DC Daily: President Trump signs executive order to undo US climate change policy

DC Daily: President Trump signs executive order to undo US climate change policy
Posted at 8:04 AM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 15:45:10-04

What's going on in the political world:

President signs order on climate change policy

-- This afternoon, President Donald Trump officially signed an executive order on climate change policy, curbing the government's enforcement of climate change regulations.

A White House official told CNN the administration believes the order will serve "the environment and increase energy independence at the same time," while encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency to focus on clean air and clean water, and protecting American jobs.  

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Trump's tweet(s):

Trump touts new auto jobs in Michigan
-- President Trump went on Twitter Tuesday morning to tease an announcement by Ford Motor Company.

A couple of hours after the president's tweet, Ford officials issued a press release to announce additional jobs and a $1.2 billion investment in three of its plants in Michigan.

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President to sign executive order on climate change
-- The president will sign an executive order Tuesday afternoon that will do away with the Obama administration's regulations combating climate change.

In a report, a White House official said: "It is an issue that deserves attention. But I think the president has been very clear that he is not going to pursue climate change policies that put the US economy at risk. It is very simple."

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$1 billion needed for first part of border wall project
-- President Trump's administration has asked that the first $1 billion in funding for the border wall project cover 62 miles.

Trump made building a border along the entire U.S. southern border a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and repeatedly pledged Mexico would pay for it, but the initial ask for funds to start building has been modest. The administration requested $1 billion in its supplemental for 2017, and another $2.6 billion for border infrastructure and technology in 2018.

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Sanctuary cities under pressure from federal government
-- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said U.S. cities that are considered "sanctuary cities" face the possibility of being cut off from federal funding if they do not comply with federal immigration laws.

On Monday, Sessions reiterated that cities and states hoping to receive federal funds or grants must comply with federal law requiring local authorities to share citizenship or immigrant status of individuals to the Immigration and Naturalization Service if requested. The attorney general did not specify which cities or which funds the department may claw back as it has threatened.

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