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:
"The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency Republicans desperately want to rein in after what they charge was eight years of dangerous activism under the Obama administration that hurt."
"Pruitt maybe just the person to do it. As Oklahoma attorney general he sued the agency many times in that pursuit and has vowed to curb the EPA’s regulatory reach once in office."
"The largely party line vote was 52-46."
Read more at CNN.
"Conducting his first visit beyond the Beltway since his inauguration four weeks ago, President Trump on Friday stressed his "America First" trade and economic policies during a campaign-like visit to an airplane plant operated by Boeing — a company he has criticized in the past."
""We are going to fight for every last American job," Trump told employees at Boeing as the company rolled out its latest model, the 787-10 Dreamliner ("Dreamliner ... great name," the president said)."
Read more at USA Today.
"President Trump is setting out to uncover the saboteurs leaking damaging details about his administration, as speculation intensifies over whether current officials or a cabal of Obama lieutenants – or both – are turning the faucets."
"One former senior intelligence official told Fox News he suspects ex-intelligence and other security officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were in some way involved in revealing details of Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. Those details contradicted what Flynn had told Vice President Pence and other Trump officials, leading to his resignation as national security adviser earlier this week."
Read more at Fox News.
"House Republican leaders on Thursday presented their rank-and-file members with the outlines of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, leaning heavily on tax credits to finance individual insurance purchases and sharply reducing federal payments to the 31 states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility."
"Speaker Paul D. Ryan and two House committee chairmen stood with the new secretary of health and human services, former Representative Tom Price of Georgia, preparing Republican lawmakers for a weeklong Presidents’ Day recess that promises to be dominated by angry or anxious questions about the fate of the health law."
Read more at The New York Times.
"Rep. Jason Chaffetz is seeking charges for a former State Department employee who helped Hillary Clinton set up her private email server."
"Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, The Associated Press reported."
"Pagliano refused to answer questions from a congressional panel investigating the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which uncovered Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State."
Read more at Roll Call.
— Eric Revell
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Enough is enough. I cannot keep my opinions quiet anymore. This is my first ever post regarding "politics". Except this is not about politics, it is about humanity. You don't like regulations or Federal involvement in business affairs? That is fine. You don't care about endangered species? I find that foolish, but perhaps you cannot make the logical connection to the well-being of the human race. You are going to dismantle the EPA. Then what is your plan for clean air and water? Who? How? Give us some details? What will make companies limit themselves? Will States make their own laws? What is the plan? How can you be so easily bought? How can you be so incapable of caring about our future? This is absurd. Who will lead us out of this mess and back into a stable government?
I, again, am extremely disappointed by my representatives. I hope at some point you will put the future of the environment as a priority. The coal industry was declining well before the EPA was accused of trying to destroy it. Coal companies raped this land and abandoned its workers for profit, much like the natural gas companies will. Go to any region in WV that is close to a coal mine. The only mansions belong to the owners, not the workers! Try and tell me I'm wrong. Coal mines have closed, stranding miners without work or any type of training that could help them rejoin the workforce in a different capacity. Then the owners laugh all the way to the bank. A jobs program that focuses on infrastructure is what this state needs! WV-705 in Morgantown is crumbling away...a Nationally recognized University's home...and you are more concerned with an industry that's been on life support for a while now. I love West Virginia, and I know how important and vital coal has been to this State, but grasping to this industry is pigeon holing hard working men and women into jobs that will eventually pulled out from under them. Then, just as we have seen over the last few years, former miners are left to fend for themselves to find employment elsewhere.
Dear Rob Portman, your blatant incompetence and unwillingness to listen to your constituents and to common sense will put you right beside President Trump in history books. And if you're comfortable with that thought, you're further gone that we imagined. Like with Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVoss, and Rex Tillerson, please show me a single shred of evidence that Pruitt is in any way qualified or even a sensible choice for the position he now holds! The entirety of this administration is to tear down anything that stands in the way of the almighty dollar. Let me just remind you that you can't breathe, eat, or drink money.
14 lawsuits against the EPA and pending ones. Talk about conflicts!!! How can anyone confirm this man for the EPA? God help us all.
