Connect the Dots
Let’s look at gun violence and connect the dots...
The total number of deaths from gun violence in the United States in 2016.
….of Americans support background checks for gun sales and 67% support a federal database to track gun sales.
The amount the gun lobby spent during the 2016 election cycle to elect candidates that refuse to support even modest new gun laws.
The number of bills this Congress has passed to reduce gun violence despite the 275+ mass shootings that occurred in 2017 alone.
Sources: Everytown.org, Gallup, Open Secrets, The New York Times
Let's look at food subsidies and connect the dots...
Big Agri-Business spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually on campaign contributions and lobbying to tilt government policy in its direction.
The return on its political investment that Big Ag has earned since 1995 in the form of taxpayer subsidies for corn and soy-based sweeteners and starch -- key ingredients in many junk foods.
Increase in the likelihood of childhood obesity since the 1980s.
Sources: Open Secrets, US PIRG
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Drug Industry Tries to Slip $4 Billion Windfall Into Opioid Bill
• Sep 24, 2018
Robert Pear, The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Drug companies usually get what they want in public-policy battles on Capitol Hill, but a move by the pharmaceutical industry to grab $4 billion from the federal Treasury in a bill that is supposed to address the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic is meeting fierce resistance.
EPA eases rules on how coal ash waste is stored across U.S.
• Jul 17, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule Tuesday to overhaul requirements for handling the toxic waste produced by burning coal, providing more flexibility to state and industry officials who had sought a rollback of restrictions put in place in 2015.
Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials
• Jul 08, 2018
A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.
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I’m 24 years old, recently out of college, and finally entering the work force. As an active voter, it disappoints me as an American that millionaires and billionaires are able to make my one vote seem more and more insignificant with each passing election. The size of their wallets and ability to open up massive pipelines of cash into the political process will never stop me from supporting those who have my best interest at heart. HR 20 stands up for me and millions of Americans who might not be able to write those hefty checks but find the value of casting their ballot on Election Day to be just as significant.