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House Republicans kill their own energy spending bill to prevent LGBT worker protections

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Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted down their party’s own Energy Department spending bill on Thursday after Democrats added protections for LGBT workers.

An amendment to the spending bill offered by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) on Wednesday night that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity was approved by a vote of 223 to 195, with 43 Republicans joining Democrats in support of the measure.

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During a floor vote on Thursday, 130 House Republicans voted against the bill, killing it 112-305. Democrats who approved the measure said that they did so because they disagreed with spending levels, according to The Hill.

Republicans scrambled last week to kill a similar amendment protecting LGBT rights, causing mayhem on the House floor when it failed by one vote.

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) accused Democrats of introducing a “poison pill” to kill the spending bill.

According to Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Republicans are now considering a process that would prevent House members of either party from offering unlimited amendments on future spending bills.

“We’ll adapt to the circumstances and move on,” Rogers said.

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Nervous Democrats hoping the Obamas will save the party from Bernie Sanders

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Nervous Democrats are hoping former President Barack Obama will step in and rescue the party from Bernie Sanders.

A number of top Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, fear the Vermont senator will be demolished if he wins the nomination and will hand President Donald Trump another four-year term, reported the New York Times.

“People are worried,” said former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. “How you can spend four or five months hoping you don’t have to put a bumper sticker from that guy on your car.”

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Ron Paul unloads on Trump and accuses him of doing the ‘bidding’ of the ‘Deep State’

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For many years, former Rep. Ron Paul was the most prominent libertarian in Congress — often frustrating fellow Republicans by voting against their spending bills. Paul, now 84, left Congress in early January 2013 but still speaks out about politics. And in his February 24 column for the Ron Paul Institute’s website, the Texas libertarian is vehemently critical of President Donald Trump for, as he sees it, throwing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the bus.

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Why is Trump trying to kill a small agency with a big impact on public safety?

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Pipe fitter Jody Gooch and welders Sedrick Stallworth and William Rolls Jr. stood just feet away when a tank exploded at the Packaging Corporation of America pulp and paper mill in DeRidder, Louisiana. The blast killed the contract workers, injured seven others and hurtled the 80-foot tank six stories into the air.

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) concluded that welding sparks likely ignited turpentine vapors that built up inside the tank, and the agency released a comprehensive incident report and safety video to protect workers at other mills.

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