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by Causes | 7.22.18
Welcome to Monday, civic engagers...
Will they make the Thursday deadline?
Last month, a federal judge gave the Trump administration until July 26 to reunite all children separated from their parents as part of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
As of Friday, nearly 2,600 unauthorized immigrant children have yet to be reunited with their families or caretakers.
Federal officials said the administration has reunited 364 children between the ages of 5 and 17 with their parents in an attempt to comply with the court order. Another 1,600 are potentially eligible for reunification.
The Department of Health and Human Services has said some children have been deemed ineligible for reunification. Wondering why? Click here.
And were you one of the protestors this past weekend calling for family reunification? If so, you likely read signs to "Abolish ICE!" Whether you support #AbolishICE or #PraiseICE, tell your reps your thoughts on a House bill asking: Should ICE be Abolished & its Duties Transferred to Other Agencies?
On the Radar
- Israel passed a law late last week to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The law defines Israel as the homeland of Jewish people and declares that “the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports. Countable, meanwhile, reports on possible U.S. reactions to the move here.
- The NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have agreed to freeze the new policy that requires players to remain standing if they're on the field during the Star-Spangled Banner. The move comes after the Miami Dolphins announced they would suspend and fine players who protest on the field during the 2018 season. Read about the joint statement by the NFL and NFLPA here.
Under the Radar
- A mayor in Southern California is moving to ban ties from the workplace, following a new study in the journal Neuroradiology that suggests wearing neckties may lower blood flow to the brain, potentially curbing creativity and analytical thinking. Should more cities follow (tie-less) suit? Click here.
- OK, but what about banning cow, pig, and chicken? WeWork, the co-working company, just banished meat from its operations in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. The company announced that "moving forward, we will not serve or pay for meat at WeWork events and want to clarify that this includes poultry and pork, as well as red meat.” Read the rationale for the ban (and what formerly-living-creature can be consumed) here.
- A brand new study finds that one in five working coal miners in central Appalachia who have worked at least 25 years now suffers from black lung disease, which is incurable and fatal. That’s the highest rate recorded in 25 years. Read this update to our earlier story: As Corporate Black Lung Fund Dries Up, Coal Miners' Disease Rates Soar.
- And we've got another update on another story about another potential health risk: Months before reports emerged that the EPA was holding back a study on the health risks of formaldehyde, then-Administrator Scott Pruitt's staff was trying to protect him from the same chemical, according to Politico. The staff were concerned about a new desk Pruitt had picked out for a remodeling of his office, which - like many furniture items in the U.S. - contained formaldehyde. Click here for the full story.
Over the Seas
- Amid the national debate on trade policy, there’s a little-known executive branch agency that plays a significant role in U.S. companies’ ability to market their goods overseas but has sparked controversy in recent years: the Export-Import Bank. We explain what's known as the Ex-Im Bank (including that it's called the the Ex-Im Bank) here.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:30am, the president will receive his intelligence briefing.
- At 3:00pm, the president will participate in the Made in America Product Showcase at the White House.
- At 3:15pm, the president will deliver remarks at the showcase.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to prohibit federal & state governments from using eminent domain for economic development purposes.
- Voting on a bill to evaluate whether to shorten the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's 1-800 to a three-digit code like 911.
- Voting on a bill to create an Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth to manage federal broadband resources.
- Voting on 17 other bills.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of Robert Wilkie to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
What You're Saying
It's Shark Week. And we asked to tell your reps Does the U.S. Need to Stop the Domestic Shark Fin Trade?
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But wait, there's more!
- Trump Administration Seeks to Roll Back Endangered Species Act
- Talks Underway for Putin's White House Visit
- Michael Cohen Taped Trump Discussing Playboy Model Payoff
And, in the End…
Obamacare and President Trump’s Cabinet will be the talk of the Capitol this week.
The House expected to take up bills to repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax and expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Meanwhile, the Senate will be voting on the confirmation of Robert Wilkie as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
As always, Countable gives a preview of what you may want to hit Take Action on this M-F in This Week In Congress.
Some votes we're watching:
- On Monday, the House considers H.R. 2345: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, as amended.
- On Tuesday, the House takes up H.R. 5938: Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2018, as amended.
- Wednesday will find the House considering an amendment to S. 756: Save Our Seas Act of 2018.
Countable's legislative director, Eric Revell, will, as always, keep you updated with vote results and changes to the schedule.
Keep on Taking Action,
Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.
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