This week we'll be focusing our call scripts on efforts to fight climate change and the erosion of environmental protections.
Today we turn our attention to The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA, or S.951), an innocuous enough sounding bill. But as we've learned in the Trump administration, nothing that sounds innocuous ever is.
In fact, the RAA is the worst bill you've never heard of. It changes long-standing rules on how federal agencies regulate everything from food safety to toxic chemicals to equipment failures at nuclear power plants. As such, it impacts nearly every American.
The RAA would:
- Require agencies to adopt regulations that are cheapest for corporations, not regulations that maximize benefits to the American public.
- Require agencies to do complex analyses of ANY alternative proposal, no matter how far-fetched or preposterous; allowing special interests to delay new regulations by proposing impractical options that must then be rigorously analyzed.
- Force federal agencies to hold trial-like hearings for new regulations. These "adversarial hearings" would allow corporations to cross-examine "witnesses", that would lead to enormous regulatory delay and dysfunction.
- Impose a gag order for proposed regulations, so that agencies can't make any public statement about proposed rules, even to defend against wildly inaccurate claims.
If adopted, these provisions would devastate our federal government's ability to regulate, well, ANYTHING. We must urge our Senators to vote NO on the RAA!
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)
Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and MONROE OFFICE (318) 361-1489
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. 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 [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today to urge the Senator to vote NO on the RAA, or S.951. This legislation would force regulatory agencies like the FDA and EPA to comply with a number of bureaucratic and procedural requirements that would make effective regulatory action impossible. Any bill that would force new regulations to be whatever's cheapest for corporations instead of what's best for the American people is a bad bill! I am counting on you to oppose S.951 and protect the interests of the American people.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.