Sens. Cruz (R-TX) and Paul (R-KY) have introduced S. 505, which would prevent drones from killing American citizens on American soil, with exceptions to that rule both few and obvious. Moreover, they're planning to attach the bill as an amendment to the continuing resolution that'll fund our government for another six months. Attaching an amendment to a must-pass bill? They must have done the extra reading for Sausage Making 101! (One of Mr. Paul's first mentors in the Senate was Sen. Franken, so that makes sense.) Just Foreign Policy helps you tell your Senators to support S. 505. In a related item, the Virginia legislature has passed a bill declaring a two-year moratorium on drone use; the bill now awaits Gov. McDonnell's signature, and that's not a done deal, given that drone-manufacturing corporations have struck back pretty strongly in the press this week. So the ACLU helps you tell Gov. McDonnell to sign the bill. It may not please people with money, but it's the right thing to do.
Meanwhile, the State Department has released its report on the Keystone XL pipeline -- you remember, the one that's going to transport the dirtiest crude oil imaginable, through a pipeline built by a corporation with a terrible pipe-safety record, over one of the biggest underground water tables in America. Strangely, State seems rather sanguine about that prospec -- could tthat be because a contractor employed by the corporation that would build the pipeline actually helped write the report? You could argue, I suppose, that State should listen to people who know what they're doing -- and I'd respond that they shouldn't listen to people who don't know anything about anything besides delivering profits to their CEOs. Thus the Sierra Club -- whose President, you may recall, was willing to go to jail to make his point -- helps you tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, and CREDO helps you leave a public comment with the State Department opposing the pipeline.
As we suggested in the first paragraph, the Senate has released its plan to keep our government funded, and it's got some poison pills in it, so to speak. The dreaded "farmer assurance provision," which would allow big corporations (see what they did there? They replaced "Monsanto" with "farmers"!) to keep planting Frankenseed while the courts are still reviewing applications for planting the Frankenseed. What could possibly go wrong with that? Thankfully, Sen. Tester (D-MT) has finally begun to justify my investment in his 2006 campaign by authoring an amendment striking that very provision, and Organic Consumers helps you support not just the Tester Amendment, not just healthy food production, but law and order. I do not exaggerate -- the judicial system has a job, and the legislature's job isn't to make the judicial system's job meaningless so big donors can make more money. Meanwhile, Food and Water Watch not only helps you support the Tester Amendment, but also helps you help fund food inspectors and enforce contract fairness for poultry growers.