H.R. 3065/S. 1779, the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act, would help stop the "revolving door" that seems to operate between Wall Street banksters and government regulators, a state of affairs that should, to a sentient being, present a number of obvious conflicts of interest. The bill would ban "golden parachutes" to bank employees who take federal regulator jobs overseeing those banks, because that sure doesn't entice future regulators to work on the people's behalf. One might even say it entices the opposite. The bill would also force regulators to recuse themselves from working on matters involving their former employers and/or clients of former employers, and would prevent them from taking jobs with banking corporations for two years after they leave our government. None of that seems particularly onerous to me. Tough-on-crime politicians have no business opposing these reforms, and those who say in public that bankers don't need a nanny state will reveal themselves as morons. So Public Citizen helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act.
Meanwhile, H.R. 3185/S. 1858, the Equality Act, would amend the Civil Rights Act so that it offers protection from discrimination to gays. Though gay marriage is now the law of the land, gays still have to live in a very gay-friendly state in order to avoid discrimination at their jobs or when they look for a place to live -- or even when they take their kids to the doctor's, lest they run into someone who thinks denying someone their rights just because they're gay is "an expression of my religious freedom." But there's no reason gay folks in, say, Nebraska can't enjoy the same freedom from discrimination as the rest of us -- certainly protections from discrimination don't force other people to be gay (claims of ZOMG TEH GAYZ WANTZ TO MAKEZ US ALL TEH GAYZ!!!!! being bereft of evidence). The bill would also ensure that women don't face similar discrimination, like some crusader refusing to fill a birth control prescription. So both the National Women's Law Center and Keystone Progress help you tell your Congressfolk to support the Equality Act, and thus enhance freedom from discrimination for our most vulnerable citizens.