I'm extremely concerned about Pruitt leading the EPA. We have the luxury of clean air and water now. I don't think it will last for long. Pruitt's priorities do not match the values of the EPA. He is not fit to manage a team to ensure Americans have a healthy environment to live in. What can we do to protect the land we live on from being exploited by big business who does not care about the water or air? As an environmental educator I know that everything on this planet is connected. Plants, animals, weather systems, water, you name it and it depends on something in the environment for survival. With his leadership that connection will be slashed. Our nation is the most well informed it has ever been. Science is real. Yet we're letting people who know nothing about the science in to lead the team. How, why? The environment doesn't know politics. Republican or democrat we all want a safe and clean place to live. I'm voting, I'm signing petitions, I'm sharing my knowledges with others, I'm attending community meetings and yet so many efforts from myself and others are not making a difference. What can we do to protect our Mother Earth that provides us with the essential resources we need to survive? Please give me some direction and hope so I can continue to do my best to advocate for a healthy dirties for our planet and the people who deserve clean resources.
As a scientist, a citizen, and a resident of earth, I'm deeply disappointed in Scott Pruitt's confirmation. That the leader of the EPA had no climate science background or even understanding is devastating and terrifying to those of us who understand what is at stake. Environmental regulations save and lengthens lives and ensure that we as a community will continue to have access to vital resources including clean water and air. We're relying on you to limit Pruitt's ability to destroy environmental regulation that benefits everyone for the monetary gain of few. Peace, Kristiana Lapo
What a sham! How disgraceful! A man who has had 14 lawsuits against the EPA is now heading it. Does anyone else see anything wrong with this picture?
Please, do anything in your power to limit what Pruitt can do. I am saddened and outraged that he was confirmed after suing the very department, multiple times, that he will now be running. Our children are relying on us to protect the air, land and water. Without regulations we will be in the same boat as Flint, MI or worse. Anyone who voted for this abomination should be concerned for their jobs when the next election rolls around. This is disgraceful.
This is a travesty for all living things on this planet
Nice job Republicans, party and corporate sponsors always before the will of American people. It makes me wonder how you can look at your children and your grandchildren and think that you were doing a good job or a good thing for the American people. There was a time in Los Angeles where you could even see the hills because of the smog and now you wish to gut the regulations and risk the health of the American public for corporate profits shame shame shame. Or maybe I should say criminal criminal criminal.
Very disappointed in Pruitt. Also note that it's 72 out today and highs in 60's for next 6 days in Iowa in February. How can you deny science?
This is pitiful. He has spent his entire career suing EPA. Our environment must be protected. He is an oil and gas man just in it to line pockets with no concern for our environment. Two democratic representatives voted for him. I am shocked that North Dakota democratic representative voted for him. North Dakota needs to vote her out of office. As I intend to with my republican representatives in Texas. Take a science class.
Scott Pruitt does not want to protect the environment. He only wants to help Trump push through a fossil fuel enterprise that will damage the ecosystem. We all require a functioning ecosystem. When it is jeopardized from contamination, the result is food shortages, illness, panic and even death. Take a look at the toxic smog in Beijing, China. That is the result of coal, oil, natural gas and factory pollutants. Look at the unresolved water contamination in Flint, Michigan! It is ignorant and naive, to think no repercussions will result from Trump's pipeline's and coal mining, and I'm sure more factories. It's absolutely disgusting to me, that our society is moving backwards!
HHHHEEEEEELLLLLOOOOO?!?!?! NNNNNNOOOOOO SSSCOOOTTT PPPRRRUUIIITTTTT FOR THE EPA! He sued them 14 times why should he work for them?! Quit deceiving your constituents! Shame on you!
This is the worst news imaginable. This is an anti environment guy. I feel like we are living in the 1984 novel. Republicans need to stand up at some point and put country over party.
SHAME ON THE GOP! America is watching. You will be held accountable for every single vote. You no longer represent your constituents. YOU WILL BE VOTED OUT! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!!!
It is obvious from this confirmation by our Republican congress that they have little regards for the health of the citizens of this country. They have chosen to support big industry who will now be free to rape and pillage our air, water and land with out worrying about the deaths they will cause to humans and animals.
I cannot believe this is occurring. What a disgrace. We must rise above the corporate tyranny and protect the environment for ALL people and the planet. Predatory capitalism is crushing any possibility of a decent future I completely oppose this confirmation. We must get money and corporate influence OUT of OUR government.
Pruitt will gut our environment so the fossil fuel billionaires can continue to rape the earth. I won't see a dime in my pocket. And cancer and other diseases will rise because no one is watching to see if our ground water is poisoned. When will you pass legislation that helps me not Trumps billionaire cabinet.
So, what is the Trump administration logic here? It's like someone throws paint all over the side of a McDonald's, completely defacing it, is awaiting trial and is then hired to manage that very McDonald's! How is this not Trump saying to the American people, "STFU"?