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Trump Administration Last Ditch Efforts

By Charlotte Robinson, December 09, 2020

In 42 days the Trump reign will end & Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20th 2021. In the meantime we are still being traumatized by the current administration’s inappropriate actions & misguided agenda. With a raging pandemic Melania Trump announced that the White House tennis pavilion is complete stating “It is my hope that this private space will function as both a place of leisure & gathering for future First Families…” & claiming it was “funded by private donations.” Meanwhile still clinging to the last days of his presidency the Trump Labor Department is giving contractors a broad license to discriminate by misusing the language of religious freedom. Maggie Siddiqi, Director of the Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress stated, “This rule is the latest effort by the Trump administration to undermine nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, religious minorities & women. It provides an exemption to federal contractors, which employ 1 in 5 American workers that will allow them to fire or hire employees in the name of religion. The federal contractors that qualify for this exemption would even include for-profit organizations. Far from protecting religious freedom, this rule actually allows employees to be discriminated against because of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. When this rule was first proposed last year, 110 religious leaders and 17 faith-based organization signed a letter opposing it. The final version of this rule does very little to alleviate those concerns. Among the bevy of actions that President-elect Joe Biden plans to take in his first days in office to undo the damage caused by his predecessor, the incoming administration should act swiftly to reverse this rule change & restore protections for millions of American workers from unlawful discrimination.” Tennis Anyone??

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