Sign this if you’re not a reporter and you want Trump to release his taxes
[1]What is Trump hiding in his tax returns? Tell Donald Trump: "Release your tax returns and level with the American people about your wealth, business dealings, debts and financial ties to Russia." Add your name: [2]Sign the petition ► Dear Anne, [3]What is Trump hiding in his tax returns? Lies, half-truths, diversions, distractions. Donald Trump’s first press conference since becoming president-elect was no different from his twisted rhetoric on the campaign trail. Trump continued to evade scrutiny on a number of issues – including his ties to Russia, his conflicts of interest, crony cabinet and failure to release his tax returns.He flat out lied when he claimed that “the only ones who care about my tax returns are reporters.” In July, we delivered the petition signatures of more than 100,000 CREDO activists, along with 300,000 from our progressive allies, to Trump Tower. What is Trump trying to hide? Trump is poised to run a corrupt administration that enriches him and his family and gives corporations and foreign interests unprecedented access to and influence over the executive branch.^2 It’s time to increase the pressure on him to come clean. Can you add your name today? We’ll deliver the petition signatures to the White House on Inauguration Day. [4]Tell Donald Trump: You must release your tax returns. Click here to sign the petition. Releasing tax returns is something that every presidential candidate has done for the past 40 years, but Trump still refuses to do so. Last week's press conference didn’t just show Trump plans to continue to profit from his businesses ^3 He also downplayed his ties to Russia and his debt obligations.^4,5 Trump’s claim that he has “very little debt” is at odds with reporting that he has hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to U.S. and foreign investors.^6,7 His tax returns may be one of the only ways left to get full transparency on his financial ties or debts, including any relationship with the Russian government, which could compromise the integrity of the presidency. Trump continues to hide behind a phony excuse that he can’t release his tax returns until the IRS finishes auditing him. But that claim has been repudiated by the IRS itself, and nothing is preventing Trump from releasing multiple years of returns.^8 Releasing tax returns is a crucial way for a presidential candidate to assure the public that he or she has no conflicts of interest. If, as he claims, Trump has nothing to hide, he should have no problem releasing his. His continued refusal to do so should raise major red flags for anyone committed to ensuring the integrity of our democracy. Trump’s tax returns need to be out in the open for Americans to see, and we need to force the issue right now. Click the link below to sign the petition: [5] Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager [6]CREDO Action from Working Assets Add your name: [7]Sign the petition ►  1. Lisa Hagen, "[8]Trump: Public doesn't care about my tax returns," The Hill, Jan. 11, 2017.  2. Simon Maloy, "[9]This will not end well: President-elect Trump’s first press conference was a total disaster," Salon, Jan. 11, 2017.  3. Paul Blumenthal, "[10]Donald Trump Won’t Divest From His Business Interests, Opening Door To Years Of Ethics Conflicts," The Huffington Post, Jan. 11, 2017.  4. ibid  5. Josh Marshall, “[11]Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing,” Talking Points Memo, July 23, 2016.  6. Susanne Craig, "[12]Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties," The New York Times, Aug. 20, 2016.  7. Russ Choma, "[13]A Guide to Donald Trump's Huge Debts—and the Conflicts They Present," Mother Jones, Dec. 12, 2016.  8. Kevin McCoy and David Jackson, "[14]IRS: Trump can release tax returns, regardless of audit," USA Today, February 26, 2016.
· Tue, Jan 17 · obama

