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Clinton Campaign Bolsters National Women’s Push in Wake of Powerful Michelle Obama Speech on Trump’s Sexism

Campaign to Focus on Getting Out the Vote Among Women, Including GOP Women, Repulsed By Trump Views and Actions

July 29, 2016 - Harrisburg, PA.  By Adam Schultz for Hillary for America.

July 29, 2016 – Harrisburg, PA.
By Adam Schultz for Hillary for America.

Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s powerful speech outlining the stakes of this election for American women, Hillary for America is dispatching top women surrogates to battleground states across America, as well as deepening its concentrated national effort to emphasize the troubling accusations against Donald Trump and his degrading comments about women to women voters. The Clinton campaign will have hundreds of events nationwide this weekend to contact women voters, including many Republican women, and urge them to register, vote early or get out the vote for Clinton ahead of November. 

In addition, Hillary for America is launching a new call team feature to its voter call tool, including a new “FLOTUS Call Team,” where supporters can join together as a community around the First Lady’s statement that “enough is enough” and make phone calls to turn out voters for Clinton in the election. Additionally, on Saturday, women’s health advocate Cecile Richards will join her daughter, Hillary for America’s Lily Adams, for a Facebook Live on Hillary for America’s Facebook page to launch their own “Mother-Daughter Team” to contact voters and echo Obama’s message.

“This week has further shown just how high the stakes are for women in this election,” said Mini Timmaraju, Hillary for America’s Women’s Vote Director. “Donald Trump believes women are to be degraded and demeaned, while Hillary Clinton has been fighting for women’s rights for 40 years, with concrete plans to support them and their families as president. Our campaign is mobilizing women disgusted by Trump to organize their communities and get out the vote for Clinton, either during early voting or on Election Day.”

Hillary for America’s state campaigns will focus their organizing activities on women this weekend, launching women-to-women phone banks, canvasses, voter registration drives and Get Out the Early Vote events across critical battlegrounds. Recent polls show that Trump is lagging badly among women voters — woefully underperforming 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney in critical, vote-rich areas like the Philadelphia suburbs — giving Clinton an opening to further widen the gender gap, effectively walling off Trump’s capacity to make the gains he needs to win.

Additionally, starting today, top Clinton supporters and surrogates are hitting the campaign trail to emphasize the choice women have in this election. Today, for example, Chelsea Clinton was in Pittsburgh, urging women on campus at Pitt to reject Trump’s offensive candidacy, while Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado joined local athletes to reject Trump’s defense of his degrading comments as “locker room talk.” Additionally, Eva Longoria urged Latinas to register to vote in Orlando and EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock did grassroots organizing activity in North Carolina, while former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will give remarks decrying recent Trump revelations tonight in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

This weekend, Anne Holton will campaign in North Florida, focusing on reaching out to women voters, while members of Congress like Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Grace Meng, Sheila Jackson Lee, Donna Edwards, Brenda Lawrence and Barbara Lee join actors and activists like Alfre Woodard, Connie Britton, Danai Gurira, Marlo Thomas, Naturi Naughton, Erika Alexander, Busy Philipps, NARAL president Ilyse Hogue and former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to campaign across Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Iowa, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin, to spread Clinton’s message that women need someone who will fight for — not degrade — them in the White House.

If you missed it, below is the full speech from First Lady Michelle Obama recorded in New Hampshire on Thursday.

Elected Leaders And National Allies To Meet With Volunteers, Kick Off Canvasses Across New Hampshire

Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Governor Maggie Hassan, Reps. Annie Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter and Niki Tsongas, Councilor Colin Van Ostern, and NARAL President Ilyse Hogue to Campaign for Hillary Clinton and Democrats Up and Down the Ticket

This weekend, elected and former officials and national allies will meet with volunteers and kick off canvasses across the state, discussing Hillary Clinton’s plan to build an economy that works for everyone — not just those at the top. During the events, surrogates will also lay out what’s at stake for women, children, and families this election, and contrast Hillary Clinton’s lifelong record of fighting for women and families with Trump’s record of offensive and demeaning comments and behavior towards women. 

Weekend speakers will include Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts. Executive Councilor and candidate for governor Colin Van Ostern, and NARAL President Ilyse Hogue.

