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Wednesday News: “Trump’s Heartless Decision,” “Mix of Cruelty and Desperate Incompetence” on DACA; Koch [Hearts] Gillespie

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, September 6.

  • 8 am National Hurricane Center track for Irma

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  • Major Hurricane #Irma a monster on satellite. Wow pic.twitter.com/EcZjYySnBc— Michael Ventrice (@MJVentrice) September 6, 2017

  • Beyer Demands Answers on Memorial Bridge Funding and GW Parkway Safety
    Amendments would require Trump Administration to detail plan to fully fund Arlington Memorial Bridge Repair, conduct safety study on GW Parkway

    September 6, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – As Congress returned for its fall session ahead of a September 30 deadline to pass legislation to fund the federal government, Rep. Don Beyer introduced appropriations amendments relating to transportation safety for two roadways vital to Northern Virginians.

    “Arlington Memorial Bridge and the George Washington Parkway are essential hubs for my constituents in Northern Virginia,” said Rep. Beyer. “Unfortunately, like much of the country’s infrastructure, these historic roadways have not been maintained sufficiently. We need prompt action by the federal government to guarantee the continued safety and reliability of these key transportation arteries.”

    One of the amendments would require the Trump Administration to submit a report to Congress outlining a plan to fully fund repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, used by over 60,000 drivers every day. Beyer successfully led efforts to secure $90 million for bridge repairs last Congress, but additional funding is needed. Text of that amendment is available here.

    The other amendment would require the Secretaries of the Interior and Transportation to submit a study evaluating possible measures to increase roadway safety on the George Washington Parkway in Alexandria, Virginia. The parkway, which falls under the jurisdiction of the National Parks Service, has been the subject of growing public safety concerns in recent years. Text of that amendment is available here.

  • Statement from Dr. Ralph Northam on Short Term Aversion of a Government Shutdown

    Richmond — Dr. Ralph Northam released the following statement on reports Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats have come to an agreement to raise the debt limit, pass aid for Harvey, and fund the government through December 15.

    Dr. Northam released the following statement:

    “I rarely agree with President Trump’s policies and priorities, and have made my opposition to his plans on issues like healthcare, the environment, and shutting down the government for border wall funding clear and unambiguous.

    “However, I was pleased to see he and Congressional leadership were able to come to an agreement to prevent a government shutdown and ensure much needed hurricane aid is available. These types of crises are too big to play politics.

    “I hope my opponent agrees with me. As I said previously, the people of the commonwealth know that you can’t lead with obstruction, and we need more of this type of bipartisanship moving forward.”

  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Announces First Round of Endorsements for Virginia House of Delegates

    Richmond, Va. — Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia today announced its first round of endorsements for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2017 election, including:

    Incumbents:
    Delegate John Bell, District 87
    Delegate Jennifer Boysko, District 86
    Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, District 41
    Delegate Kathleen Murphy, District 34
    Delegate Rip Sullivan, District 48

    Candidates:
    Hala Ayala, District 51
    Karrie Delaney, District 67
    Wendy Gooditis, District 10
    Elizabeth Guzman, District 31
    David Reid, District 32
    Danica Roem, District 13
    Kathy Tran, District 42

    “Virginians want fierce and proven advocates who will fight back against continuous attacks on reproductive rights and fight forward for the women and families of the Commonwealth. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia is proud to endorse each of these candidates who will be champions for reproductive health care in the General Assembly,” Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia CEO Jennifer Allen said.

    “Every aspect of reproductive health is at stake in this election. Electing more reproductive health champions to the House of Delegates will make a huge difference for Virginians and our families. Instead of passing women-shaming legislation or attempting to defund Planned Parenthood, a pro-reproductive health, rights, and justice majority will prioritize expanding access to contraception, protecting access to safe, legal abortion, and advancing equal rights for all.”

    Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia’s endorsed candidates for the House of Delegates will benefit from Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC’s massive grassroots mobilization effort.

    Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC is running a campaign to reach hundreds of thousands of voters at their doors, online, and through the mail. Among other efforts, the program includes:
    an army of volunteers and canvassers that will knock on over 300,000 doors; and
    a mail program that will reach over 400,000 people.

    Polling shows that 80 percent of voters support Planned Parenthood and reject efforts to block patients who rely on Medicaid from accessing life-saving care at Planned Parenthood. In addition, 20 national polls all show overwhelming support for Planned Parenthood. A PerryUndem poll found that even 57% of Trump voters oppose actions that would prohibit women from accessing birth control, well-woman care, and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood.

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