Today’s Resistance: Today I tasked my representative to vote no on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017” which does exactly what its awful title suggests, and to vote yes on the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act, which establishes policy in the DoE for science and energy research, with a particular aim to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation.
Additionally, I signed up at https://www.indivisibleguide.com and downloaded their Indivisible Guide, “a practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda,” written by former congressional staffers to help understand how best to get your representatives to listen.
POTUS Today: He had a busy day.
First, he signed executive actions to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, both of which have been heavily criticized by many (if not most) Native American tribes, environmental groups, and their allies, including sizable anti-Keystone Nebraskan landowners. Another action aimed to speed up required environmental reviews of high-priority infrastructure projects.
Second, he continued to mute federal employees at the EPA, DoI, DoT, DoA, and HHS, particularly in regards to social media posts with facts regarding climate change.
Third, he hinted at his executive actions tomorrow, including an executive action to direct federal funds toward construction a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and another specifying a temporary ban on most refugees and the suspension of visas for people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Finally, he tweeted out his intention to “send in the Feds!” if Chicago didn’t fix its “horrible ‘carnage’.” Given the powers of his office, this can include sending in federal law enforcement authorities, or federal troops.