As part of the “New Hampshire Together” coordinated campaign, volunteers will go door-to-door to talk to voters about the stark difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Supporters will work to engage voters on key issues, including creating new good-paying jobs, encouraging small business growth, increasing the minimum wage, making college more affordable, tackling climate change, providing tax relief for working families, and fighting for affordable child care.

Additionally, the surrogates will urge Granite Staters to remember First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action – especially among women – that “We have knowledge, we have a voice, we have a vote” and that on Election Day, New Hampshire voters “can come together and declare that enough is enough, and we do not tolerate this kind of behavior in our country.”

With more people voting in this election than any in history, the surrogates will also talk about the importance of electing Democrats up and down the ticket and urge New Hampshire voters to visit iwillvote.com/learn to ensure that they have all the information they need to vote on Election Day. Additionally, they will remind volunteers to communicate to voters that New Hampshire offers same-day voter registration.

Media that would like to attend any of these events are asked to RSVP to Victor Reyes at vreyes@hillaryclinton.com.

SATURDAY, October 15

Salem Canvass Kick-Off with Governor Jack Markell and Councilor Colin Van Ostern

WHEN: Saturday, October 15 at 9:15 AM

WHERE: 15 Ermer Road

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

Manchester Canvass Kick-Off with Councilor Colin Van Ostern and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 10:15AM 

WHERE: 266 Mammoth Rd, Manchester, NH

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

Newmarket Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 9:15 AM

WHERE: Newmarket Office, 178 Main St, Newmarket

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

Milford Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 12:15 PM

WHERE: Milford Office, 52 Nashua St, Milford

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

Peterborough Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 3:15 PM

WHERE: Peterborough Office, 1 Jaffrey Road, Unit #11, Peterborough

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

Salem Canvass Kick-Off with Illyse Hoge and Governor Maggie Hassan

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 3:15 PM

WHERE: Salem Office, 15 Ermer Rd, Salem

Public RSVP HERE

SUNDAY, October 16

New London Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Sunday, October 16, 12:15 PM

WHERE: 29, Little Sunapee Road, New London

PUBLIC RSVP HERE

Women Leaders Announce the Expansion of the New Hampshire “She Wins We Win”

she-winPress Conference To Be Held At Campaign Legislative Office Building (LOB) Concord 11AM Oct 6, 2016

Women leaders announce the expansion of the Feminist Majority’s She Wins We Win campaign in New Hampshire at a News Conference at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on Thursday, October 6, at 11:00 AM. Participants include Representative Marjorie Smith (D- Durham), Representative Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington), Former State Senate President Sylvia Larsen of Concord, and She Wins We Win national director Eleanor LeCain who will speak with reporters in the LOB Lobby at 11AM and talk about the campaign’s efforts in New Hampshire.

Women leaders understand that families depend on paid family leave and medical leave, a higher minimum wage and passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. They know that college has to be made debt-free and available to all and that all Americans deserve to live their lives free from discrimination and that America has to be the world’s leader by passing the Clean Energy Challenge and cut carbon emissions. And lastly, our women leaders will continue to fight for women’s health and reproductive rights; defend access to contraception and abortion; and repeal the Hyde and Helms Amendments to make abortion accessible for more low-income women.

The Feminist Majority has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, Maggie Hassan for US Senate, Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster for US House. The She Wins We Win campaign is highlighting their records of achievement and their vision for the future.

In particular the campaign is committed to making sure people know about Hillary’s stellar record over the decades on women’s rights—both domestically and globally—as well as civil rights, human rights, children’s rights, and economic justice.

The campaign is organizing volunteers and mobilizing feminists on the ground to remind citizens of New Hampshire that they can register to vote on election day and educating them about how to do so.

The She Wins We Win campaign is active in several other presidential battleground states where Democratic women are running for the US Senate including North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow: ACLU To Give Away Hundreds Of Constitutions In Portsmouth

Have You Read the Constitution:
ACLU-NH Gives Away 500 FREE Pocket Constitutions in
Celebration of Constitution Day 2016 

Portsmouth, NH – On September 17, 2016 in Portsmouth, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH) will be giving away 500 free pocket Constitutions at Market Square from 10AM to 1PM in honor of Constitution Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787.

WHAT: Distribution of FREE ACLU Pocket Constitutions

WHO: ACLU-NH Celebrating National Constitution Day 2016

WHEN: September 17, 2016 from 10AM-1PM

WHERE: Portsmouth Market Square, Portsmouth, NH

WHY: To have your own copy and to celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution and the value of these rights in a free society. 

