We opposed H.R. 2728, a bill that would have prevented our federal government from enforcing environmental regulations on federal lands if states opposed them, but of course the House of Screw You passed it, and Sen. Hatch (R-UT) has lately offered a companion bill, S. 1743. As you may recall, they call H.R. 2728 the "Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act," and you can tell Congress cares more about protecting "states' rights" than they care about protecting, you know, people. H.R. 2728 gives states unwarranted power over federal lands, which only makes sense if you hate all federal government involvement in anything anywhere. But, ah, pimps? They're our lands. They belong to us. And our government is our tool for protecting them. The Environmental Defense Fund helps you tell your Senators to oppose H.R. 2728 or s. 1743, when the Senate considers either one.
Meanwhile, our advocacy had some effect on the J.P. Morgan Chase settlement -- the Justice Department will not permit J.P. Morgan Chase to deduct $2 billion of the settlement, which saves the taxpayers some $700 million. That means, however, that the remaining $11 billion (which, as we noted earlier, actually encompasses two settlements) will be tax-deductible, meaning we'll be on the hook for at least $3 billion nonetheless. But who says we have to quit? Behold: S. 1654, a Jack Reed (D-RI)/Charles Grassley (R-IA) production, would keep corporations from deducting (and we quote from the bill's text) "any amount paid or incurred (whether by suit, agreement, or otherwise) to, or at the direction of, a government or governmental entity in relation to the violation of any law." PennPIRG helps you tell your Senators to stop corporations from deducting their wrongdoing from their taxes.