Environmental Activists Rally At Center City EPA Offices: ‘This Fight Is Just Beginning’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Environmental activists held a rally outside the EPA’s regional headquarters in Center City Tuesday.

Sam Rubin of Food and Water Watch said, “I think this fight is just beginning.”

Rubin was among about a dozen activists who took part in a show of support for the EPA, which could have its budget slashed by almost a third, if the President’s budget plan is approved by Congress.

Gary Morton, President of the union local 3631 representing government employees says thousands could lose their jobs.

“The proposal would be for 32 hundred nationwide during 2018. So we’re estimating 300 per region, possibly,” said Morton

In addition, many popular EPA programs would be scaled back or eliminated. The protesters later marched to the Center City office of Senator Bob Casey to plead their case, and urged everyone to reach out to their elected representatives.

Popular Delaware Beach Bans Tents, Canopies

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (CBS) — Tents, canopies, grills and campfires will no longer be allowed at a popular Delaware beach.

Delmarva Now reports the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance last Friday that bans those items from the beach.

The ban goes into effect in May.

The move, however, is a divisive one.

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“We’re a tourist area, and we have to make everything as comfortable as possible for tourists to come here and spend their money,” Jay Levy, manager of the Tidal Rave 5&10 store, told Delmarva Now. “Anything that interrupts that is spiteful, selfish and ridiculous.”

Kent Buckson, captain of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, applauds the move and says the new ordinance will stop visitors from setting up “tent cities” that obstruct views.

“We’ve seen people get in arguments over them,” Buckson explained to Delmarva Now. “Some use them to illegally smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol on the beach and even set up toilets inside them. And it’s a problem that’s been getting worse over the last couple of seasons.”

Residents lodged numerous complaints to the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce about the tents and canopies. There was no public opposition at public hearings debating the new law.

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According to Delmarva Now, the new ordinance will allow only allow umbrellas up to 7 feet, 6 inches and no greater than 8 feet in diameter. There are exceptions that will allow people to use canopies that are designed for babies and small children.

The ordinance goes into effect on May 15. Violators could face a $25 fine, which increases to $50 if left unpaid for 15 days.

Gorsuch: ‘I Would Have Walked Out Door’ If Asked To Overturn Roe V. Wade

By Sophie Tatum

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch said at his confirmation hearing Tuesday that he would “have walked out the door” had President Donald Trump asked him to overturn the ruling of Roe v. Wade.

Facing questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch was asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, if Trump ever asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade in his interview with the President.

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After a brief pause, with all eyes on him, Gorsuch responded forcefully,

“No … I would have walked out the door,” Gorsuch said. “That’s not what judges do.”

Roe v. Wade, ruled on in 1973, affirms a woman’s right in the United States to have an abortion under the US Constitution.

Trump repeatedly campaigned on tapping a Supreme Court judge who would be anti-abortion rights, and had continued this narrative into his presidency.

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Trump told CBS News’ Leslie Stahl that he would appoint “pro-life” justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade and send the issue back to the states.

During Trump’s first week in office, he signed an executive action reversing policy that allowed funding to international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortion.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said Gorsuch would have to explain his position on Roe v. Wade more-so than other nominees because of Trump’s statements on nominating judges who are opposed to abortion.

“If you fail to be explicit and forthcoming and definite in your responses, we have to assume that you will pass the Trump litmus test,” Blumenthal said.

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