Republicans have done nothing to be proud of

Published 11:27 am Monday, January 15, 2018

Dear Editor,

Mitch McConnell just published an Op-Ed piece in the Advocate Messenger bragging about what the republicans did in the first year of Trump’s reign. He seemed to be very proud of their record. I sat down and listed a few of “their accomplishments”.

• Voided the Streamsaver rule which kept mine companies from dumping mine wastes into rivers and streams

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• Rescinded the Clean Power Plan which would have reduced the level of carbon emissions by coal fired power plants

• Opened ANWR for oil drilling (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)

• Withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords making the U.S. the ONLY COUNTRY not in the Paris Accords

• Changed game laws to allow the hunting and killing of animals in their winter dens while they are in hibernation

• Removed protections for endangered species including whales, turtles, and dolphins

• Set aside laws preventing offshore oil & gas drilling along both coasts of the United States

• Repealed the drilling safety regulations regarding “blowout preventers” put into place after the Deepwater Horizon’s tragic accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

• Repealed the $0.09/barrel of oil fee that funds quick response to accidents such as the Macondo oil well blowout in the Gulf.

• Passed a tax scam that gave a HUGE tax cut to the rich and corporations while cutting Meals on Wheels, and Medicare.

• Failed to renew Chip and to extend DACA

• Reduced the size of National Monuments established by President Obama by up to 90 percent!

• Pardoned convicted felon Joe Arpaio sheriff in Arizona.

Perhaps they are proud of these accomplishments but I certainly am not!

Jim Porter