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Friday, January 20, 2017

Presidential Inaugurations


“The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations. This Web guide includes diaries and letters written by presidents and those who witnessed the inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.”


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bison Range Transfer / Medical Marijuana

“We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to gather information necessary to prepare a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the National Bison Range (NBR), a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. We are furnishing this notice in compliance with Service Refuge Planning policy to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be considered in the planning process. Participation in the planning process will be encouraged and facilitated by various means, including news releases and public meetings. Notification of all such meetings will be announced in the local press and on the NBR Web site.”


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Selling Public Lands / Invasive Mussel / Supporting Coal Workers

(q) Treatment Of Conveyances Of Federal Land.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—In the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, for all purposes in the House, a provision in a bill or joint resolution, or in an amendment thereto or a conference report thereon, requiring or authorizing a conveyance of Federal land to a State, local government, or tribal entity shall not be considered as providing new budget authority, decreasing revenues, increasing mandatory spending, or increasing outlays.
(2) DEFINITIONS.—In this subsection:
(A) The term “conveyance” means any method, including sale, donation, or exchange, by which all or any portion of the right, title, and interest of the United States in and to Federal land is transferred to another entity.
(B) The term “Federal land” means any land owned by the United States, including the surface estate, the subsurface estate, or any improvements thereon.
(C) The term “State” means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, or a territory (including a possession) of the United States.

Montana Mussel Response
“On January 16, 2017, Montana's Mussel Response Team announced its recommendations for containing and controlling invasive mussels in Montana.”




Cabinet Nominations

Cabinet Nominations
The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. Established in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, the Cabinet's role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member's respective office.
The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.”- From Whitehouse.gov. Please note this site will likely disappear after the new president takes office.
Learn more:
About Nominations by the U.S. President
Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution grants the President of the United States the power to nominate, and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint individuals to certain positions laid out in the Constitution and in subsequent laws.”

“Trump has already named a few key advisers, including his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and Jeff Sessions, a U.S. senator from Alabama, for attorney general. He also selected South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

But President-elect Trump still has the rest of his Cabinet to fill.”

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday

Image from the website for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Image shows Dr. King standing with an upraised arm at the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background.
Image from the website for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. 

“After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."