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Texas Nonprofits told not to help Syrian refugees

As of 4pm Friday, several Houston organizations complied with Governor Abbott's deadline order to stop providing help to Syrian refugees.

It comes in response to the deadly terror attacks in Paris on November 13th.

A letter from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission went out to several local non-profits this week asking the organizations to comply with the Governor's request by Friday afternoon.

However, some say it comes across as an ultimatum: comply or risk funding.

"It puts them in a situation that I think is very uncomfortable," said immigration attorney Gordon Quan regarding the letter. "This is basically saying, 'Don't do resettlement. If you do resettlement of these Syrian refugees, you may be endangering the whole program that you have'."




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Senators Purchased by Coal Industry Vote to Block EPA Pollution Rules

The Senate this week voted to stop new environmental rules that would impact the coal industry in a payback by those who have accepted thousands of dollars from mining companies.

Maplight reported that senators voting for two Senate resolutions (S.J.Res.23 and S.J.Res.24) targeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations “received, on average, 17 times as much money ($75,802) from the coal mining industry compared to senators voting against them ($4,464) between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2015.”

Thirteen senators received more than $100,000 from the industry between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2015—and all of them voted for both resolutions. The Senate approved the resolutions by identical votes of 52-46.

Backers of the resolution hope that it will show other nations that Congress does not back President Obama’s climate change mitigation efforts as he prepares for a United Nations conference on the issue next week in Paris.


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