Friday – 3/2 – They’re coming for everything…

Action #1 – “NO” on S.2155 – Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act”

From Indivisible: “The week of March 5, the Senate is expected to vote on S. 2155, the deceptively named “Economic Growth, Regulary Relief and Consumer Protection Act”. This bill guts key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act and would shield25 of the world’s 38 biggest banks, such as Deutsche Bank and Santander from regulation and roll back key consumer protections. Indivisible has put out an explainer page here. Here are the basic points.

  • The bill puts us at risk of another crisis. It raises the oversight threshold from $50 billion to $250 billion, exempting 25 of the 38 biggest banks, many of whom received TARP bailout money, from regulation.
  • It allow racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked
  • It erodes critical consumer protections
  • It started with good intentions to help community banks and consumers, but then lost its way as it was altered to help giants continue their unethical practices..

Check out if your Senator (12 Democrats signed on) got caught up in this here.

Action: Call your senators and tell them to strongly oppose this trojan horse of a bill that deregulates banks that have harmed our economy and will allow them to harm our citizens.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I strongly oppose S.2155 – the “Economic Growth, Regulary Relief and Consumer Protection Act”. Please ask Sen. [___] to assist in creating a bill that actually lives up to its name.

Action #2 – “NO” on S.951 – “Regulatory Accountability Act” 

The clear purpose of S.951 is to make it impossible for regulatory agencies to protect the public. Check out this explainer sheet from Indivisible.

  • ​It’s designed to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), from protecting our health and environment from polluters or addressing the growing crises of global climate change.
  • It will block efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to guard our bank accounts and retirement savings from fraud and abuse.
  • It will cripple efforts by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect people from toxic work environments and dangerous practices.

Action: Call your senators and tell them to strongly oppose this destructive bill and if they are Democrats, ask them to publicly callout Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) for siding with corporate greed against the interests of their constituents.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I strongly oppose S.951 – the “Regulatory Accountability Act.

Contact your Legislators

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Rep./Senator Contacts:

Extra Credit – Survey – Help this group identify the disability community’s main concerns and priorities.

“#CripTheVote is an ongoing Twitter-based conversation about disability in electoral politics and policy.” The activists behind this movement are asking folks to fill out their anonymous survey. It’s a good way to get involved in the conversation on this neglected topic. “Your responses will help identify more clearly what the disability community’s concerns and priorities are. We will publish the results of this survey in the Spring, and share them as widely as possible with the disability community, and with candidates in the 2018 Midterm Elections.” Find the survey, and more info on #CripTheVote, here.


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