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On Friday, immediately after he was sworn in as America’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump signed a series of Executive Orders, including the roll-back of a Federal Housing Authority insurance premium cut. Liz Ryan Murray, policy director for People’s Action, a national progressive grassroots advocacy organization, issued the following statement.

“Donald Trump’s inaugural speech proclaimed he will govern for the people, instead of the political elite. But minutes after giving this speech, he gave Wall Street a big gift at the expense of everyday people. Trump’s executive order takes an axe to nearly $500 a year in savings for many middle income families. But it will be a windfall for Wall Street.

“Trump may talk a populist game, but policies like this make life better for hedge fund managers and big bankers like his nominee for Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, not for everyday people. In fact, Trump has a veritable stable of hedge fund managers, including top Trump donor John Paulson, who got rich by scamming American homeowners. Americans want their government to support them and their families, to help chip away at income and wealth inequalitynot work to widen it.”

Liz Ryan Murray has worked on housing policy for over a decade. She played a key role in New Bottom Line, a group formed in the wake of the 2007-2008 housing crisis that advocated for principal reduction to help struggling homeowners.

To interview Liz, contact Kathy Mulady at k [dot] mulady [at] peoplesaction [dot] org.

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People’s Action is a national organization of more than a million people across 30 states working for economic, racial, gender and climate justice – and to ensure everyone a voice in our political system. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, we’re fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.

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People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”

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