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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. attended a listening session with women small business owners yesterday to discuss the ongoing harmful effects of Obamacare. The event was hosted by Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. A detailed readout of the event is below.

Two of the women small business owners in attendance were Kelly Moore, Co-Owner and Vice President of GKM Auto Parts, dba NAPA Auto Parts, Zainesville, OH, and Tracie Sanchez, President of Lima Pallet Company in Lima, OH.

“Unfortunately what that does to my business is…we can’t attract good, decent employees in the future if we can’t offer good benefits…We have been hamstringed by the Affordable Care Act.”

– Kelly Moore, Co-Owner & VP of GKM Auto Parts, dba NAPA Auto Parts

READOUT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT’S HEALTHCARE LISTENING SESSION WITH WOMEN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, M.D., Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway met with women small business owners today at the White House to discuss the ongoing harmful effects of the disastrous Obamacare law, specifically its detrimental impact on small business employers, and why we must repeal and replace it with a plan that benefits all Americans. This is the most recent roundtable in a series of listening sessions hosted at the White House as the Administration continues to work with Congress on a path forward to repealing and replacing Obamacare, and reforming the broken healthcare system.

The Vice President started the conversation by welcoming the small business owners to the White House, noting the importance of having women entrepreneurs from across the country express their concerns about the collapsing Obamacare law.

Secretary Price expressed the need for Congress to act, and the initiatives HHS is executing to mitigate the damages of the burdensome rules and regulations that have negatively affected America’s small businesses. Administrator McMahon discussed the feedback she has received from many small business owners who have expressed that the biggest hurdle to small business growth is the rising costs of healthcare. Administrator Verma highlighted her own story as a small business owner, and the number one challenge she faced was dealing with burdensome government regulations. Kellyanne Conway also discussed her background as a small business owner, and the need to repeal and replace Obamacare to lessen the burden on taxpayers.

All of the entrepreneurs noted that their stories were not unique, and many shared the same difficulties of offering healthcare benefits to their employees, especially affordable ones with low premiums and low deductibles. The adverse effects of Obamacare on their businesses, including being forced to cut benefits for their employees due to the rising costs of healthcare, was a common theme preventing their businesses from flourishing.

“We had to make a conscious decision not to grow because of Obamacare,” Sandra Dozier Hill, Founder of Hill & Associate CPAs told the group. Her firm is down to four workers because it was too costly for them to replace an employee that retired.

“Healthcare is the anchor that keeps dragging us down,” added NeeCee Lee, Payroll Manager and Co-Owner of Lee and Cates Glass and Flat Glass Distributors. Her firm lost several trained technicians to competitors because of healthcare options.

The following individuals participated:

· Becky Beanblossom, President of 3B Enterprise, Inc. dba Home Instead Senior Care, Louisville, KY

· Dudley Hoskins Bostic, Co-owner of Hoskins Drug Store, Clinton, TN

· Pat Felder, Owner of Felder’s Collison Parts, Baton Rouge, LA

· Sandra Dozier Hill, Founder of Hill & Associate CPAs, Richmond, KY

· NeeCee Lee, Payroll Manager and Co-Owner of Lee and Cates Glass and Flat Glass Distributors, Jacksonville, FL

· Gina Martin, Founder and Vice President of Little Rock Tours, Little Rock, AR

· Kelly Moore, Co-Owner and Vice President of GKM Auto Parts, dba NAPA Auto Parts, Zainesville, OH

· Amy Pope-Wells, President of Link Staffing Services, Jacksonville, FL

· Tracie Sanchez, President of Lima Pallet Company, Lima, OH

BROWN: WE NEED REAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT, NOT FEES AND TOLLS ON WORKING OHIOANS

Senator Released Detailed Infrastructure Blueprint in January to Hold Trump to his Commitment to Invest $1 Trillion in Infrastructure, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has offered to work with President Trump on Trump’s promise to invest $1 trillion in our nation’s infrastructure and put Ohioans back to work rebuilding our roads and bridges. Ahead of Trump’s stop in Cincinnati to highlight infrastructure, Brown is fighting for Ohio infrastructure priorities outlined in a plan he released in January to invest in our infrastructure and use American products and labor to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.

