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Democrats Tell Trump To Get A Science Adviser So He’s Not Vulnerable To Fake News

Lawmakers on the House Science Committee are urging the president to fill the empty position to head the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Stat: Science Committee Dems To Trump: Stop With The Fake News And Get A Science Adviser
Several Democrats on the House Science Committee are scolding President Trump for his belief in fake news stories, tying that belief to the lack of scientific leadership in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. ... The group of seven Democrats was led by Representative Don Beyer of Virginia, one of two members of Congress to attend the March for Science in Washington last month and an outspoken voice against the Trump administration’s climate policies. Representatives Bill Foster of Illinois and Jerry McNerney of California, who hold PhDs in physics and mathematics, respectively, also signed the letter. (Facher, 5/18)

In other news —

The Associated Press: President's 2018 Budget To Include Paid Family Leave
President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal will require states to provide paid family leave programs, a senior budget official said Thursday. The official said the budget — set to be released Tuesday — will include a plan to provide six weeks of paid leave to new mothers, fathers and adoptive parents. A departure from Republican orthodoxy, the proposal expands on a campaign pledge to provide paid maternity leave, which Trump adopted at the urging of his daughter Ivanka. (Lucey, 5/18)

The Hill: Dems Ask To Meet With Ivanka Trump On Women's Healthcare Issues
Female Democratic lawmakers are asking to meet with Ivanka Trump this month to talk about women's health issues, such as access to contraception and maternity care. Trump, who works on women's issues in her father's administration, has been silent during the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which President Trump supports, the lawmakers said in a letter Thursday. (Hellmann, 5/18)

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