Congressional Climate August 30th, 2017

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Tropical storm Harvey to slam Louisiana next

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Largest oil refinery in US to shut down due to Harvey

The country’s largest oil refinery is shutting down in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which has brought devastating flooding to the Houston region.

“In response to increasing local flood conditions,” Motiva is shutting down its Port Arthur, Texas, plant, CNN reported.

On Tuesday, Motiva had been running at only 40 percent capacity after decreasing production in the wake of Harvey.
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Why hasn’t the White House declared a state of emergency over the opioid crisis?

Speaking from Bedminster, New Jersey, in early August, President Donald Trump vowed to formally dub the U.S. opioid crisis a “national emergency.”

But nearly a month later, the president has yet to officially declare a state of emergency — a move that would enable the federal government to pump funds into addressing the drug epidemic.

In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, two women on the front lines of the opioid fight — June Sivilli, the chief of the public health division in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Dr. Cece McNamara Spitznas, ONDCP’s senior science policy adviser – try to explain why Trump still hasn’t made that formal declaration.
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Poll: Voters split on Afghanistan troop increase, oppose shutdown for border wall

Voters are divided on President Donald Trump’s plans to send more American troops to Afghanistan, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

Forty-five percent of voters support increasing U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, the poll shows — only slightly greater than the 41 percent who oppose the plan. The other 14 percent have no opinion.

While support for Trump’s plan marginally outpaces opposition, the 20 percent of voters strongly opposed to a troop increase are slightly greater than the 17 percent who strongly support it.
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