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By JEFF BIDEN / The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are pushing to roll back federal protections for transgender Americans and are seeking to strip funding from the National Institutes of Health.
But Democrats say they have a long list of legislative victories they hope will make it harder for the Trump administration to undo the measures.
And they have no intention of giving up, even as they face resistance in the Republican-controlled Congress to changing the rules for health care, even if they think they have to.
In the weeks since the inauguration, Democrats have used a series of amendments to the GOP-led Senate that have blocked some of Trump’s most controversial moves, including his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement and to delay the implementation of new restrictions on gun sales and the purchase of abortion services.
Democrats have also used procedural maneuvers to block Trump’s nominations to key agencies.
But in the past few days, Republicans have made some progress on some of their top priorities.
Trump nominated Sen. David Perdue of Georgia to head the U-S-A trade commission.
Perdue has made defending the trade rules a major theme of his career.
He has sued the Obama administration for failing to uphold the law.
But he has not taken a public position on the Trump agenda.
Trump has appointed more than 30 Republicans to key posts in his administration, including at the Commerce Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
And he has signaled he is ready to roll out his agenda even as Congress is trying to pass new gun control measures, including a bill that would allow people to carry guns in public without a permit.
But Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have resisted any changes to the health care rules.
They have been pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act and roll back the federal protections on transgender Americans, but they are not convinced that repealing the health law and ending its Medicaid expansion will make the law better for transgender people.
Democrats say they are willing to move forward on some things that they feel are essential to improving the lives of transgender Americans.
They are also willing to take the next step in the legislative process and make some concessions that would put them ahead of the Republican majority.
Democrats are hopeful that they can make changes to Trump’s executive orders on immigration, a measure that would bar people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U., and the U.-S-Cisgender admissions program, a program that allows transgender Americans to enter the U on the basis of their gender identity.
The Senate approved two of those measures Wednesday, but Republicans were able to stop the other two on the final vote.
The White House says the administration will continue to defend the transgender protections, but that it wants to work with Democrats to find common ground.
The administration argues that transgender Americans are not being given fair access to the medical care they need to live their lives.
“We have been able to come to some very strong compromises, but we still need to get to work to make sure we can make this country a place that is welcoming to all Americans,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.
In recent days, Democrats, who have been trying to stop Trump from making some of his most controversial executive orders, have been working to gain a broader coalition of allies to challenge his agenda.
On Thursday, the House passed a bill to expand a state-based program that offers state-funded services for people with disabilities.
The measure would also provide a path for transgender students to enroll in public schools and to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.
Democrats also pushed for the passage of a measure to block the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The bill would require the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the environmental impact of the $3.8 billion project before approving it.
It would also require the agency to review whether the project poses a threat to drinking water supplies and air quality.
The House vote was followed by a protest in the Capitol.
The protests were organized by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups.
The ACLU said that they are using the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as an example.
The Dakota Access pipeline would run through an area of land where the tribe believes the water is sacred and that the tribe has the right to water.
The pipeline is opposed by several environmental groups and tribal members, who say it would destroy their water supply.
The legislation was approved by the House last week, but it needs to be signed by the Senate, which is expected to vote on the measure by the end of the week.
The White House said it expects the Senate to reject the measure.
Democrats want the bill to include language that would require that the president approve any legislation that requires the approval of the Senate.
Democrats said they are open to compromise, but said they would not be compromising the transgender and reproductive rights of transgender people and women.