Tag Archives: executive orders

Trump Vows To Issue Executive Order On Healthcare

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday pledged to take executive action on health care, saying he would go around Congress to provide new insurance options for Americans. Trump didn’t provide additional detail on what executive action he would take and the White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that ...

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Trump To Sign Executive Order Making It Easier For Churches To Participate In Political Campaigns

The New York Times reports: President Trump plans to mark the National Day of Prayer on Thursday by issuing an executive order that makes it easier for churches and other religious groups to actively participate in politics without risking their tax-exempt status, several administration officials said. Taking action as he hosts conservative religious leaders Thursday morning, Mr. Trump’s executive order ...

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Jon Stewart Reads Trump’s New Executive Orders

The A.V. Club recaps: Stewart is no stranger to Colbert’s CBS set, but he’s rarely appeared in such impressive form, decked out in an oversized tie and a “dead animal” in honor of our new president’s fashion sense. It takes alarmingly little time for a punch-drunk Colbert and Stewart to lose the thread of the bit (reading out Trump’s next ...

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Tony Perkins: I Remain Confident Trump Will Issue An Anti-LGBT Executive Order On “Religious Liberty”

CNBC reports: A prominent conservative Christian leader on Tuesday expressed confidence that President Donald Trump will still take executive action to uphold “religious liberty” despite a White House statement that the president will uphold existing protections against “anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination” by federal contractors. “I think this is going to be addressed,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. ...

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Washington Post Confirms Anti-LGBT Executive Order

This afternoon White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dodged a direct question about a rumored anti-LGBT executive order. An hour after his press briefing concluded, Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin tweeted that a “draft” version of such an order does exist and targets adoption rights among other issues. Trump supporters are responding to Rogin on Twitter, accusing him of “needlessly ...

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer Dodges Question On Rumored Anti-LGBT Executive Order [VIDEO]

At today’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dodged a question from Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson about reports of an impending anti-LGBT executive order. Johnson: “The LGBT group the Human Rights Campaign has issued a statement citing rumors that the president is about to sign a religious freedom executive order that would undermine LGBT rights. Is this ...

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REPORT: Anti-LGBT Executive Order Is Coming Soon

LGBTQ Nation reports: An executive order from President Donald Trump opening up discrimination against the LGBTQ community on the basis of religious belief is expected sometime this week, possibly as soon as today. Several sources spoke with LGBTQ Nation on the condition of anonymity who have told us that the order will allow for discrimination in a number of areas, ...

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New Trump Executive Order: For Every New Federal Regulation, Two Old Ones Must Be Rescinded [VIDEO]

Good grief. Politico reports: President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday morning requiring that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. “This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen,” Trump declared moments before signing it inside the Oval Office. “There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be ...

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NAFTA And TPP On Chopping Block Today

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order as early as Monday stating his intention to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, a White House official told NBC News. Eliminating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was crafted by former President Bill Clinton and enacted in 1994, ...

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Democrats Help Vote Down House Spending Bill Despite Earlier Approval Of LGBT Rights Amendment

Last night openly gay US Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney finally succeeded in pushing through an amendment that would put President Obama’s executive order on federal contractors into law. Today Maloney and his fellow Democrats vowed against the underlying spending bill. The Hill explains: Most Democrats voted against the bill due to its spending levels and policy riders. Taken together with ...

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US House Finally Approves LGBT Protections Bill Would Put Obama’s Executive Order Into Law

But check out the amendments. Politico reports: The House late Wednesday night passed a spending bill amendment that would ban federal contractors who discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, putting into law a 2014 executive order. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) had attempted to attach a similar amendment to a Veterans Affairs appropriations bill last week, but House ...

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House Dems To Try Again On LGBT Measure

The Hill reports: House Democrats will try again this week to pass legislation promoting equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people after being thwarted in a dramatic vote last week. The office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who sponsored the anti-discrimination provision, confirmed Tuesday that the New York Democrat will offer his amendment again as part of ...

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RETRIBUTION: House Dems Vow To Target Reelections Of GOP Reps That Reversed On LGBT Vote

The Hill reports: Democrats are vowing to target House Republicans in tough reelection races who allegedly switched their votes to ensure a measure to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community wouldn’t pass. Four of the seven Republicans accused of changing their votes after arm-twisting from GOP leaders are considered particularly vulnerable in the general election this fall. A list circulated ...

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Log Cabin Republicans Denounce House GOP Reps For “Fraudulently” Reversing Pro-LGBT Executive Order

Via press release: “During an election year in which voters across the country are crying out because they feel our country’s political system is at best broken and at worst rigged, the sham on the floor of the United States House of Representatives yesterday spearheaded by Leader McCarthy played up everything wrong with congress today,” Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory ...

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CHAOS: House Erupts With Chants Of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” Over GOP Vote On LGBT Rights [VIDEOS]

Wow! Politico reports: The House erupted in chaos Thursday morning with Democrats crying foul after Republicans hastily convinced a few of their own to switch their votes and narrowly block an amendment intended to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination. It was an unruly scene on the floor, with Democrats chanting “shame!” after GOP leaders just barely ...

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House Approves Bill Which Undermines Obama’s Executive Order On Anti-LGBT Bias By Contractors

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Despite objections from the White House and LGBT advocates, the U.S. House late Wednesday night approved a major defense spending bill that includes a component undermining President Obama’s executive order against LGBT discrimination. After hours of debate on the measure, the House approved the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill by a party-line ...

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House Committee Advances Bill To Override Obama’s Executive Order On Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Washington Post reports:  The measure, introduced by freshman Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) at 12:30 a.m. as the House Armed Services Committee prepared to pass the defense bill, would require the government to give religious organizations it signs contracts with exemptions in federal civil rights law and the Americans Disabilities Act. Those laws do not ban discrimination on the basis ...

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Marco Rubio Pledges To Reverse Obama’s “Sinful” Executive Order On LGBT Employment Protections

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has pledged to reverse President Obama’s executive order barring anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors, saying faith-based businesses are “being compelled to sin by government in their business conduct.” Rubio made the remarks during Thanksgiving week in the same interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he ...

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Obama’s Executive Order On LGBT Workplace Discrimination Goes Into Effect

From the blog of the Labor Department Secretary Tom Perez: Today, President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination goes into effect. It prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Because of this Executive Order, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people employed by federal contractors across the country will now receive ...

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ExxonMobil Adds LGBT Protections

JMG reader Mike forwards us yesterday’s message from ExxonMobil’s LGBT employee group, which notes that the company’s board of directors has approved the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. In July 2014 ExxonMobil announced that it would comply with President Obama’s executive order regarding companies with federal contracts, but at that time a company spokesman would ...

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