The White House announced Friday that President Trump had accepted the resignation of beleaguered Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement saying that Price had submitted his resignation earlier Friday and Trump had accepted it. She added that Don J. Wright of Virginia, deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will take over as acting head of Health and Human Services, now the second Cabinet department without a permanent confirmed secretary, following John Kelly’s move from Homeland Security to White House chief of staff.
Price wrote in his resignation letter that he regretted “that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives.”
Politico reported earlier in September that Price had been chartering private planes for travel, breaking a precedent with previous Health and Human Services chiefs. Among the flights was a $25,000 trip from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia — a trip that takes 2.5 hours driving or 90 minutes via Amtrak — and an $18,000 visit to Nashville that included 90 minutes of work and a lengthy lunch with his son.
Price released a statement Thursday saying he would repay the treasury for the flights, but his department later told media outlets that he would pay just the prorated cost of his own seats — about $52,000 — not the whole expense of the charters, which cost more than $400,000. (He was generally accompanied by aides and security personnel who flew with him.) Following his statement, Politico further reported that Price had spent an additional $500,000 of taxpayer funds using military planes while traveling with his wife in Europe and Asia.
Price was appointed by Trump after more than a decade in Congress, where he represented Georgia’s Sixth District. He served as chair of the House Budget Committee from 2015 to 2017.
After a weekend spent tweeting about the NFL and NBA, President Trump saved his biggest announcement for Sunday evening. President Trump signed a new proclamation with new restrictions on entry to the U.S. for eight different countries.
The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, will go into effect on October 18.
The restrictions rage from full travel bans on nationals from countries like Syria to more targeted restrictions. A suspension of non-immigrant visas to citizens for Venezuela, for instance, applies only to senior government officials and their immediate families.
The announcement comes the same day as Trump's temporary ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries is set to expire, 90 days after it went into effect. That ban had barred citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" from entering the U.S.
"As President, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people," reads the proclamation.
Officials stressed that valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the proclamation. The order also permits, but does not guarantee, case-by-case waivers .
As the Caribbean and Southeastern United States continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Facebook and it's user are stepping up in a big way.
As with relief efforts when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and the gulf area, Facebook has vowed to match any donations for Hurricane Irma and Maria relief made to the Save the Children organization up to $1 million. Donations made through the Save the Children Facebook page or posts on users’ News Feeds count toward the total, and all fees are being waived on those donations.
Save the Children is providing shelter, food, water and other short-term needs to victims across the Caribbean, as well as long-term support.
Victims in the Southeastern U.S. are also receiving health kits and support.
Today (September 15) a federal judge in Chicago ruled in favor of Chicago and blocked the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get a public safety grant. While Chicago was the city bring the suit, the effects will be felt nationwide as the injunction covers all sanctuary cities.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber held that Chicago has shown a "likelihood of success" in its arguments that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions exceeded his authority in imposing new standards governing Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants across the country. He also stated that the city could suffer "irreparable harm" if the city were to give into the U.S. Department of Justice's new standards.
The ruling comes a little more than a month after the Emanuel administration filed suit against the Justice Department over its new requirements for sanctuary cities that want federal funding to give notice when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released from custody and allow immigration agents access to local jails.
The new regulations, announced by Sessions in July, would also require local authorities to give 48 hours' notice "where practicable" before releasing from custody people who federal immigration agents suspect of being in the country illegally.
And Another Obama Era Policy Bites The Dust: Jeff Sessions Officially Announces Trump’s Decision To End DACA
On Tuesday morning (Sept. 5), Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions announced Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration (DACA) policy, the Obama-era program that granted immigrants who came here as minors a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation.
This in turn granted said undocumented individuals the eligibility for work permit and the opportunity to pursue education. It is still unclear as to why POTUS didn’t himself issue the official announcement.
In Trump’s plan to phase out DACA, Congress has a six-month window to alter those plans and perhaps enact new protection for DREAMers. The policy to be implemented by the current administration is as follows, according to ABC News:
On Wednesday (August 30) , the Los Angeles City Council made a major decision regarding the celebrating of a popular holiday. The city will no consider Columbus Day, which is a national holiday, as an official day. Instead they will celebrate a new holiday on that date, Indigenous Peoples Day.
While the move is being celebrated by many, the initiative received some opposition from Italian American groups, who stated that the change will erase part of their history. Others argued that they support the new plan, but hoped it wouldn’t fall on the same day as the Columbus holiday.
The holiday will remain a paid one for city employees regardless of its name. Seattle, Denver, and Albuquerque have also transitioned from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.
With so much going on in Washington D.C. it's kinda hard to keep up with President Trump and his cabinet's dirty deeds. One of the things that may have been over looked was news from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. On Thursday (August 31), Mnuchin announced that the department may scrap plans to place famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
The decision to have Tubman on the bill was finalized under the Obama administration, yet Mnuchin told CNBC he’s not focused on the planned currency changes and would not commit on whether or not he’s proceeding with them. This is just the latest in an apparent effort to undo anything finalize during the Obama presidency.
Munchin said the primary reason the treasury department changes the designs of bills is to cut down on counterfeiting, which is something the Obama administration specified when the announcement to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill was announced last April.
Along with changes to the $20 bill, the $10 and the $5 would also be experiencing a face lift of sorts. New designs for the back of the $10 were slated to feature leaders of the suffrage movement, while the $5 bill would feature pivotal moments from the Civil Rights moments at the Lincoln memorial.
While no decision has been made, it looks like another positive change will be undone thanks to the new regime in town. Till then, let hope we still get to one day say, "Pay Me...In Tubs."