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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Government funding bill coverage: Resources and interview opportunities

A new bill that would fund the government through September 2021 and provide accompanying COVID-19 relief is awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature. While direct disbursements to Americans, many of whom are struggling with medical, utility and rent or mortgage payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, have taken center stage, numerous other components of the budget bill will play a starring role for a long time to come. Many of the bill’s provisions will fund -- at varying levels -- key public health, environmental and consumer protection initiatives. The nonprofits U.S. PIRG and Environment America and their state affiliates have been leading voices on -- and drivers of -- policy in these areas for decades. As you continue your coverage of the varied aspects of the 5,600-page legislation, please consider contacting our experts for interviews or background information. Here are the experts available to interview on the these topics, either over the phone or via Zoom/Skype.

News Release | USPIRG | Higher Ed

Congress’ grade on funding higher education: Incomplete

FY21 federal budget makes some positive changes for higher education, but there is still work to do

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Year in review: public health, voters’ rights and consumer protection wins in 2020

Between a global pandemic, raging wildfires and severe hurricanes, 2020 has been a chaotic and difficult year. Hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives and millions took ill. But we persevered, as our community members, friends and family made sacrifices, both large and small. Through it all, U.S. PIRG has advocated on behalf of the public interest.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: EPA’s new lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

The EPA finalized its update to the Lead and Copper Rule. The new rule fails to require adequate action to protect the public from lead in drinking water.

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

Statement: New PPP loans won’t be any more transparent

Despite the PPP's fraud problems, Congress failed to strengthen transparency rules for the SBA's program while granting it another $284 million.

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