Under the leadership of Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), HR 1430 (the HONEST act) would force the EPA to only use scientific studies for which all data is publicly available and whose results are easily reproducible. Sounds good, right? Actually, in effect, HONEST would make review much more laborious and costly and prevent the EPA from using the best available science to set policy. (How would you easily reproduce, say, a ten-year study on lead poisoning?) Ultimately, this would effectively block the EPA from setting public policy, since it can't afford to self-fund the science it needs to make decisions.
Who: Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. John Kennedy AND Rep. Steve Scalise/Cedric Richmond
Where: Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130
Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and BATON ROUGE OFFICE: (225) 930-9033
Scalise - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-3015 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 837-1259
Richmond - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-6636 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE: (504)288-3777
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Only call your own representative. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70002 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
I'm calling to urge [Senator/Rep] NAME to oppose any attempts to pass the HONEST Act (HR 1430). I believe that the bill would gut the EPA’s ability to set any meaningful public policy and that would be harmful to Louisianians beyond words. Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.