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Senators' press conference slams "drain the swamp" lie and more.

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WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led Senate and House Democrats in a press conference to discuss President Trump's many broken promises to "drain the swamp” of special interests during the first 100 days of his administration. As Udall said, in spite of his pledges to return Washington the people, President Trump has stocked his administration with billionaires and lobbyists, refuses to adhere to essential transparency precedents, continues to conceal his ties to Russia, and is caught in a stunning web of conflicts of interests that could violate the U.S. Constitution and other ethics laws.

During the press conference, Udall and the Senate and House Democrats unveiled a special report on the extensive list of broken promises from the Trump administration to "drain the swamp” of special interest power.

Udall was joined at the press conference by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and U.S. Representatives Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Katherine Clark (D-Mass.).

Below are Udall's opening remarks as prepared for delivery.

"As a candidate for president, Donald Trump's promised over and over again that he would 'drain the swamp' in Washington.

"He promised to return Washington to the people, and to rid it of lobbyists and special interests. It was literally Trump's rallying cry.

"It is stunning how quickly he broke that promise. And it's deeply disturbing how many times he has violated it in his first 100 days.

"His cabinet is the wealthiest in modern history. It is stocked with lobbyists and special interest representatives.

"He has rolled back President Obama's ethics standards, and yet has broken his own weaker rules repeatedly.

"He claims to have no ties to Russia, even as the FBI says it is investigating him for his connections.

"He promised open, honest government. Yet he berates the media and he has refused to continue President Obama's policy of publishing the White House visitor logs.

"The American people have a right to information about who has access to the president. But President Trump doesn't want them to know.

"Mr. Trump promised to relinquish control of his business. Yet, he and his family continue to do deals. And they're blatantly profiting from the presidency.

"The list goes on and on. It seems Mr. Trump is determined to dig the swamp deeper, and make it murkier than ever before.

"Just yesterday, he proposed a massive tax cut that would benefit himself and the other multi-millionaires and billionaires in his cabinet.

"But we can't be sure just how much this tax plan would help Mr. Trump and his family — because to this day, the president refuses to release his tax returns.

"You have our report, 'President Trump's Broken Promises to 'Drain the Swamp.''

"It's long. But it represents a mere fraction of the ways Mr. Trump has made himself one of the most ethically challenged presidents in modern memory.

"We are part of a bicameral group of Senators and members of the House who are dedicated to shining a bright light on President Trump's murky swamp.

"We are holding him accountable this week – and as long as he is president.

"My colleagues are joining me today to give more details about the report.”

EDIT: fixed the link

Telecom industry bought votes

Look up your republican congresscritters and see how much they took in contributions from the telecom industry. As far as I know, they all voted to allow the sale of your browsing history.

Resistance Report

Indivisibles, ProgressNow, ACLU fill Pearce townhall

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM-02) Held a townhall meeting in Las Cruces on Saturday, March 18. Although Pearce's press release claimed he invited Indivisible leaders, it was actually pressure from Indivisible and other groups that persuaded him to hold the meeting. Local Indivisible leader Tony Martinez opened the meeting and introduced Pearce. Nearly 600 people attended, and trump/Pearce supporters were outnumbered by about 10-1. One individual who claimed that protestors were paid by Planned Parenthood and other groups was drowned out by the crowd.

I will give Pearce credit for a couple of things; he did respond to constituent demands for a meeting, he did stay the full scheduled 2 hours plus, despite the intensity of the questions and the loud audience. However, he gave many vague answers, changed the subject several times, and in one case claimed the ACA has collapsed and told constituent that he’d just have to live until he could get on Medicare. Pretty snotty. He said he "leaned no" on trumpcare. He said the wall would be a waste of money and would not improve security, that he "almost always" voted against it, then hedged by saying that if it were included in another important bill...

Although he was evasive and controlled the mike, he definitely heard from his constituents, and clarified a few things.
He feels he was elected on the basis of his own views and agenda and is not obligated to pay attention to input from staff or constituents.
Clarified somewhat his stand on the disposal of public lands: put public lands into private hands so they can be taxed to finance schools. (I'm sure desert and scrub forest is going to generate lots of tax revenue.)
Believes term limits give more power to the ‘unelected’ bureaucracy and staffers. Also results in loss of “corporate knowledge”. (Huh?)
Regarding trump's tax info: “he is elected president”, so not important and would cause tremendous disruption. “Trump will do what he wants.”
Impeachment would be a distraction.

So that's a summary. He also promised more town hall meetings in the future, and one questioner invited him to Silver City.
A member of Black Range Indivisible compiled a table of the questions and answers. If you're interested, message me through this site and I'll forward it.

Breitbart & Fox links in whitehouse.gov emails

This is an excerpt from something called "Your Daily 1600". Is that a new term for taking a dump?


