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News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Statement: As CDC director says, it’s not time to lift restrictions

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have jumped back upward as several governors across the country are lifting restrictions that curb the spread of the virus.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Comprehensive bill calls for U.S. to move beyond plastic

WASHINGTON -- As plastic pollution becomes an increasingly dire problem, elected officials in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation Thursday to address the issue. On Capitol Hill today, Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA) unveiled the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021, a bill to improve the health of our people and our planet.


News Release | Democracy

STATEMENT: Anti-democracy bills rushed through without public input

Legislators in the House and Senate began hearing bills aimed at restricting voter access Thursday, less than two weeks after they were filed. Rep. Briscoe Cain, who is chairman of the House elections committee, ended a meeting without hearing from over 100 citizens who had signed up to testify. These bills would have sweeping negative impacts on voting access across the state. 

In response, TexPIRG Democracy Associate Lauren Banister issued the following statement

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Panelists offer insights on how to pay for cleaning up toxic waste ‘Superfund’ sites

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice hosted a webinar panel discussion on Thursday to discuss the findings from U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s recently published “Superfund Underfunded: How taxpayers have been left with a toxic financial burden” report. The expert speakers highlighted the dangers posed by toxic waste “Superfund” sites, how climate change will make those sites more dangerous as well as U.S. PIRG’s new Make Polluters Pay campaign to speed up Superfund cleanups and alleviate costs for taxpayers.

News Release | TexPIRG

Voting rights advocates urge lawmakers not to restrict ballot access

Senate State Affairs Chairman Bryan Hughes unveiled the text Friday for SB 7, his election integrity and security bill. The bill is cosponsored by 13 out of 18 Senate Republicans. The bill includes several harmful provisions that would further restrict access to the ballot for eligible voters. In response, TexPIRG Democracy Associate Lauren Banister issued the following statement. 

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