President Bush Committed the Following Actions

Against the American People:


Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500 million.
Washington Post, April 10, 2001

Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks.
Washington Post, April 10, 2001

Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources.
Washington Post, April 10, 2001

Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners to clean up sites on Western public lands.

Reuters, March 21, 2001

Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming agreement.
Washington Post, March 28, 2001

Proposes to ease permit process - including environmental considerations - for refinery, nuclear and hydroelectric dam construction.
Washington Post, May 18, 2001

Proposes to give government the authority to take private property through eminent domain for power lines.
Washington Post, May 18, 2001

Interior Department appointee Gale Norton sends out letters to state officials soliciting suggestions for opening up national monuments for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, and foresting.
MSNBC, March 28, 2001

Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.
Village Voice, February 13, 2001

Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
The Dallas Morning News, April 13, 2001

Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced pediatric training.
Washington Post, April 10, 2001

Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in drinking water.
Washington Post, March 30, 2001

Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons.
New York Times, March 24, 2001

Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel Islands and the coral reefs of northwest Hawaii.
San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2001

Suspended rules that would have strengthened the governments ability to deny contracts to companies that violated workplace safety, environmental and other federal laws.
Washington Post, March 31, 2001

Appointed John Negroponte - an unindicted high level Iran Contra figure -to post of United nations ambassador.
MSNBC, March 24, 2001

Abandoned campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rain forest conservation.
Boston Globe, April 10, 2001

Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public hospitals, clinics and providers of care for people without insurance.
Washington Post, April 10, 2001

Rescinded proposal to increase public access to information about potential consequences resulting from chemical plant accidents.
New York Times, March 27, 2001

Cut $60 million from program for Boys and Girls Clubs of America in public housing.
Washington Post, April 12, 2001

Proposed to eliminate federal program designed to help communities (and successfully used by Seattle) prepare for natural disasters.
CNN, March 1, 2001

Cut $200 million for work force training for dislocated workers.
Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2001

Eliminated funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program which encourages farmers to maintain wetlands habitat on their property.
Washington post, April 10, 2001

Cut program to provide child care to low-income families as they move from welfare to work.
New York Times, March 22, 2001

Cut program that provided prescription contraceptives coverage to federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
Associated Press, April 11, 2001

Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.
Washington Post, April 10, 2001

Appointed Otto Reich - an unindicted high level Iran Contra figure - to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
MSNBC, March 25, 2001

Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue to get an animal placed on the Endangered Species List.
Washington Post, April 12, 2001

Rescinded rule that mandated increased energy-saving efficiency regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Washington Post, April 14, 2001

Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to improve worker health and safety.
Reuters, March 20, 2001

Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) the waste gas that contributes to global warming.
New York Times, March 20, 2001

Banned federal aid to international family planning programs that offer abortion counseling with other independent funds.
New York Times, January 21, 2001

Closed White House Office for Women´s Health Initiatives and Outreach.
Washington Post, March 29, 2001

Nominated David Lauriski - ex-mining company executive - to post of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton goes forth with controversial plan to auction oil and gas development tracts off the coast eastern of Florida.
Associated Press, April 19, 2001

Announced intention to open up Montana´s Lewis and Clark National Forest to oil and drilling.
Missoula Independent, April 12, 2001

Proposes to redraw boundaries of nation monuments which would technically allow oil and gas drilling "outside" of national monuments.

Gutted White House AIDS Office.

Renegotiating free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate safeguards for the environment and workers´ rights.
Washington Post, April 10, 2001

Will no longer seek guidance from The American Bar Association in recommendations for the federal judiciary appointments.

Appointed recycling foe Lynn Scarlett as Undersecretary of the Interior.

Took steps to abolish the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Cut the Community Oriented Policing Services program
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2001

Appointee Gale Norton plans to shelve grizzly bear reintroduction plan scheduled for Idaho and Montana wilderness.
Washington Post, April 25, 2001

Continues to hold up federal funding for stem cell research projects.
Boston Globe, April 25, 2001

Under Bush plan convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get financial aid for college yet convicted murders could.
American Prospect, April 20, 2001

Refused to fund continued cleanup of uranium-slag heap in Utah.
Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2001

Refused to fund continued litigation of the government´s tobacco company lawsuit.
Associated Press, April 26, 2001

Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut of which 43% will go to the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle class Americans to file for bankruptcy even in the instance of daunting medical bills.