“I will judge any infrastructure package by whether it’s good for Ohio. What we’ve seen from the President so far falls short,” said Brown. “We need the real, meaningful investments the President promised on the campaign trail, not handouts to Wall Street or fees and tolls on working families.

Trump’s $200 billion funding proposal for infrastructure is essentially wiped out by more than $200 billion in cuts to existing programs proposed in his budget. Brown pointed out that the President’s infrastructure budget makes no mention of Buy America provisions he promised on the campaign trail. Brown and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced legislation in January to apply Buy America to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects.

Brown helped draft a proposal that he and his Democratic colleagues released in January titled, “A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure.” The proposal aimed to start the conversation about how the $1 trillion President Donald Trump has promised to invest in American infrastructure would improve the nation’s transportation, water, housing and community infrastructure while creating thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs in Ohio.

Ohio has one of the nation’s largest interstate systems and a major public transit network that would benefit from nationwide investment in infrastructure.

· Ohio has the nation’s fourth largest interstate system with 6,700 lane miles.

· Ohio’s public transportation agencies serve more than 300,000 passengers every weekday.

· Nearly a quarter of Ohio’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

· An estimated 109,000 Ohioans work in highway construction in the state.

· An estimated $14 billion will need to be spent to keep Ohio’s wastewater systems up to date over the next 20 years.

Brown’s proposal includes several Ohio priorities:

Buy America

The plan would apply Buy America to all taxpayer-funded public works and infrastructure projects to ensure that American tax dollars support American materials and jobs.

Brown and Portman introduced legislation to this effect.

Fixing Ohio Roads and Bridges

The plan calls for $210 billion for road and bridge repairs and $200 billion for a Vital Infrastructure Program (VIP), which would direct money toward projects of critical national significance.

Brown has long fought for the repair of the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, which President Trump has promised to replace. In the 2015 transportation package, Brown successfully fought to include a provision that create a new competitive grant program to fund major infrastructure projects, like Brent Spence Bridge.

Updating Outdated Sewer Systems

The plan calls for $110 billion to modernize outdated water and sewer systems.

For several years, Brown has worked on legislation that would provide communities with grants to help make needed updates to combined sewer overflow systems. This would protect Lake Erie and other drinking water from untreated waste and ensure that ratepayers do not face costly rate hikes. According to a recent report to Congress, Ohio needs a more than $14 billion investment in its clean water systems over the next 20 years.

Improving Public Transportation

The plan calls for $130 billion to replace and expand rail and bus systems.

As ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Development Committee – which oversees public transit – Brown has worked to boost federal funding for public transit. Ohio’s public transportation agencies serve more than 300,000 passengers every weekday. Sixty percent of Ohio’s buses will need to be replaced over the next 10 years, an expense of $750 million. Cleveland’s rail system alone would require $400 million to replace its fleet of rail cars and repair its tracks.

Eliminating Blight & Lead Hazards

The plan includes $100 billion to address affordable housing challenges, eliminate blighted properties that bring down local property values, and remediate lead hazards that put children at risk of lead poisoning.

Brown has led efforts to protect Ohio children from lead exposure and worked to boost funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for monitoring and remediation.

Brown has also been instrumental in strengthening the Hardest Hit Fund, which gives communities funding to prevent foreclosure and demolish blighted properties.

Brown has advocated for funding to preserve and create affordable housing and worked to strengthen the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

Rebuilding America’s Schools

The plan includes $75 billion to help modernize America’s schools without burdening local taxpayers.

Brown has worked on legislation to give schools the ability to make needed renovations, technology updates, and repairs.

President Trump Puts American Jobs First

“Our government rushed to join international agreements where the United States pays the costs and bears the burdens while other countries get the benefit and pay nothing.” – President Donald J. Trump

ALREADY THE WORLD’S ENERGY LEADER: The United States had already become the leader in cutting CO2 emissions while still leading in oil & gas production.

· In the United States, energy related carbon dioxide emissions have significantly declined since before the Paris Climate Accord was negotiated, and will continue to decline as a share of worldwide emissions, particularly when compared to other nations such as China and India.

o The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2017 Annual Energy Outlook reports that, from 2005 to 2016, energy related carbon dioxide emissions fell at an average annual rate of 1.4%.

o Emissions are projected to continue to fall from 2016 to 2040.

o Meanwhile, the EIA reports that emissions in the developing world are expected to double their 2005 levels by 2040.

