Friday, February 10, 2017

TRUMP WATCH #10 Protecting the Accomplishments of the Obama Administration and Resisting the Excesses of the Trump Administration

It is no secret that Mitch McConnell (he who famously announced that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”) is now hell-bent on undoing as much of the Obama legacy as the Republicans possibly can. Already, in the past week, the Senate has voted (by narrow majorities) to overturn an important environmental protection rule (The Stream Protection Rule) and an SEC rule requiring "Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers".
At the same time, under McConnell’s leadership, the Republican-controlled Senate is using a variety of maneuvers like Cloture (to cut off filibustering and indeed even reasonable debate ) to fast-track one after another of Trump’s cabinet and other top appointments of billionaires and people (nearly all white males) with records that clearly demonstrate an antipathy to the missions of the very departments they are to lead.
While there is little likelihood that any of Trump’s cabinet etc. nominees will blocked, as Robert Reich has argued in his Feb 8, 2017 Resistance Report video, the hearings will have served to alert these nominees and voters across the spectrum that members of Congress and the American people will have their eye on these controversial appointees and hold them accountable for carrying out the proper missions of their respective departments.
According to Sarah Binder, professor of political science at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, writing in the NY Times (see below), there is a much greater likelihood that Senate Democrats (and Independents) will be able to block and or force Republican compromise on some of their efforts to dismantle the rules (e.g., SEC rules passed under Dodd-Frank), regulations (e.g., EPA environmental protection and climate change), and laws (e.g., Affordable Care Act) passed during the 8-years of Obama’s administration.
So, if you live in a state with one or more Democratic Senators, you might want to call or write a letter or postcard to those senators and urge them to employ the tactics described in Ms. Binder’s article to block or force compromise on at least the most important votes before the Senate.

Here’s how to drag your feet, stick together and drive wedges between the Republicans and President Trump.

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