com/