Public Citizen

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Bernhardt Aims to Give Oil Industry Free Pass to Kill Birds
Note: The New York Times reported today that the U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to release a draft rule dropping the threat of punishment to energy companies that break a law protecting migratory birds. The expected proposal will give leeway to corporations to kill birds as long as...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
New Program Would Allow States to Divert Medicaid Funds
Note: Today the Trump administration released its plan to allow states to divert Medicaid expansion funding to other state programs, setting up cuts in coverage and services, including for life-sustaining prescription drugs and access to needed services. Given the Trump administration’s dedication...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
New NAFTA Signed Into Law Only After Democrats Force Trump to Rewrite His 2018 NAFTA 2.0 Deal to Remove Big Pharma Giveaways, Add Better Labor and Environmental Terms
Note: Today, President Donald Trump signed the implementing legislation for the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This follows passage in the U.S. Senate by a margin of 89-10 and in the U.S. House of Representatives by a margin of 385-41 with 193 Democrats and 192 Republicans...
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Where, Oh Where, Did the Trump Inaugural Money Go?
Note: D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine today filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee for violating its nonprofit status by grossly overpaying the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., for food, services and rental space for inaugural activities...
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Thursday, January 16, 2020
Broad Bipartisan Congressional Votes on Revised NAFTA Cement New Floor for Trade Pacts: Pharma Giveaways, Extreme Investor Rights in Past Pacts Are Out, Better Labor and Environmental Terms In After Democrats Forced Trump to Redo His 2018 NAFTA 2.0 Deal
Note: The U.S. Senate today passed the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by a margin of 89 to 10. This follows passage in the U.S. House of Representatives by a margin of 385 to 41 in December 2019. The unusually large, bipartisan votes in the Senate and House on the revised NAFTA...
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Thursday, January 16, 2020
GAO Report: A Damning Rebuke of White House Lies
A new report from the government’s independent nonpartisan watchdog, Government Accountability Office (GAO), said that the Trump administration violated the law when it withheld congressionally approved Ukraine security aid. This news comes on the day impeachment articles move officially to the U.S...
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Thursday, January 16, 2020
Bernhardt’s Revolving Door Network Attracts Millions From Former Clients Lobbying the Federal Government
Former lobbying and legal clients of U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt have spent nearly $30 million lobbying the federal government since the start of the Trump administration, Public Citizen showed in a new analysis today. By examining Bernhardt’s recusals and official lobbying records, a...
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Citizens United 10 Years Later: 25 Ultrarich People Have Spent $1.4 Billion on Elections
Over the past 10 years, just 25 ultrarich individuals have poured $1.4 billion into super PACs, corporations have spent at least half a billion dollars to influence elections and donors in a small number of majority-white zip codes exert a massively oversized influence on our political system, a...
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Monday, January 13, 2020
Ethics Complaint Alleges McConnell May Have Violated the Rules of the Senate on Impartiality with Impeachment
Public Citizen today filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over his public statements on the pending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. The complaint, filed with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, requests it investigate and...
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Thursday, December 19, 2019
NAFTA Vote Reveals New Reality for Trade Deals
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by a margin of 385 to 41. Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch: The unusually large, bipartisan vote on the revised NAFTA shows that to be politically viable, U...
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