Here's what BushCo is getting passed while we are forced to defend Social Security. If you have time, read about S.5 here and send the letter to your members of Congress.
Here's AFCSME's take on the bill:
Next Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to consider the so-called Class Action Fairness Act (S. 5). This bill would move many state-law class action suits out of state courts and into federal courts where federal procedures and conservative judges make class action suits far less likely to be allowed to proceed to trial. As drafted, the bill would sweep up state wage and hour and state civil rights cases, making it more difficult for workers to achieve justice against employers who have cheated them out of wages or engaged in discrimination in violation of state laws.
Here's what PennPIRG says in an email they sent to people on their list:
As soon as early February, the U.S. Senate will consider legislation (S. 5) that would make it much more difficult to hold corporations accountable when they deceive consumers, trample our civil or workplace rights, or pollute the environment. Tobacco companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and big banks are backing this anti-consumer bill. Unfortunately, the bill has a lot of support in Congress, but we're joining with consumer, labor, civil rights, women's and environmental organizations to urge Senators to fix its most egregious flaw.
To do that, Senator Bingaman (NM) plans to offer an amendment written by two leading experts to protect the right of consumers in different states to file one nationwide suit. Unless Congress adopts the amendment, this bill will unfairly make it harder for consumers to have their day in court.
This is the kind of stuff that's going to get passed under the radar.