H.R. 2, the Invest in America Act, has its strengths, but it also has one glaring, intolerable weakness: it would make privatization of water systems a lot easier. Some folks no doubt believe that private corporations would do a better job than our government would, but the only thing private corporations do better is charge you more for your water. You may well respond well, the lead pollution in Flint's water supply was caused by a government, but a right-wing government caused that -- with an unelected "Emergency Manager," no less! -- and that right-wing government no doubt hoped that the good citizens of Flint (and elsewhere!) would simply throw up their hands and give over their water to private corporations. But the only solution to bad government is good government, not unaccountable and unelected private corporations who care only about their money. Hence Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject any attempt to take our public water away from us and give it to corporate cronies.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania residents, take note: if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your state legislator to support HB 1739/SB 580, the Family Care Act, then Moms Rising still helps you do that. The Family Care Act would create a paid family/medical leave program in the Commonwealth, one that would pay less than the average wage in Pennsylvania in all cases (the formula in Sec. 305 [a] is a bit complex), but that's better than what we've got, and would allow good Pennsylvanians to take care of themselves or their loved ones and not get kicked out of their house or apartment or have their water or electricity shut off. Really, that's what "insurance" is all about, isn't it? The payroll tax the bill would levy is a little over one half of one percent (and is not "58 percent," "liberal" media! They make "mistakes" like that because they're malicious!), which, for someone making $50,000 annually, would amount to less than $25 monthly. And that's not a whole lot to ask to get all Pennsylvanians the paid family leave we deserve.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to put the brakes on plastic pollution by passing H.R. 5845/S. 3263, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, then Penn Environment still helps you do that. As Penn Environment's latest email missive puts it, "(n)othing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries." And the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act would ban a lot of single-use plastics like polystyrene, and enact a moratorium on new plastic-manufacturing facilities. If the words "job-killing" come to mind when you hear these things, remember that we can create many different kinds of jobs in America, and we need not only create jobs in industries that dump the equivalent of a garbage truck full of trash into our oceans once per minute. At the risk of beating a dead horse, we could choose to create renewable energy jobs, jobs that would reduce trash and pollution, but we don't do that, because (as Ralph Nader used to say) nobody can own the sun. Maybe we could stop putting money at the center of every single thing we do?