· According to recent U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States remained the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas combined.

· The United States continues to be a world leader in energy, but increased competition from countries like China demonstrates the need for policies that enable America to compete on a global scale.

HARMFUL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: The Paris Climate Accord could cost the United States economy millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic output over the next several decades.

· According to an analysis by National Economic Research Associates (NERA), meeting President Obama’s commitment under the Paris Climate Accord would cost the United States nearly $3 trillion by 2040.

o By 2040, the American economy could have 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs, including 3.1 million fewer manufacturing jobs.

o Industries such as cement, iron and steel, coal, natural gas, and petroleum would be forced to cut production under President Obama’s Paris Climate Accord.

SHOULDERING THE BURDEN: Under the Paris Climate Accord, the United States would carry the burden while other countries would get the benefits.

· Under the Obama Administration, which signed an agreement without having to deal with the economic repercussions, the United States was committed to reducing CO2 emissions by between 26 and 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

o Meanwhile China can continue to increase emissions for the next 13 years.

· The United States already contributed $1 billion to a UN Green Climate Fund. This would increase to $3 billion under pledges made by the previous Administration.

INEFFECTIVE: Even if every nation fully complied with the Paris Climate Accord, it would barely impact the climate.

· According to researchers from MIT, if every nation that signed the Paris Climate Accord met all of their commitments until the end of the century, the impact on the climate would be negligible.

PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump is fulfilling his promise to the American people to stop international agreements that disadvantage the United States.

· May 26, 2016, then-candidate Trump:

o “President Obama entered the United States into the Paris Climate Accords— unilaterally, and without the permission of Congress.”

o “So foreign bureaucrats are going to be controlling what we are using and what we are doing on our land in our country. No way.”

Senator Mike Lee Endorses Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate

Endorsements continue to stack up as Senators Lee, Cruz, Portman, Rubio and Cotton throw their support behind Mandel

COLUMBUS – Josh Mandel received another endorsement as U.S. Senator Mike Lee endorsed Mandel’s campaign for United States Senate in Ohio. This is Mandel’s third endorsement from a sitting U.S. Senator in just one week, and fifth endorsement from a U.S. Senator this cycle.

“Josh Mandel is the conservative leader Ohio needs,” said Senator Lee. “Josh has never been afraid to fight for what he believes and is leading the charge on the critical issues of today. Whether it’s fighting against sanctuary cities or fighting for the right to life, Josh will be the conservative warrior Ohio needs to lead them to a stronger tomorrow.”

“I’m proud to have earned Senator Lee’s confidence,” said Mandel. “Mike Lee is a fierce defender of our Constitution and has fought hard to promote fiscal responsibility and economic prosperity. I look forward to standing with him shoulder to shoulder to advance a principled, conservative agenda as the next U.S. senator from Ohio.”

Senator Lee is the fifth U.S. Senator to endorse Mandel this election cycle, further boosting Mandel’s momentum as the Republican frontrunner in Ohio. Lee joins Senate colleagues Ted Cruz, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton in their early support for Mandel, and echoes their calls for Republicans to consolidate behind Mandel’s candidacy as the best choice to defeat Sherrod Brown.

Enthusiasm for Mandel’s senate bid is evident throughout Ohio, with recent polling showing Mandel besting Sherrod Brown in the 2018 race. Results from these three independent polls come from some of the only organizations to correctly predict Donald Trump’s victory in 2016.

In addition, Mandel already has a solid grip on conservative activists throughout Ohio with county chairman in each of Ohio’s 88 counties and the expressed support of Columbiana County Republican Chairman Dave Johnson and a host of other key Ohio Republican leaders.

Each week, momentum continues to build for Mandel in Ohio and throughout the nation. Ohioans are tired of Sherrod Brown’s failed, liberal policies, and are ready for Mandel’s next-generation conservative leadership in the Senate.

