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New Mexico senators slam trump

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to call for real, bipartisan oversight of the Trump administration in light of the president’s “dangerous” behavior with classified information in a recent Oval Office meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. Udall said that President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey – who was overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible ties to Trump campaign officials — and the president’s reported sharing of highly classified information with Russian officials “call into question his fitness for office and further underscore the imperative for independent investigations.”

Speaking about the widely corroborated reports that the president revealed highly classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office, Udall said "we can already tell that President Trump’s behavior in this incident is very dangerous — dangerous to our national security institutions, and dangerous to the men and women overseas who are serving their country and risking their lives.” Udall called the president’s reported actions “strange,” especially in the context of Russian interference to benefit the Trump campaign in the 2016 elections.

Video and full news release.


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on reports that President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats:

“President Trump continues to display a disturbing pattern of recklessness. This latest incident adds to the growing list of the president’s carelessness in protecting America’s most sensitive secrets.

“For example, the President kept Michael Flynn as his National Security Advisor for weeks after learning that he was compromised by the Russians; he leaves classified lockbags lying around the oval office with the keys still in them; he discussed North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile with Japanese President Abe in the middle of the Mar-a-Lago dining room with dozens of civilian guests present; he claimed the CIA was ‘hacked,’ when no such incidents have ever been acknowledged by the U.S. government; he invited the TASS Russian News Agency into the Oval Office with cameras and electronic equipment; and now he is sharing our nation’s most sensitive secrets with Russia’s Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States.

“Any one of these missteps would have resulted in punishments ranging from disciplinary action to jail time for any other citizen. But for President Trump, it’s just another day in the White House.

“This cannot be the new normal.”

New Mexico Democrats Introduce Federal Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

When this horrible behavior by school administrators becomes so widespread that it has to be dealt with on the state and federal level... well, pathetic is all I can say.

Press release

Some excerpts:

Monday, May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), along with Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), introduced bipartisan companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit schools from discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have enough money to pay for meals at school. The legislation, the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act, would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear wristbands or hand stamps or do extra chores — because their parents have not paid their school meal bills.

The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act prohibits schools from using humiliation or throwing a child's meal away because their parent hasn't paid their school meal bill. It requires schools to direct communications regarding meal debt to the parent, not the child.

"Children who have no ability to pay their debts shouldn't be shamed, punished at school or even go hungry because their parents can't pay their school meal bills," Udall said. "Shaming students or requiring extra chores from kids who need help paying for lunch is inexcusable — not only does it stigmatize our most vulnerable children, it takes away from time they can be spending on schoolwork or with their peers. This meal shaming can sometimes stand in the way of students' only healthy meal of the day — we can't expect our kids to succeed in the classroom if they are hungry. I'm proud of New Mexico for being the first state to outlaw this harmful practice and will do everything I can in the Senate to pass this legislation on a federal level so no child will have to spend their time at school feeling ashamed of a debt they have no power to pay."

“No student should be humiliated in front of their peers because their parents can’t afford to pay for a meal,” Lujan Grisham said. “It is shocking and shameful that this happens to hungry children, but nearly half of all school districts use some form of lunch shaming. This bipartisan bill will put an end to these draconian practices and help ensure that students can focus on their studies without looking over their shoulder to see their friends pointing fingers.”


And is there anything crueler or stupider than throwing away a child’s lunch?

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