Congress comes back to work after Labor Day, though I wish they'd just stay home, we're headed for some truly awful budget-making and hostage-taking over the next few months. I wouldn't focus too much about Planned Parenthood being defunded; I don't want that to happen, of course, but that's not where the real battle will be -- the real battle will be over the policy riders they want to put into budget bills, riders that would defund clean air and clean water regulation enforcement and defund net neutrality enforcement and defund bankster regulation enforcement and roll back campaign finance law enforcement, that have a much better chance of making it through the process and become law. These are all policy riders, mind you, that would amount to nothing more and nothing less than corporate welfare handouts for Congressfolks' big donors. And there ain't no constituent of no Congressperson who demands more corporate welfare handouts. Hence Public Citizen helps you tell House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell to pass clean budget legislation this fall.
Meanwhile, closer to home, the Pennsylvania Fairness Act (HB 1510/SB 974) would update the state's landmark Human Relations Act of 1955 to extend protections against discrimination to gay and transgender Pennsylvanians. What sort of protections? Protections against being fired on the job for who you are, protections against refusing to serve gay folks in your place of business just because they're gay, and protections against being turned away by banks, real estate agents, and landlords if you want to rent or own a house in a particular area of the state, among others. And no, other people's "sincerely-held religious beliefs" do not constitute a freedom-to-discriminate card. And If your teabagger uncle demands to know why THOSE PEEPULZ GETZ TEH SPESHUL RIGHTZ!!!!!, remind them, gently or otherwise, that what's equal rights for us ain't special rights for them. The whole phrase "special rights" really is one of the most dishonest and dishonorable phrases right-wing smartypantses ever came up with. Keystone Progress helps you tell your PA state legislator to support the Pennsylvania Fairness Act.