Incredibly, House Speaker Pelosi might let Congress rubberstamp Mr. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, via something called the "FISA Modernization" bill. What on earth is she thinking? What exactly is insufficiently "modern" about giving the President three days to get a warrant from a FISA judge, which the FISA law already lets you do? Why does the proposal bait-and-switch us by assuaging imaginary concerns about the "purpose" of warrantless surveillance efforts, when the method offends us? Can't Tha Bush Mobb hear a damn thing? The Electronic Freedom Foundation helps you call your Reps.
I have another contact tool, this one from Unionvoice, in which we instruct our Senators to make the SCHIP reauth bill veto-proof (the House tally was about four votes short of the two-thirds required). In my zeal to say so-effing-what to Mr. Bush's claim that the SCHIP reauth would lead too many people away from private health insurers, I missed even simpler retorts: these kids, who would now be getting health care because of the SCHIP reauth bill, are already entitled to it under the SCHIP program. And those kids don't have any health care now, private or otherwise. Dumb old Bush.
H.R. 969, the Federal Renewable Energy Standards Act, would require retail electricity suppliers to generate 20 percent of their energy from renewable energy sources (like solar and wind) by the year 2020. I'm not a big fan of trading "renewable energy credits" -- I think, since it's our government, we can just tell utilities to get to 20 percent or stuff it -- and I envision an energy grid where our own household renewable efforts comprise more than 20 percent of that grid. But the bill does represent progress -- which progress, needless to say, coal and oil companies are fighting tooth and nail as we speak. MoveOn provides the relevant petition.