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Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 01:46 PM PDT

Stop Republican Obstructionism

by USAction

It has been 144 days since the Environmental Protection Agency has had a permanent administrator — the longest period of time in its history. And in that time, Republicans have continually obstructed Gina McCarthy's nomination to head the EPA for over 126 days, also a record delay.1

Meanwhile, our inaction on climate change is making the problem worse and frankly, we're running out of time. That's why we're teaming up with our friends at Environmental Action to pressure the Senate to confirm McCarthy to head the EPA so she can get to work to combat climate change. Click here to contact your Senators now and demand Gina McCarthy's nomination is confirmed without further delay.

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If Congress doesn’t act fast, student loan rates will double on July 1st for more than7 million students — costing students on average an additional $1,000.1 That’s outrageous!

We believe that education is a right and that college should be affordable and accessible to everyone. That’s why we’re teaming up with the United States Student Association, the nation’s oldest and largest student association, to prevent student loan rates from doubling in July.

Tell Congress to stand up for students and families: Don’t double student loan rates in July!

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Congress has a choice as they debate yet another budget showdown. Let's help them make the right choice. End billions in wasteful taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil. Protect vital programs that millions of people rely on like education, health care and social insurance instead.

Congress blew a huge chance to cut these wasteful subsidies when it missed the March 1st deadline, and instead allowed the sequester cuts to happen.

But the sequester deadline isn't the end of the story. Congress and the President are essentially starting over from scratch, and so far the Senate is the only chamber that hasn't moved to consider cutting oil subsidies this year.

Sign our joint petition with Environmental Action, urging Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to include ending the wasteful oil subsidies in any budget deal that comes before the Senate.

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At midnight Friday night, the deadline for $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts came and went without a resolution.

But it didn’t have to be this way. For months, the Republican leadership in the House and President Obama have butted heads over the sequestration — where the GOP wanted to do away with the cuts to the Pentagon, while the White House called for making millionaires and corporations pay their fair share.

And there you have it. Millions of programs, particularly those helping our most vulnerable like Head Start and unemployment benefits, will be slashed because Republicans didn’t want to ask their fat cat friends on Wall Street to pay more in taxes.1

Tell Congress: Stop these cuts to our communities and our families, pull the pork from the Pentagon and make millionaires pay their fair share instead!

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We did it! With the deadline for $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts hitting today, on Wednesday we took to the streets to pull the pork from the Pentagon.

From Annapolis and Milwaukee, all the way to Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington — all across the country, Americans rose up against our bloated Pentagon budget on Wednesday.

In Columbus, Ohio we had former Rep. Dennis Kucinich join us for a press event and discussion. In Bangor, Maine we delivered your signatures and served pulled pork sandwiches to Senate offices to represent pork in the Pentagon budget. In Nashua, New Hampshire we protested outside the office of Sen. Kelly Ayotte who has fought to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for Pentagon waste. And in Washington, DC, we targeted the lobbying office of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, to demand an end to wasteful Pentagon spending. And we had a giant 20-foot-tall inflatable pig too!

Click here to check out some great photos from our National Day of Action including pictures of the giant inflatable pig.

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Join USAction and our allies as we fight for PEOPLE over PENTAGON PORK. Congress has a clear choice: protect vital domestic programs OR Pentagon CEOs. But they need to hear from you.

From Philadelphia and Chicago, all the way to Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington — all across the country, Americans are rising up against our bloated Pentagon budget. In Columbus, we have former Rep. Dennis Kucinich joining us for a press event and discussion. In Nashua, NH we’re protesting outside of Sen Kelly Ayotte’s office who has fought to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for Pentagon waste. And in Washington, DC, protesters will gather outside the lobbying office of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, to demand an end to wasteful Pentagon spending. And we’ll have a giant 20-foot-tall inflatable pig too!

We need your help to draw public attention and scrutiny to the pork-laden Pentagon budget. So join us as we host a national day of action tomorrow, February 27th to rein in wasteful Pentagon spending and protect our priorities and the middle class.