Resistance Summer Kicks Off with Over 100 Events in All 50 States

Democrats in all 50 states kicked off Resistance Summer with more than 100 events, including town halls, rallies, canvass launches, phone banks, and other organizing efforts to strengthen our state parties and help candidates up and down the ballot. Ranging from a 700-person town hall in Illinois, to state-wide canvas kickoffs in Ohio, to house parties across the country that gathered to watch Keith Ellison’s livestream town hall in Minneapolis, Democrats are organizing to educate, and mobilize grassroots energy to help build our party’s base of political power and resist Trump’s attacks on hardworking families.

The American people are demanding a Democratic agenda focused on expanding opportunity, better wages, affordable health care and a secure retirement. Resistance Summer is not just about holding Trump accountable – it’s about electing Democrats who will prioritize the needs of middle class and working families.

Here are a few ways Democrats are organizing across the country:

  • In South Carolina, DNC Chair Tom Perez and Associate Chair Jaime Harrison held a rally with 100 local voters and canvassed door-to-door with Democratic congressional nominee Archie Parnell.
  • DNC Associate Chair Jamie Harrison speaks to community members at rally.
  • Chairman Tom Perez canvasses and knocks doors for congressional nominee Archie Parnell.

Huffington Post: “Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, associate chair and former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten kicked off the DNC’s “Resistance Summer” party-building initiative on Saturday by campaigning with Parnell in the Rock Hill area.”

In Minneapolis, Deputy Chair Keith Ellison held a Resistance Summer Rally and Town Hall that was live streamed to watch parties across the nation.

Community members attend rally with DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison in Minneapolis, MN.

CBS Minnesota: “Congressman Keith Ellison is focusing on the resistance to President Donald Trump. He spoke at a ‘Summer Resistance Rally’ on Saturday at the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. The rally highlights the grassroots activism that’s taken place across the country since President Trump took office.”

Outside of Chicago, Representative Jan Schakowsky held a district town hall with about 700 community members and livestreamed on Facebook to thousands of viewers.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky speaks to local community members in Palatine, IL.

In California, Representative Barbara Lee held a rally to combat Trump’s dangerous agenda.

Local leaders in the Bay Area are behind in grassroots effort to resist policies coming out of Washington.

NBC Bay Area: “Local leaders in the Bay Area are organizing a grassroots movement to condemn President Donald Trump and the policies flowing from the White House.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): “We’re going to stop (Trump) from trying to deny healthcare to 24 million people”

The New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women trained nearly 100 community members to organize, increase voter registration, and advocate for progressive issues at all levels of government.

KRWG: “New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women’s Pantsuit Power Workshops trained nearly one hundred new organizers to create meaningful change and work to combat the reckless agenda being pushed by the Trump administration and Republicans in the state.”

In Dallas, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a rally with Congressman Marc Veasey and Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared with US Rep. Mark Veasey in Dallas for a rally

Star-Telegram: “Democrats stand a chance of retaking a majority in the U.S. House next year and gaining better footing to oppose President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan by holding them accountable for their agenda. This latest effort by Democrats is a move to bolster activism and generate new voters and candidates alike. They want to grow activism that already has brought people to the streets to march for women’s rights, science, the environment and more — and help propel those people to the polls.”

Newsline: “The Democratic National Committee launched its ‘Resistance Summer’ on Wednesday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaking at a rally in Dallas. Pelosi slammed the new law in Texas requiring cities to enforce federal immigration laws and prohibiting ‘sanctuary cities’ in the state to protect illegal aliens from deportation.”

In Maryland, representatives and party leaders held a rally of 100 locals outside the state house.

Local community members attend rally for progressive values at the State House.

Democratic Rep. John P. Sarbanes speaks Saturday at the Maryland Democrats’ “Summer of Resistance and Renewal,” urging party activists to convert antipathy toward Republican President Donald J. Trump into Democratic political wins at home. (Erin Cox/The Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore Sun: “Democratic party leaders say the type of energy that prompted the Women’s March in Washington and spontaneous protests at airports after Trump’s travel ban won’t translate into political victories unless they organize now. ‘We can’t take for granted that the so-called Donald Trump effect is going to bring people out,’ Democrat Rep. John P. Sarbanes told a crowd of about 200 people gathered in front of the State House. We have to make it happen.’”

