Quote of the Week & Special Actions:
“I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” – John Lewis, 2022
This week, we urge you to answer the call. Please do these two things, and then take the actions listed below.
Take Two Actions Now:
Advocate to Lower Prices on Essential Drugs
President Biden can use existing legal authority to dramatically lower costs of essential drugs like insulin, drugs that reverse opioid overdoses, hepatitis C drugs, HIV/AIDS drugs, cancer treatments, EpiPens, asthma inhalers, and COVID-19 treatments. A group of Democratic representatives are leading a letter calling on Biden to stop Big Pharma’s price gouging and to unilaterally lower prescription drug prices right now.
Millions of patients (one in four to be exact) are struggling to afford the medication they need to stay healthy and alive. We know that people of color disproportionately bear this burden. And we also know that at the same time, Big Pharma continues to drive up prices, for no other reason than to pad their pockets.
We need a strong showing of support for using executive action to lower prescription drug prices. That means we need as many members of Congress (MoCs) as possible to sign on to the letter sponsored by Rep. Doggett, Rep. Jacobs, Rep. Porter, and Rep. Castro.
Action 1: Ask Representative Marilyn Strickland to sign onto the Doggett-Castro letter urging President Biden to lower drug prescription prices immediately.
Option A: Take this action with one click in Take Action Network (TAN) Advocate to Lower Prices on Essential Drugs!
Option B: Contact your Representative.
Will Representative Stickland be signing on to the letter? I hope to see their name on the final list.”
Comment on Rule for Landmark Climate Change Program
“The new cap-and-invest program will invest an estimated $500 million a year in reducing emissions and protecting Washington communities from the effects of climate change.”
This is your chance to learn about the design of the cap-and-invest program and provide input as we move toward the clean energy future we all urgently need.”
Details found in the Department of Ecology: Climate Commitment Act.
Overview: Climate Change Program
The public is invited to learn about the proposed cap-and-invest rule and to share input on the program’s design. Ecology is accepting comments on the proposal until 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2022.
Ecology will hold four virtual public hearings June 21, 22, 27, and 28.
At each hearing, Ecology staff will give an overview of the cap-and-invest program and the rule proposal, hold a question and answer period, followed by public comment.
Action 2: Comment on the proposed cap-and-invest rule
Option A: Take this action in Take Action Network (TAN) Comment on Rule for Landmark Climate Change Program
Option B: Choose your contact method.
Comments can be submitted online, by mail, or at a public hearing:
Script: I support the new cap-and-invest rule needed to implement the Climate Commitment Act.
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