***DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY 6PM EDITION***
We’re rolling out a new initiative: #RapidResponse. Action items tagged rapid response (see items 1 and 2) will be high priority and time sensitive.
1. If you're looking for a federal issue with far-reaching consequences, THIS IS IT. House Republicans are planning two votes NEXT WEEK that could fundamentally weaken federal agencies. Tomorrow we’ll ask you to contact your representatives, but for now take a moment to educate yourself on the REINS Act and the Midnight Rules Act.
Both bills pose a dangerous threat to important federal protections that safeguard our food supply, consumer products, clean air and water, financial practices, and workplace safety.
The REINS Act in particular would hand unprecedented power to a single branch of Congress—and would replace our transparent process for creating public safeguards with backroom deal-making by members of Congress and corporate lobbyists.
Congress already has mechanisms in place to engage with federal agencies and the rulemaking process. These new bills give Congress—even a single group of lawmakers in only one branch—new power to void safeguards from federal agencies. Under the REINS Act, members wouldn’t even have to go on the record with a public vote. They could hide behind cowardly inaction and still overturn protections they don’t like.
Start by reading up on the acts here http://politi.co/2hoxLrr and here http://on.nrdc.org/2hxOY6H.
Have questions? Elizabeth Canning is happy to help answer questions you post in the comments.
2. If you live in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 8th Congressional Districts, your voice is especially important on this issue! Please post in the comments if you live in one of these districts and are willing to submit a letter to the editor calling on Congress to vote down these two acts. You don’t need to be a great writer, just an involved citizen. Our awesome team will reach out to volunteers with the details and will be happy to help craft your letter.
3. Last month many of you filled out a survey (original post here: http://bit.ly/2iGgNWO) on how you would best like to get involved with Pantsuit Washington State. Everyone who filled out the survey is being sorted into action groups. So if you volunteered to help, get ready to get involved.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
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