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Tuesday News: “Trump takes aim at federal workers, trade deals” and “Blue States” Like Virginia; “Trump’s war on Medicaid”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, January 24.

  • Video: Sen. Mark Warner announces support for Pompeo CIA nomination, says he’s convinced Pompeo will follow the law banning torture

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzQrks0rpZc

  • Quizzical

    Tar sands pipelines get the green light
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-keystone-dakota-access_us_58877e02e4b070d8cad57814
    To me it looks rewarding the Koch brothers for all their help

  • From Progress VA:

    Virginia General Assembly Fails Workers Once Again

    Richmond, Virginia–On Tuesday, three bills to increase the minimum wage to failed to pass through the House Commerce and Labor subcommittee. HB 1771, sponsored by Delegate Plum would have raised the wage to $10.10, HB 1444, sponsored by Delegate Rasoul, would have raised the wage to $15, and HB 2309, sponsored by Delegate Simon, would also raise the wage to $15. Progress Virginia and working families across the commonwealth were disappointed by this news.

    “Virginia families work hard every single day, and they deserve a raise. $7.25 just isn’t enough for anyone to live on. No mother should have to look her child in the eyes and make the choice between putting dinner on the table and keeping the lights on. Members of the General Assembly need to put working families ahead of corporate profits and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia, said Monday.

    No one who works a full time job should have to live in poverty. In the last 35 years, CEO pay has increased by 875% while the workers who ensure profits continue to grow have only seen a wage increase of 5% in that same time frame. Members of the General Assembly are out of touch with hardworking Virginia families.

  • From Progress VA:

    Women’s Equality Coalition Disappointed Minimum Wage Increase Fails to Pass State House

    Richmond, Virginia–On Tuesday, a two bills to increase the minimum wage to failed to pass through the House Commerce and Labor subcommittee. HB 1771, sponsored by Delegate Plum would have raised the wage to $10.10, and HB 1444, sponsored by Delegate Rasoul, would have raised the wage to $15. The Women’s Equality Coalition and all of its members are very disappointed by this news.

    “Yet again the politicians in Richmond have refused to give the working people of Virginia a raise. This despite the fact that polls show Virginians overwhelmingly favor increasing the minimum wage. For another year they’ve chosen the desires of big corporations to increase profits over the needs of their constituents for economic security for themselves and their families,” Julie Emery, Executive Director of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table and member of the Women’s Equality Coalition said.

    “It is a sad day when politicians prioritize corporate profits over hardworking Virginia families. $7.25 is not enough to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head at the same time, and no one who works a full time job should be living in poverty,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia and member of the Women’s Equality Coalition said Monday.

    “Raising the minimum wage is a critical first step to lifting women and communities of color out of poverty,” Tram Nguyen, Executive Director of New Virginia Majority and member of the Women’s Equality Coalition said. “Growth comes from the middle out, not the top down, and it is disappointing that politicians in Richmond prioritize CEOs over hardworking families.”

    According to the Economic Policy Institute, 300,000 children in Virginia are growing up in households that would see increased income if the minimum wage were raised. Over the last 35 years, CEO pay increased 875%, accounting for inflation. During that same time, average worker pay only increased 5%. It is clear that politicians in Richmond are out of touch with women, children, and families across the commonwealth.

  • Robert Reich:

    The Trump administration has instituted what it described as a “temporary media blackout” at the Environmental Protection Agency. Included in the blackout are EPA press releases, blog updates, and posts to the agency’s social media accounts. Staffers in EPA’s public affairs office are instructed to forward all inquiries from reporters to the White House Office of Administration and Resources Management.

    Similar orders barring external communications have been issued to other federal agencies in recent days, including the Agriculture and Interior departments.

    The Trump administration does not want Americans to have the truth. They would rather promote lies. This, my friends, is another step toward tyranny.

    • True Blue

      I’m wondering how the Green Party voters are reckoning with the executive orders on Keystone and Dakota pipelines today. . . as well as the gag orders on EPA and other agencies that believe in science. Many of us predicted this. Thank goodness for a panicked agency’s foresight, some critical data may have been saved by workers archiving it.

      Just call it the Environmental Plundering Agency under the new administration.