Even though our National Security Agency has (in what must be an unprecedented act!) declared that it doesn't need the power to spy on everyone's phone lines, our Congressfolk have shown an unwillingness to repeal the law that gives the NSA this power. Admittedly, that kind of cowardice is not unprecedented as far as our Congressfolk are concerned, but that's why we're here -- to lend the steel in their spines when they don't have it. They don't have it a lot, but we've got a lot! Hence Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk to repeal Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, which gives the NSA its "authority" to hoover up all your phone data without so much as a warrant. Don't believe the hype that we "need" to spy on everyone's phone to be safe, particularly with even our NSA saying the opposite. Folks say you shouldn't give up liberty for security, but the truth is you can't even have security without liberty.
Meanwhile, apparently because Republicans cannot let our government do anything that benefits its owners, the American people, S. 343, the so-called Fairness for Every Driver Act, would not only repeal tax credits for electric cars, but would impose a fee on good folks who drive them! The "fairness" in the bill, apparently, refers to electric car-drivers paying less money in gas taxes (which help maintain highways) and thus gas-guzzling car drivers paying more, but S. 343 wouldn't bring about "fairness" but mere symmetry, and would penalize folks who have gone out of their way to pollute less. Boy, is that not a good look! And gosh, is there just no other way to fund highway maintenance and construction -- like, say, by raising taxes on corporations and the rich who don't pay their fair share of taxes in the first place? Penn Environment helps you tell your Congressfolk to promote clean energy by rejecting S. 343.
Finally, our EPA hasn't banned the pesticide chlorpyrifos, although scientists have linked chlorpyrifos to developmental difficulties in children, and although a federal court told our EPA just last year to ban chlorpyrifos as its own scientists recommended. Naturally our EPA is appealing that court's decision -- I wouldn't go counting on our Supreme Court to help them out if I were them -- and hence comes S. 921, the Protect Children, Farmers, and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act, which would ban chlorpyrifos for good. Yes, chlorpyrifos is essentially a nerve gas, and though it does far more damage in the short run to bugs than it does to people (as you'd expect), what's the difference if you ingest many, many times more than a bug ever does over the course of your lifetime? Penn PIRG helps you tell your Congressfolk to fight pollution and support families' health by passing S. 921 and banning chlorpyrifos forever.