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Yesterday former FBI Director James Comey provided more information about the President's efforts to shut down the investigation of General Flynn and the reasoning behind his decision to fire Mr. Comey earlier this year. The American people deserve the full and complete truth about Russia's efforts to influence the election and the possible obstruction of justice by the President.
Today, President Trump offered to testify under oath about these matters, and I firmly believe the House Judiciary Committee is the appropriate place for that hearing. The Judiciary Committee is charged with oversight into allegations of serious crimes by the Executive Branch.
This committee must also call the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Acting FBI Director, and Mr. Comey to testify under oath. We must analyze the likelihood that these accounts constitute obstruction of justice. As a senior member of the committee, I joined all of my Democratic colleagues in demanding these hearings.
Finally, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees must continue to pursue the truth. Special Counsel Robert Mueller must forge ahead with a full investigation into potential obstruction of justice. The American people also deserve an independent commission to review what happened and make recommendations about how to prevent it in the future.
As I continue to fight to restore accountability in our government, I hope you'll continue to share your thoughts and concerns with me.
|Deutch Introduces New Government Ethics Bill|
|Congressman Ted Deutch recently introduced the Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act to close a glaring ethics loophole in the appointment process for high ranking government officials. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
Under current law, a presidential nominee must disclose his or her personal financial information to the Office of Government Ethics to highlight and address any potential conflicts of interest. However, the nominees are not required to release information about their political solicitations or contributions, which may also create risks or appearance of conflicts of interest. The Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act would require nominees to disclose whether they have solicited or contributed funds for political purposes to political action committees.
A fact sheet on the bill is available here.
|Deutch Opposes Proposed Trump Budget|
|President Trump's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 would end life-saving programs at the Centers for Disease Control and National Cancer Institute, cut Medicaid by $610 billion, eliminate climate change programs, and restrict Planned Parenthood from providing essential health benefits for millions of women.
"The President’s budget is morally bankrupt, cruelly demonizes the needy, and is premised on phony economic theories and farcical math.
"If a President’s budget is meant to convey his values and priorities, then President Trump is making quite clear his contempt for working families and the most vulnerable Americans. In the President’s ideal America, the extremely rich receive more from the government, and everyone else receives dramatically less.
"Despite promises not to cut Medicaid, the President wants to cut billions from the program, on top of the $839 billion Medicaid cuts that House Republicans cut in the dangerous healthcare bill they recently passed.
"Just like so many of his other broken promises, the President’s budget isn’t a foundation for ‘American Greatness’ but rather a recipe for weakness, destitution, and devastation."
|Deutch and Pelosi Host Discussion on LGBT Rights|
|Congressman Ted Deutch was recently joined by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and community members for a discussion on LGBT rights at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors.
Deutch is a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and sponsor the Equality Act, landmark legislation that would extend non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of federal funds.
|Deutch Slams President Trump's Decision
to Leave Paris Agreement
|Congressman Ted Deutch, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, issued this statement following President Trump's announcement that he intends to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:
"President Trump's unfortunate decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement all but guarantees we cede our leadership on this issue so vital to our future to China, Russia, and Europe. Sadly, it's just the latest move in a string of actions by this President that have damaged our international relationships and weakened our global standing.
"This decision has the potential to irreparably harm our earth, dramatically hinder our economic growth, and fundamentally change our way of life.
"South Florida is already struggling with the effects of climate change, like worsening weather patterns and rising sea levels. As sunny-day flooding becomes more common, the President responds by sticking his head in the sand in denial of the science and the reality in our own community. Will Mar-a-Lago Country Club need to be underwater for this President to make a responsible decision about climate change?
"If President Trump won't listen to the scientists, then he should listen to the business leaders who strongly support the Paris Agreement. They understand that it will promote investments and create jobs. By removing the US from the Paris Agreement, this President is putting our country at a competitive disadvantage in the world."
|Deutch Urges Extension of TPS for Haiti
|Congressman Ted Deutch joined with his Florida colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, urging him to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti.
Follow the announcement by DHS that TPS would be extended for six months, Deutch said:
“I am pleased that the Administration gave Haitians a temporary six month extension of TPS rather than abruptly ending the humanitarian measure and throwing thousands of lives in limbo. But it’s quite clear that conditions in Haiti won’t improve sufficiently in six months to justify letting TPS expire. This six month extension keeps tens of thousands of Haitians uncertain of their future. Progress has been made in Haiti, but the country is still far from recovered. Sending these people back into dangerous conditions directly violates the principle reason for granting TPS in the first place.”
|Deutch Attends Roundtable on Summer Hunger|
|Congressman Ted Deutch recently joined several hunger nonprofits, including Meals on Wheels, the United Way, and South Florida Hunger Coalition, as well as Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) for a roundtable discussion on summer hunger in South Florida.
Representatives from these groups discussed how to bolster public and private partnerships to tackle this serious issue. Approximately 15 percent of residents of Palm Beach and Broward Counties don't know where their next meal will come from. In the summer months, hunger increases 34% among families with school-aged children.
Deutch is a member of the House Hunger Caucus and has supported legislation to help schools provide nutritious food to children on weekends and extended holidays.
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