Click here to join in on the fun in DC.

Or if you're not in DC, click here to find an event near you.

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Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 01:23 PM PST

Pull the Pork from the Pentagon

by USAction

With less than two weeks to go before $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts will be triggered on March 1st, now is the time to pull the pork from the Pentagon so we can protect priorities like education, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, NOT Pentagon contractors.

The top five Pentagon contractor CEOs make more than Wall Street CEOs. They're building weapon systems we don't need and protecting their profits with an army of lobbyists. This is our money going directly to $20 million CEO salaries and lobbyists galore.

Already, over 80,000 USAction members have taken action to pull the pork from the Pentagon. Will you help us reach 90,000 by adding your name to the petition too?

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In the wee hours of November 7th, long after President Obama had been declared the projected winner to serve his second term as the President of the United States, voters in Miami-Dade County in Florida finally got to cast their vote.

Their persistence and dedication to make their voices heard is admirable — but the circumstances that led to this injustice are anything but.

Join USAction and Florida Watch Action as we call on Governor Rick Scott and the Florida General Assembly to enact election reform without delay, including returning back to 14 days of early voting.

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Earlier today delliot updated us on USAction’s first battleground state poll. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, found President Obama with a three-point lead in New Hampshire over Gov. Mitt Romney.

Now USAction is out with its second battleground poll, this one covering Ohio and also conducted by Lake Research Partners. This poll finds Obama ahead of Romney in Ohio by two points. But the most significant finding – the hidden gem, if you will – is the huge favorability gap between the two candidates.

More below the fold.

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After over a decade of two costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that has exploded our national debt and stretched our Armed Forces to their limit, we don’t need another war in the Middle East.

But war hawks in Congress like Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Joe Lieberman are already beating the drums of war, with Lieberman saying it “doesn’t make any sense” to wait until Iran possesses nuclear weapons to take military action.1 Preemptively striking before we have evidence of weapons — now haven't we heard this before?

In the midst of tragedy and unrest going on in the Middle East right now, we don't need to add fuel to the fire. We all want to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but military action is not the answer — a sentiment 70% of Americans agree with.2

And yet, Congress is being overwhelmed by messages calling for war with Iran and our allies need us to show that there is a broad base of support for diplomacy, not war with Iran.Tell Congress to resist the calls for war on Iran, give diplomacy a chance.

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Tomorrow, the Senate will have a chance to show us where their priorities really lie — either with the top 2% or the other 98% of us. 

We know the tax system is rigged in favor of the ultra-rich and corporations at the expense of the rest of us. Ending the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% is a good first step towards tax fairness.

Senate Democrats have a bill that will do just that, but the GOP refuses to make the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share.

The GOP believes that giving away $1 trillion in tax breaks to the richest 2% will create jobs. We believe the middle class is the engine of our economy and that when working people have money, they spend it, creating business and jobs.

Don't let the GOP hold 98% of us hostage. The Senate votes tomorrow! Tell your Senators to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%.

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The House Republican leadership’s calls to cut the deficit ring hollow when one simply looks at the facts. Because not only will they not budge an inch on making the richest 2% pay their fair share in taxes, but they refuse to cut even one cent from the military as well.

This, despite the fact that Pentagon spending now accounts for over 50% of all discretionary spending in the budget, according to the CBO.

In fact, not only does House leadership refuse to cut the military budget, they want to increase it — above and beyond what even our highest commanding officers have requested.  How’s that for fiscal responsibility?

But as Congress debates the 2013 Defense Appropriations bill this week, there’s one amendment where progressives and tea party members can agree. Introduced by two representatives from polar opposite sides of the fence, the Mulvaney-Frank amendment will freeze military spending to last year’s levels.

With a vote expected as early as Thursday, it will come down to the wire as many members are still on the fence. Tell your Representative to vote for the Muvaney-Frank Amendment now.

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