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After Trying Everything Else, Democrats Have Decided To Listen To Their Voters

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Before President Donald Trump appeared before cameras Tuesday night to bestow his Supreme Court rose on Judge Neil Gorsuch, protesters ...

Whitehouse: Stonewalling Suggests Pruitt Trying To Hide Information From Senate

David Halperin | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
David Halperin

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) this morning wrote to the office of the Trump EPA nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to renew his demand for information about Pruitt's communications with fossil fuel companies.

Justice Department Said Trump’s Refugee Ban Is Legal. They Didn’t Say It Was A Good Idea.

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Just what the hell is the Justice Department doing while President Donald Trump is churning out chaos-inspiring executive orders, Sen. ...

Split Voter Syndrome

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In 2016, Vermont voters selected Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by more than 26 percentage points over Republican nominee Donald Trum...

Trump's EPA Pick Urged To Come Clean On Ties To Secretive Koch-Funded Group

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

Six senators urged President-elect Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency pick on Wednesday to reveal his ties to a secretive fundraising gr...

Senator: 'I Can’t Let Our Country Become An Idiot Country'

The Huffington Post | Emily Tate | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is determined to see the United States act on climate change. In the last four years, he has delivered 150 speeches ...

ALEC In Indianapolis: ExxonMobil And The #WebOfDenial

Connor Gibson | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Connor Gibson

This month, nineteen United States Senators called attention to the Web of Denial, a network of front groups that oppose any productive action to combat climate change.

Senators Target The 'Many-Headed Dragon' Of Climate Change Denial

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Before national attention turns to the political party conventions, a group of Senate Democrats took to the floor this week to confront...

Fossil Fuel Execs Say One Thing, Their Lobbyists Say Another

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

You may have concluded, "Well, if even ExxonMobil and the Kochs are saying that kind of thing, we must be getting close to a solution." If you did, you would be mistaken. We still need to keep the pressure on against these adversaries.

Senators Breathe New Life Into Criminal Justice Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Efforts to reform the country’s strict sentencing laws aren’t dead in Congress just yet. A bipartisan group of senior senators revea...

Senate Takes First Real Step Toward Combating Heroin Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate took a big step on Monday toward finally addressing heroin and opioid addiction in the U.S. In an 89 to 0 vote, the upper cha...

Does ExxonMobil Really Support a Carbon Tax?

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.17.2017 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil claims it supports a revenue-neutral carbon tax and its lobbyists "have echoed that message in countless private briefings with members of Congress on carbon tax policy options." Then why do most ExxonMobil-funded lawmakers oppose the idea?

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Senators' Amendment to Energy Bill Calls on Fossil Fuel Industry to End Climate Denial

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 02.03.2017 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

It's nice to see an amendment designed to shame, and hopefully stop, industry misinformation campaigns that have delayed much-needed action to usher the end of the fossil fuel era.

Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It's Still Funding Climate Science Deniers?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.23.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Asked on PBS NewHour whether ExxonMobil funds climate change denier organizations to malign mainstream climate science, ExxonMobil's vice president of public and government affairs replied, "Well, the answer is yes... And I will let those organizations respond for themselves."

'Green News Report' - October 22, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.22.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Calls grow in Congress for Dept. of Justice to investigate Exxon Mobil f...

Senator Wonders If 'Pro-Botnet' Caucus Derailed His CISA Amendment

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology

A controversial amendment to an already controversial cybersecurity bill, which would have expanded an archaic 1986 anti-hacking law, isn't going to g...

Advocates Demand an End to Sequestration in a Rally Outside the Capitol

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.07.2016 | DC
Malik Siraj Akbar

Advocates from across the nation seeking more funding for affordable housing, education, healthcare and many critical nondefense sectors staged a rally outside the Capitol Hill on Wednesday urging Congress to end budget cuts.

Food Giants Align For Climate Action

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican, a Democrat and a bunch of major food corporations put their support behind meaningful action on climate change Thursday. R...

Internal Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Has Been Aware of Climate Change for Decades

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.07.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Sen. Whitehouse likened their actions to those of the tobacco companies that conspired to manufacture doubt about the link between smoking and disease when they were all too aware of it. In 2006, a federal district court ruled that the tobacco industry's deceptive campaign to maximize its profits by hoodwinking the public amounted to a racketeering enterprise.

Kate Sheppard

2 Democratic Senators Pitch Conservatives On Supporting A Carbon Tax | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators on Wednesday delivered the opening pitch for their new plan for addressing climate-warming emissions in what may...

Daniel Marans

Sheldon Whitehouse: Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Climate Fraud | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has a new plan to combat climate change: sue fossil fuel companies for fraud. In a May 29 op-ed in The Washington ...

Kate Sheppard

Prospective Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Scores High In New 'Climate Hawk' Ranking | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new ranking of U.S. senators based on their climate activism puts soon-to-be presidential candidate Bernie Sanders among the top "clim...

The Invasion of the Party-Switchers in Presidential Politics

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The 2016 Presidential election might go down in history as the year of the party-switchers. Republican Rick Perry was once a member of the Texas Democratic State Legislature. Potential Democratic Presidential candidate Jim Webb was once a Republican.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Democrats Flip Script On McConnell, Tell All 50 Governors To Comply With EPA Rule | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of Senate Democrats are pushing back against a letter Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent to all 50 governors ...