100 DAYS OF CUTS, SET BACKS, AND OVERTURNED RIGHTS
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, on President Bush's 100th day in office, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:
"In just 100 days, President Bush has fully shed his "moderate" campaign persona and has attempted to repeal everything from Salmonella standards to clean air protections. What will Bush's record of non-achievements look like after four years?" Maloney asked today.
"Last week, Bush's proposed budget cut $270 million in grants to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and cut low income housing assistance programs by over $1 billion. And look out Mount Rushmore! The President has suggested using national monuments as sites for drilling rigs. Just today, my colleagues and I took the floor to stop a Republican initiative to restrict a woman's right to choose. Americans are watching and if Bush's next 100 days contain as many blows to our rights as his first 100 days, a rude awakening is on his horizon.
"To name just a few cuts, set backs, and overturned rights, in just 100 days, President Bush has:
. Reinstated the Global Gag rule restricting international health care organizations from providing or even advising on the option of abortion, even in countries where choice is legal and even if the mother's life is in danger.
. Closed the Women's Office at the White House. Under President Clinton, the office had sought input from women's advocacy groups about public policy and political issues.
. Limited access to Mifepristone/ RU-486 by barring the use of Medicaid funds for the drug except under rare circumstances - rape, incest or if the life of the mother is threatened.
. Left over 6 million Americans out of the Census; mostly Black, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian, urban and rural poor, and children. The Bush administration, for purely partisan political reasons, refused to give the Census Bureau enough time to complete a fair and accurate count.
. Threatened clean air by breaking his campaign promise to regulate carbon dioxide Emissions."
Attached: "President Bush: Putting Special Interests Before America's Families." This list of Bush's actions is maintained by the office Congresswoman Maloney.
Maintained by the Office of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)
CLOSES THE WOMEN'S OFFICE AT THE WHITE HOUSE -- President Bush has closed the special White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach. Under President Clinton, the office had sought input from women's advocacy groups about public policy and political issues.
REMOVES GUARANTEED COVERAGE OF CONTRACEPTIVES FOR FEDERAL WORKERS - The Bush Fiscal Year 2002 budget deletes legislative language requiring health plans for federal employees to cover contraceptives. Since 1998, Congress has included the bipartisan-supported language in the annual Treasury-Postal appropriations bills, which ensures that federal employees participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program have insurance coverage of FDA-approved prescription contraceptives and related services. The President removes this language.
INCLUDES RU-486 UNDER THE HYDE AMENDMENT - Current law bars the use of Medicaid funds for surgical abortions, the Bush Administration includes mifepristone or RU-486, which produces a medical abortion, under this ban. President Bush will only allow the government to pay for RU-486 through Medicaid under rare circumstances - rape, incest or if the life of the mother is threatened.
NAMED AN ATTORNEY GENERAL OPPOSED BY AN UNPRECEDENTED COALITION - President Bush nominated John Ashcroft as Attorney General. The Ashcroft nomination was opposed by a diverse coalition of women, civil rights, gay and lesbian, environmental and religious organizations. Mr. Ashcroft was confirmed by 58-42 in the Senate. He will be in a position to shape national policy on a myriad of issues, included choice and civil rights.
WILL STOP VETTING NOMINEES WITH THE ABA - The Bush Administration has announced that it will cut the American Bar Association out of the judicial selection process. Ending a bipartisan practice that has been in place for decades, the ABA will no long play its critical role of ensuring that qualified judicial candidates are nominated.
LEFT AMERICANS OUT OF THE CENSUS -- Over six million Americans, mostly Black, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian, urban and rural poor and children were left out of the Census. The Bush Administration, for purely partisan political reasons, refused to give the Census Bureau enough time to make sure that every American can be included in the Census.
ROLLS SAFE DRINKING WATER STANDARD BACK -- President Bush rolled back crucial standards for safe levels of arsenic in our nation's drinking water. This action will lower significantly the drinking water standard for Arsenic - a known carcinogen. With this action the President has decided to ignore the universal recommendations of scientists developed in 1999. Time and science have advanced significantly since this standard was set in 1942 - the National Academy of Sciences stated that, "[the current standard] could easily result in a combined cancer risk on the order of 1 in 100." ( Arsenic in Drinking Water, NAS,1999) The current administration has said it will continue to review the standards.
THREATENS CLEAN AIR BY BREAKING CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO REGULATE CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS -- In a letter to Republican Senators, President Bush said he decided to back off his pledge to reduce CO2 emissions after encountering strong resistance from the coal and oil industries, as well as Republicans.
REPEALS WORKERS SAFETY MEASURE - On March 21st, the President signed into law a measure that endangers American workers and repeals the worker safety ergonomics regulations written by the Clinton Administration.
THREATENS NATIONAL LANDS -- LOOK OUT GOVERNORS ISLAND AND MOUNT RUSHMORE: THE PRESIDENT SUGGESTS DRILLING IN NATIONAL MONUMENTS - President Bush plans to use America's national monuments as sites for drilling rigs. "There are parts of the monument lands where we can explore without affecting the overall environment," Pres. Bush said in an interview with the Denver Post. Mr. Bush said that his administration would look at "all public lands" as potential sources for energy development. He has already pledged to drill in ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [Denver Post, 3/17/01]
SAYS HE MAY VETO A PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS -- President Bush threatened to veto bipartisan Managed Care Reform, legislation supported by a number of prominent Republicans including Senator John McCain (AZ) and which was poised to pass after years of GOP obstruction in Congress.
SHORTCHANGES AMERICANS WITH HIS '02 BUDGET -- For instance, the President puts at risk safe communities by cutting $270 million in grants to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and cutting low income housing assistance programs by over $1 billion. Mr. Bush's new proposed Sect. 8 housing voucher program offers fewer than half the number of vouchers provided in 2001. The President's Budget takes $400 million of funds for child care programs to finance an after-school voucher initiative, and consequently shortchanges working families. He flat funds Title X family planning programs.
THREATENS ENFORCED BY CUTTING THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION; CUTS THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPS - The Administration proposes in the FY02 budget to reduce funding for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by $9 million below the level needed to maintain current services, and for the Legal Services Corporation by $10 million below the level needed to maintain current services.
CONSIDERED LOWERING THE CLINTON SALMONELLA STANDARD- On April 4th the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to change the national Salmonella standard, dropping a Clinton Administration rule requiring Salmonella testing of ground beef bound for the school lunch program. Testing was ordered after it was revealed in 2000 that a Texas plant that repeatedly violated Salmonella standards was supplying ground beef to the lunch program. Bush Administration reversed its policy a day later after massive public opposition. The Administration claimed that the decision was made on a lower level at the Department of Agriculture.
LOWERS THE NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARD FROM THIRTY TO TWENTY- The 20 percent efficiency standard proposed by the Bush administration for air conditioners and heat pumps would save a third less energy than standards for those appliances adopted during the Clinton presidency. The Clinton standards would have meant a 30 percent improvement, enough to light all U.S. homes for 3.3 years (1.3 years more than the 20% Bush number) and equal to the output of 53 power plants.