plan of action - october 1, 2019
Don’t Allow GMO’s in Organic Food
From GMO Free USA:
The USDA has deregulated products of gene editing, a new method of genetic engineering, failing to protect consumers and the environment from completely new GMOs that have never before existed and that have not gone through satisfactory, long-term safety testing. Recently, USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee suggesting that products of gene editing methods be allowed in organic production.
The USDA/National Organic Standards Board will be meeting to discuss this and is accepting comments until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, October 3. You can post your comment via this GMO Free USA web page. You can edit their pre-written comment if you prefer.
Or you can comment directly at Regulations.gov:
Endangered Species Act
In August, the Trump administration announced sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act which would:
1.Contact your Senators and your Member of Congress, and ask them to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the recent changes to the Endangered Species Act.
2. The Natural Defenses Resource Council is working to oppose the regulatory changes. Use this page to send a letter to the president and the Secretary of the Interior. You may also donate to the NDRC, which has a 4-star (max) rating on Charity Navigator.
The House has just passed H.R. 2203, Homeland Security Improvement Act. The Senate must now vote. This bill:
1. Contact your Senators and ask them to support H.R. 2203, Homeland Security Improvement Act.
2. If your MoC voted for the bill, thank them. If you wish, you may also yell at them if they voted against.
Roll call here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll546.xml
H.R. 9, Climate Action Now Act, passed the House in May this year. This bill would keep the United States in the Paris Agreement, and would require the President to develop a plan to reach Paris Agreement benchmarks. It now remains for the Senate to pass the bill.
1. Contact your Senators and ask them to support H.R. 9, Climate Action Now Act.
2. If your MoC voted for the bill in May, thank them - especially if they were one of the three Republicans who voted in favor.
Roll call here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll184.xml
With the drive to impeach gathering steam, it’s time to weigh in again with our Members of Congress.
Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to support impeachment on the grounds that the president is guilty of gross malfeasance in the use of his presidential office to influence the Ukraine to take actions which would benefit his presidential campaign. Moreover his recent misconduct is representative of the indifference to ethics and propriety which have marked his entire presidency, campaign, and business career.
Assault Weapons Ban
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced S. 66, and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced H.R. 1296. Both bills are titled Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 and would ban future sales of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, including the AR-15 used in many recent gun massacres. Recent polls show that at least two-thirds of Americans favor a ban on assault weapons. As public opinion shifts strongly in favor of gun control, now is the time to act.
1. Contact your Senators and ask them to support S. 66 Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. If they are already one of the cosponsors, send them a message of thanks.
3. Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to support H.R. 1296 Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. If they are already one of the cosponsors, send them a message of thanks.
We’ve all been hearing about the anonymous whistleblower who made a complaint about Trump to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Michael Atkinson. Atkinson deemed the complaint to be serious and passed the matter along to the Director of National Intelligence, Joseph McGuire, who after consultation with his own office’s general counsel and the general counsel of the DoJ, decided not to turn the information over to Congress, even though procedure demands that he hand the information over within five days if the IG has determined the complaint to be substantive. McGuire has since agreed to testify in open session in Congress on Thursday, and in the meantime it has come to light that Trump was basically bribing/blackmailing the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden’s son, apparently with a view to discrediting his major rival’s campaign. Rep. Adam Schiff, Chair of the Congressional Intelligence Committee, is coming out fighting.
1. Fax Adam Schiff to thank him for his response.
2. Fax Devin Nunes, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee and ask him to stand with Adam Schiff.
3. Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to impeach Trump on account of his egregious malfeasance in the matter of the Ukraine.