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Groups hail Texas House failure to pass marriage discrimination bill

May 15, 2015

May 14, 2015 - Civil liberties and LGBT rights groups tonight are hailing the failure by the Texas House of Representatives to pass HB 4105, which would bar the state from granting, enforcing or recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state bans on such marriages as...

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Duke Energy Subsidiaries Plead Guilty and Sentenced for Clean Water Act Crimes

May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 – Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, pleaded guilty today to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental...

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GutiƩrrez, Roybal-Allard, and Lofgren call for end to family detention program

May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 13, 2015 – U.S. Representatives Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- Ill.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its family detention policy after a new set of actions was announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

“We...

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Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards

May 14, 2015
Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards

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Study Finds One in Four with Year-Round Health Insurance Forgo Needed Care Due to High Deductibles

May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 14, 2015 – More than one out of four adults (25.2%) who bought non-group health insurance last year went without needed care because they could not afford it – and high deductibles of $1,500 or more seem to be the leading cause for the missed care, according to a report issued...

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Tougher Ozone Pollution Standard, More Public Resources Needed

May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON May 14, 2015 - Dirty air is unhealthy for everyone, but one type of air pollution – ozone – is especially dangerous to children, the elderly, those with diseases like asthma and heart conditions, and people living in poverty. In conjunction with Asthma Awareness Month, a new report and interactive map from...

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Analysis of health impacts of fracking in New York State supports ban to protect public health

May 14, 2015

ALBANY, NY, May 14, 2015 - Following the historic announcement in December that New York State would ban fracking, the Department of Environmental Conservation today released of a lengthy technical document analyzing the health and environmental impacts of the controversial practice.

The document, called a Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FSGEIS) provides the basis...

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Amtrak Derailment Highlights Need to Fund Rail and Transit as House Votes to Cut $260 Million in Amtrak Budget

May 14, 2015

May 13, 2015 - While it’s unclear whether last night’s Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia was directly the result of inadequate maintenance and repair, the tragedy highlights the need for Congress to adequately fund transit infrastructure, repair and maintenance.

Just hours after the accident, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut Amtrak funding by $260...

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U.S. House Attacks Women’s Health And Rights, Passes Unconstitutional Federal Abortion Ban

May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015 - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban abortion in the United States after 20 weeks—a cruel and unconstitutional measure with only narrow exceptions for women with life-threatening conditions, rape survivors who have received medical care or counseling for the sexual assault at least 48-hours prior...

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House Overwhelmingly Passes NSA Reform Bill

May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 13, 2015- Today, the House of Representatives passed the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would end the NSA’s indiscriminate collection of Americans’ phone records, by a vote of 338 to 88. The vote comes on the heels of a decision by a federal appeals court last week holding that the...

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