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GSA Administrator Emily Murphy finally starts the transition process

Trump Administration Finally Clears Way For Biden Transition To Begin

“I have always strived to do what is right,” GSA administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter to the president-elect on Monday.

Huffington Post, By Nick Visser, November 23, 2020
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy arrives to tesitfy during the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on "GSA (General Services Administration) Oversight Hearing" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Emily Murphy, Trump appointed administrator of the General Services Administration

Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, said the transition between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden can begin, releasing millions of dollars in funds and clearing the way for a new administration.

“I have dedicated much of my adult life to public service, and I have always strived to do what is right,” Murphy wrote in a letter to Biden on Monday. “Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and the available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — with regard to the substance or timing of my decision.”

Trump thanked Murphy for her work just moments later.

Biden’s campaign released a statement shortly after Murphy’s announcement, calling the decision a “needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”

“This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies,” the Biden-Harris transition executive director, Yohannes Abraham, said in a statement. “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”

The president noted on Twitter that while he still planned to fight the outcome of the election, he agreed the transition should begin “in the best interest of our country.”

“I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same,” he wrote.

The move will make $6.3 million available to Biden and his team to begin the transition process, as well as additional funds to prepare his staff and appointees.

Murphy had drawn widespread ire over her delay in “ascertaining” that Biden won the election, which is required before millions of dollars in transition funds and access to government officials can begin. She said, however, that Trump’s bevy of court losses and the certification of votes in several battleground states had allowed her to determine that Biden was the likely winner of the election.

Murphy added that she received many threats amid the delay in what she called an “effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely,” although they, too, had not influenced her decision.

“I do not think that an agency charged with improving federal procurement and property management should place itself above the constitutionally-based election process,” she wrote Monday.

Several notable figures had lambasted the Trump administration over the delay, saying any further refusal to declare Biden the winner could hamper the country’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has entered its most dangerous stage as the country beings to travel en masse before the holiday season.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said last week he was “concerned” that things hadn’t gone “smoothly” and Biden said “more people may die” if Trump kept obstructing the transfer of power.

“As my chief of staff, Ron Klain, would say … a vaccine is important. It’s of little use until you’re vaccinated,” Biden said last week upon questioning about the rollout of any coronavirus preventative. “So how do we get the vaccine, how do we get over 300 million Americans vaccinated? What’s the game plan?”

Trump alarm: assault on pregnant women, assault on protected wetlands

By Roger Straw, January 24, 2020

Well, I woke up early this morning, intending to get to work.  Then I saw the national headlines.

No, not the impeachment trial in the Senate.  Most of us continue to hope against hope there, while expecting the worst.

My attention was grabbed this morning by two historic and horrific attacks by the Trump administration.  While we are watching the impeachment, the wannabe dictator and his buds are quietly changing the world.  Sigh….  I can’t wait until November!


Today’s Xenophobia: US to Restrict Visas for Pregnant Women Entering the Country

The Mary Sue, By Jessica Mason, Jan 23rd, 2020

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In case you thought the Trump administration was only using the impeachment proceedings to barf all over the Constitution, think again. The target now: Trump’s old nemesis, Birthright citizenship. They don’t want the “wrong” people getting it.

On Thursday the Associated Press reports that the Trump administration is imposing new rules aimed at targetting “birth tourism,” the supposed practice of foreign nationals traveling to the US to have children who will be US Citizens due to birthright citizenship.

Birthright citizenship is the constitutional provision that stipulates anyone born in the US is a citizen. It is born of the 14th Amendment to the Bill of Rights, which was ratified after the civil war and is the basis for most civil rights constitutional cases. It reads in the relevant part: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Donald Trump, who does not understand the constitution, law or executive orders has long wanted to end this because it, of course, provides a way for people he doesn’t like – the children of immigrants – to become citizens and also then extend that citizenship to their parents. “Birth Tourism” may well be an issue, but the real point of these regulations is xenophobia and a desire to keep people out of America.  [MORE…]


Trump creates new hurdles for pregnant women seeking U.S. tourist visas

Washington Post, by Abigail Hauslohner and Maria Sacchetti, Jan. 23, 2020

The Trump administration says it is cracking down on what it calls “birth tourism” and will instruct consular officers to assess whether women requesting visas to visit the United States are hoping to give birth here to obtain U.S. citizenship for the child.

Starting Friday, the State Department will no longer issue temporary visitor visas to women hoping to travel to the United States for the purposes of having a child, White House officials said in a statement Thursday. The visas — known as B-1/B-2 visas — provide for temporary travel to the United States for tourism, business or medical care.

The State Department said Thursday that consular officers cannot require pregnancy tests to make the determination but would not rule out that a woman’s physical appearance could be taken into consideration.  [MORE…]

This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen

EcoWatch, by Olivia Rosane, Jan. 23, 2020
Myakka River State Park outside of Sarasota, Florida on Dec. 30, 2016. The park is a small preserve of rare protected habitat along Florida’s Gulf Coast, a region that has seen intense development and population growth. Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis via Getty Images
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Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation’s wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades.