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· Mon, Jan 16 · obama

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 1.16.17
The Congressional Review Act: A Valuable Tool As presidents near the end of their terms, they often race to accomplish as much of their agenda as possible. Famous examples include John Adams’ “midnight” appointment of John Marshall as chief justice and John Tyler’s annexation of Texas into the Union. President Obama is no different. He is determined to implement as many of his ideas via executive action as possible, no matter how bad they are for the economy, jobs, or wages. To stop this mischief, Congress possesses a little-used but valuable tool: the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA will allow us to overturn many of President Obama’s final actions. President Clinton signed the CRA into law in 1996. According to a Congressional Research Service analysis of the law’s provisions, Congress has sixty legislative days after an agency submits a final rule to overturn it. Both chambers of Congress must pass a joint resolution of disapproval in that period. Unlike most legislation, a CRA resolution cannot be filibustered in the Senate. The resolution then goes to the president’s desk for his signature or veto. Once a CRA resolution is signed, not only is the targeted rule gone, but agencies are forbidden from reintroducing the rule or a substantially similar one in the future. During its twenty years on the books, the CRA has been used rarely. After all, a president is unlikely to sign a resolution disapproving a rule issued by his own administration. In fact, it has only been used successfully once, when Congress passed and President Bush signed a resolution overturning a rule from the final days of the Clinton Administration. Fortunately, the same circumstances that permitted the successful use of the CRA in 2001 exist today. President Obama will be replaced by a president who opposes many of the policies he ratified by executive action. Several of President Obama’s actions are ripe for overturning under the CRA. I am ready to use the CRA to reverse President Obama’s recent administrative actions that hurt the well-being of the Ninth District. I am a cosponsor of H.J.Res.11, which overturns the Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule. This rule will kill thousands of coal jobs if allowed to take effect. The Department of Labor’s overtime rule should also be subject to CRA disapproval. This rule endangers small businesses and will force many companies to cut employee hours to balance their books. As a policy that achieves an ideological goal without regard for its damage to the economy, the overtime rule is a perfect example of what the CRA was meant to block. Based on the legislative calendar, many last-minute Obama Administration rules will be eligible for CRA disapproval until this May. To paraphrase the old adage, the new Congress should vote on CRA resolutions early and often. By doing so, it can prevent great damage to the economy and reclaim authority from the executive branch. General James Mattis Last week, Congress voted to waive a law requiring military officers to be retired for seven years before they can serve as Defense Secretary. Congress’ action clears the path for President-elect Trump’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, General James Mattis. The principles behind the original law are sound. Civilian control of the military is essential in our Republic. The law ensures that the Armed Forces will not be misused by a leader fresh from service with a devoted following among his former soldiers, sailors, or airmen. Still, Congress reserves the right to make exceptions based on the man and the moment. Congress recognized this in 1950 when it exempted George Marshall, who led the Army through World War II as a general and devised the Marshall Plan as secretary of state. I believe General Mattis also merits an exemption and will make an excellent civilian leader of our Armed Forces. Presidential Inauguration At noon on January 20th, Donald Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. The inauguration of a new president is an important ritual celebrating the peaceful transfer of power from one individual, and often one party, to another. Because of the inauguration’s symbolism for our republican form of government, I believe it is my duty to attend. I witnessed President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, and I look forward to seeing President-elect Trump sworn in on Friday. Later, my daughter and I will attend the Congressional Inaugural ball. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at Also on my website is the latest material from my office, including information on votes recently taken on the floor of the House of Representatives. ### Unsubscribe:
· Mon, Jan 16 · griffith

· Mon, Jan 16 · rubio

LIVE at 12:30 p.m. ET: Bernie Sanders
Today at 12:30 p.m. ET, Our Revolution is livestreaming a rally featuring Bernie Sanders. Tune in to the livestream of Bernie's rally to protect the Affordable Care Act: - The team at Our Revolution
· Sun, Jan 15 · sanders

Thanks for stepping up to help protect Obamacare
Friend -- Thanks again for making your voice heard. Calling your elected official and speaking up is one of the best ways to be engaged on this issue. Repealing Obamacare would be a catastrophe for millions, but it doesn't have to happen. Thanks to supporters like you, we're not standing by and letting this happen. Now take the next step and help get your friends involved. Share this with three friends today and ask them to join you in calling on their senators to vote against repealing the health care reform that's helped millions: Thanks! Organizing for Action
· Sun, Jan 15 · obama

There's still time to cast your January vote
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· Sun, Jan 15 · obama

We've had a busy week, Anne
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· Sat, Jan 14 · obama

