July 2017

Roll Call: Trump’s Tweet on Transgender Service Members Roils Congress

President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter that he will bar transgender people from serving in the military brings to a boil a previously simmering congressional debate.

Critics of Trump’s proposal have already vowed to fight back hard, and the battle will be joined promptly. It will start in the next 24 hours or so during House debate on security spending legislation.

Vox: Trump’s ban on transgender troops is infuriating both Democrats and Republicans

In a Wednesday morning tweet thread, President Donald Trump announced his plan to bar transgender people from serving in the US military. His declaration was met with confusion and dismay as it came on the heels of an Obama-era policy that was supposed to begin allowing transgender soldiers to openly serve in the armed forces July 1, but was stalled for six months.

REPS. LIEU, KUSTER, AND CARTWRIGHT INTRODUCE NEW COLLAR JOBS ACT

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WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County), Matt Cartwright (D | Pennsylvania), and Ann Kuster (D | New Hampshire) issued the following statements upon introduction of the “New Collar Jobs Act.” This legislation seeks to improve our economy and our security by re-educating industrial workers for high-demand jobs in cybersecurity.

The Nation: Do You Trust Donald Trump’s Finger On The Nuclear Button?

The United States is not a monarchy, but in times of nuclear crisis it sure feels like one. In his capacity as commander in chief, the president of the United States has sole authority over whether to launch a nuclear strike. He does not need to consult his military advisers, he does not need approval from Congress, it is his call alone.a That is a risky protocol under any circumstances, but when the Oval Office is occupied by someone with the temperament of Donald Trump, it should trouble Americans of all political persuasions.

CONGRESSMAN LIEU INTRODUCES AMENDMENTS MAKING AMERICA SAFE FROM KUSHNER AND THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION

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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding two amendments he introduced to the Make America Safe Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

"Protecting our state secrets and taxpayer dollars should be no-brainers for those running the government—but they apparently are not for this President or this Republican-controlled Congress.”

The Nation: Donald Trump Has His Finger on the Nuclear Button. Maybe We Should Do Something About That.

We need to get Donald Trump’s finger off the nuclear button. This is not a partisan plea. It is not a call to lower America’s guard against potential nuclear attacks. It is an appeal to common sense in the face of a president whose volatile temperament and erratic judgment should rule out allowing him to single-handedly start a nuclear war.

The Hill: Dem rep: Kushner ‘lied’, should be investigated

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Saturday accused President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner of blatantly lying on key national security forms, reaffirming his call for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked. 

"Let's just be clear: Jared Kushner lied on his first two security clearance forms. They're not memory failures," Lieu said on MSNBC. These were very important meetings with the Russians, one involving a secret backchannel, the other involving getting dirt on Hillary Clinton. You don't forget about those meetings."

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