President Donald Trump has been working to undo the 2015 rule since he took office, but his replacement goes even further, The New York Times explained. In addition to rolling back protections for some wetlands and streams that run intermittently or temporarily underground, it will also get rid of a requirement that landowners seek permits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which had considered permits on a case-by-case basis before 2015.

“This will be the biggest loss of clean water protection the country has ever seen,” Southern Environmental Law Center lawyer Blan Holman told The New York Times. “This puts drinking water for millions of Americans at risk of contamination from unregulated pollution. This is not just undoing the Obama rule. This is stripping away protections that were put in place in the ’70s and ’80s that Americans have relied on for their health.”  [MORE…]


Trump Administration Cuts Back Federal Protections For Streams And Wetlands

NPR, by Scott Neuman and Colini Dwyer, January 23, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency is dramatically reducing the amount of U.S. waterways that get federal protection under the Clean Water Act — a move that is welcomed by many farmers, builders and mining companies but is opposed even by the agency’s own science advisers.  [MORE…]

Democracy in danger… democracy in ACTION this Tuesday, 5:30pm!

By Roger Straw, December 16, 2019
Demand ACTION tonight, 5:30pm Tuesday 12/17/19. Find info on nearby events at impeach.org/event/impeach-and-remove-attend/search/

I have been struggling with deep discouragement over the unlikely prospect of a successful impeachment and removal of the president.  What’s to do?

Trump and his loyal House and Senate leaders have built an immovable blind base of support, promoted a blatant misinformation campaign, and fomented anger and civil unrest on behalf of a supposedly poor victim president.  Against all precedent and outside of any moral and constitutional bounds, Senator McConnell and the White House are coordinating a Senate impeachment trial that is predicted to be a quick acquittal or maybe even something less.

The hilarity of the morning Trump news hour has become deadly serious for me.  I can barely tune in to watch as the nation crumples under the threat of McConnell’s Senate control.

Discouragement is real, and our republic is surely in danger.  It seems at times like there’s nothing we can do.  Or can we?

We are, after all, THE PEOPLE.

The voices of America will be heard loud and clear on Tuesday evening, Dec 17, 2019, when “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW” events take place in over 600 cities nationwide.

Please attend!  Rallies will be held this Tuesday evening (TODAY!) at 5:30pm in Walnut Creek, Napa, Fairfield, Sonoma, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Oakland, San Francisco…  Plug in your zip code for details at NeedToImpeach.


Here is information on a few of the events closest to Benicia:

“Nobody Is Above the Law” Rally in Walnut Creek

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 at 5 p.m.
HOST(S): Ogie S.
WHERE
Intersection, Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Signups: 1085 attendees
Please join us for a “Nobody Is Above the Law” rally in downtown Walnut Creek at 5:00 PM this Tuesday, 12/17/19, the evening before the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump. It is a crucial time to be visible and vocal about the imperative to take back our democracy!
Directions:

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Nobody is Above the Law Impeachment Rally

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.
HOST(S): Brigette H.
WHERE
Solano Government Center Sidewalk
Fairfield, CA 94533
Signups: 87 attendees
We need to show that there is massive public support for impeaching Trump for his crimes and abuses of power. That’s why the night before the House of Representatives takes a historic vote to impeach Trump, we’ll take to the streets to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law. Join us!
Directions:

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NAPA Impeach and Remove at Veterans Park

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.
HOST(S): Lisa S.
WHERE
Veterans Park
Napa, CA 94558
Signups: 332 attendees
The day BEFORE the Impeachment Vote (we believe the vote will be Wednesday, therefore, we are scheduling the Impeach and Remove Rally for Tuesday, December 17th) so we will rally at Veterans Park at 5:30 p.m. Get your posters ready now! Find one of your resistance T-shirts! Get your Rapid Response Backpack stocked! Spread the word! We’ll be gathering to support our democracy’s survival and freedom from the tyrant in the White House and fully supporting Impeachment in the House and Removal in the Senate! We are honoring our Constitution and those who resisted all the way!
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The President Is NOT a King!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.
HOST(S): Emily D.
WHERE
El Cerrito Plaza, All Four Corners on San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Signups: 561 attendees
We need to show that there is massive public support for impeaching Trump for his crimes and abuse of power. That’s why the night before the House of Representatives takes a historic vote to impeach Trump, we’ll take to the streets to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law.
Directions: BART to El Cerrito Plaza station, then walk WEST to the corners of San Pablo Ave. and Carlson. NOTE: Please do NOT block any of the accessibility ramps on the corners, or impede pedestrians, traffic, or businesses. Thanks!

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Berkeley Says Impeach!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 at 5 p.m.
HOST(S): Barry C.
WHERE
Downtown Berkeley Center & Shattuck Streets
Berkeley, CA 94704
Signups: 11 attendees
Let’s take our stand for democracy and join this movement taking place all across the nation. We will gather in front of the Chase Bank on the southwest corner of Center and Shattuck. Bring signs, insults and dress warm!
Directions: If you come out of the downtown Berkeley BART you’ll see us.

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