Melissa’s Action Plan for Week of August 7

Attend Town Hall of Michael Bennet in Greeley, Monday, August 7th

When: Monday, August 7, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm MT; doors open at 5:00 p.m. MT Where: UNC University Center, Panorama Room, 2101 10th Ave, Greeley, CO

Oppose limiting class action suits against banks

The House passed H.M. Res 111 on July 25th. There is currently a rule that prohibits banks from using pre-dispute agreements (kind of like a pre-nuptial agreement) to prevent consumers from filing class action suits. This resolution does away with that rule, making it more difficult for consumers to file class action suits against banks. Some Senate Republicans are wavering on this, so there is a chance to stop it in the Senate.

Sources:

GovTrack

Pro Publica

Consumer Finance Monitor

Action: Call your Senators and tell them you want to be able to hold your bank accountable. Ask them to vote against the resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements.”

Regulatory Accountability Act

Congress is trying tie up regulatory agencies with new, onerous oversight, making it more difficult for them to do their work.

Sources:

GovTrack

NY Times

Action: Call your Senators and ask them to vote against the Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951) because it would interfere with the ability of regulatory agencies to keep our products and food safe, our air and water clean.

Details: (quoted from NYTimes):

“This bill would sabotage agency regulation with legislative monkey wrenches. Key compromises about agency power and procedures, worked out under the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act, would be discarded by these overwhelmingly anti-regulatory bills. And because they would be statutory changes, not mere presidential edicts, these changes would likely long outlive the Trump administration.

This measure would subject major rule making by agencies to dozens of new requirements, with a pervasive mandate for cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses. Agencies would also have to periodically review the efficacy of new rules, even if no one was complaining about them.

This bill would also grant the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs — run by the president’s regulatory czar — broad authority to raise and lower regulatory hurdles, allowing further skewing of the law in an anti-regulatory direction. Independent agencies like the Federal Communications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, long protected from direct presidential control, would now be subject to this bill’s requirements and oversight by the information and regulatory affairs office.”

Support equal access to housing for all

It is currently legal to deny housing to LGBTQ citizens. H.R. 1447 and S. 1328 would make that discrimination illegal. These bills have bi-partisan sponsorship.

Sources:

Human Rights Campaign

Washington Post article about a transgender/same sex couple that was denied housing in Boulder, took it to Federal Court, and won.

Bill H.R. 1447

Extend the protections of the Fair Housing Act to persons suffering discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation, and for other purposes. Sponsored by Scott Taylor (R-VA)

Bill S. 1328

Sponsor Tim Caine (D-VA); bi-partisan sponsorship.

Action: Call your Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 1447, the bill that would extend the Fair Housing Act to cover all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Oppose two bills that would restrict abortion

The “No taxpayer funding for Abortion” has passed in the House for the past two years but has not been taken up by the Senate. This year, the bill (H.R. 7) passed the House again and is headed to the Senate where it may be received favorably. The Senate version, S. 184, is still being considered by the Finance Committee, and has 38 co-sponsors, all Republicans.

Sources:

H.R. 7

Excellent Summary on GovTrack

S. 231

The “Life at Conception” act (S. 231) is sponsored by Rand Paul. It is still in committee. This would ban all abortions, even for rape. Gardner has been an advocate for this in the past but he is not yet a co-sponsor for the Senate bill. We should ask him NOT to co-sponsor.

Action: Call your Senators and ask them to vote against the “No taxpayer funding for Abortion” and “Life at Conception” bills. Both bills would jeopardize women’s health.

Thank Senator Jeff Flake

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recently published a manifesto advocating cooperation among political parties in defiance of the Republican establishment.  Thank him for taking a political risk to stand up for bipartisanship.  See Washington Post praise of Flake.

Office Address: 6840 North Oracle Road, Suite 150, Tucson, AZ 85704