Saturday, March 25, 2017
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
PK's Christian Catering & Delit
22 Town Center Drive, University Park, IL 60484
The Keystone XL pipeline will not have to comply with President Trump's executive order prioritizing the use of American steel in pipeline projects, the White House said on Friday .
“Well the way that executive order is written … it’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Friday. "And since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it would be hard to go back."
Despite repeated assertions from Trump that he has formally required new pipelines use American steel — a pledge he repeated in his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday — the order he signed is not nearly as broad.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: Trump lies
The Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post.
The proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would also eliminate funding for a variety of smaller programs, including external research, coastal management, estuary reserves and “coastal resilience,” which seeks to bolster the ability of coastal areas to withstand major storms and rising seas.
NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, which would be hit by an overall 18 percent budget reduction from its current funding level.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
at Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge -- 335 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL
As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative has some congressional Republicans considering whether to ask the states to reboot high-risk pools, an option with a rocky history. In the past, the pools served as insurers of last resort for people in poor health who could not get an individual policy from a commercial insurer.
"It's definitely a hand-off to the states," said economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who has reviewed the GOP plans and a recent briefing document for members of Congress. "It's a commitment for money. It doesn't say how much."
Categories: State Issues, National Issues