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CNN reported that Donald Trump’s U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, got caught in yet another lie about his contacts with Russian officials — this time omitting meetings with Russians on security clearance forms.

This is just the latest example of Trump administration officials desperately trying to hide connections to Russia — and like you, we’ve had enough.

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This is serious: Vladimir Putin and the Russian government meddled in U.S. elections. Voters deserve to know about this unprecedented interference in our government, but Team Trump is doing everything they can to hide the truth.

In addition to the bombshell about Sessions:

  • Former CIA director John Brennan told Congress that Russia “brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election’’;
  • Disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn – who already lied about meeting with Russian government officials – refused to testify before Congress; and
  • The White House and Justice Department broke a Wednesday deadline to turn over records detailing conversations between President Trump and then-FBI Director James Comey before Trump abruptly fired Comey.

Rep. Tiberi Statement on Updated CBO Score on AHCA

Congressman Pat Tiberi released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the American Health Care Act:

“There is growing evidence that Obamacare’s fundamental problems are driving up costs and forcing insurers out of the marketplace. Premiums across the country have more than doubled on the exchanges since 2013. This 105% average increase is happening right now under the Democrats’ broken health care law—and it is only going to get worse.

“The Congressional Budget Office again projected today that the American Health Care Act will lower premiums, reduce the deficit and provide relief from the massive tax burden that Obamacare has forced on middle-income families. As I said when it passed the House, AHCA is just the start. House Republicans and the Administration will continue to focus on additional steps we can take to restore the free market, increase choices and lower costs so that Americans can afford the plans they want and need.”

Note: A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that average individual market premiums have increased by more than 105 percent since 2013, the year before many of Obamacare’s regulations and mandates took effect.

Independent Congressional Scorekeeper Predicts Premiums to Rise by 20 Percent in 2018 Under House Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reiterated his concerns with the House healthcare plan after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest estimate on the number of people who will be left without health insurance under the American Health Care Act. According to the CBO, the House bill would cause premiums to go up an average of about 20 percent next year and increase the number of uninsured to 23 million by 2026. The CBO also found the bill would cause costs to rise so dramatically for people with pre-existing conditions that they would be unable to purchase individual insurance plans.

“Anyone with common sense knows that paying more for less is a bad deal,” said Brown. “The House bill will drive up costs, kick Ohioans off their insurance, and leave folks who have asthma or cancer unable to even purchase a plan. I agree with Governor Kasich: we cannot allow Washington politicians with taxpayer-funded health insurance to rip coverage away from Ohioans who are battling cancer, getting regular checkups for the first time or finally getting treatment for their opioid addiction. Instead of moving forward with this bill, we need to work together to reduce costs and improve care for those we serve.”

Key quotes from the Congressional Budget Office:

· “H.R. 1628, as passed by the House, would tend to increase such premiums before 2020, relative to those under current law—by an average of about 20 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019 …”

· “… people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all …”

· “The increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number projected under current law would reach 19 million in 2020 and 23 million in 2026.”

Communities Brace For Impacts of Trump’s Budget

While campaigning for President, Donald Trump ran on a promise of making this country a better place to live for working Americans. Instead of doing this, Trump’s budget would make life easier for millionaires and billionaires at the expense of everyone else. Communities around the country are preparing for the devastating impact of this budget, which will ultimately cause immense hardship to the very Americans who Trump promised to help:

Columbus, Ohio: ABC6: Trump budget proposal could drastically cut funds for food stamps, local pantries

Cuts to social services in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has one Columbus food pantry concerned. “Our customers, our shoppers are concerned. They’re worried about what that means to their ability to get the food that they want and need,” said Kathy Kelly-Long, director of Broad Street Food Pantry.

“I don’t think anybody shops at a food pantry or anybody relies on SNAP by choice.”

Memphis, Tennessee: LocalMemphis.com: Trump’s Cuts To SNAP In Budget Could Affect Thousands Of Mid-South Families

President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 calls for sharp cuts in several programs, including food stamps, known as SNAP. And that means the nearly two million people who live in the Mid-South states could have a hard time putting food on the table.

More than 16% of households in Tennessee are below the poverty line. 17% of Tennesseans rely on food stamps, or SNAP, to feed their families. Under President Donald Trump’s new budget, people who are able to work will no longer get assistance.

