Trump and his Wall Street advisors are “looking at every angle” for ways to fire the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
His name is Richard Cordray. As the head of the CFPB, he developed new lending standards designed to prevent another financial crisis and enforced laws that prevent big banks from using shady, predatory practices to deceive you or someone you care about. His work has made him many enemies on Wall Street.
If they succeed, they will be able to replace Cordray with someone who can dismantle the agency from the inside, destroying one of the few checks of power left on Donald Trump and the big banks.
We cannot allow that to happen, which is why I’m asking:
The CFPB is the brainchild of my friend Elizabeth Warren, who designed the agency to get “the tricks and traps out of mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products.”
Since then, they’ve returned more than $12 billion to working people who were cheated by the big banks.
The creation of the agency is one of the landmarks of President Obama’s time in office. Republicans hate it and special interests fear it because protecting you and your family from fraud means Wall Street executives can’t pocket millions of dollars from their scams.
That’s why we cannot allow Trump and Wall Street special interests to fire Cordray and gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
No matter what happens, I am going to keep fighting in Washington to build an economy that works for everyone and a government that defends the voiceless and vulnerable in our society. I’m very glad you’re a part of this movement.
Nomination of Rick Perry, Energy Secretary (March 2, 2017)
“Due to his lack of knowledge on nuclear issues, combined with his skepticism of the established science concerning climate change, I oppose Governor Perry’s confirmation.” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
Nomination of Ben Carson, HUD Secretary (March 1, 2017)
“California is home to 20 percent of our nation’s homeless population—more than 115,000 people. Our state is struggling to reduce homelessness among individuals and families, and the shortage of affordable housing has reached crisis levels. The federal government plays an important role in addressing these challenges, and I don’t believe Dr. Ben Carson has the knowledge or skills to tackle them as HUD Secretary.” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
KEY OVERSIGHT ACTIONS
Feinstein Leads Call for IG Investigation of Sessions (March 3, 2017)
“As part of this investigation, we ask that you consider whether and when the Attorney General consulted with ethics officials or others regarding his involvement in these investigations, his contacts with Russian officials, and his testimony before our Committee during the confirmation process. We also ask that you examine communications between Attorney General Sessions and the White House regarding recusal or the pending investigations, and the extent to which the Attorney General was involved in these investigations prior to his recusal. Please recommend appropriate action to address any problems that you discover.” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
Feinstein: More Information Needed for Gorsuch Nomination (February 28, 2017)
Senator Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote four letters—two with the Republican chairman of the committee and two solo—calling for additional documents and information on the Neil Gorsuch nomination. The letters were sent to the Department of Justice, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Judge Gorsuch himself. To read the press release, CLICK HERE
Feinstein: Sessions Must Recuse or Resign (March 2, 2017)
“First, it’s clear Attorney General Sessions must immediately recuse himself from any and all investigations into Russian ties to the Trump campaign and interference in the 2016 election. The fact that he spoke with Russians and then, under oath, denied it is unacceptable. If the attorney general refuses to recuse himself, he should resign. Second, I call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate this matter. Because the attorney general is responsible for appointing special prosecutors, Attorney General Sessions must recuse himself from that process as well. Third, President Trump must immediately order everyone connected with his campaign and his administration to cooperate with both Senate committees now investigating this: the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee. The ties between Russia and those close to Trump are far deeper than previously admitted and it’s clear the Trump administration is in no position to handle an investigation on its own” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
Feinstein Responds to Trump’s Congressional Address (February 28, 2017)
“This may have been President Trump’s first speech to Congress, but beneath the wish list of conservative issues it was little more than campaign rhetoric. President Trump offered no details whatsoever on a laundry list of promises. It sounds great to slash taxes and spend more money while at the same time balancing the budget, but that’s not how real life works. The proof is in the pudding, and without specifics it’s impossible to take his speech seriously. The State of the Union traditionally lays out details on a president’s agenda—President Trump missed that opportunity tonight.” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
Feinstein Calls for New Rules to Protect LGBT Students (February 28, 2017)
“I request that you issue new guidance to states and local school districts on how to improve school environments for LGBT students that will prevent bullying and harassment and protect their right to access a high-quality education in a supportive setting. I have significant concerns about making it the sole responsibility of states and local school districts to protect LGBT students. Federal guidelines are needed to help states and local school districts create a safe learning environment for all young people.” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
Feinstein Urges Trump to Support Violence Against Women Act (February 28, 2017)
“We encourage this Administration to again partner with Congress to champion critical VAWA programs aimed at preventing abuse, improving the law enforcement response to violence against women and children, and supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we support victims and survivors by investing in VAWA to ensure that service providers and law enforcement personnel are equipped with the necessary tools to protect victims and to bring perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence to justice.” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
FEINSTEIN IN THE NEWS
“The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” (March 2, 2017)
Senator Feinstein was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer about Attorney General Sessions recusing himself from investigations into Trump ties with Russia. To watch the interview, CLICK HERE.