The ACLU’s little pocket-sized Constitution became the most talked about accessory of Summer 2016 after .  After offering free copies of the Constitution on its website, the ACLU was flooded with orders from individuals hungry to learn more about their rights. They sold out after distributing over 100,000 copies, making the Portsmouth Market Square celebration the ONLY place you can get this must-have item here in the Granite State. 

10 Things You Should Know About the VA Before Tonight’s IAVA Commander-in-Chief Forum

VA LogoUnion representing frontline VA health care providers, AFGE, sets record straight ahead of historic town hall event

AFGE_Logo_high resWASHINGTON – Before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump address military families and veterans at Wednesday night’s forum hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, here are 10 things about veterans’ health care to keep in mind, as compiled by the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 220,000 federal employees throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs:

1. The VA tops the private sector in quality and service. The VA outperforms the private sector by more than 30% in delivering mental health care, and veterans get appointments with their primary care doctors three times faster than patients outside the VA.

2. More veterans are receiving care. Since 2014, the VA has hired nearly 14,000 additional health care workers and opened an additional 3.9 million square feet of clinical space – resulting in a 10% increase in direct patient care.

3. Wait times have been dramatically reduced. Last year, the VA completed 97% of appointments within 30 days of either the clinically indicated or veterans’ preferred date – an increase of 1.4 million over fiscal 2014.

4. Most veterans support the current VA system. Two-thirds of veterans oppose privatizing VA hospital programs and services, and 80% want their health care to be fully paid for by the government – not through vouchers that may not cover all of their costs.

5. Hillary Clinton will strengthen the VA. The daughter of a veteran, Secretary Clinton understands that veterans have unique health care needs that can only be met by trained VA providers and has promised to strengthen the VA, not privatize it.

6. Donald Trump would dismantle the VA. Trump, who received five draft deferrals to avoid serving in the Vietnam War, has vowed to privatize the VA health care system – over the objections of nearly all veterans’ advocates.

7. The Commission on Care’s recommendations would dismantle the integrated VA health care system. Health care professionals and employee groups say dismantling the VA’s integrated health care delivery system would erode veterans’ health care and be financially unsustainable.

8. Commissioner Michael Blecker strongly condemned the group’s report. A veteran himself, Blecker said the Commission’s proposal would push veterans toward lower quality health care options and threaten the survival of the veteran-centered system that most veterans prefer.

9. Gutting employee rights won’t improve veterans’ health care. Proposed “accountability bills” by Rep. Jeff Miller and Sen. Marco Rubio would give managers more authority to fire frontline employees without following federal due process laws. These are the same managers who manipulated wait time reports in the first place, and the same frontline employees who blew the whistle on that activity. A bipartisan Veterans First Act, on the other hand, would ensure bad employees are held accountable without trampling on whistleblower protections and employee rights.

10. AFGE will be live tweeting the forum. Follow AFGE’s Twitter feed and use the hashtag #IAVAForum for live reaction to the IAVA Commander-in-Chief town hall, and visit AFGE’s veterans action center for the latest news and updates.

Mark Connolly Takes A Bold Stand For Union Workers At WMUR

Last week we posted a story about how WMUR/ Hearst Television is refusing to negotiate with the members of IBEW local 1228 and are refusing add them to the pension system that other station workers already participate in. This contract negotiation dispute resulted in WMUR’s sponsorship of the NH Democratic Presidential debate. The NH Democratic Party reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the WMUR workers, by continuing to boycott WMUR sponsored debates.

“We told WMUR Station Management earlier this year that New Hampshire Democratic candidates would not participate in WMUR sponsored debates as long as the negotiations between the Union Production workers and Hearst were not resolved.” said Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “We have not changed our position and the station knows it.”

This week, WMUR scheduled a Democratic Gubernatorial debate for next Tuesday night.  IBEW Local 1228 members are planning to hold an informational picket at WMUR’s Manchester studio the night of the debate.

Today, Mark Connolly, Democratic candidate for Governor, released the following statement regarding the scheduled gubernatorial debate hosted by WMUR Manchester and its parent company, Hearst Television, Inc. 

“Though I appreciate the opportunity provided by WMUR/Hearst, I strongly believe that each and every worker in the Granite State deserves a fair wage and benefits, and I stand with the dedicated workers of IBEW Local 1228.

