It ain't just health care Republicans want to screw up this week -- it's also our tax code, and since they're not squabbling among themselves over the debt limit and a continuing budget resolution, they can devote more time to their one sole aim: delivering more unearned tax cuts for the rich and corporations. Right-wingers have foregrounded corporate tax cuts this time, knowing that some center-right Democrats also hold the mistaken belief that corporate tax cuts "help" corporations hire workers (though corporate tax cuts usually just go right to shareholders and executives). But make no mistake: though even Sen. Ron Johnson, the man who gives the Citizen Legislator a bad name, knows that tax cuts for the rich is a "pretty impossible" sell, they will try to do it, preferably when they think no one is looking. So use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom, if you're on a smartphone) and call your Reps and Senators and say no to more tax cuts for corporations and the rich.
Meanwhile, you know Congress has had its ear to the ground with this whole Equifax data breach, right? And they've come up with legislation that's really strong and has big sharp teeth so that 130 million Americans don't see their data out there again? Gosh, I almost got though that without laughing. Of course Congress plans to do the precise opposite of help -- H.R. 2359, the FCRA Liability Harmonization Act, which would cap damages from class-action lawsuits against credit reporting corporations to $500,000 or less, which means credit reporting corporations will be able to avoid getting sued when they do something wrong a whole lot easier than they can now! The threat of a big damage award isn't inherently unfair to corporations, but actually discourages corporate misbehavior. So Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell your Congressfolk to help good Americans hold credit reporting corporations accountable and reject H.R. 2359.
In other news, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the Trump Administration not to waive Clean Water Act restrictions just so the Pebble Mine project can pollute the water and salmon industry in Bristol Bay, Alaska, then the Alaska Wilderness League still helps you do that. It would not be untoward to call Pebble Mine a job-killing project, since it would almost certainly pollute the water in Bristol Bay enough to kill off the massive sockeye salmon population -- which, of course, supports the massive sockeye salmon fishing industry and the 14,000 jobs that go with it. The mining corporation pushing the project saw its stock plunge this past winter, but, as you know, some investors just love buying low and selling right before the next bust -- or getting bailed out after the next bust. Capitalism sure does involve risks, don't it? Risks for us, that is -- good people lose clean water and good jobs, and bad people suck all the money out of failed ventures like the vampires they are. So let's see if we can apply a bit of daylight.
You know what else? Tell your Senator to reject the Graham-Cassidy health care "reform" bill that's even worse than those other health care "reform" bills they couldn't get done. If you haven't already, that is. You could add it on to your phone call about tax cuts.