Apr 9, 2017
We have the first wave of the Trump laws! In this episode,
highlights of the most impactful laws from the first three months
of the 115th Congress, which include favors to the fossil fuel
industry, gun industry, telecommunications industry, and defense
contractors. In addition, learn about a law (that’s flown
completely under the radar) that fundamentally changes how NASA
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Exempts General James Mattis from the law that prohibits anyone
from serving as Defense Secretary within seven years of leaving
military service (Mattis had retired less than four years before
Repeals an Obama
administration rule requiring companies listed in the stock
market to publicly report payments by the fossil fuel and mineral
industries to the US or foreign governments if the payments are
over $100,000 in a year.
Repeals a Department of Interior regulation known as the
"Stream Protection Rule" which aimed to reduce pollution from
coal mining by blocking mining within 100 feet of streams and
requiring coal mining companies to restore the land their use to
it's pre-mining condition.
Orders the NASA administrator to create a plan to use current
and former NASA employees to engage with K-12 female students to
encourage them to pursue careers in aerospace. The plan must be
submitted in 90 days.
"Encourages" the National Science Foundation to recruit women
to work in commercial science and engineering
Bureau of Land Management Rule that would give the public a
larger and earlier role in management plans for public land.
- The public would have been able to submit data & other
information. The public also would have been given information as
the plans were developed, allowing the public to comment during the
planning process instead of after.
rule written by the Department of Defense, the General Services
Administration, and NASA that would have made federal contractors
prove their compliance with fourteen Federal labor laws, which
would then be taken into consideration by agencies when awarding
contracts. The contractors would also have to report their wages
paid to employees to the agencies and would have limited forced
arbitration of employee claims.
Department of Education rule that would have pushed states to
weigh student achievement via test scores of 95% of their students
and graduation rates when determining which schools are
"underperforming". The rule also would have required schools to
provide parents and the public with more information on their
annual report card.
Department of Labor rule that allowed but limited the drug
testing of people receiving unemployment benefits. People could
only be tested if they were dismissed for substance abuse related
reasons and only if their jobs required carrying a firearm,
aviation flight crews, air traffic controllers, commercial drivers,
railroad crews, pipeline crews, and commercial maritime crews.
Federal Communications Commission rule that would have required
Internet service providers to obtain our approval if they were
going to share our information, and not condition service on an
acceptance of data sharing, and to notify us if our data was
Congress Votes To Expand Drug Testing For Unemployment
Recipients by Kelly Mcevers, NPR, March 27, 2017.
Why you should take a closer look at this week's NASA bill by
Andrew Wagner and Nsikan Akpan, PBS, March 24, 2017.
Obama Education Rules Are Swept Aside by Congress by Dana
Goldstein, The New York Times, March 9, 2017.
The Senate just voted to overturn another environmental rule -
sending it to Trump's desk by Chelsea Harvey, The Washington
Post, March 8, 2017.
Senate overturns Obama-era regulations on teacher preparation
by Emma Brown, The Washington Post, March 8, 2017.
- Congressional Record:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition
Authorization Act of 2017, House of Representatives, March 7,
Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People with
Mental Illnesses by Ali Vitali, NBC News, February 28,
FCC Chairman Goes After His Predecessor's Internet Privacy
Rules by Alina Selyukh, NPR, February 24, 2017.
- Article: Why
Trump just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping
waste in streams by Brad Plumer, Vox, February 16, 2017.
Trump signs Sasse's bill to let GAO access massive financial
database by Joseph Morton, Omaha World Herald, February 3,
Goodbye, Stream Protection Rule by Paul Rauber, Sierra,
February 1, 2017.
On the same day Rex Tillerson is confirmed, the House votes to kill
a transparency rule for oil companies by Brad Plumer, Vox,
February 1, 2017.
Republicans will try a little-used tactic to kill five Obama
regulations this week by Brad Plumer, Vox, February 1,
- Press Release:
Bill Johnson Leads House Effort to Protect Coal Jobs by Overturning
Ill-Advised "Stream Protection Rule" by Representative Bill
Johnson, January 30, 2017.
- Press Release:
Chairman Huizenga, Senator Inhofe Move To Eliminate Resource
Extraction Rule via CRA, Chairman Bill Huizenga, January 30,
The Congressional Review Act, rarely used and (almost always)
unsuccessful by Stuart Shapiro, The Hill, April 17, 2015.
Sound Clip Sources
NASA: Past, Present, and Future, House of Representatives,
Committee on Science, Space and Technology, February 16, 2017.
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