The DC: Fetal-heartbeat bills, and... 📃 Should the House subpoena the Muller report?
Join the 28,704 people who've taken action on Causes this week
by Causes | 4.3.19
Welcome to Wednesday, April 3rd, astronauts and terranauts...
Do you support boots on the lunar ground?
NASA is trying to meet the Trump administration’s recent demand to return Americans to the moon within the next five years.
Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of the revitalized National Space Council, said last week that failure wasn’t an option.
"At the direction of the president of the United States, it is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years," Pence said. "The first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American astronauts, launched by American rockets from American soil."
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told the House Science Committee that the agency’s budget request for fiscal year 2020, released last month, hadn’t factored in the new timeline and an amendment would be forthcoming.
On the Radar
The House Judiciary Committee plans to begin authorizing subpoenas for the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller on April 3 if it’s not released voluntarily.
In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, the chairs of six congressional committees told the AG they’d prefer to avoid this “compulsory process,” but will issue the subpoenas if necessary.
“Congress can and has historically been provided with sensitive, unredacted, and classified material that cannot be provided to the general public,” the lawmakers wrote. “In addition, the American people deserve to be fully informed about these issues of extraordinary public interest, and therefore need to see the report and findings in Special Counsel Mueller’s own words to the fullest extent possible.”
President Trump erupted over the demand for the full Mueller report early, tweeting on Tuesday: “In 1998, [House Judiciary Committee Chairman] Rep.Jerry Nadler strongly opposed the release of the Starr Report on Bill Clinton. No information whatsoever would or could be legally released. But with the NO COLLUSION Mueller Report, which the Dems hate, he wants it all. NOTHING WILL EVER SATISFY THEM!"
Here's how you're answering so far:
Add your vote:
Under the Radar
Net Neutrality 2.0
The Save the Internet Act – a bill that would restore net neutrality protections – will undergo a full markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.
This markup is the next step towards a full vote in the House of Representatives, which is expected the week of April 8.
There’s a sharp difference of opinion among lawmakers of whether to base the bill on the use of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, something Republicans have argued is an overly burdensome regulation.
Title II allows the FCC to regulate wire and radio communication services. In 2015, then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler implemented Title II on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), basically creating net neutrality. In 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai removed the Title II classification, returning control of the internet to the ISPs.
Marshall Plan DOB
On April 3, 1948, President Harry Truman signed the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948 into law. What became known as the "Marshall Plan" was meant to aid European countries in their economic recovery from the destruction wrought by World War II.
The U.S. had already begun providing financial aid to two nations on the frontline of the fledgling Cold War against communism - Greece and Turkey - when Truman appointed George C. Marshall as secretary of state in 1947. Marshall coordinated much of the Allied strategy during World War II as Army chief of staff, and became well-known as America’s first five-star general in the process.
The European Recovery Program was joined by 16 Western European countries that would receive assistance―the largest recipients being Great Britain, France, and West Germany. Participating countries requested the type of assistance they needed through the U.S. Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA), which helped local governments administer the funds that would in turn be repaid to the local governments (and then lent out to drive further growth).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also helped by implementing “productivity drives” in European nations to identify strengths and weaknesses in their industries and promote efficiency.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 6:00pm EDT, the president will be briefed by senior military leaders.
- At 7:35pm EDT, the president will have dinner with senior military leaders.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a resolution to condemn the Trump administration's efforts to eliminate Obamacare.
- Possibly voting on a resolution to withdraw U.S. forces helping the Saudi coalition fight Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
The Senate: In
- Taking a procedural vote on the nomination of Jeffrey Kessler to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
What You're Saying
Here's how you're answering Should the House Condemn the Trump Administration’s Efforts to Eliminate Obamacare?
(Follow Nathan's comment here.)
(Follow Susan's comment here.)
But wait, there's more!
- Trump Considers 'Immigration Czar' for U.S.-Mexico Border Security
- Trump: No GOP Healthcare Replacement of ACA Until After 2020 Elections
And, in the End…
Fetal Heartbeat Bills
A Georgia bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected around the sixth week of pregnancy may soon be signed into law by Republican Governor Brian Kemp. The proposal mirrors other controversial heartbeat bills enacted by anti-abortion lawmakers in recent years that have drawn legal challenges.
Kemp has until May 12th to sign the bill, which would make him the third governor this year to sign a heartbeat bill into law after fellow Republican governors Phil Bryant of Mississippi and Matt Bevin of Kentucky. Kentucky’s law was blocked by a federal district court shortly after its enactment, a similar fate to the heartbeat abortion bans in Arkansas, Iowa, and North Dakota.
Heartbeat bills have gained traction in several other statehouses across the country, with similar abortion bans proposed in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas likely to advance this year.
Read what both sides are saying, then tell your reps:
Let us give thanks to the greatest of humans, the gods that walk among us: it's Global Day of the Engineer (there, I said it, please don't shut down my publishing system)....
Talk to us via email at contact [at] countable.us. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.
IT: Ransomware attack causes U.S. pipeline shutdown, and... Should states halt federally-enhanced unemployment benefits?Welcome to Tuesday, May 11th, folks...The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday confirmed that the Darkside ransomware
by Causes | 5.11.21
Arkansas, Montana, & South Carolina Halting Federally-Enhanced Unemployment Benefits - Are You in Favor?What’s the story? Republican governors in several states are moving to end the $300 per week federal enhancement of unemployment
by Causes | 5.10.21
FBI Says Ransomware Attack Prompted Shutdown of Major Eastern U.S. PipelineWhat’s the story? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday confirmed that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for
by Causes | 5.10.21