There’s No Such Thing as ‘Limited’ Nuclear War (March 5, 2017)
By Dianne Feinstein, Washington Post
“Last month, it was revealed that a Pentagon advisory committee authored a report calling for the United States to invest in new nuclear weapons and consider resuming nuclear testing. The report even suggested researching less-powerful nuclear weapons that could be deployed without resorting to full-scale nuclear war. This is terrifying and deserves a swift, full-throated rebuke.” To read the op-ed, CLICK HERE
The prospect of millions of people losing their access to healthcare has loomed since Trump’s election; earlier this morning, the critical House Ways and Means Committee pushed that scenario closer to reality by approving the regressive American Health Care Act, a bill that has a viable path to passage through both chambers of Congress.
The bill in a nutshell
Mostly what the AHCA does is massively redistribute wealth from the poorest to the richest by giving a tax break to the 1%, as well as insurers, pharma, and medical-device manufacturers. These taxes are essential for keeping Medicare afloat.
The AHCA repeals the ACA’s Medicaid expansion – which extended insurance coverage to 11 million new people – and eliminates subsidies for 9 million additional people. It also:
ends copayment and deductible support for low income people
repeals subsidies for small employers
bans federal funding for Planned Parenthood
imposes a 30% premium hike on people who have been uninsured for 2 months who are seeking coverage
In the place of income-based subsidies, the AHCA would provide regressive age-based tax credits that would mean a 50-year old earning $70,000 would receive the same assistance as a 50-year old earning nothing. While the credits do increase with age, the bill also allows insurers to more easily discriminate based on age, which means that older patients would overall be much worse off.
Nonprofits and the Trump Administration, Part 3: Practical tools for protecting our immigrant clients and staff.
California nonprofits are asking us for practical help as we continue to focus on reactions and responses to this time of extraordinary political transition. In particular, many nonprofits are realizing that although they aren’t immigration organizations, there are many immigrants among their service population, whether families of children with disabilities, dance students, or senior centers.
The recent Trump Administration Executive Orders on immigration, deportation and travel have caused sincere confusion and concern in our communities. As nonprofits we are uniquely positioned to provide help, resources, and leadership. In this eAlert we look at three issues: how to help staff and friends prepare emergency plans for themselves and their families, how to provide “know your rights” information to give to them, and how one nonprofit turned their office into sanctuary space.
Emergency plans: Encourage staff and clients to prepare emergency plans for themselves and their families. This week when immigration officers arrested a man in his car with his 12-year-old daughter, many nonprofits wanted to help. This print-friendly guide from the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation helps immigrants plan to protect their children from the trauma of a possible separation.
Know your rights: “If you are stopped by immigration or the police…” The National Immigration Law Center provides a comprehensive list of every person’s basic rights in multiple languages, including a small know-your-rights card to print and give to staff and clients to carry in their wallets. Don’t wait for constituents to ask you for help. Give them this list of resources for legal help for immigrants in California from Immigration Law Help. Thinking about creating sanctuary space in your nonprofit? We caution you not to take this step without thorough discussion with your staff and board and assistance from an attorney. Harboring someone from law enforcement can be a felony; be sure you are working with qualified attorneys and know your risks.
Here’s how one California nonprofit — itself a legal support organization — chose to do so:
• “We have two spaces in our office that are marked ‘Private: Staff Only’ and note that others can enter only when accompanied by staff.
• We also have a policy that law enforcement cannot enter the premises without either a warrant or the permission of the executive director.
• Everyone is trained in how to respond appropriately if immigration or the police come to the door, and how to respond to clients and visitors asking for help and/or sanctuary.” During this time of transition and uncertainty, we will continue to provide updates and ideas on the issues that affect California nonprofits and the communities we serve.
Let us know what you think — and what you need.
This year CalNonprofits will be tracking “Government in Transition; Nonprofits in Transition,” starting with an online survey that is coming soon. Our survey will ask what nonprofits are concerned about in this changing policy environment, what impacts they anticipate and how they plan to respond.