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“On Saturday, Sheila Ruth with Progressive Democrats of Baltimore County joined the rally. She warned the crowd that the if the party did not come together to address the social and economic concerns that prompted people to vote for the president, ‘then Trump will be followed by another Trump.’”

In Ohio, thousands of volunteers attended trainings across the state aimed at gathering petition signatures for the Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio ballot measure.

WLWT Cincinnati: “Happening today, the Ohio Democratic Party will kick off its Resistance Summer campaign. This is a nationwide program from the Democratic National Committee and it’s aimed at training volunteers to gather petition signatures for the campaign ballot initiative. Local events will take place starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Democratic Party Headquarters in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties.”

In Arizona, Democrats are rallying around issues that impact local residents.

KTAR News: “Arizona Democrats joined a national effort Friday called Resistance Summer in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections… The Resistance Summer has its eyes set on making changes, but will target a few specific issues in Arizona. ’Ones that are anti-education, anti-progressive values and/or anti-women,’ (Alexis Tameron, chair for the Arizona Democratic Party) said.”

In Missouri, about 100 Democrats gathered for a two-day event that focused on organizing, trainings, and recruiting strong candidates.

News-Press Now: “Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway visited local and area Democrats on Saturday night, pledging to continue efforts at ensuring accountability among government agencies. Galloway was the keynote speaker for the second night of Northwest Democrat Days, with a barbecue held at Callison Hall.”

Joplin Globe: “Starting this summer, the Missouri Democratic Party will hold training sessions on data, social media and messaging for candidates, local clubs and party committees. Those efforts are underway this weekend at Northwest Missouri Democrat Days in St. Joseph.”

VFW ENLISTS IN FIGHT AGAINST Rx BALLOT ISSUE

Ohio’s largest combat veterans organization latest to join opposition coalition

Columbus, OH – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), perhaps Ohio’s best-known military veterans organization, announced today that it is joining Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue and will work to defeat the so-called “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act,” an initiated statute that will appear on the November 2017 ballot.

With the addition of the VFW, 41 organizations have now joined the broad-based coalition opposing the initiative. Ten other Ohio veterans groups, including the American Legion, Department of Ohio; the Ohio National Guard Association and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Ohio are also coalition members, and a former Ohio director of Veterans Affairs, Col. Tom Moe, is currently appearing in a television ad opposing the ballot issue.

Said Erv Yoder, Adjutant, of the VFW Department of Ohio:

“The deceptive ballot issue we’ll be voting on in November would hurt military veterans who willingly served and sacrificed for our country. By curtailing or even eliminating many of the discounts the VA currently negotiates with drug manufacturers, this proposal could—in the words of former VA Secretary Anthony Principi—‘result in higher prescription drug co-pays and reduced access to needed medicines for Ohio’s 866,000 veterans.’ And the VA itself has warned that passing the Ohio ballot issue could potentially increase its drug costs by $3.8 billion per year. Veterans have already paid a heavy price for their service. The last thing they need now is higher drug costs simply because some California activist had the money necessary to put this risky scheme on the Ohio ballot.”

Said Coalition Spokesman Dale Butland:

“We’re delighted to welcome the VFW to our large and growing coalition. The more people learn about this deceptive ballot initiative, the less they like it. While all Ohioans need access to affordable medications, this proposal not only won’t fix the problem, it will make things worse. That’s why organizations representing over 30,000 Ohio doctors, nurses and pharmacists—along with numerous others representing the business, labor, faith and patient advocacy communities—are working to defeat it. By joining them today, the VFW’s message is clear: raising what they pay for drugs is no way to thank military veterans for their service.”

Communities Across the Country Denounce Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

In response to Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, local leaders are stepping up to take the lead by calling for increased investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency that will create good jobs and boost local economies. States and cities across the country are moving toward clean energy and clean energy jobs, and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the climate agreement stands in stark contrast to our country’s business and economic interests.

In Detroit, Michigan:

“Yet for American businesses, Trump’s priorities — his pledges to bring back coal jobs, or to exit the accord — may not matter much. Look at DTE’s announcement last month that it would plan obsolescence for its coal plants, and cut its carbon emissions 80% by 2050, despite Trump’s March rollback of more stringent carbon standards put in place by Obama.

