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  1. Government saves $5.5 billion, 3.7 million people lose benefits by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The Trump administration has announced new rules changes for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), which could cut off benefits for nearly four million Americans. The new rules would apply to "able-bodied adults with no dependents," the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in a December 4 call with reporters. Under current law, able-bodied adults without dependents can receive SNAP benefits for a maximum of three months during a three-year period, unless they're working or enrolled in an education or training program for 80 hours a month. States have been allowed to waive this time limit to ensure that people re-entering the workforce can still access food. The new rule, which is set to take effect on April 1, 2020, will tighten the criteria
  2. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The Trump administration said it will offer free PrEP meds to uninsured people at risk of contracting HIV. In a December 3 announcement, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar heralded the administration's new "Ready, Set, PrEP" program. To be eligible for the new program, people must test negative for HIV, have a valid prescription for the medications, and not have prescription drug coverage, the HHS statement said. "Ready, Set, PrEP is a historic expansion of access to HIV prevention medication and a major step forward in President Trump's plan to end the HIV epidemic in America," Azar said in a statement. "Thanks to Ready, Set, PrEP, thousands of Americans who are at risk for HIV will now be able to protect themselves and their communities." The Truvada used in the program will be made available by the drug maker Gilead, which announc
  3. WASHINGTON, DC (December 4, 2019) - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following closing remarks for the hearing on "The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment": "George Washington's farewell address warns of a moment when 'cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government.' "President Trump placed his own personal and political interests above our national interest, above the security of our country, and most importantly above our most precious right: the ability of each and every one of us to participate in fair elections, free of corruption. "The Constitution has a solution for a president who places his personal or political interests above those of the nation: the power of impeachment. "As one of my colleagues point
  4. WASHINGTON, DC (December 3, 2019) - US House Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, joined 160 members of the House and 36 senators in filing an amicus brief [] in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, currently before the US Supreme Court. "Reproductive rights are human rights. Louisiana's Act 620 is one of many attempts we've seen from anti-choice activists in many states to take away the right to comprehensive reproductive health care," Rep. Jayapal said. "We should not have to relitigate our constitutionally protected rights, but in hearing this case, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to reaffirm its longstanding commitment to uphold Roe v. Wade as the law of the land." Rep. Jayapal has emerged as a leading voice for reproductive justice in the US House of Representatives after writing about her own abortion story in the New York Times earlier this y
  5. Happy Holidays!! POZSeattle is hosting our annual Holiday Potluck, Chili Feed and Gift Exchange on Wednesday, December 11. Meet us in The Cuff's downstairs bar (1533 13th Ave at E Pine St) for drinks, home-made chili - two kinds (vegetarian and meat) - all prepared by your POZSeattle Volunteers and Board Members! This being a potluck, we ask you to bring side dishes and holiday treats. Bring food to share and (optional) gift from 5:30-6pm; enjoy potluck and social from 6-7:45pm. Please join us for socializing, to catch-up with old friends, to make new ones, and a whole lot of fun. This is not only great for our community, but it gives us a chance to expand, meet new people, and experience a different environment and atmosphere. Beverages are at cost from The Cuff's hottest bartenders!! This Holiday Social features an optional Holiday White Elephant Gift Exchange. If you'd like to participate,