"If you want to do something about carbon dioxide emissions, then you ought to build nuclear power plants".
Vice President Dick Cheney on Meet The Press.

Appointed Diana "There is no gender gap in pay" Roth to the Council of Economic Advisers.
Boston Globe, March 28, 2001

Appointed Kay Cole James - an opponent of affirmative action - to direct the Office of Personnel Management.
Boston Globe, March 28, 2001

Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect.
New York Times, March 23, 2001

Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers to get credit cards.
New York Times, March 23, 2001

Proposed to eliminate the Reading is Fundamental program that gives free books to poor children.
Associated Press, April 25, 2001

Is pushing for development of small nuclear weapons to attack deeply buried targets - weapons which would violate the Comprehensive test Ban Treaty.
American Physical Society, April 22, 2001

Proposes to nominate Jeffrey Sutton - attorney responsible for the recent case weakening the Americans with Disabilities Act - to federal appeals court judgeship.
USA Today, March 23, 2001

Proposes to reverse regulation protecting 60 million acres of national forest from logging and road building.
Washington Post, April 26, 2001

Eliminated funding for the "We the People" education program which taught schoolchildren about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and citizenship.
St. Petersburg Times, May 1, 2001

Appointed John Bolton - who opposes nonproliferation treaties and the U.N. - to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
Boston Globe, April 2, 2001

Nominated Linda Fisher - an executive with Monsanto - for the number two job at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Reuters, May 1, 2001

Nominated Michael McConnell - leading critic of the separation of church and state - to federal judgeship.
Detroit Free Press, May 11, 2001

Nominated Terrence Boyle - ardent opponent of civil rights - to a federal judgeship.
Detroit Free Press, May 11th, 2001

Cancelled 2004 deadline for automakers to develop prototype high-mileage cars.
Mercury News, May 11th, 2001

Nominated Harvey Pitts - lawyer for teen sex video distributor - to head SEC.
Washington Post, May 11th, 2001

Nominated John Walters - strong opponent of prison drug treatment programs - for Drug Czar.
Washington Post, May 16, 2001

Nominated J. Steven Giles - an oil and coal lobbyist - for Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
Washington Post, May 16, 2001

Nominated Bennett Raley - who advocates repealing the Endangered Species Act - for Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
Washington Post, May 16, 2001

Is seeking the dismissal of class-action lawsuit filed in the U.S. against Japan by Asian women forced to work as sex slaves in WWII.
Washington Post, May 14, 2001

Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for HIV and drug abuse prevention programs to go only to religious groups and not secular equivalents.
Associated Press, May 16, 2001

Reduced by 40% the Low Income Home Assistance Program for low-income individuals who need assistance paying energy bills.
Salon, May 18, 2001

Nominated Ted Olson - who has repeatedly lied about his involvement with the Scaiffe-funded "Arkansas Project" to bring down Bill Clinton - for Solicitor General.
Salon, May 18, 2001

Nominated Terrance Boyle - foe of civil rights - to federal judgeship.
Washington Post, May 18, 2001

Proposes that $1.2 billion in funding for alternative renewable energy come from selling oil and gas lease tracts in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve.
Washington Post, May 18, 2001

Plans on serving genetically engineered foods at all official government functions.
AlterNet, May 14, 2001

"Even as Bush highlighted hydroelectric power, he admitted his own doubt that so-called renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power, can ever replace oil and gas. `I hope someday that these renewables will be the dominant source of energy in America. I´m not so sure how realistic that is,´ Bush said."
Associated Press, May 18, 2001

In 2000 rode to the White House on the backs of disenfranchised elderly, Jewish, African-American, and immigrant voters in Florida.


© 2001 R. Lawson This page was last updated on 13.11.04