“These workers are committed to delivering important information to the people of New Hampshire on a daily basis, and I strongly support their right to a collectively bargained contract. 

“Without an agreement in place between WMUR/Hearst and Local 1228, I will not cross the picket line to participate in next week’s debate. I encourage the other candidates to take the same stand.”

After receiving the news, Fletcher Fischer, Business Agent for the IBEW 1228 who represents the Union Production Department at WMUR who are struggling for their first contract said that they “greatly appreciated” the statement of support from Connolly.

“We are hopeful that all New Hampshire candidates running for Governor and any other office feel the same and show support to the working men and women who don’t deserve this type of Corporate attack. All they did was exercise their American right to form a Union and did not expect this type of retribution from the Company they have served so loyally for years,” Fischer added.

Pat Devney, campaign manager for Colin Van Ostern also released a statement in support of the IBEW workers but did not state whether Van Ostern would also skip the debate.

“With a full seven days between now and the debate, we encourage WMUR/Hearst management to sit down with employees and make meaningful and long-overdue progress toward a fair employment agreement.”

“We will continue to monitor negotiations and sincerely hope that progress can be made toward an agreement so that voters will have the opportunity to hear from all candidates about how we can keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

At the time of publication Steve Marchand had not responded to my request for a statement.

Veterans Blast Trump In Open Letter

Ahead of Trump Visit, More Than Fifty New Hampshire Veterans Contrast Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Open Letter

Ahead of Donald Trump’s rally in Windham on Saturday, more than fifty New Hampshire veterans have penned an open letter contrasting Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on veterans issues and the economy. The signers call on all veterans to support Hillary Clinton because she has a plan that supports our veterans, will ensure they have the opportunities and tools they need to succeed upon returning home, and believes that our country is stronger when we stand together.

Read the letter here and below. 

Open Letter: New Hampshire Veterans Contrast Trump and Clinton Following this Pivotal Week

To all New Hampshire Veterans,

This week highlighted the stark difference between our two presidential nominees for all of us. While Hillary Clinton toured the country highlighting a jobs plan that would help reduce veteran unemployment within her first 100 days as President, Donald Trump was insulting veterans and disparaging the sacrifices of a Gold Star family.

Hillary Clinton understands the importance of investing in our veterans. Her economic plan would help to ensure that those who risk their lives have the resources they need to to find good paying jobs when they come home and the tools to start businesses of their own. That’s why she’s committed to expanding tax credits for veterans’ employment, improving the certification and credentialing programs for men and women who have served in the military, and strengthening veteran entrepreneurship programs. Clinton is clearly committed to building this economy up and putting our community on a path to a more prosperous future.

Hillary Clinton has put together a plan that an independent analyst calculated would result in the U.S. economy creating 10.4 million jobs nationally in her first term alone — contrast that with the 3.4 million jobs the same analyst found we’d lose under Trump’s plan. She would make huge and much-needed investments in our infrastructure, invest in manufacturing, create good-paying clean energy jobs, and support New Hampshire’s small businesses and the nearly 280,000 people they employ by providing tax relief and cutting red tape. That type of economic support would make a huge difference for the vets community, which struggles with high rates of unemployment.

Then, there’s Donald Trump.

Trump doesn’t have a jobs plan. What he has is a ruthless disregard for veterans’ service and a thin-skin. Not only has he repeatedly torn down veterans and trivialized their sacrifices, but he has lied about his donations to veterans’ charities, called avoiding STDs his “personal Vietnam,” fired or not hired veteran reservists due to their service commitments, and has now crossed another sacred line: he has attacked a Gold Star family for speaking out against his divisive policies. This man is not fit to serve as Commander-in-Chief.

We urge all veterans to join us in supporting Hillary Clinton. We need to send Trump a resounding message this November. And we want that message to be: in this country, we are stronger together.

