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

”Shut back down, start over and do it right” movement gains traction

As extensive media coverage has raised awareness of U.S. PIRG’s open letter sent to President Donald Trump and state governors last week, imploring them to shut back down, start over and do it right to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1,000 health professionals have signed the letter in the past week. 

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

This week in COVID-19 voting news

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to ensure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially-distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news. If you have questions or comments, please email Joe Ready ( or Ross Sherman (

News Release | U.S. PIRG and Environment America

Defense bill allocates $15 million to study toxic ‘forever chemicals’ near military bases

The U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act with an amendement that would grow funding for a nationwide health study on the impact of toxic PFAS 'forever chemicals.'

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

Statement: Ohio bribery scheme a betrayal of trust

WASHINGTON -- Federal agents arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four other people Tuesday in connection with an alleged racketeering and bribery scheme. They are accused of soliciting and accepting $60 million in exchange for passing House Bill 6 -- legislation that secured over $1 billion to bail out two aging nuclear power plants in northern Ohio, with the cost covered by Ohio ratepayers.

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

Top healthcare professionals send letter to U.S. leaders saying it’s time to shut back down, start over and do it right

More than 150 health professionals have joined with U.S. PIRG in calling on America’s leaders to shut back down, start over and do it right to deal with the uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in many parts of the United States.


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