by Countable | 3.20.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Vice President Joe Biden Thursday by presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a White House ceremony."
""For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, I'd like to ask the military aide to join us on stage," Obama said in the ceremony. "For my final time as president, I am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.""
Read more at CNN.
"The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The House is expected to take up the legislation Friday."
"Senate Democrats made a late-night show of resistance against gutting the Affordable Care Act by forcing Republicans to take politically charged votes against protecting Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs. The measure narrowly passed without the support of any Democrats."
Read more at The Washington Post.
You can read about the budget resolution and tell your rep hows to vote when it comes up in the House (potentially tomorrow) here.
"The Senate has approved a waiver that would allow retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense, granting a rare exception to a law meant that requires military veterans to have been out of uniform for at least seven years before taking the top job at the Pentagon."
"On Thursday afternoon, lawmakers voted 81 to 17, overwhelmingly approving the waiver on the same day Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee."
Read more at U.S. News & World Report.
You can read more about the waiver and tell your reps how to vote when it comes up in the House (potentially tomorrow) here.
"President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter again Thursday morning, this time to urge his followers to "Buy L.L.Bean," and support one of his campaign backers."
""Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage," he tweeted Thursday. "People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean.""
Read more at NPR.*
"The Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of installing software that enables certain diesel trucks to emit far more pollutants than emissions laws allow. The company denied those accusations, saying its software meets regulatory requirements."
"The vehicles involved were the 2014 to 2016 model year Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees with 3.0-liter diesel engines. The allegations affect roughly 104,000 vehicles, EPA officials said."
Read more at The Washington Post.
— Eric Revell
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Written by Countable
I'm honored to have been represented by these two men who embody friendship, respect for others and democracy.
It brought tears to my eyes the friendship these two gentlemen share. I'm going to miss this duo!
A strong ally of the American people and is going to be missed
No one deserves the recognition more. After so many years of public service, he plans to give more of himself to the fight against cancer. He is the epitome of class, dignity and public service.
Awesome. His public service and private sacrifice is a testament to that man's good will.
I will miss Joe Biden, for his honesty and passion for life and the American people. Thank you for your service, Mr Biden.
Well deserve Mr VP. You are the best VP ever the nation have ever seen. Thank you for everything.
Joe has earned it. Congratulations Joe!
A well deserved honor for a man who has dedicated so much in the service of this country!!!
I can't think of a more deserving recipient. Congratulations!
Beautiful recognition of a beautiful American and man.
Congratulations!! You will be missed!!! ❤
This man has truly devoted his adult life to serving the people. Well deserved! He will be missed but I will enjoy hearing about any next endeavors. Congrats Vice President Biden!!!
I would have voted for this wonderful man.
Terrific! He truly deserves!
“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully. As one of his long-time colleagues in the Senate, who happened to be a Republican, once said, ‘If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, you got a problem. He's as good a man as God ever created.’” —President Obama awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction to Vice President Biden! Well deserved.
👍🏾 couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Biden is exactly who you should emulate. Any less compassion on your part shall be duly noted and reflected in my next vote. I found my voice!
Your a good man...congratulations.