In case you are distracted by the Russian spy drama, North Korea, Bill O'Reilly being fired from Fox News, etc. the following bills have been introduced to Congress:
1. HR 861 Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the U.S. Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right To Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
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If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State.
From Peter Johnson, creator of THE AUTHOR'S CORNER
Americans enjoy a rather clean environment. We mostly take it for granted. But contaminants in our environment (air and water especially) can lead to various diseases, birth defects, cancers, strokes, and heart attacks. The EPA, while a whipping-post for some people, deserves a lot of the credit for helping make our environment much cleaner as shown (first link below) in historical charts of air quality and emissions since 1980. And toxic smog mid-century clouded many cities, suburbs, and western vistas. You can deny the remarkable record, but it's there anyway to read about in history: from addressing DDT to lead in paint and gas to the polluting of rivers, lakes, and wetland habitat to greenhouse gases to greater fuel economy for cars to cleaning hazardous superfund sites to airborne mercury and smog.... For an example of pollution cleaned up, just in the period 1980-2015, while vehicle miles traveled increased 106%, aggregate emissions of six common pollutants decreased by 65%. These trends don't happen because of the beneficence of businesses! The EPA is not alone in its efforts but nonetheless a major driver. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, their health and quality of life, please speak up in favor of retaining a vigilant, vigorous EPA.... There are thousands of businesses but only one federal EPA. If not EPA, then WHO?
What good has the EPA done for Americans' health in its 45 years? --
Peter Johnson (past WGBH-Boston producer)
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Sharing with permission. From an Environmental Protection Agency staffer:
"So I work at the EPA and yeah it's as bad as you are hearing: The entire agency is under lockdown, the website, facebook, twitter, you name it is static and can't be updated. All reports, findings, permits and studies are frozen and not to be released. No presentations or meetings with outside groups are to be scheduled.
Any Press contacting us are to be directed to the Press Office which is also silenced and will give no response.
All grants and contracts are frozen from the contractors working on Superfund sites to grad school students working on their thesis.
We are still doing our work, writing reports, doing cancer modeling for pesticides hoping that this is temporary and we will be able to serve the public soon. But many of us are worried about an ideologically-fueled purging and if you use any federal data I advise you gather what you can now.
We have been told the website is being reworked to reflect the new administration's policy.
Feel free to copy and paste, you all pay for the government and you should know what's going on. I am posting this as a fellow citizen and not in any sort of official capacity."
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