A group of U.S. senators – including one Alaskan – is asking the Justice Department to keep existing guidance on marijuana laws. The request came in a letter signed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma., and nine other senators. They asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to continue upholding the Cole Memo — a 2013 document stating that Federal officials will not take enforcement action in states that have opted to legalize and regulate cannabis.
The White House wants to eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funds for water projects in Alaska Native villages, according to an article in the Washington Post on Wednesday, March. 1. The article said the Trump administration’s plans for the EPA budget also include trimming grants to states by 30 percent and eliminating climate-change initiatives.
President Donald Trump gave a restrained speech Tuesday night to Congress. He said there were several issues Republicans and Democrats could agree on. Such as paid family leave and “to invest in women’s health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it’s too early to judge the Trump presidency. She’s been skeptical of some of his actions, but in her annual address to the Alaska Legislature this morning, Murkowski presented the Trump administration as an opportunity for resource development.
The U.S. Senate today, Feb. 7, voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary. DeVos is the only one President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees so far to face serious trouble on the Senate floor. Senators were evenly divided, 50-50, and Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaker in favor of confirmation.