The House passed the USA FREEDOM Act earlier this year, but the bill no longer ends NSA bulk data vacuuming; the Senate version still does, but if we don't act, they could flush away the chance, too. Hence Firedoglake helps you tell Senate Judiciary Chair Pat Leahy -- who also happens to be the prime sponsor of the Senate's version of the USA FREEDOM Act -- to ensure the bill really reforms the government spying apparatus, or kill it. It's worth killing the bill if it does nothing, or worse than nothing -- a bill like that is only a tool a politician can use to tell lies. The good news is that the tide against NSA surveillance is turning such that House members who voted for the watered-down USA FREEDOM Act have since voted for real reforms (mostly concerning "backdoor" searches) in amendments to the latest defense appropriations bill. Maybe those reforms get conferenced out and maybe they don't, but it's never too late to express your will to your representatives.
Meanwhile, you may not know (as I did not) that breast cancer treatments often cause lymphedema as an unwanted and debilitating side effect. Lymphedema results from damaged or removed lymph nodes, which prevents lymph fluids from going where they're supposed to, which means arm swelling and, worse, recurrent infections that hamper recovery and lead to disability, disfigurement, or death, even. And health insurance corporations generally don't cover much in the way of lymphedema treatments, even though patients can do a lot of lymphedema treatments with the right equipment at home, and we want to encourage that, right? But H.R. 3877, the Lymphedema Treatment Act, would mandate that Medicare cover common lymphedema treatments and equipment, and so Breast Cancer Action helps you tell your House Reps to support the Lymphedema Treatment Act. Why tell Medicare to do it? Because, often, telling Medicare to do it prompts everyone else to do it.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the Obama Administration to reject its foolish idea to let poultry processing corporations inspect their own chickens and do it three times as fast as current government rules allow, then Food and Water Watch still helps you do that. You may be able to count on your oven to get rid of enough of the bad microbes you can't see in the chicken you buy in the supermarket, but no oven is going to get rid of the excess blood and feces and pus you'll get in the chicken you buy in the supermarket if the big chicken processing corporations get government inspectors off their property and use their own inspectors to try to inspect chickens three times as fast. I feel compelled to point out that not even Tha Bush Mobb could go through with a similar initiative during the early 2000s. I know the USDA is arguably the worst of the Obama alphabet agencies, but surely he doesn't want to be outclassed by George W. Bush yet again. Does he?