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Political Watch 5/10/18

• Gov. Jerry Brown joined California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board on May 1 to announce that the state of California would lead an 18-state coalition to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “preserve the nation’s single vehicle emission standard,” according to a release from Brown’s office. “The states joining today’s lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars,” Brown said. “This phalanx of states will defend the nation’s clean car standards to boost gas mileage and curb toxic air pollution.” The lawsuit is a response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to roll back Obama-era standards that required at least 50 miles per gallon for most cars and light trucks by 2025, which Bacerra said was Pruitt and his EPA “refusing to do their job and enforce these standards.”

• On May 4, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) joined Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) in sending a letter to National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats requesting all Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) information related to Gina Haspel and the CIA’s Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program be declassified before the approval of her CIA director nomination by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “Given that Ms. Haspel, as the current acting director of the CIA, is in the conflicted position of serving as the classification authority over potentially derogatory information related to her own nomination, we can think of no more appropriate situation for you to serve as the relevant authority—as outlined in EO 13526,” the letter said. “The American people deserve transparency regarding the background of a nominee who will be asked to represent them, and their values, around the world. We urge you to uphold that imperative, and to declassify the information requested above prior to Ms. Haspel’s upcoming nomination hearing at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on May 9, 2018. Without making this information available to the American people, Ms. Haspel’s nomination cannot be fully and properly considered by the Senate.”

• Former President Barack Obama gave Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-California) candidacy for re-election his endorsement in early May, saying he was “proud” to give Feinstein his “strong endorsement.” “She’s always been an indispensable leader for California, and we became dear friends and partners in the fight to guarantee affordable health care and economic opportunity for everybody, to protect our planet from climate change, and our kids from gun violence. I ask Californians to join me in supporting Dianne Feinstein’s re-election and returning one of America’s most effective champions for progress to the Senate.” Feinstein has also been endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Jerry Grown, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California), and many others.

• Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) joined a bipartisan congressional exchange program, which paired him with Rep. Don Bacon (R-Omaha) for a tour of Bacon’s Nebraska district. The visit included discussions on transportation, agriculture, and national defense; both Reps. are first-term members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). “Civility and bipartisanship remain guiding principles of my service to find common ground and improve the lives of Central Coast families,” Carbajal said in a release. “During our first term serving together, Mr. Bacon and I have not only worked across the aisle on legislative issues related to health care and immigration, but we have also developed a great bipartisan friendship. I thank Congressman Bacon for the opportunity to visit Nebraska’s Second District, to exchange ideas related to agriculture and transportation infrastructure in the Cornhusker State.”




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