Auburn, Alabama: Oanow.com: Trump’s food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress

Lucy Melcher of the anti-hunger group Share Our Strength says some people aren’t able to find work in their areas and have no access to job training. She says the cuts could be “devastating.”

The proposed cuts would “just exacerbate poverty for people who are already trying to work their way out of it,” Melcher said. “I don’t think there’s a person living in poverty today who wouldn’t be affected by this budget.”

San Luis Obispo, CA: KSBY6: Local food banks brace for cuts to food stamp funding

Nationally, more than 44 million people benefit from food assistance programs. Locally, about 50,000 people in San Luis Obispo County and 140,000 in Santa Barbara County rely on that assistance. “I feel weird asking for help,” said Kaitlyn, who wished to remain anonymous. She’s 20-years-old and pregnant and is applying for food stamps for the first time because doctors told her she can’t work during her pregnancy.

“Because they are worried he’s going to come out early, and he has some health issues, so I’m considered a high-risk pregnancy,” Kaitlyn said.

She now joins thousands of others in the area who rely on food assistance for their next meal.

Hilo, Hawaii: Hawaii Tribune-Herald: Trump’s fiscal plan draws widespread criticism in Hawaii

In February, 44,536 of Hawaii’s 169,319 SNAP recipients resided on the Big Island. Nationally, about two-thirds of SNAP recipients in fiscal year 2015 were children, elderly or had disabilities.

“A straight up, across-the-board cut would definitely reduce the number of people on our rolls,” said En Young, executive director of the Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank. “If that’s their goal, then that would be pretty successful. But part of the Trump rhetoric has been around getting people back to work — a lot of his economic projections rely on the fact that millions of people would be getting back into jobs. I think we’re all on board with people having the dignity of work, but the truth is, a lot of people on this island who receive SNAP are elderly seniors who are not going back to work.”

Chicago, Illinois: WBEZ News: How Would Trump’s Budget Affect Illinois?

Trump’s budget proposes a 25 percent cut in federal spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the technical name for the food stamp program. That’s a bigger cut than food banks can fill, said Greater Chicago Food Depository spokesman Jim Conwell.

“For every meal that we are distributing as a non-profit food bank, SNAP is providing about nine meals in our community,” Conwell said. Based on those figures, the food bank would need to more than triple its output to fill in the gap left by Trump’s proposed cuts. “The emergency food network of non-profits was not meant to cover that much of an increase in need,” Conwell said.

Washington, D.C.: CBS News: Family receiving food stamps speaks out about Trump’s budget proposal

Food stamp funding would be slashed by about 25 percent, with a new work requirement imposed on some recipients. Myra Young is a nurses’ assistant who gets $100 in food stamps a month. Her son relies on Medicaid.

“I’m a working mom so it’s not like I’m welfare recipient sitting home not doing nothing,” Young told CBS News.

“My tax money pays for my food stamps and you don’t even give me enough to feed my children,” she added.

Waco, Texas: KXXV-TV: Possible SNAP program cuts could affect thousands across CTX

Caritas of Waco serves hundreds of people every week. A majority of the people they serve rely on some type of federal help, including the SNAP program. Arlesia Jones is one of those individuals. Jones received food stamps every month.

“That only takes me for like two weeks so after the first half of the month is gone, I come to Caritas,” Jones said. “Whatever they’ll give me it’ll take me to the other two weeks until I can come back to Caritas or when I get my food stamps.”

Jones is one of about 42 million people who receive food stamps. “Without the food stamps, I don’t believe we’d make it as far as we have,” Ta-Honika Taylor, who received food stamps, said.

East Lansing, Michigan: Lansing State Journal: Trump is proposing $17M in cuts to FRIB

A proposed $17 million cut in federal funding for Michigan State University’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams next year would push back the project’s completion and increase costs, according to the project’s director.

“This project, which is currently on budget and ahead of schedule, would now be delayed and the total costs are estimated by the DOE to increase by $20 million,” Mark Burnham, MSU’s vice president for government affairs, said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Sadly, the impact on FRIB is just one example of how the cuts across the federal science agencies will affect America. These cuts will not make us great, they won’t even keep us in the running.”

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