Signed,

Arthur Hilson of Portsmouth, United States Navy Veteran

Barry Conway of Hampton, United States Air Force Veteran, Former Commandant of the New Hampshire State Veterans Home, Chair Emeritus of the State Veterans Advisory Committee

Bill Duncan of New Castle, United States Navy Veteran

Bill Shaheen of Madbury, United States Army Veteran

Bob Hannan of Dover, United States Air Force Veteran

Brian Vawter of Portsmouth, United States Navy Veteran

Charles Mooskian of Pelham, United States Navy Veteran

Dave Bamford of Dover, United States Army Veteran

David Huot of Bedford, United States Navy Veteran

David Perkins of Amherst, United States Army Veteran

Doug Micklon of Salem, United States Navy Veteran

Gene Porter of Rochester, United States Army Veteran

George Fleming of Barrington, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Henry Lanteigne of Berlin, United States Air Force Veteran

Jack Scarborough of Plymouth, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Janice Oskar of Exeter, United States Air Force Veteran

Jeff Ballard of Brookfield, United States Army Veteran

Jim Smith of Salem, United States Air Force Veteran

Joe Plaia of Portsmouth, Corporal, United States Marine Corps Veteran, Portsmouth Police Commissioner

John D. Hutson, Dean Emeritus of UNH School of Law, Rear Admiral Judge Advocate General United States Navy (Ret.)

John Knowles of Hudson, United States Army Veteran

Josh Denton of Portsmouth, United States Army Veteran

Ken Latchaw of Newington, United States Navy Veteran

Ken Putney of Derry, United States Navy Veteran

Len DiSesa of Dover, United States Army Veteran

LeRoy Marcroft of Weare, United States Navy Veteran

Linda Lauer of Bath, United States Navy Veteran

Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester, United States Marine Corps Reserve Veteran

Michael O’Mahony of Bow, United States Air Force Veteran

Miriam Cahill of Yeaton, United States Air Force Veteran

Ned Helms of Concord, United Staes Army Veteran

Pete McVay of Atkinson, United States Navy Reserve Veteran

Pete Stearns of Amherst, United States Army Veteran

Peter Schmidt of Dover, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Purnell Ross of Dover, United States Air Force Veteran

R. James Steiner of Concord, United States Army Veteran

Ralph Hough of Grantham, United States Army Veteran

Raymond Levesque of Boscawen, United Staes Navy Veteran

Rick Ouelette of Nashua, United States Air Force Veteran

Robert LeClair of Manchester, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Robert Porter of Claremont, United States Army National Guard Veteran

Robert Williams of Concord, United States Navy Veteran

Ronald Jones of Manchester, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Skip Clark of Portsmouth, United States Army Veteran

Stan Solomon of Albany, United States Army Veteran

Steve Shurtleff of Concord, United States Army Veteran

Sumner Bennett of Amherst, United States Army Reserve Veteran

Terence O’Rourke of Alton, United States Army Veteran

Terry Shumaker of Concord, United States Army Veteran

Val Scarborough of Plymouth, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Wayne Alterisio of Manchester, United States Army Veteran

Wayne Burton of Durham, United States Army Veteran

William Cashin of Manchester, United States Army Veteran

William Connell of Atkinson, United States Navy Veteran

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Daniel Weeks organizes Trump Protest, calls on GOP leaders to say #NotInNH

Weeks, who is married to a South African immigrant, highlights Trump’s hateful rhetoric of immigrants as a “personal reason” he opposes Donald Trump.

Dan Weeks 3NASHUA, NH – Dan Weeks, the former Executive Director of Open Democracy and leader of NH Rebellion, is calling on concerned citizens of all stripes to peacefully protest Donald Trump’s upcoming New Hampshire event and urging other NH leaders to join in denouncing the Republican nominee. Trump is scheduled to address supporters at Windham High School this Saturday at 8pm; the protest will begin at 6:30pm outside the school.

Donald Trump has come under increased fire from veterans organizations and national Republican leaders in recent days since his open feud with Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan after the Democratic National Convention. The Republican standard-bearer continues to stand by his calls for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, statements condemning women and people of color, and his Constitutionally-suspect proposal to a ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. He has also drawn widespread public support from white supremacist leaders.  

“This isn’t just about the principles of a democratic and inclusive society — it’s also personal,” Weeks said. “Although my ancestors came to America long before Donald Trump’s, my wife emigrated from South Africa and our American-born children are considered black. I owe it to them to help ensure that the country and state I love welcome, rather than demonize, diversity. It’s good for society, good for our economy, and it’s the right thing to do.”

Weeks, a candidate for Executive Council in District 5 nearby Windham, also renewed his call on his opponent, incumbent Councilor David Wheeler, to denounce Donald Trump after Wheeler was the senior-most New Hampshire Republican  to attend Trump’s last event in state. Wheeler has not responded to the call, nor a recent call from Weeks to engage in public debates.

