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Details on the MORE Act:

The House Judiciary Committee approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 or MORE Act, a bill that would remove marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs on the Controlled Substances Act.

  • The MORE Act creates a 5% sales tax on marijuana.

  • Expunge the records of people with prior marijuana convictions.

  • Allow states to create their own marijuana policy.

  • The legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 24-10, with two House Republicans, Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) voting with the Democrats, according to CBS News.


Reaction:



Rep. Barbara Lee calls the #MOREAct is a "HUGE step forward":


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Trump-appointed Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified in front of the House Impeachment Hearing saying that he worked with "Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States" and the Ambassador also confirmed there was a quid pro quo in the Trump-Ukraine scandal.


What Ambassador Soundland said:

  • "Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States. We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."

  • I know that members of this Committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a “quid pro quo?” As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.

  • "Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky. Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President".

  • I first communicated with Mr. Giuliani in early August. Mr. Giuliani emphasized that the President wanted a public statement from President Zelensky committing Ukraine to look into corruption issues. Mr. Giuliani specifically mentioned the 2016 election (including the DNC server) and Burisma as two topics of importance to the President.


Rep. Maloney ask Amb. Soundland on who would benefit from an investigation into the #Bidens.



Read His Opening Statment:


Reaction to Sondland Testimony:


From Former Special Prosecutor Ken Starr: "I think articles of impeachment are being drawn up if they haven't already been drawn up." — Ken Starr

From Rep.Lowenthal:


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Billionaire philanthropist and presidential candidate Tom Steyer released his health care proposal, which sounds similar to other establishment Democratic candidates. Mr. Steyer’s health care proposal would build on Obamacare by offering a public option and not a #Medicare for All single-payer system.

Photo from Steyer Campaign's Facebook Page

Steyer wants to reinforce the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, with a public option for the uninsured, a complete divergent health care plan from his progressive rivals, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are proposing a Medicare for All program.


Steyer's Health Plan Announcement Video:


Steyer's public option:

  • Steyer emphasizes building on the established health care system with the choice to "opt-in" to his version of a public option.

  • Under Mr. Steyer's proposal, the cost of prescription drugs would go down by "benchmarking their cost against international standards" by allowing Americans to buy FDA approved meds internationally and having a "price cap".

  • Using the Dept. of Justice, Health and the F.T.C to "enforce antitrust regulations and consumer protection laws".


Steyer talks about his health care plan at #CADem Con:




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