Tell Congress: Don't Fast-Track Trade Authority!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) contain provisions even worse than those in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). They would require us to “harmonize” our health, safety, and environmental protections with those of other countries – and allow corporations to bring lawsuits to a private tribunal when state or local governments try to protect us! And like NAFTA, these trade agreements could destroy American jobs.
Let Congress know that the American people expect the people they elect to represent them to debate health and safety standards and trade agreements in public – on the record – not give away decision making authority to unaccountable corporate-sponsored "advisors" who work behind closed doors. Tell your representative and senators to vote NO on fast-track authority for TPP and TTIP!
Tell Congress: Corporations Should Pay Their Fair Share for Public Infrastructure!
When our roads, bridges, dams, and water treatment systems are in good repair and are working well, the American people and American businesses benefit. And the largest corporations are among those who benefit the most from a well-functioning infrastructure. You might think supporting a modern transportation and communications system is an investment they would want to make. Instead, a cluster of our largest corporations have been gaming the tax code, stockpiling trillions of dollars offshore to avoid paying what they should owe in taxes and letting our nation's infrastructure deteriorate.
Urge President Obama to Order Federal Contractors to Disclose Political Spending!
Money in politics is drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens. Protections that once curbed the influence of corporations and the wealthy on elections have been eroded. And something can be done. Now. Without waiting for Congress to act.
President Obama has the ability to sign an executive order requiring companies receiving federal contracts to disclose their campaign contributions and other political spending. Please urge him to take action now and require federal contractors to disclose their political spending!
Tell President Obama to Make Oil Trains Safer!
A Feb. 16 oil train derailment in West Virginia caused a 300-foot fireball, burned down a house, and may have poisoned residents' drinking water. Since 2010, similar major incidents have occurred in North Dakota, Alabama, Virginia, and Canada.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has publicly committed to issuing rules in March that would make shipping crude oil by rail safer. But the rules are currently being reviewed by the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and agencies need the office's approval to move forward. Please urge President Obama to ensure OIRA approves and sends these rules back right away so that the department can finalize and begin to implement them as soon as possible!
Tell Congress to Oppose the REINS Act!
If passed, the REINS Act would require congressional approval of all major rules, potentially endangering the most important safeguards to our health, safety, environment, and economy. Not only would it delay or block public protections and increase industry interference, it's redundant.
You can take action and urge your representative and senators to oppose this dangerous bill!
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