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Military tells GOP: Climate change is a national security issue

In a dramatic event on July 13, 2017, 24 Democrat and 22 Republican members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus and 24 other Republicans voted against an anti-climate change amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018. Members of CCL’s Climate and Security Action Team (CSAT) mobilized to encourage their members of Congress to cast a pro-climate vote. By […]

August 9th

Recess appointment: GOP Senate will block Trump from replacing Jeff Sessions

There has been a lot of concern that President Trump might take advantage of the Senate’s upcoming recess to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and use a back-door “recess appointment” to replace him. Presumably, whatever goon steps into Sessions’ shoes would then fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, thereby ridding Trump of his meddlesome Russia investigation. […]

July 27th

Climate Solutions Caucus reaches 50 members (inc. 25 Republicans!)

The bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives now boasts 50 members. That’s 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who have set aside partisan scuffles in order to combat climate change together. Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) are the latest pair to join the caucus and bring its membership to this important milestone. […]

July 27th

Climate Solutions Caucus unites GOP and Dems to beat anti-climate amendment

It’s happening. Republicans in Congress are starting to influence climate policy—in the right direction. This week, dozens of House Republicans joined Democrats to vote down an anti-climate amendment and sent a strong message that the military should prepare for and fight climate change. Here’s exactly what went down. By Flannery Winchester Citizens Climate Lobby Dueling amendments At […]

July 15th

GOP: eliminate 10 national monuments & shrink 13 more

As the nation prepared for the holiday weekend last Friday, 17 tea party Republicans—members of the Congressional Western Caucus—sent a letter to secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke asking that he downsize or eliminate 27 national monuments across the western United States. By Meteor Blades  Although the Western Caucus is theoretically open to anyone in Congress, all 70 members […]

July 7th

You SHOULD be worried about hackers breaking in to your autonomous vehicle. Congress is on it.

Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and […]

July 3rd

New self-driving vehicle rules would set national standard

The set of self-driving vehicle rules now being proposed by a group of US House Representatives would bar individual states from putting their own testing and design regulations in place, going by the contents of a draft proposal that was obtained by Reuters. By James Ayre  At the same time, federal regulators would themselves be […]

June 18th

Congress is about to deregulate you to death

Republicans have complained for years about what they called “job killing” regulations. Since they care more about profits than people, they’re about to pass a suite of laws that will change that to the more egalitarian “killing regulations”. By Jeremy Bloom Imagine this scenario: You go to the doctor because you’re in bad shape, and he […]

June 15th

US Congress Working On National Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

The US Congress is working on legislation to speed up the rollout of self-driving vehicle technology that could potentially supersede state-level rules, according to a number of House and Senate lawmakers who spoke to Reuters earlier this week. by James Ayre  The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, […]

June 10th