#1: In the Senate: The Most Boring and Dangerous Bills You’ve Never Heard Of
The SCRUB Act: Yes, even congressional staffers eyes glaze over at the mention of “regulatory rollback.” You know who doesn’t think this is boring? Corporate lobbyists—and they’re hoping you don’t notice. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 998) would create an unelected board to make recommendations to Congress on cutting regulations. This may not sound like a big deal—but it is. It’s a quiet way to give big business a big gift: the end of regulations essential to protecting our environment, health, and workplace safety. This bill has already passed the House and is currently before the Senate. Senators Feinstein and Harris have not yet issued statements on this bill. Call and tell them to vote NO on the SCRUB Act! Sample script here.
The REINS Act: As if that weren’t bad enough, the Senate is also considering the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (S. 21), which requires congressional approval for a huge number of regulations. This bill would put corporate lobbyists in the driver’s seat—taking aim at the health and safety protections Americans depend on. REINS is a truly reactionary, fundamental reworking of the federal government, and not in a fun way. It’s been called “the most dangerous bill you’ve never heard of.” Senators Feinstein and Harris have not yet issued statements on this bill, either. Call and tell them to vote NO on the REINS Act! Sample script here. More details on the bill here.
#2: Paul Cook: You read the bill, you got the numbers – WHERE DO YOU STAND?
The CBO has released its report on “TrumpCare”, and the numbers are stunning. TrumpCare will throw 14 million people off their existing insurance plans by 2018 and 24 million by 2026, cut Medicaid by $880 billion over 10 years, and increase premiums by 15-20% for those who are allowed to keep their plans. Will Rep. Paul Cook stand up for our healthcare? Let’s get him on the record! He says he’s “read the bill,” and now he has the data from the CBO to inform his decision. This is particularly pressing in the 8th District, where Medicaid expansion extended coverage to 85,600 low-income residents, and where the uninsured rate has fallen by 11.2%. Call Rep. Cook, ask him where he stands on TrumpCare, and tell him why YOU oppose ACA repeal and this TrumpCare replacement! Sample script here.