Breitbart: "Donald Trump Meets with Victims of Obamacare at the White House"
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Fox News: "Trump: Americans will be able to 'pick the plan they want'"
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Townhall: "Five Ways The White House Plans to Sell Obamacare Repeal and Replace"
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Fox News: "Trump steps up ObamaCare repeal push, meets with law's 'victims'"
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White House wants your input - but only if you agree with them

Received this from whitehouse.gov. In addition to the usual barf, there are links to support the destruction of the ACA. Apparently they did pay attention to their previous surveys and now no longer offer multiple choices or comment options. It's just "add your name to agree". Sort of like a Soviet election.

It’s been seven years since Obamacare was passed, and now, more than ever, we are seeing the harmful effects of this disastrous law.

Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of hard-working Americans. Independent analysis found 41 states faced higher average healthcare deductibles last year, with 17 states facing double-digit rate increases. Nearly one in five Americans have only one insurer offering Obamacare exchange plans.

In just the past year, Obamacare premiums have increased by 25 percent on the typical plan and coverage choices have dropped by 28 percent as insurers have left the market.

Things are only getting worse. This past year, nearly 20 million American citizens opted not to get healthcare insurance, with 6.5 million paying the penalty and millions more asking for a hardship exemption from the penalty.

Support Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare

Americans were promised that Obamacare would bring down healthcare costs -- that promise was broken. Americans were promised they could keep their healthcare plans under Obamacare – that promise was broken. Americans were promised that Obamacare would not raise taxes on the middle-class – that promise was broken.

The American people want change and President Donald J. Trump promised to repeal and replace this disaster. That is exactly what the President is working with Congress to achieve. Step up and support the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

Support Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare

'Do You Agree that the Media is an 'Enemy of the American People?' Pai Refuses to answer

Press release from the office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
WASHINGTON — Today, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about how he intends to lead the FCC given President Trump's attacks on the free press, including specific media organizations that are subject to FCC regulation.

"President Trump is using bully tactics to try to intimidate the media. He has even declared certain media outlets 'the enemy of the American people.' His press secretary, Sean Spicer, took the unusual step of barring some journalists from attending his daily press briefing." Udall said during the hearing. "Chairman Pai, many news organizations or their parent companies have business dealings with the FCC, from regulatory matters to potential merger reviews...Do you agree with President Trump that the media is 'the enemy of the American people?' ... Will the FCC operate independently of the White House?... Will you resist any attempt by the White House to use the FCC to intimidate news organizations?"

Saying that he did not "want to wade into the larger political debates," Pai declined to answer whether he agrees with Trump's tweet calling the media the enemy. And Pai went on to decline to disclose whether he discussed any specific media organizations with President Trump during two recent meetings. "I can't comment on the conversations I've had with the president," Pai said.

The rest of it

Another huuuge trump rally

Saturday, March 4, Silver City, New Mexico.

According to the Grant County Beat, a total of 50-55 people came out in support of trump. Incongruously, some held signs touting equality and religious freedom. Haven’t they been paying attention?

On the same day, over 300 people, mostly Indivisible members, attended a town hall meeting in Ruidoso to discuss issues with republican representative Steve Pearce. www.democraticunderground.com/...

The previous week, over 100 people demonstrated in Silver City to demand Pearce hold a town hall meeting.

New Mexico republican party praises t's speech (of course)

These people seem to think trump shits ice cream and they're all making sundaes.

Press Release:

Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement on President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of the United States Congress:

"Last night, President Donald Trump laid out to the American people and their representatives in Congress a thoughtful, bold legislative vision that should transcend partisanship," said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. "In his first 40 days, President Trump has already delivered on many of his biggest campaign promises, from bringing jobs back to our country, nominating a conservative to the Supreme Court, and putting our national security first. In last night's speech, Trump expanded upon his plan to vigorously pursue a legislative agenda that will put America first, address the critical issues facing our nation's citizens, and strengthen our economy. It is our sincere hope that Democrats will work with President Trump to address the problems facing our state and our country and work to make America great again."

Most New Mexicans, however, hope that Democrats will block anything and everything excreted by trump and the "party of trump".

Teddy Roosevelt on truth

Nearly 100 years later, Roosevelt's words are equally apropos today:

"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.
Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else."
— Theodore Roosevelt, op-ed in The Kansas City Star, 18 May 1918

White House survey request - Let's all respond!

Don't know how I got on this mailing list, but let's take advantage of the opportunity. If you can get through the e-mail without puking, or even if you do, follow the link to the survey. Good pic on the survey page - an empty podium.

Here it is:
In just two days, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his highly anticipated first Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

There is an incredible spirit of optimism sweeping across the Nation, and in preparation for this address, the President has hosted numerous listening sessions at the White House. During these meetings he has heard from men and women from all over the country about issues that are impacting American families, communities, and workers.

Now is your chance to give your input. We want to know what issues you want President Trump to focus on and your ideas for the future of our country.

It will only take a couple minutes to complete the survey.
Take the Survey Now

The President is checking off the promises he made to the American people, and he won’t stop until the job is done.

The forgotten men and women of this great Nation will be forgotten no longer. That is the heart of this movement. As President Trump has made clear, this is your country and this is your Government, and now we want to hear from you.

Take the Survey Now

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