Wake Up Call - Vital Refugee Information
<> Wake Up Call - Vital Refugee Information Dear Unity -- Arm yourself with the truth about refugees that the mainstream media has been hiding. < <>
· Sat, Jan 14 · actforamerica

🍰🎈 Happy birthday, FLOTUS! 🍰🎈
"To our remarkable FLOTUS, you have made us proud. You've been our role model and our friend. We love you! We thank you as well." --Donna Brazile Wishing this remarkable woman a very happy birthday! Sign the card:
· Sat, Jan 14 · obama

Weekly Update: My New Leadership Post
We are back at the beginning: a new year, a new Congress, a new President, and for me - a new leadership position. This week I was given the honor of being named Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. A post not new to Virginia, but new to me. Given the global security environment, this new assignment comes at a critical time. We know that we’re facing threats at home and abroad not only from terror groups, but from state actors like Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Recently, there has been a lack of strategy and a shortfall of resources in dealing with those threats. As Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, my objective is to ensure we bring the capability of our Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force closer to meeting the reality of the threats facing the United States and to project power around the globe to deter our adversaries. The Navy recently published its Force Structure Assessment, which calls for a Fleet increase from 270 to 355 ships. This ambitious plan will require the right mix of ships, requirements, timeline, and maritime strategy to execute. Along the way, we must ensure that the ships we already have are properly maintained and retain them to the end of their service life. Specifically, we need to ensure that the ship repair industrial base is properly managed and equipped to maintain optimal efficiency. Although this build-up will take time and a significant investment, I believe it is possible. The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee is the right place for me to best serve Virginia’s First District and the Commonwealth. Not only is Virginia home to the world’s largest naval station and largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces, it also boasts the shipyards and skilled workers needed to build and maintain the next generation of ships and submarines in our Navy’s fleet. As Chairman, I will have the opportunity to serve both our Nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I want to assure you that I am committed to ensuring that our military remains the greatest fighting force the world has ever known. As we begin a busy year in the subcommittee, my personal goal is to be a statesman and a servant. Each day, that is what I endeavor to do. And I couldn’t do it without the men and women across Virginia’s First Congressional District who make the Commonwealth great. In this new beginning, let’s move forward together. Read local coverage of my new leadership position here: Virginian Pilot: Rep. Wittman given key defense post, keeping clout in a Virginia's hands Daily Press: Wittman will chair House sea power panel Unsubscribe:
· Sat, Jan 14 · wittman

The Scoop: Attorney General Confirmation Hearings, Trump Nominees, Prescription Drug Costs
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The bill, called 'Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act,' would crack down on an anti-competitive tactic called pay-for-delay where brand-name drug companies pay generic drug makers to keep less costly medications off the market. This practice raises the cost of prescriptions, leaving all of us to pay the price. Post of the Week < &crop=14192.8256826.5353489.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww 6hl%3den&redir_log=290549625462560> Attorney General hearing has finished. Thank you to all who testified. Senator Sessions will be an independent Attorney General and he will enforce the law. 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· Sat, Jan 14 · grassley

Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window < link=VA06BG%2501172758%2501115.1%2bJan13%2bENews%250114422.4628106.29036> Click here to open a plain text version of this email < plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501172758%2501115.1%2bJan13%2bENews%250114422.> < &crop=14422.4628106.2903685.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo> How to Repeal and Replace Obamacare Unaffordable premiums, deductibles through the roof, losing a doctor you've had for years, being dropped from the coverage you need � these are just some of the ways Obamacare isn't working for Virginians. No amount of patches or delays can resuscitate Obamacare from its failures. The calls, letters, and emails I've received about what families, seniors, and businesses have experienced only emphasize this fact. That is exactly why Congress is getting to work on the process to repeal and replace this law. < ail_2.7494.jpg> An important part of this process is ensuring that there is a stable transition period between repealing Obamacare and the new health care solution. While I want the families who are hurting under Obamacare to feel relief as quickly as possible, it's important that we have a transition period. Before Congress can implement a new health care system that truly works for the American people, we have to get rid of what is not working today. In the first step toward repeal, the House of Representatives and Senate approved a resolution to initiate a procedure called reconciliation, which is filibuster proof in the Senate. The resolution includes reconciliation instructions, the means by which committees can draft legislation to repeal portions of Obamacare within their jurisdiction. In the House, once legislation is approved by the relevant committees, it will be put together into one, straightforward bill to dismantle Obamacare. Once the House and Senate pass the bill resulting from the reconciliation process, it would then go to the President for his signature. Many are asking what a new health care system will look like. Crafting a new system that works for Americans is of the utmost importance and something Congress is taking very seriously. House Republicans have shared numerous ideas over the past several years that would create a health care system focused on patients, not the government. The Better Way agenda < &crop=14422.4628106.2903685.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fabe> , developed last fall, is our starting point for a replacement system that promotes more choices and lower costs. Committees are already hard at work on plans and taking input from lawmakers and constituents from across the country. 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· Fri, Jan 13 · goodlatte

UPDATE: Our women are fighting Trump's agenda
Patricia, Our women are fighting back against Trump's worst Cabinet nominees. "If you believe same-sex marriage is settled law, but a woman's right to choose is not, what is the difference?" -Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) to attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions "Will you pledge to continue to prioritize quality family planning and reproductive services for women worldwide?" -Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) to secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson "The next opportunity for the Supreme Court to weigh in on [...] Roe v. Wade would be a close decision and it is [...] a real concern to a lot of people." -Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI) to attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions Donate to help elect more pro-choice Democratic women to fight Trump's agenda: - the EMILY's List team
· Fri, Jan 13 · clinton-hillary

Gutting the Voting Rights Act is not 'good news'
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window < quorum_merkley-iq%2501249524%2501208924%2b-%2b01-10-2017%2bCivil%2bRight s_Sessions%250118254.110262930.19301070.7791867%2501merkley%2540unityfee> Click here to open a plain text version of this email < _text=Y&link=quorum_merkley-iq%2501249524%2501208924%2b-%2b01-10-2017%2b Civil%2bRights_Sessions%250118254.110262930.19301070.7791867%2501merkley> < ley-iq&crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a email%26utm_campaign%3dlogo&redir_log=028068272374668> Dear Unity, Our nation's Attorney General is key to protecting civil and voting rights. But the past positions of Trump's Attorney General nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, raise significant concerns about his ability to protect these rights. For example, Sessions has said gutting the Voting Rights Act was 'good news.' < ley-iq&crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 log=419138647531369> Good news? This is not the kind of leader that should be heading the Civil Rights Division. Voter suppression was a major problem in this past election, especially in places like North Carolina with long, ugly histories of disenfranchising African American voters. As the marchers and activists who risked their lives fighting for the vote recognized, it is impossible to get real equality without equal political representation. That's why we have the Voting Rights Act, and why overwhelming bipartisan majorities reauthorized it for decades. Instead of turning a blind eye to this fundamental issue and calling the license to once again suppress the vote 'good news,' our next Attorney General should be working to restore the Voting Rights Act. We must stop this assault on our "We the People" democracy. Every person deserves their say at the ballot box. All my best, Jeff Facebook < ley-iq&crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3> Twitter < ley-iq&crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 r_log=590341330714427> This email was sent to xxx Visit < ley-iq&crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a email%26utm_content%3dfooter%26utm_campaign%3dproactive&redir_log=602377 66723870> | Contact Jeff < ley-iq&crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a _medium%3demail%26utm_content%3dfooter%26utm_campaign%3dproactive&redir_ log=196041837892927> | Unsubscribe < rkley-iq&__sid=100011&__crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867> Please note that any reply to this email address will be sent to an unmonitored email address. < k.gif?crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867> < k.gif?crop=18254.110262930.19301070.7791867>
· Fri, Jan 13 · merkley