Although I am a Democrat personally engaged in a partisan election, I applaud the many Republicans who have already stood to their nominee’s divisive and hate-filled rhetoric,” Weeks concluded. “The Republican party into which I was born, the party of Lincoln, would never tolerate a person with such views and temperament in the White House, and nor should my opponent. It’s not the New Hampshire way.” 

The peaceful protest is open to the public and will start at 6:30pm outside the Trump rally at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Rd in Windham, NH.

Congressional Response to Airport Wait Times Falls Far Short, TSA Union Says

AFGE says Congress must lift arbitrary workforce cap
and fund 6,000 additional security officers

AFGE TSA WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees, the union representing Transportation Security Officers at our nation’s airports, says recent Congressional actions to reduce passenger wait times are a good step but that the permanent solution remains hiring an additional 6,000 full-time screeners.

Congress on Monday approved shifting $28 million within the Transportation Security Administration’s current budget to convert 2,784 part-time officers to full-time positions and accelerate the hiring of 600 additional officers by the end of the fiscal year. This follows a similar action in May that enabled TSA to expedite the hiring of 768 new officers and pay additional overtime for current workers.

“The reprogramming requests that Congress has approved should provide some short-term relief to TSA officers who are clearly overworked and a flying public that is understandably frustrated,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.

“However, the funding shifts fall far short in addressing the underlying issue, which is the failure of Congress to provide TSA with sufficient resources to meet its staffing needs and ensure the safety and security of the flying public,” Cox said.

Congress has set an arbitrary cap on the number of officers that the agency can hire, limiting TSA to no more than 45,000 screeners – although TSA can’t even meet the cap due to budget cuts.

Cox praised a group of 70 House lawmakers who sent a letter to leaders of the Homeland Security budget committee on June 8 calling the cap “arbitrary” and “illogical” and urging appropriators to remove it from the 2017 spending bill.

“Congress has set TSA up for failure by restricting how many workers it can hire and then slashing its budget to the point that it can’t even hire up to the arbitrary cap,” Cox said. “This results in passengers waiting two or three hours to get through checkpoints at peak times, while security lanes remain closed because there’s no staff to run them.

“Congress must lift this arbitrary worker cap and provide TSA with enough money to hire 6,000 additional officers, which would restore staffing levels to what they were in 2011.”

Hypocrite Trump To Hold New Hampshire Fundraiser With Known Job Outsourcer

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Donald Trump says he is going to “make America great again” by magically bringing jobs back to the United States and opposes companies who offshored jobs. Trump has even gone so far as to say he would institute 35% tax on products made in Mexico and imported for sale in the United States.

Trump also spent most of the primary talking about how he was “really rich” and would self fund his campaign.

Trump stated on Facebook in September of 2015, “By self-funding my campaign, I am not controlled by my donors, special interests or lobbyists. I am only working for the people of the U.S.!”

Trump’s position opposing companies who outsource jobs and his statements about self-funding his campaign is what many of the Republicans liked about him. However now that he is the presumptive nominee, all of that is going out the window.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Trump would be coming to New Hampshire to hold one of many fundraisers in the area.

Wealthy donors like Sheldon Adelson are considering creating a pro-Trump Super PAC to help make up the campaign cash difference between Trump and Clinton. Trump will also be holding fundraisers with NY Jets owner Woody Johnson, who was “a top fundraiser for 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.”

Image from Bill Binnie for Senate 2010 campaign

Image from Bill Binnie for Senate 2010 campaign

Here in New Hampshire, Trump is planning to attend a fundraiser with Bill Binnie who made an untold amount of money selling out American workers. Binnie was the chief of “Carlisle Plastics Inc. in 1990, when it closed a factory with more than 400 jobs and built a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Tijuana, Mexico.”

The WSJ continued, “According to the company’s 1991 annual report signed by Mr. Binnie, ‘will significantly lower the division’s operating costs.’”

Binnie eventually sold Carlisle Plastics to Tyco for a cool $121 million dollars.

Then the WSJ “asked if [Binnie’s] own corporate history contradicts Mr. Trump’s vow to boost American manufacturing by instilling high tariffs on companies to move jobs overseas, Mr. Binnie hung up the phone without responding.”

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the WSJ that Mr. Trump “looks forward” to attending Mr. Binnie’s fundraiser.

Not only is Trump a hypocrite for lying to voters about self funding his campaign, now he is aligning himself with campaign donors who sell out American workers utilizing bad trade deals.

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