H.R. 1313, the so-called Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, would actually allow corporations to force their employees to get genetic testing, assess thousands of dollars in penalties if they don't, and see that information if the tests are part of a "workplace wellness" program. If that sounds to you like something that should be against the law (because it's your private info and doesn't predict your job performance, among other reasons), well, it already is -- the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, among other things, forbids employers from using genetic information in major employee-related decisions, and the EEOC issued new rules on May 17 of last year (just ahead of the six-month window a "resolution of disapproval" requires, you may notice) requiring that all workplace wellness programs be voluntary and forbidding employers from taking any negative action against employees who don't participate in them. So this is how dystopian genetic engineering schemes will arrive -- through loopholes demanded by corporations. I think you might want to tell your Reps and Senators to oppose this bill.
Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees both passed the Republicans' Obamacare repeal package late last week; now it goes to the House Budget Committee. If you're feeling ambitious, here's a list of House Budget Committee members, but you'll still need at least one more click per member to get to their phone numbers; certainly, while you've got your Rep on the phone about H.R. 1313 you can instruct them to oppose the American Health Care Act, too. Some folks have taken to calling the American Health Care Act "Trumpcare" -- which seems to annoy the Trump Administration, but hey, if they don't like it, maybe they should stop calling the bill they're trying to repeal "Obamacare"! The Coalition on Human Needs has a better name for it, though: "Wealthcare," as in, "this bill cares more about giving wealthy people more tax cuts than about ensuring all Americans have access to decent health care." People love rhymes, but I bet the "liberal" media ignores it, since it might hurt the fee-fees of some of their corporate owners. But feel free to call it "Wealthcare" to your friends and family. They matter more than the "liberal" media anyhow.
Finally, after over a decade of activism from locals, the U.S. Forest Service is mulling withdrawing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota from its mining permits schedule for the next two decades; if they do, big copper mining corporations wouldn't be able to pollute the water there, and thus they wouldn't be able to threaten not only the multitudinous wildlife species that live there (lynx, bear, moose, like that) but also the camping, hunting, fishing, and canoeing industries that thrive there. And support almost 20,000 jobs, I feel compelled to add for the benefit of those who think only mining creates jobs. Possibly when Sean Spicer said the "deep state" was out to get Donald Trump -- which, as Mike Lofgren reminds us, is an absurd proposition -- he meant the various officials in the federal government still working hard to be a good steward of our public lands and waters, rather than the servants of mammon Mr. Trump would no doubt prefer. Hence American Rivers helps you tell the Forest Service to protect the Boundary Waters area from copper mining.