We must protect access to health care for everyone
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window < =Sen_Carper%2501397054%2501402696%2b-%2b01-13-2017%2beNewsletter%2501179> Click here to open a plain text version of this email < n_text=Y&link=Sen_Carper%2501397054%2501402696%2b-%2b01-13-2017%2beNewsl> < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 55> < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 61590577447443> < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 63376> < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc > e-Newsletter Header < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> Carper's Connection January 13, 2017 Dear Friends, This week Congress took the first step toward unraveling the Affordable Care Act - landmark legislation that has provided more than 20 million Americans, including more than 30,000 Delawareans, with affordable, reliable and comprehensive health insurance coverage. < g> At the end of a seven-hour series of votes on the Senate floor on Wednesday evening, my Republican colleagues voted to jumpstart the process to repeal the ACA, even though Congress has no plan to replace it for the millions of Americans that rely on the law for basic health services every day. I voted "no" to repealing the Affordable Care Act. That's because, if the ACA is repealed before replacement health care legislation is enacted, the uncertainty and drastically slashed funding to states will send shock waves through our economy, do lasting damage to our entire health care system and put American's lives at risk. In Delaware, it's estimated that our hospitals would collectively lose more than $1 billion in federal funding. All the while, millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Delawareans will lose Medicare eligibility and access to the affordable and high-quality health care they rely on. We cannot afford a reckless path that leaves millions of Americans in the lurch and doctors, hospitals, health centers, insurers and states with no recourse. I stand ready and willing to consider changes to our health care system that build on the progress made under the ACA and provide more comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care coverage to more Americans and their families. And I remain committed to standing up and fighting for the people and families who are concerned about the future of their health care today. God bless. < pg> Stay Connected with Senator Carper Email Icon < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 48783626634436> Flickr Icon < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw> Twitter Icon < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ft> Facebook Icon < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw> YouTube Icon < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw> RSS Icon < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 9349> Washington, D.C. 513 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2441 Fax: (202) 228-2190 Wilmington 301 North Walnut Street, Suite 102L-1 Wilmington, DE 19801-3974 Phone: (302) 573-6291 Fax: (302) 573-6434 Dover 500 West Loockerman Street, Suite 470 Dover, DE 19904 Phone: (302) 674-3308 Fax: (302) 674-5464 Georgetown 12 The Circle Georgetown, DE 19947 Phone: (302) 856-7690 Fax: (302) 856-3001 Home < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> | Privacy Policy < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 35533396> | Unsubscribe < crop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 17376> < rop=17903.19224636.11843450.15290910>
· Fri, Jan 13 · carper

That's not a plan
Friend -- Some members of Congress have been talking about repealing Obamacare since the day it became law -- for nothing but political reasons. Because here's the truth: In the six years that have passed since then -- and even as the House and Senate voted to advance Obamacare's repeal this week -- they still haven't come up with a realistic plan to replace it with something better. Obamacare's impacts are clear. More than 20 million people have gained coverage, many for the first time. It's driven the uninsured rate to an all-time low, and it has held the growth of health care costs to the lowest levels in 50 years. So when these members of Congress talk a big game about repealing Obamacare, they have some tough questions to answer. Unprecedented chaos in the health care system -- which is what doctors' and hospitals' associations are warning will happen if repeal goes through -- is not a plan. We need to stand up and stop the rush to repeal -- we can't trust that suddenly, magically congressional leaders will come through this time. OFA's letter to the editor tool gives you everything you need to write a letter and have an impact on the conversation around Obamacare. These people bent on repeal will undoubtedly come up with something in the coming days that they're going to call a plan. But with so much at stake, we can't take it at face value -- we need to take a good, hard look. Before tearing anything down, Congress should show us their plan to replace our health care, including how they lower costs, keep people covered, and protect people with pre-existing conditions. We won't let them get away with hand-waving and distraction, and we won't let them change the subject. We're going to be saying loud and clear: Calling it a plan doesn't make it one. Let's keep holding their feet to the fire. Write a letter today: Thanks, Katie Katie Hogan Executive Director Organizing for Action
· Fri, Jan 13 · obama