Friday, June 2, 2017

Impeachment, Paris Accord, Detention Centers, Missing Children, Immigrants, Military, BPA, Healthcare

Congressman Al Green Thanks Supporters and Colleagues After Trump Impeachment Statement
Al Green (D-TX, 9th)
May 24, 2017

“I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the many people who have approached me, called and left positive messages with my office, as well as supportive sentiments on social media. While many of these communications were received from Americans who do not support the impeachment of the President, they also do not support threatening anyone with lynching.

Congressman Gene Green Responds to the Withdrawal of the United States in Paris Climate Agreement
Gene Green (D-TX, 29th)
June 1, 2017

“The fight against climate change is an international priority supported by 195 countries,” said Green. “Until today, the United States has been leading the international community to reduce carbon emissions and protecting our planet for future generations. Thanks to innovation, investment, and smart policies, our nation’s carbon emissions have already declined by 11 percent since 2005. President Trump’s announcement to withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, regretfully, will hand international leadership on climate change to China and other nations who do not share our priorities."

Griffith Statement on US Withdrawal from Paris Accord
Morgan Griffith (R-VA, 9th)
June 1, 2017

“The Paris Climate Accord is a bad deal for Americans, as I’ve been saying since the deal was announced. The United States can be the world leader in energy innovation; this symbolic, expensive, and poorly negotiated deal doesn’t change that. The United States is ALREADY a clean energy and fossil fuel energy leader; we can reduce our emissions and continue to produce American energy without the Paris Accord. America has already reduced its carbon-dioxide emissions dramatically, beginning before the Accord.”


The Paris Accord is a Bad Deal for the American People

Hastings’ Statement on President Trump’s Intention to Pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement

Congressman Denny Heck reacts to announcement that United States will abandon Paris Climate Agreement

Himes statement on Trump abandoning Paris Climate Agreement

Grijalva Responds to Failed Texas Bill That Designated Private Prisons as "Child Care Facilities"
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ, 3rd)
June 02, 2017

Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement after a Texas bill that would have permitted state officials to license family detention centers as “child care facilities” failed to pass the Texas Legislature. The law would have subjected private detention centers to weaker regulations and allowed them to increase their profit margins by holding women and children, whom they receive higher per diem rates for, in detention for longer periods of time. The bill’s defeat comes after hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent in lobbying efforts by the private prison industry.

House Unanimously Passes Guthrie Bill to Protect Missing and Exploited Children
Brett S. Guthrie (R-KY, 2nd)
May 23, 2017

“As a father, I cannot imagine the horror moms and dads in this country experience when they discover one of their children has been taken, abused, or exploited,” said Guthrie. “Sadly, that’s a nightmare hundreds of thousands of parents in this country face. Last year alone, there were more than 465,000 reports of missing children — and those were just the cases that were reported. I was proud to introduce the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act to ensure that we take care of these children. I look forward to seeing this important piece of legislation signed into law.”

Luis Gutierrez (D-IL, 4th)
May 25, 2017

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and 29 of his House Democratic colleagues introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act (AWPA, H.R. 2690), a bill to legalize the immigration status of farm workers working in American agriculture. The bill would create a program that would allow agricultural workers and their families to apply for a “Blue Card” that gives them legal status and work authorization if they show consistent employment in U.S. agriculture over the past two years, pay a fine, and pass a thorough background check. A 3- to 5- year path to citizenship is provided to those who continue to work in agriculture for the requisite amount of time. The bill is the House companion to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bill, S. 1034, introduced earlier this month, which currently has seven Senate co-sponsors.

Hartzler Sees Progress in White House Decision to Delegate Force Management Levels to Secretary Mattis
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO, 4th)
May 26, 2017

“President Trump’s decision to provide Secretary Mattis authority over troop caps in both Iraq and Syria signals a desire to reform the process and represents a new approach to improving military readiness,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. “It is my hope that Secretary Mattis will address the misguided practices of using troop caps as a political tool. This allows commanders to build a coherent strategy and request forces to support that strategy—instead of the other way around,” added Hartzler.

U.S. Rep. Herrera Beutler Opposes President’s Proposal to Sell BPA’s Assets
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA, 3rd)
May 24, 2017

“The President’s proposal to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration’s assets in his budget released today is a non-starter for residents and employers throughout the entire Northwest. For decades, ratepayers have made financial investments in and had say over hydropower infrastructure that provides our region with the cleanest, most affordable and most reliable energy in the nation. That opportunity has been afforded by the unique and sustainable model made possible by the BPA. If this were sold off to a private bidder, residents would most certainly face higher monthly energy bills and the needs of rural communities would likely be overlooked. Rather than selling off this self-financed asset for a one-time ‘credit card’ payment to the U.S. Treasury, I would encourage this Administration to emulate the BPA’s model in other regions of the country.

Higgins: Enough Talk About Dismantling Health Care in America, Let’s Get to Work Providing the Health Care Americans Deserve
Brian Higgins (D-NY, 26th)
Jun 2, 2017

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says it is time for the conversation about healthcare in American to shift, from one that tears down healthcare to one that builds it up. Higgins, who serves as a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means which has jurisdiction over healthcare legislation, outlined ways Western New York is leading the way in innovative delivery and said expanding on policies that work, including Medicare, could be the future of healthcare.

Higgins Introduces Bills to Reauthorize U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
Clay Higgins (R-LA, 3rd)
May 30, 2017

“ICE and USCIS perform critical missions with the Department of Homeland Security, to secure America’s borders and protect our homeland,” said Rep. Higgins. “The threats facing American families are rapidly evolving. It’s common sense that we should provide these DHS agencies with the necessary guidance and structure to adapt their mission and use resources more efficiently as they work to keep Americans safe.”