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“In most realms of government action, it’s difficult for any chief executive to do lasting damage to the country, a deliberate system of checks and balances devised by founding fathers chary of a capricious king. Climate change is a notable exception. Every year lost to inaction is time we — our children, our grandchildren, and our planet — will never get back.”

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

“Larry Schweiger, a sixth-generation Pittsburgher and president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, a statewide environmental organization, also made the point that the president’s reading of what Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers want fails to take into account not only its recent greening but also its historic leadership in the battle for clean air and water. ‘None of what the president did works for me. The thing he’s missing here is that addressing the causes of climate pollution is not a job killer, it’s a job creator. Pittsburgh has always led the way on these issues, from smoke control to green energy, and to retreat into the dark days of the past just isn’t going to work. That’s not the Pittsburgh I know.’”

In Youngstown, Ohio:

“When asked to respond, Mayor John A. McNally, a Democrat, said: ‘Nothing about the U.S. withdrawal would seem to indicate any form of job creation for the city of Youngstown. The Trump administration has never discussed how the withdrawal would better the lives of Youngstown residents. So while it’s nice to hear our city’s name, there is no substance to the thought of putting us with other cities before Paris.’”

In Bismarck, North Dakota:

“One benefit of the agreement was the priority it set for clean coal research and development and the administration’s decision to withdraw does raise questions over whether industry will be able to get the federal funding it plans to seek for that research, according to Bohrer.”

In Omaha, Nebraska:

“John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, said the state’s agricultural base will suffer if excessive heat and prolonged drought make irrigation unsustainable. ‘Ignoring the existence of the problem is not being a responsible member of the world community. What he did was completely at the expense of future generations.’”

In Tampa Bay, Florida:

“Coastal states like Florida, where rising sea levels are already threatening streets, public utilities, private property and the drinking water supply, are put particularly at risk. The global community should move ahead and wait out the Trump administration. But for the United States, this is another depressing step away from leadership in the world — and realities of a changing climate and economy at home.”

In San Francisco, California:

“As President Trump withdraws, this state must move ahead. His decision to dump a global agreement to curb climate change heightens the critical role that California plays in meeting the planet’s top environmental problem. Trump’s move, delivered in blunt and unapologetic terms, made it clear he has no interest in the Paris accords reached in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures. His disastrous action will undercut U.S. leadership around the world, chill a growing green economy and worsen chances to head off climatic disruption.”

In Dallas, Texas:

“Furthermore, big energy businesses have been factoring climate change into their business plans for years. On Wednesday, Exxon shareholders, for instance, sent a strong message to company officials to do the same.

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“Although Texas has its reputation as an oil capital, it and other states that voted for Trump, actually lead the nation in wind power. Texas produces more wind energy than the next three states combined. And its use of solar power is on the rise.”

Connie Pillich Pledges to Join ‘US Climate Alliance’

OH Gov candidate pledges to uphold Paris agreement in wake of “reckless” and “irresponsible” Trump withdrawal

CINCINNATI — Connie Pillich, candidate for Ohio governor, condemned President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and pledged to, if elected governor, position Ohio to uphold the international climate agreement.

Pillich vowed to steer Ohio to join the US Climate Alliance — a currently in-formation coalition of states, beginning with California, New York, and Washington, that are committed to defying the Trump administration’s withdrawal by upholding the Paris agreement through the powers of the states.

“Donald Trump’s reckless l abandonment of the Paris Climate Agreement is an irresponsible attempt to please a fringe element of his supporters over the recommendations of the business community, pleas from scientists, wishes of the American public, and the future of our children,” said Connie Pillich. “I’m not going to idly watch Donald Trump doom the next generation. When I’m governor, I’ll make sure that Ohio is on the right side of history — protecting our planet and building a new energy economy that puts our citizens back to work. Our children and our grandchildren will not be held hostage by extremists.”

A former state representative, Pillich earned commendation in the state house for protecting the environment — introducing legislation to ensure state buildings were environmentally efficient and cosponsoring legislation to hold the oil and gas companies accountable by increasing penalties for wrongdoing.

Connie Pillich is a former state representative, small businesswoman, and former US Air Force Captain running to be Ohio’s next governor in order to bring bold leadership and innovative policy solutions to Columbus.

To learn more visit ConniePillich.Com and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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