what a successful Presidency looks like


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President Obama Took Office
(January 2009)
Today
7,949 The Dow Jones Index 17,573
7.8% Unemployment 5.8%
-5.4% GDP Growth 3.5%
9.8% Deficit GDP % 2.8%
37.7 Consumer Confidence 94.5

In 6 years under President Barack Obama, we’ve made incredible progress as a country.

Often in the face of incredible obstruction, the President has continued to fight for us and lead us forward.

Will you add your name now and say that you’re still standing with President Obama in his final two years in office?

Sign your name to say you’re standing with President Obama:
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#ConfirmLynch NOW !


Petition to Senate Republican Leadership:
“I demand you immediately call a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. You took control of the Senate this year with the promise of letting the way you govern be the case to the nation as to why Republicans should win the Presidency. Black women participate in Presidential elections at the highest rate of any group. This disrespect will not be forgotten as the GOP makes its case to voters in 2016.”

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Confirm Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch would be the first Black woman Attorney General but Republicans are refusing to allow an up or down vote.  

In an outrageous move, Senate Republicans are holding hostage a confirmation vote for Lynch unless Democrats agree to concessions on a completely unrelated matter — concessions that could have devastating impacts on women’s health across the globe.1,2 Loretta Lynch was nominated nearly 6 months ago by President Obama to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. Republicans subjected her to a circus of a confirmation hearing trotting out numerous right-wing proponents of voter suppression. Finding no legitimate reason to reject her confirmation, Republicans are resorting to parliamentary games to prevent Lynch from assuming control of the Department of Justice.

Republicans have held control of the Senate for more than 3 months and only this week did they confirm the first judicial nominee.3 The GOP took control of the Senate this year with the promise of letting the way they govern be the case to the nation as to why they should win the Presidency in 2016. And with that power, they’ve refused to vote to confirm Loretta Lynch — who they’ve already confirmed twice as US Attorney — even though enough Republican Senators have offered public support of her to assure confirmation if a vote were to happen.4 Join us to demand Senate Republicans stop the obstruction and call an immediate vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

Tell Senate Republican Leaders to stop the games and call a confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch.

The demands Republicans are making are unconscionable. They won’t allow a confirmation vote on the first African American woman Attorney General because they want to ban underage victims of human trafficking from accessing abortions. The Senate was set to pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 when Democrats noticed that Texas Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has hidden language in the bill that would restrict funding for abortion and force victims of human trafficking — girls who have been raped — to carry pregnancies to term.5

Loretta Lynch is an immensely qualified nominee who has for a total of 7 years — the past 5 years under President Obama and 2 years under President Clinton — served as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In that role, she has defended the people of New York by prosecuting corrupt politicians from both parties, predatory financial fraud rings and the violent NYPD officers who brutalized Abner Louima.6 Even many Republicans, including outspoken former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have called on Senate Republicans to allow a vote.7

It is disgraceful that the far-right Republicans in the Senate continue to hold Loretta Lynch’s nomination hostage. That their ransom is the reproductive rights of young women who have been victims of human trafficking is a despicable indication that extremists are running the GOP caucus.

Black women participate in Presidential elections at the highest rate of any group. This disrespect will not be forgotten as the GOP makes its case to voters in 2016.

YES-I demand that Senate Republicans call an immediate vote to confirm Loretta Lynch.

Thanks and peace,

Arisha, Rashad, Hope, Johnny and the entire ColorOfChange.org team

 

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References

1. “Lynch confirmation still stalled by abortion fight,” Politico, 4-13-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4749?t=7&akid=4300.1174326.lg-bse

2. “Republican Amendment Could Force Underage Trafficking Victims To Carry Their Pregnancies To Term,” Think Progress, 3-11-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4682?t=9&akid=4300.1174326.lg-bse

3. “GOP Senate unanimously confirmed first federal judge. Impasse remains over Loretta Lynch,” Washington Post, 4-15-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4750?t=11&akid=4300.1174326.lg-bse

4. “Mark Kirk will back Loretta Lynch, assuring confirmation,” Politico, 4-2-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4751?t=13&akid=4300.1174326.lg-bse

5. See #2

6. “Political Games Deepen American Disdain for Government,” MSNBC, 3-16-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4683?t=15&akid=4300.1174326.lg-bse

7. “The GOP is holding Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hostage. Is race to blame?” MSNBC, 3-18-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4684?t=17&akid=4300.1174326.lg-bse

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Update on the Trade Promotion Authority


Organizing for Action
Yesterday, Congress introduced Trade Promotion Authority legislation, also known as TPA or “fast track” — a series of guidelines for trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership the Obama administration is currently working on.

When OFA supporters had the chance to ask one of the President’s closest advisors about the administration’s plans to pursue a progressive trade agreement, we heard a lot of questions about what it would look like, and ​on the process surrounding how it gets done.

Now that Congress has taken a step forward, it’s time for an update.

Let’s start with the basics: What’s the TPA?
Simply put, it’s how Congress sets the rules of the road for trade negotiations. They set guidelines that the President and the administration use to negotiate an agreement with other nations.

Trade agreements typically take years to negotiate, and though the TPA is often called “fast track,” that’s a bit of a misnomer. TPA is a bill like any other (it must go through both the Senate and the House, and then be signed by the President), and it’s just the first step in a months-long process of public and congressional review before any deal would be voted on. This has been the trade agreement process for decades. In fact, presidents on both sides of the aisle have been relying on Congress to pass versions of the TPA since 1974.

What happens after TPA?
The rules set by Congress through the TPA guide the framework for the final trade ​agreement — the President’s team will then negotiate the deal on the international stage according to the principles laid out, and if the bill released yesterday is passed, they will bring the finished deal to Congress for an up-or-down vote.

The good news is that this bill ensures progressive values, like enforceable labor and environment standards, will be part of the agreement — and that the entire process is transparent.

Why should people pay attention now?
It’s pretty important for working families and for the economy that we get this right. U.S. exports — supported by expanding trade — have contributed nearly a third of our economic growth in the recovery, supporting more than 11.7 million jobs according to the International Trade ​Administration​​, and almost 300,000 small and medium-sized businesses in every state according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative​.​

Trade agreements are also our best chance to set enforceable labor and environmental protections with new trading partners, instead of letting China set rules that put our workers at a disadvantage.

President Obama has been clear about one big part of this: We can’t repeat mistakes of the past, when workers weren’t well represented. As he said a few weeks ago, “past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype. That’s why I’ve made it clear that I won’t sign any agreement that doesn’t put American workers first.”

You can learn more about the President’s approach to crafting a progressive trade agreement, and the process behind the TPA in this blog from the White House:

barackobama.com

You probably have friends who have questions about this, too. Please forward this email along — and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on what happens from here.

Thanks — more soon,

Sara

Sara El-Amine
Executive Director
Organizing for Action

A Conversation with President Obama and The Wire Creator David Simon