Article of the day: 6 regulatory and legislative changes you might have missed this week

The other reason I find the “Trump is Hitler” narrative distracting is that it encapsulates many people’s fears about and strong dislike towards the Trump administration — but doesn’t actually point to any concrete action to take in response.  Activism is most successful when it focuses on specific, actionable policy changes.  Here’s a list of six regulatory and legislative changes that Republicans have proposed this week, via Berkeley PhD student Susanna Berkouwer.  Pick one and call your Congresspeople about it today.

  1. Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.
  2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service or political appointee’s salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.
  3. Senate schedules six simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump’s first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.
  4. Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.
  5. Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.
  6. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department. For example, if FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule it.