The U.S. House plans to vote on an Interior Minibus Appropriations bill very soon, and that sure sounds sexy, don't it? But this bill would do a lot of damage: it'd cut $500 million from various clean air- and clean water-related projects, it'd cut more than $30 million from a program that buys out career, non-political EPA employees, and would essentially amend the Endangered Species Act by putting restrictions on listings. They can't gut the Endangered Species Act because then everyone would hate them -- I mean, who supports making the bald eagle extinct? -- but they can administer death-by-a-thousand-cuts to such programs. I guess it's good news that a Republican-controlled government is settling for death-by-a-thousand-cuts, but that doesn't mean we have to let them do it. Hence the Environmental Defense Fund helps you tell your House Rep to reject the cruel and callous Interior Minibus Appropriations bill.
Meanwhile, S. 3099, the Strengthening Antibiotic Oversight Act, would (as its title says!) strengthen oversight of antibiotics by forcing food-producing corporations to justify any use of antibiotics in feed animals lasting over 21 days to our Health and Human Services Secretary. You may reasonably respond that our current HHS Secretary will merely take big ag corporations' word that they really really need to keep pumping their animals full of antibiotics no matter how quickly it brings about a world where antibiotics are completely ineffective and the next cut kills you, but we're going to get a good HHS Secretary again one day (though not likely before 2020!), and when that happens, it'll be that much harder to undo their work. S. 3099 also mandates that our government inspect various feed-related forms to see how much antibiotics big corporations put in their animal feed, which'll help no matter who the HHS Secretary is. Hence Penn PIRG helps you tell your Congressfolk to fight antibiotic abuse by passing the Strengthening Antibiotic Oversight Act.